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

 

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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?

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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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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.

Introducing…Casuwel brand premium outdoor furniture!

We are pleased to announce Outdoor Living Brands and Mosquito Squad are introducing a new furniture line –

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Casuwel features four collections of beautifully rich weaves, dozens of famous Sunbrella® fabrics, and stunning luminous accents. Delicately handcrafted to meet our exacting standards, Casuwel assures maximum longevity, performance, and comfort in the most demanding of outdoor climates.

If you’re interested in viewing furniture or placing an order, please contact  Mosquito Squad of Birmingham at 205-380-7755

Bermuda Collection

Crisp, clean, sweeping lines accentuate this charming rich collection, as welcome and refreshing as a fresh ocean breeze.

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Charleston Collection

As seen in and around the finest ocean side homes and cottages in the Carolinas, this cozy collection is as beautiful as it is comfortable.

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Fairmont Collection

Substantially proportioned for comfort and high style in a classic, time-honored attractive style.

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Metropolitan Collection

Our bestselling line, featuring perfectly paired suites for entertaining, conversation and dining, to complement an outdoor or indoor décor.

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Cushion Fabrics & Decorator Pillows

Our exclusive Casuwel furniture cushions and decorator pillows come in your choice of select Sunbrella® outdoor fabrics.  Decorator square pillows come in both 20-inch and 24-inch sizes.

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Outdoor Rugs

What better way to complete your outdoor décor than with the finest outdoor rugs available anywhere, in a host of colorful designs and the most requested sizes.

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Shade Umbrellas

Have it made in the shade with your choice of shape, style, and color with our wonderful assortment of 9-foot round, 11-foot round, rectangular and cantilever umbrellas to choose from.

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Luminous Accents

Our newest addition to the Casuwel line of outdoor furniture and accessories, these elegant, innovative, contemporary light forms will add just the right amount of ambient light for evening outdoor conversations.

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White Glove Delivery & Setup Service

Top notch delivery, unpacking, placement and packaging removal.

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If you’re interested in viewing furniture or placing an order, please contact  Mosquito Squad of Birmingham at 205-380-7755