Is Zika Still a Threat in the US

The Zika virus is still being tracked by the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC. The entire state of Texas is listed as one of the states with the highest rates of transmission. However, the overall rates of transmission are extremely low. This is good news for travelers and residents of the states where the infection rates are relatively high. It means that taking basic precautions can prevent the infection of the Zika virus in most cases. In addition to the initial infection from the mosquito, the Zika virus can be transmitted through sexual contact. At the current time, there is...
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Common Myths About Mosquito Repellent

Dealing with mosquitoes is simply another summer pastime in Houston. Everyone knows mosquitoes can be annoying and dangerous, but not everyone knows the best way to fight off these pests. In fact, there is an unsettling number of misconceptions about mosquito repellent. In order to make the best choices for you and your family in Houston, it is time to debunk these common repellent myths. 1. Chemicals Are Dangerous Admittedly, there is always room for concern when applying chemicals to the body. However, in most cases, these concerns are dramatically overblown. The truth of the matter is that chemical sprays that...
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Tips for Choosing the Right Mosquito Repellent for Your Family

Bugs can ruin just about any outdoor get-together or excursion, which is why Americans spend about $62 million annually on insect repellents. Some bugs are more than just annoying. Mosquitoes can spread diseases such as Zika and West Nile Virus and leave behind itchy welts that can trigger allergic reactions in some people. Mosquitoes are naturally attracted to the heat and humidity of the human body and the carbon dioxide that we exhale. They even zero in on chemicals in our sweat, which is where mosquito repellents come in handy. Repellents work by masking the chemicals in our sweat, making it...
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Where Mosquitoes are Common

Mosquitoes are naturally drawn to Houston’s humid climate. It is the perfect environment for these disease-carrying insects to thrive. During the warmest months, mosquitoes become especially active. You definitely need to keep them away from your property. Mosquitoes can prevent you and your family from truly enjoying an outdoor lifestyle. Here are some of the most common places that mosquitoes tend to be found.  Rain Gutters It is important to keep your rain gutters clean throughout the year. Leaves and other debris can cause rain gutters to clog. Mosquitoes will definitely be attracted to the standing water. These insects can quickly...
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Where do Mosquitoes Go in the Winter?

As warm weather begins to approach, mosquitoes become a common complaint throughout the Houston area. Have you ever wondered what happens to these bothersome creatures during the Fall and Winter seasons? The information gathered below will help you understand the life cycle of a mosquito, what happens to them during the winter, and how you gain better control of the mosquito population around your home. Mosquito Life Cycle The initial stages of the life cycle of a mosquito are centered largely around water. Female mosquitoes begin to lay eggs in the Fall. They typically choose stagnant bodies of water in which...
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