“It Won’t Kill You.” Or Will It?

If you grew up in the Upstate, the nuisance of little flying bugs that can begin about mid-April, depending on the temperature and humidity, is something you know well. If you were a child here 20-years ago when there were only three tv channels and definitely no tablets or computers to play on, you most likely spent a large part of the summer outdoors. Are you visualizing these days? Now imagine you and your friends try to go in the house, where your Mama just picked up the living room and vacuumed, and complain about getting bitten by mosquitoes. What would she say? Mine would say “they won’t eat much,” yours might say “one or two mosquito bites won’t kill ya.” Unfortunately, she didn’t really have all the facts.

Mosquitoes: the World’s Deadliest Animal

Every year the world’s top 24 deadliest animals are ranked, and this year is not the first time that mosquitoes have made the very top of the list. It is, however, the first year that the number of mosquito deaths has topped out at 1 million. In late 2016, a graphic on Bill Gate’s blog gatesnotes had the number at 830,000, so obviously, the problem is a growing one. The majority of these deaths from mosquito-borne illness are from Malaria in Africa and 3rd world countries. The Gates Foundation spends millions of dollars each year with the goal of eradicating this disease.

And while Malaria isn’t an issue for us on US soil, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Chikungunya are dangerous diseases that do affect us here.

As you are planning your summer vacations, I’m sure you have discussed other animals on this deadliest list. Sharks always come to mind first. WCIV News reported the first shark bite on Folly Beach at the end of April this year. The news stated that “the woman was taken to the local hospital with minimal injuries and minimal blood loss.” The truth is that only five people in the world die each year from shark bites, but it’s all over the news when it happens. How often do you see a story on the news about the mosquito swarm at last night’s BBQ?

Another animal we warn our families about and the dangers they can cause: deer. “Watch out for deer on that curvy country road. It could come straight through your windshield!” And that too is a truth, but the number of deaths due to deer each year is only 130. There is just no way to get past the severity of 1 million deaths due to mosquito bites. It’s unfathomable.

Mosquito Prevention in and Around Greenville

There is much to be done globally about mosquito-borne illness and the suffering it brings around the world, such as our work with Malaria No More. And it is up to us to keep our little piece of the world as mosquito-free as possible as well. Mosquito Squad of Greenville would like to help you with your part of the world, whatever size it may be.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

Our barrier treatment can eliminate 85-90% of all mosquitoes on your property whether it’s a small downtown backyard or a large farm in the surrounding areas. Call us today so that we can create the plan that best suits your needs. 864-277-4299

Are Mosquitoes Chasing You Inside?

You’ve fired up the grill, kids are running around laughing, maybe you’ve got the music cranked up a little… but it’s not drowning out the buzzing. Was this you last night? While you’re so excited that it’s spring in Greenville the mosquitoes are just as excited it seems. Nothing can ruin your outdoor experience more than being eaten alive by bugs. And here in the heart of the southeast we know it and live it.

We Have the Solution

School is winding down and it’s getting close to the long Memorial Day weekend. What are your plans? We live in an outdoor area. There is just too much to do around us to stay inside, especially this time of year before the heat really kicks in. You might be planning a picnic at Falls Park or a bike ride up the Swamp Rabbit trail with the family, followed by a cookout in your own backyard. You simply don’t want to invite the mosquitoes. So what do you do?

At Mosquito Squad of Greenville, we’ve got some answers. Our mosquito barrier treatment is our most popular service. It’s time released system eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard on contact and we reapply every 2-3 weeks to keep you covered all summer. Planning a bigger event? We can handle that too. Our special event treatments give that extra barrier you need lasting deep into the night. Or maybe your living space needs a little extra all the time. Possibly out by the stables? Our automatic mosquito misting system gives continuous coverage in the areas where mosquitoes are most active. That’s the beauty of our amazing upstate area. We have our small quaint downtown backyards to our expansive farm homesteads all available in a 30-mile radius. And Mosquito Squad of Greenville adapts to the needs of all of them.

Your spring and summer days may start at any number of Upstate activities. The TD Saturday morning market and then Live Music at Art Crossing are great ways to spend a Saturday downtown. And of course, Downtown Alive or Main Street Fridays are hard to pass up. There are really too many activities going on to list, whether they are weekly or for special occasions like Memorial Day, Artisphere, or July 4th. But the likelihood is that lots of these events are going to take you back to your backyard to finish out the festivities. We want to help make that the most fun and comfortable space you can be in.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

Check out what people are saying about our services. We offer 100% guarantee of our mosquito and tick control services. Call Mosquito Squad of Greenville today and let us take over the worry of keeping your yard bug free and you can simply worry about planning for the fun! 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.

Does An Early Spring Mean An Early Greenville Mosquito Invasion?

Spring has come early to Greenville. With not much of a winter preceding it, we’ve enjoyed a February that feels and looks much like April. Warm weather, blooming buds and plenty of sunshine cures our winter blues and gives us that summer fun feeling. But have you experienced the downside of spring weather yet? Allergies, bugs waking up from a winter slumber, or maybe just maybe even spotted your first mosquito of the season? Don’t wait until the thick of real summer is upon us, call now to schedule yourself season-long mosquito treatment for your home.

Early Spring Mosquito Preparations Begin

If you’re worried about the possibility of a bad mosquito season this year, we have a few precautions you can take now to make sure your yard is not a breeding ground for the pests. Start by following the 5 Ts of mosquito control. Taking a few minutes to walk through your yard and eliminate mosquito breeding grounds is vital in the early spring. As water can accrue quickly from spring rain, you can be fostering a large mosquito egg population without even realizing it. This could set the stage for a lengthy battle against these quickly multiplying pests.

Your next step to ensure a comfortable pest-free outdoor lifestyle in early spring and all summer long is to call Mosquito Squad of Greenville. Our traditional barrier spray eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes on your property. We’ll come back every 2-3 weeks to keep your property free of mosquitoes for the season. If you call us now, we can keep mosquito populations to a minimum before they have a chance to reproduce. This makes that 85-90% reduction a great deal more effective when starting with smaller numbers in the first spray.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

Call us today for a free quote for your property. And keep enjoying this early spring while it lasts! 864-277-4299

 

Local Miami Mosquitoes Transmit Zika Virus: Is Greenville Next?

Asian-Tiger-Mosquito-Greenville-SCIn 2015, the Zika virus made its appearance in the United States. A mosquito-borne illness, it is transmitted by a bite from the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The virus can also be spread by sexual contact and from a mother to her unborn child in the womb. While for most healthy beings Zika symptoms don’t amount to much more than mild flu if there are any symptoms at all, for pregnant women the effects can be devastating. Children born to a woman that contracted Zika while pregnant are at risk of having severe birth defects, including microcephaly.

Miami Under Close Watch

Zika-Virus-GreenvilleWhen Zika was first discovered in the United States, it was clear that it had been brought here by travelers returning from already infected countries. There were no signs that anyone had been bitten by an infected mosquito here on American soil. However, it did seem only a matter of time for this to change. Mosquitoes that bite a human with Zika can become infected. Due to rising numbers of people with the virus, the risk of a mosquitoes contracting it becomes greater. At the end of July, it appears that is just what happened. On August 6th, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, reported in an interview with NPR that there are 13 people in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami Florida that have been infected by a Mosquito bite. The CDC urges women who are pregnant or considering starting a family not to travel near this area in Miami.

South Carolina is Likely To Be Next

The Post and Courier, a paper out of Charleston, spoke with local entomologist Dwight Williams, and he believes that it is “very likely” that mosquitoes in South Carolina will also begin to transmit Zika to humans. The virus will make its way into the state with travelers who are sick when they arrive; they will be bitten and transmit Zika to the local mosquitoes. It is just a matter of time. There are already 25 cases of Zika in SC, none yet from a local mosquito bite.

Prevention Prevention Prevention

If you are planning to travel to Miami, be cautious. Wear protective clothing and bug spray, but more importantly, if you are pregnant just don’t go. Mosquito Squad of Greenville is committed to keeping you informed here at home. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a very aggressive daytime biter. Their eggs hatch in containers that hold water, but can also survive drought. The CDC believes these to be very adaptable organisms, making them harder to control, but certainly not impossible.

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

We must be diligent in keeping our homes and neighborhoods protected. Follow the 5Ts of mosquito control and don’t allow your yard to be a breeding ground for this or any other disease carrying mosquito. And call us… Mosquito Squad of Greenville wants to help with your peace of mind. Our mosquito prevention systems will eliminate 85-90% of adult mosquitoes in your yard on contact so that all you have to do is relax and enjoy your outdoors. Keep your home, your family, and your possible growing family protected. Contact us at 864-277-4299 or email us greenville@mosquitosquad.com. We back our service with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Zika Might Be on the Horizon in Greenville, But Deadly EEE is Here

As the news each day brings more discoveries, predictions, and debates about the potential for Zika Virus becoming a locally spread here in Greenville, there are dangerous mosquito-borne diseases already here. In fact, one of the most deadly mosquito diseases has reared its head earlier than ever in South Carolina.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Greenville

The first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) of the season has been diagnosed in a horse in Horry County, SC. According to Clemson University’s Adam Eichelberger, “This is the earliest in the spring that we’ve seen this disease in many years.” Adam is a veterinarian overseeing animal health programs at Clemson. He sites that 9 out of 10 unvaccinated horses exposed to EEE (Triple E) will die from EEE.

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EEE in Horses

According to Greenville Online, EEE in horses can present with symptoms that can include circling, stumbling, head pressing, depression, weakness of legs, partial paralysis, muscle twitching, inability to stand, or death. If you think your horse may have EEE symptoms be sure to contact your veterinarian right away. There is a vaccination for EEE in horses, follow your veterinarian’s advice in protecting your horse from this deadly mosquito-borne disease in Greenville.

EEE in Humans

Symptoms of EEE in humans can include fever, chills, depression, joint aches and muscle aches. If EEE progresses to more serious encephalitic illness symptoms can include fever, headache, restlessness, irritability, drowsiness, anorexia, diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions or coma. While EEE is much more deadly in horses than humans, it is still one of the more deadly mosquito-borne illnesses. The mortality rate for EEE in humans is 33% and many times survivors are left with permanent brain damage. See your doctor immediately if you think you’ve been exposed and are showing symptoms of Triple E.

Preventing EEE in Humans & Horses

mosquito-misting-GreenvilleWhile there is an EEE vaccine for horses, humans are not so fortunate. Avoiding mosquitoes and mosquito bites is still the best prevention of Triple E. Mosquito Squad of Greenville offers a variety of mosquito control methods perfect for your home or horse farm. While our traditional mosquito barrier spray is our most popular service, eliminating 85-90% of mosquitoes on your property for up to 3 weeks, we also offer automatic mosquito misting systems. Greenville automatic mosquito misting systems are perfect for providing continuous mosquito control in your horse barn or stables. Call today; we’ll help find the perfect mosquito control for your unique needs. (864) 277-4299

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

Read other stories in our blog for more about the dangers of Triple E in humans and horses.

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

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.

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

Photo Credit: CDC
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.