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 is Worse than Expected

Over the past week, the Zika Virus has returned to the news in a big way. It all started when the CDC reported that the negative health effects of the Zika Virus are worse than they suspected as research is uncovering more complications in those infected by the Virus. Along with the CDC’s statement, there have been several new reports released since we last updated you, bear with us as we give you the run down.

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Zika Virus has Been Confirmed as a Cause of Microcephaly in Infants

The increase in microcephaly in infants in Brazil coinciding with a Zika Virus epidemic is what brought the Zika Virus into the world spotlight. Scientists have been working diligently to confirm the link between Zika Virus in pregnant women and microcephaly in infants. This week they have confirmed the causal relationship that Zika Virus can indeed cause microcephaly in infants whose pregnant mother becomes infected with the virus. Medscape reported in their story that a mother infected in the 1st and 2nd trimesters, when brain development is at its peak, increases the risk for microcephaly in her baby. There are many more studies underway to determine the risk of other birth defects (and the extent of the risk.) Right now the range is broad, between 1-29% of pregnant women infected with Zika Virus will have a baby with microcephaly.

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More Zika Birth Defects

The New England Journal of Medicine reported on a study that found a variety of other birth defects linked to Zika Virus infection during pregnancy. The range of defects includes cerebral calcification, central nervous system alterations, intrauterine growth restrictions, abnormal arterial flow in the umbilical arteries and cerebral arteries, developmental failure in part of the brain, Macular hypoplasia, Blake’s pouch cyst, insufficient amniotic fluid, microcephaly and even resulted in 2 stillbirths. With these new potential birth defects along with the confirmation of microcephaly being caused by Zika, it is more important than ever to follow the CDC’s advice for couples thinking about pregnancy. Zika Virus can be transmitted through sexual activity, meaning couples exposed to Zika need to take extra precautions if they are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.

Zika Has Been Linked to Health Complications Outside of Pregnancy & Newborns

Two major health complications in non-pregnant/non-newborn individuals have been linked to Zika Virus. While there are many more studies needed to confirm the link, Zika is suspected to cause Guillain-Barre syndrome and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Both Guillain-Barre and ADEM are auto-immune disorders that can severely disrupt the lives of those affected. Guillain-Barre can even lead to death if not treated promptly and effectively. Auto-immune disorders are when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks the body.

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The Zika Mosquito’s Geographical Reach has Been Expanded

Not long before the news broke of the extent of the Zika Virus’s health effects, the CDC updated their report on the geographical reach of the Zika transmitting mosquitoes Aedes Aegypti & Aedes Albopictus. While both mosquitos were already reported as being in Greenville and Spartanburg area, the rest of the United States is experiencing an increased risk as the number went from 12 states to 30 states affected.

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

As we await the Zika Virus to play out during the 2016 mosquito season, it is vital that we think of prevention as the best method of protection. Start by following the CDC’s travel guide, advising pregnant women not to travel to affected countries. Avoiding mosquitoes and mosquito bites is really the best way to lower your risk. Following the 5 T’s of mosquito control will help lower the population of mosquitoes in your yard, but Mosquito Squad of Greenville’s traditional barrier spray is the best way to eliminate mosquitoes from your yard long term. Our barrier treatment eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard and works for up to 3 weeks. Sign up for the season and we’ll come back every 2-3 weeks automatically, you don’t have to do a thing. Call today 864-277-4299.

Is the Zika Mosquito in Greenville?

A common question, with an easy answer: Yes. The Aedes Aegypti & the Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquitoes call Greenville and all of the Southeast United States home. These mosquitoes are easy to detect by their daytime feeding habits and the stripes on their bodies and legs that are their namesake. While the Aedes Aegypti is the main mosquito being blamed for current Zika outbreaks in Colombia and Brazil, there are potentially more mosquitoes capable of carrying & transmitting the Zika Virus. We will update you with that information as it becomes available.

The Aedes Aegypti

Greenville_Aedes-Aegypti-Zika-carrierWidely known as the “yellow fever mosquito”, the Aedes Aegypti is an especially dangerous disease vector with its daytime feeding habits and container habitation. Commonly using unused flower pots or spare tires for its breeding grounds, the Aedes Aegypti thrives quite well in urban areas. These mosquitoes look very similar to the Asian Tiger mosquito with white stripes on the legs and body. The key difference being the white scales above its head on the thorax in the shape of a violin. Aedes Aegypti are key vectors in spreading many diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever and Zika Virus.

The Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian Tiger mosquitoes (Aedes Albopictus) hails from the same mosquito family as the Aedes Aegtypti. They surprisingly have lead to the decline of the Aedes Aegypti in the Southeast United States as their larval forms out compete the Aedes Aegypti larvae. Like the Aedes Aegypti, the Asian Tiger mosquito thrives in fresh water stored in containers. They survive well in urban/suburban areas and are also a daytime feeder. Their appearance is very similar to the Aedes Aegypti, the key difference being the white stripe running down the center of the head and thorax. The Asian Tiger mosquito is vector of many diseases such as dengue fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Zika Virus.

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

One of your best lines of defense against these aggressive mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water in your yard. Follow our 5 T’s of Mosquito Control for checking your property for mosquito breeding risks. To gain peace of mind, be sure to give us a call, we can eliminate 85% of all species of mosquitoes on your property with our mosquito barrier spray. 864-277-4299 Take back your yard with help from Mosquito Squad of Greenville.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in the Carolinas

More dangerous than you think, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a real threat in the Greenville area. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) has been reported in almost all of the United States. The CDC reports that 60% of those cases occur in 5 states – North Carolina being one of them. The disease is dangerous can even be deadly if not treated on time.

American_dog_tick-carries_Rocky_mountain-Spotted-feverWhat is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

RMSF is a tick-borne disease that is caused by a bacteria called Rickettsia rickettsii. The main vectors of this bacteria are ticks. In the Carolinas, the bite of an infected American Dog Tick is how humans become infected.

What are the Symptoms of RMSF?

Within 2-14 days of being bitten by an infected American Dog Tick, you may experience a variety of symptoms. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they’ve been bitten. Symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle pain, lack of appetite, conjunctivitis, and rash. The rash is the namesake of RMSF, but only about 90% of patients will get the rash and some don’t get it until after treatment should have already begun. Some patients may experience long-term health problems caused by the disease due to damage to blood vessels. The illness can cause blood clots, blood circulation loss in extremities and severe complication related to these issues.

RMSF Treatment & Diagnosis

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is tricky because diagnosing the non-specific symptoms is tricky when the patient does not know they have been bitten. When RMSF is suspected, treatment with Doxycycline is important to start during the first 5 days of symptoms. If caught early and treated, patients can recover fully and completely.

While we don’t want to scare anyone into worrying about RMSF, it is important that we inform you what to look for. This will help you if you become sick in assisting your doctor in diagnosis. If you may have been exposed to ticks and you do become ill, you should see your doctor right away.

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

To lower your risk for tick bites in your own yard, sign up for our Intensive Tick Treatment. With our traditional barrier spray eliminating ticks on contact combined with tick tubes, you can enjoy up to a 90% reduction of ticks in your yard. Call today 864-277-4299 or visit our website.

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

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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.

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“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.

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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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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.

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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.

Triple-E, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, EEE: What Greenville Residents Need to Know about this Dangerous Mosquito Transmitted Disease

horse_and_dog_Eastern Equine Encephalitis in GreenvilleEastern Equine Encephalitis, commonly referred to as EEE (Triple-E) is a mosquito-borne disease that is commonly transmitted to horses. But it can also be transmitted to people through mosquitoes. With horses in South Carolina being infected with EEE this summer, we know the virus is in the area. While rare, EEE in humans is very dangerous with as many as 1/3 of human cases ending in death and those who survive can experience long term disabilities as a result. While some infected with EEE never experience a single symptom or every know they have it, others will suffer greatly.

What is EEE?

EEE is a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. The virus is passed on to the mosquito from bird hosts that are known to live in freshwater hardwood swamps, making EEE more prevalent in marshy, swampy areas. Horses are the most common animal that is infected with EEE, and when that happens it is very deadly. 75-80% of horses who contract EEE will die from it, making the vaccination imperative for your horses long term health.

Symptoms of EEE

mosquito_control_Greenville_Eliminate_Standing_waterAlthough rare, EEE can be transmitted to humans as well as horses. With a mortality rate of 33%, it is one of the more dangerous mosquito-borne diseases out there. Symptoms of EEE can start with systemic illness that presents with chills, fever, depression, joint aches and muscle aches. If the EEE progresses to encephalitic illness symptoms can include headache, fever, restlessness, irritability, drowsiness, anorexia, diarrhea, vomiting, cyanosis, convulsions and coma. Many times survivors are left with disabling mental and physical side effects that can include permanent brain damage. There are no specific treatments for EEE, but if you do suspect you have it you should see a doctor immediately. Doctors can help control the symptoms and help lower your risk for long term disabilities and death.

Preventing EEE in Humans

While there is a vaccine for horses, there is no vaccine or specific treatment for EEE in humans. Because of this, it is imperative that you avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites. The best way to do that is to eliminate mosquitoes in your backyard with help from Mosquito Squad of Greenville. Our traditional barrier spray eliminates mosquitoes on contact and continues to work for 21 days, eliminating up to 90% of the mosquitoes in your Greenville yard.

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 EEE. 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

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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.