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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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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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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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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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Paw-Paw Wine & Harvest Festival

We had a wonderful time at the Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival this past weekend.  We wanted to share some of our experiences at the festival.

Our booth was located across from the Beer Tent which had some wonderful live bands come in and play.  We were able to enjoy the music while mingling at our booth.  There were some great BBQ booths by us as well! We really enjoyed our location.  There were some wonderful events going on at the festival this weekend.  One of the ones we really enjoyed was the Ultimate Air Dog shows!  It was amazing to see how high and how far the dogs could jump while catching a toy! Incredible!

They were so entertaining to watch this weekend. We saw a dog jump 23 feet 11 inches! Just amazing!  We had a wonderful time at the Paw Paw Wine & Harvest Festival and we hope you were able to come out and enjoy it yourselves.  For all of you who stopped by our booth to say hello, we appreciate it and look forward to running into you again.

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Another look at the 5 D’s to decrease West Nile Virus

Yesterday there was an article in the Herald-Palladium that discussed ‘5 Ds’ to decrease West Nile Virus.  The article brings to light some interesting facts, but some of it seems misinformed.

While we certainly respect Mr. Johansen and the Health Department’s position, there are some sad facts that don’t make their “5 D’s” realistic.  However, first there are some facts in the story that are simply not true.   First, West Nile is spread by mosquitoes after they are infected from taking a blood meal from a bird that is infected by West Nile.  Second, the cases of West Nile are more concentrated in urban areas because there are simply more people.  There have been 6 deaths in Michigan this year, the latest being in Kent County (closer to here then people want to believe).   Lastly, the mosquitoes are not attracted to stagnant water, they lay eggs in these places, creating more mosquitos.  This can be as small as a bottle cap, which can hold the larvae of up to 300 mosquitoes.  These are everywhere and not limited to Urban areas.   Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide that is put off by living sources, people and animals.
There 5D’s are fun, but saying it is better to spray a child or anyone with deet rather than spraying an insecticide to kill the mosquitoes seems to be contrary to what the Health Department would stand for.   I would offer the following that people can follow to eliminate Mosquitoes and the threat of West Nile from their yard.  Mosquito Squad has called it the 5T’s for years.  They are:
1.  TIP – Reduce the standing water to elimiate 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, trash and clippings from yards.
3.  TURN – Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
4.  TARPS – Remove tarps that are stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment.  When they are not 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 eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.  Mosquito Squad can also treat standing water (that you want to keep), such as Bird baths, decorative water ponds with KOI fish, so the larvae can not survive in these enjoyable yard features.
With the 5 T’s you can enjoy your back yard, even when the sun goes down, you don’t have to wear long clothes when it is 90 degrees, your windows can be open for fresh air and you certainly don’t have to put DEET or other skin irritants on your children.

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