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West Nile Virus has reared it’s ugly head again this season, keep you and your family safe with Mosquito Squad

Mosquito Squad keeps you and your family mosquito free

Mosquito Squad keeps you and your family mosquito free

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.

Children enjoying a mosquito free backyard

Children enjoying a mosquito free backyard

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.

Keep you and your family off the menu this season with Mosquito Squad

Keep you and your family off the menu this season with Mosquito Squad

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.

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Mosquito Squad spraying your yard to guard against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illness

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

Dead mosquito - Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Dead mosquito - Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

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Don’t let mosquitoes ruin the rest of your summer

Was your 4th of July celebration filled with the worst of the uninvited guests-mosquitoes?

Was your 4th of July celebration filled with the worst of the uninvited guests-mosquitoes?

How was your Independence day celebration? Did you and your family and friends get together for a little outdoor grilling, conversation and to show your patriotism for our nations birthday? I am sure like many folks all over this great land of ours you planned your celebration with relaxation, comfort and enjoyment in mind. But apparently the mosquitoes “thought” they were invited to the festivities as well!

Yikes, the mosquitoes came for the fun and invited all their friends and family as well. Maybe your celebration went a little like this… there were mosquitoes at the cookout, mosquitoes at dinner, mosquitoes while roasting marshmallows, mosquitoes during conversation and mosquitoes while we were trying to enjoy that decadent after dinner dessert or beverage. If this reads like a page from your diary, Mosquito Squad has the answer to all your mosquito woes.

Mosquito Squad keeps you and your family mosquito free

Mosquito Squad keeps you and your family mosquito free

On Independence day, and any other day during this season, many of us entertain outdoors and this is especially true during the dusk and evening hours.  Mosquitoes are evening feeders and like to feed under the veil of night and cooler temperatures. Mosquitoes usually feed during those same times that we enjoy entertaining so effective mosquito control is a necessity for anyone who enjoys entertaining  outdoors during the spring and summer.

Mosquito Squad makes mosquito control effortless with our barrier sprays. Our safe and effective barrier spray kills mosquitoes and prevents more mosquitoes from “celebrating” in your yard. Mosquito Squad sprays regularly scheduled sprays throughout the season to keep your property free of the little pests all summer long. Our barrier spray is applied approximately every 21 days for continuous mosquito control. We also have an all-natural solution which offers  effective continuous mosquito control and is applied approximately every 14 days. When I say Mosquito Squad is effortless, it truly is, all you do to get started is contact your local Mosquito Squad to sign up and that’s it- we do the rest. You won’t have to worry about scheduling the spraying, or keep track of anything, we take care of the rest. You probably won’t even give mosquitoes a second thought since you and your family won’t be getting bit.

Keep you and your family off the menu this season with Mosquito Squad

Keep you and your family off the menu this season with Mosquito Squad

The season is still young, don’t let mosquitoes ruin your outdoor fun this summer. After all, it’s summertime, remember, and the living is supposed to be easy…isn’t that how the song goes? Make it easy to keep mosquitoes away from your and your family with Mosquito Squad.

Contact Mosquito Squad today to find and more and to sign up for our barrier spraying. We offer season long tick protection as well. Call  877-667-7823   or email us at info@mosquitosquad.com   and get removed from the mosquitoes menu.

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Spray Your Yard Not Yourself This Season With Mosquito Squad

Dread Skeeter Mosquito Control

Dread Skeeter Mosquito Control

Hopefully, by now all of us are aware of the dangers that mosquito bites can cause. Not only do mosquito bites itch like mad and cause severe discomfort in our lives,the bite from that pesky mosquito can be carrying a disease or bacteria that can make us very ill and in some cases even prove fatal.

I am sure you want  to keep yourself and your family happy and healthy during the mosquito season, and free of mosquito bites. Here is the question I ask you…

Would you rather spray yourself ( meaning your body) every time you have to go outside OR spray your property to control those pesky mosquitoes?

I am sure most of you would answer the latter. Having to continuously apply topical insect repellent every time you venture outdoors can be time-consuming, irritating and if you live in an area of the country where mosquitoes are extremely bad, quite expensive. Not only do topical insect repellents such as DEET, pose health risks when used excessively, they are sticky, and most smell bad. Do you want to host a backyard graduation party for your son smelling like bug spray? Some chemicals in common topical insect repellents can even keep you from sleeping well at night and affect your mood.

Children enjoying a mosquito free backyard

Children enjoying a mosquito free backyard

Mosquito Squad has the right answer to keep you and your family healthy, happy and free of mosquitoes this season. We can apply a safe and highly effective barrier spray to your property this season. Not only will it keep those mosquitoes away it will prevent more mosquitoes from entering your treated property. We even offer an all natural mosquito barrier spray made with garlic. This natural garlic spray is a wonderful alternative to our already safe barrier spray, especially those of you who have small children and are going with a “greener” lifestyle.

If you are tired of constant trips to the store to purchase topical insect repellent and feeling sticky and icky this season, give us a call. Our licensed technicians can meet with you to discuss treating your property and giving you peace of mind to enjoy your summer.  So, go ahead and host that backyard graduation bash and enjoy the scents of the season minus the bug spray.  877-667-7823

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Good Horse Sense- the Risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis is on the Rise

Is your horse at risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis?

It is not just man’s best friend and your furry feline who are at risk for mosquito-borne illness’s. Many of our beloved pets are at risk to contract deadly diseases from the mosquito, this includes our horses. If you are a horse owner or horse lover who enjoys the company of a gallant steed like I am, then you need to be aware of the dangers that mosquitoes can bring to you and your horse.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis is spread by simple mosquito bites and can be fatal to our beloved horses. Eastern Equine Encephalitis is also referred to as “sleeping sickness” among veterinarians and horse folk. It was first recognized in 1831 when 75 horses died in Massachusetts from the illness. This virus was first isolated from the brain of a horse infected with EEE ( Eastern Equine Encephalitis ) ,in 1933 and in 1938 the first confirmed human cases of the disease were identified when 30 children perished as the result of the illness in the northeastern United States.

Symptoms of EEE are usually noticeable about 5 days after a horse has been bitten by an infected mosquito. Initially the horse will seem depressed and become quiet. Other signs include impaired vision, aimless circling and wandering even when stalled, an irregular staggering gait, head pressing and rubbing, an inability to swallow, paralysis, convulsions and eventually death.

Since humans can be infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis as well, Symptoms in humans infected with the illness may include high fever, chills, sudden onset of a headache and vomiting, disorientation, seizures and coma.

Mosquito Squad protects horses from mosquitoes and ticks

Keep your horse from being at risk of contracting EEE

There is no specific treatment for EEE in humans or in equine, care is based on symptoms. So the best treatment is prevention of mosquito bites. Bites can be prevented by reducing the number of mosquitoes in the area. There are a couple of solutions for your horse stables and pastures. In your pasture, Mosquito Squad provides a mosquito barrier spray. This is a safe and effective spray that eliminates 90% or more of the mosquitoes and ticks from the area. It is sprayed every 3 weeks throughout the heavy mosquito season. Mosquito Squad also offers a mosquito misting system. Read this story about our misting system installed in a barn in Nashville.

The illness is rare in humans and common sense safeguards reduce your chance of being bitten by an infected mosquito. Have a licensed professional apply a mosquito barrier spray to your outdoor living areas is a good idea to avoid being bitten.

Even though the illness is rarely seen in humans, the numbers of our equine friends being infected is on the rise. Horses, donkeys, mules and ponies are all at risk of this deadly illness. The threat is real and horse owners need to educate themselves on preventing the illness. Fortunately, there is an EEE vaccine for equine now available. Since there is no treatment for a horse already infected with the illness, vaccinations are essential for the prevention of the disease. The vaccination is given in two doses 30 days apart, and a booster given every six months. These are preferably administered in the early spring through the early fall. Talk to your veterinarian about the appropriate vaccination schedule for your horse.

Dread Skeeter from Mosquito Squad

Dread Skeeter from Mosquito Squad fights mosquito and tick bites

Prevention of mosquitoes is also key in keeping your equine healthy. Safe stabling practices and eliminating sources of standing water in the barn, paddocks and pasture is essential. This includes moist hay or grain, open containers and water troughs.

Simple safeguards and knowledge should be exercised from your backyard to the stable in order to keep you and your horse happy and healthy. Give Mosquito Squad a call, when can make good “horse sense” out of keeping mosquitoes away. 877-667-7823.

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Frozen In Time- The Resilience of the Mosquito

Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad

Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad

Spring fever is in the air again. Every year at this time our minds start to wander and dream of outdoor activities such as gardening, picnics, baseball games and backyard cookouts. Even though we aren’t quite over the “hump” yet in terms of temperatures staying steadily warm that doesn’t mean that mosquitoes haven’t already reared their ugly heads.

 

I recently had a conversation with one of our regular Mosquito Squad customers who generally starts her service in early May each season. She had called me to let me know that while planting pansies in containers on her patio she had received her first mosquito bite of the season. She called and moved up her initial barrier spraying a month in lieu of the bite.

Most people think mosquitoes die out in the winter only for a new generation of the little pests to breed and appear in spring each year. This is a common misconception. Actually mosquitoes are around us all year, even during the winter months. Mosquitoes remain inactive during the winter months. Some types of mosquitoes even lay winter hardy eggs which lie dormant in our soils until spring. Other mosquitoes can survive winter in the larvae stage, in what they call a state of dispause. Dispause mimics been frozen in time, as to say, development of the larvae resumes as soon as the water the larvae is in becomes warm again.

Dead mosquito - Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Dead mosquito - Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Mosquitoes are very resilient insects. The mosquitoes that can tolerate living through the winter months are the females, they hide in protected places carrying with them the results of the fall breeding after which the male dies.These eggs will not begin development until the female mosquito obtains her first blood meal in the spring.

It is best to go ahead and get your lawn and garden area mosquito proof now by cleaning up debris, brush and standing water. Chances are you already out there beautifying the area with flowers and shrubs anyway. Contact a licensed professional for other helpful hints and precautions you can take to prevent mosquito bites all season long.

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Mosquito Protection Helps Keep Man’s Best Friend Heartworm Free

The family dog is the only one willing to fetch your slippers for you. He is also the one who is always glad to see you at the end of the day. No matter the circumstances or how bad of a day you have had, your dog is always the one awaiting your return with a sparkle in his eye and a wagging tail. Our dogs just make us happy. Whether you have a dog that is a watch dog or a couch potato they are a beloved member of our families. Your dog is always looking out for your best interests. Whether they are alerting us of a visitor, a rodent that is not welcome in the home or alerting of us danger. Shouldn’t we keep their best interests in mind the way they do ours? Dogs provide us with so much and ask for so little in return. It is crucial that we protect our pets as best we can when it comes to insects, parasites, and most importantly against heartworms.

Lifecycle of Heartworm Disease in Dogs

Most people don’t realize that heartworms actually come from mosquitoes. Unlike many other worms dogs can contract, heartworms are spread solely by infected mosquitoes. Heartworm disease has been reported in all fifty states. It only takes one bite to give your dog heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is easy to prevent and costly and difficult to cure, in some cases the cure is not effective and even with treatment the disease can be fatal.

Heart of a German Shepherd Postmortem w/ Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is a specific parasite that only infects dogs, cats, ferrets and other small mammals. Very rare cases of humans contracting heartworms have been reported, although in these cases the heartworm did not complete the life cycle. Once an infected mosquito has bitten the dog it takes about seven months for the heartworm larvae to mature into an adult heartworm. The adult heartworm then lodges in the heart, lungs and blood vessels and begins to reproduce. An adult heartworm can live up to seven years in your dog and can grow up to a foot long. Some infected dogs can have hundreds in their systems.

Dread Skeeter Mosquito Control

Dread Skeeter Mosquito Control

This disease is highly preventable. There are a wide variety of heartworm preventative available from your veterinarian. There are tablets, topicals and even injectable preventatives that are very inexpensive and easy to use. You and your dog’s veterinarian should decide which preventative is best for you and your dog. Since no preventative offers 100% protection, there are also safeguards to take at home to prevent heartworm disease from infecting your dog.

Keeping the area around your home tidy and free of dead brush and standing water is a good preventative. This is a common sense checklist to go over routinely throughout the mosquito active months that will ensure you and your dog get fewer mosquito bites. Contacting a licensed professional to apply a barrier spray is an excellent preventative tool to discourage mosquito activity in your lawn. Your local Mosquito Squad technician can meet with you to plan a mosquito free season for you and man’s best friend. Contact Mosquito squad today to make you and your pooch happy.

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Grabbing The Tiger (Mosquito) By The Tail

Dead mosquito - Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Dead mosquito - Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Maybe you have heard about this “new” mosquito…yet another outdoor predator we have to worry about to attack us unknowingly while we are at work or most often times at play.

The Asian tiger mosquito( Aedes albopictus-Stegomia albopicta) is also known as the forest day mosquito. It is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Southeast Asia, but over the past few decades this species of mosquito has invaded many countries throughout the world. It made it’s first appearance in North America in a shipment of tires delivered to Houston, Texas in 1985.

Being a relatively new “pest” in the United States, a lot of people don’t even know they exist. They are named for their coloration of black and white striping which closely resembles the markings of a tiger. The Asian tiger mosquito can also add the aggressive nature associated with its namesake. These mosquitoes are said to be much more aggressive than the usual “backyard barbeque mosquito”. The Asian tiger mosquito seeks hosts over a broader range of human activity and can bite up to ten times trying to complete its hunt for a blood meal.

Tiger mosquito

Tiger mosquito

The bite of this mosquito alone is bigger and badder than that of your average mosquito. This is what many may call a super mosquito. Many who experience Asian tiger mosquitoes biting them tend to think it is a bee sting, yellow jacket or wasp bite . The welts and irritation that are produced following a mosquito bite from these mosquitoes is redder, itchier and more painful.

Asian tiger mosquitoes are known as what they call a “container breeder”. They like to lay their eggs in things like downspout extension pipes, plant trays, ornamental ponds, bird baths, wading pools , Holes and forks in trees that hold water, and rock pools to name a few. They are more active during the daylight hours up until dusk, and usually stay close to the ground spending a lot of time in the foliage of a bush or shrub, waiting for a leg or ankle to attack.

Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad helps prevent tick bites by killing ticks in your yard

Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad helps prevent tick bites by killing ticks in your yard

These “super skeeters” don’t travel far. They usually will not travel any further than 50 feet. This could be the saving grace to these problem pests, because once you realize you have a problem-that means the source is close and easier (in most cases) to eradicate.

What do you do if you realize you have Asian tiger mosquitoes in your home or yard? First, do a close inspection of all areas that may be the culprit. All standing water and aquatic areas, even the smallest area could be the perfect spot for these mosquitoes to take up housekeeping. Once you have inspected and tidied up all the these areas you should call a licensed professional who is familiar with dealing with these mosquitoes.

With the proper knowledge and information on what to look for you can grab the tiger (mosquito) by the tail and eradicate this pesky pest from your yard.

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