New Hampshire Resident Contracts Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Mosquitoes transmit Eastern Equine Encephalitis to humans.

Mosquitoes transmit Eastern Equine Encephalitis to humans.

Several times this season, Mosquito Squad of Central New Hampshire has cautioned you about mosquito borne diseases. Though we all know they exist, sometimes it is easy to go through life as if they don’t, simply because most of us have never been directly affected by them. But this week, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) strikes close to home, and this time, the disease has not been identified in mosquitoes or horses but rather one of our neighbors. On Friday, the Concord Monitor reported that a Conway resident has been diagnosed with EEE.

 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a serious disease that can affect birds, horses, and humans. It is serious, and there is no treatment other than palliative care while the disease runs its course. There is also no vaccine for humans. EEE is transmitted to birds, horses, and humans though the bite of an infected mosquito. It will not pass from birds or horses to humans, and horses can’t get it from bird or other horses. Mosquitoes are the culprit here. Early human symptoms include many flu-like symptoms: chills, fever, joint pain, muscle pain, and feeling “out of sorts”. Encephalitic infections in humans are the most severe manifestation of the disease. They include: headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis, convulsions, and coma. Typically, an EEE infection will require hospitalization for recovery.

 

It's more important than ever to to control the mosquito population on your property.

It’s more important than ever to to control the mosquito population on your property.

Be sure that you and your family avoid Eastern Equine Encephalitis this season since it is in our local mosquito population. The very best protection from the virus is to avoid being bitten by the mosquitoes that may carry it. EEE is transmitted by several different species of mosquitoes, so the best defense is to control all mosquitoes. On your property, be sure that you are eliminating any areas of standing water – even if it is just a little water. Mosquitoes can use as little as a teaspoon for a breeding ground. Check the screens on your windows and doors. As temperatures cool, you will probably be using the AC unit less, so be sure mosquitoes can’t find their way into your home. When you venture outdoors, use a mosquito repellent, especially during the morning and evening hours when more mosquitoes are active. But do remember that certain species are active during all hours of the day. Long sleeved shirts and long pants can also make it more difficult for mosquitoes to bite you.

 

Finally, be sure to maximize your mosquito control by calling Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire. Our mosquito treatments will effectively eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property. They are long lasting, up to 21 days even when it rains. We will even set up a treatment schedule, so you don’t have to worry about mosquitoes for the rest of the season. EEE is serious. Be sure that you and your family are protected. Contact Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire today to get the best mosquito control available.

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How to Protect Your Southern New Hampshire Horses (and Yourself) from Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Protect your horses from Easter Equine Encephalitis

Protect your horses from Easter Equine Encephalitis

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) made its way into New Hampshire last week. According to The Eagle Tribune, the State Health Department has found the virus in a batch of mosquitoes in Londonderry (Source). Now that infected mosquitoes have been identified in our area, it is important for horse owners to take precautionary steps that help reduce their horses’ risk of contracting the disease. Though no infected horses have been identified in New Hampshire to date, simple prevention of the disease is best because most horses that contract EEE do not survive.

 

Symptoms of EEE in horses include erratic behavior, head pressing, unsteadiness, and a loss of coordination. Any horse showing these symptoms should be examined by a veterinarian immediately. While it will not help a horse that is already infected, an equine vaccination exists for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Fortunately, this vaccine can help prevent horses from getting the disease in the first place. If you own a horse, please discuss the vaccine with your veterinarian. While some owners perform routine vaccinations for their own horses, experts within the Entomology Department at Rutgers University advise against this for this vaccine. The EEE vaccine must be administered according to a specific protocol in order to be effective, and if that protocol is not followed, the horse may not be as protected though the owner thinks it is. (Source).

 

Eliminate standing water to help control the mosquito population.

Eliminate standing water to help control the mosquito population.

In addition to the vaccine, horse owners can help reduce risk by controlling the mosquito population on their property and around their stables. EEE is spread to horses through the bite of a mosquito. The disease is not communicable between horses, and horses cannot pass the disease to humans. Like horses, humans become infected by being bitten by an infected mosquito. Unfortunately, an infected horse indicates that the disease is present in the local mosquito population, and there is no way of knowing which mosquitoes are infected without testing. As you can see, the best way to control the disease is to control the mosquitoes that spread it.

 

In addition to eliminating stagnant water that can easily accumulate in many areas around a stable, owners should treat their property for mosquitoes to have the most effective control. Here at Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire, we are mosquito elimination experts. Our barrier sprays and misting systems can reduce your mosquito population by up to 90%. This means there are far fewer mosquitoes present that could bite your horse or a family member. Protect those you love, both four-legged and two-legged, from EEE by calling us today to talk about your options. You’ll be one step closer to managing the mosquitoes on your property.

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The Triple Punch from Mosquitoes in Southern New Hampshire

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We can keep your backyard free of these this season.

Mosquitoes in Southern New Hampshire are capable of pulling a punch with the diseases they can transmit. In fact, here in Southern New Hampshire, they can actually pull a triple punch with three mosquito-borne illness that can be found in our area. It’s important to know the symptoms of these diseases and how to control the mosquito population in your Southern New Hampshire yard. Let’s start with the three mosquito-borne viruses and their symptoms:

Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Southern New Hampshire

Disease West Nile Virus Easter Equine Encephalitis Chikungunya
Symptoms Fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. Chills, Fever, Joint Paint, and Muscle Pain.   More severe symptoms include headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, and coma. Fever, joint pain, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash
Duration of Symptoms Several weeks to months depending on the severity of infection. 1-2 weeks for systemic infections or longer for more serious cases or the disease may be fatal. Several days to a few weeks although joint pain can last for years.
Treatment There is no vaccine or specific treatment for WNV. Over the counter pain medication, fluids, and rest are recommended. There is no vaccine for EEE for humans. Medication, fluids, and rest are the best treatment. Hospitalization may be required, especially if the infection is severe. There is no vaccine for Chikungunya although one is in the works. Over the counter pain medication and rest are recommended.

 

While each of the diseases can be painful and eventually can become more serious, each can also be avoided with proper mosquito control by Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire. Our barrier spray reduces the

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mosquito population in your treated yard by up to 90%, and lasts for 21 days, even through the rain. Call us now for season long protection against Southern New Hampshire mosquitoes and the diseases they can transmit to your family with just one bit. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is ready to protect you from the triple punch of mosquitoes.

 

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First Locally Transmitted Chikungunya Cases Identified in United States Last Week

The Asian Tiger is one of the mosquitoes that spreads Chikungunya virus.

The Asian Tiger is one of the mosquitoes that spreads Chikungunya virus.

Just last week, we posted about Chikungunya virus coming to New Hampshire through infected travelers. It would appear our post was right on time. Last week, on July 17th, the Florida Department of Health announced that state’s first confirmed cases of locally transmitted Chikungunya virus. This means that the persons who contracted the disease had not recently traveled outside of the country. The CDC announced this information that same day. As experts have predicted, Chikungunya virus is now in the continental United States. A mosquito-borne illness, the disease is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, and the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) resides in Southern New Hampshire.

 

While Chikungunya virus is still many miles away, it is important to know its symptoms, so it can be correctly identified. Symptoms typically present themselves 3-7 days after a person is bitten, and the most common are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, and rash. Very young children, the elderly, and individuals suffering from other health conditions are most at risk of developing severe manifestations of the disease. Fortunately, death from Chikungunya virus is rare, but the disease is painful and debilitating. Blood tests are used to diagnose Chikungunya. While there is no cure, the disease typically runs its course in one week, though some continue to experience joint pain for longer periods of time. Treatment includes rest, plenty of fluids, and over the counter pain medication to manage joint pain.

 

keep calm and call the squadOf course, no one wants to get sick. To prevent colds, we wash our hands often and stay away from those who are infected. Chikungunya is not transmitted through person-to-person contact. Being bitten by an infected mosquito is the only way to contract the virus, so let’s all avoid mosquito bites. Wear light colored clothing when outdoors and use a mosquito repellent. To reduce the mosquito population on your property, rid the area of standing water – dump it out when you see it and be sure your property is draining.

 

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And finally, contact Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire at (603) 373 – 8863. We are mosquito-elimination experts, and our approach to mosquito control is strategic and effective. You can expect to see up to a 90% reduction in the mosquito population once we have visited. Our sprays are registered with the EPA and handled by trained professionals. Let us help keep your family safe from all mosquito-borne diseases, including the recently arrived Chikungunya virus.

Chikungunya Virus Arrives in New Hampshire

Travelers have brought Chikungunya virus back from the Caribbean.

Travelers have brought Chikungunya virus back from the Caribbean.

About a month ago, we posted about Chikungunya virus and its arrival in the Western Hemisphere. At the time, the CDC was concerned about travelers bringing the virus back from vacations in the Caribbean, and they still are. Within the past few weeks, the CDC’s predictions have begun to be realized. The Nashua Patch has reported that Chikungunya cases have now been identified here in New Hampshire. New Hampshire residents are much more likely to vacation in the Caribbean rather than the other areas of the world in which Chikungunya outbreaks have occurred. These first cases are the result of travelers being infected overseas.

 

So what do we have to worry about? Immediately, there is little cause for concern. However, as the number of imported cases rises, it becomes more likely that mosquitoes will bite an infected person and subsequently transmit it to a healthy individual. This is typically the way mosquito-borne diseases move into new areas. 2014 has already brought more Chikungunya cases within the United States than have ever been seen before. As of July 8th, the CDC has confirmed 138 cases within the continental US. In the past, only about 28 cases were confirmed here each year. As the number of Chikungunya cases increases, so does the need for vigilance.

 

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Protect your family from mosquito-borne diseases by eliminating mosquitoes in your yard.

If you are traveling to the Caribbean for vacation this season, be sure to protect yourself and your family by wearing mosquito repellent and light colored clothing and ensuring that mosquitoes are unable to enter your sleeping quarters. Not only will you decrease your risk of getting sick, you will also decrease the risk of sharing Chikungunya in your neighborhood once you return. At home, we should simply control the mosquito population by eliminating standing water on our properties and by treating our yards for mosquitoes. Here, Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire can help. Our barrier sprays are applied to the vegetation, which is a mosquito food source, in your yard. They last for 21 days, and even if it rains, they are a highly effective way of eliminating mosquitoes and continuing to repel them. We also offer organic options and mosquito misting systems.

 

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

So call Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire today at (603) 373 – 8863 to get control over the mosquito population on your property. The best way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, like Chikungunya, is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes in the first place. We can help.

Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s Tips on Mosquito Elimination During National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is this week and while it may not appear on your calendar, mosquitoes all over Southern New Hampshire and worldwide should be on high alert. With the new mosquito-borne illness, Chickungunya, spreading so rapidly across the United States as well as a handful of other mosquito illnesses, elimination in your yard and worldwide is now more important than ever.

Mosquito bites are not just painful; they are also the paths to virus transmission. National Mosquito Control Awareness week is the perfect time to follow Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s seven tips on eliminating mosquitoes:

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TIP.  Tip over tire swings, portable fire pits and catch basins and other areas that hold water.

TOSS.  Toss out yard waste like grass clippings, leaves, firewood and piles of mulch that create mosquito breeding grounds. Be sure to check the borders of your property as well as underneath your deck where debris tends to accumulate

TURN. Turn over portable sandboxes, slides or plastic toys; downspouts, plant saucers, and dog water bowls that capture water.

REMOVE TARPS.  Loose tarps over firewood piles, portable fire places, boats, and grills trap water and are often overlooked. Make sure you remove those potential breeding grounds.

TAKE CARE. Taking care of your home can increase your property values and decrease your chance of mosquito bites.  Include areas like gutters, downspout in your efforts. Check irrigation systems to ensure that they aren’t leaking and causing a breeding haven for mosquitoes.

TEAM UP. Talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control.  Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.

TREAT. Utilize Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s mosquito elimination barrier treatment around your home and yard to reduce the need for using bug spray on you and your family.

These seven tips will keep you and your family safe from mosquitoes and their diseases. To extend our efforts even further this week, we urge you to consider donating just $1 to Malaria No More’s Power of One (Po1) campaign. $1 provides a life-saving test and treatment for a child in Africa against mosquito-borne diseases so prevalent to them. Donating is easy at SwatMalaria.net.

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

Take this opportunity during National Mosquito Control Awareness week to protect your family and children in Africa from mosquitoes. One easy click, one easy walk around your yard and one easy phone call can do it all. (603) 373 – 8863