Put Away the Citronella Candles and Bug Spray and Call Mosquito Squad Today!

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SCIf you’re like most, then you probably like to be able to enjoy your backyard during these warmer months. If, however, you find yourself having to practically bathe in bug spray and light a small army of citronella candles every time you go outside, it might be time to call Mosquito Squad of Columbia. Our barrier application will knock down the existing mosquitoes in your yard and keep working for up to 21 days. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee so if you’re not happy, we’ll come back out and respray your yard at no cost. Through our highly effective mosquito control, you can expect to see a reduction in the mosquito population within your yard by 85-90%!

mosquito control Columbia SCSo, don’t allow pesky, annoying bugs to keep you from enjoying your yard this spring and summer. Allow the experts in Columbia, SC, mosquito control to keep your yard free of mosquitoes and other biting and stinging pests. Our season-long barrier application will not only knock down existing mosquitoes, but it will also interrupt the breeding cycle of any mosquitoes that do happen to land in your yard. By keeping a constant application down in your yard, you won’t ever have to worry about spraying the kids down with bug spray, or finding matches to light all 20 citronella candles.

Columbia SC mosquito controlThe summer months are the perfect time for evening get-togethers. Unfortunately, mosquitoes feed most aggressively during the dusk hours of summer. If you need help keeping mosquitoes off the guest list for all your evening get-togethers this spring and summer, you can count on The Squad! We even offer special event treatments that can be taken care of relatively quickly in time for your outdoor event. If you’re planning on having an event at your house or at another outdoor venue, you can count on us to show up and keep your event mosquito free! It’s a great idea for weddings, graduation parties and even birthday parties.

Blood filled female mosquitoTo see how Mosquito Squad of Columbia can effectively bring mosquito control to your home or next outdoor event, call us today at (803) 345-7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com or visit our website for even more information about mosquito control. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

 

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.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia introduces comprehensive termite prevention, treatment and protection

termite white ant

Public enemy number one for homeowners is the termite.

If there is one singular insect destined to strike fear in the hearts of homeowners and that’s the termite. Not only are termites capable of wreaking havoc on your home’s structural systems, but treating for termites can also be quite costly. Termites damage approximately 600,000 homes in the U.S. each year and residents spend an estimated $5 billion annually to control termites and repair termite damage. To add insult to injury, many homeowners do not realize there is a problem until substantial and costly  termite damage has already occurred. Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to tell you that the termite has met its match. As many of you know, we have conquered dangerous biting pests when others said it couldn’t be done.  Now Mosquito Squad of Columbia offers comprehensive termite and structural pest control, moisture control, and termite damage repairs for your home and business while offering affordably priced solutions.

Termite inflicting damage

This image shows just some of the damage caused by termites.

The Midlands area of South Carolina lies in one of the most heavily termite infested regions in the nation.  US residents spend an estimated $5 billion dollars annually to control termites and repair termite damage, which is typically not covered by homeowners’ insurance. According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), South Carolina is located in TIP Zone #1 (very heavy), which means the potential for termite damage is considered significant. Areas with higher probabilities for termite activity require more termite control measures to meet International Residential Code building standards for new homes than areas with less frequent activity.

Wood eaten by termites

Wood eaten by termites

Mosquito Squad of Columbia is offering a comprehensive Termite Inspection of your home or business.  Using state-of-the-art LED camera and video technology, we are able to show you images of what the technician actually observes – so you can see termite and moisture problems that may exist under your home, and understand the solutions we recommend to protect your structure. We show you images of these areas so you can make a more informed decision regarding prevention, treatment and repairs. Our service also costs about 40% less than the big named termite companies in our area.

Our termite services include:

  • Comprehensive inspections and reporting – this includes on-site home inspection with LED imaging
  • Comprehensive termite treatment & protection – including liquid termiticides, termite bait stations and construction pre-treats
  • Structural moisture control – this can include one of more of the following: moisture barriers, French drains, sump pumps, guttering, foundation vents and encapsulation
  • Termite damage repairs
Our Mosquito Squad of Columbia family

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia.

Your home is likely to be the single-biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. Our termite service can ensure that your home is protected against the damages inflicted by termites. Call Mosquito Squad of Columbia today to schedule your comprehensive Termite Inspection  at  (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

Mosquito Squad – America’s leader in Outdoor Pest Control – now handling all of your Pest Control needs.  Ask about our Bundled Pricing Option = one low Monthly Payment

 

Drats it’s the season for gnats!

Gnats in Spring

These gnats are heralding the first signs of Spring.

Tis’ the season for creepy, crawly pests that cause us to swat so often we resemble a crossing guard directing traffic. Gnats are usually the cause of this strange behavior. Gnats are one of the most bothersome insects and are also one of the most difficult to efficiently control.  Here in the Columbia, S.C. area, gnats are especially bothersome. The South side of Lexington County has sand based soil which makes the perfect conditions for gnats. Fortunately, there are ways to dramatically cut down on the nuisance of gnats.

The first rule of thumb in controlling the population of gnats in your yard is to learn what conditions they prefer and alter your settings to create a less favorable one for the gnats. Educating our residents about gnats, along with our gnat control service can greatly reduce the  swatting, slapping and irritation gnats brings about.

What is a gnat, exactly?

A gnat is a species of tiny flying insects of the Dipterid suborder of the Nemotocera. Gnats come in biting and non-biting species. Gnat larva can thrive in many places, and some are even aquatic. Gnats feed on plants, fungi such as mushrooms, and some are carnivorous.

Why are gnats attracted to my yard?

Gnats like similar conditions to those of mosquitoes – damp, warm, moist areas with lush vegetation and standing water. The more humidity and moisture, paired with the abundance of foliage and flowers, make the perfect home for gnats.

Gnat on leaf with a raindrop

Notice the sheer size of this tiny gnat as it appears next to a drop of dew.

Tips to reduce the gnats in your neck of the woods

To get the best results you will want to take additional measures to de-gnat your outdoor areas. Remove rotting vegetation from the yard, including the spent undersides of any potted plants or flowers on or around your deck or patio. Remove and tip over devices that may hold standing water. Remove old leaves, logs, and dead fall around your home and rake out the area and let it dry out this will discourage the gnat from returning to those areas. When watering your lawn or plants, don’t over water. You want the areas to sufficiently dry out before watering again. We recommend watering 3 days per week, and water in the early morning hours so the sun, paired with evaporation throughout the day will dry off any excess moisture present. Mosquito Squad of Columbia advises you to stay on our mosquito control program throughout the season to get the best gnat control. We cannot guarantee the gnat control applications but 75% of our customers who are on both the mosquito and gnat control saw a significant decrease in the gnats in their yards.

Mosquito Squad spraying your yard

Mosquito Squad of Columbia spraying your yard

Here is our solution.With every barrier spray treatment, we always spray the ground with the product we use to control mosquitoes. If this is not sufficient then we add an additional product used to treat the gnats and fleas specifically. In extreme cases we can enroll you in our platinum  program where we spray your yard on a 2 week schedule.  We have had a great deal of success in protecting residents in the area from gnats. The degree of treatment you will need depends on your individual circumstances and property.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more about controlling the bugs that are bothering you, including gnats, mosquitoes, fire ants, fleas, ticks, spiders and flies. We can help keep you and your family happy and healthy this season with bug-free days, and bug-free nights. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email: columbia@mosquitosquad.com