Posted by Mosquito Squad

December 20, 2023

Take a Break from Bites & Enjoy your 4th of July Celebrations

4th of July will be here soon and it’s time to celebrate with family and friends. Plan some fun activities such as an outdoor BBQ, pool party, playing backyard games such as cornhole, frisbee or bad mitten, watching fireworks and of course eating your favorite food, including the All-American Apple Pie. Mosquito Squad’s favorite Apple Pie recipe is below.

Make sure you also celebrate taking a break from bites so that you, your friends, family and pets are comfortable and enjoy spending time outdoors at your home. To do so, contact your biting insect control specialist, Mosquito Squad of Tampa Bay.

We will treat your home to eradicate and build a line of defense against mosquitoes, no-see-ums, fleas, ticks, flies, spiders and ants so you can spend time preparing for your celebration and enjoying time with your family and friends. Check out some of our services that can help you FIGHT THE BITE and enjoy celebrating your independence from pesky, biting insects.

Barrier service

We will treat your entire property including; all natural areas, foliage, shrubbery, patios, on/under decks, patios, lanais, porches, etc. The product eliminates mosquitoes and biting insects on-contact and continues working for up to 21 days. It does not stain and a typical rain will not wash-away the treatment.

Each treatment lasts up to 3 weeks. There are no contracts you can start and stop anytime you like. The treatments eradicate not only mosquitoes but many other biting insects such as fleas, ticks, flies, spiders and ants to name just a few. You can select our traditional solution or an All-Natural product.

Ask about our special trial offers, single treatments, seasonal and annual plans, event treatments and discounts available for military and 1st responders.

Outdoor rat & Rodent control

Don’t allow uninvited rodents to crash your celebration. Mosquito Squad of Tampa Bay has your solution, our outdoor Rat & Rodent Control. Our technicians will strategically place bait stations that are inconspicuous around your property.

The stations hold bait that is highly palatable and works in both wet and dry conditions. The product attracts and eradicates rats, mice and voles.

If you do not have stations, no problem, we have them for purchase. If you just need service, just contact us as our service visits will be conducted every 90 where we inspect and clean the stations and refill them with bait.

Automatic misting systems

Our misting systems are the ultimate solution and eliminate pesky mosquitoes, no-see-ums, fleas, ticks, flies, wasps, spiders, among others, day-after-day.

Mosquito Squad of Tampa Bay is the preferred Diamond - Level Dealer and Installer within the greater Tampa Bay area. Each system is custom designed to meet your outdoor living needs.

Next steps

Even if you try every DIY in the book, mosquitoes are robust and can be hard to control by yourself. Don’t delay, contact Mosquito Squad of Tampa Bay to help you FIGHT THE BITE so you can get outside, celebrate the 4th and independence from pesky biting insects. Call us at 813-502-0505, email us at or visit our website at

Mosquito Squad’s favorite All-American apple pie

This is a great, yummy desert to make and serve to your guests or to bring to a party / BBQ that you will be attending as a guest. Here’s what you need and the simple steps to the perfect All-American Dutch Apple Pie.

  • Crust – Make it easy on yourself and buy a refrigerated pie crust from your local grocery store.
  • Filling – Make sure you have the following ingredients on hand and ready to construct your pie.
    • 6 cups of sliced, peeled apples. Mosquito Squad prefers “Granny Smith” apples as they hold up really well when baking,
    • 1/3 cup of sugar,
    • 3 tablespoons of flour, prefer all-purpose,
    • 11/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon,
    • ¼ teaspoon of salt,
    • Dash of nutmeg (optional), and
    • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, fresh squeezed or store bought will do the trick.
  • Topping – Now time to make the yummy crumb topping. It’s simple and here is what you will need.
    • 1/3 cup of butter, cold preferred but room temperature is fine,
    • ¾ cup of flour,
    • ¾ cup of brown sugar, and
    • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

Now that you have the crust, filling and topping all ready, it is time to construct your pie. Here’s how.

  • Preparation - Place a piece of foil on the oven rack below the middle rack to catch any drips from the baking process.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place pie crust in a 9” pie plate, glass is preferred.
  • In a large bowl, gently toss the Filling ingredients until the apples are evenly coated and spoon the filling into the pie crust.
  • Mix the topping ingredients, using a fork to form crumbs and evenly sprinkle over the apple filling.
  • Bake on the middle rack at 400 degrees for a total of 45-55 minutes until the pie crust and toppings are golden brown. After the 1st 15 minutes of baking, cover the pie loosely with foil to prevent burning the crust and crumbs.
  • Once fully baked to a delicious golden brown, remove from the oven and cool on a rack before serving.
  • Once cooled, it’s time to enjoy. Try a slice with some vanilla ice cream for a cool, delicious desert.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers which makes for a refreshing breakfast or another desert…. Enjoy!!!!