If we are not on the zika map, is there a threat?

The Centers for Disease Control has released a Zika Travel Advisory and that release includes the map below.

zika map


The map released by the CDC shows the potential abundance of the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito associated with diseases like dengue fever, West Nile, and Zika. The abundance quotient is divided into High, Moderate, and Low.

Most of the Midwest and Northern states are left off of the Zika Map while areas in the Northeast, Eastern Seaboard, and the South seem to have the highest potential for the Aedes aegypti, also known as the “yellow fever mosquito.”

Does that mean there isn’t a threat?

Take a look at a second map. This one is sourced from a doctor in Toronto that tracks the potential spread of the disease based on travelers from foreign countries.

zika kalamazoo


This map shows an impact of varying degrees around the U.S. and West Michigan is shaded as an area that could be impacted.

So what is the likelihood of someone from Battle Creek or Kalamazoo contracting the disease? That’s really not something we can project. However, we do know that West Michigan has mosquitoes and mosquito control is our primary focus at Mosquito Shield of West Michigan.

The Zika Virus continues its reign in the news cycle. Most of the reports that were issued over the last few days suggest the threat is more serious than the experts previously believed.

CNN’s headline read “Zika virus ‘scarier than initially thought’,” and Discovery News cried out “Zika Virus Linked with Another Brain Disease.”

None of these concerns should be dismissed, but neither

Again, we’ve always just focused on the things that we can control. We provide the best customer service in the business. At Mosquito Shield of West Michigan we are on your property every 14 days, reacting to the mosquito population, weather, and any other factors that might impact your exposure to mosquitoes.

Call us today to learn more about this innovative service.