Tired of Spiders Around Your Home and the Webs They Weave? Mosquito Squad of Columbia Will Rid Your Home and Yard of Both!

Black Widow spider in Columbia SCIf there is one single tiny creature that strikes fear in our hearts, it would undoubtedly have to be the spider. Spiders get their reputation for being the focus of terror in movies as well as books, they have even made their appearance in childrens’ nursery rhymes. The good new is that most spiders are harmless, here in Columbia there are only a small handful of spiders that are considered to be venomous. These dangerous spiders include the Brown Recluse, Brown Widow, and the Northern as well as Southern Black Widow. A bite from these arachnids can make you very ill and in some cases can be fatal.

Brown Recluse spider in Columbia SCThe most efficient way of ridding your home of spiders is by applying our protective barrier spray around your home. Mosquito Squad of Columbia will seek out areas where spiders are breeding and feeding and completely remove them. By having a proactive approach and keeping your yard completely spider free, you won’t have to worry about them finding their way into your home. To thoroughly ensure they aren’t entering your home, we will spray the entirety of your home’s exterior, from the ground all the way up to the eaves. Once we have completely removed your yard’s spider population, we will then clean up the mess they left behind. We will not only remove the spiders from your yard, but we will also remove every single spider web as well.

spider control Columbia SCMosquito Squad of Columbia offers spider control that will rid you of your spider woes. You will see immediate results. Our treatment is applied every 21 days from April until October (and in some cases year-round) and you will never have to worry about the dangers or mess created by a spider problem. To completely rid your home and yard of spiders today, 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!

When the Mosquito Population is More Active, So is Mosquito Squad of Columbia

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCNormally, our mosquito season here in Columbia, South Carolina would be winding down and we would be closing up shop until the spring. However, due to the recent monstrous amounts of precipitation and extremely mild weather we’re experiencing, it appears we will be performing our mosquito control duties well into the month of December. As long as mosquitoes are breeding and feeding, expect to see us out Fighting the Bite every day.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCNot only do mosquitoes put a damper on nearly all of your outdoor activities, but they also can carry West Nile virus and a multitude of other diseases. The recent flooding has allowed for pools of water to form in thousands of locations in Columbia and the surrounding area. These pools of water will inevitably result in a sort of “post-flood baby boom” of the mosquito population. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of newly hatched mosquitoes will be out and searching for first blood meal. While we have experienced a slight cold snap, the temperatures are expected to be in the eighties this coming Friday; this is not enough time to put even a dent in the mosquito population. It truly appears that the possibility of seeing mosquito activity here in Columbia SC on Christmas day is very real.

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West Nile Virus Prevention Columbia SCWhile seeing mosquito activity that’s quite considerable through Thanksgiving and Christmas is unusual, and in fact a near anomaly, you can expect to see Mosquito Squad of Columbia ridding yards of these pesky, annoying, potentially disease carrying pests. As long as the mosquitoes are out, so too will we. You can count on us to make sure your yard isn’t a breeding ground for these pests. We can help you take your yard back so you can enjoy the outdoors for all your cookouts and holiday gatherings. Keep calm, and call the squad!

Dread Skeeter for Mosquito Squad of ColumbiaTo keep your yard completely free of the potential swarm of mosquitoes in the upcoming weeks and months ahead, 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!

The Recent Floods Will Undoubtedly Result in More Columbia SC Mosquitoes

mosquito control Columbia SCAs we have discussed at length, standing water is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. However, our particular situation is quite different and presents many challenges. With the recent catastrophic flooding in and around Columbia SC, standing water will remain a problem for the foreseeable future. Add to the amount of standing and stagnated water, the timing will also present challenges as the mosquitoes are much more active and aggressive as they scramble to feed in time to lay their eggs before the temperatures get too low.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCAccording to a recent Jacksonville, NC news article, “…expect the worst of the mosquitoes to be next week when all of the eggs laid this week become adults of a wide range of species, one of which is the largest in the United States”. With the recent copious amounts of precipitation we’ve experienced, it seems that following the “5 T’s” may not be enough within itself. The application of our microencapsulated barrier spray solution has a delayed release and is less susceptible to becoming diluted by water than other mosquito control companies in Columbia SC.

mosquito control Columbia SCNow that the vast swath of flood waters have receded or evaporated, it’s prime time for heavy mosquito activity. By being proactive rather than reactive, you can ensure that your yard does not become a mosquito breeding ground. Nip the problem in the bud by having Mosquito Squad of Columbia perform our highly effective barrier application on your yard today! In doing so, you, your family, and your pets are much less likely to come into contact with annoying, biting, mosquitoes that could potentially be carrying a mosquito-borne illness or disease.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia South CarolinaTo have your yard treated today and keep your yard mosquito free for the remainder of the season, 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!

Our Hearts Go Out to Those Impacted by the Flood and Those Who’ve Perished in Our Incredible City of Columbia

We are absolutely devastated by the floods in and around our beloved city. We hope all of our Columbia area neighbors get the help and protection they need to get through this devastating flood. When we all wade out of this flood, we are here to provide follow up mosquito repellent applications. We will do everything we can to take care of our own as quickly as we can.

This catastrophic, 1,000-year rain event has set records all across South Carolina, and there are still nearly 100 people here in Columbia still trapped in their homes. We look forward to getting through this together and send our deepest condolences to those who have perished due to this incredibly damaging flood.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia will be here for all our current customers as well and will be on top of our tasks as soon as it is possible. You can count on us.

Sincerely,
Kenny Kaufman, owner
Mosquito Squad of Columbia

While You May Find Stinky Feet and Bad Breath Disgusting, Mosquitoes Actually Love Them!

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCHave you ever wondered why mosquitoes seem to bite some people more often, while others seem to barely be fazed by them? There is more to the laws of attraction when it comes to mosquitoes than just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to discuss some of the reasons that mosquitoes may be drawn to you like a moth to a flame.

cicada killer wasp control Columbia SC Did you know mosquitoes are actually the deadliest predators on earth despite their size? Mosquitoes are more deadly than sharks, tigers or even other humans. Mosquitoes kill by proxy. They transmit pathogens such as dengue fever, West Nile virus, Yellow Fever and, the most deadly of all mosquito-borne illnesses combined, malaria. With this in mind, is it any wonder the mosquito is a natural born hunter?

Dread Skeeter for Mosquito SquadAccording to a recent article published by Scientific American, “Everyone attracts mosquitoes to some extent, so as long as they shall breathe. From the perspective of mosquitoes the world is composed of rivers of carbon dioxide flowing from the headwaters of animal’s mouths. Carbon dioxide flows from us all. Mosquitoes fly in the direction of higher carbon dioxide concentration and this leads them close enough, having found a warm body, to make more discerning decisions.”

Once you have caught the mosquito’s attention by merely breathing, there are a number of factors that will cause the mosquito to choose to feed from you over your friend who may be standing right beside you.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCBody odor is a top mosquito attractant. Bacterial colonies combined with sweat generate that sweet (if you’re a mosquito) human scent we call body odor. Without the bacteria, our sweat would be odorless; with the bacteria, our sweat is one of the more attractive scents for mosquitoes. Fresh sweat has also proven not as attractive to the hungry mosquito because it has not combined with bacteria. Studies have even indicated that those of us with “stinkier” feet than others can also make us more appetizing to a mosquito which serves as further proof of the sweat and bacteria recipe that mosquitoes find so appealing!

West Nile Virus Prevention Columbia SCNatural body secretions are also a huge draw for mosquitoes. About 80% of us are “secretors”, which mean we normally secrete compounds known as saccharides and antigens through our skin which indicate our blood type. Mosquitoes are magnets for secretors. Being classified as a secretor or non-secretor is determined by your biology and there isn’t anything you can do to put yourself in the non-secretor category. It is part of the natural makeup of certain individuals.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCThe “vampiric” factor also plays a role in the mosquito’s preference to feed from you. Depending on the type of blood you have, you secrete different scents. Studies have shown that mosquitoes are most attracted to Type O blood and are least attracted to Type A.
Lactic acid is a huge draw for mosquitoes. Lactic acid is emitted through your skin when you are active or eating certain foods. Mosquitoes are more attracted to people with a greater build-up of lactic acid on their skin. You can reduce lactic acid by washing with soap after exercising and thoroughly drying. Scent is the primary indicator for mosquitoes that a human target is within striking distance. The role scent plays in attracting mosquitoes goes so far as the mosquito’s preference in choosing a person that has, or is, drinking beer over that of a non-drinker.
There are also other indicators like body heat, moisture, movement and color that attract mosquitoes’ highly attuned receptors.

Columbia SC mosquito controlAside from washing regularly to reduce bacteria and lactic acid build-up from your skin, most of the human scents that attract mosquitoes are unique to us and cannot be changed. We have to breathe, and we cannot choose to be a secretor, nor can we choose our blood type. With this in mind, Mosquito Squad of Columbia has a way to outsmart the laws of attracting mosquitoes on your own turf!

Never fear Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here!Mosquito Squad of Columbia provides a barrier spray protection program that can reduce the chances of mosquito attraction within your treated backyard. We spray your yard to create a protective barrier around your yard. This barrier is an invisible shield of protection from mosquitoes and also mosquito-borne disease. Our spray not only eliminates mosquitoes on contact; it also has a time-released formula that keeps on working for up to 3 weeks. With our season-long mosquito protection program, you don’t even need to pick up the phone. We re-treat your property every 3 weeks to make sure mosquitoes are out of sight and out of mind.

dread and kids in flowersContact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more about ending your fatal attraction with the mosquitoes and preventing mosquitoes and the diseases they carry from taking up residence in your backyard. We can make sure the remainder of the warm season is full of mosquito-free fun! Call us today for a free quote at (803) 345.7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Keep calm and call the Squad. We can control and prevent the bugs that are bugging you!

How to Get the Upper Hand on Columbia SC Termites

Termites in Columbia SCThe key to gaining control over termites at your home or business is understanding how termites operate. Termites are random foragers and are also blind. Because they are blind they seek out food sources for the colony using thermal shadowing. The termite’s ability to detect temperature gradients allows them to verify food sources quickly and accurately. This could include their ability to detect a fallen tree in a clearing or in your yard. Worker termites leave the colony to find a viable food source for the colony and in doing so they leave a pheromone trail to lead the colony directly to the found food source.

termite control Columbia SCThe Midlands area of South Carolina lies in one of the most heavily termite infested regions in the nation. Mosquito Squad of Columbia provides total termite control solutions. We provide comprehensive inspection and reporting which includes on-site home inspection with LED imaging. We also use both bait stations and termiticide applications to fight these wood destroying pests. The course of treatment we recommend depends heavily on the termite activity you are experiencing and also the age and termite history of your particular home. Effective termite treatment does not fall into a “one size fits all” category. One home may only require bait stations and another may require a more intensive treatment such as liquid termiticide.

Termite inflicting damageLiquid termiticides, in most instances, offer the best level of termite treatment. The termiticide Mosquito Squad of Columbia uses works on both Formosan and Subterranean termites. Termites ingest the termiticide not even knowing it’s there. They then carry the termiticide back to the colony. They unwittingly distribute the termiticide throughout the colony which eventually destroys the entire colony.Homes with no history of termite activity may be better candidates for bait stations over that of a home that is older and has experienced previous termite activity. Modern bait stations are very effective at keeping the termite away from your structure. Bait stations target the termites that may be lurking in the ground around your structure. Termites only burrow about 4-6 inches below the ground and our modern bait station are loaded with a cellulose product as well as termiticide which will eliminate the termites.

Columbia SC termite control 1Your home is more than likely the biggest investment you will make in your entire life. Don’t allow termites to destroy that investment. To find out how to completely rid your home of these destructive pests, call Mosquito Squad of Columbia today at 803.345.7575, email us at columbia@outdoorlights.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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!