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Beetles Can Pose Problems on Farms and Gardens

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Beetles Pose Agricultural Threats, Especially During Summer

Many species of beetles can prove damaging to humans, especially in an agricultural sense. These insects feed on plants, other small insects, or animal fibers, depending on the species. While some species are characterized as pests on farms and in gardens, while some other species, such as the ladybug, often prove beneficial to humans by killing harmful insects.

Beetles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be found all throughout the world. Some species are long and slender while others are rounded or oval shaped. They have firm antennae and chewing mandibles, and are characterized by their very firm, hard wings, which are often mistaken for their outer shell.

They fold their front pair of wings over their back pair, which are waterproof and protect the beetle from damage and dehydration. Interestingly, despite their two pairs of wings, beetles are poor fliers.

beetlesFlour and grain feed on food products in homes, and have also been known to damage food production/storage facilities and stores. June beetles, on the other hand, attack lawns and landscapes and attack the roots of grass, which might necessitate costly replacement in the long run.

During the fall and winter, these insects may become an even more prevalent pest to homeowners, because they’ll constantly be trying to make their way inside your home to escape from the cold weather. During these periods, you may be able to spot hundreds of beetles clustering around the outside of your home as they try to spot an opening.

In general terms, they can be divided into three different categories, which allows pest control experts to more accurately identify and exterminate the offending species. These categories include food product beetles, wood-destroying beetles, and fabric-infesting beetles.

Some kinds of beetles can be removed simply by using a vacuum of a broom, but your pest control profession will be able to recommend the best means of removal. Moreover, many different types of beetles and other insects are attracted to floodlights outside the home or business. Therefore, it’s a good idea to switch from white lightbulbs to the less enticing yellow lights.

beetlesIn the summer months especially, it’s important to remove food or compost that supports beetle development and reproduction. Likewise, moisture control is an important step in controlling beetle infestations. Make sure that areas like basements, bathrooms, and attics are kept as moisture-free as possible.

Some popular removal methods that pest control companies may choose to employ include using a pheromone-based beetle trap, which will effectively attract and immobilize the beetles. This will serve to determine the location of ingress and help you to administer insecticides effectively.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas beetle control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If beetles have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced beetle removal experts.

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Texas Reports First Case of Mosquito-borne Zika Virus

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First Reported Incidence of Zika Virus Among Southern Border States

According to a recent article published in Reuters on November 29, Texas has reported the first incidences of mosquito-borne Zika virus inside the United States. This makes Texas the second state, after Florida, to report such cases.

Dr. John Hellerstedt, Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner, commented “We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas.”

Dr. Hellerstedt went on to say, “We still don’t believe the virus will become widespread in Texas, but there could be more cases, so people need to protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially in parts of the state that stay relatively warm in the fall and winter.”

CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a related statement, “Even though it is late in the mosquito season, mosquitoes can spread Zika in some areas of the country, Texas is doing the right thing by increasing local surveillance and trapping and testing mosquitoes in the Brownsville area.”

Many health officials and pest control professionals agree that it was only a matter of time until cases of Zika virus began to be reported in southern border states like Texas, California, and Arizona. However, with a cold winter fast approaching in most parts of the country, it’s unlikely that the virus will spread northward with the same rapidity it exhibited in South America.

Common symptoms associated with Zika virus include mild headaches, topical rashes, fever, malaise, conjunctivitis, and joint pains. Typically, symptoms of the virus begin fading within two to three days. The illness has traditionally been viewed as fairly mild and actually only manifests in one out of five bitten hosts.

However, the most at-risk demographic from Zika virus has proven to be pregnant women. Experts have recently concluded that the disease can lead to severe birth defects, the most significant of which is abnormal brain development in fetuses by mother-to-child transition, which can potentially result in a miscarriage or microcephaly.

Due to the unprecedented rate of infection in new geographical areas, the CDC has issued travel guidelines for pregnant women, urging them to consider postponing travel to these areas. In areas where the spread of Zika virus is more pronounced, such as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Jamaica, officials have advised women to avoid getting pregnant until more information about the risks is discovered.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas mosquito control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If mosquitoes have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced mosquitoes removal experts.

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Zika Virus No Longer a Global Emergency

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W.H.O Changes Official Designation of Zika Virus

According to a story recently published in the New York Times, Zika Virus is no longer being classified as a global health emergency as of Friday, November 18, 2016.

The World Health Organization declared on Friday that the emergency concerning the spread of Zika Virus is now formally over. This statement has engendered dismay among several global health officials, given the scope of the epidemic up to this point.

However, rather than downgrading the threat posed by the disease, an agency advisory committee has concluded that Zika Virus should now be considered an ongoing threat, as opposed to a rapidly spreading illness.

Like all mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile virus, Zika is a seasonal malady, and reported cased will drop in direct proportion to the drop in worldwide mosquito activity.

In contention with the official declaration of the W.H.O. is Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute for Infectious Allergies and Diseases, who suggested that it was premature to lift the state of emergency, given the fact that summer is just beginning in the Southern hemisphere.

Common symptoms associated with Zika virus include mild headaches, topical rashes, fever, malaise, conjunctivitis, and joint pains. Typically, symptoms of the virus begin fading within two to three days. The illness has traditionally been viewed as fairly mild and actually only manifests in one out of five bitten hosts.

However, the most at-risk demographic from Zika virus has proven to be pregnant women. Experts have recently concluded that the disease can lead to severe birth defects, the most significant of which is abnormal brain development in fetuses by mother-to-child transition, which can potentially result in a miscarriage or microcephaly.

Due to the unprecedented rate of infection in new geographical areas, the CDC has issued travel guidelines for pregnant women, urging them to consider postponing travel to these areas. In areas where the spread of infection is more pronounced, such as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Jamaica, officials have advised women to avoid getting pregnant until more information about the risks is discovered.

Despite the W.H.O’s new official designation, it is still considered particularly unwise for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant to travel to the above areas.

In light of the extraordinarily rapid spread of the disease, the United States and other countries are attempting to fast-track a vaccine, although many experts suggest that a viable inoculation may still be years away.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas termite control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If mosquitoes have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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Zika Virus Spreads to Miami

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Health Officials Warn Pregnant Women to Cover Up Face, Body in Miami-Dade County

Earlier this week, a number of cases of zika virus has been documented in Miami. Health officials have warned pregnant women against visiting a twenty-block stretch of the Miami beach strip, and have tacitly asked pregnant tourists from visiting Miami-Dade county in general.

This marks the first time the Florida has issued these kinds of warnings. Over the previous few months, various parts of Texas and California have issued similar warnings.

Zika virus is native to Africa and is spread through the daytime feeding activities of the female Aedes mosquitoes. Its name comes from the Zika Forest in Uganda where the virus was first isolated in the 1940s. Like dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile, the Zika virus is transmitted through the feeding habits of female mosquitoes.

The virus causes few, or otherwise very mild, symptoms and is usually treated by rest. Historically, Zika virus has afflicted the narrow equatorial belt which spans from Africa to Asia. In 2014, however, the virus made its way across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia, Easter Island, and eventually to Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Only recently has the virus made it’s first inroads into the United States.

Common symptoms associated with Zika virus include mild headaches, topical rashes, fever, malaise, conjunctivitis, and joint pains. Typically, symptoms of the virus begin fading within two to three days. The illness has traditionally been viewed as fairly mild and actually only manifests in one out of five bitten hosts.

At time of writing, no vaccine or preventative drug is available, but aspirin, along with rest, fluids, and other anti-inflammatory drugs are recommended to ease symptoms.

In February of this year, new evidence has come to light suggesting that Zika fever in pregnant women can cause abnormal brain development in fetuses by mother-to-child transition, which can potentially result in a miscarriage or microcephaly.

Due to the unprecedented rate of infection in new geographical areas, the CDC has issued travel guidelines for pregnant women, urging them to consider postponing travel to these areas. In areas where the spread of infection is more pronounced, such as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Jamaica, officials have advised women to avoid getting pregnant until more information about the risks is discovered.

Likewise, new evidence suggests that Zika virus can possibly be transmitted sexually. Three cases of males transmitting the virus to their female partners have been documented thus far. Naturally, this is troubling news for women already living in high-risk countries, and because of the subtle symptoms of the virus, many men may not even know they’ve been infected before engaging in sexual activity with their partners.

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infections, work has begun in the United States on a vaccine for Zika virus. In light of the alarming rate at which the disease has spread across several continents, researching a vaccine has presumably been prioritized by various health organizations, and the first human tests involving the vaccine were carried out last month.

If mosquitoes have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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International Travel Exacerbates Spread of Mosquito-born Illnesses

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Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes Continue to Spread in the United States

Mosquito control experts have theorized that a number of new mosquito-borne diseases—that is, new to the United States—could be on this rise in the coming months. Thanks largely to international travel, exotic diseases like West Nile virus and Dengue fever have popped up in isolated incidents in Texas.

Officials from the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity have stated that imported cases of these diseases are not uncommon, and that Houston has the right kind of mosquito to begin the transition cycle. These mosquitoes are one of the most common in the Houston area. With a highly susceptible public, many of whom are uneducated about the dangers of mosquito-transmitted diseases, these officials stress the importance of preventative measures.

Apart from actual physical products, sometimes something as simple as checking your property for standing water is enough. Since it takes about a week from mosquito eggs to hatch into blood-sucking pests, one cursory examination every few days should help to curtail their appearance in your immediate area. 

Mosquito control experts have added that these particular mosquitoes are unique in that they rarely travel over 100 yards in the course of their lifespan, which means that if you can only manage to control the population on just your property, you still stand a better chance of not being bitten.

Topical mosquito repellent is the best choice for personal protection, according to mosquito control professionals, but there are also a number of other traps and repellents that can be helpful in keeping your outdoor space mosquito-free. Nearly all traps on the market today employ some kind of attractant to lure and kill female mosquitoes.

Some traps use fans to suck mosquitoes in and either capture or kill them, while others use some variety of sticky substance to immobilize mosquitoes on contact or employ some kind of electric grid that will shock them to death.

Some varieties of traps use propane as a heat source and carbon dioxide canisters as an attractive agent are meant primarily for controlling large mosquito populations that have become especially unmanageable.

These carbon dioxide canisters are meant to simulate human breathing and exhalation and serve essentially as decoys, attracting the mosquitoes to the trap before they can home in on actual human beings. Some other traps use a light source as an attractant, though these particular traps attract all manner of flying insects rather than just mosquitoes.

While the bodies of mosquitoes and moths continue to pile up around the traps, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a significant impact in the surrounding mosquito population is actually being made. Real, significant control of mosquito populations in more dependent upon the breeding habits of the specific mosquito species in question, as well as seasonal factors and weather patterns.

If mosquitoes have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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The Life Cycle and Feeding Habits of Chinch Bugs

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Chinch Bugs Thrive in Summer and Can Decimate Lawns and Crops

Chinch bugs, like crickets and aphids, can cause massive damage to your lawn in large numbers. Due to their tiny size, they may be able to go unnoticed for a long period of time, and the telltale brown patches they produce when feeding on grass can easily be disguised during periods of drought.

These pests are especially dangerous in agricultural areas, and have the ability to decimate crops and lead to severe economic ramifications, both in terms or removing the pests and replacing the crops that were ruined.

Like many other types of insects, chinch bugs are most active during the summer months, and begin to mate and multiply during late spring. During the winter, adult chinch bugs will seek out some kind of shelter, especially long grass or the spaces beneath rocks or logs.

These adult chinch bugs can lay up to about three hundred eggs in a month, and the eggs usually hatch in a week or two. These eggs will usually be deposited in grass stems and other similar places, meaning that maintaining your lawn is one possible step to prevent an infestation in the first place.

When the eggs finally hatch, the nymphs are easily recognizable by their bright red coloration and their unmistakable odor which can be detected in close proximity, especially if they are crushed.

Chinch bugs feed on many different types of grasses, and especially love areas that enjoy exposure to direct sunlight for long period of time. If your lawn does happen to be abnormally infested with these pests, you’ll likely notice damage to your grass during July and August, when they are actively feeding.

Much like aphids, chinch bugs feed by removing the fluids from plants and injecting a toxin that turn the grass brown, eventually causing it to die. A large enough infestation over a long enough period of time will certainly become noticeable as larger and larger portions of your lawn begin to whither and die.

Despite the economic threat that these pests pose, there are a number of preventative measures that have historically proven to be fairly effective. One such measure is to maintain your lawn as much as possible, ensuring that it does not get overlong and out of control. This also includes clearing away any overgrown thatch and tall grasses on your property that you may otherwise ignore.

Aerating the soil is another beneficial practice, as is ensure that your lawn is well-watered, if possible. Chinch bugs prefer dry, arid locations that are directly exposed to the sun, and making sure that your lawn has enough water will go a long way to deterring them.

There are also a number of commercially available predators which you may consider introducing to your yard. These insects, including ladybugs and lacewings, will feed on a large number of chinch bugs and will help to keep the population under control.

If chinch bugs have made unsightly appearances on your lawn, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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Mosquitoes and Pets

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Mosquitoes carry parasites which can harm household pets

With summer and mosquito season well and truly upon us, it’s important to be aware of the health risks that come with mosquito infestations. While the spread of Zika virus continues to make headlines all over the world, it’s prudent to consider the dangers that these pests can present for pets as well as humans. For example, heart worms are a deadly yet mostly silent malady which your dog can contract from the bit of a mosquito.

As is the case with many different types of mammals, the disease is spread through the bite of an infected female mosquito. Heart worms can cause lasting damage to a dog’s heart, lungs, and arteries, and can continue to harm your pet even after they have left the body. If left untreated, these parasites can continue to multiply and seriously impact your dog’s quality of life.

Heart worms are easily prevented but have proven to be fairly costly to treat; and then there’s the chance that they’ll be caught too late, after the bulk of the damage has been done.

These can be fairly difficult parasites to treat, in part because they can often be quite difficult to detect. While obvious outward signs may not be visible, a trained vet will be able to administer a simple blood test to determine if your dog or cat has heart worms. If the test indicates the presence of a parasite, the vet will likely recommend a regimen of antibiotics, which usually lasts for a number of months. This course of action can sometimes be costly, which is why prevention of the parasite is often the most efficient and cost-effective measure available.

There are many different products on the market designed to prevent heart worms in dogs and cats, most of which can be administer to your pet orally.

Often, however, it’s a good idea to prevent the spread and proliferation of the mosquitoes themselves, which will, in turn, lower the chances of your dog or cat contracting heart worms. In the summer months when mosquitoes are at their most active, there are a number of proactive steps you can take around your home to keep your family members and your pets safe and disease-free.

Perhaps the most important precaution to take is to eliminate areas where standing water is allowed to collect, such as flowerpots, birdbaths, and naturally low areas of your lawn. Mosquitoes can breed in even the smallest amount of standing water, and eliminating these areas on your property will go a long way in keeping their numbers down as the weather gets increasingly hotter.

Another smart step to take is to keep weeds and grass under control, which will naturally limit the hiding places for mosquitoes during the hotter daylight hours.

Some experts suggest that perfume and cologne act as attractants to mosquitoes, and people wearing these products may experience a greater number of mosquito bites than normal.

If mosquitoes have made unsightly appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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Adaptability and Social Heirarchies Help Ants Thrive

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Complex social behavior contributes to the long-term survival of ant populations

Most pest control experts agree that ants are the most populous insects on earth, with each colony having the potential to support literally millions of members. It’s curious, though, that ants have been able to proliferate so proficiently without the benefit of wings or other notable locomotive facilities.

One major difference between ants and other so-called “social insects” such as wasps and bees is the marked absence of wings. Interestingly, ants have mostly dispensed with flight as a means of foraging. Worker ants are always wingless and, moreover, queens and males possess wings only during the reproductive period.

This reproductive period involves queens and male ants swarming from the nest, usually during the spring or summer. After the swarming period, the females will seek a suitable nesting site and attempt to start a new colony. While these ants take to the air during their reproductive period, they are often mistaken for winged termites. Your local pest control expert, however, should have no problem correctly identifying the pests, at which point he or she can take steps to get rid of them.

Although ants have been known to build nests in nearly every ground-level habitat imaginable, only few have elevated themselves—quite literally—into trees. Only a few species, such as the carpenter ant, commonly hollow out tree trunks into a complex network of passages. The real problem, of course, is when such species decide to construct their elaborate nests in the wooden foundations of houses—which can very easily lead to a complete collapse.

On the other side of the coin, the slightly more exotic weaver-ants, often found in Asia, Australia, and Africa, are known to construct nests—as the name implies—by weaving together leaves and other foliage using silk produced by their larvae. The behaviors of these ants, naturally, are born of the necessity to adapt to their surroundings.

One of the more fascinating species is the much-feared army-ant, which is most commonly found in Africa, South America, and India. The army-ant, like those species mentioned above, is completely terrestrial but, in contrast, has no permanent nest.

Instead, it prefers to move restlessly about in search of food. When their resources in a given location are finally exhausted, they move on, advancing in vast, spreading columns, the center consisting principally of workers, while the flanks consist of their huge soldiers; their jaws held aloft like sickles. Ahead of the column march advance “scouts” which lay down scent-trails for the colony to follow.

Adaptability is the name of the game with any species of insect, but the amazing versatility and remarkable organization of these creatures has no doubt aided in their massive populations as well as their ability to thrive in nearly all environments. Ants have a wide variety of food preferences and nesting habits, which allows them to take advantage of their surroundings in order to survive. Some ants build their nests in soil, producing a characteristic mound, while others prefer to nest in hollowed-out or decaying wood, which provides some protection from the elements.

If ants have made unsightly appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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Centipedes Help Maintain Healthy Ecosystems

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Centipedes commonly prey on spiders, worms, and other centipedes

Centipedes are carnivorous insects and natural predators. Although their eyes are only capable of discerning light and dark, their extremely sensitive antennae are more than adequate for locating their prey. Like spiders, these insects are important in maintaining healthy ecosystems by feeding on other damaging insects.

Most adult centipedes prefer moist, dark, quiet places during winter and place their eggs in dampened soil during spring or summer. As insects, centipedes live abnormally long lives; most usually survive up to a year in the wild, although some have been known to like up to six years. Centipedes do no roam during the daytime, but they will sometimes make inroads into human habitations and seek damp areas in bathrooms, closets, basements, and other similar spaces.

Unlike termites, centipedes are unlikely to consume wood. Millipedes, however, are herbivores and detritivores, and feed exclusively on dead or decaying plant material as well as cellulose-based materials like wood.

While some pests like cockroaches or mice may leaving visual clues that they’ve been using your home as shelter, no such indicators exist for a centipede infestation apart from actually seeing the centipede itself. In North America, the most commonly encountered centipede is the house centipede which ranges from 25 to 38 mm in length. This particular species possesses extremely long legs and has the ability to travel on both floors and walls without issue.

As mentioned above, centipedes are carnivorous insects, which means that limiting their access to potential food sources is a step in the right direction when it comes to eliminating them from the home. It’s for this reason that a comprehensive approach to pest control is best; ideally, your pest control expert will be able to identify all species of pests that may be invading your home, and from there, he or she can put the most effective control method for your home.

While the venom produced by these pests is not fatal, the bite from some larger species of centipede can be as painful as a bee sting and can lead to severe pain, numbness, discoloration, and inflammation of the afflicted area.

For common house centipedes, commercially available sticky traps may be enough to stem the population of these pests in a given area. Moreover, these traps will be able to give you a more accurate idea of where these pests are coming from, as well as the routes they’re taking to get around your home. If an infestation is confirmed, it’s recommended that homeowners take special care to seal off uncommonly moist areas like bathrooms and reduce entry points to the outside like cracks and crevices.

If centipedes have made unsightly appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

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Zika Virus Spreads to the Western United States

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Despite its rapid spread, Zika virus remains a non-lethal threat

As Zika virus continues to spread throughout South American and now into the United States, it’s understandable that there’s a lot of misinformation and uncertainty surrounding symptoms and the dangers that the disease poses. Despite its rapid spread, the virus continues to manifest itself in a non-lethal capacity, and its main symptom is a three-day-long fatigue, followed in most cases by a speedy recovery.

Zika virus is native to Africa and is spread through the daytime feeding activities of the female Aedes mosquitoes. Its name comes from the Zika Forest in Uganda where the virus was first isolated in the 1940s. Like dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile, the Zika virus is transmitted through the feeding habits of female mosquitoes.

The virus causes few, or otherwise very mild, symptoms and is usually treated by rest. Historically, Zika virus has afflicted the narrow equatorial belt which spans from Africa to Asia. In 2014, however, the virus made its way across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia, Easter Island, and eventually to Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Only recently has the virus made it’s first inroads into the United States.

Common symptoms associated with Zika virus include mild headaches, topical rashes, fever, malaise, conjunctivitis, and joint pains. Typically, symptoms of the virus begin fading within two to three days. The illness has traditionally been viewed as fairly mild and actually only manifests in one out of five bitten hosts.

While a vaccine is currently being researched, aspirin, along with rest, fluids, and other anti-inflammatory drugs are recommended to ease symptoms.

In February of this year, new evidence has come to light suggesting that Zika fever in pregnant women can cause abnormal brain development in fetuses by mother-to-child transition, which can potentially result in a miscarriage or microcephaly.

Due to the unprecedented rate of infection in new geographical areas, the CDC has issued travel guidelines for pregnant women, urging them to consider postponing travel to these areas. In areas where the spread of infection is more pronounced, such as in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Jamaica, officials have advised women to avoid getting pregnant until more information about the risks is discovered.

Likewise, new evidence suggests that Zika virus can possibly be transmitted sexually. Three cases of males transmitting the virus to their female partners have been documented thus far. Naturally, this is troubling news for women already living in high-risk countries, and because of the subtle symptoms of the virus, many men may not even know they’ve been infected before engaging in sexual activity with their partners.

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infections, work has begun in the United States on a vaccine for Zika virus. In light of the alarming rate at which the disease has spread across several continents, researching a vaccine has presumably been prioritized by various health organizations, and the first human tests involving the vaccine were carried out last month.

If mosquitoes have made unsightly appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.