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Mosquitoes in the Fall

 

Summer is coming to and end.  What does that mean?  It means no more vacations to the beach, the kids are starting a new and exciting school year. The hot and humid weather is coming to and end. Some people look forward to the end of summer because they’re eager to say goodbye to mosquitoes. Unfortunately, mosquitoes don’t disappear with the hot summer temps.  What do they do?

They thrive in cooler weather. Mosquitoes can be just as active as in the summer. Since they are cold-blooded, they do hibernate or die off, but only once temperatures are consistently below 50°F. So, in the early fall months, they feel right at home in the cool, but not cold, weather. The cooler temperatures that most of us look forward to, also mean mosquitoes are more active during the day, instead of in the evening.

The mosquito spends the fall preparing for winter. Certain species lay winter-hardy eggs that can survive the cold and then hatch when Spring comes with warmer temperatures and rain. The females of other species mate, fatten up, and go into hibernation in protected places, such as in a log or under a house. When the weather warms up in the spring, the female emerges and lays eggs. Very cold temperatures signal the end of the biting. Some mosquitoes may be able to survive the winter, but they certainly won’t be out biting you once the temperatures drops. The first frost is typically the time when you can say goodbye to those buzzing pests.

 

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Available Packages-Keep your loved ones bite free-Call today for a free quote!

Our Barrier Spray Programs are what keeps the pesky bugs away! We offer several packages for season long protection.Dread Kids Sprayer

Gold Package: This package provides Mosquito and Tick Control for 6 months, with 21 day applications applied from spring to fall. This is our most popular plan and provides excellent coverage for most homes.

Platinum Package: Our Platinum Plan provides Mosquito and Tick control treatments for the same 6 months as our Gold Plan, but treatments are performed every 14 days instead of 21 days.  This treatment plan is ideal for properties characterized by mature foundation plants, heavy ground cover, and extensive wooded areas, often having much higher mosquito populations. Also, if you have children who frequently play outdoors, a higher level of protection may make sense.

Summer Packages:  Our Summer Packages runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.  They’re a great option for those who only are up in the area during the summer.  You can choose the Summer Gold Package or the Summer Platinum Package depending on the frequency you’d like to be treated during that time.

PLUS! ProgramsThis year we’re offering extra protection for fleas & gnats.  If you have fleas & gnats, sign up for our Gold PLUS! or our Platinum PLUS! to ensure protection for your pets and family from these pesky bugs.  We have added an extra process with additional materials and treated areas around your home.  This program requires a minimum of three (3) weeks to become fully effective, and should be applied for three treatments to keep these pests away. For best results, it is also highly encouraged that pets are treated for fleas by your local caregiver during the same treatment time.

All Natural:  This option is made up of Peppermint and Rosemary.  With the this option your property is treated every 2 weeks and has a 70% mosquito repel rate.

Intensive Tick Control Package:  Tick tubes are placed on your property in paths of small critters that carry the nymphs (baby ticks).  The cotton that is placed in the tubes is taken back to the critter’s nest. The critters are not harmed but this smaller stage of ticks is eliminated.  This is a long term process to eliminate the next generation of ticks.

Other Services available:  Feel free to ask about other available services.  We have control for spiders, stink bugs and other crawling pests, ants, dock treatments, and fly bait.

 

 

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Heartworm – Mosquitoes and Dogs

Ever wonder how your pet could ever contract Heartworm?   It’s those same mosquitoes that are buzzing around you when you are trying to relax on your deck in the evening.    While they are a nuisance to you, they can be deadly to your pet.

“Approximately 25% of the 60 plus species of mosquitoes known in Michigan are capable of transmitting dog heartworms and these include many of the species that are major pests to humans”, says the Department of Ag in the state of Michigan.

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Mosquitoes are also the transmitter of other viruses in our pets.  They transmit these when they are taking the blood meal.   Don’t get to worried about the next mosquito bite as it has to happen with their is a certain concentration in the blood to transmit the virus.   Other diseases found in Michigan include:  St. Louis Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Western Equine Encephalitis, California Encephalitis and most recently West Nile is showing up in Michigan.

Most of these cases are limited in Michigan, however, there are lots of ways to protect yourself and your pets.    The most important is to keep standing water to a minimum on your property.   This will limit the reproduction of mosquitoes.   Remember a source as small as a water bottle cap can produce 300 mosquitoes in less than a week.

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Will This Patch Make You Invisible?

While the Kite patch might not give you superhero powers to turn invisible, it can help you hide yourself from pesky, disease carrying mosquitoes.  The founders of the Kite Patch started this venture to make a difference around the world and change the way we prevent mosquito borne illnesses in areas that need it most: Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America.

Kite is a simple sticker that you wear on your t-shirt.  It uses non-toxic chemicals to mask the carbon dioxide our body gives off for 48 hours.  This is effective because mosquitoes track us through our CO2 emissions up to 100 yards away (the size of a football field!)  They are trying to not only reduce the need for spraying ourselves with bug spray and lotions but making  a low cost sticker that is affordable to those who need it.

They are still working on the manufacturing and plan to do a field test in one of the most mosquito disease ridden areas in the world, Uganda.  Once they begin manufacturing they promise that for every Kite Patch sold, a person of need will receive one as well.  There is a constant wave of new technology to help eradicate mosquito borne illnesses, but this is a step in a completely new direction.

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It’s Mosquito Control Awareness Week!

It’s that time of the year again! Mosquito Control Awareness Week!  We here at Mosquito Squad not only want to help keep your yard bite free but we want you to be able to as well!  We have some simple tips you can do in your own yard to keep the mosquitoes at bay.  Take a look and see some common areas around homes that mosquitoes love to hang out.

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You can make sure these areas don’t become mosquito hotels by following the 5 T’s!

#1:  Tip – Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs.

#2: Toss – Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.

#3: Turn – Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.

#4: Tarp – If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.

#5: Treat – Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad’s eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.

We want you and your family to have a safe and enjoyable experience in your yard.  We know that mosquitoes can be annoying but they can be dangerous as well.  Carrying diseases like West Nile and potentially spreading heart warms in pets, reducing your mosquito population is beneficial for all members of your family!

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Planning on becoming a vegetarian?

The Lone Star Tick

The Lone Star Tick

Well you might have to if you get bit by the Lone Star Tick.

The Lone Star Tick is causing allergies to the sugar alpha-gal commonly found in red meat, marshmallows and gel-capped vitamins.  Allergic reactions have vary from hives to anaphylactic shock.  The difference between this allergy and other food allergies is that the reaction takes up to several hours to occur, hours after you’ve consumed the sugar.  That is because it takes time for your system to digest the food to then expose the alpha-gal into your system.

The Lone Star tick is commonly found in Texas and other nearby states but they also reside in Michigan so we do need to take precautions.  However, just like deer ticks and Lyme Disease, not every one who gets bit by the Lone Star tick acquires this alpha-gal allergy.  But if you get bit by a tick and then experience any allergic reactions to anything containing the sugar alpha-gal please let your doctor know immediately.  In the meantime here are our Mosquito Squad’s 6 C’s to help protect you and your family from ticks.

C #1: Clear Out. Reduce your tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gathers. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic. Separate them with wood chips or gravel. Don’t position playground equipment, decks and patios near treed areas.

C #2: Clean. Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow tall grasses and keep your lawn short.

C #3: Choose Plants. Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your favorite nursery to determine the best plant choices.

C #4: Check Hiding Places. Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls, and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.

C #5: Care for family Pets. Fully pet your animals daily, this will help you find any ticks that have landed on them before they detach in your home. Family pets can suffer from tick-borne diseases and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your vet about using tick collars and sprays. As with all pest control products, read and follow the directions.

C #6: Call the Pros. Mosquito Squad utilizes both the barrier spray that can kill live ticks on the spot as well as “tick tubes.” Strategically placed, “tick tubes” prompt field mice to incorporate tick-killing material in their bedding, effectively eliminateing hundreds of tick nymphs found in each mouse nest.

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Mosquitos with Black and White Stripes?

Ever see a Mosquito with Black and White stripes?   These are the Asian Tiger Mosquito.

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Originally from Asia, this Mosquito can now be found in the US.  Primarily in the Southeastern states it is making it’s way North and West.   These fierce tiger mosquitoes live up to their name, biting during the day, especially in the afternoon. For this reason, they’re sometimes also called “forest day mosquitoes.” Both males and females have white stripes along the thorax, or body, though you’re more apt to notice the females, because they’re the ones who bite.

They are also easily scared away during the biting process and therefore will find several sources for this blood meal.   This characteristic makes it even more dangerous as it will spread diseases from one host to another.   Diseases such as dengue fever, encephalitis and yellow fever, as well as heartworm in cats and dogs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Eastern equine encephalomyelitis and Cache Valley viruses have actually been found in Asian tiger mosquitoes in the United States, though they are potential carriers of additional diseases, if people or animals who have yellow fever or other diseases come to the United States and get bitten. Right now, that’s not a danger.

So the next time you swat a mosquito, be aware of this dangerous species.   If you see these stripes report it to the Health Department, immediately.

Distribution of the Asian Tiger Mosquito in the United States

Distribution of the Asian Tiger Mosquito in the United States

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Not all Mosquito Treatments are Created Equal

Standing water is a breeding haven for millions of mosquito eggs

Standing water is a breeding haven for millions of mosquito eggs

If you’re like any of the people I’ve talked to this week, then you know how bad mosquitoes are in Southwest Michigan right now.  With all the rain we got in April mixed with the warm weather we’ve been enjoying, mosquitoes are making a comeback this season, and they’re making it a big one.  I think one of our customers put it best when they said that they couldn’t go outside without the mosquitoes shaking their hand and asking them for their seating preference while the mosquitoes feasted on them.

Kidding aside, this year is already much worse for mosquitoes than last year and we want to help.  There are a couple companies who claim to offer services that take care of mosquitoes and possibly ticks too.  These companies offer a knockdown treatment only.  This means that once a month they come and take care of any mosquitoes that happen to be in your yard at the time they are treating it.  These treatments have zero residual effect and will not keep you and your family bite free 4 weeks later, let alone 2 weeks later.

Start enjoying your mosquito & tick free yard today!

Start enjoying your mosquito & tick free yard today!

We at Mosquito Squad know that to be the most effective you need to include a knockdown treatment and a time-released treatment.  And your yard needs to be treated every 3 weeks, not every 4-6 like several other companies.  We want to make sure that you don’t become a mosquitoes next meal, while you’re trying to enjoy yours. We are specialists when it comes to treating mosquitoes and ticks.  We have focused in and targeted these particular pests, instead of treating in general, hoping that it will take care of the ones you want.  Our specialty sprays include a spray for Mosquitoes and Ticks and now another specialty spray that targets Fleas and Gnats.  And as mentioned before, ALL of our services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.  So that means, if you ever experience any issues with our services we’d be more than happy to make it right.

So don’t be unhappy 25% of the time with less protection and fewer sprays, be happy 100% of the time with a system and product we know will take care of 85-90% of your mosquito population.  Start taking back you yard today!  Call us for a free estimate 269.932.1444.

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Let’s Start Enjoying our Backyards Again…

…by putting an end to mosquito bites.

Your children, pets, and you will never have to suffer through another mosquito bite again, thanks to Mosquito Squad.

Mosquito Squad is the EPA-registered affordable, effective, and dependable mosquito control that works, guaranteed.

Every 21 days Mosquito Squad will spray your backyard to kill those pesky mosquitoes, so your family and pets can enjoy your backyard and outdoor living spaces with non-stop protection.

But wait! The news gets better.

We are now offering special neighborhood volume discounts, for both single-sprays as well as season-long protection. Whether you have a small group of neighbors (5 or more) or an entire subdivision, we can create a plan for you!  The more families that protect themselves with Mosquito Squad, the bigger the savings.

Call today for your free estimate and learn how you can enjoy neighborhood volume discounts, all season long.

Single Spray                                                           Season Protection
Regular Price                                                            Regular Price

.5 acre……….$129                                                  .5 acre……….$490
1 acre…………$149                                                  1 acre………..$720
1.5 acres……..$169                                                  1.5 acre……..$880

5 Homes                                                                    5 Homes

.5 acre…………$89                                                   .5 acre……….$465
1 acre………….$109                                                1 acre………..$684
1.5 acre——–$129                                                1.5 acre………$836

10 Homes                                                                  10 Homes

.5 acre…………$80                                                   .5 acre…………$441
1 acre…………..$98                                                  1 acre………….$648
1.5 acre……….$116                                                 1.5 acre……….$792

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A Spoonful of Sugar

Source: Mobile Mag

Source: Mobile Mag

A new way to administer vaccinations could be distributed in the near future.  This would have an enormous impact for many Malaria stricken countries have a hard time keeping hypodermic needles safe and keep live vaccinations viable.  That’s why scientist’s at King’s College have come up with a small painless method of administering vaccines without need for injections or refrigeration.

The small disc has tiny sugar micro-needles that dissolve in the skin.  The dried vaccine is mixed in with the sugar micro-needles that dissolve. This method is revolutionary for transporting and administering vaccines.  Now we can just stick the sugar coated disc onto someone and have them be able to receive the vaccine without the use of possibly dirty needles or useless vaccines that have become to warm.  Now we just need the Malaria vaccine to be created, another project that seems close on the horizon.

The effectiveness was found to be the same between the traditional injection method of a live vaccine and this new painless dried vaccine.  Mary Poppins had it right all along, sugar does help the medicine go down a little easier.

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