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How to Avoid Mosquito Bites

This advice from Dr. Manny at FOX News.

“Mosquitoes are carriers for certain diseases, some of which can be deadly. In the United States, West Nile virus is the most common and dangerous mosquito-transmitted disease. Mosquitoes also transmit malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya.

“Common symptoms of these diseases include fever, body aches, dizziness and confusion.

“These symptoms can pop up two days to two weeks after a mosquito bite. If you get bitten and develop flu-like symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

“Your chances of being infected with a disease through a mosquito bite may be small, and there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of being bitten.

• Cover your skin as much as you can when you’re outside and mosquitoes are active.
• Use insect repellent on exposed skin.
• Make sure there are screens on all the windows and doors in your home and that you cover any rips or tears in them.
• Avoid having standing water around your home.

October 12, 2016: Hurricane Matthew Could Help Zika Fight

“Hurricane Matthew started pounding the eastern coast of Florida as far south as Miami last Thursday afternoon. The storm has been described as historic and extremely dangerous. But there may be one benefit to the storm’s torrential rains: It could put a temporary halt on the mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus.

“To date, there have been 141 locally transmitted cases of Zika reported in Florida since the end of July.

“What does that have to do with a hurricane? Adult mosquitoes get washed away by heavy rain. This includes Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which transmit the Zika virus. In the short term, from the first few days to about a week after the storm, the mosquito cycle is naturally interrupted — and that can have a beneficial effect on Zika transmission. In fact, initially after a big storm, there can be a decrease in all mosquitoes.

“The first mosquitoes to reappear aren’t the types that cause a public health concern.

“’We associate severe rain events like tropical events and hurricanes with increases in nuisance mosquitoes, not with disease-spreading (mosquitoes),’ said Ben Beard, chief of the Bacterial Diseases Branch in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases.

“Heavy rains and flooding wash away larvae from Zika-carrying mosquitoes’ breeding sites, such as tires, bottlecaps, bird baths and flower pots, he explained.

“Another benefit: The storm is hitting late in the season. ‘The mosquito population naturally declines starting in September. As the season begins to change, the mosquito threat naturally begins to go down, so in this sense, time is on our side,’ Beard said.

“Looking ahead to the next few weeks, it’s difficult to know the risk. The CDC is continuing to work with the Florida Department of Health to monitor the situation there.

“’We are watching this very closely,’ Beard said. ‘The bottom line is that as cases are identified, mosquito-control measures are enacted. In the meantime, there is lots of mosquito surveillance to identify these populations’ of infected mosquitoes.

Source: CNN

September 4, 2016: Amid Zika Fears, Florida Theme Parks Offer Mosquito Repellent

Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando are giving away repellent

“It probably was only a matter of time, but mosquito repellent has joined hand sanitizer as a must-have health accessory at Florida theme parks.

“Walt Disney World, Sea World and Universal Orlando are spearheading the movement in hope of sidelining any fears tourists may have of being exposed to Zika-carrying mosquitoes.

“So far, no case of the dangerous Zika virus has been found that far north — Orlando is 228 miles on the Florida Turnpike from Miami. But experts say it’s only a matter of time before the bug reaches the Magic Kingdom.

“So Disney is getting set to reassure a key targeted demographic, women in child-bearing years and their partners, that it will have repellent on hand to fend off any of the critters, disease-ridden or not.

“‘In an abundance of caution, we are accelerating preventative efforts throughout our property, including providing complimentary insect repellent to our guests along with helpful guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,’ Disney said in a statement. ‘We have an extensive mosquito-prevention and monitoring program in place, and we continue to work closely with local, state and federal experts on this topic.’”

Source: CNN

August 17, 2016: Governor Abbott Addresses Zika Virus in Texas

“Governor Greg Abbott wants Texans to know his office is working tirelessly in the ongoing battle to combat against the Zika virus.”

“Abbott’s office released a video highlighting their efforts to ensure that communities across Texas are protected in the event of a local Zika outbreak. Abbott’s office says they’re working to raise awareness in Texas on Zika prevention and want to demonstrate some simple steps the public can take around their homes to keep mosquitoes away.

“’I have directed the Texas Department of State Health Services to work closely with our local partners and the CDC to prevent a Zika outbreak and prepare the strongest possible response plan,’ said Governor Abbott. ‘We have assembled millions in state and federal funds to attack the problem and we are working closely with local partners to monitor travel-related cases here in Texas. By working together we can stop the spread of this virus and keep Texans healthy.’

""Karyn Brown":http://greateraustin.mosquitosquad.com/what-our-greater-austin-customers-have-say/ of Mosquito Squad in Pflugerville said by August, her mosquito spraying business starts to slow down, but because of the growing Zika threat, business is staying steady.

“’I think it’s because of an increased level of anxiety just knowing this disease is out there and it’s as serious as it is,’ said Brown.

“Brown echoed Governor Abbott’s address by stressing the importance of eliminating standing water.

“’You should walk around your yard, look for places that collect water. If there is an area where sprinklers gather water. If your gutters are full. After the last rain, you could have water in there that could breed mosquitoes. Think about your neighbors that have small children that may be pregnant.’”

Source: CBS Austin KEYE TV

July 6, 2016: What the Zika Scare Means for Your Beauty Routines

Lauren Valenti from Marie Claire shares this advice for women and their daily beauty regimen.

“As someone who will be traveling to an Alert Level 2 zone next month, the fear of Zika is very real. I want to take every precaution —and that means seriously reassessing my beauty routine. Slathering on bug spray and saying goodbye to my precious fragrances?! Turns out it’s not that simple. Here’s what you need to know if you’re somewhere that the virus poses a serious threat:

“1. Bug spray is a must, but they’re not all created equal. ‘Using an insect repellent is one of the best ways you can protect yourself from Zika and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes’ explains Harry Savage, chief of ecology and entomology activity at the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, via Consumer Reports who tested a variety of products to see what works best. Two of the most effective repellants were Sawyer Picaridin as it contains 20 percent picaridin, as well as Off! Deepwoods VIII, which contains 25 percent DEET. But bad news for organic enthusiasts, CR advises against natural plant oils as many failed the test immediately or only lasted for an hour.

“2. You need to reapply every couple of hours. If you’re in an area at risk for Zika, you should be diligent about reapplying. Even the best-of-the-best repellents (the ones with the higher percentages of the active ingredients) only kept mosquitos from biting for 8 hours, so don’t become blasé after the first application. According to the CDC, regardless of what product you use or how long it’s been, if mosquitoes are coming too close for comfort, you should reapply ASAP.

“3. Never apply repellent under clothes or sunscreen. The key is applying it to exposed areas. Applying more does not make it more protective. And when you do apply it in tandem with sunscreen, make sure that the bug spray is applied after the SPF. And whatever you do, don’t use a hybrid of the two. This is not a solution because 1) Chances are the formula won’t be as robust in either capacity and 2) Sun protection needs to be applied more often, says the CDC.

“4. Don’t retire your go-to fragrance just yet. It might be protecting you! According to the Journal of Insect Science, the Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume was actually found to repel insects for at least an hour. “Our results challenge the notion that floral, perfume-scented sprays, in general, attract mosquitoes,” the study states. “Floral fragrances may provide a masking odor resulting in low mosquito attraction rates, but over a shorter duration of time.”

“This said, certain scents given off by fragrances or deodorants can attract mosquitos, so make sure you’re diligent about applying/reapplying repellent and paying close attention. If a product seems to be a mosquito magnet, stop wearing it. It’s not worth the risk.

“5. You should be showering regularly. Forever and always, but especially if you’re in a Zika zone, as the more body odor you’re emitting, the easier it as for mosquitos to find you. Similarly, perspiration is a magnet for them because they can sense moisture and heat. So do your best to stay cool.

Source: Marie Claire

Mosquito Squad's Fight the Bite Report

Earlier this year, Mosquito Squad commissioned TNS Global, a leader in market research, to survey American homeowners on their mosquito and tick control practices. With the recent news of Zika and Lyme disease continuing to spread, we were surprised at how little Americans are doing to protect themselves. Here are some of the findings:

Did you modify your plans or time outside last year due to mosquito activity?

  • 23% yes
  • 77% no
    Women were twice as likely to modify plans due to mosquito activity – 31% of women changed plans vs. only 15% of men

Do you plan to modify your time outside this year due to mosquito activity?

  • 26% yes
  • 74% no

How do you protect your family from mosquitoes in your own yard? (pick all that apply)

  • 27% walk my yard regularly to remove items that can harbor mosquitoes
  • 48% remove standing water in the yard
  • 36% turn over any toys or items containing water
  • 27% make sure my gutters are clean44% keep my yard neat and throw away lawn debris
  • 25% ensure all covers and tarps are pulled tightly and don’t pool water
  • 49% use bug spray when outside
  • 12% I don’t take any precautions

How likely are you to use a mosquito control service this year?

  • 7 % Very likely
  • 17% Somewhat likely
  • 74% Not likely

How has news of the Zika virus changed your views on mosquito control in your own yard?

  • 34% I’ll use mosquito repellent
  • 17% I will implement DIY solutions for my yard
  • 6% I will use a professional mosquito control service
  • 16% I will limit my time outside
  • 46% I don’t plan to do anything different

Do you know anyone with a disease transmitted by a tick such as Lyme disease?

  • 16% Yes
  • 84% No

Geographic Distribution – “yes”
31% Northeast
16% South
14% Midwest
10% West

How do you protect your family from tick bites? (pick all that apply) adjusted for parts of the country where ticks are prevalent

  • 41% wear long pants, long sleeve shirts when out in the yard
  • 29% protect my dog with tick treatments
  • 39% avoid wooded areas with high grass and leaf litter
  • 28 % walk in the center of trails when in wooded areas
  • 34% use repellents containing 20% to 30% DEET or products with permethrin
  • 31% I don’t take any special precautions

How do you protect your dog from tick bites? Dog owners only (pick all that apply)

  • 65% brush and check my dog regularly to look for ticks
  • 70% use a topical treatment from the vet or a collar
  • 28% limit the time my dog is outside
  • 24% I don’t take any special precautions

World Heath Organization Announces Global Emergency Due to Zika Virus

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!

Is the End of Malaria in Sight?

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 Named to Inc. Magazine's 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List

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 THANK YOU!”

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.

Reduce Your Yard’s Mosquito Population

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.

Our last solution is the all natural mosquito control which needs to be reapplied every 14 days and works at a repellent.

If you have questions on which mosquito services are best for your property, please contact your local Mosquito Squad office.

Avoiding Mosquito Bites at Your Next Outdoor Event

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.

New Ways to Find Standing Water

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:

Thankful to Named to Top Franchise Concepts List

The holiday season and end of the year is the best time to reflect on what’s passed and be thankful for what you have. At Mosquito Squad, we’re so happy to be named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2015 list of top franchise concepts and want to thank all those who helped us get here.

Mosquito Squad is the only pest control franchise named to this year’s list and our spot is due to both our clients and our franchisees. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you.

With nine years of mosquito and tick elimination under our belt and 90,000 yards protected, we’re so appreciative of where the business is. With over 160 locations across the U.S. we’re excited to finally be opening locations in Florida and Arkansas in 2015. As our president and founder of Mosquito Squad, Scott Zide, explains: “our ‘Squad’ concept has resonated with consumers and homeowners throughout North America who want to take a proactive stance against the nuisance and diseases that both mosquitoes and ticks bring.”

Again, thank you to all of our clients and franchisees for helping us grow the Mosquito Squad name.

If you are unfamiliar with Mosquito Squad, we’re America’s leading tick and mosquito elimination company. We protect families with our effective yard treatments. Our traditional barrier spray treatment is applied to the areas of the property where mosquitoes are known to feed and live, including around and in bushes and high grasses. The spray will eliminate mosquitoes on contact and provides continuous protection for up to 21 days.

For our tick control service, we combine our barrier spray and tick tube treatments. While the spray eliminates adult ticks on contact, the tick tubes help with nymph ticks before they bite you. Tubes that are filled with treated cotton are placed along fences and foundations and other areas where mice may pass. Most ticks get their first blood meal from mice. The mice take the cotton back to their nests for bedding material and the pesticide that’s on the cotton eliminates the ticks.

If you have questions or want to be more proactive with your mosquito and tick control in 2015, please contact your local Mosquito Squad office.

And because it’s the season; Happy Holidays from all of us at Mosquito Squad:

Who Wouldn’t Want a Mosquito Free Year?

The holidays are officially here. The lights on the malls are on and radio stations have started playing Christmas music. Do you know what that means? It’s time for Christmas shopping. If you’re like me, this is something that fills you both with excitement and dread. Excitement because I like giving my loved ones gifts, dread because there is always someone I have a hard time buying for.

If you have that hard to buy for person on your list too, I have a gift idea for your: a mosquito-free 2015.

Yes, it’s an out-of-the-box idea, but it’s also sure to please. With a Mosquito Squad gift certificate for service, you can let your friends or family enjoy the spring and summer outside without bites.

Mosquito Squad provides continuous mosquito protection throughout the year with our traditional season-long package. Every three weeks, trained technicians visit the property and spray the areas of your property where mosquitoes are their most active. That spray eliminates mosquitoes and tick on contact.

How does the spray last three weeks you ask? The spray settles on the vegetation it is sprayed on. Mosquitoes feed on plant sugars (female mosquitoes only suck blood for protein to lay eggs). When they try to feed on the plants, they ingest the treatment, eliminating them. The spray has a component in it that makes it last despite the weather, but after 21 days, it does need to be reapplied.

If you’re interested in giving a Mosquito Squad gift certificate to a friend or family member this holiday season, contact the local office in the recipient’s area. Our team will simply need the address and idea of the size of the property to give you a quote. Or, you can give a dollar amount!

We hope that we made your gift giving a little bit easier with this idea. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving this week!

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