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Canyon Creek Estates residents Andy and Kelly Williams hope to take some of the sting out of mosquito bites this hot, damp summer season.

Canyon Creek Estates residents and Mosquito Squad franchisees Kelly and Andy Williams.

They moved to their north-side lake house permanently little over a year ago. After 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and a career in oilfield services, Andy Williams was looking for a veteran-friendly business. Kelly wanted to put her sales experience to good use.

The couple discovered Mosquito Squad, the largest mosquito-and-tick control franchise in North America. In late April, they signed on as franchisees.

And if you call, it’s Andy who shows up at your doorstep or business — not a third-party contractor.

Service Areas

Although their customer base is primarily residential, the Canyon Lake residents also treat Gruene Historic District. Service areas include all of Comal County including New Braunfels, Garden Ridge, Spring Branch/Bulverde and Canyon Lake. Customers live as far north as Austin and as far south as North San Antonio.

“Recent heavy rains, combined with our hilly terrain, create plenty of spaces for mosquitoes to actually breed,” Kelly says. “When someone calls, we explain how to treat yards properly for mosquitoes.”

Free advice includes “tip, toss and turn.”

“Go out and make sure you don’t have standing water in your yard,” she says. “Mosquitoes will reproduce in a capful of water. That’s all it takes. Dog water, buckets, planters, kiddie pools  — anything that’s laying around.”

Zika Virus

Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases pose a real threat to Texas homeowners.

“We’ve made it our goal to educate our neighbors and help keep them protected,” Kelly says.

Mosquito Squad uses the latest EPA-registered mosquito control barrier treatments, larvicide and all-natural substances to eliminate mosquitoes from yards and outdoor spaces.

Contact the Kelly family at 830-515-5595 or visit SCTexasMosquitoSquad.com for more information.

Public Health Measures

To date, no cases of Zika virus have been reported in Comal County.

Comal County’s Office of Public Health regularly coordinates with Texas Department of State Health Services to monitor developments and follow most-recent state and federal guidelines for dealing with mosquito-borne Zika virus, which especially affects pregnant mothers and their fetuses.

The most common signs and symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, headache, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and muscle pain.

“We encourage anyone who thinks they might have Zika to contact their health care provider, who can consult with the Office of Public Health on testing,” says Dr. Dorothy Overman, a family-practice physician who serves as Comal County’s health authority.

Protection

Residents can combat Zika by protecting themselves from mosquito bites. Steps include:

  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Using EPA-registered insect repellents
  • Using permethrin-treated clothing
  • Eliminating standing water on your property, including cleaning rain gutters
  • Staying and sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms
  • Avoiding or limiting outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.

Comal County crews also abate mosquitoes in the public right of way as needed, and on private property that is vacant or abandoned on a complaint basis. Residents can call 830-608-2090 to begin the abatement process on vacant or abandoned land.

“Keeping our county healthy requires a full community effort,” said Angela Lopez, the county’s public health emergency preparedness coordinator. “Anyone looking for more information can visit TexasZika.org or CDC.gov.”

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