Another mosquito may carry the Zika virus, but more research is needed to confirm the early lab tests, University of Florida scientists reported. UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers detected Zika in the saliva of southern house mosquitoes collected in Florida.
Chelsea Smartt, an associate professor at the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Lab in Vero Beach, Florida, said her study’s finding supports that the mosquito species, known scientifically as Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes, can contain live Zika virus in saliva. To date the mosquito species Aedes aegypti is considered the primary carrier of Zika virus.
Smartt said researchers must perform more experiments to know whether and how much of a role Culex quinquefasciatus plays in spreading Zika.
In 2016, Zika caused cases of microcephaly – a rare neurological condition in which an infant’s head is significantly smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and gender – in some newborns in the United States, due in part to traveler-related global spread of Zika virus.
Scientists worldwide, including Smartt, have been studying the origins of Zika and how to control it.
Culex quinquefasciatus is common in the southern U.S. and is abundant in Florida, she said. The mosquito is found in tropical and sub-tropical areas, including Brazil, Africa and Southeast Asia.
In areas of the world where these mosquitoes feed on humans, there may be populations of Culex quinquefasciatus that can spread Zika, Smartt said.
Her research is published in the journal Frontiers of Microbiology.
Terminix of the Triad in North Carolina is proud to announce their purchase of a property at 1703 E. Wendover Ave in Greensboro, N.C., to house their corporate headquarters, training center, and operations for their local Greensboro residential branch and the commercial branch that services the Piedmont Triad.
Terminix-Triad was represented by Robin Tyler and Beau McIntosh of the local NAI Piedmont Triad in the purchase of the 41,650 SF building from Pennsylvania Mutual Casualty Insurance Co., headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., which has owned the building since 1981.
The building was built in 1967 and most recently renovated in 2001. Terminix-Triad plans to renovate the property to meet their corporate and customer service needs, with plans to relocate to the new office later this year. Burns Blackwell, president and CEO of Terminix Triad, says “this move helps us align our business with our continued growth plans and reiterates our commitment to the local communities that we serve. We’re proud to call Greensboro home.”
It’s a challenging morning. It took too long to get the kids off to school, and now you’re running late for a treatment at a new customer’s home. You open the door of your truck and notice something odd — where are your backpack sprayers? That’s when you notice scratch marks around the truck’s door locks. Did someone break in? Has your equipment been stolen?
More and more pest control operators are reporting theft of their valuable mobile equipment. This equipment disappears from vehicles, trailers, sheds and other storage facilities. Not only is it expensive to replace but its loss can leave you in a difficult position as you gather the right tools for a new job.
In particular, PCOs may be exposed to the threat of theft if they use heating equipment, power sprayers, foamers, backpack sprayers and truck mounted sprayers.
In the field and at your headquarters, there are several steps you can take to protect your equipment. Don’t underestimate the power of simply locking vehicles, trailers and sheds. Fence in storage facilities and install security equipment like cameras and motion sensor flood lights.
A determined thief may still prevail over your security measures, which is why it is important to prepare for potential loss of equipment. That means labeling tools and equipment whenever you can. You should also consider keeping meticulous records of all equipment, recording product serial numbers or other identifiers.
This is also where insurance can help. Considering the professional and financial value of your specialized tools, you need the right coverage to help you recover from this kind of loss. Inland marine coverage will help you cover the expense of lost and stolen equipment.
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