Another West Nile Death in Texas

 Mosquito Alert

An 80-year old Fort Worth, TX resident died on Monday due to complications caused from West Nile Virus. It was the second confirmed fatality related to the virus in Tarrant County, which also has 159 confirmed human cases of the virus.

In nearby Dallas County, 190 human West Nile Virus cases have been reported resulting in 10 deaths. With the rising outbreak of West Nile Virus in Texas, a Dallas County Judge declared a public health emergency.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that almost 80 percent of the nation’s reported West Nile cases are from Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. Mosquitoes kill more humans annually then any other animal or insect. People with compromised immune systems are most susceptible, especially the sick, young, and elderly. West Nile Virus is at its highest level since 2004.

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Symptoms of West Nile Virus

The West Nile Virus actually causes two different forms of illness. The less severe illness causes flu-like symptoms with body aches, rashes, headaches, tiredness, and swollen lymph nodes. The more serious illnesses can advance dangerous neurological conditions such as encephalitis and meningitis.  Watch for muscle weakness, tremors, stupor of thought, and even convulsions.

Mosquito Control

Because mosquitoes breed so rapidly, the first line of defense against them is to kill their larva by applying a larvicide in any water on your property.  Pest control professionals agree that eliminating mosquito larvae with mosquito dunksis the most effective way to get rid of theses deadly pests. Each dunk treats up to 100 square feet of surface water, regardless of depth, and lasts for 30 days. Spraying for mosquitoes is a less effective alternative, but can be useful if done frequently. 

Preventative Measures 

Pest control professionals strongly encourage people to limit outdoor activity between the dusk and dawn hours because that’s when mosquitoes are most active. When you are outside, dress in clothing that will cover you from head-to-toe and use insect repellents containing DEET. Make sure to eliminate any stagnant water, often found in birdbaths or tire swings, because these are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Use mosquito dunks and contact a pest control professional to ask about their mosquito control options. 

For General Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
10900 Brittmoore Park Drive
(281) 668-4930

For Mosquito Control

Mosquito Management System
Suite B, 5737 Glenmont Drive
Houston, TX 77081
(832) 778-6366

915 Franklin Street #8n
(281) 815-4064

Affordable Automatic Mosquito
851 Sawyer St.
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 777-0040

Source: Fort-Worth Telegram

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