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Recent discoveries provide proof that man has been battling against the bite for thousands of years

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Yes, research now proves the stereotypical caveman was knowledgeable in mosquito control

When we think of things that come under the category of “pre-historic” our minds automatically gravitate towards fur loin cloths, wooden clubs and dinosaurs. However, did you know that mosquitoes have been around for over 170 million years and survived the ice age even when the dinosaurs did not? This proves that the pesky, blood sucking insects we continuously wage war upon were even a constant thorn in the sides of the cave men. Recent findings show that early man was even using primitive methods of plant-based  mosquito control remedies nearly 77,000 years ago to control their wrath.

Scientists have recently discovered evidence of bedding that was constructed from plant stems and leaves which contained a natural plant derived insecticide. This bedding would have served as much for mosquito control as for comfort at the time. The bedding was discovered in a rock shelter in Sibudu South Africa and is believed to be left by our early ancestors who slept in the shelter from 38,000 to 77,000 years ago.

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This resilient creature survived the ice age

The use of these plants and leaves prove that the cavemen had knowledge of the specific insecticidal and medicinal uses of the plants within the world around them. Analysis of the bedding also concluded it was refurbished with the insecticidal plants and leaves on more than one occasion proving again, that the inhabitants of the Sibudu site were well aware of the properties and attributes of the plants and leaves they were choosing to “feather their beds” with at the time.  Researchers also learned from excavation of the sight that the cavemen burnt spent and used bedding in a way to possibly further mosquito control efforts within their living space and to maintain an insect free space for further occupation. This discovery is 50,000 years older than the most ancient preserved bedding we have found in the past.

Now, when you think of our earliest ancestors keep in mind the intelligence and ingenuity that may have kept them mosquito free amid a world of insect frenzy, without the conveniences we know and are accustomed to today. This is truly a miraculous discovery indeed. Our advanced technology in the world of mosquito control all lead back to early man and his battle against the bite, which research can prove has been going on for thousands of years.

No Mosquitoes

No Mosquitoes

When it comes time to enjoy those outdoor activities that we all look forward to over the winter months, contact Mosquito Squad to ensure you and your family stay mosquito free this season. Our methods are proven safe and highly effective in the ongoing battle we wage on the dreaded mosquito- and with Mosquito Squad you will come out the winner every time.

To locate the Mosquito Squad closest to your cave, visit our locations list available on our website.

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Reports show a malaria vaccine is currently in the works to wipe out this killer forever and offer hope to millions.

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Malaria parasites and red blood cells

Malaria is a disease that most widely affects residents of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Approximately 1,500 cases of Malaria are diagnosed each year here in the US, most of which are among those who travel to these locations or those returning from countries where Malaria transmission occurs. In most cases those travelers return home unaware that they are harboring Malaria until the symptoms start to appear.

Malaria is spread through the bite of a mosquito that is carrying  the parasite Plasmodium falciparum which causes. Up until recently, efforts to develop a vaccine against Malaria have been fruitless due to the inability to prevent the parasite from entering the red blood cells. Findings recently published in Nature reveal that a single receptor that allows for the parasite to enter and infect the human body has now been identified. These findings could put an end to Malaria pills, insect repellents and bed nets for residents of Malaria ridden areas for good.

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Insecticide treated bed nets arrive to much anticipation in Zambia to aid in the fight against Malaria

The vaccine singles out the receptor that is responsible for the Malaria parasites to invade the human body. The vaccine will change entire cultures and ways of life in areas where Malaria is responsible for millions of deaths. These areas include sub-Saharan Africa where in 2008 and estimated 83,000 people, most of which were young children, died from the disease.

Mosquito Squad is a proud supporter of Malaria no More which promotes expanded knowledge and prevention of the disease through education and access to tools needed to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.  Mosquito Squad is also excited about the anticipated development of this malaria vaccine that is scheduled to be ready in approximately two years.

Dread Skeeter from Mosquito Squad helping Malaria No More

Dread Skeeter from Mosquito Squad helping Malaria No More

Contact Mosquito Squad to learn more about the Malaria No More program we support and to find out about safe and effective mosquito and tick control in your environment as well. To find a Mosquito Squad location close to home visit our locations list located on our website.

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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

Visit our mosquito control website to learn more.

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The guinea-fowl is pecking away at tick-borne illness

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Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad-kills mosquitoes and ticks dead!

You could say chickens are beneficial, after all they are a double commodity producing eggs for us as well as providing us with those chicken wings we so dearly love. Turkeys too, many can argue are a regal bird aiding in bringing families together and giving thanks on that one special day of the year. However, I  have found a “fowl” that is definitely not “foul” in its eating habits. This little creature kills snakes and eradicates all sorts of harmful insects that invade our gardens each year, but the grande finale  is that it eats ticks.

The guinea-fowl ( Numida meleagris)  eats the disease-carrying tick as part of their natural diets. They feast on other insects as well and can often be seen darting quickly across a yard on the heels of an insect such as a japanese beetle, a grasshopper or even a mosquito.

The tick eating Guinea-fowl

The tick eating Guinea-fowl

These little polka-dotted birds can be found in many barnyards and farms across North America. Some are  kept as sentinels or “watch birds” that alert you with their memorable “chi-chi-chi” noise when a stranger approaches or a predator threatens the flock. Other guinea-fowl are also kept as pets, with their comical chattering slumber parties lasting well into the night, especially under the full moon. Some doll makers and other artisans actually keep them around to collect their shed feathers which are coveted in doll making and other crafts.

Guinea-fowl eat insects that can harm your garden as well

Guinea-fowl eat insects that can harm your garden as well

I write this story from experience. My childhood was spent listening to the soothing song of the guinea fowl from a huge old oak that sat on the back of our property. My family raised and showed Tennessee Walking horses and I guess, nowadays, you could say I grew up on what some would call a “farm”. All sorts of critters drifted in and out of my life, including the guineas that we ordered as eggs, hatched in an incubator, and raised to adulthood and released onto our property. I can’t remember many mosquito OR tick encounters as a child. I also remember my mother’s garden bore fine delectable specimens of every vegetable we sowed.  My mother’s prized flowers always had huge, bug free blooms each spring as well. I guess I was de-sensitized to the many beneficial habits  of the guinea-fowl because they had become part of our family.

Mosquito Squad kills ticks dead

Mosquito Squad kills ticks dead

I realize that many of us do not have the acreage to go out and get a guinea or two. It is enlightening to know that there are animals who actually eat ticks as part of their diets. Folks with small farms or a little patch of land with minimal restrictions may have the perfect scenario to put these little birds to use. For the rest of us, Mosquito Squad has the answer to your tick and mosquito woes. We offer season long prevention with a no worry program tailor-made just for you. Contact Mosquito Squad today to find out more. 877-667-7823 http://www.mosquitosquad.com/

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The five “T’s” in mosquito prevention

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Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad

I was talking to Dread Skeeter the other day, Dread is our Mosquito Squad mascot and he was telling me how proud he was of Russ Jundt, team leader of Mosquito Squad of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Russ was interviews by Fox @ 5 News on Memorial Day weekend and shared with viewers how they can better protect their families and pets from mosquitoes by practicing the very important 5 mosquito prevention “T’s”. You can watch the interview here http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/mosquito-squad-talks-pest-prevention-jun-1-2011 to find out more.

The 5 mosquito prevention “T’s” are…

      • Tip
      • Top
      • Turn over
      • Tarps (remove)
      • Toss
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Learn the 5 "T's" in mosquito prevention and tell those mosquitoes "bite me"

      It is simply amazing how much moisture and rainwater can collect in the smallest of things, giving pesky mosquitoes a chance to breed and grow in numbers quite quickly. Be sure that dog dishes, children’s toys and playthings, empty pots and planters ( including the drainage pan underneath), and even water bottles and small bottles caps are removed when not “in use” or turned over to keep water from collecting. Hundreds of eggs can be laid by a female mosquito in an area as small as a bottle cap.

To See Russ’ tips “in person” you can see him on YouTube at http://bit.ly/squadnews053111

No Mosquitoes

No Mosquitoes

Contact Mosquito Squad today to learn more helpful hints in mosquito and tick prevention and to schedule a barrier spray for your property to kill and prevent ticks and mosquitoes all season long and tell those mosquitoes “bite me”! 877-667-7823  http://www.mosquitosquad.com/

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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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The Hunter is Sometimes the Hunted

Dread Skeeter fights the Mosquito and Tick bites

Go ahead, try to bite me you little bugger. You'll be sorry...

Mosquito.The name itself strikes fear in most of us and makes us begin to itch and cringe but, did you know there are benefits of having the mosquito among us? The mosquito plays a very important role in our ecosystem. To a variety of different animals mosquitoes are a primary source of protein in their diet. The beautiful dragonfly consumes mosquito while in the nymph stage. Lizards, spiders, fish, other insects and bats also eat mosquitoes. Many insect-eating birds, such as the Purple Martin are prodigious consumers of the mosquito.

Mosquitoes are also key pollinators. Mosquitoes actually don’t need our blood for food their nutritional needs are met primarily by ingesting flower nectar. The blood they steal from us with their painful bite is actually used to provide protein for the female mosquitoes eggs during development, this is why only the female mosquito bites. Not having the mosquito around would leave many flowers without a pollinator, and in some cases a predator without prey.

Mosquitoes have been on earth for 100 million years, and are a part of our biology and our ecosystem. Some researchers ponder a world without mosquitoes. Would the niche they leave from being eradicated heal? Some experts say that the world would recover, for the better without the annoyance, painful bites and diseases the mosquito spreads. For the moment wiping out the entire classification of the mosquito species seems pretty far off, but with the advancements in pesticides and science we are getting closer each day to the prospect of this actually happening. For now, all we can do is exercise our knowledge in preventing disease and destruction caused mosquitoes.

Dead mosquito - Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Dead mosquito - Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Even though it might be good to keep these little buggers around, that doesn’t mean we have to “share the pain”. The best way to keep mosquitoes out of your yard is to spray your yard. Enlisting the help of a licensed professional and exercising common sense can help you avoid the mosquito on your own turf. While the negative outweighs the positive when it comes to mosquitoes, it is good to know they aren’t always on the prowl for our blood, in some cases they are the hunted instead of the hunter.

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