Metroplex-based Start Up Offers Targeted Solutions for Residential, Commercial - Mosquito-Borne Disease Threat

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Mosquito Safe of Texas, a new company based in Fort Worth and serving the entire Metroplex, is poised to help reduce the cases of West Nile Disease.

Cities have been slow to respond to the West Nile threat before the number of cases of West Niles cases have risen.

Last year in Tarrant County alone, there were 279 reported cases of West Nile disease and 11 deaths. Now, Mosquito Safe of Texas, a new company based in Fort Worth and serving the entire Metroplex, is poised to help reduce those numbers or stave off increases for 2013.

Mosquito Safe founder Tim Taylor of Fort Worth was well aware that the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, first discovered in New York in 1999, had spread throughout the United States, hitting Texas particularly hard.

“My wife was always being attacked by mosquitoes,” he said. “So it wasn’t surprising to learn that one-third of all cases of the West Nile Disease and one-third of deaths from the disease nationwide in 2012 were in Texas, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control. In the recent past, cities have been slow to respond and are usually unable to treat for mosquitoes before the numbers of reported West Nile cases had risen to dangerous levels. So I thought I just might find a solution.”

Using his own approach for spraying his own yard, he decided he might as well develop a business that could help protect not only his own family from the nuisance and danger of mosquitoes but other families as well. His company adapted his innovative process using a choice of organic or synthetic products that are delivered by high-powered backpack misters to coat all sides of plants with a light chemical that is fatal to mosquitoes but does not harm people or animals.

“What differentiates our misters from pump or hose sprayers is that the latter just can’t reach the undersides of plants or foliage,” he said. “That’s where mosquitoes often hide during the hot daylight hours. The idea to reduce both the number of mosquitoes and the risk of infection with each treatment.

He reminds the public that, like anything of this nature, if treatments are stopped, the mosquito population can bounce back.

“Most people think mosquitoes are only out during the summer months,” says Taylor. “Mosquitoes are in fact active anytime the weather is above 50 degrees. In Texas, ideally we’ll treat year-round.”

Besides affecting humans, mosquitoes attack pets, birds and other animals, according to the American Heartworm Society dogs can contract heartworm from mosquitoes, and horses are susceptible to West Nile disease. An estimated two percent of unvaccinated horses in Texas will die from West Nile infection, and 117 cases of West Nile virus were reported in horses during 2012.

As well, a new threat lingering at the Texas-Mexico border is the dengue virus, and several cases along the Texas border have been reported in recent years. As with the West Nile Virus, it is just a matter of time before it reaches the rest of Texas.

Taylor will be ready. A business owner for many years, he is no stranger to innovating to meet challenges. (insert brief history of you here).

For his new business, Taylor is so confident that his treatments work that he backs them up with a pledge.

“If any homeowner is threatened by mosquitoes between treatments, we’ll retreat their property at no additional cost. Our goal is to protect families.”

For more information, Mosquito Safe is on the web at (http://www.mosquitosafetexas.com). Headquarters are 2242 Forest Park Blvd. Fort Worth, Texas 76110 817-921-3702.

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