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Bug Busters USA encourages public awareness about insects of foreign origin

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Invasive Species a Hindrance During Summer Months

Bug Busters USA encourages public awareness about insects of foreign origin

Invasive species, or insects of foreign origin, can cause major issues for American homeowners during the summer months. Bug Busters USA a pest management company servicing the Southeast, urges vigilance against invasive species including red imported fire ants (RIFAs), Asian tiger mosquitoes, brown marmorated stink bugs and Formosan termites as the weather continues to warm.

Most people are aware of the risks posed by common summer pests like ticks, mosquitoes and bees. However, invasive species can also cause property damage and, in some cases, injury to humans.

We encourage homeowners to also be on the lookout for the following invasive species this summer:

Red Imported Fire Ant (RIFA) – RIFAs were brought to the United States in 1930 from South America and are mainly found in the southern region of the country. When disturbed, they are known to swarm and sting humans, often causing painful welts on the skin.

Asian Tiger Mosquito – Originating from Southeast Asia, the Asian tiger mosquito is now found throughout the eastern, Midwestern and southern states. This mosquito species can cause an irritable bite and spread several diseases, including Dengue fever, West Nile virus and Japanese Encephalitis.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – Likely introduced from Eastern Asia, stink bugs are most prevalent in the northeast. While stink bugs don’t pose any health threats, they can produce an unpleasant odor when crushed.

Formosan Termite – Originally from China, Formosan termites are the most aggressive subterranean termite species. They are capable of consuming wood at rapid speeds, posing a serious structural threat to a property if left untreated.

Due to the health and property risks posed by invasive species, homeowners should frequently inspect the home for signs of an infestation and contact a licensed pest professional to treat any potential pest problems.

October News from Bug Busters USA

Friday, November 1st, 2013

October News from Bug Busters USA

WNV Infographic

Friday, September 20th, 2013

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Press Release: Georgia Department of Public Health

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Press Release: Georgia Department of Public Health

Valdosta – The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed six mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Lowndes County last week. Fourteen mosquito pools have tested positive for a mosquito borne disease so far this year (13 – WNV, 1 – Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)). There have also been numerous cases of EEE confirmed in horses and one in a dog in South Georgia; and human cases in Clinch (EEE) and Brantley (WNV) Counties.

Public Health Officials continue to encourage everyone to guard against exposure to mosquitoes. According to Rosmarie Kelly, PhD, MPH, Public Health Entomologist, mosquito activity appears to be lower now than last year at this point; however, we won’t know for sure until all data are in for August.

Lowndes County is one of only five locations in Georgia that conducts testing on mosquito pools for mosquito borne illnesses. “Due to the testing in our area, we are able to notify the public when a mosquito sample tests positive for an illness,” says William Grow, MD, FACP, District Health Director. “However, this doesn’t mean that mosquitoes are only affecting people in that area. Mosquitoes travel everywhere and anyone is at risk of a mosquito bite.”

People are urged to take the following precautions:

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or PMD. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.
  • Any containers that can collect water should be discarded or dumped daily.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks when outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk to reduce the amount of exposed skin, as weather permits.
  • Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible.
  • Set up outdoor fans to keep mosquitoes from flying near you.

“While most people infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms of the illness and pass it on their own, even healthy people have become severely ill for weeks when infected,” says Dr. Grow.

Symptoms of WNV include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash that usually develop 3 to 14 days after being infected. The elderly, those with compromised immune systems, or those with other underlying conditions are at greater risk for complications from the disease.

There is no vaccine for the illness nor is there a specific treatment. People with severe cases are hospitalized and receive supportive care such as intravenous fluids and respiratory treatment. The best protection is to avoid being bitten.

For more information about mosquito borne illnesses, call your local health department or visit www.cdc.gov/.

WNV has been reported in Georgia

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

WNV has been reported in Georgia for the first time of the year. “These cases reinforce the need for all of us to be vigilant in applying preventive measures to help control mosquito breeding” Exclaimed Chris Hutcheson, with the Center of Environmental Health. If you are concerned about west Nile virus and mosquitoes consider the Bug Busters USA mosquito control program for your family.

EPA Regulations Won’t Cause Problems for Huntsville’s Mosquito Control

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

EPA Regulations Won’t Cause Problems for Huntsville’s Mosquito Control

HUNTSVILLE, AL – State and federal agencies have changed the regulations for mosquito control, but Huntsville officials don’t expect them to bug you this summer.

The new regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management require a lot more documentation and testing of areas to make sure the treatments are necessary and killing mosquitoes, said Cheryl Edge Clay, public health environmentalist who works with the city’s Vector Control.

She said the new regulations went into effect in October and won’t interrupt any services for city residents. The regulations required a permit by April 30 for cities that spray over 5,400 acres a year; Vector Control treats more than 128,000 acres in the city.

Richard Grace, the Madison County engineer, said county commissioners are aware of the new regulations from t regulations and making sure they comply. Each county commissioner takes care of his district’s needs for mosquito control outside the city, Grace said.

Clay had to put together a detailed pesticide discharge management plan that describes mosquito problems and what, if any, impact the spraying would have on the environment.

“The biggest change is, there will be a lot more documentation, requirement of data and followup inspections,” Clay said. “This summer we don’t expect to interrupt services with the new monitoring program. Residents can expect the same quality service as we’ve had in the past.

“We may not spray every Monday or Tuesday night. We’re going to spray where we can be most effective.”

Clay said Vector Control will begin using its mosquito fogging trucks — carrying a truck-mounted sprayer that shoots ultra low volume mist, she said — the first week of June. Currently, Vector Control is targeting the mosquitos larvae in swamps and other areas they are known to habitat with biological larvacide, which is much more environmentally friendly.

Clay says the city uses a non-toxic, low concentration chemical when it sprays at night. It also uses a non-toxic spray for the biological larvacide and even uses tiny mosquito fish, which they stock in ditches where mosquitoes are a problem.

Vector Control is asking beekeepers to call the office so the trucks can avoid spraying in their areas.

Clay said it’s not possible to visit every home in the city, so it helps if the public can to minimize areas that hold stagnant water. “Even a teaspoon of water can breed mosquitos,” Clay said.

For more information, go to www.mosquito.org/control.

The city’s Vector Control deals with mosquito control and encourages all residents to minimize areas that can hold stagnant water, such as old tires, bird baths, flower pots, pet water bowls, and poorly maintained fountains, gutters, and swimming pools. If you are a beekeeper in or near Huntsville, call 256-883-5872 so your area can be avoided until after sunset during fogging season.

ABCNews.com: Busy Tick Season Expected Thanks to Mild Winter and Early Spring

Friday, April 13th, 2012

ABCNews.com: Busy Tick Season Expected Thanks to Mild Winter and Early Spring

This year’s unusually  mild winter and the early onset of warm temperatures comes with a nasty downside — an explosion of ticks just waiting for a fresh, warm-blood meal.

“It’s going to be a really bad season, and it’s been almost the perfect storm,” said David Roth, co-chairman of the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance, a newly formed group of organizations that promote advocacy and awareness of Lyme disease and other conditions caused by ticks. “Part of it is the warmth and the fact that normally, they’re just coming out at this time of year, but they’ve been out now for a while, and so have people.”

There are a number of species of ticks, but perhaps the most well known is the deer tick, which carries the bacteria that causes  Lyme disease.

Roth, now 45, became intimately acquainted with Lyme disease in 2010, when he started to experience a variety of what he called “mysterious” symptoms.

For months, doctors couldn’t diagnose him, since Lyme disease can affect multiple body systems, and symptoms often mimic those of other diseases. He didn’t develop the telltale round, red rash that most people recognize as a hallmark of the disease. Many people don’t get that rash.

“Different people can be impacted differently,” Roth said. “My symptoms were more neurological.” He had difficulty sleeping and breathing, and experienced night sweats, tremors and more. Those symptoms, he said, still affect him two years later.

According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, the signs of Lyme disease can vary but often include the red rash that may appear about one or two weeks after a tick bite around the site of the bite, fever, joint pain, fatigue and chills. As the bacteria continue to invade the body, people may experience a stiff neck, tingling and severe headaches.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2010, about 22,000 cases of Lyme disease and 8,000 more probable cases were reported nationwide.

While Lyme disease is the most common tickborne disease, ticks can also transmit diseases such as  babesiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.

There has been a lot of debate over certain aspects of Lyme disease, including diagnosis and treatment. Another controversial point has been whether chronic Lyme disease exists. Despite the debate, there is agreement over the need to prevent tickborne diseases. Ticks often carry more than one disease, so people may end up getting co-infections from a single bite.

“We anticipate that this is going to be a very buggy summer, and infectious disease doctors are prepared to see an increase in people with tick-related illnesses,” said Dr. William Schaffner, director of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

No matter what species of tick is involved, preventive measures will be the same.

“Use tick repellent containing Deet, and use it regularly — that includes mowing lawns or working around the house, not just going on a hike in the woods,” Schaffner said.

People should also check each other and themselves after being outside. They should carefully inspect the back, hair, groin and other areas.

“If you can remove a tick promptly, it reduces the risk of infection,” he said. “It takes a while for a tick to feed and regurgiate the disease-causing organism into the body.”

When removing ticks from themselves or pets, people should grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull back without jerking.

Also, Schaffner said people should see a health care provider if they have been out in wooded areas and are experiencing an illness characterized by fever, and be sure to let the provider know they were outdoors, since ticks could bite and fall off without a person ever knowing.

Roth knows from experience how debilitating Lyme disease can be, and emphasized that prevention — and early diagnosis — were critical.

“People don’t get diagnosed until it’s too late,” he said.

Mosquito Control

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Bug Busters USA offers the following advice on keeping mosquitoes out of homes:

  • Eliminate potential mosquito breading grounds like birdbaths and baby pools by changing the water at least once per week.
  • Remove excess vegetation around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed.
  • Check your screens for any holes to keep them out of your house.

To learn more about mosquito-transmitted diseases, please visit www.bugbustersusa.com

Nashville Health Department Monitors Early Mosquitoes

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Tennessean.com: Nashville Health Department Monitors Early Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes have arrived in Middle Tennessee earlier than they usually do, according to the Metro Health Department.

Blame the above average temperatures and rain.

The department is monitoring areas of standing water in Davidson County looking for mosquito larvae and applying a granular larvicide to kill larvae.

To reduce the mosquito population, residents should empty standing water in flower pots, buckets, plastic covers, toys or any other container that may collect water. Change the water in birdbaths, fountains, wading pools and rain barrels at least once a week if not more often.

– Andy Humbles
The Tennessean

Malaria No More ~ “Netman” Comic for All Ages!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Malaria No More Comic for All Ages!

Malaria No More is determined to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015. Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease and recent progress shows that malaria’s days are numbered — but we need your help. Together, we can make malaria no more.