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.

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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.

 

 

 

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.

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.

Mosquito Squad of Birmingham Wants You to Know That All Mosquito Protection is Not Created Equal

With the mosquito season gearing up quickly, there are many companies out there that may look the same but there are some big differences. It’s important to do your research to get the best mosquito protection for your Birmingham yard. Here are a few items you should keep in mind while researching any company specializing in mosquito control:

  • What type of products do they use? Some companies use the least expensive products available, and you will see that in the results. They typically last around 2 weeks. Mosquito Squad of Birmingham uses the best products available throughout the entire season. Our treatment includes a combination of up to 5 different products to effectively control the mosquito population at its highest rate.
  • How long does the treatment last? The cheaper products used by some companies will continue to provide moderate control for three weeks as long as it stays dry. If it does rain, their products are dramatically reduced. Mosquito Squad of Birmingham’s barrier spray is a time release formula, that is designed to last for 28 days. As long as it has 20 minutes to dry, it will not wash away with the rain and will remain very effective for 21-days, which is when we come back to apply another treatment.
  • Is their service backed by a guarantee? Mosquito Squad of Birmingham stands behind or 100% satisfaction guarantee in controlling mosquitoes in your treated yard. If you notice increased mosquito activity in between your treatments, give us a call and we’ll come back out. We will even make a personal visit to discuss any problem areas and answer any of your concerns.
  • Will your quoted price cover your entire yard or entire season? Some companies quote you the lowest price possible and increase that price after the first couple of sprays based on the size of your yard. Other companies will quote you for a partial season. Mosquito Squad of Birmingham will provide you an accurate quote based on your total acreage and it will cover the entire mosquito season.
  • What else make Mosquito Squad of Birmingham superior? Award winning customer service. We know that protecting your family and pets from mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry, is important for you. Locally we have won the Angie’s List Super Service Award 2 years in row. Nationally, the brand has been winning franchise awards for 11 years.

Besides these accolades, we make using Mosquito Squad of Birmingham as easy as possible. We can accommodate your schedule although you don’t have to be home when we spray. You are automatically scheduled for an additional treatment every 21-days, no need to call to set up future appointments. We also have flexible payment plans and many, many loyal customers.

 

I often say the best salesman is another satisfied customer. Referrals are a big part of our business which tells us that our clients are extremely happy with their mosquito protection. Here’s what some of our clients are saying:

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 V.

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

Technicians are friendly, prompt and will come back if needed. We are able to enjoy sitting in our back yard year round without annoying mosquito bites or constantly using bug spray! This service is definitely worth the money and we will continue using them! Joan R.

It really works! Even with regular rain storms the system seems to keep those nasty black mosquitoes at bay. The company personnel were fast, non-intrusive and always left documentation of their visit. I have some neighbors’ who are not on the program and there is a huge difference between the number of mosquitoes in their yard and mine. A neighbor recommended it to me and I was very pleased with the results, especially since we enjoy sitting on the back patio and do not have a screened porch. Max B.

You come to my house, do the treatment and never intrude on my day. But the best thing is no MOSQUITOES!! Before I had this treatment started, I could not go onto my deck without fighting mosquitoes. Now I can spend time there, working on plants, cooking on my grill and never get bitten. Thank you!! Marlene C.

NO LONGER BEING HELD HOSTAGE BY THE MOSQUITOES: The fact that I’ve gone from several mosquito bites per day before I called you to one bite total in the 3 weeks since you treated our area is wonderful – I’m no longer a captive in my own home! Judy B.

We could go on all day about the superior products and services you’ll get from Mosquito Squad of Birmingham. If you’re ready for the best mosquito protection around, give us a call today. We can answer any additional questions you may have and give you a fast and accurate quote for the entire mosquito season.

 

The Lange Family
Mosquito Squad of Greater Birmingham
205-380-7755