Things You May Not Realize About the Zika Virus

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Mosquito bites can affect your health severely, and zika virus (ZIKV) is another of its examples. After dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya, it is the zika virus infection that follows suit in the latest mosquito diseases threatening our families.

Zika virus is transmitted primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The Zika virus can also be passed from mother to child, through sexual contact or through a blood transfusion.

Zika virus is spreading with such rapidity that in several nations such as El Salvador, women have been advised against pregnancy until 2018!

So the question on a lot of people’s minds is how does this affect me if I live in the United States?

Short answer to this question can be best answered by an article CNN released yesterday concerning the spread of Zika to the United States. CNN states:

By June (of 2016), nearly all of those 50 cities “exhibit the potential for at least low-to-moderate abundance,” according to the study, “and most eastern cities are suitable for moderate-to-high abundance.”

Zika Map

So the next thing most people think about is how they can prevent or reduce their chances of being bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika Virus?

If you are one of those people that feels like they are always attracting the lion’s share of mosquito bites than this may be even more of a concern for you!

Here are some tips for avoiding mosquitos and subsequently mosquito bites:

  • TIP:  Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water. The elimination of standing water decreases a mosquito’s breeding ground.
  • TOSS: Toss grass clippings, leaves, firewood and piles of mulch that are yard trash. By keeping a yard clean, you can remove a major breeding area for mosquitoes and ticks.
  • TURN:  Turn over yard items that could hold water. Look for dog bowls, plant saucers, empty pots, sand boxes, plastic toys, or even garbage bins that are not being used.
  • TREAT:  Mosquito Squad’s treatments eliminate 85-90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on your property and reduce the need for using DEET containing bug spray on your body.

We at Mosquito Squad truly live by our motto NO Bugs, NO Bites, NO Kidding and take pride in sharing a little piece of our work to you all.

References: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/vector/range.html

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/27/health/zika-map-nasa/

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The Squad Helping You To Enjoy Your Outdoor Spaces

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We were featured on Radio X…Learn how to protect yourself from mosquitoes and the diseases that they transmit, and not have to spray harsh chemicals on you, your family, or guests!  Take a listen!  Mosquito Squad on Radio X

Jeannie Moreira/Mosquito Squad of Duluth-Lawrenceville

Jeannie Moreira, Mosquito SquadMosquito Squad, known as “The Squad”, was recently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top franchises in the country and the only outdoor pest control organization to make the list. With more than 160 franchise locations nationwide, Mosquito Squad specializes in eliminating mosquitoes and adult ticks & fleas from outdoor living spaces, allowing individuals to enjoy their yards, outdoor living spaces, special events and green spaces.

Mosquito Squad of Duluth-Lawrenceville is locally owned and operated by Jeannie Moreira. Focused on delighting customers, by protecting families (and pets) from the nuisance and danger of mosquitoes by focusing on the areas of your property where mosquitoes are most likely to feed and harbor. Once applied, Mosquito Squad provides even greater protection as mosquitoes attempt to feed off your greenery, as the residue from the treatment will knock them down as well.

 

 

 

Mosquitoes Pestering Your Home Gardening?

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As we near the time for outdoor parties and your home garden approaches the beginning of a new season all seems to be right with the world. You begin by gathering all your gardening tools having already made your trip to Home Depot for all your supplies, and revel in the thought of the enjoyment of your peaceful garden on a beautiful sunny day. You have your hat for the sun and your nice tall glass of water, what else could possibly go wrong?

Beautiful mature woman gardeningUnfortunately we know all to well what can go wrong. They are called pesky mosquitoes. They fly into your home garden with the explicit purpose of ruining your lovely Sunday. After two or ten bites you find yourself gnawing away at your skin like your main goal was to dig a hole in your skin rather than your garden, and before you know it you’ve called it a day and retired to find some anti-itch crème you bought last summer and seem to have misplaced. If there were only a sensible mosquito control solution that actually worked you would have been able to enjoy your outdoor living spaces. If only there was someone who could help.

We are here to tell you that you have found the Garden of Eden for mosquito control. Not only do we know a thing or two about ridding your outdoor living spaces of mosquitos, but also we are willing to lend a few tips to you all! Oh the Joy!

Some of the best advice we can give you in regards to preserving your gardening Sundays would be to check to make sure you don’t foster any breeding areas. The trick to mosquito control is making sure you eliminate the places for them to live and breed!

Likely Breeding Sites:

 Check the doors and windows in your home. If they have any slight gaps in them this may be a culprit.

 Have any ponds or stagnant water near your house? This could be a bird bath, a toy truck tipped over, or even a tarp. Stagnant water creates a breeding frenzy for mosquitos and is where they lay their eggs. So, dump and disinfect all areas you find!

 Check for any tree holes and hollows in your garden. If rainwater gets stopped up here, it could lead to a pretty nasty mosquito infection.

 Last but not least remember the gardening equipment you were just using? Any gardening equipment that can be a receptacle for water can be home to mosquito larvae. Turn it over and drain it!

Hopefully we have filled your brains with information and opened your minds up to multiple areas those sneaky mosquitos hide in. We at Mosquito Squad truly live by our motto NO Bugs, NO Bites, NO Kidding, and take pride in sharing a little piece of our work to you all.

 

No Bugs For Easter

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So spring is officially here!  Easter is fast approaching and spring break is right around the corner.  The on-set of the warmer weather brings so much to do, not to mention the biting insects; planting, gardening, planning for the kids during their off time and outdoor event planning such as graduation parties, Memorial Day gatherings, and the likes.

Baby DucksWhen my kids were growing up, Easter Sunday started with finding the eggs, and of course the chocolate and the easter candy, followed by breakfast, then church, time with family and friends, and then more chocolate and easter candy.  Now that the kids are grown, well, I have to admit, that we still do send easter baskets (although a much smaller version then they use to get as kids).

For anyone that is like me, and not very creative, or just can’t seem to figure out how to keep the kids entertained, and away from eating all that candy, here are some great ideas, that not only can be played on Easter Sunday, but can be adapted for birthday parties, and just fun summer games.

Egg Toss – Played with raw eggs, and partners;  Partners stand about five feet apart, and a raw egg is tossed from one partner to the next.  Those who catch the eggs without breaking them continue in the game; the others are out.  After each successful catch, the players must take one step backwards that the tosses are longer and longer.  The last team with the unbroken egg wins the game.

See more of these types of games:  http://grandparents.about.com/od/celebrations/tp/EasterEggGames.htm

For the younger kids there are games like ‘duck, duck, goose’.  To learn more about these games and how to organize an Easter egg hunt, click here: hop:http://www.bhg.com/holidays/easter/games/easter-egg-hunt/

As our weather warms up, and you are planning that next backyard event, or having a party by the pool, don’t leave Mosquito Squad off your list.  We want to help make sure that your party or event is mosquito-free, so you can focus on having a good time.

Key Factors in Choosing an Effective Mosquito Control Company

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Spring showers and sunshine, bring out the dormant mosquitoes and create ideal breeding conditions for these pesky nuisance bugs.

Utilizing an effective and dependable mosquito control solution is critical to the enjoyment of your outdoor spaces. Traditional methods, such as citronella candles and bugs spray, merely act as a mosquito repellent, in limited areas, and don’t last for too long. Then there are the DIY products that you can purchase. Consideration of your time and your labor, while understanding the limited effectiveness, is important. Only a professional mosquito control company can guarantee season-long protection. But, how do you select a service that will ensure you a worry-free and mosquito-free summer?

Here are some common questions you may have about mosquito control services:

  • Which service works?
  • How often should I be treated?
  • Do all companies use the same products?
  • What makes one company better than another?
  • Does rain wash away the mosquito treatment?

Choosing the right mosquito control company starts with getting knowledgeable answers to all of your questions. But specifically, here are some key factors you should expect from your service provider.

Product used

  • Should be safe for children and pets
  • Family Dining Al FrescoShould have an immediate “knock-down” effect
  • Should use a “time-released” product that has a residual affect, which helps to continue to eliminate mosquitoes for several weeks (typically 3 weeks) even after a rain storm
    • Heavy rain, when the temperatures are above 55 = More standing water = An increase in the mosquito population
    • Time released products are expensive, however, without the use of this, mosquitoes reappear quicker
    • Treating every 4 weeks maybe okay, however, because of the mosquito life cycle, and wanting to drive consistency, treating every 3 weeks (or 21 days), is the recommended best practice. Your experience should be seamless. The need to have to call for repeated mosquito problems is a nuisance.

Applying Product

  • Using a hose or a backpack
    • Mosquitoes tend to harbor in the shade, under the foliage leaves.  Applying product ONLY to the grass is ineffective.
    • Using a hose to apply the product, will dilute it, and make it less effective. The best method is a misting approach, as the product can then bond to the foliage, where the mosquitoes like to be.

Other Important Tips

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for the company’s license. All companies, doing business, should absolutely be able to provide you with their license number, so that you can verify they are legitimate.
  • Look for companies that guarantee their service AND stand behind their word, without making you wait days (or sometimes weeks) to get back out to you.
  • Customer service, is all about doing business with those that we feel care about us. Friendliness, flexibility, and affordability; it’s more then just taking someone’s money and providing a service. It’s about taking pride in providing a service that is helping others, and doing the next right thing.

Peak-a-boo…Where are you? Do mosquitoes die off in the cold?

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It feels like the winter has lasted longer than usual. It’s been cold and wet lately, with storms passing through way too often for me. Our temperatures just can’t seem to warm up, but the calendar shows that we are only a few weeks away from the official start of spring – how exciting!

When the temps are cold, I often get the question: Do mosquitoes die off in the cold?

Mosquitoes are cold-blooded creatures and do not generally bite in temperatures below 50F. In Georgia, some adult mosquitoes become inactive with the onset of cold mosquito in iceweather and enter into hibernation (known as diapause) before the first frost. Other mosquitoes die in the fall but have winter-hardy eggs, which lie on the ground like seeds. The eggs are waiting for the “perfect” conditions to hatch and produce a new generation. Some of these eggs can actually survive for up to five years before hatching. Talk about hardy!

Now that we know that mosquitoes and mosquito eggs are waiting on those perfect conditions; extended daylight, warmer temperatures, and standing water, here are some measures that you can take to help reduce the mosquito population on your property and the need to use bug spray. We refer to them as the 5 T’s:

  • TIP – tip over any standing water from planters
  • TOSS – toss out leaves, branches, and other debris that can stay moist
  • TURN – turn over kids or pets’ toys, or other items that can hold water
  • TARP – tarps need to be pulled tight over any firewood or boats
  • TREAT – treat your property with a professional mosquito control company

At Mosquito Squad of Duluth-Lawrenceville, we protect our clients by eliminating mosquitoes. We help to reduce the mosquito population, by up to 90%. Our trained applicators visit our client’s property every 2-3 weeks. They perform a site survey, identifying areas to be treated, including the foliage, natural areas, and other areas where we know that mosquitoes like to feed and harbor. We treat for adult mosquitos and ticks, as well as focusing on larval control. Whether you looking for a barrier spray treatment or an all-natural approach, we offer options to best meet your outdoor family needs. And the best part is there is no need to spray harsh chemicals!

So, as we begin to warm up, let’s be on the look out for standing water that will continue to be caused in part by spring showers, run offs, and the likes. It is the mosquito’s primary key to survival.

AVOID MOSQUITO BITES AT YOUR NEXT OUTDOOR EVENT WITH MOSQUITO CONTROL

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6 million – The number of people who expect or are planning a marriage proposal on Valentine’s Day.

Ever wonder where or why Valentine’s Day even started? The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”. This day will always hold a special day in my heart, as it was the day that my grandparents married, many years ago. They too shared in romantic love and expressed this to each other daily.

As we begin to think about rehearsals and weddings, dinner parties, and other outdoor events, we should also not forget about some of the smaller details. I’m amazed at all Outdoor Eventof the planning guides that are available online, if you choose to do the planning yourselves. Some free ones include:

Real Simple

Here Comes The Guide

And of course there is always the option of hiring the planning out – if that is within your budget.

As far as some of the smaller details…Here, in Georgia, the weather can get kind of sticky. You know…hot, humid, and even rainy. So while you don’t have any control over the weather, one thing you do have control over, is not letting pesky mosquitoes ruin your special day.

At Mosquito Squad of Duluth-Lawrenceville, we focus on reducing a property’s mosquito population by up to 90%, ensuring that mosquitoes are left off the guest list. We provide a special events spray, where our trained technicians will come out and spray the vegetation and other areas where pests are known to feed and harbor. They will pay particular attention to the areas where guests will be gathering outdoors, too.

The smiles, the laughter, and the memories, are the outcome of great planning. So while you may not have thought that there was such a company like us…now that you’re aware, don’t forget to include us in your plans so that you can have piece of mind. Mosquito Squad of Duluth-Lawrenceville – No bugs. No bites. No kidding.