Zika virus threat boosts pest control business in Lufkin

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - We're officially in mosquito season and that means it's time to bring out the repellent. However with 36 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Texas, more East Texans want to protect their home.

"We get calls every day for mosquitos in general," Mosquito Minus owner, Chad Parks said.

When good ole fashion store bought repellent won't do, many East Texans turn to Mosquito Minus to get rid of the nuisance in all of our lives.
"We spend a lot time outside so we knew that we did not want to be eaten up by mosquitos," Lindsey Goforth, a Mosquito Minus customer said.

However this year the fear of the bite is different, and that's all thanks to the Zika virus.

"We've received calls for our mosquito service at least a month earlier then we generally do," Parks said.

By applying insecticide spray, it keeps the flies away.

"Pesticide as well as a growth inhibitor that will just kill the mosquitos in their habitat," Parks said. "As far as getting inside, we hope that we have a chance of killing them before we do so."

"One month we accidentally skipped last year and we can tell on day 29 that we had mosquitos," Goforth said.

Since little mosquitos pack a big bite, experts advise residents to stay prepared throughout this mosquito season.
"With the Zika virus and mosquitos being vector of diseases, it can be a public health concern," Parks said. "So around your property if you don't utilize mosquito minus for an application of pesticide, at least do a source reduction. Make sure there is no standing water around your residence."

"I'm very grateful that we have the spray and we don't have to worry about the Zika virus or anything else," Goforth said. "Especially with our fair and sensitive skin, we don't have to worry about the mosquito bites."

Mosquito Minus owners said their products are safe for people pets and plants.

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