Mosquito Control in Greenville: The Best Mother’s Day Gift Yet

Mother's Day-gift-hanging-basketStruggling to find your Mother, Wife or Mother-to-be the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Tired of the annual hanging baskets, jewelry or pampering with manicures and pedicures that have become the go-to gifts? We have an idea for you. The best Mother’s Day ever can be yours to give with a season of mosquito and tick free outdoor living. Perfect timing for Mother’s Day, the mosquitoes are out and they are biting. Don’t let the mother in your life suffer the annoying pests or worse yet let them chase her inside. Give the gift of mosquito control this Mother’s Day.

Pest Free Outdoor Lifestyle

tick-proofing-my-greenville-yardIf the Mother in your life likes to garden, relax on the patio or near the pool, mosquito control is a great gift for her. There is nothing worse than sweating in the garden, tending your vegetables and flowers only to be held up by biting mosquitoes as you spend more time swatting than gardening. In Greenville, we have multiple breeds of Aedes mosquitoes that are aggressive daytime feeders. They will not be easily deterred by a flailing garden hat, leaving your outdoor loving mom covered in itchy ugly bites that could even make her sick.

Peace of Mind

Mosquitoes are known to carry a variety of dangerous diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika Virus that could harm children and adults alike. Mother’s love to know their loved ones are safe. Give the mom in your life peace of mind this Mother’s Day with mosquito control from Mosquito Squad of Greenville. If you have a Mother-to-be in your life, she’ll certainly appreciate knowing she is doing everything she can to protect her growing baby from the dangers of Zika, without having to stay indoors all season long.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.
Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville, with Tillman.

If you’re ready to be the hero this Mother’s Day, give your Mom the best Mother’s day gift ever with a season of mosquito and tick free outdoor living. Call Mosquito Squad of Greenville today to get her first spray set up, so she can begin enjoying her yard again. 864-277-4299

The Zika Virus in Greenville: Everything You Need To Know

The Zika Virus is a little known mosquito-borne virus that is extremely dangerous to pregnant women and their babies. It has been in the news recently with a confirmed case of Zika in Texas, a Hawaiian-born baby with Zika related microcephaly and a travel warning issued by the CDC for pregnant women traveling to countries where transmission is ongoing.

What is the Zika Virus?

Zika is pread to people through mosquito bites, specifically the Aedes Aegypti. The same mosquito that spreads the dengue fever and yellow fever. The Zika virus was predominantly found in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Recent outbreaks are occurring in the Americas, especially Brazil and Northeast South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. View the CDC’s geo-tracking of Zika for the latest information. United States cases have so far only been confirmed in returning travelers.

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Zika transmitting Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

What are the symptoms of Zika virus?

Symptoms of Zika are usually mild, with only 1 in 5 infected becoming ill. According to the CDC, the most commonly experienced symptoms can be fever, joint pain, rash or conjunctivitis. Other symptoms may include a headache and muscle pain. Symptoms can last several days to a week and deaths are rare. If you have recently traveled and experience similar symptoms, see your doctor who may order blood tests to identify the virus. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Zika. Like many other viruses you can treat the symptoms with plenty of fluids and rest. Avoid NSAIDS like ibuprofen and naproxen until dengue fever is ruled out, as symptoms are similar.

If you have Zika, avoid mosquitoes for the first week of infection. During the first week, Zika can be passed from infected person to another mosquito.

The Dangers of Zika for Pregnant Women

While Zika symptoms are usually mild, if at all, the danger comes in the link to a neurological disorder called microcephaly in newborns whose mother has had the virus. Microcephaly is a birth defect that causes a baby’s head to be smaller than expected relative to babies of the same gender and age. Often babies with microcephaly have smaller brains that may not develop properly. Depending on the severity of the microcephaly, a baby may have a range of other problems from seizures, developmental delays, intellectual disability, feeding problems, hearing or vision problems or problems with movement and balance. These problems can be lifelong and life-threatening.

Brazil is the center of the largest outbreak, with microcephaly cases in infants skyrocketing to 3,500 cases in the last 4 months, whereas there were only 147 cases in 2014 altogether. The link between microcephaly and Zika virus is still being nailed down while more studies are in progress to figure out the relationship. Until then if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, you may want to delay any travels to Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.
Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.

Keep your family safe by avoiding mosquitoes altogether with help from Mosquito Squad of Greenville. Our traditional barrier spray eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard. Visit our website for more information on Greenville mosquito control. Call or email today to sign up for the season. greenville@mosquitosquad.com 864-277-4299

Always remember to follow the 5T’s of Mosquito Control for making your yard less favorable to mosquitoes.

Greenville Mosquito Squad West Nile Virus

West Nile VirusWith the first West Nile Virus death of the season in neighboring North Carolina, now is the time to for mosquito control in Greenville. Late summer and early fall is when we see the cases of West Nile Virus diagnosed for the season. You may feel like because school is in session and the nights are beginning to cool off that you’re out of danger, but not quite yet. West Nile Virus is a dangerous disease transmitted by mosquitoes and should not be taken lightly.

West Nile Virus is Most Prevalent in August & September

The end of summer generally has a larger mosquito population than the beginning of summer. With more mosquitoes comes more disease. In Greenville this is especially true. We’ve been fortunate enough to have a dry summer but now the rains have been arriving more regularly and the temperatures are still warm, allowing the mosquitoes to thrive and reproduce.

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Add to all of that, the slightly cooler temperatures. When 85 feels nice and cool, you know it’s been a hot summer. So with temperatures giving us a bit of a break, all of us are spending more time outside. More time outside means, you’ve got it, more exposure to potentially infected mosquitoes.

If you’d like to enjoy these lovely early fall days without worrying about catching West Nile Virus from the mosquitoes in your yard, call Mosquito Squad of Greenville. We can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes in your Greenville yard with our traditional barrier spray and it will last for up to 3 weeks!

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.
Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville, with Tillman.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville to learn more about eliminating 85-90% of the mosquitoes in your yard that could potentially be spreading West Nile Virus. You can reach us by phone at (864) 277-4299 or via email at greenville@mosquitosquad.com.

Don’t forget to stay aware of the symptoms of West Nile Virus and call your doctor immediately if you think you may have West Nile.

A Noble Day for a Noble Companion

Tillman.
Tillman.

It is with truly broken hearts that we have to share with you that our Outdoor Lighting & Mosquito Squad mascot, Tillman the Golden Retriever passed away on September 11, 2015. Tillman had just turned nine years old. His passing was completely unexpected, but he was surrounded by his loving family and did not suffer as he crossed the rainbow bridge to puppy heaven.

Our Tillman was part of the family, like a child to us, and will truly be missed.

Tillman was named after American hero Pat Tillman. Pat Tillman was a football player who starred on the Arizona Cardinals professional football team. He chose to put his all-star football career on hold to re-enlist in the United States Army in 2002, in the wake of the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. Eventually Pat Tillman lost is life while fighting for his country in Afghanistan, on April 2004.

Our Tillman passed away on September 11, 2015 – a day that was fitting for our noble companion. A day that was absolutely not a coincidence, but a day that was meant to be. Please contribute what you can to the Pat Tillman Foundation in honor of our Tillman’s passing. The Pat Tillman Foundation awards scholarships for military veterans and their spouses.

Corporal Patrick Tillman

 

“Somewhere inside, we hear a voice. It leads us in the direction of who we wish to become. But it is up to us whether or not to follow.” – Pat Tillman

Summer is Over: But Greenville Mosquitoes Didn’t Get the Memo

mosquitoe squad of greenvilleJust because the official end of summer is here, doesn’t mean mosquito season is over. Quite the contrary in fact. Mosquitoes will be out in Greenville for quite a while still with the warm weather we are still fortunate enough to have. As we emerge from our air conditioned homes to spend more time outdoors, living a pest-free outdoor lifestyle is more important now than in the heat of the summer. Whether you’re hosting a large event in your Spartanburg backyard, a birthday party at your Anderson home or a pool party at Lake Keowee this fall, make sure you and your guests are protected from annoying and dangerous mosquitoes.

Event Spray Greenville

Hosting a large event at your home, such as a wedding, fundraiser or family reunion is a perfect way to make use of your outdoor living space this fall. There are so many responsibilities when it comes to organizing such an event that it can be easy to over-look something like pest-control. No matter how great of a host or hostess you are, no matter how good the food is, no matter how fun the people are, nothing is going to keep the party from ending at dusk if the mosquitoes come out hungry. Make sure your party can extend well into the lovely South Carolina evening with mosquito control from Mosquito Squad of Greenville.

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Enjoy your yard this summer with mosquito protection.
Keep your Pool party Mosquito Free.

With temperatures cooling a little bit at night and not climbing quite so high during the day, early autumn is a perfect time to host a pool party. Your guests can enjoy the pool and patio all day without being sweltered by the mid-summer heat. When it comes to fall pool parties, special event mosquito spray is a great way to make sure your guests don’t exit the pool with a swarm of mosquitoes waiting for them.

Mosquito Control Greer

We are lucky to live in the south where beautiful weather can be found year round. As long as it’s not the scorching heat of summer, outdoors is the best place to host a child’s birthday party. With yard games and piñatas, keeping the kids, the noise and the mess outside is a lot less stressful for you and more fun for them. Keep your child and their friends protected from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus with our mosquito event spray. It will eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes in your yard for your entire party.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.
Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville, with Tillman.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville to learn more about eliminating 85-90% of the mosquitoes in your yard with mosquito event spray or a season long mosquito control program. You can reach us by phone at (864) 277-4299 or via email at greenville@mosquitosquad.com.

West Nile Virus is a Real Threat in Greenville

mosquitoes-transmit-west-nile-virus-SpartanburgTransmitted by mosquitoes, West Nile Virus (WNV) is a dangerous disease. Common in birds, humans and other mammals, WNV is a serious illness that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). We have several cases of human WNV every year in South Carolina and Greenville specifically has had a few confirmed cases each year for the last several years.

What is West Nile Virus?

West Nile Virus doesn’t always present with symptoms. Only about 25% of people who are infected with WNV actually show symptoms at all. Those who do show WNV symptoms may experience fever, headache, body aches, rash or swollen lymph glands. Less than 1% of those infected WNV will experience severe encephalitis with symptoms that can include: high fever, convulsions, stiff neck, tremors, headache, coma, disorientation, muscle weakness or paralysis and in very few cases even death. If you think you may have WNV you should seek medical attention immediately.

West Nile Virus Prevention

Photo Credit: CDC
Photo Credit: CDC

With no specific treatment, cure or vaccine for WNV in humans it is best to take preventative measures to avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites. Start by protecting yourself and your family in the place where you spend most of your outdoor living time, your own back yard. With Mosquito Squad of Greenville’s traditional barrier spray we can eliminate 85-90% of the mosquitoes in your yard. Our mosquito controls spray eliminates mosquitoes on contact and continues working for up to 3 weeks. Sign up for the season and we’ll respray every 3 weeks so you don’t have to worry about WNV or any other mosquito-borne illness all season long.

West Nile Virus Reporting in Greenville

While doctors will handle reporting human cases of WNV and veterinarians will report animal cases of WNV it is up to all of us to report on dead birds. West Nile Virus actually cycles between mosquitoes and birds. Mosquitoes bite birds with high levels of WNV and become infected, passing the virus on to humans and other birds and animals.

report-dead-blue-jays-in-greenvilleTo keep mosquito control agencies aware of WNV in their area it is important that you report dead birds from March through November to help the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) track the spread of WNV through our area. The five most important birds to report are American Crows, Fish Crows, Blue Jays, House Finches and Dead House Sparrows. Never touch a dead bird with your bare hands and check out the SCDHEC website for specific instructions.

Billy & Michelle Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.
Billy & Michelle Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville, with Tillman.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville to learn more about eliminating 85-90% of the mosquitoes in your yard, that could potentially be spreading West Nile Virus. You can reach us by phone at (864) 277-4299 or via email at greenville@mosquitosquad.com.

Protection from Vector-Borne Canine Illness is Important to Mosquito Squad of Greenville!

Tillman.
Tillman.

Canine Lyme Disease and Canine Heartworms are the two vector-borne illnesses that can be spread to our pets though ticks and mosquitoes. As pet owners who consider Tillman (our Golden Retriever) to be a part of the family, we fully understand how important it is to you to protect your pets as actively as you protect your children.

If your dog has been diagnosed with arthritis, joint problems and a variety of other ailments that aren’t responding to treatment or therapy from your veterinarian, Canine Lyme Disease may be to blame. This arthropod-borne disease can wreak havoc on our health and the health of our pet as well as cause dangerous disorders such as Anemia in your pet. Symptoms indicating your dog may have a tick-borne illness can include a loss of appetite, lethargy and depression, pain, diarrhea, vomiting, edema in the extremities, hemorrhaging, neurological disorders such as seizures, and even death.

Greenville Canine Lyme Disease protectionWhen it comes to your dogs and cats, Heartworm is one of the most preventable illnesses and one of the most costly to treat. Only the bite of the mosquito can infect your dog or cat with Heartworm. Once bitten by an infected mosquito it takes about seven months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. These worms can live for 5-7 years lodging into your pet’s heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels. If not caught in time it can even lead to death.

For both of these illnesses, there are steps you can take to protect your family, your home and your beloved pet. Please see our suggestions below:

  • Deer ticks in your backyard waiting for you to walk byProtect from ticks – Your veterinarian can advise you on the best tick protection for your dog, it is also a must to exercise tick safety during tick season. Even more important is to treat the areas where ticks thrive because even the best laid plans that include spot-on canine tick treatments can falter and put your dog at risk. The best way for pet owners and non-pet owners to keep their loved ones safe from the risks of tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme Disease, is to take control of your property by keeping overgrowth, debris and brush to a minimum. In addition to mowing and landscape cleanup it is also important to have your property treated by a licensed tick control professional as another line of defense in reducing the risk of coming into contact with a potentially infected tick.
  • Mosquito Squad of GreenvilleDefend against mosquitoes – Keep your yard free of standing water and excessive brush piles to keep those pesky mosquitoes from multiplying and staying. A drop of water is enough to create a mosquito breeding ground. Mosquitoes also love cool dark places just as much as your pet does, except they don’t see them as a place to beat the heat of the day, but as a drive through for a quick meal. Allow your pets to enjoy their favorite parts of your yard with the help of Mosquito Squad’s barrier spray.
Tillman at the office.
Tillman working at the office.

Mosquito Squad of Greenville will break the Heartworm cycle by spraying your entire yard, starting at the perimeter and working inward. Our spray not only eliminates mosquitoes on contact but with our timed release formula it continues to work for up to 3 weeks, eliminating 85-90% of mosquitoes. While in our fight against Lyme Disease, we offer a dual defense program which includes tick tubes in conjunction with our seasonal barrier spray to keep you tick free all season. Our highly effective barrier spray eliminates adult ticks while tick tube implementation applied twice per season eliminates the nymph tick, snuffing out disease at its source! Our perfect pairing of tick control programs keeps tick out of sight and out of mind.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.
Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville, with Tillman.

Keeping our Golden Retriever Tillman (so named in honor of fallen American soldier, Patrick Daniel “Pat” Tillman, who died serving his country), out of harm’s way is of great importance to us and we’re sure you feel the same way about your “four-legged” children. Contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville to learn more about preventing ticks that could potentially be harboring Lyme Disease and eliminating harmful mosquito bites on your property. We are scheduling tick tube implementation now. You can reach us by phone at (864) 277-4299 or via email at greenville@mosquitosquad.com.

Mosquito Multiplicity; Revealing the Results of How Just One Mosquito in Your Greenville Backyard Can Spawn Thousands!

Mosquito Squad of GreenvilleMosquito season is in full-force here in Greenville and Western NC. Mosquitoes are not only bothersome, they are also pose a dangerous health concern due to the various mosquito-borne illnesses they can carry. It only takes ONE bite from a mosquito carrying West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), or LaCrosse Encephalitis to make you, or a loved one, very sick. With that ONE infected mosquito in mind, we want to educate residents about how just one single mosquito can turn into so many more — in the blink of an eye…

When it comes to the amount of mosquitoes one female mosquito can spawn in your backyard in just four weeks, fact becomes stranger than fiction. The combination of warm weather, spring showers and an unprotected setting equals a recipe for a mosquito invasion.  By simple multiplication, the natural order of the mosquito population turns an army of one into an army of over 1 billion mosquitoes! Here is how it works…

  • Mosquitoes in your Greenville backyard week oneWeek One  In order for a female mosquito to develop viable eggs for reproduction she must obtain a blood meal from a human or other mammal. Once this has been acquired, she will then proceed to lay up to 300 eggs. Mosquitoes can lay up to three batches of eggs during their short lifetime. From here a female mosquito has already perpetuated a significant amount of blood-thirsty offspring in which about half or more, (male/female probability), will also become blood thirsty mosquitoes looking to start a family in your backyard too!
  • Mosquitoes in your Greenville backyard week twoWeek Two — This same backyard now includes 150 new female mosquitoes, plus the original matriarch which brings the total to approximately 151 female mosquitoes. This is where the equation really gets interesting; the 150 daughters of the original female mosquito will also lay up to 300 eggs each. This brings the total number of mosquitoes up to 45,300, of which at least half can also be expected to be female.
  • Mosquitoes in your Greenville backyard week threeWeek Three — Out of the prior week’s 45,300 mosquitoes, of which approximately 22,650 female mosquitoes will once again lay up to 300 eggs each bringing the number during their egg laying period to 6,795,300! This brings the total to almost 7 million mosquitoes brought into your backyard via one female mosquito in just 3 short weeks. Using the same simple formula of probability with half being born female will leave 3,397,000 females ready to do it all over again.
  • Mosquitoes in your Greenville backyard week fourWeek Four —  The most alarming answer to any outdoor living equation will weigh in at a whopping 1,319,250,000 mosquitoes from just one female mosquito! In addition to the biting, annoyance and irritation mosquitoes deliver, there is a chance just one of these 1.3+ billion mosquitoes could infect you, or a loved one with a mosquito-borne illness.

Fortunately, the moral of this story can have a happy ending! Mosquito Squad of Greenville can prevent and control mosquitoes in your backyard — from the very first female! Our trusted barrier spray program will eliminate mosquitoes that are present on your property and prevent more from taking up residence. By reducing the number of mosquitoes within your treated property, you can literally eliminate billions of mosquitoes. Not only will eliminating these mosquitoes offer you the freedom and peace of mind to enjoy the outdoors this season, it will also reduce the number of mosquitoes within your yard that may harbor illness or disease.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.
Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today to put an end to mosquito-multiplicity the whole season. Our service is easy and worry free, call us at  (864) 277-4299 or via email at greenville@mosquitosquad.com.

Chikungunya in the U.S. – Should Greenvile Residents Be Worried About This New Mosquito-Borne Virus?

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Mosquito-borne diseases are increasing.

Have you seen all the media attention on a new mosquito-borne virus called Chikungunya?  Not only is it spreading rapidly, it is getting National news coverage on programs like Good Morning America.   That’s because the virus is new to the United States and is spreading quickly.  In fact, confirmed cases are as close to us as Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida as well as other states.

There is good and bad new regarding Chikungunya.  The good news is that although mosquitoes, specifically the Aedes aegypti, spread the virus no locally transmitted cases have been confirmed.  So how is the virus spreading?  By travelers who visit other areas where these mosquitoes are infected.  The greatest majority of travelers lately are coming from the Caribbean where they contracted the disease.

The bad news is that with the increasing number of confirmed cases, officials fear mosquitoes within the United States could bite an infected person and begin the transmission to others.  The other bad news is that because the virus is so new, there is no vaccine, cure or specific treatment for Chikungunya.  Fortunately, most symptoms that include fever, headaches, muscle pain and an itchy rash can be treated and typically do not last too long.  But, some with the disease in other countries have reported joint pain lasting as long as five years or a relapse of this pain after symptoms had subsided.

Enjoy your yard this summer with mosquito protection.
Enjoy your yard this summer with mosquito protection.

The best protection again Chikungunya as well as other mosquito-borne diseases is prevention.  That can sometimes be difficult in these summer months when you want to spend time outdoors.  Mosquito Squad of Greenville can help protect you and your family with our triple protection mosquito barrier spray.  Our barrier spray targets mosquitoes and eliminates them on contact.  A special binding agent allows our spray to remain on your vegetation, continuing to eradicate mosquitoes for 21 days, which is when we come back for another application.  It also creates a barrier around your yard to keep additional mosquitoes from entering.

One call to Mosquito Squad of Greenville sets you up for our triple protection barrier spray all Keith-Drew,-Ownerseason long.   Don’t let any mosquito-borne illness ruin your summers when Mosquito Squad of Greenville is ready to protect your family.  Call us now to sign up and you’ll be enjoying your yard all summer long.

Oh Gnats! Mosquito Squad of Greenville Can Help

Gnats.  If you Google it, you’ll find all kinds of home remedies on getting rid of them.  That’s because they are annoying!  Here at Mosquito Squad of Greenville, we frequently get calls about getting rid of gnat’s in yards all across Greenville.  While we don’t specifically treat for gnats, we can help control them.

Gnats are tiny, long legged insects and can either be the biting or non-biting species.   They have many of the same patterns of mosquitoes and like many of the same conditions – warm, moist areas around vegetation and standing water.  The higher the humidity and moisture, the more at home gnats will be.  They use the moisture to lay their eggs and gnats do reproduce quickly.

Just as with mosquitoes, tipping, tossing and turning will help control the masses of gnats in your yard.  In addition, take a walk around your property to see if there is any type of rotting vegetation in your yard.  This can include underneath plants or flowers around your deck or patio, old logs, leaves or over watered soil.  Then give us a call at Mosquito Squad of Greenville.  Although our barrier spray

Our barrier spray helps control gnats in your Greenville yard.
Our barrier spray helps control gnats in your Greenville yard.

is not guaranteed to eliminate the same amount of gnats in your yard as it does mosquitoes and ticks, it will dramatically decrease the gnat population.  Here’s why: our highly effective barrier spray is applied to the areas where gnats harbor.  When they come into contact with our treatment, they are eliminated.  This will also help control future generations of gnats from forming, thereby reducing the population.

To learn more about gnats and how Mosquito Squad of Greenville can help control them in your yard, give us a call.  Our season long program will provide continuous protection against mosquitoes and ticks and will help control gnats and other bugs that are bothering you.  Take your yard back with the help of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.

 

Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville
Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville

 

Mosquito Squad of Greenville
(864) 277 – 4299