Winter hearty mosquito eggs? Unfortunately, yes!

Mosquito eggs

Just one female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs at a time, and can do lay up to 3 batches during her lifetime.

We’ve had a cold winter here in the Columbia area including a couple big snowstorms and even a mild earthquake – both of which are very unusual to our area. As we Carolinians anxiously await Spring, we might hope that last year’s mosquitoes were one thing that didn’t survive this winter. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Mosquitoes have a few ways to survive over winter. When female mosquitoes lay their eggs in late summer, those eggs can go dormant in water or even under ice to spring to life once the warmer weather hits. Some of these eggs can even survive in moist soils only to be brought back to life with the smallest pool of water and a gently elevated temperature. A small number of mosquitoes may also overwinter while in their larval stage. Often larvae will lay in wait in mud and the edges of freshwater ponds awaiting temperatures to rise so they can begin feeding again.

The adult mosquito is the brave winter warrior

In addition to mosquito eggs surviving winter, adult female mosquitoes can also survive the winter. They may enter into hibernation in hollow logs, burrows or even in basements in a state of torpor, a temporary state of suspension or sleep,  only to emerge from hibernation in the spring.

The magic number?

mosquito trapped in amber

Mosquito trapped in amber that dates back to the time when dinosaurs still roamed the earth.

Is there a specific temperature that will bring mosquitoes back to life? Surprisingly, mosquito eggs can even lie dormant for a couple of years. In fact, mosquito eggs can be very hearty. Mosquitoes can survive in temperatures as low as 50 degrees but they function best at 80 degrees and up. We all know how quickly our temperatures can get back up to 70 and 80 degrees. And, unfortunately, warmer days followed by extremely cold days still don’t lead to certain death for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can regulate their own temperature to go into a semi-hibernation mode which is how some adult mosquitoes are alive and buzzing at the first sight of a sunny day,or biting us while we enjoy that rare Indian summer.  Keep in mind that mosquitoes have been around for over 170 million years. Their uncanny ability to acclimate to diverse temperatures and regulate their own temperatures may be one of the main reasons they survived the Ice Age even when the dinosaurs did not!

A good example of the mosquito’s ability to evolve to thrive in various climates is the Asian Tiger Mosquito. This mosquito is indigenous to Asia and South American countries which have tropical and subtropical climates. Nonetheless, it has rapidly taken up residence in areas of the US as far east as Maine.

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Mosquito Squad of Columbia is waging war against disease carrying mosquitoes like the Asian tiger mosquito in Columbia SC.

Before you begin to panic, there are safeguards you can take to decrease the number of mosquitoes that come out to play. The first of these is routinely inspecting your property for the presence of standing water. This is especially important after a snow or heavy rain. Rainwater and  melting snow can pool in the most miniscule reservoirs making the perfect spot for mosquitoes to breed. Keeping your lawn and areas around your yard free of deadfall will discourage overwintering mosquitoes to find refuge so close to your home. The average mosquito will only travel a short distance to acquire a blood meal. Mosquito species most common to the Columbia SC area, such as the Asian tiger, have a  limited flight ranges of about 300 feet. This means the less areas you leave for them to breed or hibernate will reduce their numbers in your yard significantly — out of sight means out of mind.

mosquito larvae in standing water

Mosquito larvae in standing water.

One of the most effective safeguards when used in conjunction with keeping your property free of standing water and deadfall, is to have your property treated by a mosquito control professional. Mosquito Squad of Columbia uses a safe and effective mosquito barrier control spray to eliminate mosquitoes within treated areas while preventing more from entering into the treated area (your property). Our easy, worry free scheduling ensures there are no gaps in service. We will set you up on a scheduled interval to spray your yard in order to gain complete control over mosquitoes and their ability to multiply, breed and set up housekeeping on your turf!  Our service is easy, proven, safe and highly effective.

Dread Skeeter - thats meNow is the time to schedule your season long mosquito control. Warm weather is almost here and the recent abundance of  wet weather means that in a few short weeks mosquito populations will explode.  Our program is backed by our expertise and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • Email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

Our Mosquito Squad of Columbia family

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia.

 

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Our automatic mosquito misting systems are the closest you can get to total mosquito control

Mosquito free backyard courtesy of Mosquito Squad of Columbia

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

With the wet spring and early summer we’ve had, the mosquitoes are out in full force. Mosquito Squad of Columbia’s motto is “fight the bite” and we have many ways we go about doing so. Our barrier spray program is highly effective at eliminating mosquitoes and ticks. Another effective treatment method is our misting systems which provide the ultimate in mosquito protection.

Mosquito Squad misting system

Details view of one of our misting system tanks.

Depending on your situation, an automatic misting system may be an excellent choice for your mosquito control needs based on providing total control. The system works by emitting a fine mist around a designated area for mosquito elimination. Nozzles for the spray can be installed on fence lines or around the perimeter of the home to protect the entire yard. Alternatively, nozzles may also be fitted to parts of your outdoor living areas. Each nozzle is attached to tubing that leads to the system’s product supply. As programmed, the fine mist is automatically released providing you with the protection your family needs. Easily adjustable, you can choose how many times your yard is misted each day which is typically between two two four times. The system also has a remote control allowing you to opt for additional or fewer sprays to suit your needs. The misting system component consists of inconspicuous nylon tubing that connects strategically placed, corrosion-resistant nickel-plated stainless-steel nozzles. The best part is that the unit is automatically filled, serviced and winterized by Mosquito Squad of Columbia so you never need to lift a finger.

Columbia SC misting systems

One of our mosquito misting systems set up in a residential application.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia’s misting systems are used in residential, light commercial, and barn installations. We have the ability to customize our product dependent on the pest we are going after in your individual situation. We set the misting systems to spray during the times when the mosquitoes are most active which is generally dusk until dawn. Our misting systems are also a favorite among horse owners and are widely used in horse stable settings to control both flies, horse flies and mosquitoes.

Columbia, SC mosquito control for horse barns

Protect your family, your horses and your investment from flies, mosquitoes and mosquito born illness with automatic mosquito misting systems.

For horse owners and enthusiasts our automatic misting systems pack a punch by controlling mosquitoes that could potentially infect your beloved equine with Eastern Equine Encephalitis and also protecting them from nagging flies. When we install our systems for use in barn settings we install one spray head per 12 foot stall. These are set to disperse at variable times throughout the day for maximum control. Unlike the residential application which primarily targets mosquitoes and is set to disperse during the dusk to dawn hours, our barn misting systems primarily target flies which are more active during the day. Our special formula is designed so that flies cannot develop resistance thereby rendering the treatment ineffective.  Resistance to fly sprays is a major concern for horse owners because flies can evolve so quickly so that your fly control will no longer be effective.

Mosquito Misting system

Our automatic mosquito misting systems are the closest thing to perfection you can get!

With the growing awareness of mosquito-borne illnesses, it’s also nice to know you have a solution you can depend on.  Mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses are certainly something to keep in mind. Some of these diseases include West Nile Virus, Encephalitis,  Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

Whether you own and operate a stable, commercial venue or are a homeowner wishing the mosquitoes would just disappear, we can make your wish come true. Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia today to learn more about our automatic mosquito misting systems. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

Wet weather in the Columbia, SC area is making gnat populations rise along with our annoyance

Up close and personal with a gnat.

Up close and personal with the annoying gnat.

Those little backyard pests have arrived in full force this season. They are sometimes referred to as “no see um’s” which is really a cute word for the very annoying gnat!  Those tiny bugs that you can’t see before they are inches in front of you are called gnats. Gnats seem to find their way into our homes and are attracted by rotting food and moisture. Some come into your home on fruit that you have purchased, others gnats find their way inside through openings in your house such as doors and cracks. Gnats are actually part of the Diptera family of insects, with the name implying “two wings”, and are a type of fly.

Along with being annoying, certain types of gnats do bite humans which can lead to skin irritations. Some gnats also spread disease. Gnats multiply quickly, laying hundreds of eggs in a short amount of time which can lead to unsanitary conditions if the problem gets out of control in and around your home.

Getting to know your gnat

Gnats in Spring

Does this resemble your backyard?

There are several types of gnats and each come with their own propensity to annoy us in different ways. Eye gnats live off the eye fluid of animals such as livestock that like to congregate in herds. Extremely large aggregations of eye gnats are common in areas that have loose sandy soils, especially in the southern United States. Some research indicates eye gnats can cause conjunctivitis, cancer and other disease in cows.

Gall gnats, also known by some as “midges” are tiny and frail and can wreak havoc on crops when present in large numbers. Sand gnats also called “no see ums” bite and actually suck blood leaving red bumps and rashes behind in their wake. Sand gnats are prevalent in sandy areas. Fungus gnats are found in moist environments and thrive on decomposing food and can be found in many homes thriving in household plants.

Gnats are very difficult to control when we have normal precipitation but are even more difficult to control with all the wet weather we have experienced thus far for the season. In essence the rain, and over watering associated with the weather is a huge contributor of rising gnat populations all over the Columbia area. This season we have seen a particularly bad gnat problem on the South side of Lexington, SC. This is due in part to the sand based soil prevalent in that area which facilitate large gnat populations.Gnats prefer laying their eggs in areas where their brood can easily rise up from the loose soil. Gnats like similar conditions to those of mosquitoes – damp, warm, moist areas with lush vegetation and standing water. More humidity and moisture, paired with the abundance of foliage and flowers, make the perfect home for gnats.

Gnat on leaf with a raindrop

Notice the sheer size of this tiny gnat as it appears next to a drop of dew.

Getting rid of the gnats

To get the best results you will want to take additional measures to make your area less conducive to gnats. Remove rotting vegetation from the yard, including the spent undersides of any potted plants or flowers on or around your deck or patio. Remove and tip over devices that may hold standing water. Remove old leaves, logs, and dead fall around your home. Rake out the area and let it dry out this will discourage the gnat from returning to those areas. When watering your lawn or plants, don’t over water. You want the areas to sufficiently dry out before watering again. We recommend watering 3 days per week, and water in the early morning hours so the sun, paired with evaporation throughout the day will dry off any excess moisture present. Mosquito Squad of Columbia advises you to stay on our mosquito control program throughout the season to get the best gnat control. We cannot guarantee the gnat control applications but 75% of our customers who are on both the mosquito and gnat control saw a significant decrease in the gnats in their yards.

Here is our solution. With every barrier spray treatment, we spray the ground with the product we use to control mosquitoes. If this is not sufficient then we add an additional product used to treat the gnats and fleas specifically. In extreme cases we can enroll you in our platinum program where we spray your yard on a 2 week schedule.  We have had a great deal of success in protecting residents in the area from gnats. The degree of treatment you will need depends on your individual circumstances and property.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more about controlling the bugs that are bothering you, including gnats, mosquitoes, fire ants, fleas, ticks, spiders and flies. We can help keep you and your family happy and healthy this season with bug-free days, and bug-free nights. Call us today for a free quote •  (803) 345 – 7575 • email:columbia@mosquitosquad.com

The sobering statistics about mosquito and tick-borne illness in South Carolina

Dread Skeeter for Mosquito SquadLast year, vector-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus reported an all-time high among reported human cases. Mosquitoes and ticks are responsible each year for making thousands of people and pets sick – some even resulting in death. Most South Carolinians think that vector-borne illnesses happen elsewhere in the United States, but in fact they happen right here on South Carolina soil and in more sobering numbers than you might have imagined.Map of SC

The most common mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses in South Carolina are West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Based on data from The USGS disease maps provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior in conjunction with the CDC, the reported number of vector-borne illnesses in humans contracted from mosquitoes and ticks in 2012 was as follows:

Mosquito blood meal

Mosquito-Borne illness numbers for South Carolina 

  • West Nile Virus – The total number of human WNV infections in 2012 was 29, the number for the entire US was 5,674. According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control there were also 4 confirmed cases of West Nile Encephalitis confirmed in our state for 2012. We also had 16 confirmed cases West Nile Fever.
  • Lacrosse Encephalitis – South Carolina had one reported case in 2012 and 78 reported cases nationwide
  • Dengue Fever – South Carolina had two reported cases during 2012, with 545 total reported cases in the U.S.

Tick- Borne illness numbers for South Carolina

  • Lyme Disease – According to the SCDHEC there were 23 confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in S.C. for 2012. We also not the last reported numbers showing state to state confirmed cases of the disease comes to us from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which show in 2011 South Carolina had a total of 24 confirmed cases of Lyme Disease, the total number of confirmed cases for the US was 24,364.
Deer tick or blacklegged tick on leaf waiting for you to pass by

Ticks carry a host of diseases and thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas

  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – In 2012 South Carolina had 10 confirmed cases of this illness, and 41 additional probable cases.

These statistics do not include many probable or undiagnosed cases of mosquito and tick borne illness. The SCDHEC Bureau of Disease Control reported in South Carolina, through October 5, 2012, there were 29 people confirmed ill with West Nile Fever or West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. Three of these persons died. An additional 11 persons with no symptoms of West Nile infection were identified through screening of donated blood. South Carolina experienced more cases of West Nile Disease, in any form, in 2012 than in any previous year.

West Nile Virus is the most common mosquito-borne illness in North America and Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease. When Lyme Disease is left untreated infection it can spread to the joints, the heart and even the nervous system.

lyme_bullseye_rash

This image shows the bulls-eye rash that is a common symptom of most cases of Lyme disease in the diseases first phase.

Lyme Disease is the most widely misdiagnosed of all the vector-borne illnesses and is commonly referred to as the “great pretender”. This is because the symptoms of Lyme do indeed mimic the symptoms of other illnesses such as arthritis, asthma, depression and even eczema (due in part to the illnesses trademark rash that sometimes accompanies the presence of Lyme).

As you read over the statistics for vector-borne illness, you can clearly see these illnesses are not as uncommon in our neck of the woods as one may think. In order to keep your family safe from the risk of contracting one of these illnesses this season it is crucial to take control of your property to make it less hospitable for mosquitoes and ticks. By exercising smart mosquito and tick control practices on your property and having a licensed professional treat your property, you can dramatically reduce your risk of contracting a vector-borne illness.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to protect you and your family from mosquitoes and  ticks all season long.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to protect you and your family from mosquitoes and ticks all season long.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia today to learn more about our mosquito control and tick control prevention programs that are geared towards keeping your and your family safe from mosquito and tick-borne illness and disease. Now is the time to act in order to stay healthy and happy this season! Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

Just one female mosquito + your backyard = one billion mosquitoes! You do the mosquito math

Blood filled female mosquito

The presence of one female mosquito can spawn a brood of over one billion mosquitoes in your backyard!

I know it may seem like a stretch, but in absolute truth one female mosquito can spawn over one billion mosquitoes in just 4 short weeks. It would be great if there were only 1 mosquito in your yard. The warm weather and abundant rainfall make our Columbia backyard conditions perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. By simple multiplication, the natural order of the mosquito population turns an army of just one female mosquito into an army of over 1 billion mosquitoes! Here is how it works…

Week One

mosquito math week 1

In order for a female mosquito to develop viable eggs to facilitate reproduction she must obtain a sufficient blood meal from a human or other mammal. This single female mosquito will then proceed to lay up to 300 eggs. Mosquitoes can lay up to three batches of eggs during their short lifetime. From here the mosquito has already perpetuated a significant amount of blood-thirsty offspring in which about half, will be other blood thirsty mosquitoes.

mosquito math week 2Week Two

Our equation now includes 150 new female mosquitoes, plus the original matriarch of the brood which brings the total to 151 female mosquitoes. This is where it really gets interesting; the 150 daughters of the original female mosquito will also lay up to 300 eggs each. This brings the total number of mosquitoes up to 45,300, of which half are female.

Week Three

mosquito math week 3This now means 22,650 female mosquitoes will once again lay up to 300 eggs each bringing the number during their egg laying period to 6,795,300. That is almost 7 million mosquitoes brought into your backyard via one female mosquito in just 3 weeks! The same strategy of half being born female will leave us with 3,397,000 females ready to do it all over again.

Week Four

mosquito math week 4The sum of all homeowner’s fear will weigh in at a whopping 1,319,250,000 mosquitoes from just one female mosquito! That’s 1 point 3 BILLION! This fact is scarier than fiction!

Mosquito eggs

Just one female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs at a time, and can do lay up to 3 batches during her lifetime.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this vicious cycle in your Columbia area backyard. Mosquito Squad of Columbia’s barrier spray program will eliminate mosquitoes that are present on your property and prevent more from taking up residence. By reducing the number of mosquitoes on your treated property, you can literally eliminate billions of mosquitoes. Not only will eliminating these mosquitoes offer you the freedom and peace of mind to enjoy the outdoors this season, it will also reduce the number of mosquitoes within your yard that carry disease.

mosquito math

By doing the mosquito math your will see preventing mosquitoes in your yard this season is as easy as 1,2,3.

Now is the time to schedule your season long mosquito control. Warm weather is here and the recent abundance of rain mean that in a few short weeks mosquito populations will explode in our region. We use our effective mosquito barrier control spray to eliminate mosquitoes within the treated area and prevent more from entering into the treated area (your property) for up to 21 days per application. Our easy, worry free scheduling ensures there are no gaps in service.  We will set you up on a scheduled interval to spray your yard in order to gain complete control over mosquitoes and their ability to multiply. Our service is easy, safe and highly effective.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to protect you and your family from mosquitoes all season long.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to protect you and your family from mosquitoes all season long.

Our program is backed by our expertise and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

Mosquito Squad of Columbia teaches us that all mosquito treatments aren’t created equal!

Mosquito on spring flowers

The abundance of rain will ensure plentiful blooms and mosquitoes this season.

With all the recent rain we’ve had in the Columbia area, the mosquito season is likely to be a doozy this season. Standing water is everywhere which means the mosquitoes are using that pooled water to lay millions and millions of eggs. With the probability of a booming mosquito season, it’s important to keep you and your family protected from these backyard menaces and the many illnesses they carry. In choosing the right mosquito professional to take care of your mosquito control needs, it is important to choose someone who is experienced in getting the job done right the first time.

mosquito larvae and eggs in standing water

Mosquito larvae and eggs in standing water

I am sure you have seen the advertisements around town offering mosquito control. Many of these companies don’t even specialize in mosquito control and most only offer a “knock down” treatment rather than a residual product that truly protects. Knock down treatments mean that the product is only effective on the mosquitoes that are present in the yard at the time of treatment. Knock down treatments are all most of these companies use, that is why many customers have been left with a bad taste in their mouth and lots of bites on their bodies. The knock-down treatment is very inexpensive compared to the residual product but, you get what you pay for. Many Columbia residents feel that this is the only type of control available in the area. Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to tell you that you can have a mosquito and tick free yard all summer with our duo of knock down protection and timed release extended treatment.

Not all mosquito treatments are created equal

We are raising the bar here in the Columbia area when it comes to mosquito control and we have the competition running scared. They know our product works, and theirs just scratches the surface at controlling mosquitoes. We use a proprietary treatment that includes three different products to deliver the ultimate effectiveness.  We not only offer different levels of protection, we also offer many specialty treatments. We are specialists in outdoor pests. While other companies only offer a general pest management approach, we offer many different options that target the pests you are having problems with. Flying pests are much more difficult to control than crawling pests. Don’t ever let a company tell you there is no difference in the two, or there is nothing effective at targeting them both. At Mosquito Squad, that’s what we do.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia doesn't give mosquitoes or ticks a biting chance

Mosquito Squad of Columbia doesn’t give mosquitoes and other nuisance insects a biting chance!

Full protection throughout the summer:

If you talk to a professional who has knowledge about products used to eliminate mosquitoes, the knowledgeable ones will tell you it will wear off after about three weeks.  Our competitors spray every 4 weeks which guarantees their customers will be unhappy 25% of the time.

Our regular barrier spray program is scheduled every 3 weeks for optimal results. Not only will the treatments eliminate existing mosquitoes and ticks in your backyard upon application, they will also create a veil of protection designed to keep more mosquitoes from entering your treated property until the next treatment. Our customers can also choose our platinum service with service every 14 days for the ultimate protection. If you come across a landscape or lawn service and they say they take care of mosquito control, beware. Their product most likely does not have the residual performance and the licenses usually held by landscape and lawn companies restrict them from spraying decks, patios, porches, home siding or structures. At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, we have the licenses to treat your structures as well as your yard.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia offers natural treatment programs that are garlic or mint based. Natural products have less residual protection than their contemporaries and need to be applied on a two-week schedule in order to gain the most effectiveness.

If you aren’t satisfied with any facet of the results you receive from our product, we re-spray at no charge. It is that simple. We always make sure our customers are taken care of, that is why Mosquito Squad of Columbia has so many repeat customers, because once you find out what works and who you can trust, that is the company you stick with. Along with our safe and highly effective pest control programs we also offer mosquito misting systems. Don’t just take our word for it. Visit our Mosquito Squad of Columbia website and read our reviews.

Blood filled female mosquito

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, they also carry a wide range of illness and disease,

At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, we also offer services for other nuisance insects such as ticks, spiders, fleas, gnats, fire ants, flies, wasps,  and aphids. Our specialty is eliminating the bugs above ground that are bugging you. You may find less expensive services elsewhere, but you will not find someone who provides better service or more effective protection. Mosquito Squad of Columbia surveys amond customers rank us 5 points ABOVE “World Class” ranking with more than 90% of our customers willing to refer us to friends and family.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia today to learn why we are the pest control company that so many area residents are choosing to keep to help ensure their mosquito free lifestyle. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

Mosquito Squad of Columbia explores the devastation White-Nose Syndrome is causing to our S.C. bat population

Bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes per hour at night

One bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquito sized insects per hour while feeding.

As hardy and resilient as our ecosystem may seem, it is really quite delicate. One species facilitates the survival of another in a sensitive web or intermingling habitats. With this in mind, one species can experience a problem and the result can cause a domino effect that sends other species into a tailspin. One example of this is happening right here in South Carolina with a disease that has already killed millions of bats throughout Eastern North America and has now been confirmed in our state.

Bats sleeping in cave

Bats that hibernate in mines and caves are vulnerable to the WNS.

The disease is called White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), and is spread from one bat to another by a fungus called Geomyces destructans. The name of the disease refers to the white fungal growth found on the noses of infected bats although it is also found on their wings and tail membrane.  While the disease is not harmful to humans, it is believed that humans are facilitating the numbers of bats becoming infected through the transport of infected gear and clothing into the bat’s habitat.

The little brown bat is a SC native

The little brown bat is a is one of the S.C. bat species that are being affected by WNS.

The Organization for Bat Conservation has reported “WNS infected bats are awaking from their winter as often as every 3-4 days as opposed to the normal time frame of every 10-20 days. This is considered the “itch and scratch” hypothesis, which means the more irritation caused by the higher rate of arousal and use of precious body fat. The fungus damages the connective tissues, muscles and skin of the bats and also disrupts their physiological functions. While bats are in winter torpor their immune system is compromised. Bat’s bodies are trying to conserve energy by lowering their physiological activity including heart rate, respiration, metabolism, and body temperature. The bats wake up dehydrated and hungry during the cold winters when there are no insects to eat. Unfortunately, about 90% of the bats affected perish due to starvation.

To date there is no cure or treatment for White-Nose Syndrome and mortality in some bat species has exceeded 98%. Some rare species of bats may face extinction from this disease. In South Carolina these species include the brown bat, little brown bat, Eastern small-footed bat, Northern long-eared bat, tricolored bat and Southeastern bat.

Blood filled female mosquito

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, they also carry a wide range of illness and disease,

The concerns of the debilitating and fatal effects of this disease reach far beyond the bat singularly. The bat plays a major role in maintaining and balancing our ecosystem. Bats are a primary predator of night-flying insects such as mosquitoes. One bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquito-sized insects per hour while feeding. An average bat will feed for 3-6 hours each night and this adds up to a large quantity of insects the bat is eliminating. Many of these insects are vectors of illness and diseases such as West Nile Virus that could potentially be spread to humans. Bats are a link in eradicating mosquito borne illnesses that would otherwise potentially cause human infections. According to an article released by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the one million little brown bats that have already died due to WNS would have eaten between 660 and 1,320 metric tons of insects in one year. This illness is posing a threat of huge losses to agriculture as well. It is estimated that insect-eating bats provide a significant pest-control service, saving the U.S. agricultural industry at least $3 billion a year.

Bats are a beneficial part of South Carolina’s ecosystem and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is working closely with its partners to understand this disease and to help minimize the impact on our S.C. bats.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

Contact us to learn more about our safe and effective mosquito control program.

Since unfortunately we may not have as many bats to help with mosquito control this season, Mosquito Squad is even more of a great solution. We provide a comprehensive mosquito control program including our effective barrier spray. We spray your yard throughout the summer for complete protection. This effectively creates a barrier around your yard protecting you from mosquitoes. Living mosquitoes are eliminated on contact. Then our product works on a timed release to keep your yard mosquito free until our next visit.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more (803) 345 – 7575 • Email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com