Mosquito Squad of Columbia Wants to Invite You to the 51st Annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show

This weekend, Friday – Sunday (March 10 – March 12), Mosquito Squad of Columbia will be exhibitors at the 51st Annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show. For all those here in Columbia, SC and surrounding areas looking for the most effective mosquito treatment services, you can find us at the show at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds. As Columbia’s premier mosquito control company, we want to cordially invite you and your family to come and attend the show. You can find us located in the Cantey Building at booths 502, 503 and 504.

Info regarding the show are as follows:

When:

Friday, March 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday is Seniors Day. Guests age 62 and up enter free. Senior Expo in the Epic Homes Tent from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday is Military Appreciation Day. Present your valid Military I.D. for free admission to the show.

Sunday, March 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Admission

Admission is $5 per person at the gate
Kids 14 and under enter free every day

Payment for entry can be submitted in the form of cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express & Discover)

**Parking is $5 per vehicle and is completely separate from admission fees.

Where

Three buildings and outdoor areas of the SC State Fairgrounds in Columbia, SC.

Vehicles enter through Gate 6 located on George Rogers Blvd., near Williams-Brice Stadium.

We look forward to seeing you out there. Don’t forget, if your yard is becoming a breeding ground and a feeding frenzy for pesky mosquitoes, relax, and call The Squad. If you have any questions about the show, or would like to know how to obtain tickets, call us at (706) 510.3405 or email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com. We look forward to seeing you out there!

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The Asian Tiger Mosquito in Columbia SC Has More Bite Than You Think

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCTo many people, a mosquito is a mosquito. Nowadays this is certainly not the case. There are more than 2,700 species of mosquitoes in the world, and 176 of these live in the United States. Out of the 176 that reside in the US, the most distinct is the Asian tiger mosquito.

This mosquito is not native to the US and made its way onto American soil in 1985 within a shipment of used tires from Asia, where the mosquito originated, bound for Texas. An article published by Rutgers University Center for Vector Biology best explains the breeding habits of this unwelcomed guest and why tires made the perfect way for this mosquito to enter the US through American ports.

Mosquito eggs“The Asian tiger mosquito is known as a “Container Breeder” because it deposits its eggs in small collections of contained water rather than the swamps or marshes used by most mosquito species. The eggs of the Asian tiger mosquito are glued to the sides of the containers and require a period of drying before they are ready to hatch. The Asian Tiger Mosquito will use almost any container that holds water long enough to complete its life cycle including flower pots, tin cans, plastic buckets, cemetery urns, and discarded tires.”

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia South CarolinaYou may have noticed this mosquito if you have been nimble enough to squash one in action. What sets the Asian tiger mosquito apart in appearance to the average house mosquito, or Culex mosquito if you want to get technical, is its unique black and white pattern. The Asian Tiger’s coloration resembles that of a tiger, which is exactly how the mosquito got its name. Aside from this mosquito’s distinguishable appearance, its behavior also differs from that of your average run-of-the mill biter.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCFirst, their bite packs more punch. Many people have indicated that the bite from the Asian tiger mosquito is more painful than other mosquitoes. Since this species is known to be an aggressive mosquito when it feeds, they have even been mistaken for bees as they will often converge and swarm their prey. While some mosquitoes seem to be thrown off track by waving them away, and will lose interest and move on, the tigers have that distinct tiger-like aggression, which is another reason for their name.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCLike other mosquitoes, this mosquito can carry diseases including West Nile Virus. It’s important to know that not all mosquitoes carry diseases. Diseases are tested by local health departments. If and when infected mosquitoes are found, the health department does a great job of alerting the public to be more careful.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCThe most critical characteristic that sets the Asian apart from other mosquitoes is that it is relentless in its pursuit of a blood meal and is famous for being a day-feeding mosquito. It is common knowledge here in Columbia that mosquitoes feed at dusk and dawn. This behavior is what we expect from a mosquito; it is what we were always led to believe and this is the behavior residents are usually prepared to deal with. Residents need to become vigilant in exercising safe mosquito control practices. This includes instilling the expertise of a licensed mosquito control professional.

Columbia SC mosquito controlThe place to exercise the most caution and the place you want the most protection is in your yard. For that we have a great solution and a way you can help make it most successful. We spray your yard to create a protective barrier that not only eliminates mosquitoes and ticks on contact, but also has a timed-release formula that keeps working up to 3 weeks. With our season- long protection program, you don’t even need to pick up the phone. We re-treat your property every 3 weeks to make sure mosquitoes are out of sight and out of mind.

mosquito control Columbia SCThere is another thing you will also want to do to keep mosquitoes from making your yard their breeding ground. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed. Even the smallest containers can hold water and draw the attention of the devious Asian tiger mosquito. Do your best to get rid of standing water in your yard. Tip over planters, toys, and other water collecting objects.

Asian tiger mosquito control Columbia SCTo see how Mosquito Squad of Columbia can make sure your yard isn’t swarming with Asian tiger mosquitoes this summer, call us today at 803.345.7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you!