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.

 

 

 

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Recent Reviews

At Mosquito Squad, our goal is to have loyal clients who love to talk to others about us.            I like to say the best salesman is another satisfied customer. Here are some of our most recent reviews…

“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, Trussville

“You come when you say you will, you do a great job.
Most of all you’ve given me and my family our yard back in comfort”   Jason, Bessemer

“That it works. I was somewhat skeptical at first, but I am now a believer.”   Eric,Trussville

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

Your complete satisfaction is important to us. If you are not completely satisfied with your mosquito control spray, contact your Mosquito Squad office within 21 days of application for an extra service treatment at no additional charge or a site visit, where we can discuss with your what has happened.  Then if you are still not satisfied, we will give you your full payment back.  You have nothing to lose, other than the mosquitoes and ticks in your yard.

Thank you for a great 2014 season!

We would like to give a sincere THANK YOU to all of our customers, both old and new. We really enjoyed help keeping your family and pets from the annoyance and dangers of mosquitoes and ticks this past Summer. We will be in touch soon. Look for Early Bird specials in February and gift certificates at Christmas, for that hard to buy for person on your list. Thanks again!

Mosquitoes and Tick love the Fall weather too!

It’s getting cooler. The leaves are falling, it’s a great time to hunt, watch your favorite football team and before you know it the holidays will be here. This is also a great time to look through your yard and get your yard cleaned up to eliminate potential mosquito and tick breeding spots. Did you know there are some mosquito species and many mosquito eggs can survive during the winter? As soon as the spring rain comes, they hatch and are ready to bite!

Implementing the 5 T’s and/or the 6 C’s now, will let you have a worry free outdoor this next spring and summer.

The 5 T’s for mosquito control.

  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.

  1. TOSS.

Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards. Also check your gutters and make sure they are      free of debris.

  1. TURN.

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

  1. REMOVE TARPS

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

  1. TREAT

When the spring comes, call us at Mosquito Squad and we will treat your property with our pantented mosquito barrier treatment that lasts for 21 days. Using a barrier mosquito treatment that kills mosquitoes and adult ticks at your home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. We guarantee an 85-90% reduction of mosquito population in your yard.

 Here is a few more tips that can help protect your family and pets from ticks too.

The 6 C’s of tick control

  1. CLEAR OUT DEBRIS

Debris often accumulates in moist shady areas where ticks thrive (they usually die in sunny dry areas).

  1. CLEAN.

Eliminate leaf litter (mulch or grass clippings piles and your rain gutters), brush off sidewalks and mow tall grass       to cut down on the places ticks can harbor.

  1. CHOOSE PLANTS THAT AREN’T ATTRACTIVE TO DEER.

In areas where deer are present this is very important because deer will carry ticks right into your yard.

  1. CHECK HIDING PLACES PERIODICALLY.

Ticks like to hide along the base of fences and brick walls.

  1. CARE FOR FAMILY PETS.

Ticks can easy hide in the fur of your pets. If your animals spend time in areas where ticks may be present, make       sure you apply a topical tick medication.

  1. CALL THE SQUAD. Mosquito Squad’s extensive tick control eliminates ticks before they can bite and danger your friends and family.

Have you heard of the “Aussie Mozzie”?

I’ve never been to Australia but everything I have read or saw about it, it sounds like a great place to visit. The people, food, culture and sites would be amazing. But one thing I never want to see from Australia is the “Aussie Mozzie” or The Aedes notoscriptus.

It is an Australian mosquito species that was recently found in Los Angeles, it’s the first ever sighting in the United States. Jason Farned, spokesman for the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District said “In Australia this mosquito is very widespread and capable of transmitting several viruses, fortunately for us, none of those viruses have ever been reported in L.A. County.” “It’s unknown if the mosquito will become a major public health risk in California, Farned said. But because it infects dogs in Australia with heartworm, it may be a concern here for pet owners and vets.” source

The species is similar to the Asian tiger mosquito. Both the Asian tiger and Aussie Mozzie are most likely to bite during the day, instead of just around dusk.  “It also tends to lay its eggs inside the edges of small containers, rather than pools of water”, Farned said. Like many other mosquito species, the Aussie Mozzie infects humans and animals with disease including the Barmah Forest and Ross River viruses. Both viruses can be serious, but are non-lethal. Their symptoms include joint pain, rashes and fever. They can also infect dogs with heartworm.  Dogs with heartworm may show symptoms of coughing, exhaustion, weight loss and fainting.  Treatments for heartworm could take several months.

Only a few Aussie Mozzies have been confirmed in California so far. As the mosquito control experts, we at Mosquito Squad will stay on top of these guys, even throughout the off season and let you know if there is any other news.

Mosquito Squad Safety for Your Birmingham Family

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Here at Mosquito Squad of Birmingham we are often asked many of the same
questions about our products and services as it relates to mosquitoes, ticks and
other insects. We are happy to answer any questions our customers and
potential customer have because we are confident in our training, our technicians
and our products. In an effort to help answer some of those questions you may
have, we’ve created a list along with the answers for you.

How does your barrier spray treatment work?

Our trained technicians will walk your property on your first visit to identify areas
where pests are likely to be abundant. These include areas that hold stagnant
water including French drains, ponds, corrugated pipes, bird baths and flooded
areas that can be potential mosquito breeding sites. Then our technicians will
treat these areas to eliminate any existing larvae and prevent future larvae from
forming. The perimeter of your property will be treated next, creating an invisible
barrier around your yard to keep additional mosquitoes from entering. Finally,
treatment is applied to the underside of the vegetation to eradicate any adult
mosquitoes and ticks currently in your yard.

Not only does our barrier spray treatment work, we guarantee it! While no
service can offer 100 percent protection from every mosquito and tick you should
notice an enormous reduction of 85 – 90% in the mosquito and tick population in
your yard. If for any reason you are not satisfied, give us a call and we’ll make it
right.

Are there any specific areas that should be treated more or not at all?

Yes, Crepe Myrtle trees are specifically avoided to maintain a healthy
relationship between aphids and ants. Aphids produce honeydew on the tree as
a result of their feeding process. This by-product is a desirable source of food for
some insects, and their feeding keeps the tree from becoming covered in
honeydew, which would eventually mold over and kill the host tree.

Adversely, plants like kudzu or ivy are treated aggressively because of their thick
layers and curved leaves. This thick layering provides a well-insulated and
shady hideaway for pests and the curved leaves hold water and provide a place
for new mosquitoes to potentially breed.

Mosquito Squad is safe for children and pets
Is your barrier spray treatment safe around my kids and pets?

Yes, our products are used according to the label and are registered with the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, which means the ingredients have been
scrutinized and tested for safety for consumer use.

We use only enough product to target a 2.5 milligram mosquito. Unlike
mammals, mosquitoes lack enzymes to break down the product, which means
we can use a very small amount strategically placed to achieve control of
nuisance pests.

Our class of products can be found in many household products like head
lice shampoos, pet flea collars and sprays, and many agricultural applications suchas standard treatments for fruit and ornamental plants.

Is your product safe around my fishpond?

Our technicians are trained to carefully treat around fishponds to provide
protection for your family without harming the investment you have made in your
pond and fish.
Does your treatment harm beneficial insects?

Some of our treatments can affect insects with similar habits in addition to the targets pests. For instance,
gnats, flies and fleas that are in direct contact with the spray during application
will be eliminated. However, care is taken to minimize damage to other insects.
For example, we avoid spraying blooming plants that attract honeybees.

Barrier Spray in Action
Is your barrier spray an organic product?

No, the product we use for our standard treatment is not organic, but we do offer a natural option. Our natural
option is garlic based and confuses and repels insects by using a scent that
insect find unattractive. In order for the natural treatment to remain effective, it
must occur every 14 days as opposed to the 21-day cycle of our traditional
solution.
Are Your Technicians trained?

Yes, extensively. Our technicians are trained in accordance with local and state requirements, but our in-house program
educates them on conditions and situations that are specific to mosquito and tick
breeding, lifecycle, habitats and how to effectively eliminate them. Plus, we are
fully licensed and insured and are happy to provide proof of either upon request.

Why do your technicians were a respirator, eye protection and long pants?

Simple! We take safety very seriously and we make every effort to provide the best protection for our employees by providing respirators and eye protection becausethey are directly exposed to our products five days a week for eight hours a day.

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Safety is a foremost concern of ours, not just in the way we apply our treatment but also in keeping you and your family safe from mosquitoes and ticks and the diseases they can spread. One call to Mosquito Squad of Birmingham can provide season long protection so you don’t have to worry about the questions above but instead enjoy the summer with your family. Your family’s safety is important to you and being a family business, protecting it is important to us.

Mosquitoes Don’t Stand a Chance with Birmingham’s Toughest Treatment

Birmingham is blooming. Azaleas, dogwoods and tulips are popping up all over town. Birmingham is also buzzing. Have you heard it yet? It not, you will soon. The buzzing is coming from the emerging mosquitoes all around town and it is only going to get worse the deeper we get into the summer.

Mosquitoes have plenty of places to breed this year with the soaking precipitation we recently had. They need this water to develop in their larval and pupal stages before they emerge as adults. The water is still out there in the woods, drainage ditches and possibly even your yard. Take a walk around to see if you have any leaf piles, grass clippings, kids toys, tarps that are loose or clogged gutters. Anything that can hold water can quickly become a breeding ground. It doesn’t have to be a puddle of water; mosquitoes can actually breed hundreds of eggs in the amount of water that fills a bottle top.

Besides tipping, tossing, turning, and securing your tarps, Mosquito Squad of Birmingham can treat your yard, eliminating those mosquitoes that find their way close to your home.

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

Our highly effective mosquito barrier spray is applied every 21-days to the vegetation in your yard. This is where adult mosquitoes rest during the day and feed on the plant juices. When a mosquito lands on the treated vegetation, they are eradicated on contact. Our barrier spray is a time-released product that stays highly effective for those 21-days. It also contains a bonding agent so it will not wash away with the rain. In addition to contact elimination, it creates a tough barrier around your property to keep additional mosquitoes                                                          from biting your family and laying hundreds of eggs.

Mosquito Squad of Birmingham makes it easy to protect your family all season long. All you have to do is give us a call today to sign up for our season long barrier spray protection. We will come to your home every 21-days to treat your yard. No additional phone calls are needed to schedule your next appointment and you don’t have to be home on your scheduled day. We also offer flexible payment plans. Starting early before mosquitoes become a problem is always best. If you don’t want to give mosquitoes a chance, give Mosquito Squad of Birmingham a call at 205-380-7755.