Labor Day is a Week Away: Eliminate Greenville Mosquitoes Before Your End of Summer Bash

Labor Day marks the official end of summer across the nation. While here in Greenville, the weather will continue to be gorgeous and warm for months to come, most of us take the time to pay homage to the summer season with a Labor Day weekend barbecue. While you prepare the menu, mow the lawn, and round up your friends, we urge you to think about the mosquitoes.

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If your friends are anything like ours, you never know if the party will fizzle at a respectable hour or if it will go well into the night. If all goes well, you’ll be enjoying a bonfire under the stars while enjoying the warm summer air. Don’t let the mosquitoes be the determining factor. If your guests are chased indoors, chances are the party is going to fade early. And, can you even imagine handing everyone a can of bug spray to coat themselves? No one likes stinky, icky sticky spray.

With Mosquito Squad’s special event mosquito treatment you can enjoy a mosquito-free, bug-free backyard barbecue without ever having to even think about it. Call our team at (864) 277-4299 to get on the schedule today. Our specially trained mosquito technicians will treat your entire yard to eliminate mosquitoes from your party space, so your entire day and night will be mosquito free. But don’t wait! Mo

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

But don’t wait! Labor Day is only a week away and our schedule is filling up fast! Call now (864) 277-4299 for your Greenville Labor Day mosquito control needs.

 

Are Genetically Modified Mosquitoes the Answer to Mosquito-Borne Disease in Greenville?

Since the 2016 Zika Virus outbreak, scientists have been working steadily on innovative ways to combat mosquito-borne disease. Despite the long-time struggle to curb Malaria, the Zika outbreak brought these efforts to new heights. Much exciting new science has come from this surge in research. From a billboard that attracts and traps mosquitoes to increased public awareness of how to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, the world is together in doing whatever it takes to stop these tiny disease spreading monsters.

One of the most promising mosquito-control methods that have been made public during this time is the use of genetically modified mosquitoes. Oxitec, a British biotechnology firm has created a male mosquito that when released into the wild causes the next generation of mosquitoes to die off before becoming old enough to bite humans. Because mosquitoes mate for life, this single male mosquito interrupts the growth of the mosquito population by around 1,000 mosquitoes.

Are Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Safe?

Male mosquitoes do not bite humans, so that eliminates one hesitation. But despite this information, the public has remained leery of anything modified. With the Caribbean being a target area for the use of these mosquitoes, some of the first public concerns have given way for an investigation into the potential ramifications. The evaluation was requested by the island of Saba’s Executive Council and was conducted by the Netherland’s National Institute of Public Health and the Environment’s.

Yes.

Within the resulting report, the conclusion is crystal clear. Releasing genetically modified mosquitoes would not pose any risk to human health and the environment.

This news is fantastic, as it can clear the way for more widespread use of this highly effective mosquito control method. With Oxitec mosquitoes have been released in parts of Grand Cayman, India, Panama, and Brazil. Genetically modified mosquitoes have resulted in up to 90% fewer mosquitoes which could dramatically lower the transmission of deadly mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Zika Virus, and Malaria.

While some municipalities have voted no on allowing the release of genetically modified mosquitoes, this new report should help clear their concerns so the chances for the more deadly and damaging issue at hand, mosquito-borne diseases, can be decreased.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

At Mosquito Squad of Greenville, we are happy to offer our best mosquito control program, mosquito barrier treatment. It eliminates up to 90% of mosquitoes on your property to lower you and your family’s risks for mosquito-borne diseases at home. Call today to schedule your treatment. 864-277-4299

Deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis Claims the Life of South Carolina Horse

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) – it’s a mouthful, isn’t it? It’s also pretty dangerous if you are a horse. On July 21st, Dr. Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock – Poultry Health identified the first case of EEE this year in Dillon, SC. With this discovery, vets all over the state are urging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated. Ninety percent of unvaccinated horses exposed to EEE will die, as did the one in Dillon. South Carolina has led the nation in cases of this disease in the past. In 2013, 49 horses became infected and of those, 48 died. It is statistics like this that prove getting your horses vaccinated isn’t optional.

What About EEE in Humans?

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is transmitted by the black-tailed mosquito, which is considered a freshwater swamp mosquito. They get the virus from birds that live in marshy, swampy areas and most often they pass it on to horses. In horses you will see symptoms of stumbling, circling, head pressing, weakness or paralysis, and twitching within 2 to 5 days. And again… most likely death.

Humans react differently. EEE is quite rare in humans actually and even when contracted there may be no symptoms. However, 33% of humans that become sick, will die. So while rare, it is more dangerous to humans than some of the other mosquito-borne illnesses we often speak of. Encephalitis, as the name of the virus suggests, can ensue, causing inflammation of the brain and possibly permanent brain damage. There is no treatment for the disease in humans, only treatment of the symptoms, in efforts to lower risks of long-term disabilities. The best thing a human can do is avoid mosquito bites.

Protecting Your Animals and Yourself from EEE

So yes, there is a vaccine for your horses that protect them from EEE, but not for humans. Therefore if you are going to spend time with your vaccinated animals you must protect yourself. If you have stables in an area around your home consider turning the lights off in the evening hours, be aware of barrels and other areas that can hold stagnant water. Horsechannel.com advises avoiding putting the animals out to pasture during dawn and dusk when mosquito activity is high, and use insect repellent.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

Mosquito Squad of Greenville has an automatic misting system that is perfect for these types of areas that require more continuous mosquito control. This system releases a 30-second spray several times daily and comes with a remote control so that you can adjust these sprays to fit your needs. The automatic mosquito misting system eliminates up to 90% of mosquitoes on contact and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call us today and let’s work together to find the method of mosquito control that best suits your needs. 864-277-4299

West Nile Virus Arrives in South Carolina

Summer has settled in. It’s been hot and wet. Not all of us love it when it gets this way, but boy the mosquitoes do. It’s this part of summer that we start to hear about West Nile virus cases popping up. It hasn’t happened in Greenville yet, but it is close. On July 10th Us News reported the first human case of West Nile in SC this year on Hilton Head Island. Just seven days after that The State Newspaper reported a bird carrying the virus found in downtown Columbia. Closer and closer it is coming. It is so important to be prepared BEFORE it reaches us.

West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes to birds to people. The Columbia area in which this infected bird was found is a heavily populated area filled with businesses, homes, and popular hangouts. The presence of the virus is a serious public health concern. West Nile doesn’t affect a lot of people, but nonetheless, it has a slight possibility of making someone very sick. Approximately only a fourth of those infected will show symptoms at all. However, 1% of that fourth can suffer from encephalitis, which is dangerous and can be deadly. One preventable death is one too many.

What Can I Do to Prevent West Nile Virus? 

Tracking of the virus helps to keep us protected. Knowing where it is present helps community government and control agencies in planning for area wide treatment when necessary. You can do your part by reporting dead birds in your area to DHEC. Other ways to keep your community safe is by making sure the surroundings are not a breeding ground. Keep areas free of standing water and follow the 5Ts of mosquito control. Follow these at home and maybe even make it a neighborhood project. It certainly benefits everyone to cut down on the mosquito population. When you are spending time outdoors, don’t forget to use your repellent and possibly even cover your arms and legs during the dawn and dusk hours. Avoid bites however you can.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

We at Mosquito Squad of Greenville would like to join in your fight. Call us today and let us tell you more about our barrier spray. It eliminates 85% of mosquitoes on contact and lasts for up to 3 weeks! 864-277-4299

Rainy Summer… Perfect Mosquito Climate

Did it rain AGAIN at your house last night? We have entered that pattern in which every afternoon around 3 or 4 we start to wonder if a summer storm will hit. And it usually does. Maybe not at your house each time, but somewhere close by. We certainly don’t want to complain about rain. We’ve lived through droughts in the upstate, but we also have to admit that all this rain doesn’t come without a hint of annoyance. Besides the fact that a summer storm can cancel your afternoon plans without warning, it and also do wonders for the growth of the mosquito population.

Mosquitoes Love Water

Mosquitoes lay their eggs on water surfaces, so all of this rain can create the perfect habitat if you allow it. Think of all the little spots in your yard where water can collect. There’s that empty flower pot you’ve been meaning to move, the little swimming pool that the kids forgot to turn over like you asked them to, and don’t forget there is a wheelbarrow and 3 paint buckets behind the shed. Now imagine if there are hundreds of mosquitoes ready to hatch in each one of those places. YIKES!

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Upstate mosquito control is truly the responsibility of each one of us. It’s no secret that mosquitoes carry disease, and the fewer there are, the better off we all are. After these heavy downpours and storms, take the time to clean up the standing water around your home.

Think about all the places where you are sure water is collecting, and then think again about the places you might not have considered. Are your gutters draining properly? How about the ditch? Mosquito Squad of Greenville wants to remind you how important it is to clean up after rain. Follow our 5Ts of mosquito control if you aren’t sure what you should be doing in your own yard.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

While you are doing everything you can to keep those new mosquitoes from hatching call us and let us eliminate 85-90% of the ones that already exist. Our barrier sprays are 100% guaranteed and last for up to 3 weeks. Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your yard, even after the rain stops. Call us today! 864-277-4299

 

Is Zika Still a Threat in 2017?

From the 2016 Zika virus outbreak, fifty-one babies have been born with birth defects in the United States. While that number doesn’t seem terribly high relatively speaking, it is alarming considering the Zika virus has only been locally transmitted in Florida and Texas.

NPR recently reported the full extent of the affects of Zika in the Unites States in 2016 and the numbers are not at all comforting. Out of about 1,300 pregnant women infected with Zika virus, 77 pregnancies were lost, 43 babies were born with microcephaly or brain abnormalities and another 8 babies suffered either eye abnormalities or neural tube defects.

Overall the infected women faced a 5% risk of severe birth defects in their babies. But if infected during the first trimester, the risk increased to 15%.

2017 Zika Numbers & Predictions

In the United States right now the CDC reports that they are seeing 30-40 new cases of Zika virus in pregnant women per week! Simple math puts us at 1,560- 2,080 cases by the end of the year. (Not to mention an expected increase in that rate during vacation season this summer.) If the 5% rule applies we could be looking at over 100 babies with severe birth defects this year due to the Zika virus.

Despite the news not reporting much about Zika virus so far this year, it is still a dangerous threat, especially to pregnant women. It is vital that pregnant women continue to be vigilant in mosquito protection, especially when it comes to traveling. We recommend you keep a close eye on the CDC’s Zika Travel Guide for the latest affected locations. Currently, Texas, Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean and parts of Central America, South America, the Pacific Islands, Africa, and Asia are included in these warnings.

Don’t forget: You can bring Zika virus back to the United States undetected and pass it to the local mosquito population. We recommend vigilance for all travelers to help avoid transfer of the virus locally.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

At Mosquito Squad of Greenville, we don’t anticipate the local transmission of Zika virus to be a problem this season. However, mosquitoes pass on other dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus and heartworm to our dogs, making it important to avoid mosquito bites at home. We recommend a full season of mosquito control treatments for your yard to reduce mosquitoes by up to 90%. Call today for a free quote to lower the annoyance factor in your yard! 864-277-4299

Don’t Be An April Fool: Clean Your Yard to Limit Greenville Mosquito Population Growth for the Summer

The sound of mowers humming, children hooting & hollering, and bees buzzing filled our first summer-like weekend. If you weren’t among the many folks who spent this weekend completing spring landscape clean-up – you might want to put it on the schedule very soon. With a week of above freezing temperatures behind us, mosquitoes will begin multiplying anytime now. The more standing water, leaves, and debris in your yard, the more easily the mosquito population will multiply.

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What Does Water Have to Do With It?

With three of the four stages of the mosquito life cycle happening in the water, it is a very important factor in the growth of new mosquitoes. A female mosquito requires a blood meal to produce a batch of 50-200 eggs. She will lay them on or near the surface of standing water. Most species will hatch in two or three days. Mosquito larvae feed on bits of organic matter in the water, hanging out at the surface to get air. Within about a week they will transform into pupae for a few days when they grow easily and quickly, emerging out of the water as flying, biting, annoying adults.

Spring Mosquito Yard Clean-up

With mosquito populations multiplying exponentially – early yard clean-up can set you up for a full season of pest-free outdoor living. At Mosquito Squad we always advocate the 5 T’s of mosquito control with our valuable clients and readers. But we are especially thrilled when influential institutions spread a similar message. Clemson University Entomology offers brilliant knowledge about the mosquito life-cycle including a specific checklist for eliminating standing water.

In case tipping, turning, and tossing doesn’t cover the gamut of mosquito population growth potential – there are a few additional things you should inspect. Check flat roofs for puddling water after rain, clean out gutters, drain stagnant pools or swampy areas and examine trees for holes and decayed areas that could hold water.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

For additional Greenville mosquito control, contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville to eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes from your yard all season. Our service is easy and worry-free, call us at  (864) 277-4299 or via email at greenville@mosquitosquad.com.

Polio, Measles, Mumps, Smallpox, Zika Virus?

Zika-Vaccine-human-testingThere are many ground-breaking vaccines in the world today. They were all developed due to great necessity during times of devastating and even deadly illnesses spreading across the country and sometimes globe. When a new infectious disease arrives on our radar, developing a vaccine is one of the very first items on the to-do list. It is no different with mosquito-borne and tick-borne diseases. If there is a way to offer added protection, allowing people to enjoy the outdoors without worry, we should pursue it.

Zika Vaccine in Greenville

Zika-Virus-GreenvilleWith the arrival of the Zika Virus on the scene, here in South Carolina, we would rather avoid it becoming a locally transmitted disease. As we watch the devastating effects on newborn babies and their families, we hope to stop this terrible virus in its tracks. It is best to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best in a case like this. To that end, we are pleased to share with you that the first Zika Vaccine has been approved for human trials by the FDA.

Human trials do not mean we could have a Zika Vaccine available for use soon. In fact, when it comes to vaccine development, it can take years to go from the first trials to market. This first human trial has been approved for a private company called Inovio to test their vaccine for human safety. They have tested the vaccine in monkeys for effectiveness and are ready to begin the human phase of testing. Their vaccine has a unique formula but also features a new delivery method that features a pulse of electricity for more efficient delivery to the immune cells.

Many Zika Vaccines in the Works

There are other government sponsored vaccines in the works that should also go to human trials within a few months. Having many trials going should add up to arriving at a working and approved vaccine that much sooner. Until then, lowering your exposure to mosquitoes and mosquito bites is your best form of prevention.

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

At Mosquito Squad of Greenville, we never guarantee protection from tick-borne disease and mosquito-borne disease. But we do know that lowering your exposure to mosquitoes is an important piece of a well-rounded mosquito-borne disease prevention plan. Our traditional barrier spray eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes on your property and continues to work for up to 3 weeks. Sign up for the season and we’ll automatically come back every 2-3 weeks to keep your yard pest free all summer. Call today. (864) 277-4299

Source: NBC News

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.

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

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

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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.