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Chances are, in your neck of the woods, the ticks that are biting right now are the larger adult ticks which are easily detected because they are bigger, more visible, and we are more apt to feel their presence than that of a smaller tick. Just because the ticks are in their adult cycle of life among most areas of the country does not mean we are “out of the woods”, so to speak, when it comes to the dangers of tick-borne illnesses and disease.
The life cycle of the tick is quite complex. The female tick lays her eggs within her environment. A female tick can lay up to 22,000 eggs at a time. Then the eggs will hatch and the offspring will seek their first meal of blood. This is the larval stage. Once a host for their “dinner party” has been found they will feed for several days then drop off the host to begin to digest its meal. After a few weeks the larva will molt and become nymphal ticks. These are the ticks that are highly prevalent during the spring. Small in size, and hard to detect on your body. These nymph ticks will continue to seek hosts to feed from and continue to molt until they reach adulthood, getting larger each time they molt, then as mother nature surely predicts they will also breed and lay eggs and the circle of life continues. Some species of ticks can live up to two years.
Ticks are less likely to be detected while in their nymph stage, which happens during the spring. During the nymph stage of the tick’s life cycle, they are still able to feed and spread disease and can be as small as a pin dot, and quite difficult to detect.
In the unique and complex connection that is required for a deer tick to ultimately bite and infect a human with Lyme disease, it all begins with a mouse or rodent to facilitate the chain. A little known fact is that rodent nesting season is happening right now. This includes the white footed mouse, and other rodents that are responsible for aiding in the spread of ticks which carry Lyme disease. The deer tick that is the vector for Lyme disease which feeds off the rodent and is carried back to the rodent’s nest, whereas this begins the cycle of tick to animal or human contact to feed and possibly spread dangerous and debilitating Lyme disease as well.
Mosquito Squad is instituting the use of tick tubes to fight ticks at their source to prevent Lyme disease as well as cutting down on the tick population that will ultimately affect us during the upcoming spring that lies only months away. Tick Tubes are small tubes that are filled with cotton which has been treated with a tick-killing insecticide which is safe for humans and animals, including mice, but kills the tick. The mice transfer the cotton from these tick tubes to use as bedding material within their winter nest’s and the treated cotton will kill ticks within the nest and on the mouse itself. It is a win/win situation. The mice get a fluffy nest for their young, and the ticks are killed, which helps reduce the chances of a tick infecting us with Lyme disease. Tick tubes have been found to reduce the chances of being bitten by a tick that could be a potential carrier of Lyme disease by up to 90% according to a tick tube study conducted on Fire Island, N.Y.
The effective use of tick tubes as part of our tick abatement program which includes our safe and effective barrier sprays designed to kill ticks on contact, used in conjunction with tick tubes give you maximum tick protection and peace of mind in an uncertain world. Contact Mosquito Squad to learn more 804.353.6999 • email@example.com
Posted by 33social in All Natural Mosquito Spray, Garlic Mosquito Spray, Mosquito attracters, Mosquito barrier spray, Mosquito Control, Mosquito Squad, Mosquito-Borne Illnesses & Diseases, Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes In the News, Outdoor Living Bug Free, West Nile encephaltis and meningitis, West Nile Virus on September 5, 2011
Most of the areas ravaged by hurricane Irene are sunny and clear today with only the damage and aftermath leaving residents all the way up the East Coast left to pick up the pieces. This recent hurricane ravaged areas of the U.S. from North Carolina, traveling as far up the coast as New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. At the height of the hurricane’s fevered pitch it reached category 3 status leaving damage, flooding and swollen lakes and rivers in its wake. The Atlantic hurricane season, according to the Hurricane Research Division of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration runs from June 1st to November 30th each year. Hurricanes such as Irene that actually touch down in populated areas actually cause more danger than just that of damage to homes and businesses. With any hurricane of this magnitude areas affected will experience a tremendous amount of rain, which leads to flooding, and mass amounts of water left standing. This standing water left behind by the rains from Hurricane Irene, plus the fact that we are in the height of mosquito season all add up to a terrible recipe.
The waters left behind, including riverbeds, swollen creeks, road ditches, water filled remnants of storm debris, and damaged building materials can all become a perfect refuge for mosquitoes to populate. Mosquitoes can lay hundreds of eggs in tiny vessels and containers, soda bottle tops for example can contain hundreds of mosquito eggs. When you put this into the perspective of damage and debris left behind on the scale of a hurricane, this can mean big trouble for residents of areas hardest hit by Irene. Mosquito Squad asks homeowners to act now in preventing the inevitable scourge of mosquitoes from affecting your property and thus putting you and your family at risk for mosquito-borne illness and diseases such as West Nile Virus, encephalitis and meningitis. Unfortunately, Hurricane Irene might only be the first major storm since hurricane season is in full swing. The National Weather Service is carefully watching tropical storm Katia at this very moment and is likely to become a hurricane sometime tonight.
In a recent story covered by CNN Money , Micheal Ritchie, owner of Mosquito Squad of the Crystal Coast headquartered in Swansboro, N.C. says he is expecting a spike in business due to Hurricane Irene. You can read the full article by going here http://money.cnn.com/2011/08/29/smallbusiness/hurricane_irene_small_business_recovery/index.htm.
The threat doesn’t end here, residents all along the East Coast should take preventative measures to make sure mosquitoes don’t take over their property. The first step is getting any debris cleaned that may fall prey to breeding mosquitoes, this could be fallen trees, strewn shingles, and trash, just to name a few. Ensuring all areas of you home, even if they are damaged are boarded up, secured or repaired as soon as feasible to keep mosquitoes from entering the home. Have your property treated by a licensed professional to kill the mosquitoes which are present and prevents and controls any further infestation.
Mosquito Squad is Americas most trusted mosquito and tick control and prevention company. Chances are there is a Mosquito Squad franchise in your town. Our safe and effective barrier sprays kills mosquitoes and prevent further infestation for up to 21 days. We also offer other mosquito and tick control programs to help you win the fight against mosquitoes. Even amongst the fury of mother nature’s wrath Mosquito Squad can offer you safety from dangerous mosquitoes, as well as peach of mind.
Posted by Robin Steele in All Natural Mosquito Spray, Asian Tiger Mosquito - Aedes Albopictus, Garlic Mosquito Spray, Mosquito barrier spray, Mosquito Bites, Mosquito Control, Mosquito Factoids, Mosquito misting, Mosquito prevention tricks, Mosquito Squad, Mosquito-Borne Illnesses & Diseases, Mosquitoes, Outdoor Living Bug Free on August 30, 2011
We have witnessed bear attacks and lion attacks on the TV. The new millennium promises a reality show at every click of the remote. From hunters being chased by bears to gazelle falling prey to lions in Africa, it is all laid out for the whole world to see. Now, how would you feel if I told you the deadliest predator on earth doesn’t roar, or growl? In fact you won’t even feel it attack you until after the damage is already done. The deadliest predator on earth, my dear friends, is the mosquito. The mosquito is responsible for more deaths worldwide than wild animal attacks. The mosquito is the silent predator who strikes and leaves disease in its wake. For this reason alone the mosquito should make us all fearful for it gives no warning of it’s oncoming bite.
Haven’t you ever wondered why most times you don’t see the mosquito that left that red, itchy welt on your leg? The mosquito has the uncanny ability to bite without you knowing it is happening unless you just happen to look down and catch the act in progress. Mosquitoes actually inject a numbing agent which their bodies produce, into us as they feed from us. Many insects in nature inject a similar numbing agent while they feed, such as the bed bug. This numbing agent enables the mosquito to take their fill in a discreet way. The area that the mosquito has fed from will become itchy only after the mosquito has fed. This itching and swelling is our own bodies reaction to the anticoagulants which are also present in the mosquitoes saliva. These anticoagulants are responsible for allowing the mosquito to feed from us liberally without the complication of our blood becoming clotted during feeding. While the mosquito feeds, the blood she is taking from us fills her abdomen where a sensory nerve within her abdomen will alert her that she is full. If you were to somehow cut or disable the nerve within the mosquitoes abdomen she would actually feed off of us until she exploded!
The science of the mosquito is dangerous because with other dangerous predators you can run when you see or hear their approach, no such warning is present with the mosquito. Our only defense is to prevent them from getting to you and your family. Blood is crucial to the life cycle of the mosquito, without it the female cannot lay her eggs.
There are many ways to prevent and avoid mosquitoes on your property. Keeping brush and debris cleaned up, lawn mowed and gutters cleaned is a good beginning. You also need to regularly inspect your property and around your home to make sure there are no containers or crevices where moisture can accumulate. Keep in mind any area as small as a soda pop bottle top can become a nursery to over 300 mosquito eggs. Tip, toss, turn over and throw away all things that can retain any amounts of moisture. Check any screened areas around or within the home for tears and holes where mosquitoes could move in on you and your family. Have your property professionally treated by a licensed technician to kill and deter mosquitoes on your property, and above all, exercise common sense and think from the mosquitoes point of view.
Mosquito Squad has many weapons to kill and prevent mosquitoes from entering your property. We offer an automatic mosquito misting system that releases our safe and effective mosquito control spray in timed intervals throughout the day. We also offer a season-long alternative to mosquito control that uses our safe and effective barrier sprays that are sprayed at scheduled intervals throughout the mosquito season. All Mosquito Squad products are approved by the EPA and deemed safe. We offer worry free, hassle free mosquito control that ends the reign of the silent predator in your yard.
Contact Mosquito Squad today to learn more 804.353.6999 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Just as we finish up our summer vacations and get ready to send the kids back to school, a jewel of late summer descends upon us. This last glimmer of brilliance before the leaves start to turn their magical hues of amber, gold and scarlet would come to us courtesy of the dragonfly.
That’s right, for those of you who haven’t noticed it is dragonfly mating season. Each year dragonflies come courting from late July until September while the temperatures are still warm. Dragonflies themselves are rooted deep into American and European folklore as being seen as evil and sinister as well as representing purity and an active lifestyle in Native American cultures. These are all just myths, the truth is the dragonfly is a beneficial insect within our ecosystem because it eats mosquitoes as well as other insects that not only pester us, but also spread illness and disease.
The life cycle of the dragonfly contains three phases. These phases consist of the egg, the nymph and the adult dragonfly. The egg stage of the dragonfly begins when the female dragonfly deposits her eggs onto a plant near the water, or into a pond or marsh. Once the egg hatches, thus begins the nymph stage of the dragonflies evolution. The nymph stage of the dragonfly can last up to four years, or until the conditions are favorable for the nymph to emerge from their marshy water home or pond and begin the flight into an adult dragonfly. During the nymph stage the dragonfly will feed on mosquito larvae as well as other larvae and small insects which dwell within or atop the water. When the water temperature and outside temperatures are just right, the nymph dragonfly will crawl out its watery home and shed its skin. After shedding it’s skin, referred to as the exuvia, the adult dragonfly will emerge to feed on insects such as mosquitoes, and begin the search for a mate to start the life cycle anew. Unfortunately, adult dragonflies only live about two months, giving us little time to enjoy their grace and beauty amidst the late summer. Here is a video that shows the nymph dragonfly feeding on mosquito larvae…
So, if you were curious, like I was, as to why it seems like there is a sudden flurry in the dragonfly population during these recent summer days, the answer is clear. It is matchmaking time for these beautiful insects. Enjoy them while you still can in all their splendor, grace and glory before they are gone again until next year.
Mosquito Squad commends the efforts of the dragonfly in helping cut down the numbers in the mosquito populations. Many mammals as well as other insects consider the mosquito among its favorite meals. Mosquitoes continue to be numerous in their populations and dangerous because of the mosquito-borne illnesses they carry. Despite mother natures best efforts, it is still beneficial to exercise mosquito control and prevention within your property to keep mosquitoes at bay. Mosquito Squad offers many programs to kill and control mosquitoes. From our safe and effective barrier sprays, to our automatic mosquito misting systems. If you would like more information on how to keep your property mosquito-free the rest of the summer, and into the fall, contact Mosquito Squad to learn more. 804.353.6999 • email@example.com
Posted by Robin Steele in All Natural Mosquito Spray, CDC, Garlic Mosquito Spray, Mosquito barrier spray, Mosquito Bites, Mosquito Control, Mosquito misting, Mosquito prevention tricks, Mosquito Squad, Mosquito-Borne Illnesses & Diseases, Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes In the News, Outdoor Living Bug Free, West Nile encephaltis and meningitis, West Nile Virus on August 19, 2011
The mosquito-borne illness West Nile virus is a serious concern again this summer all across the country. What you may not know is that according to the CDC ( Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) one out of 150 people infected with West Nile Virus will develop a more severe form of the disease. This includes development of West Nile Encephalitis, West Nile Meningitis and West Nile Fever.
West Nile Encephalitis and meningitis are closely related to St. Louis Encephalitis, which is also seen here in the US. West Nile Encephalitis is commonly seen in Western Asia, throughout the Middle East and in Africa. It can infect mosquitoes, humans, horses, birds and other mammals. Scientists believe West Nile Virus which can lead to West Nile Encephalitis has been in the US since approximately 1999.
West Nile Fever is an asymptomatic outcome to contracting West Nile Virus and can have symptoms that range from fever, chills, and sweats to a stiff neck, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. West Nile fever portrays symptoms that closely mimic those of the annual flu here within the US. For that very reason, many cases go unreported and misdiagnosed. Symptoms of West Nile fever usually resolve within 7-10 days ( much like the flu) but the fatigue and swollen lymph nodes can persist for up to two months.
The more serious neuroinvasive diseases , like West Nile Encephalitis and Meningitis, can attack the nervous system of those infected. The typical incubation period of West Nile Virus is usually between 2 to 15 days. In cases where West Nile turns into a neuroinvasive disease such as West Nile Encephalitis or West Nile Meningitis symptoms can last for months and leave permanent neurological damage.
Encephalides , such as West Nile Encephalitis cause an inflammation of the brain. Meningitis affects the membrane surrounding the brain as well as the spinal cord by causing both to swell. These two diseases can be life threatening in the elderly and those with compromised systems. Symptoms of West Nile Encephalitis and West Nile Meningitis include a high fever, severe headache, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and even coma. An individual that displays any of these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
Although there is no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile Virus, precautions can be taken to minimize your risk of contracting West Nile or one of the neuroinvasive counterparts of the illness. The first and foremost step is protecting yourself from the source of the illness- the mosquito. Complete avoidance of areas where mosquitoes could be present is not realistic, but keeping the area you spend the most time in and around, which is usually your home and yard mosquito-free is within the grasp of reality. Taking control of your own property is by far the best defense against being bitten by a potential disease carrying mosquito. Keeping your property in your control, and not letting mosquitoes get the upper hand is easier than you may think.
The first weapon in taking control of your yard is to eliminate all areas where mosquitoes can breed and flourish, this includes any open containers which can harbor moisture, cleaning up debris piles, keeping your gutters clean and free of debris and keeping your lawn cut and trimmed. If your home contains screened areas, whether it is a porch or windows, regular inspections to make sure there are no rips, tears or separated screens is vital to ensure mosquitoes do not enter your living areas. Having your property treated by a licensed professional is also an important step to maintain a mosquito free residence and property.
Mosquito Squad can also help you take control of your property by the convenience of their season-long mosquito control. We can apply our safe and effective barrier sprays to kill and prevent mosquitoes from entering the treated premises at regular scheduled intervals throughout the mosquito season. These scheduled sprayings ensure you are receiving the utmost mosquito control available. Mosquito Squad also offers an automatic mosquito misting system that is installed on your property and emits timed sprayings throughout the day. You can contact Mosquito Squad to learn more about their worry free and convenient mosquito preventives and deterrents which ensure your safety and give you peace of mind.
Contact Mosquito Squad at 804.353.6999 • firstname.lastname@example.org and put an end to the battle each summer against mosquitoes, ticks and the diseases they carry.
With more and more cases of Lyme disease being reported every day around the country your first assumption is that those becoming infected are among those who are vulnerable. We tend to view the vulnerable as the elderly, the very young and those whose immune and health have already been compromised by a past illness. When it comes to Lyme disease we are all vulnerable. The only prerequisite for becoming infected with Lyme disease is being bitten by the wrong tick, the tick that is carrying this disease. Lyme disease can affect healthy, vibrant and active individuals, even athletes, whom are regarding as some of the most physically fit and strong in our society.
Case in point, Christine Rampone is a healthy, vibrant, 36-year old mother of two who also happens to be the captain of the U.S. women’s soccer team. Did I mention Christine has Lyme disease? Christine is the teams oldest member but in spite of that she has the number one fitness level on her team of 21 players. Some would say she is the “poster girl” for physical fitness. Bearing that in mind, how could someone of Christine’s physique, stamina and health become infected with Lyme disease? Lyme disease doesn’t discriminate, because ticks choose their prey at random, sometimes it is as simple as being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Lyme disease is a sometimes debilitating inflammatory disease that is spread through the bite of a tick carrying the bacteria which causes the disease. Lyme disease can cause fever, fatigue, muscle pain, stiffness in the neck area, headaches and sometimes a bulls-eye rash at the site of the bite. These are the first line of symptoms that usually caus individuals to stand up and take notice that something is wrong. In Christine’s case she started to notice she was exhausted last year, and in December she decided to have it checked out. She underwent testing and was diagnosed with Lyme disease shortly thereafter. Christine still continued to train during this period, because she had to do what needed to be done, despite suffering from the disease. She has been on medication to treat the disease and despite her share of bad days, she forges on. She is starting to feel better, but her numbers are still the same. Anyone who follows soccer knows just what an unbelievable player Christine is. She is one tough cookie and inspiration to us all.
If Lyme disease is left untreated and undiagnosed for a significant amount of time it can affect the heart, brain and joints of the sufferer. If caught early Lyme disease responds to antibiotics in most cases very well. When the disease is left untreated for a period of time it can turn into Chronic Persistent Lyme disease and can affect the skin, muscles, cartilage, brain and nervous system of the sufferer. Patients who suffer from the disease in it’s Chronic form have suffered for years and many lives have been impacted by this horrible disease.
Your first line of defense is to decrease the chances of being bitten by a tick. People with active lifestyles often spend a great deal of time outdoors. Preventing the tick bite is key to avoiding infection. You can reduce the chances of coming into contact with a tick by wearing light-colored clothing when enjoying outdoor activities, this makes it easier to spot and remove the tick before it has a chance to bite. Frequent checks of yourself, your family and your pets. Keeping your yard and property free of debris, high grass or brush,having your property treated by a licensed professional and making certain to shower in a timely fashion after any outdoor activities. The most important thing is to also report any changes in your health as soon as you notice them, time is of the essence when diagnosing and treating Lyme disease.
Mosquito Squad offers tick control with our safe and effective barrier sprays which are applied at scheduled intervals throughout the tick season. Our barrier spray will kill ticks on contact. Mosquito Squad also uses tick-tubes to prevent deer ticks, which carry Lyme disease. These tick tubes kill the tick at its source before it has a chance to spread infection through its bite.
Take heed that ticks choose their prey at random. When Lyme disease moves into the world of our beloved sports celebrities, whom are at the peak of health, it is proof positive we are all at risk for this and other deadly tick-borne diseases. To find out more about tick control, abatement and prevention contact Mosquito Squad today. 877-667-7823 or http://www.mosquitosquad.com/
West Nile Virus has reared it’s ugly head again this season, keep you and your family safe with Mosquito Squad
Posted by Robin Steele in All Natural Mosquito Spray, CDC, Garlic Mosquito Spray, Mosquito barrier spray, Mosquito Bites, Mosquito Control, Mosquito misting, Mosquito prevention tricks, Mosquito Squad, Mosquito-Borne Illnesses & Diseases, Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes In the News, Outdoor Events, Outdoor Living Bug Free, West Nile Virus on July 22, 2011
What would you do if you or someone in your family began to complain of headache,fever, tiredness and neck stiffness? What if these symptoms are accompanied by a skin rash? Would these sudden signs of illness lead you to believe it is the result of a mosquito-borne illness such as West Nile Virus? Many people can’t conceive that what they, or a member of their family are experiencing are the first symptoms of West Nile Virus. West Nile Virus is a serious matter and the onset of symptoms can vary from a few days to a few weeks, any symptoms displayed can mean big trouble and should not be taken lightly.
During these carefree summer months of long sunny days and coveted family time such as fresh memories of your recent vacation, confirmed cases of West Nile Virus have already been confirmed in four states according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). There are two phases of tracing West Nile Virus, one is when the mosquito itself tests positive for the infection and the other is when individuals begin to test positive for the illness as well. Infected mosquitoes have been popping up all over the United States in the last few weeks.
West Nile Virus is transmitted by mosquitoes which have been infected via an infected bird. Mosquito Squad of Chicago obtained reports that health officials there have found birds that are infected with the virus. West Nile Virus is a danger to domesticated pets such as dogs and cats as well as people. Severe forms of the disease can become life threatening and even lead to coma, paralysis and neuroinvasive diseases such as West Nile encephalitis or meningitis. Mosquito Squad of the North Shore, MA and Mosquito Squad of the Western Suburbs in MA, received information that Massachusetts Department of Public Health ( MDPH) confirmed West Nile Virus amongst mosquitoes that were collected in the South Brookline region, noting that the disease is present in areas of Massachusetts as well.
Since the dangers of West Nile Virus are very real and there is no vaccine currently available for persons to protect against the disease, reducing the chance of being bitten by an infected mosquito is the only precaution you and your family can take to avoid being infected. There are many ways to avoid controlling mosquitoes and knowledge is key to prevention.
Your first line of defense is to make certain you have eradicated or substantially reduced areas where mosquitoes can lay eggs all around your home and yard. These include pots,outdoor toys, containers or any area where even small amounts of water or moisture can collect. Keeping your lawn cut and free of debris is important because mosquitoes lurk in dark, deeply vegetated areas. Having your property treated by a licensed professional to kill and prevent mosquitoes is key to complete mosquito control.
Mosquito Squad offers complete mosquito control during the mosquito season by the use of safe and effective barrier sprays that kill existing mosquitoes and prevent more mosquitoes from entering your treated property. Mosquito Squad even offers all natural mosquito control as well. Our barrier sprays are designed to be sprayed at regular intervals throughout the season for continuous protection. Remember, no mosquitoes means no mosquito-borne illness. Contact Mosquito Squad to learn more about keeping you and your family safe and healthy this season. 877-667-7823
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