Zika, West Nile Virus, and Mosquitoes - Montgomery County TX and Rainfall

texasfloodingIn the last 30 days 19.3″ of rain has fallen as measured at the Lake Conroe Dam.

THAT is a huge amount of rain! Torrential rains and a continuous flow of precipitation over the last 3 or 4 weeks has caused not only river and stream flooding, but an enormous amount of water pooling over the area.

And THAT is where mosquitoes breed.

Everyone should take action to eliminate standing and pooled water on their property. That includes not only the usual pooled areas but spots where water can accumulate out of sight: empty cans, tires, garbage, ditches, and more.

Why is that important?

mosquito“Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism — over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, they also transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible to. ” (source)

Mosquitoes carry Malaria, Chikungunya, Dog Heartworm, Dengue, Yellow Fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis Encephalitis, LaCrosse Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and Zika Virus.

By now everyone has heard of the West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus.

These threats must be taken seriously before they take hold in our own neighborhoods. Historically, aside from rats, mosquites have caused more disease and death than any other carrier of disease.

On May 19, 2016 Precinct Three released this statement about West Nile:

The Woodlands, TX – The Precinct Three Mosquito Abatement team is responding to a mosquito sample that tested positive for West Nile virus in South Montgomery County. In the beginning of 2016, Montgomery County purchased new equipment to test mosquito samples for West Nile Virus in house at the Precinct 3 facility. . . To help combat mosquitoes with our recent rain and warm temperatures, we ask residents to do the following and think WET:

• Wear Repellent
• Eliminate standing water
• Treat water that you can’t eliminate

For more information you can visit http://www.precinct3.org/mosquito-abatement/

(source)

And from the Texas State Department of Health Services:  As of June 3, 2016, “Texas has had 40 reported cases of Zika virus disease.

Case counts by county:

Bexar – 6
Collin – 1
Dallas – 6
Denton – 2
Fort Bend – 2
Grayson – 1
Harris – 13
Tarrant – 4
Travis – 2
Val Verde – 1
Williamson – 1
Wise – 1

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever, rash, muscle and joint aches and red eyes (conjunctivitis). Symptoms are usually mild, and most people exposed to Zika virus won’t develop any symptoms at all. . . People can protect themselves from mosquito bites by taking a few simple steps:

For the summer of 2016 please stay safe and avoid getting a mosquito bite.

For all your Montgomery County Real Estate Needs contact the Michelle Wheeler Team
Wayne Stroman, Broker
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Sales Office: 14500 HWY 105 W, Conroe, Texas 77304
Mail to: PO Box 2991, Conroe, Texas 77305
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