What do you do when the fleas are in your yard and inside your Columbia home also?

Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad of Columbia helps rid your yard and home of fleas to make happier family members - both furry and now furry.

Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad of Columbia helps rid your yard and home of fleas to make happier family members – both furry and now furry.

Fleas in your yard are a big concern and need to be dealt with, but what about when pets and children bring those pests inside the home and fleas start breeding on dog beds, in your carpet, or in other areas inside where you live? Adult fleas can jump 150 times their height and bite up to 400 times per day!  At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, we have a solution that takes into account all the places that fleas hang out, hide, and breed. Our goal is to rid your entire yard and home from fleas. Here’s how it works.

Our flea treatment series includes three outdoor treatments and is guaranteed for the season.  Mosquito Squad also offers indoor treatments at no extra charge when you find that these biting pests have invaded your home.  Fleas can be in egg, larva, pupa or adult stage and cannot be harmed when in pupa stage. Each indoor visit begins the day before by the customer vacuuming all carpets and furniture.   In addition to picking up any adult fleas, the vibrations of the vacuum stimulate the flea pupae to hatch into adult fleas.  Mosquito Squad’s treatment regimen includes products that will kill the flea larvae and adult fleas and prevent the eggs that are present from hatching.  Since fleas cannot be harmed in pupae stage, the multiple treatments are required in order to eliminate all the fleas.  Vacuuming before each of the three visits ensures we get all the flea pupae hatched and eliminated during the course of the treatments.  We will also treat the trash bin where the vacuum bag was emptied, to make sure we get rid of all the adult fleas.

Look for our Mosquito Squad truck in your neighborhood.

Look for our Mosquito Squad truck in your neighborhood.

The day we come to treat your yard, we recommend placing pet bedding and area rugs that may be affected outside on a deck or patio for treatment.  The sunshine will boost the treatment’s effectiveness and assist in killing the pests; and treating these items outside will allow them to dry more quickly.  If it’s not possible to remove these items, or there is no outdoor area to use, they can be treated indoors.  We will ask that you and your pets leave your home during treatment and for 30 minutes after the treatment is complete.  Once all three treatments are completed over a 3-4 week period, we recommend you professionally dry clean rugs and carpets to get rid of any trace of the infestation.

Let us take the hassle and inconvenience out of removing fleas from your home. Utilize Mosquito Squad of Columbia for all your insect and pest control needs.  We successfully treat and rid your yard and home of mosquitoes, ticks, spiders, fleas and termites.  Contact us today to sign up. Call (803) 345 – 7575 or (877) 667-7823 or email us at  Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com. Visit our Mosquito Squad of Columbia website to learn more about all our insect and pest control services.

 

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Learn more about flea life cycles and about Mosquito Squad of Columbia’s guaranteed flea control service

I have to admit, even though I am in the business of eliminating and preventing nuisance insects, the thought of a flea biting makes my skin crawl. I am sure I am not alone in the disgust most people experience at the sheer mention of a flea infestation. Unlike other nuisance insects, fleas can take over the interior of your home very quickly. Fleas can be very hard to control because they have the ability to acclimate themselves so easily. The flea will reproduce in the rugs, carpets and other plush items in your home. In severe infestations treating fleas at just one part of the life cycle is not enough to gain control over this tiny pest.

Columbia SC Flea Control

Don’t let he small size fool you, fleas are a nuisance that can make your pet very sick.

Fleas are difficult to control because of their four-stage life cycle. If you have ever stood with your pet awaiting the arrival of the doctor inside the veterinarian practice you may have noticed a flea life-cycle diagram or chart on display within the examination room. Chances are you never really gave the chart a second thought, but learning about the flea’s life cycle will help you better understand what is involved in eliminating them. There are four stages in the life cycle of a flea: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Depending on the environmental temperature and humidity levels, the total life cycle will take anywhere from a couple of weeks to many months.

  • The Egg Stage

The beginning of the flea’s life cycle occurs when an adult female flea lays eggs following a blood meal from a host.  The blood host could be you, or your pet. Just like the female mosquito, blood is necessary for the adult flea to reproduce. These eggs are small, white objects just slightly bigger than a grain of salt that are laid in the pet’s fur in bunches of about 20. A single adult female can lay about 50 eggs every day. The flea eggs will then fall off your pet as they move, allowing them to be disbursed throughout the environment where your pet spends his or her time. Eggs are often disbursed throughout the carpets and pet bedding in your home, as well as in your yard. Flea eggs can represent about 50% of the entire flea population present in your home or lawn at any given time.

Flea eggs

Flea eggs

Eggs take anywhere from two days to two weeks to develop, hatching when conditions are right for them. If temperatures are cold and dry, the eggs will take longer. If temperatures are warm and humidity levels are high, the eggs will hatch at a faster rate. The heat and humidity of summer represent perfect egg hatching conditions. Larvae then emerge from the egg as the next life stage of the flea continues…

  • The Larval Stage
Flea larvae

Flea larvae

As the larvae emerge they are blind and will avoid being out in the light. Flea larvae develops over several weeks by eating pre-digested blood (commonly referred to as “flea dirt”), that adult fleas pass and by eating other organic debris in the environment. Flea dirt is visible to the naked eye and can often be seen on the skin of your pet at the base of the fur. Flea dirt looks just like dirt and is often mistaken for just that. Flea larvae are about a quarter of an inch long and are almost transparent. Larvae also have no legs. In some respects the larvae resemble the appearance of a maggot. Larvae make up about 60% of the flea population in the environment. If conditions are favorable, the larvae will spin cocoons in about 5-20 days of hatching from their eggs. This leads to the next life stage, called the cocoon or pupae stage.

Flea life cycle pyramid

  • The Pupae Stage

This stage of the flea’s life cycle accounts for less than 10% of the flea population in your household and yard during an infestation. The pupae, or cocoon stage is the last developmental stage before the adult flea emerges. The cocoon protects the pupae for several days or weeks before the adult flea emerges. In some cases the cocoon can protect the developing flea for months, and even years in some cases.

Flea pupae

Flea pupae

The cocoon has a sticky outer coating allowing them to hide deep in your carpeting and not be easily removed by light vacuuming or sweeping. The pupae, stage is nearly impossible to eliminate because you can’t kill pupae when you vacuum! The vibration caused by the vacuum will actually stimulate the pupae to emerge. Much like the mosquito, as the new adult flea emerges from its cocoon it is drawn to a potential blood host by sensing carbon dioxide and body heat, as well as movement and vibration. Something as simple as your dog walking across a rug can alert the flea it is time to emerge from its safe haven and feed.

Dog getting application of dermal flea and tick control

Dog getting application of dermal flea and tick control.

  • The Adult Flea

It only takes a few hours for an adult flea to begin its reign of terror once it emerges from the cocoon. Shortly after the first meal, adult fleas will breed and begin laying eggs within a few days. Female fleas must obtain a blood meal in order to lay eggs and perpetuate the life cycle all over again.  Adult fleas account for less than 5% of the entire flea population present in your home, on your pet or in your yard during an infestation. Fleas are responsible for tapeworms and flea allergy dermatitis in your pet and in rare cases can even cause your pet to become anemic due to blood loss.

Flea activity spikes during warm weather, and Mosquito Squad of Columbia has received many calls regarding flea infestations already this season. Our flea control consists of a series of 3 treatments to kill existing fleas and guard against new ones hatching within the treated area. After 3 treatments, Mosquito Squad of Columbia will guarantee the premises will remain flea free the entire season. We do recommend keeping your pet on a regular schedule of flea preventative as prescribed by your veterinarian. Many oral products are highly effective such as Comfortis and Trifexis, but over time these products can be tough on your pet’s stomach. Topical flea preventative are essentially ineffective at controlling fleas. Our program is so effective at stopping the fleas before they reach your pet, you may not need to administer the flea control pills at all.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia. Our own little Sophie Dog is happy and flea free!

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia. Our own little Sophie Dog is happy and flea free!

In order to receive our guaranteed 3-treatment flea program you do not have to be on the mosquito program. This is not a prerequisite of program participation. However, if you are one of our Mosquito Squad customers it is more economical because we bill the flea program as an add-on service. This means when we treat the lawn for mosquitoes we also treat for fleas. Within this same application we will also treat for adult ticks. Mosquito Squad of Columbia can also treat for fleas inside the house if necessary. This can include rugs, pet bedding or your favorite couch or chair. You will have to allow sufficient time to dry before you let pets or family back on it. It doesn’t stain. We only do it if pets have brought fleas inside, and we also ask customers requesting an interior treatment to vacuum thoroughly before we arrive. It is also important to remind you that discarding your spent vacuum cleaner bags is important as it can contain all stages of fleas from egg to adult and can lead to re-infestation if not handled and disposed of properly and in a timely manner.

If you are ready to put an end to the endless cycle of fleas and the discomfort they cause to both you and your pet, contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia 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

Our guaranteed Columbia flea control program will bring you and your pet comfort and peace of mind.

Sophie dog

Sophie loves Mosquito Squad of Columbia because it keeps fleas away so she can go outside and play!

All pet owners will agree that seeing the torment a flea can inflict upon your best friend is hard to swallow. Not only do fleas carry the ability to drive them mad with itching, a flea infestation can lead to serious infections.  In severe cases flea infestations can cause anemia by the excessive blood loss. Fleas are responsible for many skin conditions including Flea Allergy Dermatitis suffered by our pets. The excessive scratching in an effort to stop the itch can also lead to open sores subject to becoming infected. It is also a known fact that tapeworms are caused by flea larvae which enter a pet’s system through the mouth as a direct result of chewing and biting their skin. Tapeworm infections can make your pet very sick and can even lead to death if left untreated.

Luckily, there is a way to fight the bite and the fleas which are associated with the mayhem. Mosquito Squad of Columbia offers a guaranteed service to treat and prevent fleas in your yard. Eradicating the main source of where your pet is picking up the flea itself will keep your pet safe and happy. Fleas rarely jump from one pet to another. Your pet generally gets fleas from coming into contact with a flea infested environment. These environments include your garden, your backyard and any other place another animal which has fleas frequent. Infested animals leave flea eggs behind wherever they go. The culprits can include wild animals like deer and squirrels as well other dogs and cats that enter your landscape. New fleas hatch from these infested environments and once they sense the warmth, carbon dioxide and vibration your pet’s movement creates, they jump onto them.

Fleas are picked up by your pet and brought indoors to lay eggs in your carpets, your bedding and any other place their eggs land. Fleas will indeed bite people too. Fleas are drawn to carbon dioxide which is what our bodies exhale when breathing. We draw oxygen in and exhale carbon dioxide out.  Having a flea infestation within your home can be a nightmare in itself!

Columbia SC Flea Control

Don’t let their small size fool you, fleas are a nuisance that can make your pet very sick.

Our flea control consists of a series of 3 treatments to kill existing fleas and guard against new ones hatching within the treated area. Our treatments are safe and effective. After 9 weeks, Mosquito Squad of Columbia will guarantee the premises will remain flea free the entire season. We do recommend keeping your pet on a regular schedule of flea preventative as prescribed by your veterinarian. Many oral products are highly effective such as Comfortis and Trifexis, but over time these products can be tough on your pet’s stomach. Topical flea preventative are essentially ineffective at controlling fleas. Our program is so effective at stopping the fleas before they reach your pet, you may not need to administer the flea control pills at all.

In order to receive our guaranteed 3-treatment flea program you do not have to be on the mosquito program. This is not a prerequisite of program participation. However, if you are one of our Mosquito Squad customers it is more economical because we bill the flea program as an add-on service. Which means when we treat the lawn for mosquitoes we also treat for fleas. Within this same application we will also treat for adult ticks. They always say happiness comes in threes!

We can also treat for fleas inside the house if necessary. This can be rugs, pet bedding or your favorite couch or chair. You will have to allow sufficient time to  dry before you let pets or family back on it. It doesn’t stain. We only do it if pets have brought fleas inside.

Flea activity is more prevalent during warm weather. With spring just a few short weeks away now is the time to schedule a flea free season for you, your family and your pet. Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia today to learn more.

Makes those fleas flee by calling us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

Mosquito Squad of Columbia sends the fleas away so your pooch will have a happy day

Fleas life cycle

Our program actually functions as a birth control for flea eggs and stops the fleas life cycle before it has time to hatch and feed.

If there is one insect that makes most dog owner’s skin crawl, it is undoubtedly the flea. Along with the anguish they can put your pet through, fleas have been known vectors of illness  throughout history. Maybe the best known and most unfortunate outbreak of disease, the Bubonic plague, also referred to in textbooks as The Black Death, during the mid-14th century was attributed to the flea. Even today fleas can cause illness in humans and in our pets alike ranging from tapeworms and other parasites, skin dermatitis, Tularemia and Anemia.

Sophie dog

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

Since we love our dogs as a member of the family, we want to ensure they stay flea free. We offer a three treatment series for flea control that is guaranteed to control fleas as long as your pets are being treated. We recommend using both drops on your pet’s shoulders and haunches as well as a Comfortis pill for your pet. Protect your pets from these pests all summer with our season long flea treatment program.

The program works similarly to our mosquito barrier control program with an added product that acts as a birth control for fleas. It actually prevents the fleas egg from hatching, thus stops the life cycle of the flea in the yard before it reaches you, your pet or your homes interior. No more fleas in the yard, used in conjunction with your pets flea control program means a happier pet, and a happier pet owner this season.

Another added benefit of our flea control program is that it does offer some protection from gnats as well, we do not guarantee gnat control, but every little bit of help is good help. Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia today to learn more about our flea control program and many other insects we can prevent and control in your yard this season.

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