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.

 

 

 

The Best Gift Idea: protection from mosquitoes and ticks!

If you are struggling this holiday season, on what to give that hard-to-buy-for person…our Gift Certificates are now available! You can buy them for a one time trial Barrier Protection Treatment  for only $49.00! (for a 1/2 acre or less, regularly a $89.00 value, new customers only) and we also have our mini, summer and full season packages as well. Call us at 205-380-7755 or email us at bham.south@mosquitosquad.com if you would like more information.  We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!

Did you know some mosquitoes and their eggs can survive the winter?

As the season fluctuates here in Alabama , have you ever wondered if mosquitoes can actually survive the Winter? Well, yes they can!

 Certain mosquitoes can survive winter in the larval stage.

Mosquitoes remain inactive during the cooler months awaiting the arrival of spring.

The mosquito breeding season starts in April here in Alabama and generally ends in October, depending on the weather. Mosquitoes cannot survive freezing temperatures, and are killed by a hard frost. They are able to survive the winter mainly as eggs laying wait in stagnate pools awaiting the arrival of warm weather. Some adult mosquitoes have been found to survive the winter in sheltered locations like knot holes in trees and in rocky areas. Mosquitoes can also begin to hatch during warm spells throughout our Southern winters. A mosquito egg can hatch in a period of a few hours to a few days, depending on the species of mosquito. One way to cut down on the chances of this occurring during the “Indian summers” that sometimes occur in our region is to eliminate the mosquitoes present now. If the mosquito is properly controlled in your environment it has a less likely chance of surviving overwintering.

Did you know? Even during the winter mosquitoes are still out there, just inactive from the absence of warm weather

By taking control over your property and eliminating mosquitoes in your backyard, you can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes next year. Start by eliminating standing water and items that pool water. Keep brush piles and debris picked up as to not serve as breeding grounds. Include a barrier spray protection program applied by a licensed mosquito control professional to eliminate existing mosquitoes ana d prevent more from entering your treated areas. These safeguards will benefit you now, and will provide some level of coverage going into next mosquito season. We recommend homeowners stay on our Barrier Protection program from early spring through fall to receive the most protection.

 

 

 

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!