Concerns, and even fears, have risen in recent times about the dangers of mosquitoes. As certain breeds of mosquitoes have long transmitted other scary vector-borne diseases such as Malaria and the West Nile virus the Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) species, which are primarily daytime-biting mosquitoes, have been identified as the primary vectors of chikungunya, dengue, and Zika viruses. These viral diseases cause similar symptoms, including fever with muscle or joint pain, headaches, red eyes or rash. However, according to UF’s IFAS Extension document on Zika Vector Control (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1131) approximately 80% of infected individuals are asymptomatic. Zika has been linked to infant microcephaly and an increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare disorder where the body’s immune system attacks nerves, causing paralysis.
As the threat of Zika appears to not be subsiding and reported cases in the US have continued to spread, Petri now offers Mosquito Reduction Services for homeowner’s and businesses that not only want to make their backyards more useable and enjoyable but also want to minimize their risk, however rare, of contracting these potential mosquito-transmitted viruses. Petri’s Mosquito Reduction Service includes many of the steps recommended by the UF IFAS Extension including 1) Inspection 2) Resident Cooperation 3) Larviciding 4) Adulticiding with Residual Misting Sprays 5) Monitoring.
The frequency and duration of Petri’s Mosquito Reduction Service may be dependent on such factors as the needs of the customer, the extent of the activity, and the time of year. For more information on the Zika Virus and the mosquito species that can transmit Zika or for information on Mosquito Reduction please contact Petri for a free evaluation and recommendations for your property.