Alternative EarthCare Discusses New York State's Actions Against Zika Virus Spreading Mosquitoes

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Tropical Disease News
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LONG ISLAND, N.Y., Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Alternative EarthCare has been providing quality residential and

commercial services across Long Island, New York since 1996. Specializing in mosquito, flea, and east end tick control, traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding),
irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Christmas and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.

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The  Aedes species of mosquitoes carry numerous diseases, such as yellow fever, dengue, West Nile, Chikungunya and the potentially fatal, Zika virus. Zika can cause fever, joint pain, rashes, and headaches, but is most commonly known for causing microcephaly in babies whose mother's were bitten during pregnancy. The disease spreading pests have made their way to New York, and the state is responding. Alternative EarthCare discusses New York state's actions against Zika virus-spreading mosquitoes.

New York state is taking action against the Aedes mosquitoes with a comprehensive plan to minimize their populations and educate the public. In addition to New York state officials, local politicians are taking a stand to address the mosquito issue as well, by installing bat-houses at parks and areas where there is standing water. Bats can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes an hour. North Hempstead currently has a team of "batmen" installing bat houses around the community.

There are six main points to New York state's action plan. 100,000 larvicide tablets are being used to treat standing water, which local municipalities, business owners, and residents, will be asked to assist with by hosting clean-up days. Additionally, state workers will be covering the state with special traps and testing 60,000 Aedes mosquitoes weekly. 20,000  free Zika Protection Kits will be distributed amongst pregnant women in N.Y., including repellent, larvicide tablets, and educational materials. Multilingual brochures and posters are also being distributed state-wide. All local health departments will be required to submit Zika control plans if Zika carrying mosquitoes are present. The state has also included a Zika Information Helpline as part of their outreach campaign. Anyone with questions or concerns can contact 1-888-364-4723.

In addition to New York State's actions, property owners should protect their homes with regular treatments of horticulture sprays every 3-4 weeks to keep disease-carrying mosquitoes at bay and minimize next year's populations. Homeowners should also take steps to eliminate any standing water on their property and even install a bat house to protect family, friends, and pets from transmitting mosquito-borne viruses. 

Serving both Suffolk and Nassau County, including the East End and the Hamptons, Alternative EarthCare offers a variety of organic, non-toxic lawn care services for your home or business. In addition to beautifying and maintaining properties, the award-winning staff is also dedicated to the safety and health of their customers.

Media Contact: Scott Darrohn, fishbat, 855-347-4228,

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