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Zika Training

12/19/2016

The following are excerpts are from Wikipedia sources about the Zika virus. Following these excerpts is information on how Magic Pest Management LLC is receiving training and preparing to battle the mosquitoes around your homes and places of work to protect you against the mosquitoes that potentially carry the Zika virus.

Zika virus (ZIKV) is a virus. It is spread by the Aedes mosquitoes, such as A. aegypti and A. albopictus. Zika virus is related to the dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses. From 2007 to 2016, the virus spread eastward, across the Pacific Ocean to the Americas, leading to the 2015-16 Zika virus epidemic.

The infection, known as the Zika virus disease, often causes no or only mild symptoms, similar to a very mild form of dengue fever. As of 2016, the illness cannot be prevented by medications or vaccines as of this article. Zika can also spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus. This can result in microcephaly, severe brain malformations, and other birth defects. Zika infections in adults may result rarely in Guillain-Barre syndrome.

In January 2016, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued travel guidance on affected countries, including the use of enhanced precautions, and guidelines for pregnant women including considering postponing travel.

Zika is primarily spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, and can also be transmitted through sexual contact or blood transfusions. Zika is primarily spread by the female Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is active mostly in the daytime. The mosquitoes must feed on blood in order to lay eggs. The Zika virus appears to be contagious via mosquitoes for around a week after infection. The virus is thought to be infectious for a longer period of time after infection (at least 2 weeks) when transmitted via semen.

Zika can be transmitted from men and women to their sexual partners.

The Zika virus can spread by vertical (or "mother-to-child") transmission, during pregnancy or at delivery.

As of April 2016, two cases of Zika transmission through blood transfusions have been reported globally, both from Brazil, after which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended screening blood donors and deferring high-risk donors for 4 weeks

It is estimated that 1.5 million people have been infected by Zika in Brazil, with over 3,500 cases of microcephaly reported between October 2015 and January 2016. In November 2016, the World Health Organization declared that the Zika virus was no longer a global emergency.

Symptoms of microcephaly, linked to mothers infected by Zika virus. On January 15, 2016, because of the "growing evidence of a link between Zika and microcephaly" the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) issued a travel warnings. It was determined in June that travelers to Dominican Republic lead New York City in positive Zika tests. In November 2016, the World Health Organization declared that the Zika virus was no longer a global emergency.

Magic's Training on the Zika virus and Mosquitoes

Zika Training at Magic Pest Management LLC took place on November 3rd, 2016 by the prominent pest industry's instructor and consultant, Austin Frishman, Ph.D., BCE Emeritus. The course known as "Zika Mosquitoes and the PMP's Role" was a comprehensive course in identifying the mosquito and implementing a plan of action to control it in the NYC environment.

First he spoke about the Zika virus and the impact it has made on human during the past year. Some of this information I presented in the excerpts from Wikipedia above. Then in a detailed explanation Dr. Frishman went over the biology and behavior of the mosquitoes that transmits the virus in our area of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Western Nassau County.

These mosquitoes do not need large areas to breed. The species of mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus breed in fresh water which remains stagnant. They do not breed in salt water. They may be found in small puddles of stagnant water anywhere on any property. It is both the owner's and the PMP's role to identify this breeding sites and eliminate them. Bird baths should have the water removed and replaced on a weekly basis to interrupt the mosquito's breeding cycle. This is very important since mosquitoes require a water source to lay their eggs in and the young (larvae) require water to survive. In locations were the water is impossible to remove substances such as mineral oil may be necessary to eliminate the turgidity of the water to drown the mosquitoes. Gutters should be cleaned multiple times during the year. Small containers such as cans, buckets, spire tires, etc., should have any standing water removed and the items placed in such a manner to prevent the future collection of water.

Who is qualified to perform treatments on the property? Specific certifications are necessary in NYS. Magic Pest Management LLC is one of the few pest control companies that maintain a large number of certifications with the State of New York to make sure we are properly certified to apply the pesticide in an approved and legal manner. This includes the proper training in applying the products according to the label and NYS regulations. Our technicians also receive training on the safety equipment necessary to perform the work properly. Magic personnel receive training on the proper application of the products to ensure that you and your family are protected not only from the pest, but to also protect you and your family from the product itself.

Magic will cooperate with you, our client, by informing you with a preparation guideline on what we expect of you and what you should expect from us before servicing the property.

Magic using several different pieces of equipment to apply the products around your home. Mosquitoes rest under the leaves of many shrubs and bushes and Magic uses misters to reach these areas with a botanical protect, which is considered "Green" for quick knock down. Mosquitoes are also known to rest on the surfaces of the outside walls of your home. Surface treatment on critical areas will help reduce the overall population of mosquitoes around the home. Although 100% elimination is impossible, treatments done twice-a-month during the mosquito breeding season from April through October is very effective in reducing the population around your home to a level that allows you to enjoy the outdoor environment without constantly being annoyed by mosquitoes.

Dr. Frishman concluded his lesson by explaining that the future of Zika in the US will expand and should reach our area before any vaccine is available to control its spread. Therefore, the role of the Pest Management Profession is essential at this time. Magic Pest Management LLC is again at the forefront of today's technologies and pest issues through its comprehensive training programs and leading consultant such as Austin Frishman, Ph.D. BCE Emeritus. We like to extend our thanks to Dr. Frishman for his many years in insight and training to our company and the industry in whole.