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

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Mosquito Squad of Columbia takes the tiger (mosquito) by the tail

Asian tiger on leaf

The Asian tiger mosquito displays similar markings to its namesake, the tiger.

The Asian Tiger mosquito ( Aedes albopictus), also known as the  forest day mosquito, made its debut into North America in 1985 by hitching a ride in a shipment of used tires from Asia bound for the port of Houston, TX. Since that fateful day the Asian tiger mosquito has been moving its way across the United States rapidly and can now be found as far up our East coast as Maine.

Named for its similarities in coloration to its namesake, the Asian Tiger mosquito has bold black and white stripes on its legs as well as its body. The similarities to the tiger don’t stop there. This mosquito is said to also be very aggressive at feeding time as well. What makes the Asian Tiger so unique is the way in which it feeds. There are over 3,500 species of named mosquitoes throughout the world, most of these species typically like to feed from dusk until dawn. The Asian tiger mosquito however, is what is called a “day feeder”, meaning that it will feed anytime throughout the day with little regard for the presence of humidity or heat. This species is well-acclimated to tropical and sub-tropical regions and is steadily gaining resistance to some of the cooler climates found here in North America. As this invasive species moves into more regions of the U.S., it is continuously evolving to accommodate its ever-changing environment. Its feeding is more aggressive and many cite that the Tiger’s bite is more painful.

Asian-MosquitoOne of the reasons behind the Asian Tiger’s aggressive feeding habits quite possibly lies in its persistence. All female mosquitoes must ingest blood for proper development of their eggs.  This  particular mosquito will return to feed off of its victim to get it’s fill of blood even once it is swatted away. The Asian also feeds off a variety of mammals which leads to cross pathogens that can contribute to the transference of certain mosquito-borne diseases and illnesses. The Asian Tiger mosquito is a known vector of  West Nile, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Encephalitis and Heartworms in pets – all of which have been reported in the Midlands of South Carolina.

This mosquito, along with being one of the most bloodthirsty of its class, is also known to be a master at laying its eggs in some of the smallest crevices in miniscule amounts of water including gutters, holes and crevices in trees, dense foliage and brush that may hold moisture and even in our trash and litter. A single soda bottle cap can become a nursery to hundreds of mosquito larvae. Anything that can hold or pool water within your landscape and around your home can serve as a place for a female mosquito to lay her eggs. It is of the utmost importance to inspect your surroundings on a regular basis and turn over, tip over or throw out anything that can aid in the mosquitoes reproductive process. Mosquito Squad calls this the five T’s of mosquito prevention.

  • Tip
  • Toss
  • Turn
  • Remove Tarps and tires
  • Treat

Following this formula will  prevent mosquitoes from biting you and your family and pets, and to reduce the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne illness or disease.

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Mosquito Squad of Columbia is waging war on mosquitoes and fighting the bite!

Mosquito Squad of Columbia understands the concerns that arise when you or someone you love gets even one unnecessary mosquito bite this season. The magic part of our treatment is that you don’t have to experience even the first bite by using our system. Our service entails spraying your property on regularly scheduled intervals for optimum mosquito control. Our barrier sprays are safe, effective and worry free. Once you have signed up with us, you won’t have to worry about scheduling or keeping track of when it is time to call us because our service is automatic. You may even forget about mosquitoes altogether without the hassle of having to spray yourself and your family down with dangerous topicals before each trip into your yard. Our philosophy is to treat your yard, instead of yourself.

To learn more about fighting the bite this season, including the dreaded Asian Tiger mosquito, contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia and enjoy your time outdoors for all the right reasons. Call us today to sign up• (803) 345 – 7575 • email: columbia@mosquitosquad.com

Irmo SC Family’s Health Affected by Mosquitoes and Ticks

Danielle Miller of Irmo, SC, knows all-too-well the risks of disease from mosquito and tick infestations.  Danielle’s three children and two dogs suffer daily from the mosquitoes and ticks that infest her wooded backyard, her daughter has been hospitalized from mosquito bite complications, and a family friend suffers the chronic effects of tick-borne lyme disease.

Since moving to their new home near Harbison Boulevard in Irmo, Danielle’s shih-tzu dog regularly comes into their home with ticks, which are painful and disgusting to remove.  Danielle’s greater concern is that her children may contract lyme disease from the ticks, especially since a friend’s health deteriorated after he contracted lyme disease from a tick bite.  “Lyme disease is real, and I want to protect my children from this illness”, says Danielle.  She said that her friend suffers from all the symptoms for which lyme disease is known, including flu-like symptoms, chronic joint pain, and “it even affected him mentally” Danielle noted.

Additionally, Danielle’s three-year old daughter, Peyton, contracted MRSA, a Staphylococcus infection that flared up from scratching a mosquito bite.  “Peyton ended up in the hospital, and they had to cut open a hole in her leg and keep the wound open in order to repeatedly treat the infection.  This (complication from mosquito bites) can lead to amputations and even death,” Danielle stated, but “we were lucky we caught it in time.”

Danielle will be taking advantage of a free barrier spray applied to her yard that controls up to 90% of mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, offered to new customers by Mosquito Squad of Columbia.  Due to the extensive pest infestation in her around her home, Mosquito Squad recommends installing Tick Tubes, which control juvenile ticks, killing them before they mature and begin biting humans and dogs.

For information about Mosquito Squad of Columbia’s free initial barrier spray program, call (803) 345-7575 or email columbia@mosquitosquad.com.