Mosquito Squad Convention!

Mosquito Squad Convention!

We were so very lucky to have the chance to visit beautiful Charleston South Carolina this past week, for our Annual Mosquito Squad Convention. It was a wonderful weekend catching up with friends and learning new ways to make our location the very best it can be for our amazing customers in Nashville! We grabbed the opportunity to explore the park on the water front early one morning, and found this amazing pineapple fountain. There are many pineapples throughout the charming town of Charleston, we learned because the pineapple symbolizes “welcome”. “Welcome” is exactly what you feel everywhere you go in Charleston!

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Mosquito Squad and Malaria No More!

Mosquito Squad and Malaria No More!

We are so proud and thankful to all of our seasonal Barrier Spray Package customers for making it possible for Mosquito Squad of Nashville’s owner, Patrick McKennon, to present an $11,000 check for Malaria No More to its CEO, David Bowen, (
left) at Malaria No More’s International Honors event at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 8. Malaria No More is a nonprofit organization determined to help the world reach the global goal of near zero malaria deaths in Africa.

August is National Golf Month

As this amusing video points out the excitement of  outdoor sports like golf can be seriously dampened by mosquitoes.  The video pokes fun at the annoyance factor but there is much more to be afraid of. West Nile Virus is a real threat as we head to the “links” or enjoy other backyard activities this august. As the Center for Disease Control website points out:

“What Is the Risk of Getting Sick from WNV?

Being outside means you’re at risk. The more time you’re outdoors, the more time you could be bitten by an infected mosquito. Pay attention to avoiding mosquito bites if you spend a lot of time outside, either working or playing.”

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/wnv_factsheet.htm

So take control of your environment and let Mosquito Squad of Nashville eliminate these annoying pest from your home. And listen up golf courses-In observance of national golf month we would like to suggest that you get in touch with mosquito squad to protect all those innocent enthusiastic golfers.

Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2012

 

Next week, June 24-30, is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week!  As your local authority on mosquitoes, we are here to provide you with some useful information!

DID YOU KNOW?….

Diseases:

Beyond the irritation of mosquito bites, these pests can carry illnesses that can seriously impact ones’ health.  A June 2011 study of homeowners by TNS Worldwide and Mosquito Squad revealed that while 70% of American homeowners know that mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus and Malaria, less than 33% were aware that they can also carry Dengue Fever and Encephalitis.

Mosquito bites can also lead to heartworm in dogs and cats, but unfortunately, just 16% of American homeowners are knowledgeable on this fact, leaving up to 84% of American cats and dogs at risk of contracting this serious, and often fatal disease.  (Same source:  TNS worldwide and Mosquito Squad survey among homeowners in June 2011.)

Recently a client asked why her husband got bitten by mosquitoes far more than she did, follow the link below for some fun facts provided by WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/are-you-mosquito-magnet

Mosquitoes however, are no laughting matter, so please remember the 5 T’s which will help control the mosquito population around your home!

Toss, Tip, Tarp, Turnover…and finally Treat!

Toss any standing water from items outside the home, Tip over those same items so they don’t collect water during rainy days, Tarps- they provide lots of little pockets which will collect water, so be sure to keep them dry and folded up if at all possible, and stored away during mosquito season, Turnover any bowls or items outside that may serve as breeding grounds, and finally call us here at Mosquito Squad so that we can help you treat the problem.  We have our traditional or 100% natural option, both of which will help you FIGHT THE BITE!

 

 

 

A quick tip to help fight the bite!

We hope that you are enjoying spring and spending plenty of time outdoors with your family.  Here at Mosquito Squad we are advocates of outdoor living!   In this post, we bring you a tip for helping control mosquitoes in your yard.  We often remind people of the 5T’s: Tip, Toss, Turnover, Tarp and Treat.  The main premise behind these recommendations is controlling the standing water on your property, which acts as a haven for pesky, biting mosquitoes!

What some folks may not think about is that near your HVAC area, often times you will find a small pipe which serves as a constant release for condensation.   It only takes a teaspoon of water to breed millions of mosquitoes in a months time, and these small pipes produce that easily in a days time.  Our recommendation comes from Patrick McKennon, our owner here in Nashville, who has many years experience in dealing with various landscape and drainage issues.  With just a bit of your time and a trip to a local home supply store you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming infested with mosquitoes.

He suggests digging a small area out around where you notice any collections of moisture around your homes foundation.  These areas include the above mentioned HVAC pipes, hose pipes that may not be connected to a hose or other unit, as well as any areas near downspouts that may collect water which are not being diverted.  Simply dig out a small area, enough to make sure that the ground which appears to be collecting moisture has been carved out, many times an area 12″x12″ and 10″ deep is plenty.  Fill this area with pea gravel or other similar gravel product.  DONE!  It is as simple as that.  The water which was pooling on the grounds surface, collecting mosquitoes, and other microorganisms is now able to drain downward.  We hope this tip helps, but don’t forget the 5 T’s and make sure to call us here at Mosquito Squad if you are interested in our barrier spray programs or our misting systems!

National Lyme Disease Awareness Month

 

What you should know about Lyme Disease and keeping your family safe!

While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.

Below are some great tips and information from the CDC on protecting your family from ticks and tick bourne diseases.

Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks by doing the following when enjoying the outdoors

  • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
  • Walk in the center of trails.

Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body   ALWAYS DO A TICK CHECK FOR EACH FAMILY MEMBER AFTER COMING INDOORS!!

  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
  • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
  • Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs. Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill remaining ticks.

Preventing ticks on your four legged family members

Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne diseases. Vaccines are not available for all the tickborne diseases that dogs can get, and they don’t keep the dogs from bringing ticks into your home. For these reasons, it’s important to use a tick preventive product on your dog or to treat the areas they spend their time in to prevent ticks from coming indoors with them or adverse reactions to their health.

Tick bites on dogs may be hard to detect. Signs of tickborne disease may not appear for 7-21 days or longer after a tick bite, so watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite if you suspect that your pet has been bitten by a tick.

To reduce the chances that a tick will transmit disease to you or your pets:

  • Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.
  • If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away.
  • Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick check at each exam.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about tickborne diseases in your area.
  • Reduce tick habitat in your yard.

Mosquito Squad offers barrier spray programs as well as tick specific treatments which can nearly eliminate ticks in your yard.  Call us today to see how we can help you stay safe outdoors!