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Mosquito Squad Service Day Recap

April 26th was both Arbor Day and Mosquito Squad Service Day, a day in which our Mosquito Squad locations give back to their local communities. We were thrilled that several of our locations sent us pictures and details of what they did on this special day, and of course we wanted to share it with all of you! Here are some of the stories from across the country.

mosquito-control-chicagoMembers of the Mosquito Squad of Chicago team spent the day at the Hines Fisher House. Led by Dominic Caliendo, the volunteers planted trees and assisted the Fisher House team with their landscaping. The Fisher House Foundation provides low cost or free housing to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.

Dan and Tammy Buchanan of Mosquito Squad of Southeast Minnesota dedicated their Service Day project to a local high school student that had passed away in a car accident. The snow crabapple tree was planted at Byron High School in memory of DJ Logan. As Dan explains: “Here, the company’s community day of service became DJ Logan’s memorial project. It took on a life of its own.” Please read this article to learn more about this wonderful project from Mosquito Squad of Southeast Minnesota.

Mosquito Squad of St. Charles and West Counties near St. Louis donated a tree for the Citizens Committee for the Environment. The Yellowwood tree was planted by a local Girl Scout Troup in the area.

st.louis-mosquito-controlCarson and Martha Baur of Mosquito Squad of Greater St. Louis did two projects for Service Day! For the first, they adopted a new tree in Forest Park in the heart of the city. In addition to adopting this maple tree, the Mosquito Squad of Greater St. Louis went to the Korean Memorial where they mulched and cleaned up around the Memorial. Doesn’t it look great?

mosquito-control-kalamazooKen and Julie Wuerfel of Mosquito Squad of Southwest Michigan planted a tree with a class of elementary school children. The class was able to choose the type of tree. A framed picture with the kids was given to both the school and the nursery that donated the tree.

To read about the Mosquito Squads of North and South Richmond’s project, read this blog that we posted on the actual day.

We are so proud of our Mosquito Squad locations and their dedication to their local communities. It’s nice to the be the local resource for tick and mosquito control, but we feel it is important to also be part of the community and our franchisees are.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped celebrate this great day of service. To learn more about Mosquito Squad and our service, visit our website or contact your local mosquito control provider!

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Is there trouble brewing in that mud puddle?

An underwater army of Culex larvae, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

An underwater army of Culex mosquito larvae, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Mosquitoes cannot exist without water, and I don’t mean just to serve as to keep them hydrated. Female mosquitoes need water in order to lay their eggs and carry on the cycle of life, and thus preserve the nature of the mosquito species itself. Many folks think that it takes a large amount of water for mosquitoes to lay eggs in. This is a common misconception. The truth is it takes very little water at all for a female mosquito to lay hundreds and even thousands of eggs to nurture her blood-thirsty offspring.

Many sources of water that are commonplace in any yard, on any street and around every house and business can be a source for concern. Mosquitoes are known vectors of illnesses and diseases such as West Nile Virus, Malaria, Meningitis and Encephalitis just to name a few, therefore citizens should become educated in the manner and locations that could potentially serve as a Petri dish for disease.

Mosquito Squad keeps you and your family mosquito free

Mosquito Squad keeps you and your family mosquito free.

Storm drains, road ditches, flower pots, mud puddles, discarded soda bottles, children’s outdoor toys and even crevices in trees that can hold water make perfect nurseries for Mrs. Mosquito to carry on her legacy of irritation, pain and disease. All around the US, record rainfalls  this season have produced swollen rivers, lakes and creeks that can boost the population of mosquitoes across the country. There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes around the world all looking for a place to carry on the family name, so here are some ways to reduce the chances of making your property attractive to expectant female mosquitoes.

  • Inspect the areas around your home and property often and discard any items that are collecting moisture
  • Tip, toss, turn over and throw out any items not in use or that serve no purpose other than as water reservoirs
  • Make sure to keep your property trimmed of overgrowth and free of debris
  • Keep gutters and storm drains free of brush and debris that can cause water to accumulate
  • Empty and change water in bird baths and wading pools at least once per week
  • Inspect screens on windows and doors to make certain mosquitoes don’t find their way indoors
  • Have your property treated by a licensed professional
Mosquito life cycle, courtesy of Leon County Mosquito Control, Tallahassee, Florida.

Mosquito life cycle, courtesy of Leon County Mosquito Control, Tallahassee, Florida. ( Notice the blue area that shows the importance of water on the mosquitoes life cycle)

These simple safeguards can keep your and your family safe from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Mosquito Squad is waging war on these pests with our mosquito control and prevention programs . Our safe and effective barrier spray is highly beneficial as part of keeping mosquitoes off your property.  Our  Barrier sprays are applied at regularly scheduled intervals during the season to keep you mosquito free all season long. We also offer an automatic mosquito misting system that disperses a spray at timed intervals throughout the entire day.

Even though mosquitoes have been around for over 170 million years, Mosquito Squad can help you take control of your property to keep you and your family safe and mosquito-free. Contact us today to learn more

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Mosquitoes, don’t mess with Dread — or you’ll be dead.

Mosquito Squad mosquito and tick control had Dread Skeeter leading the charge. You don’t want to mess with Dread.

Kill mosquitoes dead with Mosquito Squad.

Nationwide franchise opportunities. Call today to find out if a location is available in your area. Locations are going fast with this hot new franchise.

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Mosquito Squad Receives Military Friendly Franchise Award

We all like awards, but this one is really cool. Just recently, all three Outdoor Living Brands‘ companies, including Mosquito Squad were given the Military Friendly Franchise Award from G.I. Jobs magazine.

G.I. Jobs helps veterans with everything work-related after they leave active duty. They provide information on interviews, moving and the best companies to be part of. They offer a whole search on their website for Military Friendly Franchises.

According to Census data, veterans are more likely to own a business than a non-veteran. Franchises are a great option because, although you own a business, you still are following a structured business plan.

We are really proud of this award. Congrats Mosquito Squad!

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Abandoned Pools Pose Big Threat

Across the country over the last couple years, the once fun and relaxing neighborhood swimming pools are quickly turning into the breeding ground for mosquitoes and West Nile virus. As I read through some of the stories posted on-line, I was surprised to see some of the figures surrounding this idea.

 In California alone: “California officials estimate that there are tens of thousands of abandoned pools in the state”

 Another troubling sign to emphasize the failure to maintain pools is the overall drop in sales: “A pool builder in north Phoenix who estimated business was off 40 percent to 70 percent. Business is just as bad in Florida, where builders like Ben Evans, the chief executive at American Pools and Spas in Orlando, said he had let much of his staff go as orders for pools dropped to 150 this year, from about 1,000 the previous year.”

If I was a baby mosquito, that’s where I’d want to grow up!

If I was a baby mosquito, that’s where I’d want to grow up!

These abandoned pools have turned into a mosquito breeding paradise. As a result cases of West Nile Virus, even in densely populated cities, are rising at alarming rates. Actions are being taken to solve this problem by treating the pools, but with so many our there it is a tough battle that will take time.

 Mosquitoes travel up to one mile from their original breeding grounds. To protect your yard and your family from being at risk, as about a Mosquito Squad barrier spray for your home. Enjoy the outdoors without the worry or risk!

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West Nile Virus Explodes Across U.S.

2009 has been a major year for pests. Mosquitoes have spread the West Nile Virus through over 35 states in America already, with new cases springing up in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Wyoming within the past month.


With the majority of U.S. states having cases of West Nile Viruses, chances are you live in one of these areas. Since West Nile Virus is spread through mosquitoes, the best thing you can do is avoid mosquito bites. To help you do just that, try these easy tips from the CDC:

  • Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.
  • Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.
  • All of those tips can help fend away mosquitoes, but if you want a surefire way to get rid of the threat is by using Mosquito Squad. The eco-friendly spray will protect you and your family from mosquitoes, and more importantly, West Nile Virus.

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    Mosquitoes Can Carry a Tune

    In a recent experiment, scientists discovered that the type of mosquito responsible for yellow fever and dengue also “duets” prior to mating. The Science magazine study provided the first piece of evidence that mosquitoes can hear. The experiment also revealed that the insects adjust their wing beats to a frequency an octave and a half below a standard “A.”

    The scientists conducted the study by tethering mosquitoes and playing tones to them through a minature microphone. They hope that their findings will bring new understanding to mosquito mating patterns and hearing capabilities.

    To read the full article, click here.

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