I am sure you are wondering how a trip to Texas can help with fighting mosquitoes in places like Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. We are just back from the Mosquito Shield Owners meetings that were held in San Antonio and in fact, there were a lot of discussions about things like the newly-discovered (and highly publicized) Zika virus.

There was some talk about the impact it may have for us in West Michigan and other areas where Mosquito Shield is servicing customers. As you know, our goal is to help fight mosquitoes and the threat of mosquito-borne and tick borne diseases.

Zika virus is spread to people through a mosquito bite. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

While the origins of the disease are mostly in South America, it has been confirmed in Texas and as far north as Massachusetts.

The real issue isn’t necessarily the Zika virus and what level of exposure someone in Bellevue, MI has to this particular mosquito-borne illness.  It really comes down to the long and growing list of diseases, from Zika to West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, EEE and Lyme Disease that we are now susceptible to through a mosquito bite or tick bite.

The owners meeting also addressed the particular needs of each franchise territory, the results from last season, and the success rate that territories like West Michigan had in getting rid of mosquitoes.  The “State of the Company” was encouraging and the people at corporate continue to provide updates, enhancements, and adjustments to our approach to mosquito control and tick control.

If you have concerns about mosquito-borne illnesses like the Zika virus or tick-borne disease like Lyme Disease, rest assured that we share your concerns. No one wants to fear the outdoors or have your stress levels heightened when you are supposed to be relaxing in the sanctuary of your own back yard.

Mosquito Shield of West Michigan is committed to fighting mosquitoes on the Battle Creek River, Kalamazoo River, Grand River, and everywhere in between. We look forward to the season starting and developing a customized plan for mosquito control in your yard. In the meantime, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out via email at cbarnes@mosquitocontrolwmi.com or give us a call at the office at (269) 763-9248.

Thanks again for letting us be part of your outdoor plans in 2016.