Will the Cold, Wet Winter We Experienced in Greenville Keep Mosquitoes at Bay? No Way!

We can finally say we survived the cold and wet winter weather we experienced this past year and hello to the sunshine and mild temperatures spring will bring.  Many people think because of the cold temperatures the mosquito population will be on the decline this year but that can’t be further from the truth.  In fact, the temperatures don’t have as much of an impact on the mosquito population as the amount of snow and rainfall.

 

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Mosquitoes will quickly begin emerging with the warmer temperatures

There is a common misconception that mosquitoes die in the winter but that simply is not true.  Some do die, other hibernate like a bear but in fallen tree limbs and under brush. Still others remain as winter hardy eggs all season long.  It’s not the cold temperatures that decrease the population of mosquitoes for the coming season, it’s the winter precipitation that actually increases the population, and we had plenty of that the last several months.  See, mosquitoes need water to breed and we had a lot of snow and rain this winter that soaked the ground.  This precipitation is still out there in the form of puddles and damp areas in our woods and drainage ditches.  Now that the weather is warming for long periods of time, those adult mosquitoes that hibernated are ready for activity and will soon be laying more eggs in these damp areas.  Plus, the eggs that were laid last fall are ready to hatch with the warmer days.  That means a whole lot of mosquitoes are about to come out quickly.

 

Tip over standing water to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds
Tip over standing water to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds

So, how do you keep mosquitoes at bay and away from your family?  Being vigilant will help.  Take a walk around your property to remove leaf piles and grass clippings that can hold water. Dump over dog bowls, flowerpot saucers and children’s toys that can accumulate water and check the tarps over your grill or boat to be sure they are taut and not stowing water.  Since mosquitoes need just a small amount of water to lay their eggs, these are perfect breeding grounds and close to your home.  Then call Mosquito Squad of Greenville.  Our proven barrier spray treatment eliminates up to 90% of adult mosquitoes and targets the mosquito eggs before they have a chance to hatch.  The treatment also creates a barrier to keep other mosquitoes from entering your treated property.

 

Getting an early start is important before the mosquito eggs have had time to hatch and the adult mosquitoes have time to lay another round of eggs.  Now is the time to call Mosquito Keith-Drew,-OwnerSquad of Greenville to start your season long protection and keep your family safe from mosquitoes, their bites and the dangerous diseases they can carry.  (864) 277 – 4299 – email:greenville@mosquitosquad.com

Mosquito Squad Renewal Season Has Begun in Greenville

It’s that time of year to begin our Mosquito Squad renewal season. We thank you for continuing to choose Mosquito Squad of Greenville. We are proud you have chosen us to protect your outdoor living spaces.

Our team is in the process of putting together the 2014 renewals. As an added convenience, this year you will receive your renewal by the end of February. We’re beta dread-versions31testing a renewal process that should be ready soon that will simplify the process for you. The new renewal process will allow you to select your preferred program and pay through our secure gateway. In the meantime, we are offering a special promotion! Sign up for either the Standard or Platinum program by February 14th and get an additional free spray in your seasonal package. With the Standard Program, pay for 9 sprays and receive 10 or with the Platinum Program, pay for 13 sprays and receive 14.

By signing up today, you can rest assure that you will be ready for the 2014 mosquito season with:

  • 85% – 90% reduction of mosquitoes and ticks – Guaranteed!
  • Courtesy service reminders and treatment confirmations
  • EPA compliant protection products

Thank you again for your continued business. We look forward to protecting you in 2014.

Keith-Drew,-Owner

Mosquito Squad of Greenville
(864) 277 – 4299 email:greenville@mosquitosquad.com

 

6-Year-Old North Carolina Girl Has Died From Tick Bite Infection

Tragically, 6-year-old Emilee Russell of Black Mountain, North Carolina has died after being bitten by a tick over Memorial Day weekend, ABC affiliate WLOS reported. Not long ago, Emilee finished Kindergarten and had so much to look forward to; however, after an unexpected tick bite, a tick borne sudden illness known as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever took control of the young girl’s body and caused her untimely death.

The tick borne illness, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), is a potentially fatal illness caused by the bite of an infected American dog tick, brown dog tick, and Rocky Mountain wood tick. RMSF is the most common tick-borne illness in the Carolinas. Symptoms of Rocky Mountain spotted fever include lethargy, fever, headache, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dark circles around the eyes and muscle pain. A spotted rash on the extremities may also develop but is often absent in the first few days, and in some patients, may never develop. A scab may also develop at the site of the tick bite. Antibiotics are most effective if started before the fifth day of symptoms. The illness is diagnosed in the early stages through clinical signs and symptoms. Blood tests can be conducted to diagnose the illness as well. Early detection and treatment is the key to halting the progression of RMSF. If left untreated the illness can cause complications such as damage to multiple organ systems, profound neurological deficit issues, amputation of limbs due to the damage caused in the process of the disease and even death.

The young girl’s father, Battalion Chief at Black Mountain Fire Department, Chief Steve Jones describes the young 6-year-old as, “Just… that pretty little smile… she could just look at you with that smile and break your heart.” While the Carolinas will certainly feel the loss of a precious life lost way too soon, it is the hope of the Emilee’s Primary School teacher that her life is not lost in vain; Ashley Styles states “I definitely want people to be more aware of what a small tick bite can do.”

Tick-Control

Unfortunately for the Upstate, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is just one of the many tick borne illnesses that homeowners must watch out for. In addition to RMSF, ticks can also cause Lyme Disease and Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness. Mosquito Squad of Greenville wants to remind residents that there is no magic immunization available to prevent becoming infected with a tick-borne illness. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from coming into contact with a potentially infected tick is through knowledge, tick control and prevention.

Currently, Mosquito Squad of Greenville offers a tick intensive treatment that is designed to eradicate all life cycles of the tick. We combine tick tubes along with our safe and effective barrier spray to keep you, your family and pets protected from potentially infected ticks on your treated property. To learn more about tick eradication contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today. Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299 • email: greenville@mosquitosquad.com

You can also read more about Emilee and the fundraisers set to raise money for her medical bills at: http://www.wlos.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wlos_6yearold-dies-rocky-mtn-spotted-fever-12073.shtml and http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/06/14/girl-dies-after-tick-bite-infection/

Tick ID

Mosquito Squad of Greenville asks “Are you smarter than the average mosquito?”

Recent rainstorms and floods across many parts of the United States are setting the stage for record mosquito populations in 2013. While most people can agree that these unwelcomed populations are quite annoying as they buzz around you, suck your blood and leave those nasty, itchy bumps behind, many might be surprised to learn some not so well known facts about mosquitoes. Test your knowledge of mosquitoes with our mini mosquito quiz and find out if you are smarter than the average skeeter!

  1. Is it possible for a mosquito to lay eggs inside something as small as a bottle cap?
  2. True or False: Everyone infected with West Nile virus shows symptoms.
  3. How many eggs can a female mosquito lay in her lifetime?
  4. True or False: Mosquitoes beat their wings about 30 times per second.
  5. True or False: Only male mosquitoes bite.
  6. How many days does it take for a mosquito to develop into a blood sucking adult?
  7. How many days can a mosquito typically survive in the wild?
  8. True or False: West Nile Virus can only affect humans.
  9. True or False: Mosquitoes pose a threat to public health.
  10. True or False: Mosquitoes rarely travel farther than 1,000 feet from their birthplace.

Answers:

  • You might be surprised to learn that yes, mosquitoes can lay eggs inside something as small as a bottle cap. In fact, a bottle cap can actually hold as many as 300 mosquito eggs. Now imagine how many mosquito eggs are waiting for you in things like standing water in a children’s sandbox, loose tarps, large plant saucers or dog bowls! This fact shows why it is so important to be vigilant of standing water in your yard. Make sure you reduce standing water in order to eliminate mosquito threats!
  1. False! Approximately only 20% of humans infected with West Nile virus show any symptoms at all. All the while, the risk of death still remains! Prevention is the biggest asset on your side. By using mosquito elimination services such as our barrier spray programs you can significantly lower your chances of contracting a mosquito born disease.
  2. A female mosquito can lay up to 3,000 eggs in her lifetime. The actual number can range anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 depending on the species of mosquito. This astounding number shows how quickly your yard can become unusable as mosquitoes take over!
  3. False, mosquitoes can actually beat their wings about 600 times per second!  The fast pace at which mosquitoes beat their little wings is actually what creates the famous “buzz” sound you hear as they hover close by.
  4. False, only female mosquitoes bite. While female mosquitoes feed on your blood, male mosquitoes actually only feed on nectar and fruit juice.
  5. A mosquito generally takes around two days to be able to develop into a fully grown adult. At that point, female mosquitoes can then begin laying their eggs and therefore creating tons of hungry mosquito babies!
  6. A mosquito can typically survive up to 100 days depending on their gender. A female mosquito lives anywhere from 3 to 100 days, while males live anywhere from 10 to 20 days. 100 days is just enough blood sucking to ruin your summer!
  7. False, West Nile Virus can not only affect humans but also your precious pets! West Nile Virus can affect everything from cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, crocodiles and more!
  8. True, mosquitoes pose a threat to public health by spreading everything from West Nile Virus to encephalitis, dengue, fever, malaria and even heartworms in pets.

10. False. In reality, mosquitoes rarely travel farther than 300 feet from their birthplace.

 

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

To learn more about controlling and preventing mosquitoes on the home front contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today at Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299 • email:greenville@mosquitosquad.com

Rain, heat has Upstate bracing for disease-carrying insects

Rain & Heat have the upstate bracing for disease carrying insects! Watch the Greenville News clip featuring Mosquito Squad of Greenville to learn more!

 

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

To learn more about controlling and preventing mosquitoes on the home front contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today at Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299 • email:greenville@mosquitosquad.com

Enjoy Your Memorial Day, Without Bugs

Make sure your guests aren’t on the menu at your holiday barbecue 

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Family, friends and lots of great food. Memorial Day is a wonderful holiday. Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your festivities!

Summer is now in full swing and that means the bugs are biting. Keep your guests outside, happy and safe from bugs this coming holiday weekend with Mosquito Squad.

Call us now at 864-277-4299 for a barrier spray before the holiday rush, and keep your friends and family off the menu!

 

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All the best,

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

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Mosquito Squad of Greenville is committed to raising awareness of this growing health issue

 

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Mosquito Squad of Greenville is committed to raising awareness of this growing health issue

First recognized as a disease in the US in 1975, Lyme Disease is now becoming a growing health concern for Americans as the number of annual cases reported in the US continues to rise. According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, Lyme Disease is “an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a type of bacterium called a spirochete that is carried by deer ticks. An infected blacklegged tick can transmit the spirochete to the humans and animals it bites. Untreated, the bacterium travels through the bloodstream, establishes itself in various body tissues, and can cause a number of symptoms, some of which are severe. “ Symptoms can range from flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, body ache, and headache to more severe symptoms such as severe joint pain and swelling, neurological problems, and even heart problems. If you think you have Lyme Disease symptoms, you should see a physician immediately as early detection and treatment aides greatly in the success rate of such treatments.

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Since 2002, more than 280,000 Americans have been diagnosed with the disease making Lyme Disease the most common arthropod-borne illness in the U.S. However, its diagnosis and treatment can be challenging for medical professionals due to the wide range of ways that Lyme Disease can manifest itself in those infected. In addition, there are also limitations of currently available diagnostic blood tests making it difficult to diagnose the disease.

One of the best ways to protect your family is by taking preventative measures to ensure that you are keeping the tick population in your yard under control. Such measures include utilizing plants and shrubs that don’t attract deer and keeping tall grasses away from the home entrance and edges of the lawn. In addition, homeowners can create a barrier between wooded areas and play areas. Keeping the yard clean and free of debris will also help to reduce tick populations. It is important for homeowners to perform a daily tick check and treat any ticks with barrier sprays and tick tubes.

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For more information regarding Lyme Disease, you can visit the American Lyme Disease Foundation website at http://www.aldf.com/lyme.shtml. If you would like to learn more about Mosquito Squad’s beneficial mosquito and tick control and prevention programs contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today. Take the first step to keeping your family happy and healthy this season. Call us today for a free estimate • (864) 277 – 4299 • email: greenville@mosquitosquad.com

 Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville

 

Mosquito Squad of Greenville explores whether recent findings indicate DEET’s effectiveness has come to pass

I can remember, as many of you probably have a similar memory, of being slathered down by my Mother with foul smelling mosquito repellent as a child on every camping trip and at each family BBQ. In keeping to the product’s promise I never got bit by a mosquito while wearing this chemical suit of armor. I do however remember the feeling of my skin not being able to breathe, the rancid odor, being so sticky I felt as though I would crack with each movement and above all the headache I experienced at the end of the day as a result of my exposure to the DEET within the product. Like they always say “hindsight is 20/20 vision” and being a more evolved society research now tells us that excessive

Besides the side effects of DEET, research is indicating mosquitoes are less resistant to it now.
Besides the side effects of Deet, research is indicating mosquitoes are less resistant to it now.

exposure to products containing DEET ((N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide) can cause headaches and especially in children, who knew? Headaches are just the tip of the iceberg in the many adverse side effects that can be attributed to exposure to DEET. Still with these dangers in mind, consumers have continued to use DEET derived mosquito repellents for over 40 years for one reason, and one reason only; it keeps mosquitoes from biting right? Up until recently this may have been the case, but new research indicates the mosquito is quickly becoming immune to the power of DEET.

DEET based insect repellents work by blocking the molecule to the chemical receptors for carbon dioxide and lactic acid in mosquito antennae. Carbon dioxide and lactic acid are both natural components our bodies release and are what make us attractive to the mosquito. Even mosquitoes lucky enough to find us with our DEET-treated skin will not bite because they don’t like the smell or taste of the chemical which up until recently would keep us off the mosquito’s dinner menu.

According to the  BBC, Scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine conducted tests on the Asian tiger mosquito which is a known vector of both West Nile virus as well as Dengue and Yellow fever. The tests showed that the mosquito responded appropriately in repelling when exposed to skin that was treated with DEET on the first try. As part of the study those same mosquitoes were introduced to DEET treated skin a second time around and some of the mosquitoes actually came into feed despite the presence of DEET. Dr. James Logan, who led the research, said “The more we understand about how repellents work and how mosquitoes detect them, the better we can work out ways to get around the problem when they do become resistant to repellents.” Previous

Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad keeps mosquitoes away from your yard.
Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad keeps mosquitoes away from your yard.

research had demonstrated how some mosquitoes were genetically immune to the substance, but the new research has shown that even those that would usually be deterred developed a resistance. These new findings mean new alternatives to the use of long trusted DEET repellents are in order. The chemical has become the most widely used insect repellent since the U.S. Army patented it in 1946 as a broad-spectrum biting insect repellent. It is true that DEET is becoming less and less effective at keeping mosquitoes at bay which is cause for concern to many after years of trusting the product to repel mosquitoes. I like to compare the diminishing effectiveness of DEET to that of our excessive dependence on antibiotic therapy and the way in which it too is becoming less effective at killing certain strains of bacteria. It looks as though the time for trusting in the effectiveness of DEET has come to pass.

At Mosquito Squad of Greenville, we do not rely on topical mosquito control or repellent, but instead protect against mosquitoes by our safe and effective barrier spray that targets the vegetation and areas where mosquitoes lurk. Our barrier spray kills mosquitoes on contact and continues to protect for up to 21 days. We do recommend exercising safe mosquito practices when venturing into untreated areas. It is also a good idea to wear proper clothing and apply repellent to reduce your risk of falling prey to mosquitoes and reduce your risk of exposure to mosquito-borne illness and disease in untreated areas.

You can learn more about our superior level of mosquito control and prevention by contacting Mosquito Squad of Greenville, SC. Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299 • email: greenville@mosquitosquad.com

 

Keith-Drew,-Owner

 

Keith Drew, Owner
Mosquito Squad of Greenville

 

 

 

 

The giant mosquito is predicted to come out in giant numbers this summer in the sunshine state proving that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction

There is some interesting news coming out of Florida in regards to a species of giant mosquitoes. These mosquitoes are not new to Florida but are predicted to increase in numbers this year within the sunshine state.  The proper name for this giant mosquito is Psorophora ciliata but is commonly referred to as the Gallinipper by Floridians. Last year’s tropical storms led these monster mosquitoes to lay eggs in record numbers. Those eggs are now lying in wait until this season presents the right conditions for the eggs to hatch. Researchers are predicting a record number of Gallinippers in Florida this year and this is cause for concern. Although the Gallinipper doesn’t occur in large numbers in Central or South Florida, they are set to explode this season in low lying areas particularly in areas south of Orlando, Fla.

Gallinippers are known for their enormous size that is backed by an equally painful bite. Topping out at the size of a quarter these ferocious skeeters are nearly 20 times the size of an ordinary mosquito. Those who have come face to face with the Gallinipper contend that their bite is worse than their bark because this mosquito is known to be aggressive at dinnertime.  Unfortunately anytime is dinnertime for the Gallinipper because unlike other mosquitoes that feed from dusk until dawn, this one feeds throughout the day as well. The size of this giant enables it to bite through heavy clothing with ease.  Even the larvae of the Gallinipper are more aggressive than that of other mosquitoes. Their larvae will feed from tadpoles and other small aquatic creatures while developing as well as feeding off the

Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad keeps mosquitoes away from your yard.
Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad keeps mosquitoes away from your yard.

larvae of other mosquitoes. The Gallinipper has even been shown to display cannibalistic behavior from feeding off the larvae of its own kind!

This mosquito is hard to ignore because of its sheer size and dominant features. Gallinippers have yellow scales on their thorax and shaggy hair on their back legs that resembles a zebra pattern.  The Gallinipper is a floodwater mosquito. This means the mosquito lays its eggs in the moist soil of low lying areas where they can lie dormant for long periods of time until floodwaters or rain enable them to hatch. Those that are most likely to see record numbers of the Gallinipper after a large rain are Floridians who live in more rural, grassy areas that are prone to flooding are more likely to come in contact with  these mosquitoes than city dwellers which is good news for beach towns and tourism.

The term Gallinipper derived from legends associated with this super-size skeeter which were sparked through Southern folktales, minstrel shows and blues songs, according to a report from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. It seems that over the past century this mosquito has become feared and thus has become the stuff of legends.

The life cycle of this mosquito is about one week. The Gallinipper has not been reported as of yet capable of spreading any mosquito-borne illness or disease onto humans. While their stay is short lived they do eat the larvae of other mosquitoes that transmit illness and disease to humans, such as West Nile virus. This proves that in the midst of a storm there still lies a rainbow

The good news here on the home front Mosquito Squad of Greenville will keep your little slice of heaven mosquito free all season. Our safe and effective mosquito control and prevention program will protect you and your family all season long. You may be so well protected that a “staycation” may be in order for this summer’s calendar!  Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299

Keith-Drew,-Owner

Keith Drew, Owner
Mosquito Squad of Greenville
email: greenville@mosquitosquad.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosquito Squad of Greenville, SC explores the reasons for the mosquito’s attraction to people

Mosquitoes have roamed the earth in search of a blood meal for over 170 million years. You would think that with this type of longevity and resilience most of the myths regarding mosquitoes feeding preferences would have been de-bunked by now. It is true that many of the facts regarding the mosquito’s attraction to people are stranger than fiction.

Since some folks seem to be a magnet for mosquitoes it is important to find out why mosquitoes target certain people over others. The truth is mosquitoes are drawn to some people over others simply because of sight and smell. Mosquitoes are very visual and their

Dark clothing is an attractant for mosquitoes
Dark clothing is an attractant for mosquitoes

first mode of search is through vision. Mosquitoes are drawn to darker colors such as black, navy blue and reds. Dark colors are more likely to attract the attention of a mosquito because they stand out and are easier to differentiate during movement than lighter colors which can blend into the surroundings. After the mosquito sees you as a promising visual target then her keen sense of smell takes charge. Mosquitoes are mainly attracted to the amount of carbon dioxide we exhale. Our bodies naturally produce carbon dioxide with every breath we take. As we breathe we take in oxygen and in turn exhale carbon dioxide and this draws the mosquito to us like a moth to a flame. People with higher metabolic rates are likely to produce more carbon dioxide. Pregnant women and larger people also exhale a greater amount of carbon dioxide as well. Studies have also indicated that alcohol consumption can increase respiration and thus increase the amount of carbon dioxide you exhale.  Having a beer or a mixed drink on the deck this summer may just make you the mosquito’s unsuspecting main course.

The aromas produced from our respiration are just one of the smells which attract the mosquito. Other compounds that our bodies produce also contribute to a mosquito choosing to bite one person over another. These attractants include lactic acid which our

The Asian Tiger mosquito
Mosquitoes are attracted to many chemicals our bodies produce naturally.

bodies naturally excrete during exercise, acetone which is another chemical released during respiration, and estradiol which is a byproduct of estrogen. Cholesterol on our skin’s surface will also make you more appetizing to the mosquito. This does not mean mosquitoes are more likely to bite a person diagnosed with higher cholesterol levels. When our bodies process cholesterol efficiently certain residuals will remain on our skin and the mosquito finds this residual irresistible. Each of these compounds combined with your body temperature can make you more attractive to a mosquito. Mosquitoes are cold blooded creatures which makes their preference for warm bodies and warm blood a contradiction in terms.

It is important to find out the triggers to mosquito attraction because they can leave more than an itchy bite behind. Mosquitoes are known vectors of many illnesses and diseases that can make you very sick. West Nile Virus, St. Louis encephalitis, and La Crosse Encephalitis are among just a few of the illnesses being bitten by a mosquito can incur. Mosquitoes are also responsible for infecting our pets with heartworms, which can be fatal. The best way to ensure your safety and the safety of your family and pets is to exercise common sense when it comes to mosquitoes. Conducting frequent checks

Tip over standing water to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds
Tip over standing water to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds

within your yard for standing water and items that could potentially act as a reservoir for rain or pooled water is essential to keeping mosquitoes from breeding on your property. Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in as little amount of water as a soda bottle top. Having your property treated by a licensed mosquito control representative is also important. These safeguards will help to keep mosquitoes out of your yard this season and off of you and your family.

Our safe and effective barrier spray program eliminates mosquitoes and prevents more from entering your protected property for the entire season. Our mosquito control program is convenient and highly effective at keeping mosquitoes out no matter how attractive your chemistry is to the mosquito. We schedule applications of our barrier spray at timed intervals throughout the season to keep you and yours happy and healthy all season long!

Contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today to learn more about our safe and effective mosquito control program. Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299

Keith-Drew,-Owner

 

Keith Drew, Owner
email: greenville@mosquitosquad.com