“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

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!

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

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.

Difficult Diagnosis Can Lead to Chronic Lyme in Greenville

Deer_Tick_StagesWhile it is true that Lyme disease is not as prevalent in the Greenville area as it is in some other parts of the United States, it can be just as devastating for those afflicted with it. Knowing the cause and symptoms of Lyme disease is an important part of fast diagnosis and treatment which can lower the risk for it developing into Chronic Lyme disease.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) spread to humans from the bite of an infected black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick. Deer ticks are tiny, nymphs being as small as a poppy seed can bite you without you ever knowing it. The symptoms of Lyme are similar to the flu, making diagnosis difficult if you are not part of the 70-80% with a “bulls-eye” rash. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle pain and joint pain.

Chronic Lyme disease in Greenville

cdc_photo_of_lyme_disease_bullseye_rashThe CDC calls it Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), but most of the population just refers to it as Chronic Lyme. The cause of Chronic Lyme disease is not fully known, but most experts think the months-long symptoms occur from residual infection damage to tissues and the immune system. The symptoms can be moderate to severe, can last for more than 6 months and in some instances can be debilitating. Symptoms of Chronic Lyme can include severe headaches, arthritis, Bell’s palsy, tendon, muscle, joint and bone pain, dizziness, shortness of breath, nerve pain, numbness or tingling in hands or feet, inflammation of the brain or spinal cord, short-term memory problems, and in rare cases an irregular heartbeat.

Chronic Lyme will pass with time. There is no cure and no specific treatment. It is recommended you work with your doctor to manage the symptoms as best you can while you wait for it to pass.

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

Lyme disease prevention is always the best medicine. Avoiding ticks and tick bites is the best method. With Mosquito Squad of Greenville, you can lower the tick population in your yard by 85-90%. Call today. 864-277-4299

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.” Greenville Prepares for Zika Virus Potential

zika-testing-in-GreenvilleDid you know local testing for Zika Virus has begun? Over 100 South Carolinians have been tested for the Zika Virus. While only one resident has been found to have Zika and it was a travel-related case, Greenville is prepared for the potential for a local Zika Virus outbreak. From mosquito monitoring, mosquito abatement, emergency response and health care – in true Southern fashion, bring it on Zika, we’re ready!

Greenville Mosquito-Borne Virus Monitoring

Monitoring local mosquito populations for mosquito-borne disease such as West Nile Virus, LaCrosse Encephalitis, Easter Equine Encephalitis has been a long time activity of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). In partnership with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the DHEC samples local mosquito populations so they can stay abreast of any potential outbreaks. By monitoring these diseases in mosquitoes, humans, birds and horses, it is believed they will know relatively quickly if a worrisome outbreak occurs. They then report the arbovirus activity to health-care providers, local mosquito control and the public. If a particular area is experiencing increased activity, healthcare providers can diagnose better; mosquito control efforts can be ramped up, and the general public can take extra precautions at home.

Local Mosquito Control Efforts

Mosquito Squad of Greenville's barrier sprayMany local municipalities provide some mosquito control, although limited by budgets. These efforts are mostly based on complaints from the local population. Greenville County, for instance, provides mosquito control for Greenville, Simpsonville and Traveler’s Rest. They also are cleaning up trash where mosquitoes could breed. Your local mosquito control hotline can be found at SCDHEC.gov. Greer cut their mosquito control efforts during the recession, but can get service from the city of Greenville if you call to request it. If your city or county doesn’t offer mosquito control, be sure to call us at Mosquito Squad of Greenville – we’ve got your back!

Zika Preparedness in Greenville Healthcare

According to Greenville Online, Greenville Health System has a biological readiness plan that includes Zika Virus outbreak readiness. The plan includes laboratory support, disease evaluation and hospital readiness. They are following all CDC guidelines in regards to considering Zika as a possibility in patients with symptoms who have traveled to affected areas. The staff has also prepared with additional training in obstetrics and pediatrics for diagnosing and managing the negative health effects that could result from a pregnant woman becoming infected with Zika.

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

While the city and county of Greenville are prepared for the Zika Virus, it would be best to avoid the virus altogether. Avoiding mosquitoes and mosquito bites is your best method of Zika prevention. At Mosquito Squad of Greenville we can keep your yard mosquito free all season long with our traditional mosquito barrier spray. Eliminating 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard on contact, our barrier spray continues to work for up to 21 days. Call today 864-277-4299

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.