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.

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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.

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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.

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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 is dancing to the beat of the 5T’s of mosquito control and prevention this season

Warmer weather is just around the corner and that means you and your family will be spending more time outdoors. Don’t let mosquitoes show up as an uninvited guest and ruin your special time. Mosquitoes are not only bothersome; they also carry a myriad of mosquito-borne illnesses that can make you very sick. Mosquito Squad of Columbia urges you to take back control of your yard by following the 5T’s of mosquito prevention and control. What are the 5T’s you may ask? Mosquito Squad has put together a catchy little rhyme that outlines the importance of the 5 ways to effectively prevent and control mosquitoes. Following this advice will keep you from singing the blues this mosquito season.

Now that you know what you need to do, what are you waiting on? Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia today to get on the schedule for the coming mosquito season, it will be here sooner than you think. Our safe and effective barrier spray program will keep you mosquito free all season long.  Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:columbia@mosquitosquad.com

Along with mosquito prevention and control we also protect your home from fire ants, fleas, ticks, and flies. Our program is backed by our expertise and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Mosquitoes ruined Susie and Jonathan’s wedding. Don’t let this happen at your Columbia area wedding.

Are you getting married this Spring? The weather has been amazing. The winter was mild and the gorgeous flowers bloomed early and are filling the air with glorious scents. Then, Zwap. Slap. Oh crap. Mosquitoes just ruined your wedding day.

Don’t let this happen to you. Call Mosquito Squad now. Just like it’s not too early to be planning photographers, caterers, and flowers; it’s not too early to line up your special event wedding mosquito control to protect you and your guests from mosquitoes at your outdoor wedding or reception.

Hurry! Don’t wait. (803) 345-7575.

A mild winter means more bugs this spring and summer in the South

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The early onset of spring brings blooms and pests.

All across the country this year we have seen some of the mildest and warmest winters on record.  South Carolina in general is a warm state that has experienced mild winters on a regular basis throughout our state’s history. On average we have had 13.7 days of temperatures above 70 degrees during the winter months over the past 124 years. This year however, we had 15 days of 70+ degree temperatures from 12/01 to 2/29, according to The Southeast Regional Climate Center.  This type of winter sets a precedent in our history The average median for Columbia to get temperature readings of 20 degrees and below is 23.4 days. This winter Columbia only had 11.  The last winter on record for Columbia, S.C. that had 11 or fewer days in the 20’s was in 1974. With the premature arrival of warmer weather, factored in with an all-around milder than mild Winter, South Carolina needs to get prepared for the onslaught of hungry insects since the populations will be higher due to the lack of freezing conditions over the winter.

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Mosquito Squad of Columbia can keep you and your family happy and healthy this season.

As this mild South Carolina winter shifts into early spring, many insects are ending their hibernation early.  You may already see a problem arising in your neighborhood with fire ants due to the early end to hibernation. Many insects that are in an egg or larval state wait for the weather to warm to emerge. This means that flies and mosquitoes should be showing up earlier than usual this spring due to warmer temperatures and warmer water temperatures as well.

With a larger and earlier population of insects, we also run a greater risk of contracting insect-borne illness. A lengthier insect season is to blame. This includes mosquito-borne illness, tick-borne illness and flea-borne illness. Ourselves, our families and our pets are more at risk with a longer warm season.

You may ask what you can do to prevent these “early risers” from ruining the beauty and fun of enjoying the outdoors this season. There are many things that you can do to discourage falling prey to the bugs. When it comes to mosquitoes, keeping your property free of standing water that could serve as a breeding ground is essential. Also, as with all insects, keeping your property free of debris and mowed will serve as a deterrent. Having your property treated by a licensed professional is crucial to eradicating a problem before it becomes out of control. Having your yard treated for insects will also keep your yard free of the pests for the season and give you a chance to enjoy the warm evening breezes and the sun on your face during this glorious time.

The good news is that Mosquito Squad of Columbia can treat your property to protect against mosquitoes, fire ants, fleas, ticks, spiders and flies. Our formulas are affordable, safe and highly effective. We also take special precautions to ensure beneficial insects and pollinators such as honeybees are not harmed in any manner.

Remember that a season with no bites, means no worries. Contact us today to learn more.

Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email: columbia@mosquitosquad.com

What do heartworms have to do with mosquitoes?

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Keep your pampered pooch happy and healthy with mosquito and flea control from Mosquito Squad of Columbia. Let the good times roll!

Among all the diseases that can strike our beloved pets, heartworms are one of the most fatal and hardest to treat.  Dogs, cats, ferrets and other mammals are susceptible to heartworm disease.  Heartworms are caused by the bite of an infected mosquito and there is no way to tell which mosquitoes are infected. The bottom line is if you have a pet and you have mosquitoes, then if not treated your pets will almost surely get heartworms. It’s just that simple.

Even though heartworms are treatable, the treatment can be really rough on your pet and is not 100% guaranteed to eradicate the heartworms. In some cases the treatment can prove to as fatal as the disease itself. Thankfully, heartworms can be prevented, through education, keeping your pet on a regular routine of heartworm preventative medication and by using mosquito prevention practices such as having your property treated by a licensed professional to keep mosquitoes out of the areas where your pets frequent.

You many assume that having your beloved pets on heartworm preventative is enough to dismiss the threat of heartworm disease in your pet, but it is not. Though highly effective, as with any medication, the preventative is not 100% effective.  A good friend of mine had this happen to my beloved childhood dog, a black Lab named Lola. Even though she kept up with her heartworm pills each month, Lola still contracted heartworm disease. I am an advocate in educating pet owners on total prevention at the source to greatly reduce the risk of another beloved pet contracting heartworm disease.

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This simple diagram shows the life cycle of the heartworm in a dog.

In the same way that it is important to regularly inspect your property to keep you and your family safe from pesky mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, it is also important to check the areas your pet frequents to ensure they are free of standing water or containers that can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Any debris, brush or trash should be cleaned up. In addition, any containers or reservoirs for standing water. Tip it over, turn it over or throw it away. Have your property treated by a licensed professional to kill and prevent mosquitoes. These easy to follow steps, combined with regular visits to your veterinarian and keeping your pet on year-round  heartworm preventative is the key to keeping your pet heartworm free.

Other Worrisome Worms

Heartworms are not the only worms that can plague your pet.  Dogs, cats and even horses can develop other parasites and worms from more than the mosquito. Fleas are a major cause of concern to pet owners and non-pet owners alike. Along with causing Anemia, Flea Allergy Dermatitis and a myriad of other skin conditions in your pet, fleas are also responsible for Tapeworms.

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The ugly truth : a dogs heart infected with heartworms.

Tapeworms are caused by fleas when the tapeworm uses the flea as an intermediate host in its own life cycle. Eggs are deposited by the adult tapeworm within the environment and are then consumed by the flea larvae. If your pet then ingests an adult flea that has consumed tapeworm eggs when in the larval stage, the tapeworms are passed on to your pet. Dogs, cats, equine and other pets ingest the tapeworm ridden fleas by biting at skin where the flea is biting. Believe it or not, people too can become infected with tapeworms if they accidentally ingest an infected flea. Tapeworms are treated through de-worming medications, but until you eradicate the flea problem itself, the vicious cycle can replay over and over again within your pets flea infested environment like a bad movie. Killing and preventing fleas is the key to keeping these nasty pests out of the picture for good.

Prevention of fleas is easy. There is a wide array of topical and pills on the market for flea prevention on your pet. These take care of the problem on your pet, however the pets living quarters will also have to be treated properly and this includes the yard or outside areas that your pet frequents. Most fleas are picked up within the yard  from wild animals or neighbors pets and it is crucial to keep your property flea free to prevent re-infestation. Having your property treated by a licensed professional is the best defense against fleas.

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Our pets are members of our family too, and deserve protection from mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia specializes in flea control and prevention as well as mosquito control and prevention on your property. Our safe and effective sprays are safe for you, your family and your pets. Our service is worry-free and will help you keep your pets safe from mosquitoes and fleas that can wreak havoc on their health, and yours. Contact us today to get on the schedule for the mosquito season, or all year-long.

Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email: columbia@mosquitosquad.com

Areas we cover:

Batesburg, Blythewood, Camden, Cayce, Chapin, Columbia, Congaree, Dutch Fork, Eastover, Elgin, Elloree, Five Points, Forest Acres, Forest Lake, Fort Jackson, Gadsden, Gaston, Gilbert, Harbison, Hopkins, Irmo, Kathwood, Lake Carolina, Lake Murray, Leesburg, Leesville, Lexington, Lugoff, Macedon, Olympia, Orangeburg, Pelion, Pineridge, Pontiac, Red Bank, Ridgeway, South Congaree, Springdale, St Matthews, Swansea, Wateree, West Columbia, Westover Acres, Winnsboro

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

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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.

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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

Record Warmth Brings out the Bugs!

With record temperatures in the 80s and sunny skies predicted for the Columbia SC markets over the Easter weekend , mosquitoes and other biting insects are already out in many neighborhoods.  At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, new business is coming from a wide range of sources:  call-ins from yard signs, internet leads, referrals from family members, outdoor enthusiasts we met at the Home and Garden and Historic Columbia Gardening Symposium – these are just a few of the ways new customers are finding us and getting much-needed relief from these outdoor pests.

Jessica R. of Columbia called in today, desperate to help her two-and-a-half year old son who suffers with allergic reactions to mosquito bites.  “Last year we had to take him to the emergency room” as a result of mosquito bites.  Jessica was relieved to hear of our barrier spray solution for eliminating biting insects that’s safe for her toddler and “shorkie” mix dog.  Jessica called after seeing a yard sign in Blythewood.

Ann F. from the Heathwood neighborhood of Columbia found us on the internet.  “My niece uses Mosquito Squad in Greenville and she’s very happy.  Last year I had (X) Pest Control Company (spray for mosquitoes) and they burned my roses.”  With “lots of flower beds” and “lots of dogs” (seven altogether) safety and a bite-free environment are important for her gardening and pets’ pleasure.  Plus, it also kills adults fleas and ticks on contact.  And it’s important to work with professionals who specialize in outdoor biting insects and know what plants can be sprayed and what should be avoided.

We’re in a bit of a transition period for the next two weeks:  mosquitoes, fleas, and other bugs are out and beginning  to bite, but most neighborhoods don’t have enough leaves on the trees and shrubs.

Plan to protect your family and pets from outdoor pests now.  The barrier spray schedule is quickly filling up for April.  Columbia residents should get a handle on the bug season before they biting insects move into your backyard.