Raising awareness of Lyme Disease starts in your Greenville backyard!

May is Lyme Disease Awareness MonthMay is Lyme Disease Awareness month. This important annual event is supported by the Lyme Disease Foundation and is used to raise awareness and support of preventative measures which can be taken against Lyme disease. Just like mosquitoes, ticks are vectors, or transmitters, of disease. Though extremely serious, mosquito-borne disease affects only a few thousand individuals in the US each year, while tick-borne disease afflicts tens of thousands.

Deer tick or blacklegged tick on leaf waiting for you to pass byLyme Disease is an acute inflammatory disease caused by the bite of a tick infected with the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi. In the US, Lyme Disease is the most common tick-borne illness and since there is presently no vaccine for Lyme Disease in humans, prevention is the best method for thwarting the illness.

In America there are two main species of tick which carry and spread Lyme Disease. These are the  deer tick or black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) in the North central and Eastern parts of the country and the Western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacifus) on the West (Pacific) coast. The Deer tick is  found in wooded areas throughout the Carolinas. Mosquito Squad of Greenville aims to raise awareness of the disease, and the ticks who carry it, in order educate Greenville and Western NC residents about Lyme Disease and how they can take steps to prevent it.

Raising awareness of Lyme Disease starts in your own backyard!

The impetus of our service is to eliminate and prevent the ticks on your property that could be potential carriers of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses, no ticks = no risk for disease. Knowing how to properly eradicate and control the tick within its natural environment is the first step in staying healthy by reducing the chance of coming into contact with a tick that could potentially harbor the bacteria that causes the disease. Mosquito Squad recommends the following steps for tick-proof yard:

The 6 C’s to Tick-Proof Your Yard

Deer ticks in your backyard waiting for you to walk by1. Clear out. Reduce your tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gathers. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic. Separate them with wood chips or gravel. Don’t position playground equipment, decks and patios near treed areas.

2. Clean. Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow tall grasses and keep your lawn short.

Daylilies3. Choose plants. Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.

4. Check hiding places. Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. Fences, brick and rock walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.

5. Check your petsCare for family pets. Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick collars, topicals and sprays. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.

6. Call the pros. Professionals utilize both barrier sprays that can kill “adult” ticks on the spot as well as “tick tubes.” Strategically placed, “tick tubes” prompt field mice to incorporate tick-killing material in their bedding, effectively eliminating hundreds of tick nymphs found in each mouse nest.

how tick tubes work
How tick tubes work.

We specialize in a dual tick prevention and control program that targets ticks during each stage of development. Our barrier spray will eliminate adult ticks on contact while tick tubes are placed in key areas on your property, twice per season, to eliminate ticks during nymph stage. Tick tubes can dramatically decrease the chances of encountering a Lyme infected tick on your property.

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

Contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville to learn more about preventing ticks that could potentially be harboring Lyme Disease. We are scheduling tick tube implementation now. You can reach us by phone at (864) 277-4299 or via email at 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 

mosquitoe squad of greenville

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!

 

Save $25
REMEMBER – When you recommend Mosquito Squad to a friend, you’ll save $25 on your next treatment, and they’ll save $25 on their first!
Everybody wins with Mosquito Squad!

All the best,

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