The link between the Asian Tiger mosquito and West Nile Virus

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The Asian tiger mosquito is a known vector of West Nile virus, Dengue and Yellow Fever.

Along with being an aggressive day feeding mosquito, the Asian Tiger mosquito is also a known vector of West Nile Virus and is a vector of Dengue and Yellow fever as well. This mosquito, which made its appearance here in North America by hitching a ride within a shipment of tires bound for Texas from Asia in 1985, is definitely foe rather than friend. West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness that  is primarily spread through infected mosquitoes. West Nile virus infection affects humans, horses and other domestic animals. The first case of West Nile in South Carolina was reported in 2002.

With West Nile cases, symptoms generally appear within 3-14 days after the onset of infection. Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches. Although in some cases people won’t have any symptoms at all. West Nile Virus can move into becoming West Nile Encephalitis in one out of 150 people infected with West Nile Virus. This is a dangerous, neuroinvasive disease that causes inflammation of the area that surrounds the brain as well as the spinal cord. Signs that West Nile Encephalitis is present include stiffness of the neck, severe headaches, confusion, tremors, seizures, paralysis, coma and in some cases death.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SC

Fortunately, South Carolina has been testing for West Nile since 1999 which includes detection in birds, mosquitoes, mammals and humans.  At this point  the only cure for West Nile is time. The medical professionals focus on relieving the patient of  the symptoms while their body tries to fight the illness. This means that the best measure against West Nile is prevention.

Since the Asian Tiger mosquito, or Aedes albopictus , as well as forty-three other mosquito species are known to transmit the West Nile virus, it is in your best interests to avoid mosquitoes. Avoidance begins with controlling and preventing mosquitoes within your property. Exercising mosquito safe practices such as avoiding overgrowth and keeping your lawn and shrubbery trimmed and cleaned out is one way to discourage mosquitoes that like to harbor in the cool, damp, shady surroundings of an unkempt yard. Examining your property and around your house frequently for any sign of standing water and keep these turned over. Throw away or tip over any object that can pool water. Keep your gutters clean. Change the water in your bird bath, animal watering containers, and horse troughs frequently to avoid them becoming a nursery for new mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Having a licensed mosquito control professional treat your yard and property to kill and prevent mosquitoes as well.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia fights the bite with our safe and effective barrier spray programs designed to take the worry out of mosquito control and prevention. Our spray is applied on a regular schedule throughout the season to keep the mosquitoes and the dangers they pose to us, our family and our pets away all season long too. Contact us to learn more about our mosquito control programs and all of our other pest control programs as well. We also treat for fire ants, fleas, ticks, spiders and flies. Call us today to get started on your season long protection • (803) 345 – 7575 • email: columbia@mosquitosquad.com

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Now That School is Out, Make Sure to Keep Your Yard Mosquito Free for Your Children This Summer

Columbia SC mosquito controlThe school year has come to an end and that means more kids will be out playing in the yard for much of the day. Mosquito Squad of Columbia is the company to call to keep your yard free of mosquitoes and biting pests for the entire summer and beyond. We will come to your home and apply our barrier spray every three weeks and you don’t have to do anything except give us a call.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia South CarolinaWhile most people associate high mosquito activity with the dusk hours, the Asian Tiger Mosquito is specifically a day biter. Not only is the Asian Tiger Mosquito a day biter, it also has a higher propensity for carrying debilitating diseases like West Nile Virus. Let us make sure you and your children are not on the dinner menu. The more time spent outdoors increases your likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes. We can come to your home, inspect your yard, find the trouble areas and treat your yard so that mosquitoes will be an afterthought for you and your loved ones.

mosquito control Columbia SCBy removing standing water from your yard and applying our barrier spray, you will see a 90% decrease in mosquitoes at the very least. It takes a well trained professional to properly treat your home’s yard for mosquitoes and other biting and stinging pests. For this reason, we recommend leaving mosquito control in Columbia SC to us, the professionals. Your yard should be a place where you can go and relax and not worry about you and your kids being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Let us help you take your yard back for the entire summer!

mosquito misting systems Columbia SCTo see exactly how effective Mosquito Squad of Columbia is at removing unwanted, biting, stinging pests from your home’s yard, give us a call today at (803) 345.7575 , email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Lake Murray Spider Control Perfected!

Black Widow spider in Columbia SC
We treat the exterior of your home
At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, we work on the spiders outside your home so they don’t nest. Our effective barrier spray treatment is applied at regular intervals throughout the summer to eliminate spiders on contact and to keep spiders away throughout the season. We spray your home every 21 days with our safe and effective barrier spray to rid the outside of your home from spiders that are both pesky and can be very dangerous.

Lakefront homes
Here in the Midlands area, we find this to be a particular problem around our lakes. We get calls about Lake Murray spider problems, Lake Marion spider problems, Lake Katherine spider problems and Wateree Lake spider problems. Some of these lakefront homes have spider webs literally covering their homes.

Spiders on your docks and on your boats
Spiders love water and love the insects that take residence in waterfront areas. At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, we can help you control these spiders. We have a special all-natural product that we use on docks and boats. It’s mint based, has a fabulous smell, and works terrifically.

Simple, effective and guaranteed!
Call us today. We will treat your property for the entire season or for the entire year. After our initial treatment, we return to your property every 21 days to re-treat. Our program is effective and we guarantee it.

How long does it last?
Our programs are designed to be season long. We treat for spiders and other insects every 21 days. As long as we continue to treat the property every 21 days, your spider problem is taken care of.

South Carolina spiders
In South Carolina, we have many poisonous and also many pesky spiders. In addition to our state spider – the brown wolf spider, we have a number of poisonous spiders including the brown recluse spider, the brown widow spider, and the northern as well as southern black widow.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia Can Help You Take Your Yard Back!

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCYou’ve probably been spending evenings out on the deck or patio and suddenly realized that mosquitoes are back! If that’s the case, don’t fret, just call the experts at Mosquito Squad of Columbia. Our traditional barrier application will knock down existing mosquitoes and keep new ones from entering your yard. If you’re looking to have your yard be clear of mosquitoes and other biting and stinging pests all summer long, then you should absolutely consider our season-long protection package. By spraying your yard every 21 days, you can expect to see the mosquito population within your yard reduced by up to 90%!

Columbia SC mosquito controlYou should be able to enjoy your yard no matter what time of day or year it is. Don’t allow mosquitoes to ruin your family get-togethers. For all your future outdoor gatherings, make sure to call The Squad. We can ensure that you and your guests aren’t on the dinner menu for swarming mosquitoes and pests. When you’re having friends and family over for cookouts during these pleasant spring months, the last thing you want is for your guests literally itching to leave due to bug bites. Our microencapsulated barrier application can resolve all your mosquito, tick and flea problems.

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This goes for your pets as well. If your dog or cat is being bitten by fleas from your yard, all you need to do in order to clear your yard is to call Mosquito Squad today! No longer will you, your family, your guests or your pets have to be the target of mosquitoes and fleas. In addition to removing up to 90% of the mosquito population and flea population within your yard, we also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with the results then neither are we. Just give us a call and we will promptly come back out to reapply our barrier application.

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To find out what separates Mosquito Squad of Columbia from other mosquito and pest control companies in Columbia, SC, call us today at (706) 637.2065, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com or visit our website for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Recent Precipitation and Warmer Temperatures Mean More Mosquitoes

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia South CarolinaSpring is finally here. While it may not have felt like it last week with all the cold rain, it’s here and that very same rain is going to help mosquitoes reproduce in huge numbers. As the temperatures steady out and we return to temperatures in the 70s and 80s, you can expect to see the mosquito population boom. The most effective method of keeping mosquitoes out of your yard for this spring and summer, you should sign up for season-long protection. Through proactive treatments which we put down prior to the mosquito population boom, you can expect to see very little mosquito activity within your yard once the population surges all around you.

West Nile Virus Prevention Columbia SCOur extremely effective barrier application will disrupt the maturation process of mosquito eggs and will knock down mosquitoes which fly into your yard and land. When it comes to mosquito control in Columbia, SC and the surrounding areas, look no further than the experts at Mosquito Squad of Columbia. We believe you should be able to enjoy your yard no matter what time of day or year it is. If you’re planning on having guests over or cookouts this spring and summer, Mosquito Squad can make sure to take you and your guests off the menu.

mosquito control Columbia SCFor all your pest control concerns, you can absolutely count on Mosquito Squad of Columbia to remove any unwanted pests. Signing up for our season-long protection can keep your yard from turning into a mosquito breeding ground and allow you and your family to take back your yard. With species of mosquitoes like the Asian Tiger mosquito, which is an aggressive day-biter, you need reliable, effective mosquito control. So, put down the bug spray and get rid of those citronella candles. When it comes to mosquito control, you only need to call The Squad!

Mosquito free lifeTo find out why Mosquito Squad of Columbia is one of the most trusted names in Columbia, SC mosquito control, call us today at (706) 350.6143, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com or visit our website for even more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Mosquito Squad of Columbia Wants to Invite You to the 51st Annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show

This weekend, Friday – Sunday (March 10 – March 12), Mosquito Squad of Columbia will be exhibitors at the 51st Annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show. For all those here in Columbia, SC and surrounding areas looking for the most effective mosquito treatment services, you can find us at the show at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. As Columbia’s premier mosquito control company, we want to cordially invite you and your family to come and attend the show. You can find us located in the Cantey Building at booths 502, 503 and 504.

Info regarding the show are as follows:

When:

Friday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday is Seniors Day. Guests age 62 and up enter free. Senior Expo in the Epic Homes Tent from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday is Military Appreciation Day. Present your valid Military I.D. for free admission to the show.

Sunday, March 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Admission

Admission is $5 per person at the gate
Kids 14 and under enter free every day

Payment for entry can be submitted in the form of cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover)

**Parking is $5 per vehicle and is completely separate from admission fees.

Where

Three buildings and outdoor areas of the SC State Fairgrounds in Columbia, SC.

Vehicles enter through Gate 6 located on George Rogers Blvd., near Williams-Brice Stadium.

We look forward to seeing you out there. Don’t forget, if your yard is becoming a breeding ground and a feeding frenzy for pesky mosquitoes, relax, and call The Squad. If you have any questions about the show, or would like to know how to obtain tickets, call us at (706) 510.3405 or email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com. We look forward to seeing you out there!

If You’re Looking for the Best in Columbia SC Mosquito Control, Call Mosquito Squad of Columbia Today!

mosquito control Columbia SCAs we approach the warmer months ahead, you may be wondering how you can reduce the mosquito population within your yard. The answer’s quite simple. In order to reduce the mosquito population within your yard, you need to be proactive and not reactive. By performing our highly effective barrier spray prior to the mosquito population skyrocketing and then throughout the season, you can expect to see a dramatic decrease in the number of mosquitoes you come into contact with in your yard. If you’re planning on having spring and summer get-togethers, don’t have your guests literally itching to leave, call the experts at Mosquito Squad of Columbia today!

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCWhile it’s still winter, the weather for the past couple of weeks has been extremely mild for this time of year. In fact, we’re already fielding calls from customers whose yard has become a mosquito breeding ground. While we may see colder days just yet, seeing as how it’s still February, right now is still the best time to call and have your yard sprayed in order to keep up that barrier and keep mosquitoes out of your yard. Not only will our barrier spray keep most mosquitoes away, but it will eliminate those which land within your yard on contact. If you’re seeing a rise in the mosquito population within your yard, keep calm and call The Squad!

mosquito control Columbia SCAs mentioned earlier, being proactive in combatting mosquitoes is the best methodology. So long as you stay on top of the issue, there really shouldn’t be an issue eventually. Simply put, once mosquitoes gain a good stronghold with multiple areas where they lay their eggs in and around your yard, the more difficult it will become to put a cap on their population in and around your yard. In addition to our barrier spray, you should also keep in mind the “5 Ts” of mosquito control. If you’re unaware of them, click here to find out about them.

no bugsTo find out why Mosquito Squad of Columbia is one of the most trusted names in Columbia mosquito control, call us today at 803.345.7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com or visit our website for even more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!