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!

Just Because Fall is Approaching Does Not Mean We Will See a Reduction in the Columbia SC Mosquito Population

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCWith all the “ready for fall” commercials and football season about to begin, you may think that cooler weather is right around the corner. With cooler weather comes fewer mosquitoes. Unfortunately, due to the mild weather we experience here in Columbia, we won’t see a respite from mosquitoes for quite a while. With these mild temperatures, we will undoubtedly see, for many months to come, mosquito breeding, and a very active mosquito population.

Columbia SC mosquito controlFall is the best time of year for cookouts, football tailgating parties, and backyard gatherings. Let’s be honest, grilling in the summer is great, but nobody wants to stand over a 400°F grill when it’s 100°F outside. Don’t allow mosquitoes and other biting and stinging pests to take these last few months away from you. Mosquito Squad of Columbia can keep your yard mosquito free for all your tailgating parties and cookouts for the rest of the season. Even if the mosquito activity in your yard jump starts itself, we will come back to your home and reapply our barrier spray.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia South CarolinaIf you’re preparing for your Labor Day cookout, or a tailgate party fanatic, Mosquito Squad of Columbia is the company to turn to in order to keep Columbia SC mosquitoes from chasing you and your guests away from the festivities. Our proprietary barrier spray solution will keep your yard free of mosquitoes for 21 days. With a 100% satisfaction guarantee, we strive to ensure that our customers see results.

mosquito squad of Columbia SCTo see how Mosquito Squad of Columbia can help you take your yard back from biting, stinging and blood sucking pests in preparation for all your outdoor fall gatherings, call us today at (803) 345.7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

By Spraying Your Yard for Mosquitoes Now, You Won’t Have to Worry About Being Eaten Alive Once the Mosquito Population Spikes

Mosquito free backyard courtesy of Mosquito Squad of the North Shore

Enjoy your mosquito free backyard, courtesy of Mosquito Squad of Columbia.

Mosquito season is about to be in full-swing. Have you noticed the irritating bites while outside during the evening? Has the swarm of backyard infiltrators arrived in your yard? The answer is most likely, “yes”. Breeding and biting season for mosquitoes is upon us and is not going to subside for at least five months. Mosquitoes are not only annoying, but can carry nasty vector-borne illnesses like West Nile virus.

Don’t allow these pests to hold you hostage in your home, keeping you from enjoying the outdoors this spring and summer. The most effective method of taking your yard back from mosquitoes and other biting pests is through Mosquito Squad’s season-long-protection. Rather than simply knocking down your vicinity’s bloodsuckers for a short duration, you can rest easy knowing that every day in your yard will be pest free.

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By applying a barrier spray now, your yard won’t look like this in the coming months.

Season-long-protection consists of our highly trained technicians coming to your residence every 21 days (or in less than 21 days if necessary) and spraying your yard. You don’t have to be home, you won’t even know we were there with the exception of the note we leave you informing you of our recent work. There is no residue or odor left once we’ve sprayed the yard and, most importantly, no biting pests. The biggest advantage of our season-long-protection is that the barrier spray’s accumulation strengthens as each spray takes place. Continuous barrier sprays ultimately strengthen the barrier of your yard and eliminate bugs with markedly increased effectiveness.

Dread Skeeter for Mosquito Squad of ColumbiaMosquito control in Columbia SC is very important due to the huge boom in their population we see year in and out. If you want to enjoy your yard during the warm months without being bitten constantly, call us today at (803) 345.7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

If You Thought Our Cold Winter Would Lessen the Number of Mosquitoes in Columbia SC, You’d Better Think Again

mosquito larvae and eggs in standing water

Mosquito larvae and eggs in standing water.

A colder than normal winter does not, under any circumstances, equate to a smaller mosquito population in the warmer months. Mosquito eggs can lay dormant for up to seven years until conditions are right. Once the conditions are right, the mosquito eggs will hatch and the mosquito population will spike. Mosquitoes did not gain the title of being the most deadly animal on the planet by allowing a cold spell to decimate their population.

Gnats in Spring

Does this resemble your backyard?

Mosquitoes are much smarter and sneakier than one might think. They will lay their eggs in locations that are perfect for the eggs to hatch immediately. They too will lay their eggs in locations, almost as a backup plan, where conditions need to change in order for the eggs to hatch. A perfect example of this would be when mosquitoes lay their eggs five feet above a river’s normal level. The reason for doing this is that river levels will inevitably rise, and with the river’s level rising the eggs gain the necessary moisture they need to develop into adult mosquitoes ready to feed. It is for reasons such as these that a professional, extremely well-trained company like Mosquito Squad of Columbia is so essential.

Never fear Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here!

Never fear, Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here!

We at Mosquito Squad of Columbia know the habits of mosquitoes and areas they love to hide their eggs. Most importantly, we know how to eliminate them from your yard. After doing a thorough inspection to ensure there are no potential mosquito-breeding areas, we spray your yard to create a protective barrier. Our spray acts as an invisible shield of protection from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. Our barrier spray not only eliminates mosquitoes on contact but also has a time-released formula that keeps on working for up to 3 weeks.By having Mosquito Squad of Columbia spray your yard, you’ll be able to enjoy the warmer months outside without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes.You’ll no longer need to spray yourself down with stinky bug repellent or burn citronella candles.

To see how Mosquito Squad of Columbia can help you take your yard back from these blood sucking pests, call us at (803) 345-7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

What do heartworms have to do with mosquitoes?

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Keep your pampered pooch happy and healthy with mosquito and flea control from Mosquito Squad of Columbia. Let the good times roll!

Among all the diseases that can strike our beloved pets, heartworms are one of the most fatal and hardest to treat.  Dogs, cats, ferrets and other mammals are susceptible to heartworm disease.  Heartworms are caused by the bite of an infected mosquito and there is no way to tell which mosquitoes are infected. The bottom line is if you have a pet and you have mosquitoes, then if not treated your pets will almost surely get heartworms. It’s just that simple.

Even though heartworms are treatable, the treatment can be really rough on your pet and is not 100% guaranteed to eradicate the heartworms. In some cases the treatment can prove to as fatal as the disease itself. Thankfully, heartworms can be prevented, through education, keeping your pet on a regular routine of heartworm preventative medication and by using mosquito prevention practices such as having your property treated by a licensed professional to keep mosquitoes out of the areas where your pets frequent.

You many assume that having your beloved pets on heartworm preventative is enough to dismiss the threat of heartworm disease in your pet, but it is not. Though highly effective, as with any medication, the preventative is not 100% effective.  A good friend of mine had this happen to my beloved childhood dog, a black Lab named Lola. Even though she kept up with her heartworm pills each month, Lola still contracted heartworm disease. I am an advocate in educating pet owners on total prevention at the source to greatly reduce the risk of another beloved pet contracting heartworm disease.

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This simple diagram shows the life cycle of the heartworm in a dog.

In the same way that it is important to regularly inspect your property to keep you and your family safe from pesky mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, it is also important to check the areas your pet frequents to ensure they are free of standing water or containers that can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Any debris, brush or trash should be cleaned up. In addition, any containers or reservoirs for standing water. Tip it over, turn it over or throw it away. Have your property treated by a licensed professional to kill and prevent mosquitoes. These easy to follow steps, combined with regular visits to your veterinarian and keeping your pet on year-round  heartworm preventative is the key to keeping your pet heartworm free.

Other Worrisome Worms

Heartworms are not the only worms that can plague your pet.  Dogs, cats and even horses can develop other parasites and worms from more than the mosquito. Fleas are a major cause of concern to pet owners and non-pet owners alike. Along with causing Anemia, Flea Allergy Dermatitis and a myriad of other skin conditions in your pet, fleas are also responsible for Tapeworms.

Heartworms

The ugly truth : a dogs heart infected with heartworms.

Tapeworms are caused by fleas when the tapeworm uses the flea as an intermediate host in its own life cycle. Eggs are deposited by the adult tapeworm within the environment and are then consumed by the flea larvae. If your pet then ingests an adult flea that has consumed tapeworm eggs when in the larval stage, the tapeworms are passed on to your pet. Dogs, cats, equine and other pets ingest the tapeworm ridden fleas by biting at skin where the flea is biting. Believe it or not, people too can become infected with tapeworms if they accidentally ingest an infected flea. Tapeworms are treated through de-worming medications, but until you eradicate the flea problem itself, the vicious cycle can replay over and over again within your pets flea infested environment like a bad movie. Killing and preventing fleas is the key to keeping these nasty pests out of the picture for good.

Prevention of fleas is easy. There is a wide array of topical and pills on the market for flea prevention on your pet. These take care of the problem on your pet, however the pets living quarters will also have to be treated properly and this includes the yard or outside areas that your pet frequents. Most fleas are picked up within the yard  from wild animals or neighbors pets and it is crucial to keep your property flea free to prevent re-infestation. Having your property treated by a licensed professional is the best defense against fleas.

Sophie dog

Our pets are members of our family too, and deserve protection from mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia specializes in flea control and prevention as well as mosquito control and prevention on your property. Our safe and effective sprays are safe for you, your family and your pets. Our service is worry-free and will help you keep your pets safe from mosquitoes and fleas that can wreak havoc on their health, and yours. Contact us today to get on the schedule for the mosquito season, or all year-long.

Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email: columbia@mosquitosquad.com

Areas we cover:

Batesburg, Blythewood, Camden, Cayce, Chapin, Columbia, Congaree, Dutch Fork, Eastover, Elgin, Elloree, Five Points, Forest Acres, Forest Lake, Fort Jackson, Gadsden, Gaston, Gilbert, Harbison, Hopkins, Irmo, Kathwood, Lake Carolina, Lake Murray, Leesburg, Leesville, Lexington, Lugoff, Macedon, Olympia, Orangeburg, Pelion, Pineridge, Pontiac, Red Bank, Ridgeway, South Congaree, Springdale, St Matthews, Swansea, Wateree, West Columbia, Westover Acres, Winnsboro

Mosquito Squad of Columbia takes the tiger (mosquito) by the tail

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The Asian tiger mosquito displays similar markings to its namesake, the tiger.

The Asian Tiger mosquito ( Aedes albopictus), also known as the  forest day mosquito, made its debut into North America in 1985 by hitching a ride in a shipment of used tires from Asia bound for the port of Houston, TX. Since that fateful day the Asian tiger mosquito has been moving its way across the United States rapidly and can now be found as far up our East coast as Maine.

Named for its similarities in coloration to its namesake, the Asian Tiger mosquito has bold black and white stripes on its legs as well as its body. The similarities to the tiger don’t stop there. This mosquito is said to also be very aggressive at feeding time as well. What makes the Asian Tiger so unique is the way in which it feeds. There are over 3,500 species of named mosquitoes throughout the world, most of these species typically like to feed from dusk until dawn. The Asian tiger mosquito however, is what is called a “day feeder”, meaning that it will feed anytime throughout the day with little regard for the presence of humidity or heat. This species is well-acclimated to tropical and sub-tropical regions and is steadily gaining resistance to some of the cooler climates found here in North America. As this invasive species moves into more regions of the U.S., it is continuously evolving to accommodate its ever-changing environment. Its feeding is more aggressive and many cite that the Tiger’s bite is more painful.

Asian-MosquitoOne of the reasons behind the Asian Tiger’s aggressive feeding habits quite possibly lies in its persistence. All female mosquitoes must ingest blood for proper development of their eggs.  This  particular mosquito will return to feed off of its victim to get it’s fill of blood even once it is swatted away. The Asian also feeds off a variety of mammals which leads to cross pathogens that can contribute to the transference of certain mosquito-borne diseases and illnesses. The Asian Tiger mosquito is a known vector of  West Nile, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Encephalitis and Heartworms in pets – all of which have been reported in the Midlands of South Carolina.

This mosquito, along with being one of the most bloodthirsty of its class, is also known to be a master at laying its eggs in some of the smallest crevices in miniscule amounts of water including gutters, holes and crevices in trees, dense foliage and brush that may hold moisture and even in our trash and litter. A single soda bottle cap can become a nursery to hundreds of mosquito larvae. Anything that can hold or pool water within your landscape and around your home can serve as a place for a female mosquito to lay her eggs. It is of the utmost importance to inspect your surroundings on a regular basis and turn over, tip over or throw out anything that can aid in the mosquitoes reproductive process. Mosquito Squad calls this the five T’s of mosquito prevention.

  • Tip
  • Toss
  • Turn
  • Remove Tarps and tires
  • Treat

Following this formula will  prevent mosquitoes from biting you and your family and pets, and to reduce the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne illness or disease.

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Mosquito Squad of Columbia is waging war on mosquitoes and fighting the bite!

Mosquito Squad of Columbia understands the concerns that arise when you or someone you love gets even one unnecessary mosquito bite this season. The magic part of our treatment is that you don’t have to experience even the first bite by using our system. Our service entails spraying your property on regularly scheduled intervals for optimum mosquito control. Our barrier sprays are safe, effective and worry free. Once you have signed up with us, you won’t have to worry about scheduling or keeping track of when it is time to call us because our service is automatic. You may even forget about mosquitoes altogether without the hassle of having to spray yourself and your family down with dangerous topicals before each trip into your yard. Our philosophy is to treat your yard, instead of yourself.

To learn more about fighting the bite this season, including the dreaded Asian Tiger mosquito, contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia and enjoy your time outdoors for all the right reasons. Call us today to sign up• (803) 345 – 7575 • email: columbia@mosquitosquad.com

Record Warmth Brings out the Bugs!

With record temperatures in the 80s and sunny skies predicted for the Columbia SC markets over the Easter weekend , mosquitoes and other biting insects are already out in many neighborhoods.  At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, new business is coming from a wide range of sources:  call-ins from yard signs, internet leads, referrals from family members, outdoor enthusiasts we met at the Home and Garden and Historic Columbia Gardening Symposium – these are just a few of the ways new customers are finding us and getting much-needed relief from these outdoor pests.

Jessica R. of Columbia called in today, desperate to help her two-and-a-half year old son who suffers with allergic reactions to mosquito bites.  “Last year we had to take him to the emergency room” as a result of mosquito bites.  Jessica was relieved to hear of our barrier spray solution for eliminating biting insects that’s safe for her toddler and “shorkie” mix dog.  Jessica called after seeing a yard sign in Blythewood.

Ann F. from the Heathwood neighborhood of Columbia found us on the internet.  “My niece uses Mosquito Squad in Greenville and she’s very happy.  Last year I had (X) Pest Control Company (spray for mosquitoes) and they burned my roses.”  With “lots of flower beds” and “lots of dogs” (seven altogether) safety and a bite-free environment are important for her gardening and pets’ pleasure.  Plus, it also kills adults fleas and ticks on contact.  And it’s important to work with professionals who specialize in outdoor biting insects and know what plants can be sprayed and what should be avoided.

We’re in a bit of a transition period for the next two weeks:  mosquitoes, fleas, and other bugs are out and beginning  to bite, but most neighborhoods don’t have enough leaves on the trees and shrubs.

Plan to protect your family and pets from outdoor pests now.  The barrier spray schedule is quickly filling up for April.  Columbia residents should get a handle on the bug season before they biting insects move into your backyard.