With it’s bright, sunny weather and culture of fun the Houston area is ideally suited for outdoor activities, events, and hobbies. However, unfortunately the warm, humid weather also makes Houston an attractive breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquito bites can be more than simply annoying; often they spread very serious, even deadly diseases.
Diseases Mosquitoes Spread
West Nile Virus – The West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus originally identified in the West Nile region of Africa in 1937. As of 1999 West Nile has entered the US and it is now found globally. Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, aches, fatigue, headaches, vomiting, nausea, and rash among others. In extreme cases it may result in encephalitis and other severe neurological symptoms.
Chikungunya – Chikungunya was first identified in 1955 in what is today Tanzania. Since that time it has spread throughout parts of Africa and Southern Asia, and into the Caribbean islands. The first human infection in Texas occurred in July of 2014. Symptoms include high fever, severe muscle and joint pain, headache, nausea, vomiting, partial loss of taste, and conjunctivitis.
Malaria – Malaria is one of the most widespread mosquito-borne diseases in the world. Worldwide there were 219 million infections in 2010 and between 660,000 and 1.2 million deaths. Symptoms include jaundice, vomiting, headache, fever, joint pain, retinal damage, convulsions, and bleeding.
Dengue Fever – Dengue Fever is another mosquito-borne tropical disease that has spread to the United States. Symptoms include muscle and joint pain, fever, headache, and rash. In severe cases it may progress to Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever which causes bleeding and low platelet levels. It may also cause the potentially fatal Dengue Shock Syndrome wherein blood pressure drops too low.
Yellow Fever – Yellow Fever takes its name from the jaundicing of the skin that results from liver damage. Other symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, loss of appetite, headaches, and back pain. It is primarily found in the tropics, but is also spread by mosquito bite in the US.
Heartworm – Heartworm almost never infects human beings, but it is a major health problem for our canine best friends. Not exclusive to dogs it may also infect other pets such as cats and ferrets, as well as wild fox, wolves, coyotes, and sea lions. Heartworm is spread by mosquito bite and results in actual parasitic worms using heart and lung tissue as their host. It often leads to congestive heart failure and death for the animal.
For all of these mosquito-borne diseases the best line of defense is to avoid getting bitten in the first place. It is imperative that people protect themselves, their families, pets, and livestock from these disease-spreading pests. Fortunately there is a highly effective, easy, and safe solution: mosquito misting
What Is Mosquito Misting?
Mosquito misting involves setting up an automated network of spray nozzles around the area to be protected. Specially formulated insecticide is then released at regular intervals, which then kills the mosquitoes. There are several key benefits to mosquito misting including:
- Safe for humans and pets
- Highly effective
- Fast acting
- Fully automated
- Professional installation
Houston Misting’s Mosquito Misting Services
Houston Misting is proud to offer mosquito misting services to our customers as one of our core services. We take things a step further, however. We do not simply setup the system or refill the tank and leave; instead, we will actively seek out and target mosquito breeding grounds such as standing water to help resolve the underlying problem. We also use highly effective larvacides and Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) to effectively interrupt the mosquito life cycle and eliminate the next generation of biting, disease-spreading pests.