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:


Mosquito Squad of Columbia Can Help You Take Your Yard Back!

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCYou’ve probably been spending evenings out on the deck or patio and suddenly realized that mosquitoes are back! If that’s the case, don’t fret, just call the experts at Mosquito Squad of Columbia. Our traditional barrier application will knock down existing mosquitoes and keep new ones from entering your yard. If you’re looking to have your yard be clear of mosquitoes and other biting and stinging pests all summer long, then you should absolutely consider our season-long protection package. By spraying your yard every 21 days, you can expect to see the mosquito population within your yard reduced by up to 90%!

Columbia SC mosquito controlYou should be able to enjoy your yard no matter what time of day or year it is. Don’t allow mosquitoes to ruin your family get-togethers. For all your future outdoor gatherings, make sure to call The Squad. We can ensure that you and your guests aren’t on the dinner menu for swarming mosquitoes and pests. When you’re having friends and family over for cookouts during these pleasant spring months, the last thing you want is for your guests literally itching to leave due to bug bites. Our microencapsulated barrier application can resolve all your mosquito, tick and flea problems.

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This goes for your pets as well. If your dog or cat is being bitten by fleas from your yard, all you need to do in order to clear your yard is to call Mosquito Squad today! No longer will you, your family, your guests or your pets have to be the target of mosquitoes and fleas. In addition to removing up to 90% of the mosquito population and flea population within your yard, we also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with the results then neither are we. Just give us a call and we will promptly come back out to reapply our barrier application.

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To find out what separates Mosquito Squad of Columbia from other mosquito and pest control companies in Columbia, SC, call us today at (706) 637.2065, email us at or visit our website for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

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, 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, 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, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Mosquitoes Aren’t the Only Pests We Will Remove From Your Yard

mosquito control Columbia SCWe at Mosquito Squad of Columbia have become well-known for our ability to rid your yard of mosquitoes. While mosquitoes are our main target and many people assume that’s all we target, because it’s included in our name, our barrier sprays actually take care of much more than your pesky disease carrying mosquitoes. You would be surprised to know all the different stinging and biting pests we can help to remove from your yard and allow you to enjoy the outdoors during the remaining summer months.

Carolina wolf spiderHave you been outside during a cookout and nearly curled over laughing at a guest seemingly performing a pirouette in order to escape from a wasp or yellow jacket? It’s a common occurrence at nearly every outdoor event during the summertime. With the application of our highly effective and long lasting barrier spray, your yard will be free of ticks, ants, wasps, dirt dobbers, yellow jackets, fleas, and even spiders. You can finally relax without being bitten or stung by annoying pesky insects and rest in your backyard completely bug free.

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no bugsIf you’re yard is abuzz with angry, annoying, biting and stinging pests and you simply want to take your yard back, call the professionals. To see how truly effective a barrier spray by Mosquito Squad of Columbia really is, call us today at 803.345.7575, email us at, or visit our website. We look forward to helping you take your yard back!

With Mosquito Squad of Columbia’s Event Sprays, You Can Make Certain Your Fourth of July Party is Completely Mosquito Free

event sprays for mosquitoes Columbia SCThis coming weekend is the Fourth of July. It is a day to be enjoyed by everyone as we celebrate our country’s independence. While you and your guests are mingling at your cookout this weekend, make sure that mosquitoes are not on the guest list. Not only are mosquitoes highly annoying and may have your guests literally itching to leave, but they also are capable of carrying diseases. Mosquito Squad of Columbia can ensure you and your guests are not on the dinner menu for mosquitoes at your Fourth of July cookout.

event sprays for mosquitoes Columbia SCHere in Columbia we have seen quite a bit of rain over the past several weeks. This undoubtedly created numerous new breeding areas for mosquitoes. This means that the mosquito population is sure to be much higher than average. Mosquito activity during the day, unfortunately, is right around dinner time. Thus, right when everyone is about to take a bite into their burger or hot dog, mosquitoes will be out looking for something they can bite into.

event sprays for mosquitoes Columbia SCBy applying our barrier spray prior to your Fourth of July cookout, your guests won’t notice any strong odors or residue. The only thing your guests will possibly notice is the lack of mosquitoes in your yard. Not only will mosquitoes be absent from your Fourth of July cookout, but so will most other stinging and biting insects.

event sprays for mosquitoes Columbia SCTo see how Mosquito Squad of Columbia can keep your Fourth of July cookout free of biting, stinging and bloodsucking pests, give us a call today at (803) 345.7575, email us at, or visit our website. We very much look forward to helping you take your yard back!