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

 

Channel 4 reports on the benefits of using Mosquito Squad of Greenville

 

 

According to Channel 4 News, this years mosquitoes are arriving much earlier and in greater quantities due to all of the rain that the Upstate has seen in the past few weeks. The rainfall has caused a great amount of standing water, the perfect environment for mosquito breeding. According to channel 4 News the best thing you can do this season to prevent the bite, and the possible diseases that can come along with a mosquito bite, is to tip, toss, turn and use Mosquito Squad of Greenville’s barrier spray treatments.

 

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

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

 

Mosquito Squad of Greenville explains the passion and purpose behind World Malaria Day on 4-25-13

World Malaria Day
World Malaria Day is 4-25-13

Imagine losing a child to the bite of just one mosquito infected with a parasite that causes Malaria. Many of us are familiar with what Malaria is but don’t really think about it since Malaria was eradicated from the United States in 1951.The impact it has on a global level is devastating. The impact it has on thousands of families in tropical and subtropical areas of the world is indescribable. A child is the hope of our future and Malaria is more prevelant among those with weaker immune systems such as children and pregnant women. Each time a child dies from Malaria another piece of our future dies with him or her. According to the CDC, Malaria is one of the most severe public health problems worldwide. It is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries. In 2010, Malaria caused an estimated 216 million clinical episodes, and 655,000 deaths. An estimated 91% of deaths in 2010 were in the African Region, followed by 6% in the South-East Asian Region and 3% in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (3%). About 86% of deaths globally were in children. It is estimated that one child dies every 60 seconds to Malaria making it one of the top 3 killers of children in Africa.

Malaria parasite within red blood cell
Malaria parasite within red blood cell

April 25th, 2013 is World Malaria Day. Since 2008, the global community comes together on this day to highlight the need for the continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control. Mosquito Squad is an active supporter of the Malaria No More campaign. Over the past year, Outdoor Living Brands including Mosquito Squad have contributed at least $10,000 to support the campaigns work to end Malaria deaths in Africa. Malaria No More is a nonprofit organization who has set a goal of ending Malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.

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Mosquitoes carrying the Malaria parasite are responsible for the death of a child every minute.

Malaria No More has helped reduce Malaria deaths by 33% in Africa since 2006. Since Malaria is a treatable and curable disease MNM is helping the effort to stamp out the disease by giving those families in Malaria ridden areas timely access to the tools they need to prevent, diagnose and treat Malaria. A full-course of life-saving malaria treatment for children costs just $1 and cures a child in one to three days. This is less than we spend on a cup of coffee in the morning here in America but means the difference between life and death to a child infected with Malaria and can change all out futures on a global level.

If you are interested in donating to this global cause you can visit the Malaria No More contribution page. No amount is too large or too small to make a difference in keeping families intact and healthy from the dangers of Malaria. Let’s make malaria no more!

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Mosquito Squad is proud to support the MNM campaign.
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