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Does Municipal Mosquito Spraying Protect You?

2012 is shaping up to be the worst year ever for mosquito-borne diseases. More deaths in the U.S. this year have been attributed to West Nile than ever before and this week brings the first confirmed death by EEE in Massachusetts. With all of the confirmed cases of vector-borne diseases, more municipalities are taking action and spraying for mosquitoes, but does it work?

Dead mosquito - Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Dead mosquito – Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

With 2 deaths and 30 confirmed cases of West Nile, Rankin County in Mississippi is ramping up their mosquito control efforts by having sprayers run double shifts in hopes to cut down on the number of mosquitoes. Additionally, larvacide is being added to standing water to stop mosquitoes from maturing. Many municipalities like Rankin are doing this all across the country.

In Massachusetts, a man recently died of EEE, a mosquito-borne disease even though his town is sprayed by the county. “The spraying reduces the number of mosquitoes, but it doesn’t kill all the mosquitoes and it doesn’t penetrate into heavily wooded areas where the spray trucks can’t get,” says Board of Health Director Paul McNulty.

So what does this mean for homeowners? Even though your county sprays the area generally it may not get all the areas where mosquitoes breed and harbor. More protection, whether it’s a mosquito spray that you spray on yourself or a barrier spray for your yard, may be needed. That’s where Mosquito Squad comes in.

Mosquito Squad applicators spray our effective mosquito control in all the areas that truck sprayers can’t, mainly in your backyard where you spend the majority of your time outdoors. We pay special attention to heavily wooded areas where mosquitoes hide. The spray kills the skeeters on contact and then provides a residual effect for up to 21 days, killing between 85 and 90% of the mosquitoes in your yard.

If you are interested in mosquito control for your yard, contact your local Mosquito Squad office.

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Protect your Horses from EEE

Horse owners are being advised to vaccinate all of their horses against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) as the disease has appeared in several areas of the east coast. News this week has reported that mosquitoes, chicken and birds have been testing positive for EEE with one horse in New York dying from the disease.

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Keep your horse from being at risk of contracting EEE

Encephalitis in general is a vector-borne (mosquito transmitted) disease that causes the brain to swell. Symptoms are common with other brain injuries including headache, confusion and drowsiness. Eastern Equine Encephalitis was first discovered in the US in Massachusetts after seventy-five horses died unexpectedly. Scientists were first able to isolate it in a horse brain in 1933 and were able to eventually create vaccinations for horses.

While human cases of EEE are rare, it can infect mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Mosquitoes contract the disease from birds and then infect other animals through future bites. Currently there is no cure for EEE.

Horses are very susceptible to EEE as they spend a lot of time outdoors in the presence of potentially dangerous mosquitoes. When bitten by an infected mosquito, a horse won’t show any signs of the disease until 3 weeks later, allowing the virus to do most of its damage. The first sign of EEE is a high fever that lasts for only a few days. After that, horses may appear drowsy, with bursts of excitement and restlessness. They will wander aimlessly and could become paralyzed. Unfortunately 70 to 90% of infected horses will die only a few days after they first displayed symptoms of the disease.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a preventable disease when the horses are properly vaccinated. Please visit the American Association of Equine Practitioners for vaccination recommendations. At Mosquito Squad, we have helped many barn and horse owners take the extra step of horse protection with our misting system which provides the area with continuous mosquito and tick control around a property.  If you’re interested in learning how a misting system can help protect your horses against mosquito bites, feel free to give your local Mosquito Squad a call.

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