The sobering statistics about mosquito and tick-borne illness in South Carolina

Dread Skeeter for Mosquito SquadLast year, vector-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus reported an all-time high among reported human cases. Mosquitoes and ticks are responsible each year for making thousands of people and pets sick – some even resulting in death. Most South Carolinians think that vector-borne illnesses happen elsewhere in the United States, but in fact they happen right here on South Carolina soil and in more sobering numbers than you might have imagined.Map of SC

The most common mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses in South Carolina are West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Based on data from The USGS disease maps provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior in conjunction with the CDC, the reported number of vector-borne illnesses in humans contracted from mosquitoes and ticks in 2012 was as follows:

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Mosquito-Borne illness numbers for South Carolina 

  • West Nile Virus – The total number of human WNV infections in 2012 was 29, the number for the entire US was 5,674. According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control there were also 4 confirmed cases of West Nile Encephalitis confirmed in our state for 2012. We also had 16 confirmed cases West Nile Fever.
  • Lacrosse Encephalitis – South Carolina had one reported case in 2012 and 78 reported cases nationwide
  • Dengue Fever – South Carolina had two reported cases during 2012, with 545 total reported cases in the U.S.

Tick- Borne illness numbers for South Carolina

  • Lyme Disease – According to the SCDHEC there were 23 confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in S.C. for 2012. We also not the last reported numbers showing state to state confirmed cases of the disease comes to us from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which show in 2011 South Carolina had a total of 24 confirmed cases of Lyme Disease, the total number of confirmed cases for the US was 24,364.
Deer tick or blacklegged tick on leaf waiting for you to pass by

Ticks carry a host of diseases and thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas

  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever – In 2012 South Carolina had 10 confirmed cases of this illness, and 41 additional probable cases.

These statistics do not include many probable or undiagnosed cases of mosquito and tick borne illness. The SCDHEC Bureau of Disease Control reported in South Carolina, through October 5, 2012, there were 29 people confirmed ill with West Nile Fever or West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease. Three of these persons died. An additional 11 persons with no symptoms of West Nile infection were identified through screening of donated blood. South Carolina experienced more cases of West Nile Disease, in any form, in 2012 than in any previous year.

West Nile Virus is the most common mosquito-borne illness in North America and Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease. When Lyme Disease is left untreated infection it can spread to the joints, the heart and even the nervous system.

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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.

Lyme Disease is the most widely misdiagnosed of all the vector-borne illnesses and is commonly referred to as the “great pretender”. This is because the symptoms of Lyme do indeed mimic the symptoms of other illnesses such as arthritis, asthma, depression and even eczema (due in part to the illnesses trademark rash that sometimes accompanies the presence of Lyme).

As you read over the statistics for vector-borne illness, you can clearly see these illnesses are not as uncommon in our neck of the woods as one may think. In order to keep your family safe from the risk of contracting one of these illnesses this season it is crucial to take control of your property to make it less hospitable for mosquitoes and ticks. By exercising smart mosquito and tick control practices on your property and having a licensed professional treat your property, you can dramatically reduce your risk of contracting a vector-borne illness.

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

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

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia today to learn more about our mosquito control and tick control prevention programs that are geared towards keeping your and your family safe from mosquito and tick-borne illness and disease. Now is the time to act in order to stay healthy and happy this season! Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

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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.

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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.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month and Mosquito Squad of Columbia is working to heighten the awareness of Lyme in our region

Deer ticks in your backyard waiting for you to walk by

Deer ticks in your backyard waiting to feed from you, your child or your pet.

Since May is Lyme Disease Awareness month in S.C., Mosquito Squad of Columbia wants to focus your attention on the disease, how to properly identify a tick, and ways to tick-proof your yard to reduce the risk of contracting Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Columbia SC

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Columbia, SC.

Many South Carolina residents assume that Lyme Disease is specific to the Northern parts of the country. This is a common misconception. In 2011, there were 24 confirmed cases of Lyme Disease in S.C. and an estimated 13 additional probable cases according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even though these numbers seem quite low compared with other regions, the threat is real and it continues to grow each year. This is why proper tick identification is important as well as learning how to tick-proof your Columbia, S.C. yard.

Know your tick

The most commonly encountered ticks in the southeastern U.S. are the American dog tick, lone star tick, blacklegged or “deer” tick and brown dog tick. Here is a little bit about what they look like and the diseases they carry.

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    The deer tick is the contributing factor for Lyme disease.

    Deer ticks – Both nymph (young) and adult deer ticks will bite humans. The highest risk of being bitten by a deer tick occurs throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. However, adults can also be out searching for a host any time winter temperatures are above freezing. Deer tick nymphs are the size of a poppy seed and adult deer ticks are the size of a sesame seed. Deer ticks are responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease, Babesiosis and Anaplasmosis. Although rare, it is  possible to contract more than one tick-borne illness at once from a single tick. This is what is referred to as co-morbid tick disease. Generally, the most common form of co-morbid tick diseases is Lyme Disease and Babesiosis or Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis.

  • American Dog tick

    American Dog tick

     The American dog Tick – The American dog tick is responsible for the spread of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia. In general, only the adult dog tick will bite humans. The highest risk of being bitten by a dog tick occurs during the spring and summer seasons. Adult dog ticks are about the size of a watermelon seed.

  • Lone Star Tick

    Lone Star Tick

    Lone Star ticks – The Lone Star tick, also referred to as a seed tick, is responsible for the spread of Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI), Ehrlichiosis, Tularemia and Anaplasmosis. All three life stages (larva, nymph, adult) of the lone star tick will feed on humans, and may be quite aggressive. Female Lone Star ticks are easy to identify by the pronounced white dot or star in the center of her back.

Deer tick or blacklegged tick on leaf waiting for you to pass by

Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas

Proper identification is important when you or a member of your family encounters a tick. It is also crucial to remember that adult ticks are just as capable as nymph ticks in spreading Lyme and other tick-borne diseases onto us.

Preventing ticks in your yard includes perfecting your tick-proofing practices to control ticks during each stage of life. Mosquito Squad of Columbia provides a list of recommendations designed to reduce your risk of contracting Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases this season.

Here are our 6 C’s for Lyme Disease control.

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.

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 of these plants will add beauty to your spring landscape along with helping deter the deer. Deer deterring plants include Lavender, Foxglove, and many more perennial and annual selections that thrive in our SC climate.

Columbia mosquito control with Sophie wonder dog

Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home.

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

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.

Call the pros. Mosquito Squad of Columbia utilizes both barrier sprays that can kill live ticks on the spot as well as “tick tubes.” Strategically placed during the spring and fall, “tick tubes” prompt rodents to incorporate tick-killing material contained within the tubes into their bedding, effectively eliminating hundreds of tick nymphs found in each mouse nest.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

Contact us to learn more about tick control and prevention program designed to reduce the risk of contracting Lyme Disease.

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.  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

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.

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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

A crash course in Columbia SC tick basics; what you should know and why

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The onset of spring brings blooms and pests.

The signs that warmer weather is close at hand are all around us. Trees here in the Columbia, SC area are budding and the daffodils and tulips are beginning to wake up from their winter nap. Springs’ arrival also means the arrival of nuisance pests that not only put a damper on our outdoor activities but they are also carriers of many ???-borne illnesses and diseases. One of these dreaded i??? is the tick.

Three types of ticks are the most common here in the Columbia area. These include the Ixodes also known as the black-legged tick but most commonly referred to as the deer tick, the Amblyomma or the Lone Star Tick, and the Dermacentor or American Dog Tick. Each of these blood seeking opportunistic arthropods can carry and spread disease and illness. Dog ticks are known vectors of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The Lone Star tick is known to carry both Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Ehrlichiosis. Of course, the Deer Tick is widely known as  the primary vector of Lyme disease. Deer ticks are also responsible for the spread of Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis.

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Every sized tick is capable of spreading illness and disease.

Your chance of coming into contact with a potentially infected tick is more likely during the summer months. All ticks at every stage of  life have the capability of spreading disease to humans and other animals. The immature nymph deer tick is one of the most difficult to detect because of its tiny size. Some nymphal deer ticks are no bigger than the size of a poppy-seed which can make detection nearly impossible. These small deer ticks carry the same risks of infecting you with Lyme disease as that of an adult deer tick. The appearance of the deer tick comes at a time of year when many folks are outside working in their gardens, tending flowers, and enjoying the spring weather. The arrival of this tick makes people and pets a prime target to become the main course on the deer ticks menu which puts us at risk for contracting Lyme disease.

Picture of deer tick

The deer tick is the contributing factor for Lyme disease.

On a lighter note, being bitten by a tick doesn’t automatically mean you are going to contract a tick-borne disease such as the ones listed above. Not all ticks are infected. Finding a tick on your body should spark a call to action, but it is also important to stay calm. By following the safe tick removal procedures as outlined by the CDC  you will minimize the risk associated with the disbursement of bacteria within the tick from entering the wound, and thus reduce the chance of infection.

If you have already been bitten by a tick it is important to pay close attention to the warning signs that you may be sick from the bite. Lyme disease is best known by its trademark “bull’s-eye” rash. Although common, Lyme disease doesn’t always produce this rash and it is important to learn the other symptoms of tick-borne illness and disease. Many tick-borne diseases display similar symptoms such as fever, chills, aches and pains which are flu-like in nature, headache and fatigue. If you think you have been infected by the bite of a tick it is important to  contact your physician immediately so further testing can be done to determine, diagnose and treat the illness early. Treating the illness early is crucial in avoiding long-term complications.

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Nymph ticks are sometimes as tiny as poppy seeds like the ones on this bagel.

The best way to reduce the risk of coming into contact with a tick this spring, and throughout the warm season ahead is awareness and prevention. Mosquito Squad of Columbia specializes in barrier sprays formulated to eliminate adult ticks from your yard. We also offer a tick-tube program that targets larval ticks, or baby ticks. Through the use of these two tick control programs, we can reduce the chance of coming face to face with a tick  within your treated area by up to 90%.no-tic

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more about ticks and our various tick control and prevention programs. We can help keep you and your loved ones safe from ticks this spring and throughout the summer. Contact us today to schedule your tick control early because time is tick, tick, ticking away. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

You can learn more about our tick tube program by watching our informative video outlining how tick tubes work.

Our tick tube program is the first line of defense against canine Lyme disease

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

Dog owners know better than anyone how bad the tick season has turned out to be this summer. Our furry friends love to spend time outdoors, and also love to stick their little wet noses into areas where ticks love to hang out. From exploring around rocks and debris piles to running through the woods, our dogs are ultimately the most vulnerable members of our families when it comes to picking up ticks. Our hot temperatures and abundant rainfall mixed with a milder than usual winter has made the tick population in the Columbia area soar. This combination paired with your dog’s curiosity can lead to your pet being at risk for contracting canine Lyme disease.

Man’s best friend can get Lyme disease just like we can. The disease is caused by a bacteria carried by a tick and can be spread to you and your pet from the bite of an infected tick. Lyme disease in dogs is sometimes mistaken for arthritis because two of the most common symptoms are painful joints and lameness. Some dogs that are infected with Lyme never show any symptoms at all, but others can become very sick from the disease. Severe cases of canine Lyme disease can lead to heart problems and kidney failure in your pet. Since the common “bulls eye” rash seen in a high percentage of human Lyme disease cases is not seen in dogs suffering from the disease, as pet owners we have to pay attention to the other warning signs that our dog may be sick. Common symptoms that should set off an early warning for dog owners are a low-grade fever, lack of appetite, swollen lymph nodes near the site of a tick bite, stiffness, difficulty breathing and sensitivity to touch. The first sign that something is wrong lies in checking your pet thoroughly to see if a tick is still attached in the fur. Longer hair breeds can have ticks attached that are often overlooked. Research indicates that younger dogs are more likely to contract Lyme than older dogs, and certain specific breeds seem to develop kidney disease as a result of Lyme disease more often than other breeds. These include Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Bernese Mountain dogs.

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The Deer Tick. The culprit responsible for Lyme Disease.

The reason for the increase in the number of dogs contracting Lyme disease is because of our lifestyle changes. More people means a need for more housing, and in turn as a society we have begun to encroach into the habitat of the prime sources responsible for the spread of Lyme disease. Deer ticks as well as mice lie at the source of humans and pets becoming infected with the disease. And we now build communities closer to wooded areas and fields where the ticks and mice reside. The progression of Lyme disease acts as a chain, and each source and host act as a link of that chain with humans, dogs and other animals being the last link that completes the chain of disease. In order for the disease to come full circle and infect us, or our pets, each link has to fall into place.

The root of Lyme disease is the tick which feeds from the mouse carrying the bacterium that causes Lyme disease which is called Borrelia burgdorferi. The deer tick feeds from the mouse by becoming an uninvited guest within the nest of the mouse. The tick feeds from the mouse and in turn the tick in transported back to the nest of the mouse where it is in the opportune location to feed, mature and continue to perpetuate the cycle of disease. Once the tick has reached the nymph stage it is then ready to fall off the mouse and shed in order to mature to the next stage of development which is the adult stage. Nymph ticks are easily picked up by humans and dogs while outdoors. The nymph deer tick is so tiny it is hard to see, and often overlooked, especially within the coat of your dog. Once the tick has attached itself to its host it then feeds, the bacteria that causes Lyme is passed through the saliva of the tick.

Keeping your entire family safe from the risk of contracting Lyme is our goal. By breaking the chain of disease in interrupting the life cycle of the tick you can reduce your risk of you or your dog becoming infected with Lyme Disease. Tick control and prevention is crucial to keep your pet healthy and safe. We recommend taking control of your property by keeping grass trimmed and debris cleaned up to make your yard less hospitable for mice and ticks. Keep your dog on a regular routine of oral or topical tick preventative as suggested by your veterinarian, and have a tick control professional include a tick tube program at the appropriate times on your property.

How tick tubes work.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia uses a highly effective tick tube program in conjunction with our barrier sprays to target all stages of the ticks’ life. Tick tubes work to eliminate the nymph tick before it has a chance to spread disease. Tick tubes are an innovative approach to tick control because they work in breaking the chain of potential disease. Tick tubes are small tubes that contain insecticide treated cotton. This cotton makes tempting bedding for mice to take from the cotton back to their nest. The treated cotton is safe for the mice, but deadly to the tick that is lurking within the mouse’s nest. Tick tubes are a win/win because the mouse gets a nice fluffy bed and the ticks perish. Studies have shown that utilizing a tick tube program reduces the risk of exposure to an infected tick by up to 97% on a treated property. In addition to the nymph tick, we also use a safe and effective barrier spray to target adult ticks on your property. This tick-intensive program gives you your yard back and gives your entire family peace of mind.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more about fighting the bite, and getting the upper hand on ticks this summer. In addition to tick control we also offer control and prevention of mosquitoes, fire ants, fleas, spiders and flies too.

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

The common denominators for Lyme disease in Columbia, SC consist of an acorn, a mouse and a tick

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Every size tick is capable of spreading Lyme disease.

The combination of a milder than usual winter, paired with abundant rainfall and humid temperatures have caused a boom on the numbers of ticks crawling their way all over the Columbia, SC area. With more ticks in the region, there is more risk of contracting a vector-borne illness or disease from these ticks that could possibly be infected with Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis and a host of other dangers.

Some of the types of ticks that harbor the most risk of disease are often the most difficult to see before it is too late. Deer ticks are responsible for the spread of Lyme disease and Babesiosis. Deer ticks are smaller in size than other species of ticks, and are especially tiny during the nymph stage of their life. Some nymph ticks, also referred to in this area as “seed ticks”, are no larger than a poppy-seed. Though small in size, they pack a big punch if carrying a tick-borne illness.

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Nymph ticks are sometimes as tiny as poppy seeds like the ones on this bagel.

Since there is no cure or vaccination for Lyme Disease or Babesiosis,  it is crucial that residents take note and exercise effective tick control practices on their property. According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in 2011, 39 South Carolinians developed Lyme Disease. The conditions are more ripe this season for Lyme Disease cases in our state and this gives rise to the need for  SC tick control and prevention. Keeping debris picked up, bushes trimmed, and high grass mowed are the first steps in preventing ticks. Frequent checks for typical tick breeding grounds such as along fence lines and rocky areas should be part of your regular yard inspections. Having a licensed tick control professional treat your property is also very important.

SC abundance of Acorns

Having a lot of these around could mean more cases of Lyme disease in our area.

A thorough tick control and prevention program should include the use of tick tubes in conjunction with a barrier spray program to halt the life cycle of the tick to prevent the risk of coming into contact with a potentially infected tick. Tick Tubes use is especially important this season because of the tremendous crop of acorns in our area this year. A recent report by WISTV channel 10 indicates that researchers have concluded the acorns abundance is spurring a rise in mice populations and thus a rise in the deer tick populations as well. There is a direct link between mice and the spread of Lyme Disease. Deer ticks hitch a ride on mice and are taken back to the rodent’s den where they feed and mature in safety. They then emerge as nymphs ready to feed from us, our children and our pets. The abundant supply of acorns will spur an increase in mouse populations, and with more mice come more deer ticks. Tick tubes are the most effective means to disrupt the life cycle of the tick and decrease the number of deer ticks to spread Lyme Disease and Babesiosis.

How tick tubes work.

How tick tubes work

Tick tubes are small tubes filled with cotton that has been treated with a mild insecticide that is harmless to the mice, but deadly to the ticks living in their nests. The mice will take the treated cotton back to their nests to use as bedding, once the treated cotton enters the nest it kills the uninvited house guest living there (the deer tick). Tick tubes are spread throughout your property at the appropriate times and are found to reduce the risk of exposure to an infected tick by up to 97% on a treated property. The whole innovative concept is a win/win situation for people and mice. We are free from the risks deer ticks carry and the mice get a nice fluffy nest too!

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Mosquito Squad of Columbia kills ticks dead.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia specializes in intensive tick control and prevention programs that include the effective use of tick tubes as well as our safe and effective barrier sprays. Contact us today to learn more about keeping yourself and your family safe from tick-borne illness and disease this season. We are dedicated to wiping out the risk of disease here in Columbia, one yard at a time.

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