Mosquito Squad of Birmingham Wants You to Know That All Mosquito Protection is Not Created Equal

With the mosquito season gearing up quickly, there are many companies out there that may look the same but there are some big differences. It’s important to do your research to get the best mosquito protection for your Birmingham yard. Here are a few items you should keep in mind while researching any company specializing in mosquito control:

  • What type of products do they use? Some companies use the least expensive products available, and you will see that in the results. They typically last around 2 weeks. Mosquito Squad of Birmingham uses the best products available throughout the entire season. Our treatment includes a combination of up to 5 different products to effectively control the mosquito population at its highest rate.
  • How long does the treatment last? The cheaper products used by some companies will continue to provide moderate control for three weeks as long as it stays dry. If it does rain, their products are dramatically reduced. Mosquito Squad of Birmingham’s barrier spray is a time release formula, that is designed to last for 28 days. As long as it has 20 minutes to dry, it will not wash away with the rain and will remain very effective for 21-days, which is when we come back to apply another treatment.
  • Is their service backed by a guarantee? Mosquito Squad of Birmingham stands behind or 100% satisfaction guarantee in controlling mosquitoes in your treated yard. If you notice increased mosquito activity in between your treatments, give us a call and we’ll come back out. We will even make a personal visit to discuss any problem areas and answer any of your concerns.
  • Will your quoted price cover your entire yard or entire season? Some companies quote you the lowest price possible and increase that price after the first couple of sprays based on the size of your yard. Other companies will quote you for a partial season. Mosquito Squad of Birmingham will provide you an accurate quote based on your total acreage and it will cover the entire mosquito season.
  • What else make Mosquito Squad of Birmingham superior? Award winning customer service. We know that protecting your family and pets from mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry, is important for you. Locally we have won the Angie’s List Super Service Award 2 years in row. Nationally, the brand has been winning franchise awards for 11 years.

Besides these accolades, we make using Mosquito Squad of Birmingham as easy as possible. We can accommodate your schedule although you don’t have to be home when we spray. You are automatically scheduled for an additional treatment every 21-days, no need to call to set up future appointments. We also have flexible payment plans and many, many loyal customers.

 

I often say the best salesman is another satisfied customer. Referrals are a big part of our business which tells us that our clients are extremely happy with their mosquito protection. Here’s what some of our clients are saying:

That it actually works! Not to mention that everyone I have dealt with has been very kind, punctual and professional. This service is by far one of the most beneficial that we have ever purchased that actually improved our quality of life for our family at our home. Cynthia V.

I have shared with friends and neighbors. I feel better about my dogs’ health and my own without mosquitoes and bugs. The men are prompt and efficient and I always know when they are coming. Ann M.

Technicians are friendly, prompt and will come back if needed. We are able to enjoy sitting in our back yard year round without annoying mosquito bites or constantly using bug spray! This service is definitely worth the money and we will continue using them! Joan R.

It really works! Even with regular rain storms the system seems to keep those nasty black mosquitoes at bay. The company personnel were fast, non-intrusive and always left documentation of their visit. I have some neighbors’ who are not on the program and there is a huge difference between the number of mosquitoes in their yard and mine. A neighbor recommended it to me and I was very pleased with the results, especially since we enjoy sitting on the back patio and do not have a screened porch. Max B.

You come to my house, do the treatment and never intrude on my day. But the best thing is no MOSQUITOES!! Before I had this treatment started, I could not go onto my deck without fighting mosquitoes. Now I can spend time there, working on plants, cooking on my grill and never get bitten. Thank you!! Marlene C.

NO LONGER BEING HELD HOSTAGE BY THE MOSQUITOES: The fact that I’ve gone from several mosquito bites per day before I called you to one bite total in the 3 weeks since you treated our area is wonderful – I’m no longer a captive in my own home! Judy B.

We could go on all day about the superior products and services you’ll get from Mosquito Squad of Birmingham. If you’re ready for the best mosquito protection around, give us a call today. We can answer any additional questions you may have and give you a fast and accurate quote for the entire mosquito season.

 

The Lange Family
Mosquito Squad of Greater Birmingham
205-380-7755

Protection for Peak Mosquito Season in Birmingham

Mosquito Squad of Greater Birmingham shows a mosquito feeding on a plantBirmingham is at the peak of mosquito season and the number of mosquitos are increasing. Due to our mild winter and recent rains, mosquitoes are breeding in record numbers. Did you know that one female mosquito can be responsible for over 1 BILLION descendents in one month? Now don’t freak out. We’ve got you covered. Our innovative mosquito barrier spray combines the most superior products available to eliminate mosquitoes on contact. It is applied to the foliage in your yard where mosquitoes rest and feed on the plant juices. It’s time release formula continues protecting for up to 27 days which is when we return for another treatment. We also put down a larvacide in places that collect water that prevents mosquito growth and interrupts their breeding cycle.  When we implement these services in your yard, we can guarantee 85-90% reduction in the mosquito population in your yard. You can help us improve those numbers by following Mosquito Squad of Birmingham’s 7 T’s: Tipping, tossing, turning, removing tarps, take care, teaming up and treating. Protecting your family from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas are our passion and we can help your family as well. Just make an easy call to our office. We’ll have you out enjoying your backyard for the remainder of the summer in no time.

 

 

 

 

 

The Lange Family
Mosquito Squad of Birmingham
(205) 380-7755

 

Control Mosquitoes in your Birmingham Yard Now!

It’s summer like temperatures here in Birmingham, AL and we are helping your neighbors protect them from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas this summer. We would love to help your family too!

Common backyard mosquito sources

Did you know the Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti species who will bite anytime during the day?

Also, it’s only the female mosquito that nibbles and they don’t so much bite as they do suck your blood for the protein they require to produce their eggs. Most females come out at dusk because they don’t like the hot, dry sun but prefer the nighttime humidity. Therefore, they seek shade during the day, in wooded areas, inside trees or logs, clogged gutters, or anywhere that holds moisture.

That’s why Mosquito Squad of Greater Birmingham’s barrier spray treatment is so effective. Mosquitoes actually feed on the plant juices where they rest and reside. Our barrier spray is applied to these trees and plants every 21-days so as the mosquitoes feed, they are eradicated immediately. Our treatment is a quick kill and a time release product so it will remain effective on the plants for 21 days without washing away in storms and it continues eliminating mosquitoes as they land to feed or rest. Our service is automatically scheduled when you sign up for a seasonal package and you don’t even have to be home when we come.

It’s not just the annoyance of those itchy bites that you want to protect your family from,  but the spread of diseases such as Zika and West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Heartworm disease. Those disease also can infect your four legged family members too1 The red welt you get on your skin is your body’s reaction to the mosquito saliva but it gives no indication if the bacteria that causes the diseases was actually transmitted. The best protection is to not get a mosquito bite!  But since that is somewhat difficult to control, call the mosquito experts at Mosquito Squad of Greater Birmingham and we will give you peace of mind that your family or your guests won’t get bit.

The Lange Family
Mosquito Squad of Greater Birmingham
205-380-7755

Mosquitoes and Ticks Will Be Around Awhile Longer

Mosquitoes will remain active until temperatures drop consistently into the 50s at night.
Mosquitoes will remain active until temperatures drop consistently into the 50s at night.

For kids all over Birmingham, school is in session.  Leaving the freedom of the backyard and the community playgrounds, it’s back to books and the spirit of fall. Though the kids are gone from the backyard during the day, the season isn’t over for the pests that call your property home. Mosquitoes will remain active through September and even into October if fall is warm. Ticks actually have two peaks during their season. The first, consisting of nymph ticks, has already passed, but adult ticks will emerge in September and peak in October and November.

 

Both mosquito and tick activity depends on low temperatures. When nightly low temperatures drop consistently into the 50’s, you will begin to notice fewer and fewer mosquitoes. Ticks are more resilient and can be active anytime the temperature is above 45 degrees. While you will notice more ticks when the temperatures are warmer, adult ticks can even survive the winter by hibernating under fallen logs or thick leaf cover. Most adult mosquitoes will die off as temperatures drop, leaving their eggs and larvae to create next year’s population.

 

Ticks can be active any time the temperature is over 45 degrees.
Ticks can be active any time the temperature is over 45 degrees.

Mosquito and tick control remains important during late summer and early fall. Not only will it continue to protect you from painful and potentially disease-carrying bites, but it will also keep these populations down as we move into the colder months. This will mean fewer mosquito eggs and larvae and fewer ticks in all stages that can survive the winter. Mosquito and tick control now not only impacts the quality of your outdoor time during late summer and early fall. It can also impact these populations next spring and summer.

 

So be sure to put mosquito and tick control on your Fall plans. Grilling out for the big game? Got a fall wedding or birthday party? It will be more enjoyable and safer, when your yard is protected by the Squad. So contact Mosquito Squad of Birmingham today. We are running a special for the remainder of the season. You can get $25 off your mosquito and tick treatments. Call us today for bite-free, outdoor fun during the rest of summer and fall.

 

 

The Lange Family
Mosquito Squad of Birmingham
(205) 380-7755

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month!

We’ve all heard about the infectious tick-borne Lyme Disease but have you heard that the month of May is Lyme Disease Awareness month? You have now. While Lyme Disease is not be as prevalent in Alabama as it is around the New England states, the ticks that carry the disease are in our area, and unfortunately can transmit the disease to us and our pets.

Because of the lower incidences of Lyme Disease in the South, cases are often misdiagnosed and not reported. The misdiagnoses are due to initial symptoms being similar to the flu – headache, fever, chills and muscle and joint aches. Who wouldn’t think they had the flu?

A red
A red “bulls-eye” rash may develop with Lyme Disease.

The one symptom that may help identify the disease is a red “bulls-eye”rash that can occur, but does not always. If left untreated, arthritis and additional neurological disorders can present themselves and have lasting effects. Luckily, the disease seems to respond well to antibiotics if diagnosed early and properly.

So, how do you get Lyme Disease, and more importantly, how do you avoid it? Lyme Disease is cause by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorfer, and transmitted through a bite of the black-legged tick, or as it commonly referred to, the deer tick. These ticks can be very small in size, about the size of a poppy seed, and difficult to see. Prompt and proper removal of a tick is important. The longer the tick remains on your body, the better chance it has to  spread the disease. If you think you may have Lyme disease, call your doctor and if you would like more information contact our friends at Alabama Lyme Disease Association.  

Our barrier spray is applied to the vegetation in your yard to eliminate ticks.
Our barrier spray is applied to the vegetation in your yard to eliminate ticks.

Avoiding ticks is the best way to protect from Lyme Disease. Mosquito Squad of Birmingham can help eliminate ticks in your yard with our dual-step intensive tick control treatment. We start by applying our barrier spray every 21-days to the foliage in your yard, where ticks reside. Our barrier spray eliminates these ticks (as well as mosquitoes and fleas) on contact and creates a virtual barricade around the perimeter of your yard to keep additional ticks from entering. We follow the barrier spray treatment with our Mosquito Squad Tick Tubes. The tick tubes contain treated cotton favored by rodents for nesting material. The cotton, while safe for the rodents, is taken back to their dens where the younger nymph ticks reside and are eliminated on contact. The combination of these two treatments not only eliminate up to 90% of ticks in your yard, they also eliminate future generations of ticks from developing.

You also can help, by doing a few DIY tips to clean up your yard. We call them the 6 C’s!

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 areas. Separate paths or play areas with wood chips or gravel. Don’t position playground equipment, decks and patios near treed areas. Cameron also recommends rubber mulch under playground sets and faux turf for smaller areas that take a lot of wear.

CLEAN. Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow tall grasses and keep your lawn short.  “Keeping your yard clean means more than just a spring and fall clean up,” Cameron said. “Before you mow, take a walk around your house and yard to determine what needs to be fixed, cut or thrown away.”

CHOOSE PLANTS. If you have deer in your area, you likely have ticks.  Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Cameron recommends bellflower, corydalis and big root geraniums, but check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.

CHECK HIDING PLACES. Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places. Rake, and keep yard trash and plants at least 12 inches away from the fences, walls and foundations.

CARE FOR FAMILY PETS. Family pets can suffer from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick collars and sprays. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully. “If you personally wouldn’t spend time in your yard due to ticks, then please, don’t send your pets out there. Be sure to check your dog each time they are in the yard, so ticks don’t make their way into the house,” Cameron added.

CALL THE PROS.  “With more than 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease diagnosed annually, consider professional help to ensure your yard is tick-free,” Cameron said.  Pros utilize both barrier sprays 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 eliminating hundreds of tick nymphs found in each mouse nest.

About Mosquito Squad

With more than 200 franchise locations nationwide, Mosquito Squad specializes in eliminating mosquitoes and ticks from outdoor living spaces, allowing Americans to enjoy their yards, outdoor living spaces, special events and green spaces. The Squad has been a proud supporter of Malaria No More since 2011.  For more information, visit www.MosquitoSquad.com and www.OutdoorLivingBrands.com.

Cooler temperatures mean less mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and spiders. Right? Well….not exactly.

It is true, once the temperatures drop below 60 degrees, mosquitoes become lethargic and they typically aren’t a threat anymore.  But that doesn’t mean other insects still can’t pose a threat, especially ticks, fleas and spiders.   In the southern states it doesn’t stay very cold for very long, so as long as tick can find a host to feed from or a warm location to hide, the adult ticks will still be a threat even when temperatures hover around 45 degrees. Adult fleas will also stay active throughout most or all of the winter season. Only sustained cold (less than 30 degrees) and low humidity levels will kill off outdoor eggs, larvae, and adult fleas.  Spiders also are eating and starting to transition from outdoor insects to indoor insects, where they can find water and warmth.

So what does this mean for you?

It means the Mosquito Squad will still be available to help you rid your yard of ticks, fleas and spiders, into the Holidays and starting next year into early spring.  We can offer you competitive rates, including neighborhood discounts for a few of your friends or neighbors.  Also check out our website on tips to help keep your yard tick free. https://www.mosquitosquad.com/bugs-disease/ticks/

Please call us if you have any concerns or would like to talk to us about our fall tick, flea and spider services.

 

 

 

Fight the Bite:

malaria-no-more

Today, August 20, is internationally recognized as World Mosquito Day.  This annual observance honors the discovery by Sir Ronald Ross, a British doctor living in India, that the transmission of malaria is directly related to mosquito bites.  Ross was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1902 for the discovery that bites from a female Anopheles mosquito carry the plasmodium parasite from one infected human to another causing a blood infection we call malaria.

Up until this point, it was widely believed that malaria was spread through “bad air”, hence the name malaria, derived from mala aria in Italian.  Ross’ discovery laid the foundation for scientists and doctors to better understand the deadly role of mosquito borne illnesses, specifically malaria, which cause more than one million deaths annually.  It is commonly thought that mosquitoes are responsible for more deaths every year than any other single cause.

Mosquito Squad, in conjunction with Malaria No More, works tirelessly to provide diagnosis, medicine, and prevention tools (mosquito nets & insecticide) to the most affected parts of the world.  It is our mission here at Mosquito Squad of Birmingham to help eradicate the spread of malaria and improve the quality of life for all global citizens.

Even though most people view mosquitoes simply as pests we know that they are infinitely more dangerous than a pesky annoyance.  We at Mosquito Squad of Greater Birmingham and proud to help fight mosquito- and tick- borne diseases here in central Alabama through preventative measures and education.  We offer a targeted outdoor insect control services for both residential and commercial clients in the area.

To find out more about World Mosquito Day or make donations towards the cause visit the Malaria No More website. 

The Medical Minute:

Tips for Avoiding Ticks and Lyme Disease

When a mosquito decides to dine on your blood, you typically know it – there’s pain, itch, and annoyance. Ticks, on the other hand, take a stealthier approach, burrowing into hard-to-spot areas and hanging around for hours or days at a time.

The blacklegged deer tick, which lives in much of the northeastern United States and the upper Midwest, can cause Lyme disease, a bacterial infection named for the Connecticut town where it was discovered in the 1970s.

Often diagnosed by the telltale bulls-eye rash it produces, the disease is also known to be the cause of unexplained fatigue, chills, fever, headaches and muscle or joint pain. Drooping or paralysis of one side of the face can be another indication of the disease.

While many people who get Lyme disease find a tick on their bodies or develop the rash, those who experience only the other symptoms can be diagnosed using a blood test that measures the body’s immune response to the bacteria that causes the disease.

“Because of the way the bacteria works, once it is through the skin, it can go anywhere in the body,” said Dr. Kit Heron, a family medicine physician with Penn State Hershey Medical Group in State College. “Your symptoms depend on where it goes.”

Many cases are treated with a three-week course of doxycycline or another antibiotic, which can often cure the disease. As with most illnesses, the earlier it is diagnosed and treated, the better.

“The longer the bacteria stays in your body, the more time it has to damage tissues,” Heron said.

Scientists are still researching whether the disease can resurface once treated.

“Once you hit it with antibiotics, most cases resolve without issue,” Heron said. “We have a fairly reliable treatment regimen, but we’re still working on the finer points of it.”

Preventing Lyme disease doesn’t involve confining yourself indoors or cocooning yourself in plastic wrap for a walk in the woods. Using an insect repellent with 20 to 30 percent DEET – as well as wearing long pants and long sleeves when walking in areas of high grass or leaf litter – can help keep the unwanted parasites at bay.

When you return indoors, toss your clothes in the dryer on high heat for an hour to kill any hitchhikers. Inspect your skin thoroughly and pull off any interlopers with sharp tweezers.

“We don’t recommend squishing them,” Heron said. “But do toss them in alcohol or put them on sticky tape so they don’t reattach to someone else.”

Many times, ticks hide in hard-to-detect areas such as the scalp, groin, back, armpits and the backs of your legs.

“If it’s in a spot you can’t get to or if you feel uncomfortable taking it off, call your doctor,” he said. “A tick has to be on you for some period of time – usually more than 24 hours – before it causes problems.”

The Medical Minute is a weekly health news feature produced by Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Articles feature the expertise of Penn State Hershey faculty physicians and staff, and are designed to offer timely, relevant health information of interest to a broad audience.