STARI Versus Lyme: No Clear Winner for Alabama Residents

Most Alabama residents are aware that ticks are in our state. The actual number and whether they are increasing is not readily known since there is no continual tick surveillance program like on the East coast. What is known however, is that while the tick population may be lower here, they are still able to transmit diseases to you, your family and pets with a single bite and they are now packing a potent punch here in the south with a illness similar to Lyme Disease.


Lone Star tick transmits STARI
Lone Star tick transmits STARI

Lyme Disease has been well documented and spoken about in the past several years because it is on the rise in many states. In fact, 95% of the Lyme Disease cases that have been confirmed come from just 13 Northeastern States. But there’s a tick-borne virus being transmitted to people along the Southern states that mimics Lyme Disease and its hitting much closer to home. Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI) is transmitted by the Lone Star tick but the similarities and differences between the two illnesses are so close, it was initially thought that STARI was caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease.


Mosquito Squad of Birmingham is committed to keeping our community safe from tick and mosquito-borne viruses. Knowledge is key so we’ve put together a comparison of STARI versus Lyme Disease so you will know what to look for if bitten by a tick.


Transmitted by Lone Star Tick Black-legged, or deer, tick
Early Symptoms fatigue, headache, fever, and muscle pains.Red, circular “bulls-eye” rash may appear fatigue, headache, fever, and muscle pains.Red, circular “bulls-eye” rash may appear
Late Symptoms arthritis, neurologic disease, or chronic symptoms
Bacterium Unknown Borrelia burgdorferi
Bite of the tick Saliva may cause irritation, redness & discomfort May go unnoticed
Treatment Antibiotics. Recovery seems to be faster than Lyme. Antibiotics. Recovery seems to take longer than STARI


Tick tubes are very effective at eliminating ticks.
Tick tubes are very effective at eliminating ticks.

As with all ticks, the best practice is prevention. Since ticks can be tiny, about the size of a poppy seed, they are often difficult to see and even detect on your body. That is why an effective tick control is program is optimal for your yard. Mosquito Squad of Birmingham’s dual-step intensive tick control treatment is so effective; we back it up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our EPA-registered barrier spray is applied every 21-days to the foliage and tall grasses in your yard. Ticks, waiting in these areas for a host to brush by, are eliminated on contact. The barrier spray continues to wipe out tick for up to 21 days and creates a virtual barricade around the perimeter of your yard to keep additional ticks from entering. Our second step includes the use of tick tubes strategically placed around your yard to eliminate the smaller nymph ticks hiding out on rodents and in their dens. The elimination occurs when the tick tube’s treated cotton is taken back by rodents to use as nesting material. The cotton is safe for the rodents and birds but not for the ticks. Our barrier spray and tick tube combination will eliminate up to 97% of ticks in your yard and break the life cycle for future generations of ticks and their diseases.


Now is the peak time for ticks to bite and transmit diseases to our families and pets. Call Mosquito Squad of Birmingham to sign up the Birmingham’s most effective mosquito and tick control. Our seasonal packages will ensure protection all summer long so you don’t have to worry about STARI, Lyme Disease or any other illnesses that can be passed on by mosquitoes or ticks. Our consultation is always free and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Mosquito Squad of Birmingham

(205) 380-7755


Lyme Disease Awareness with Mosquito Squad of Birmingham

May is Lyme Disease awareness month.
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? The one symptom that may help identify the disease is a red “bulls-eye”

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

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.


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.


Matt & Marty Lange copyNow that you are more aware of Lyme Disease, its symptoms and ways to control it in your yard, give Mosquito Squad of Birmingham a call to get started. We’ll protect you from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas all season long so you can take back your yard! Call Birmingham’s tick and mosquito control experts at (205) 380-7755 or visit our Mosquito Squad of Birmingham website for your free quote.

Birmingham’s Best Flea and Spider Control Keeps Pests Out of Your Yard

Isn’t it funny how quickly we forget about bugs and insects during the winter? Out of site, out of mind during those cooler months. As soon as the warmer spring temperatures arrive and we begin spending time in our yards, we are quickly reminded how pesky those insects can be as we begin scratching, swatting and squashing. That’s when the phone at Mosquito Squad of Birmingham begins ringing.

Mosquito Protection that's guaranteed!
Mosquito Protection that’s guaranteed!

We love hearing our customers singing the praises of our effective mosquito and tick control. Our barrier spray effectively eliminates up to 90% of mosquitoes and ticks on your treated property. The time-release formula binds to the vegetation in your yard to eradicate future mosquitoes and ticks that rest and feed on these plants and creates a virtual barrier around your property to keep additional mosquitoes and ticks away from your yard. The treatment lasts for 21 days, which is when we return to spray again.

Our customers often ask us if we can treat their yards for other pests as well. This year we are happy to tell them about our new Birmingham flea and spider control service. The flea and spider treatment can be added to our EPA registered barrier spray. In addition to spraying your vegetation, we will also spray around the structure of your home, your doors, windows and eaves to keep spiders and fleas from invading these areas.  The spray keeps flea eggs from hatching and spiders from building nests. And, since it is applied every 21 days along with our Birmingham mosquito and tick spray, not every 90 days like most pest control services, you’ll get complete protection all season long.

Wipe out spiders and fleas in your yard with Mosquito Squads barrier spray
Wipe out spiders and fleas in your yard with Mosquito Squads barrier spray

Birmingham’s flea control not only keeps your pets free from the painful bites and itches; it also keeps them safe from illnesses such as tapeworms, skin dermatitis and anemia. It’s important to stay current with your pets other flea and tick control measures in addition to using our effective flea control for your yard.

Our Birmingham spider treatment keeps the creepy crawly’s away from the structure of your home so they don’t have the opportunity to build nests and lay their eggs. With 34 species of spiders calling Birmingham home, it’s important to control them on the outside so they don’t get in.

As with our mosquito and tick treatment, once you sign up for the season, you are automatically scheduled for your treatments.  No additional phone calls are needed and you don’t have to be home when we apply our treatment.  Mosquito Squad of Birmingham will do all the work for you so have time to enjoy your yard pest free!  Give us a call today to get started with the best Birmingham mosquito, tick, flea and spider control service.  Matt & Marty Lange copy