Early this week, the World Heath Organization (WHO) held an emergency meeting around an influx of Zika virus diagnoses. The Zika virus, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, typically carries symptoms of fever, skin rash, and conjunctivitis, but can be extremely serious when contracted by pregnant women. In adults the symptoms only last a few days but can cause serious birth defects for children in utero.
There is currently no cure or vaccine for Zika.
The Zika virus was first identified in Uganda but has since been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. The largest threat of Zika in the U.S. comes through travelers coming back to the U.S. from areas of the world where the virus is apparent.
Since Zika is transmitted by mosquitoes, decreasing exposure to mosquitoes is imperative: “The outbreak of Zika virus has once again put the spotlight on mosquito control. It’s imperative that homeowners and commercial property owners take an aggressive approach to mosquito elimination and help their community reduce mosquito breeding grounds,” said Rob White, Mosquito Squad’s vice president. “While the type of mosquitoes that carry Zika are present in the U.S., at this time no Zika infected mosquitoes have been detected in our country. The same kind of mosquito also carries other diseases typically contracted abroad including Chikungunya and Dengue so proactive mosquito control is something that everyone can, and should, make a part of their lives.”
Mosquito Squad is America’s leading mosquito control company providing homeowners with effective mosquito treatments for their yard. Our effective barrier spray eliminates mosquitoes on contact and provides continuous protection for up to 21 days. At that time our trained technicians return to the property to reapply the spray.
For more continuous control, the Squad offers mosquito misting systems that have short bursts mosquito eliminating spray at times when mosquitoes are known to be most active.
In addition to professional mosquito control minimizing the standing water on a property cuts down on its mosquito population as these pests require water to breed.
Here are our tips for eliminating water:
If you have any questions on mosquito control, please contact your local Squad!
If you know Mosquito Squad, you know our commitment to ending malaria. We understand that while out mosquito control services protect our clients from the annoyance of mosquitoes in the U.S., these tiny pests are much more than annoying in other parts of the world, mainly Africa. There, mosquitoes are life threatening, transmitting malaria to children and families, killing millions each year. Nearly five years ago, The Squad joined the fight by partnering with Malaria No More, a non-profit with the focus of fighting this deadly mosquito-borne disease until it’s gone.
The question is: are we nearly there?
Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, recently published an article entitled The Beginning of the End of Malaria. In the article he explains the important position of where we are now in the battle and the strides that we’ve made in the last 15 years.
Mosquitoes are still the deadliest animal on the planet, but that isn’t to say we haven’t made an impact. With increased research, education, testing and treatment, malaria deaths have decreased by 60% since 2000. 60%! That’s great news, but it isn’t a time to scale back on any of these important efforts.
Bill Gates has been very vocal about his commitment to fight this fight. He and Ray Chambers of the UN published From Aspiration to Action, a detailed 25-year plan to eradicate malaria. In the introduction they state:
“Today, we have an opportunity to achieve something that was once thought impossible: we can end malaria forever. Malaria eradication will not rely on the 20th-century model of a large-scale global campaign funded and organized by foreign donors and focused on a single intervention. This document calls for us to change the way we think about the fight against malaria – through new strategies, new tools and new financing.” (Source: From Aspiration to Action.)
Both the article and report are poignant and explain the interesting point we are at. The end of malaria is achievable and in sight. It’s time to re-focus efforts and continue to fight. We’re almost there.
If you want to help fight malaria, you can. Donate today at SwatMalaria.net. As little as a $1 is enough to pay for a test and treatment to save a life.
Mosquito Squad is thrilled to announce its listing on Inc Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List for the Fifth consecutive year!
Released today, Inc. Magazine publishes America’s Fastest growing companies each year. Mosquito Squad currently ranks at 1,980 and joins an elite group of private firms that have remained on the list year after year.
As our chairman and CEO, Chris Grandpre, explains: “This has been quite a year for The Squad. From opening more than 30 new locations to working with TV host and yard expert, Jason Cameron, our corporate team and franchisees have been relentless in meeting our clients’ needs. This award belongs to each and every one of our dedicated franchisees and corporate team members.”
As great as this award is, it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our clients. From us to you “THANKYOU!”
Mosquito Squad first launched in 2006 and has redefined how people protect themselves against mosquitoes and ticks. With the rapid growth of West Nile Virus and Lyme disease, we’re proud to allow effective tick and mosquito control solutions that allow families to spend time outdoors in the spring and summer without risking health issues.
As America’s most trusted mosquito and tick eliminator, Mosquito Squad understands the dangers of vector-borne disease. Each year, thousands of Americans are infected with painful and dangerous diseases through the bite of a mosquito and tick. The most common vector-borne disease in the U.S. is Lyme disease that is carried by ticks.
One difficulty in treating Lyme has always been that it can be difficult to diagnose. While the bulls eye rash that some patients get is a clear sign of the disease, many patients don’t get the rash and the other symptoms are synonymous with the flu. The proposed Act would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to “develop more accurate and time-sensitive diagnostic tools to strengthen surveillance and reporting of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses.” (Source.)
With some patients receiving false negatives due to the cycle of the disease, better testing would be a great asset to prevent chronic Lyme.
The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention, Education and Research Act would also aim to educate more people on ticks and tick borne diseases including not only Lyme but also Powassan virus and Babesiosis. The community based education programs would teach people the signs and symptoms of the diseases allowing them to be more proactive with their health.
When Lyme is diagnosed early, antibiotics are a great source of treatment. However, research find that the longer it goes undiagnosed, the worst symptoms get and the more difficult it is to treat, referred to as chronic Lyme. This Act could decrease the number of Lyme and chronic Lyme patients.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, it’s important to be tick-safe and perform thorough tick checks of your body when you come inside. Those pests can be as small as a poppy seed so really look for them! If you find one, promptly remove it.
For those homeowners that want to be more proactive with their tick control, the Squad recommends a combination of barrier sprays and tick tubes. The spray eliminates adult ticks on contact while the tick tubes target nymph ticks. When used together, it is a great way to treat your property for ticks.
Memorial Day has past, which means more and more people are moving their activities outdoors. If you’re like all of us at Mosquito Squad, you enjoy being outside entertaining friends and family, playing with the kids, tossing the ball with dog, etc. One thing we don’t like at The Squad: mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes, simply put, are not our friends at The Squad. Their bites not only can ruin your time outside, but they can ruin the days after with the itch. The only way to protect yourself is to reduce your exposure to mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes require standing water to breed and they do not travel too far from the areas where they hatch typically, so reducing the amount of standing water on your property will decrease your mosquito population. Here are some tips from our friend Jason Cameron, licensed contractor and television host:
At Mosquito Squad, we pride ourselves on allowing our clients to fight the bite and take back their backyard with our mosquito control treatments.
Our most common and most effective mosquito package is the traditional barrier spray summer package. The Squad’s barrier spray is applied by our trained technicians to the areas where we know mosquitoes feed and harbor. Mosquitoes feed on vegetation, so make sure to pay particular attention to bushes, ivy, plants and trees. The spray eliminates mosquitoes on contact and provides continuous protection for up to 21 days. With our season package, Mosquito Squad visits the property every three weeks for a summer without mosquitoes.
With consistent treatment, Mosquito Squad eliminates 85-90% of the mosquito population.
For clients that would like more control over their mosquito control, there is the automatic mosquito misting systems. The system is installed on the property and sprays short bursts of mosquito control products at times that mosquitoes are most active. If you see more pests, you can use a remote for extra control.
Did you know that Alec Baldwin, Avril Lavigne, and George W Bush have all battled Lyme disease at different stages? May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month so all of us at Mosquito Squad urge everyone to be tick safe.
Lyme disease is spread through the bite of an infected deer tick. While drawing blood from its host, the tick injects saliva that carries the Lyme bacteria. Lyme can display itself in many different ways including fatigue, fever, joint pain and more.
The best way to reduce your risk of Lyme is to reduce your exposure to ticks. We call our property tips the 6Cs:
Clear out yard debris. Ticks thrive well in moist areas. Yard debris holds water and moisture, making it a tick haven.
Clean leaf litter. Leaves naturally hold water when left in piles. Take the time to pick it up (and check yourself for ticks when you’re done).
Choose plants that deer don’t like. Deer are ticks main source of transportation so where there are deer, there are ticks. Keep deer out of your yard by choosing plants that they don’t find tasty like phlox and marigolds for example.
Check tick hiding places. Ticks are known to hide along retaining walls, fences or foundations.
Care for pets with tick collars. Dogs and cats rub up against plants, bushes and trees where ticks can be found. It’s best to follow your veterinarians recommendations on how to protect your pets including tick collars or topical flea and tick medication.
Call the pros. Even when you do the rest of the Cs, you may need professional tick control services. At Mosquito Squad, we use a combination of barrier sprays and tick tubes for the best results. Barrier sprays eliminate adult ticks on contact while tick tubes eliminate them in the nymph stage.
Whenever you spend time outdoors, it’s a best practice to do a thorough tick check on the body. Ticks are small and can hide in hard to see places like in the armpits or behind the knee. If you find one, promptly remove it with tweezers and place it in a plastic bag in case it needs to be tested for Lyme.
Avril Lavigne was once one of the top music acts in the U.S. With hit after hit she was playing in sold out stadiums with thousands of screaming fans. Then, last year she became ill with a debilitating sickness that she couldn’t explain. Just this week she revealed that she’s been suffering with Lyme disease for nearly a year.
The pop singer first fell ill while on tour. When she felt feverish, Avril thought she had the flu and was treated for dehydration and exhaustion, but she kept feeling worse and worse. She explains: “I felt like I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t talk and I couldn’t move. I thought I was dying. There were definitely times I couldn’t shower for a full week because I could barely stand. It felt like having all your life sucked out of you.” Source.
After months of symptoms and visits to the doctor, Avril Lavigne was diagnosed with Lyme disease, the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the U.S. For the past 5 months she has been working to recover in the privacy of her home in Canada.
Lyme disease is transmitted through the bite of deer ticks. Deer ticks will attach themselves to hosts and can feed for days if needed (it typically takes over 36 hours to transmit Lyme to a person). If diagnosed and treated in the early months, Lyme is usually cured with antibiotics. When it goes undiagnosed is when the long-lasting, more difficult cases occur. Because the initial symptoms of Lyme are the same as the flu, it can be difficult to diagnose.
At Mosquito Squad, we help protect our clients from the dangers of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases with our tick treatments for the yard. The most effective control system combines a mosquito and tick barrier spray and tick tubes. The spray eliminates adult ticks on contact while the tick tubes aim to control the pests earlier in their life cycle. We recommend the spray be applied every three weeks throughout the summer and tick tubes placed on the property twice a year when ticks are their most active.
As spring enters so does tick season. We at the Squad encourage anyone who spends time outdoors to check themselves for ticks thoroughly as the pests can be as small as a poppy seed.
If you would like more information on our tick control services, please contact your local Mosquito Squad office.
I had quite a few friends get engaged over the holidays and weddings are in full planning. Brides go to great lengths to create a special day for their husbands and guests alike. For some, no details go unnoticed, but for others, things slip through the cracks. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, graduation party or other outdoor event, let us give you a helpful hint: don’t forget about the mosquitoes.
I’ve been to a lot of weddings and outdoor events. Some I remember more than others. Last year my husband and I attended an outdoor wedding at a Virginia plantation. It was beautiful. I don’t remember the food or flowers, but I remember it being a great night. One thing I won’t forget, however, is the amount of mosquitoes. They loved me that night, and I was itching the bites for days!
At Mosquito Squad, we help hosts, event planners and caterers make their events a success by ridding the property of mosquitoes with our mosquito control services.
Our typical mosquito treatments for the yard reduce a property’s mosquito population by up to 90%. The same product is used for our events spray ensuring that mosquitoes are left off the guest list. Depending on the area of the country and the seriousness of the mosquito problem, one or two sprays prior to the event will be recommended. Our trained technicians will come to the event space and spray the vegetation and areas where the mosquitoes are known to feed and harbor. They will pay particular attention to the areas where guests will gather outdoors, too.
Typically, members of the Squad will visit the property 24-48 hour prior to the event to spray. The product will eliminate any mosquitoes on contact and provide continuous protection as mosquitoes feed on the treated plants. If the mosquito problem is especially bad, they will come out twice.
If you’re planning a special event, reach out to your local Mosquito Squad office to discuss your mosquito treatment options. We’re happy to help you as you create the perfect outdoor event.
This past summer a Kansas man was infected with a fast-moving illness that took his life after 10 days in the hospital. Otherwise a healthy man, doctors tried treating him with a series of antibiotics that unfortunately didn’t work. After much research, a new microbe has been found and named the Bourbon virus.
No, this virus has nothing to do with the Bourbon drink, but instead is named after the county in which the only known victim lived. The virus was discovered by researchers with the Centers for Disease Control. It’s believed that the male farmer was infected through the bite of an infected tick while spending time outdoors.
When the man fell ill, the illness got serious very quickly. The Bourbon virus can cause fever, muscle ache, loss or appetite and can lead to lung and kidney failure. Because it is a virus and not a bacteria, antibiotics didn’t help fight the disease.
The patient was tested for tick-borne illnesses but the tests came up negative.
Thee are many more studies that need to be done to get a clear understanding of the Bourbon virus as this is the first known case. Dr. Dana Hawkinson with the University of Kansas Hospital explains: “we have to assume this has been around for some time, and we haven’t been able to diagnose it. We suspect there have been milder cases and people have recovered from them, but we don’t have a lot of information.” (Source.)
Tick-borne diseases can be very serious if not diagnosed and treated properly. If you spend time outdoors in the months ticks are known to be active, it’s important to thoroughly check your body for ticks. If you see one, remove it and place in a plastic bag in case you feel it needs to be tested. If you start to feel sick or experiencing any known symptoms, go to a doctor.
At Mosquito Squad, we protect our clients from the nuisance and dangers of ticks with our tick treatments for the yard. We use a combination of our barrier spray and tick tubes to attack the ticks at different stages of their lifecycle, greatly reducing their opportunity to infect homeowners.
If you have questions on tick control for your yard, please contact your local Mosquito Squad office.
Happy New Year everyone! All of us at Mosquito Squad want to wish you a great 2015.
The Squad is excited for 2015 and to helping our clients fight the bite at home. As always, we’re trying to stay abreast of what’s happening with mosquitoes, ticks and the diseases they carry and a new article from Florida recently caught our attention.
In the mosquito control world, standing water is a big nemesis. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. If the water is circulating or moving, the eggs cannot mature and develop into pests that bite. Florida, which has a lot of mosquitoes, is looking for new ways to locate standing water and they think they’ve found it: drones.
The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District plans to use two drones this year in the search for standing water. The drones’ planned flight paths stay away from all airports but can survey remote areas that may otherwise be unseen. With the location of standing water, the municipality can go out and treat the standing water with larvicide and growth regulators.
The Federal Aviation Administration authorized the use of drones for this purpose.
We’re excited to see what comes of this new tool and development. We’re always on the looking out for standing water while treating our clients’ properties for mosquitoes and ticks. We’ll treat any areas that we feel are causing the mosquito population to increase on the property, but we know that mosquitoes can come from other properties, commercial, municipal or residential. If the drones work well, it could be a great way for cities and counties to be more proactive with their mosquito abatement programs.
Reducing the amount of standing water in your yard is the first step in reducing your mosquito population (one impacts the other), that’s why we came up with the 5Ts. The Ts will help you to look for and remove the standing water on your property. Just take a look at this to see what we mean: