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

 

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

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.

 

 

 

July 16, 2015: Mobile County Health Department Confirms 1 case of West Nile Virus

Source: Mobile County Department of Health
Source: Mobile County Health Department
MOBILE, Alabama – A case of human West Nile virus (WNV), which is a form of mosquito-borne encephalitis, has been confirmed by laboratory results, according to Dr. Bernard Eichold, Health Officer for the Mobile County Health Department.
The case is from the 36610 ZIP code area and involves a female patient in her 70s. The patient is being treated at a local hospital. This is the first human case reported in Mobile County this year, health officials said. Because of patient confidentiality laws, no other information is available about the case.
Humans with WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases often have symptoms of high fever, severe headache, nausea, stiff neck, confusion, muscle weakness, paralysis, disorientation, and seizures that are severe enough to require medical attention, Eichold said. In rare cases, WNV can cause coma or death. The seriousness of an illness may depend on a person’s health and age. WNV affects the elderly most severely, health data shows.
“The public should assume that there are mosquitoes carrying the disease throughout Mobile, not just in the ZIP code of the patient,” Eichold said. “Don’t let your guard down.”

Source:  http://mchd.org/Documents/BulkDocumentshttps://mosquitosquadbhamso.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php/News_717201584215am_071615A.pdf.pdf

Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in Your Ear?

One of my all-time favorite children’s stories, Why Do Mosquito’s Buzz in People’s Ears, is an African folk tale that tells of the havoc one tiny mosquito can wreak on a community. In the end, one owlet is a fatal casualty of the mischievous mosquito who is forced into hiding. Mosquitoes are dangerous creatures.
West Nile Virus, Malaria, Dengue Fever, and Yellow Fever are just a few of the many illnesses that mosquitoes are known to carry and transmit to humans. From malaria alone, there are one million deaths and 300 – 500 million cases are still reported annually in the world (Source: Mosquito.org). Fortunately there have been major advancements in medical treatments and the scientific understanding of how mosquito borne diseases are transmitted.
Even though we have made huge advancements in understanding mosquito borne illnesses, there are many mosquito facts that people are not aware of. Here are just a few:
1. Mosquito borne illnesses are among some of the most preventable. According to http://www.floridahealth.org, here are a few things you can do to keep your property and home as close to mosquito-free as possible:
a. DRAIN standing water to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs. Remove the water source and you will remove the ability for mosquitoes to reproduce.
b. Cover your skin with clothing and use repellent.
c. Cover windows and doors with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your indoor living space.
d. Contact your local mosquito control agency (like MOSQUITO SQUAD of BIRMINGHAM! :)) if you have a mosquito problem.
2. Mosquitoes only weigh 1/25,000 of an ounce. But they sure can be annoying for such a small creature.
3. Only female mosquitoes bite. Despite what most people think, mosquitoes do not “feed” on blood. They generally feed on plant nectar. The females only bite when they need protein (from you!) to lay eggs.
4. One female mosquito can lay between 100-300 eggs at a time. If she lives up to 100 days, that is between 1000-3000 eggs in her life time. That’s an awful lot of baby mosquitos in your back yard.
5. It only takes 4-7 days for a mosquito to develop from egg to adulthood. Once they reach adulthood they begin to reproduce.
Mosquito bites are not just annoying. They can be dangerous. West Nile Virus (WNV) is commonly seen in our part of Alabama. The virus is spread by infected mosquitoes and WNV is not something to brush off. According to Carson, Konewko, and Wold, et al (2006) it can take anywhere from 60-90 days to recover from WNV. Some of the longer reaching symptoms, which can last up to a year, are tremors, dysfunction in motor skills, and fatigue.
As you spend the rest of your summer enjoying (?) the heat and humidity of central Alabama, remember—mosquitoes don’t have to buzz in your ear! Mosquito Squad of Birmingham can help you take care of all your mosquito management needs!

Give us a call today @ 205-380-7755 to set up service.

Mosquito Transmitted West Nile Virus is popping up in the Southeast.

Mosquitoes transmit diseases through a single bite.
Mosquitoes transmit diseases through a single bite.

Living in Birmingham, you probably know about West Nile virus and how it is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans through a single bite. You may even know someone who has contracted West Nile virus and may have heard there is already confirmed activity of it in the Southeast this year. Unfortunately, West Nile virus is not the only mosquito-borne disease we need to be aware of this year. There is Chikungunya, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)  and a few others that have been found in Alabama in the last few years.

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.

Mosquito Squad of Birmingham is keeping an eye on the virus cases and research in an effort to help keep our residents safe. In addition to gaining knowledge about the viruses, we urge you to take mosquito control and protection in your yard seriously. Although no cases of West Nile Virus have been confirmed yet in the Birmingham area this year, there are confirmed cases of West Nile in Texas and Oklahoma and it will eventually make it to Alabama like it has in years past. These viruses can be controlled in your yard with Mosquito Squad of Birmingham’s highly effective Mosquito Barrier Protection plan. Our mosquito barrier treatment is applied to your foliage every 21 days to eliminate mosquitoes on contact. Because of the formulation of our product, it adheres to the leaves on your trees and bushes and will not wash away with the rain. Additionally, it creates a barrier around your property to keep additional mosquitoes away so they can’t breed additional generations within your yard. With our season long program, we return every 21 days to apply another treatment for continuous mosquito control.

Let’s work together to keep West Nile virus out of Birmingham by practicing effective mosquito control and prevention. Matt & Marty Lange copyOne call will provide you and your family the protection you need this summer from mosquitoes and the increasing number of diseases they can transmit.

 

Call now to sign up and Mosquito Squad of Birmingham will keep you protected all season long. (205) 380-7755

The Squad and TV Host Jason Cameron want you to know about Mosquito Control Awareness Week.

RICHMOND, Va., June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — As part of Mosquito Control Awareness Week,  June 21 – 27, 2015, TV host and backyard expert Jason Cameron has teamed up with Mosquito Squad and its Squad of technicians to create the best hacks to keep backyards free of annoying, and often dangerous, mosquitoes.

Cameron’s top hack?  Walk your yard.

“Mosquitoes breed in standing water and water can accumulate in virtually every nook of a backyard, whether it’s a small yard or a McMansion, if you’re not out in the yard seeing what’s out there, and keeping it clean, you’re asking for mosquitoes to breed,” Cameron said.

The Squad, the nation’s leading firm specializing in mosquito and tick elimination, just signed its 170th franchise and is expanding quickly due to homeowner demand for services that eradicate bothersome and disease bearing mosquitoes.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus, Chikungunya and other arboviruses.

As The Squad continues its work with homeowners in the U.S., Rob White, the company’s vice president, reminds Americans to take both a local and global view of mosquito control.

“With all the fun associated with summer, it’s easy to forget that in many parts of the world, mosquito bites can lead to death,” White said. “The Squad has supported the efforts of Malaria No More since 2011 and we urge you to donate to their Power of One (Po1) campaign, where just $1 provides a life-saving test and treatment for a child in Africa.”

Donations are accepted at SwatMalaria.net.

In addition to supporting Malaria No More, Cameron encourages homeowners to get up close and personal in their yards with the following hacks to reduce and eliminate mosquito breeding.

TIP.  A bottle cap filled with water holds enough water for mosquitoes to breed.  Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, the elimination of standing water decreases a mosquito’s breeding ground. The Squad technicians report that yards with bird baths, play sets with tire swings, tree houses, portable fireplaces and pits and catch basins are the biggest offenders. Have a tire swing?  Cameron’s hack: drill holes in the bottom of the tire to empty water or even replace the tire with a wooden or plastic swing.

TOSS.  The Squad technicians see a lot of yard waste, so remember to TOSS that yard trash, bag up those clippings and leaves and make sure firewood is stacked neatly.  Cameron suggests building or installing a firewood holder to be sure that your firewood pile doesn’t trap water.

TURN. Walk the yard every few days and turn over items that could hold water and trash. Look for children’s portable sandboxes, slides or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts; in plant saucers, empty pots, light fixtures and dog water bowls.

REMOVE TARPS.  Many homeowners have tarps, or covers, on items residing in their outdoor spaces. If not stretched taut, they are holding water.   Check tarps over firewood piles, portable fire places, recycling cans, boats, sports equipment and grills.  Advice from Cameron:  use bungee cords to keep tarps tight.

TAKE CARE. Home maintenance can be a deciding factor in property values and mosquito bites.  Regularly clean out gutters and make sure the downspout is attached properly. Re-grade areas where water stands more than a few hours, and make sure that all fallen branches and hollow trees or logs are removed from the property.  Check irrigation systems to ensure that they aren’t leaking and causing a breeding haven. Keep lawn height low and weed areas.

TEAM UP. Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control.  Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.

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.

About Mosquito Squad

With more than 170 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 us at birmingham.mosquitosquad.com or call us at 380-7755.