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City dwellers feel the wrath of the Asian tiger mosquito.

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Do your summer camp memories include mosquitoes?

Where does your memory bank take you when you think of being bitten by a mosquito? Is is that summer you went to camp and brought home the knowledge of how to tie 5 different knots, and a body covered in itchy welts? Maybe, just maybe, it was last week’s backyard barbecue when your husband outdid himself with his BBQ chicken and the mosquitoes outdid themselves as well, running all your friends home early.

When most of think about the type of setting mosquitoes prefer we picture a backyard, or the woods. We rarely ever picture a metropolis sprawling with tall buildings and alive with honking taxis, but that is exactly where officials are reporting scourges of mosquitoes, and even worse, the dreaded Asian tiger mosquito is taking up residence. It is like reading that cherished old children’s tale about the city mouse and the country mouse, the only difference is the mice are actually mosquitoes and this story is not bound for a happy ending.

On July 20th, 2011 The Wall Street Journal confirmed the presence of the Asian tiger mosquito in New York City. This mosquito loves urban areas. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) is developing a cost-effective way to control these mosquitoes. The Asian tiger is showing up in urban areas such as NY city for the simple reason that urban areas stay 5-10 degrees warmer than rural areas. These mosquitoes love the heat and humidity, as they are daytime feeders as well as evening feeders, unlike other species of mosquitoes who only feed during the evening hours. The conditions are perfect for Asian tiger mosquitoes to hang out longer, and with the nationwide heat wave, we are seeing them earlier into the season as well.  The Wall Street Journal cites that the Asian tiger mosquitoes arrived three months earlier this year than they did last year, this year they made their appearance in June. To read the entire WSJ  article visit http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303795304576454312427933764.html

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian tiger mosquito is an invasive species with its roots traced back to Southeast Asia. It showed up in America in 1985  when it hitched a ride in a shipment of used  tires bound for the port of Houston, Texas. Since that fated shipment in 1985 the rest is history. These mosquitoes have spread like wildfire all the way up the East coast as far as Maine. The Asian tiger gets its name from its distinct black and white striped markings that mimic those of a tiger.

Not only do Asian tiger mosquitoes feed during the day, they are also aggressive feeders sometimes attacking their victim several times until they are satisfied. These mosquitoes also require very little water to lay their eggs in to multiply the species and thus, they multiply quickly and in large numbers. They can lay their eggs in the holes of a tree, wet leaves, ditches and very miniscule amounts of water to be efficient breeders. It is important to keep all containers turned over and thrown away to discourage infestations from beginning in your own backyard. These mosquitoes can lay hundreds of eggs in a container no larger that a soda bottle lid. Keeping your gutters clean and free of debris also a good way to discourage these pests from multiplying as well. Mosquito Squad outlines the important “5 T’s” to mosquito control in this informative piece http://mosquito-control-blog.com/2011/06/13/the-five-ts-in-mosquito-prevention/

Mosquito Squad keeps you and your family mosquito free

Mosquito Squad keeps you and your family mosquito free

Common sense precautions are key to preventing experiencing this mosquitoes wrath. Having a licensed professional treat your property is a great way to prevent mosquitoes from your living areas as well. Mosquito Squad has a proven, safe and effective barrier spray program that kills mosquitoes that are in your yard and prevents further infestation from the residual left from the spray. These sprays are scheduled in intervals throughout the mosquito season to give you season-long mosquito control. Mosquito Squad can also install a super effective mosquito misting system on your property that is highly effective in giving you continuous control. After all, out of sight and out of mind is the best solution to dealing with mosquitoes.

Contact Mosquito Squad today to learn more and put an end to the scourge of mosquitoes on your property. Contact us at 877-667-7823 or email us at info@mosquitosquad.com we can put an end to your mosquito ( and tick) woes.

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Even superb athletes like Christine Rampone can fall victim to Lyme disease

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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.

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Even the tiniest ticks can be carrying a deadly tick-borne 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.

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Mosquito Squad spraying your yard to guard against ticks and tick-borne illness

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/

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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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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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Are we trading “fish” stories or does the mosquitofish and mosquito crustacean really control mosquitoes?

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When we talk about fish and crustaceans ( fish and shrimp?) within the same sentence our minds usually tend to imagine an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet. The two species go hand in hand in our ecosystems, on our dinner plates, and in an aquarium. Who would have ever imagined a fish and a crustacean can be a viable form of mosquito control? As ridiculous as this may sound, it is the truth.

The Mosquitofish, (Gambusia affinis) and the Mosquito crustacean, ( Macroscyclops albidus) both feed on mosquito larvae. Both have proven highly efficient in helping cut down on mosquito populations in field studies and laboratory experiments. Although you probably haven’t heard of these two mosquito eating bandits before, they are not newcomers to the mosquito control scene.

The use of the Mosquitofish dates all the way back to 1922 when they were introduced into California. Since their introduction, the mosquitofish has been one of the most effective non-insecticidal and non-chemical methods to controlling mosquitoes that we have seen in over 80 years. This tiny fish does not lay eggs but gives birth to live young, much like a guppy. Since they are not egg-layers they require no special environment that would scrutinize the reproduction process. They are also hardy fish that can survive a range of temperatures that would kill other fish. Mosquitofish can begin feeding on mosquito larvae as soon as they are born and have the capability to eat up to 100 mosquito larvae per day.

Mosquito Fish (Gambusia Affinis)

Mosquito Fish (Gambusia Affinis)

The use of the mosquitofish however, does have its pros and cons. Even though considered efficient at helping control the mosquito populations, recent studies have indicated that the mosquitofish should not be placed in lakes, streams, creeks or rivers because when brought into certain habitats they are shown to disrupt the natural order of things. In layman’s terms, they are eating more than the mosquito larvae, they are eating and negatively impacting the  native creatures that we don’t want them too.

Mosquito crustacean ( Macrocyclops albidus)

Mosquito crustacean ( Macrocyclops albidus)

The Mosquito crustacean ( Macrocyclops albicus), has also been on the mosquito-eating scene awhile too. These tiny, shrimp-like members of the Crustacea family can be found in ditches, ponds, and even clogged gutters on a house. Anywhere there is a small amount of water is perfect for these mosquito crustaceans, plus these are the very places mosquitoes like to breed. Voila, dinner is served.  The species are native to New Jersey and can eat up to 27 mosquito larvae per day. Over the past five years testing has been done to ensure these crustaceans do not pose a risk to the balance of the ecosystem like the mosquitofish do.

Officials agree that these little mosquito predators only make a small dent in the mosquitoes numbers when you look at the big picture, but every little bit helps when you are talking mosquito control and the reduction of mosquito-borne illness such as West Nile and Encephalitis.

Dead mosquito - Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Dead mosquito - Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Mosquito Squad has a safe and effective mosquito control program that ensures season-long mosquito control by the use of our barrier spray which is sprayed on regular intervals to kill mosquitoes and prevent resurgence within the treated areas. Contact Mosquito Squad to learn more about our original and natural barrier sprays for a mosquito free summer. 877-667-7823 or email us at http://www.mosquitosquad.com/ContactUs.html

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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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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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