The Zika virus has been found in Florida.

What exactly does that mean for Western Michigan?

Probably not a whole lot when it comes to safety concerns. Folks in Bellevue, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Battle Creek shouldn’t be alarmed with this recent news.

However, the news does suggest that the virus is traveling and the mosquitoes that carry Zika aren’t just found in South America these days.

So what exactly do we know?

According to Florida health officials four individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitoes.

These are the first known cases of the virus being transmitted by mosquitoes in the continental United States.

“While no mosquitoes trapped tested positive for the Zika virus, the department believes these cases were likely transmitted through infected mosquitoes in this area,” according to a statement from the Florida Department of Health.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had a rather ominous statement to add to the fray.

“As we anticipated, Zika is here,” he said. “All the evidence we have seen indicates that this is mosquito-borne transmission that occurred several weeks ago.”

Here at Mosquito Shield of West Michigan we have been fighting the good fight against mosquitoes for our customers. Mosquito Shield is an innovative residential mosquito control solution that utilizes proprietary products and innovative procedures to combat the mosquito population in your yard.

We treat properties every 10 t0 17 days to stay ahead of weather, the lifecycle of the mosquito, and specific conditions on your property to make sure you have a fighting chance against mosquitoes.

While Zika is making its way north, we are just as concerned about West Nile Virus and EEE, mosquito-borne diseases that are already here in West Michigan.

If you have any questions or concerns about mosquito issues in your yard, call us at (269) 763-9248.