Are All Columbia SC Ticks The Same?

Worldwide there are approximately 900 tick species.  The US has 90 or 10% of these species.  Of these 90, seven of these species are responsible for most of the bites our pets and we receive.  It’s important that you be able to distinguish between tick species because ticks are not all the same.  Each of these species looks different, lives in different areas of the US, likes different environments and transmits specific and often different diseases.  Knowing the type of tick that bit you will help your doctor diagnose any tick-borne disease to which you might have been exposed.  We will talk here about the 3 ticks most commonly found in South Carolina.

The tick to the left is a dog tick. To the right is a deer tick or black-legged tick

The tick to the left is a dog tick. To the right is a deer tick or black-legged tick

Dog Tick or American Dog Tick

The Dog Tick is the most common tick in the US.  Its territory is the eastern half of the US, as well as California and Hawaii.  Dog Ticks are found on dogs and other medium-sized mammals, including coyote, raccoons, squirrels, mice and rabbits.  If humans are present, they will readily attach to us as well.  Our canine best friends can bring these ticks into our home where they can attach to a family member later.  Ticks in a damp clothes hamper can easily survive 2-3 days in our home.

The Dog Tick is the largest size of the three ticks we will discuss.  It has brown legs and a brown body with some irregular gold, yellow or white markings.  These ticks are mostly found in open fields and the underbrush of hardwood forests.  The Dog Tick is responsible for most of the reported Rocky Mounted Spotted Fever cases in the US.

deer tick life cycle diagramDeer Tick or Blacklegged Tick

The Blacklegged or Deer Tick does not feed on deer exclusively.  In fact, their primary hosts are white-footed mice.  Blacklegged ticks will also feed on other mammals like dogs, raccoons and horses, as well as birds and humans.  With the increase in deer due to restoration programs and stricter game laws since the 1940’s, deer have exploded in numbers along with the ticks that feed on them.  The blacklegged tick’s territory includes every state in the eastern US running in a diagonal line from Lake Erie at the Pennsylvania state line to west Texas  The Deer tick can also be found in states around Lake Michigan, including northern Indiana and Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

The Blacklegged Tick is the smallest of these three ticks.  Their dark black legs easily identify them.  They are the size of a poppy-seed when in the nymph stage of development and are completely capable of biting and transmitting diseases when that size.  They are found in cool, moist locations.  In addition to Lyme Disease, blacklegged ticks can transmit Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis.

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The lone star tick is a tick commonly found in South Carolina

Lone Star Tick

The Lone Star Tick has a range similar to the Dog Tick, with the exception that it is south of the Great Lakes in the central US and is not found in California.  It’s found in the eastern half of the US from Maine to Texas.  Deer are the primary hosts of this tick.  The Lone Star tick can transmit infections to humans in both the nymph and adult stages of its life cycle.  It has a reputation for being an aggressive tick and readily attacks humans.

The Lone Star Tick is larger than most other tick species but smaller than the Dog Tick.  This tick gets its name from a distinguishing white dot or star on its back when it’s not engorged with blood.  Their dark brown legs have light stripes.  They are usually found in dry areas and tall brush.  Lone Star ticks are responsible for transmitting ehrlichiosis, tularemia and STARI (Southern Tick – Associated Rash Illness).

Let Your Tick Help Determine Your Diagnosis

If a tick bites you, remember to remove it correctly and seal it in a clear plastic bag with a moistened (not wet) cotton swab or paper towel.  Many labs will test partial ticks that were damaged while being removed.  To learn more about safe Tick Removal, visit the CDC website for more information.

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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As a cheat sheet, we’re prepared this helpful guide for you.

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What Disease Does YOUR Tick Carry?

dog tick and black legged tick Columbia SCYou just returned indoors after a relaxing day outside after spending time with your family and friends in your back yard.  You have also learned to check yourself and family for ticks after returning inside.  Suddenly you spot a tick on your neck.  You know finding a tick on your neck, scalp and ears is common because the skin is thin there and easy for them to get the blood they want.  What now?  What type of tick is it and what disease does your tick carry?

Whenever you find a tick embedded in your skin or that of a family member, you need to know what action to take and determine your risk of infection.  Not all ticks transmit the same infectious diseases.  With almost 80 species of ticks in the US, it’s important to know the ones you might find in South Carolina.

South Carolina has three common species of tick.  The Deer tick or blacklegged tick is the most common.  Deer ticks carry Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis.  They live near wooded areas and fields.  They got the name deer tick because they are frequently found attached to the whitetail deer.  Homes built in areas near lots of deer are likely to have more ticks in their yard.

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The lone star tick is a tick commonly found in South Carolina

Lone Star ticks are the next most common tick in our state.  They are found in woodlands and dense undergrowth where animals are sheltered and like to rest.  This specie is responsible for transmitting Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and ‘Stari’ borreliosis.  These ticks are aggressive biters of people.

Less common in our state is the Dog tick.  Dog ticks like grassy fields and low scrub areas.  They also like hanging out along trails and walkways.  Dog ticks have various hosts that range in size from mice to deer.  The diseases they carry are Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia.  Dog ticks are very hardy and can survive for two years in between blood meals.

Small ticks in Columbia SCIf a tick is embedded in your skin, don’t panic.  Scientists believe it takes up to 24 hours before the tick transmits any bacteria.  What is important is that you know how to safely remove the tick.  If you are concerned about infection, make an appointment with your doctor and take the tick for testing.  Even ticks damaged from being removed can be tested for tick-borne bacteria.  If you experience the flu-like symptoms of a tick-borne disease such as fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches or fatigue, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

Reducing your exposure to ticks and checking for ticks every day when you return indoors and is important in staying safe.  Since we spend most of our time outdoors in our yards, experts recommend a barrier spray to eliminate ticks on your property.  Ticks prefer dark, shady and moist areas during the day so keeping shrubs trimmed also helps.

dread-versions3Utilize 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.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia is a proud supporter of Malaria No More.  We are committed to saving 250,000 lives over the next 3 years one child at a time.

 

Columbia Safe Tick Control Practices

In South Carolina, the number of confirmed Lyme Disease cases continues to rise according to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2012, we had 35 confirmed and 9 probable cases here in SC. In 2011, only 24 cases of Lyme Disease were reported for South Carolina showing an unfortunate but substantial growth rate.

safe tick practices sign Fort Jackson Columbia SCOur Mosquito Squad service eliminates ticks on contact and continues to eliminate ticks in the treated area with our proprietary timed-release system. In addition, our tick tube program disrupts the tick lifecycle to eliminate even more ticks on your property. But, in order to maximize the effectiveness of these solutions, you will also need to be aware of tick hiding places and breeding areas in your yard. For example, a tick control product that is effective above ground cannot reach the ticks buried under a couple feed of brush or deep within large piles of leaves.

Utilizing Mosquito Squad for your yard and following these 6 C’s will provide the best protection for your yard.

6 C’s of Tick Control:
1 “Clear” – Clear out debris which often accumulates in moist shady areas where ticks thrive. Also, steer clear of tall grass and shrubby areas.

2 “Clean” – Eliminate leave litter, brush off sidewalks and mow down tall grass to cut down on the places ticks can harbor.

3 “Choose” Select plants that aren’t attractive to deer. Deer are tick taxis, so do your best to avoid plants that that may entice them into your yard.

4 “Check” Look for hiding places frequently. Ticks like to hide along the base of fences and brick or stone walls.

5 “Care” be mindful of pets if they’ve spent any time outdoors. Ticks can easily hide in your pet’s fur. If your animals spend time in areas where ticks may be present, make sure you apply a topical tick medication.

6 “Call” Give the pros a call. Mosquito Squad’s barrier spray eliminates adult ticks, and our tick tubes do the same on nymph stage ticks.

When you choose our barrier spray as part of your tick prevention program, these steps will make them more effective.

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. Call us today for a free quote. (803) 345 – 7575 or email Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com. Visit our Mosquito Squad of Columbia website to learn more about all our insect and pest control services.

 

Mosquito Squad of Columbia is committed to supporting Malaria No More - One Child at a Time

Mosquito Squad of Columbia is committed to supporting Malaria No More – One Child at a Time

Mosquito Squad of Columbia is a proud supporter of Malaria No More. We are committed to saving 250,000 lives over the next 3 years one child at a time.

Is your Columbia,SC yard more likely to have ticks than other yards?

dread-versions3When it comes to talking about ticks, the mere mention is enough to bring many people to their knees. Tick education is important because of the many dangerous diseases ticks can pass onto you or your family. Tick-borne illnesses like Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Babesiosis are just a few of the illnesses ticks carry that can make you very sick and can even be fatal. The best way to avoid coming into contact with ticks, and thus reduce your chances of falling ill to one of the diseases they may be carrying, is to take a proactive approach to tick education and control.

Ticks thrive in damp, moist wooded areas and grassy fields

Ticks thrive in damp, moist wooded areas and grassy fields

Ticks are such small ground dwellers they are often impossible to spot while enjoying backyard tasks such as gardening or playing in the backyard with your child. By the time you realize the tick has attached itself to you, the risk of contracting a tick-borne illness is heightened. This is especially the case with nymph deer ticks during the early spring since they can be as small as poppy seed. In order to help eliminate these tiny terrors from your landscape it is imperative to clean out areas where they can be hiding and waiting for the opportunity for contact with you, a member of your family or your pet. If the vegetation in your yard is dense and the area surrounding your yard contains wooded natural areas, it is a good possibility your yard will have more ticks in it than that of backyard that has a more manicured appearance.

Picture of deer tick

The deer tick is the contributing factor for Lyme disease.

Mosquito Squad has put together a handy checklist of the most important elements to tick-proofing your yard this season. It is called the 6C’s of tick proofing your yard, we recommend the following steps to tick-proof your yard this season;

  • Clear out. Reduce your tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gathers. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas.   Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic. Separate them with wood chips or gravel. Don’t position playground equipment, decks and patios near treed areas.
  • Clean. Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow tall grasses and keep your lawn short.
  • Lavender as a deer deterrent

    Along with its beauty and aroma, lavender is known to be a deer deterrent.

    Choose plants. Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area. Many deer deterring plants are very attractive and will help enhance your landscape while providing a measure of safety against deer.

  • Check hiding places. Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.

    Dog getting application of dermal flea and tick control

    Dog getting application of dermal flea and tick control.

  • Care for family pets. Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick collars and sprays. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.
  • Calls the pros. Professionals utilize both barrier sprays that can kill live ticks on the spot as well as tick traps, Strategically placed, “tick traps” prompt field mice to incorporate tick-killing material in their bedding, effectively eliminating hundreds of tick nymphs found in each mouse nest.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more about our highly effective tick intensive control and prevention program designed to target ticks that carry Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Our goal is to protect you, your family, your dogs, your cats, and your guests over the entire summer season when ticks are out in full force. That’s why our program is season long. We can spray your yard every 2-3 weeks depending on your program so there is no lapse in protection. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

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

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

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

Will Mosquito Squad of Columbia protect you against mosquitoes and ticks? Yes!

Chrysantemum flowers the base for Pyrethrin

Chrysanthemum flowers the base for pyrethrin, the products we use are a synthetic of pyrethrin.

Our role as a nuisance pest control professional is twofold. We are committed to providing our customers with a highly effective mosquito, tick control and outdoor pest service and we are committed to ensuring the products we use will protect you, your pets and the environment. At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, we encourage our customers to ask lots of questions about the effectiveness of our product so we can share that our products will protect you when properly used according to label directions.

Dog getting application of dermal flea and tick control

Dog getting application of dermal flea and tick control.

The chemicals we use are pyrethroids, which are a synthetic form of pyrethrin – a naturally derived extract of  chrysanthemum flowers. Pyrethroids are the same medium used to treat various types of lice on humans. Pyrethroids are listed on the lowest end of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registry. Since some of the key products we apply in our proprietary blend are micro-encapsulated, this means the concentration is so minute and widely dispersed, that it has both an immediate and lasting effect on mosquitoes but not on humans or pets. In perspective, you could eat a leaf or grass that has just had product applied to it and it would not cause any harm to you or your pets.

Head lice

The same chemical we use is found in head lice treatments and shampoos..

The concentration of our product is less than 1/10 of 1%. Compare this to a dermal product such as Frontline or other topical pest controls we readily apply directly to our pets which have concentrations of 9 to 12%. Our highly effective method of application places the product where mosquitoes and ticks rest vs. applying to product to the host (you or your pets), thereby eliminating the need for dermal application of chemical to skin. Since our product is micro-encapsulated, microscopic bubbles of product are left behind which is how we are able to provide both immediate control and lasting prevention of pests such as mosquitoes, ticks, gnats and fleas.

The makeup of a pyrethroid is such that the effective compounds begin to break down at about 21 days following application. This breakdown of the product combined with the life cycle of mosquitoes are the reasons behind scheduled applications of the product on a 21-day cycle to provide continuous protection for the homeowner. It also allows us to provide season long mosquito protection for our Columbia-area residents.

The product we use is indeed a chemical but when applied and used properly will protect you and your family. Our technicians are all well trained. Our insect control applicators wear respirators so as to not inhale the aerosol during application.Once the chemical has been applied and allowed 30 minutes to dry these precautions are no longer necessary.

Blood filled female mosquito

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

In order to protect beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, our technicians are thoroughly trained to never spray anything in bloom, where bees and butterflies land.  Plus pyrethroids are NOT in the family of neonicotinoids that are feared to be of danger to beneficial pollinators.  In addition, Mosquito Squad of Columbia offers today’s most effective spider and crawling pest solutions including innovative green products for use on and over water.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

Contact us to learn more about our effective program.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia was founded in 2005; we understand the constant nuisance and dangers of diseases like West Nile, Heartworm and Lyme Disease that mosquitoes, ticks and other biting pests can bring.  Our mission is to put a stop to this biting madness, and give you back your backyard – on your terms. Each acclaimed Pest Protection Barrier Spray will effectively eliminate 85-90% of your mosquito and tick population for three weeks.

Please contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more about our  effective barrier spray program today. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

You can learn more about the chemical we use by visiting
http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/factsheets/pyrethroid.htm

Mosquito Squad of Columbia discusses how Lyme Disease ticks

deer tick and dog tick

Deer tick and dog tick

By now everyone is familiar with the term Lyme disease. Many people who live in the South think Lyme disease is a disease that only affects residents of Northern and Northeastern states. This could not be further from the truth. Lyme disease cases have been reported all over the country, with the only exception being Hawaii. Lyme disease is a specific concern for South Carolinians because every year the number of reported Lyme disease cases in our state is rising. Mosquito Squad of Columbia believes knowledge is one of the best defenses against tick borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease, Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis. Our goal is to not only control and prevent ticks in your yard, but to also teach Columbia residents the basics about Lyme disease and the ticks that spread this disease.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Each year, more than 30,000 Americans contract Lyme disease, an illness that can have lifelong effects including arthritis, fatigue and even neurological deficits.  Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged, or deer ticks. The deer tick becomes infected by feeding on small mammals who harbor the bacterium. Once the tick has become infected with the bacteria it can then transmit the bacteria to humans and other mammals. Lyme disease is most common during the spring and summer months.

various sized ticks

Every sized tick is capable of spreading illness and disease.

Nymph ticks are the prime vector responsible for transmitting Lyme disease to people and pets. Adult and larval deer ticks are also capable of spreading the disease. During the immature larval and nymph stages of the tick’s life, it feeds from rodents such as mice. The nymph tick will live within the den of the rodent feeding at will, and maturing. The tick will then fall from the host and wait on the next host to latch onto. Nymph ticks are very small and can easily be picked by you or your pet while gardening, doing outdoor chores or even enjoying a long walk. The time of year when most of us are outdoors enjoying the spring temperatures is the time when the nymph ticks emerge to feed. Their size makes them hard to detect and thus to remove in a timely manner.  According to the CDC, studies have shown that an infected tick normally cannot begin transmitting Lyme disease bacteria until it has been attached to its host about 36-48 hours. It is crucial to examine yourself at least once daily and remove any ticks before they become engorged with blood.

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

Symptoms of Lyme disease

Symptoms from Lyme disease can become apparent 3-30 days following the bite of an infected tick. In some cases the symptoms are so mild those infected with the disease hardly take notice that something is wrong. Some people may have the well-known bulls-eye rash associated with Lyme disease. The bulls eye rash is called erythema migrans and expands in a red circle at the site where the tick was attached. Other symptoms of Lyme (sometimes called Lymes) disease include fever, headache, and muscle or joint pain. Many people will experience a fever and flu-like symptoms without a rash. Other symptoms such as joint pain, rashes on other parts of the body or inflammation of the heart or nerves can occur. If the disease is not treated, some patients may experience additional symptoms such as inflammation and excessive joint pain (Arthritis), neurological disorders and mental changes months after being infected.

The prognosis for Lyme disease is good if the disease is diagnosed early. Patients treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely. The longer the disease goes untreated the greater the risk of suffering from acute symptoms that can persist for years. This is called Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome which also called chronic Lyme disease. Acute Lyme disease can continue for years, even following repeated courses of antibiotics. In these cases Lyme disease can greatly affect your day-to-day activities and your quality of life as a whole.

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

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

How to reduce your risk of contracting Lyme disease

Our goal at Mosquito Squad of Columbia is to reduce the risk of coming into contact with a tick that could potentially be harboring any tick-borne illness.  Reducing your exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease. Utilizing a tick control and prevention program and exercising good tick practices when venturing into untreated areas is the first line of defense. We specialize in a tick prevention and control program that targets ticks during each stage of development. Our safe and effective barrier sprays eliminate adult ticks. Our barrier spray is used in conjunction with our tick tube program that targets the nymph tick. Tick tubes can reduce your chance of coming into contact with a tick on your treated property by up to 97%.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

Contact us to learn how to control ticks and reduce the risk of contracting Lyme disease.

If you are interesting in learning more about our highly effective tick intensive control and prevention program contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia. When it comes to protecting your loved ones from ticks and the many diseases they carry an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com