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Spring Is Just Around The Corner

 

Call Mosquito Squad for a love filled spring. Love should be in the air not Mosquitoes.
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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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Did You Know

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A bottle cap can hold enough water for a mosquito to lay up to 300 eggs.

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Misting Systems – Next Generation of Mosquito Control

If you’re in need of a more continuous mosquito control option, or just want to keep all those small insects at bay, an automatic misting system may be perfect for your property.

Misting systems:

  • Automatically release a 30-second spray 2-4 times daily.
  • Kill or repels mosquitoes and ticks in all treated areas.
  • Helps reduce flies, ticks, fleas, gnats, midges and noseeum’s.
  • Consist of inconspicuous nylon tubing that connects strategically placed, corrosion-resistant, nickel-plated, stainless-steel nozzles.
  • Include a remote control allowing you to opt for additional or fewer sprays to suit your needs.
  • Are automatically filled, serviced and winterized by Mosquito Squad so you never need to lift a finger.

These are great for around your deck, patio or pool.   Also works well in horse barns to keep flies and these disease carrying mosquitoes away from your animal!

You control your Mosquito control!

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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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How Old is Old for Stuff?

A picture is worth 1000 words. This safe has been through a lot.  Can you imagine how many Mosquitoes, ticks or other bugs have been in it?

Do you have things that look this old?   Silly as it may sound, we all tend to keep things a little too long.   Perhaps we are not all horders, but I’m sure there is something you have held on to.    Share with us what that is for you?

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June 27, 2014 · 4:36 pm

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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