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

STARI Versus Lyme: No Clear Winner for Alabama Residents

Most Alabama residents are aware that ticks are in our state. The actual number and whether they are increasing is not readily known since there is no continual tick surveillance program like on the East coast. What is known however, is that while the tick population may be lower here, they are still able to transmit diseases to you, your family and pets with a single bite and they are now packing a potent punch here in the south with a illness similar to Lyme Disease.

 

Lone Star tick transmits STARI
Lone Star tick transmits STARI

Lyme Disease has been well documented and spoken about in the past several years because it is on the rise in many states. In fact, 95% of the Lyme Disease cases that have been confirmed come from just 13 Northeastern States. But there’s a tick-borne virus being transmitted to people along the Southern states that mimics Lyme Disease and its hitting much closer to home. Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI) is transmitted by the Lone Star tick but the similarities and differences between the two illnesses are so close, it was initially thought that STARI was caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease.

 

Mosquito Squad of Birmingham is committed to keeping our community safe from tick and mosquito-borne viruses. Knowledge is key so we’ve put together a comparison of STARI versus Lyme Disease so you will know what to look for if bitten by a tick.

 

STARI LYME DISEASE
Transmitted by Lone Star Tick Black-legged, or deer, tick
Early Symptoms fatigue, headache, fever, and muscle pains.Red, circular “bulls-eye” rash may appear fatigue, headache, fever, and muscle pains.Red, circular “bulls-eye” rash may appear
Late Symptoms arthritis, neurologic disease, or chronic symptoms
Bacterium Unknown Borrelia burgdorferi
Bite of the tick Saliva may cause irritation, redness & discomfort May go unnoticed
Treatment Antibiotics. Recovery seems to be faster than Lyme. Antibiotics. Recovery seems to take longer than STARI

 

Tick tubes are very effective at eliminating ticks.
Tick tubes are very effective at eliminating ticks.

As with all ticks, the best practice is prevention. Since ticks can be tiny, about the size of a poppy seed, they are often difficult to see and even detect on your body. That is why an effective tick control is program is optimal for your yard. Mosquito Squad of Birmingham’s dual-step intensive tick control treatment is so effective; we back it up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our EPA-registered barrier spray is applied every 21-days to the foliage and tall grasses in your yard. Ticks, waiting in these areas for a host to brush by, are eliminated on contact. The barrier spray continues to wipe out tick for up to 21 days and creates a virtual barricade around the perimeter of your yard to keep additional ticks from entering. Our second step includes the use of tick tubes strategically placed around your yard to eliminate the smaller nymph ticks hiding out on rodents and in their dens. The elimination occurs when the tick tube’s treated cotton is taken back by rodents to use as nesting material. The cotton is safe for the rodents and birds but not for the ticks. Our barrier spray and tick tube combination will eliminate up to 97% of ticks in your yard and break the life cycle for future generations of ticks and their diseases.

 

Now is the peak time for ticks to bite and transmit diseases to our families and pets. Call Mosquito Squad of Birmingham to sign up the Birmingham’s most effective mosquito and tick control. Our seasonal packages will ensure protection all summer long so you don’t have to worry about STARI, Lyme Disease or any other illnesses that can be passed on by mosquitoes or ticks. Our consultation is always free and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Matt & Marty Lange copy

Mosquito Squad of Birmingham

(205) 380-7755
email: birmingham.south@mosquitosquad.com

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.