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

Mosquito Squad of Greenville – The Dirt on Mosquitoes

 

 

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

To learn more about  Malaria No More or inquire 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

 

April is National Pest Management month and Mosquito Squad of Greenville is dedicated to raising awareness on the risks of insect-borne illness

April is National Pest Management Month and the perfect time to learn about mosquito and tick control for you and your loved ones.
April is National Pest Management Month and the perfect time to learn about mosquito and tick control for you and your loved ones.

For over 30 years The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), has been celebrating April as National Pest Management month. The purpose of this observance is to raise public awareness about the risks posed by household pests and encouraging homeowners to take proactive steps to prevent pest infestations in their homes and properties. National Pest Management Month also honors the professional pest control industry for playing a key role in protecting both health and property from significant pest-borne threats.

Our service targets mosquitoes and ticks and the significant role they play in spreading illness and disease. Mosquitoes found in our region are known vectors of West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse and St. Louis Encephalitis. Ticks in the Greenville area are known vectors of spreading diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Southern tick associated rash illness, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and yes, Lyme Disease too. One common denominator all these mosquito and tick-borne illnesses have in common is the lack of an immunization in preventing the risk of becoming infected. Each and every one of these illnesses is contracted through the bite of a mosquito or tick carrying the bacterium that cause the illness, and therefore the only prevention against getting sick is to prevent coming into contact with mosquitoes and ticks. This is where Mosquito Squad of Greenville comes into play.

Mosquito Squad of Greenville eliminates mosquitoes that bite
Mosquito Squad of Greenville eliminates mosquitoes that bite and spread disease.

Mosquito Squad of Greenville is dedicated to protecting residents in the area from the risks associated with mosquitoes and ticks. April signifies a time to raise public awareness about mosquito and tick borne illness and the active role our service plays in reducing the risk of these illnesses.  You have to remember that our customers are our neighbors. The same homeowners that we provide services for are the same people we consider our extended family. Part of living in a small community is getting to know people. We have contact with our customers daily and not just when we go to treat their property. These folks are the people who frequent the same grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants as we do. Our children attend school and play together on the playground. These people are Greenville and for this reason alone the services we provide through Mosquito Squad of Greenville are geared to protecting our most valuable asset; the residents.

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Mosquito Squad of Greenville also protects you from ticks and the threat of tick-borne illness.

Our services provide protection from mosquitoes and ticks all season long. When the mosquitoes emerge during the early spring, our program can keep them at bay on your treated property the entire season. We offer the same inclusive protection from ticks as well. We combine the use of tick traps in the early spring and autumn along with our barrier spray to break the life cycle of the tick and thus, break the chain of tick-borne disease. Our tick intensive treatment can reduce the amount of ticks on your treated property by up to 97%. Mosquito Squad of Greenville’s mosquito and tick prevention programs are safe and highly effective. We can reduce your risk of being exposed to potential vectors of tick and mosquito borne illness on your treated property significantly. Our service not only allows you the freedom to enjoy your backyard during mosquito and tick season without being bitten, it also provides peace of mind on the home front.

Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of GreenvilleApril is the perfect time of year to raise awareness of the risks associated with insects which are prevalent in the Greenville area. If you would like to learn more about our 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 quote • (864) 277 – 4299 • email: greenville@mosquitosquad.com

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does a mild winter mean for Greenville, SC mosquito and tick populations?

Here in the South we love mild winters. Being able to go out in short sleeves in dead winter, opening your windows to let in fresh air when other parts of the country are under freeze advisories and even the arrival of an Indian summer add to the benefits of living in the Greenville area. I often have homeowner’s ask me if having a mild winter will make the mosquito and tick populations greater. The answer to this question is as complex as it is simple. A mild winter in itself will not impact the insect population, however the mild winter combined with the absence of freezing temperatures for an extended period of time will. Winter temperatures have to be extremely cold for a long time to affect mosquitoes and ticks. So our mild winter does not mean that there will be more of mosquitoes and ticks out there. This only means the early arrival of spring-like temperatures will cause mosquitoes and ticks to become active earlier.

Take for example the Asian tiger mosquito whose presence is becoming more and more prevalent in the Carolina’s. The Asian tiger mosquito overwinters as an egg.  The eggs lie

The Asian Tiger mosquito
The Asian Tiger mosquito eggs quickly hatch as the weather warms.

dormant until the weather warms up enough to cause them to hatch. Much like a chicken egg, but Mother Nature is in charge of keeping the nest warm. A mild winter can cause the Asian’s eggs to hatch sooner than usual.  If the eggs hatch earlier this can perpetuate early breeding and in turn can lead to larger mosquito populations by mid-late summer.

Another factor that increases mosquito populations is rainfall. During a spring with above average rainfall mosquito populations will boom out of control. Anytime the mosquito population increases the risk of becoming sick from a mosquito-borne illness such as West Nile virus, and Encephalitis increases.  In a perfect scenario a drier spring would mean a smaller mosquito population, right?  The caveat is the fact that a drier spring will cause homeowners to water their lawns and gardens more frequently. This increase in watering on the human end can increase standing water around your home and yard. Mosquitoes will then begin breeding

Small caps can become the home of hundreds of mosquito eggs quickly.
Small caps can become the home of hundreds of mosquito eggs quickly.

in the bases of your flower pots, birdbaths, and other areas within your landscape where remnants of recent watering remain. It is indeed a vicious cycle; this is why it is important to inspect the area around your home frequently to ensure there are no forgotten areas where water could pool and serve as a mosquito breeding ground. To put this into perspective; the top off of a single 12 ounce soda bottle can serve as a nursery for hundreds of mosquito eggs.

Tick populations are influenced by the availability of a blood host to feed on.  Believe it or not, an abundant acorn population can bump up the tick population. More acorns mean that more rodents will come to feed on the acorns that cover the ground. Ticks will thrive in these conditions because of the abundance of mice to feed from. In areas where Lyme

Acorns attract rodents who are the host for many ticks
Acorns attract rodents who are the host for many ticks

disease is common this influx of mice playing host to deer ticks will also increase the risk of coming into contact with a tick carrying the disease.

You may ask what can I do to prevent being overthrown by mosquitoes and ticks in my own yard? The answer is simple. When it comes to mosquitoes, keeping your property free of standing water that could serve as a breeding ground is essential. Also, as with all insects, keeping your property free of debris and mowed will serve as a deterrent. Having your property treated by a licensed professional is crucial to eradicating an insect problem before it becomes out of control.

Mosquito Squad of Greenville makes it easy to control both mosquitoes and ticks. Our safe and effective barrier spray program kills mosquitoes and adult ticks and prevents against more mosquitoes entering into your treated area. We also offer a tick tube program that will reduce the chance of you coming into contact with a potential disease carrying tick by up to 90%. Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299

Keith-Drew,-Owner

 

Keith Drew, Owner
email: greenville@mosquitosquad.com