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.

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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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The First West Nile Virus Death Was Just Confirmed in Our Sister State to the North

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCAs we mentioned in a previous article, the threat of West Nile virus becomes greater during the months of August, September, and October. Nearly right on queue, the first death from West Nile virus was just confirmed not too far away in North Carolina. Protecting you and your family from coming into contact with mosquitoes should be of high priority.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia South CarolinaMosquito Squad of Columbia can take away your worries. With several months of mosquito activity still remaining here in Columbia SC, relying on a professional mosquito control company is the smart thing to do. Whether you’re in need of a barrier spray to keep mosquitoes out of your yard for several weeks, or are looking for your very own mosquito misting system, Mosquito Squad of Columbia can handle it all.

West Nile Virus Prevention Columbia SCAccording to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health in a recent article, “Officials are encouraging residents and visitors alike to take precautions…it (West Nile virus) can cause more serious conditions, including encephalitis, meningitis and meningoencephalitis in about 1 percent of cases which can be fatal.” There is no vaccine or cure for West Nile virus; the best method of prevention against the disease is to be vigilant. This means reducing you and your family members’ contact with mosquitoes as much as possible. Luckily, Mosquito Squad of Columbia has the perfect solution for this.

Dread Skeeter for Mosquito SquadIn order to keep your yard free of mosquitoes for the remainder of the year and avoid contact with disease carrying mosquitoes, call Mosquito Squad of Columbia today at (803) 345.7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

With the Record Heat We Have Experienced, Columbia SC Mosquitoes May be Active Until Christmas

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCWest Nile virus cases are beginning to show up all around us. This is not unusual, as the virus tends to spike in August, September and October. However, with the record heat we have experienced, we may be looking at the real possibility of an active mosquito population all the way up until Christmas. Mosquito Squad of Columbia has the perfect, and most importantly, affordable solution to keeping your yard mosquito free throughout the remaining months where mosquitoes are present.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCOur 3 spray package for $219 will provide you and your family with complete mosquito protection for nearly 62 days. Mosquito Squad of Columbia can ensure your cookouts, football tailgating parties, and all your social gatherings outdoors will go off without those pesky biting and stinging insects that may otherwise ruin your event.

mosquito control Columbia SCNot only can mosquitoes ruin your outdoor gatherings this fall, but they can also transmit nasty diseases such as West Nile virus. According to a recent article published by the Dekalb County environmental health division, “in one week, the number of mosquito samples that tested positive as carriers (for West Nile virus) nearly doubled from 37 to 70. The virus tends to spike in August, September and October.” West Nile virus is especially dangerous to the extremely young and the elderly. Its symptoms can range from the mild to the lethal and have a quick onset after being infected. Leave it to the professionals of Mosquito Squad of Columbia to ensure you and your family aren’t coming into contact with disease carrying mosquitoes in your own yard.

mosquito squad of Columbia SCTo see how Mosquito Squad of Columbia can remove potentially disease carrying mosquitoes and other biting and stinging pests from your home’s yard, 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!

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!

Recently Confirmed West Nile Virus Cases in South Carolina Highlight the Significance of Mosquito Control

West Nile Virus Prevention Columbia SCNormally, seeing the first confirmed case of the West Nile Virus here in South Carolina comes around mid July. This year, we already have 2 cases and we aren’t even into June yet. This may not be an indicator of how broad and sweeping West Nile will be, but it certainly does raise questions. Also important to note, Chikungunya has begun being spread by local mosquitoes within the U.S. Chikungunya thrives in warm, humid climates; unfortunately, that’s precisely the climate of Columbia, South Carolina. For all these reasons, it is recommended you have your yard treated to keep mosquitoes out for good.

West Nile Virus Prevention Columbia SCWe at Mosquito Squad of Columbia believe that mosquitoes and other biting and stinging pests shouldn’t keep you from enjoying your backyard. Nor should the fear of being bitten by a disease carrying mosquito. Our barrier sprays are designed to remove existing mosquitoes from your property, and act as a defense system against mosquitoes that fly into your yard and land. Once mosquitoes land in your treated yard, that’s the last trip they will ever make.

West Nile Virus Prevention Columbia SCYou can put away the citronella candles and bug spray and leave the job of mosquito control in Columbia, South Carolina to the professionals. If you sign up for seasonal protection, you won’t have to worry about calling us to come time and time again once the barrier spray wears off. We will arrive to your home, apply the spray, then simply leave a note letting you know the job was performed. The only thing you’ll notice is that the mosquitoes are gone!

West Nile Virus Prevention Columbia SCTo see how Mosquito Squad of Columbia can keep disease carrying mosquitoes from invading your backyard and endangering you, your family and your pets, give us a call at (803) 345.7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Last Week’s Rain Will Breed Millions of Mosquitoes Here in Columbia SC Within Two Weeks

mosquito math week 1There is a direct correlation between rain, temperature and the mosquito population. With all the recent rain there will undoubtedly be an uptick in the mosquito population here in Columbia, South Carolina.

The sheer amount of rain we have received in Columbia has undoubtedly created pools of water wherein mosquito breeding is a real problem. If you would like to make sure your yard is not a mosquito breeding area, don’t forget the “5 T’s”.

mosquito control Columbia SCIn areas of your yard that naturally breed mosquitoes (holes in trees, areas in your yard where water pools), you will often notice large swarms. If you really want to see the mosquitoes in your yard disappear, Mosquito Squad of Columbia’s barrier sprays are designed to do exactly that. Not only does the barrier spray knock down existing mosquitoes, but it also eliminates breeding areas and creates a barrier which mosquitoes won’t enter.

dread-versions3Take your yard back! Don’t allow those pesky, bloodsucking mosquitoes to keep you in your home during these warm, pleasant months. To see exactly how effective Mosquito Squad of Columbia is at getting rid of your yard’s biting, stinging pests, 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!

Thursday, July 19, 2012: Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found in Columbia SC

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Mosquito Squad of Columbia is waging war against disease carrying mosquitoes in Columbia SC.

This news just out today, Thursday, July 19, 2012.  An official at the City of Columbia indicates that West Nile virus has been reported in the 2200 block of Bull Street in downtown Columbia. The West Nile virus was determined to be the cause of death for birds that were discovered downtown. The trapping should reveal which strain of mosquitoes is carrying the virus which will then determine how the city will follow up to help prevent further outbreaks of the deadly disease.

West Nile Virus is a disease spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. About 80% of people that are bitten by an infected mosquito will show no symptoms while others may experience any of the following symptoms from days up to weeks:

  • fever
  • headache
  • body aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • swollen lymph glands

Unfortunately, a small number of those infected will develop a severe illness which can include the above symptoms but also including disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

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There is no specific treatment for West Nile Virus and people over 50 are at greater risk. The best protection from West Nile Virus is preventing contact with mosquitoes as much as possible since we won’t know which ones are carrying West Nile Virus and other diseases. Mosquito Squad of Columbia provides a barrier spray program that rids your yard of mosquitoes and ticks. Feel confident that you and your family can spend time outdoors without the threat of dangerous bites. We were recently interviewed by Columbia’s CBS affiliate WLTX. Watch a clip to learn more about our safe and effective mosquito control program.

Mosquitoes are the most deadly animal on the planet, killing more than a million people per year worldwide.

Call Mosquito Squad today at (803) 345 – 7575 to start protecting your yard and keeping your family safe from mosquito- and tick-borne diseases.