TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A new map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows where mosquitoes that can transmit Zika virus are living in the United States including parts of East Texas.
The map published in the Journal of Medical Entomology labels counties where Aedes mosquitoes have been found. The Zika virus, which has been linked to several health problems and suspected of causing microcephaly, is primarily found in two varieties of Aedes mosquitoes.
A report from the CDC shows 42 cases have been reported in Texas since the virus arrived in the United States, but all have been acquired by travelers. Joel Lowry of Best Pest Control explained with extensive rain across East Texas, he has seen a rise in mosquito populations.
"Even if you're doing a great job in your yard they might not be and this might be one time to tell your neighbors they need to check for that," Lowry said.
Lowry said be cautious of where you spray or place mosquito repellent particularly if you have small children or pets. He added that clearing breeding grounds like standing water and brush will reduce populations.
"Inspect your property very carefully, make sure there's no standing water, treat heavy foliage," Lowry said.
Lowry added the best time to treat for mosquitoes is around noon when the bugs tend to be less active.