Mosquito Control is a Year Round Task in North Carolina

What you do in the fall can impact your mosquito population next spring too.

What you do in the fall can impact your mosquito population next spring too.

The past few days in North Carolina have affirmed that the fall season is here. Time for fire pit nights, scary costumes, and warm, sweet beverages. Even though there is a nip in the air at night, remember that temperatures are not quite cold enough to drive mosquitoes from our yards. Until low temperatures drop consistently into the 50’s, you’re still likely to be bitten, and as long as mosquitoes are active, they are still breeding, causing the population to grow.

 

Recent weather has also brought our state a good bit of rain. This moisture gives mosquitoes plenty of locations for breeding from plant saucers to soaked ground. The cooler weather we have been experiencing will not adversely affect their breeding, and mosquitoes proliferate in exponential numbers. But what happens in a mosquito lays eggs a few weeks from now but temperatures subsequently drop low enough to eliminate mosquitoes? Does the temperature drop eliminate the eggs too? Unfortunately, no, mosquito eggs survive the winter. Temperature and lack of water are not the only factors in this dormancy. If they were, the eggs might hatch when conditions were unfavorable. Length of daylight hours causes the eggs to enter a stage known as diapause, so the eggs will not hatch until longer days occur (Source). This typically means warmer temperatures too.

 

Mosquito Squad of Charlotte & Chapel Hill can help you keep your mosquito population under control.

Mosquito Squad of Charlotte & Chapel Hill can help you keep your mosquito population under control.

This also means that mosquito control is a year round task. It doesn’t end when the Thanksgiving turkey is carved. What can you do to help eliminate mosquitoes over the fall and winter? Clean up your yard. Fall leaves cover our lawns and hold water. Removing these leaves removes any eggs that could winter over. Clean up other yard debris like fallen limbs and grass clippings as well, and continue to eliminate standing water, even in late fall.

 

If you aren’t having Mosquito Squad of Charlotte or Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill treat your yard currently, it’s not too late in the season to impact your mosquito population now and help control the population next season. Call us. Our barrier sprays are highly effective and last for 21 days. There aren’t many days remaining in the North Carolina mosquito season this year, but they are important days. Don’t let them go to waste.

 

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Mosquito Sprays Prevent Pests From Crashing Your Outdoor Event

Keep mosquitoes from crashing your party with Mosquito Squad.

Keep mosquitoes from crashing your party with Mosquito Squad.

As we move into the season of cooler temperatures, wedding bells are chiming and outdoor events are being booked all over Charlotte and Chapel Hill. Early fall provides the natural backdrop of full foliage on trees that is beginning to change into beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows. While cooler temperatures will make for a more comfortable outdoor event, pests like mosquitoes are still active and could still crash the party.

At this time of year, do you need to spray before your event? The answer is yes, if you want your wedding, family reunion, or shower guests to take home good memories instead of bites, or even worse, diseases those bites could bring. All outdoor events can attract pests especially if there are crowds because mosquitoes detect the carbon dioxide we exhale. This sense allows them to more easily locate a blood meal, which they need for reproduction. With large groups, more carbon dioxide is being exhaled which becomes a party for mosquitoes as well. Don’t let your event turn out like Jonathan and Susie’s in this video:

To avoid an event like Jonathan and Susie’s, call Mosquito Squad of Charlotte or Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill. Our event sprays are effective and will last long after your guests have left. About 24 hours before your event, our trained technicians will apply our specially formulated barrier spray everywhere your guests will be. This will allow plenty of time for the spray to dry completely before decorating begins and the food and drinks arrive. And best of all, there’s no residual odor, so your guests won’t notice a thing.

Mosquito Squad of Charlotte and Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill knows a lot of planning  goes into making any outdoor event special. Let us protect your event against mosquito party crashers so all your guests will remember is the good time they had. Call us today to sign up for your special event spray.

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Mosquito Squad Committed to Saving Malaria Victims

Malaria No More One Child at a TimeMosquito Squad is dedicated to fight the bite of mosquitoes every day and strongly supports the fight against Malaria in Africa and other countries. Last month, Mosquito Squad Chairman and CEO, Chris Grandpre, visited Africa along with members from Malaria No More to install treated bed nets in several villages to prevent the spread of Malaria. One treated bed net can protect two children while they sleep at night, against mosquitoes, their bites and the high potential of contracting Malaria.

 

Although Malaria was eradicated in the United States over 60 years ago, it still threatens other areas of the world, particularly Africa where it takes the life of a child every 60 seconds. The numbers are staggering with more than 1,300 children dying every year from a single mosquito bite. Mosquito Squad wants to stop this disease in its tracks by teaming up with Malaria No More’s Power of One campaign. The Power of One initiative provides life saving medication to save one child diagnosed with Malaria. $1 provides 1 treatment to save 1 child at a time. Its’ that simple and you can participate by visiting Malaria No More’s website.

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While we continue to fight Malaria in Africa, Mosquito Squad of Charlotte and Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill continue t fight the bite right here in our area by eliminating mosquitoes and the diseases they spread. Our barrier spray treatment eliminates mosquitoes on contact and continues working for 21 days, protecting your and your family from mosquito-borne viruses in our area like Chikungunya, West Nile virus and EEE.

 

With mosquitoes season at its peak, protecting your family is extremely important. You can’t tell which mosquitoes carry a virus that can cause debilitating effects and avoiding Charlotte-Mosquito-Squadbites is almost impossible unless you call Mosquito Squad of Charlotte and Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill. Don’t spend the cooler fall nights inside when you can be enjoying your nights outside.

Mosquito Squad Is One of America’s Top Growing Companies for the Fourth Year in a Row!

For the best mosquito control, call the company that has been proven successful - Mosquito Squad.

For the best mosquito control, call the company that has been proven successful – Mosquito Squad.

Mosquito Squad of Charlotte and Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill are local North Carolina companies affiliated with Mosquito Squad, America’s top mosquito and tick control brand. We are very proud to let you know that, once again, Mosquito Squad has been named to the top 5000 fastest growing companies list complied by INC. Magazine. This award is very exciting for our brand and very affirming. Inclusion in this list was based entirely on company sales. We have been included for the past four years, and that means what we do is working. Our clients are enjoying mosquito-free fun outdoors, they are continuing to use our services, and they are telling their friends how well it works.

 

This mosquito season has been a particularly rocky one. Spring and late summer here in the North Carolina was especially wet. Additionally, Chikungunya virus arrived here in the United States – not just as a travel-related disease but as one that has been transmitted locally in our country. North Carolinians have been more conscious of mosquito-borne diseases this year with good reason. Though Chikungunya virus will likely spread throughout the country, effective mosquito control can slow its progress. As of August 26th, locally transmitted Chikungunya has been limited to Florida (Source).

 

Mosquitoes will continue to be problematic until low temperatures drop consistently into the 50s.

Mosquitoes will continue to be problematic until low temperatures drop consistently into the 50s.

If you have been considering mosquito control for your home, look no further than Mosquito Squad of Charlotte or Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill. Because of the Chikungunya arrival, mosquito control is more important than ever to manage the spread of this and other diseases, like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Our barrier sprays are effective and in compliance with EPA standards, and our sprays are long lasting – 21 days, even if it rains. Additionally, we set our clients up on a treatment schedule that continues to hold the mosquito population in check. The growth that our company has experienced over the past four years wouldn’t have occurred if we weren’t the best at what we do. We know mosquitoes and their habits, and that makes us very effective at eliminating them.

 

There are still about two months left of mosquito season in North Carolina. They will be around biting you and spreading disease until the low temperatures drop consistently into the 50’s at night. Do something about them. Call the company that has been proven effective. Call Mosquito Squad of Charlotte or Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill today.

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Casey Johnson, Owner
Mosquito Squad of Charlotte
Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill

Why North Carolina Mosquitoes Will Be Around Awhile Longer

Standing water from increased rainfall creates mosquito breeding grounds.

Standing water from increased rainfall creates mosquito breeding grounds.

Across North Carolina, kids are putting up their swimsuits and pulling out their backpacks. It’s mid August, back-to-school, and almost fall. Sure, we still have some hot days in the forecast, but milder temperatures are already moving in, and the days are getting shorter. Over the next few weeks, you’ll probably be spending as much time as possible outdoors with friends and family. Unfortunately, cooler temperatures don’t always mean fewer mosquitoes. Mosquito season in the North Carolina piedmont typically last until mid-October, and during some years, an increase in the mosquito population occurs in August.

 

Why? The average rainfall for the month of August is higher than the month of July. More rain makes standing water more likely on your property, and mosquitoes need stagnant water to breed. With more breeding areas available, the mosquito population can increase even when temperatures cool in late summer. Low temperatures only impact mosquito activity when nighttime temperatures drop consistently into the 50s. Until then, you can expect to see little decrease in the mosquito population, and you’ll still be swatting these pests away.

 

Mosquitoes will still be biting until the temperatures drop into the 50s.

Mosquitoes will still be biting until the temperatures drop into the 50s.

So for the next couple months, be sure you are doing all you can to decrease mosquitoes on your property and to reduce your exposure to them. After all, their bites are painful and annoying, and no one wants to end their summer contracting a mosquito-borne disease. Wear a mosquito repellent when you engage in outdoor activities or host/attend an outdoor event. Long sleeves and long pants can make it more difficult for mosquitoes to bite, and with cooler temperatures in our future, this clothing will be a less oppressive choice. Inspect the screens on your windows and doors. Rips or holes give mosquitoes an open door into your home on those mild days when you open the windows. On your property, eliminate any standing water as soon as you discover it. Saucers underneath potted plants and buckets, toys, and tarps that haven’t been properly stored are normal culprits. Even those little puddles that form on grill covers can hold enough water to create a mosquito problem.

 

To get the very best mosquito control, call Mosquito Squad of Charlotte or Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill to schedule treatments for your property. Our barrier sprays eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes and remain effective for 21 days, even if it rains. When you purchase treatment, we will set you up on a schedule that will continue to control mosquitoes until temperatures end their season. Be sure that you can enjoy North Carolina’s beautiful fall weather bite-free. Contact us today.

 

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Casey Johnson, Owner
Mosquito Squad of Charlotte
Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill

Vampires Exist! – the Asian Tiger Mosquito

Since the days of dinosaurs, they have adapted and endured. Clothed in black and white, they stalk their human prey. They are vicious, have no remorse, and suck our blood. In a bind, they’ll settle for that of cats, dogs, or other warm-blooded animals, but their preference is human. Sometimes, they attack in groups and are quick, agile, and hard to kill. They have unfortunately developed the ability to feed in daylight without evaporating into

The Asian tiger mosquito

The Asian tiger mosquito has adapted in order to survive.

a pile of ash. Unlike their kin, they thrive in the sun but will still search out a meal during a full moon. Vampires exist! In the form of Asian tiger mosquitoes.

This mosquito’s resemblance to vampires in coloring and voracity is rather uncanny. Actually, they are about as close to vampires as we will encounter outside of books, movies, and legends. And though a single mosquito may not live for thousands of years, this species certainly has thrived for millions. Their bites are annoying and painful, and while a bite won’t turn you into a mosquito, it can give you diseases that would wreck havoc on your daily routine. Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, and Encephalitis are just some of over twenty diseases Asian tiger mosquitoes can carry.

So how can you prevent yourself from becoming the victim of this bloodsucker?

1. Keep them from breeding – Asian tiger mosquitoes, like other species of mosquitoes, breed in standing water. While it is extremely hard this season to keep standing water from accumulating, do your best. Tip over flowerpots, buckets, or wheelbarrows that may be collecting it. Toss out your grass trimmings. Turn over any toys that could collect water. Take your tarps indoors, so they won’t create impromptu pools.

2. Eliminate the bloodsuckers already invited into your property – No, garlic won’t help you here, so don’t even try it. Instead, call in the Van Helsing of the mosquito world; have your property treated by Mosquito Squad of Charlotte and Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill. Our barrier spray is high effective at eliminating mosquitoes of all species and at keeping them away for 21 days.

Don’t be a vampire victim. Call us today, so we can treat your property and blast your Asian tiger mosquitoes into oblivion.

 

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Mosquito Squad of Charlotte
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Protect Your NC Horses from Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Protect horses from Eastern Equine Encephalitis by protecting them from mosquitoes.

Protect horses from Eastern Equine Encephalitis by protecting them from mosquitoes.

Chikungunya Virus has dominated the news this summer, but let’s not forget that other serious mosquito-borne diseases are endemic here in North Carolina. Last week, WBTV channel 3 reported that two North Carolina horses have died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). While both horses lived in eastern NC near the coast, it is a sobering reminder to horse lovers in the piedmont that this disease is still in our state and can be fatal. North Carolina horses and people are at risk. While the disease cannot be passed from horses to humans or vice versa, mosquitoes do pass the disease to both.

In order to protect horses, owners should talk to their veterinarians about vaccination. Because the vaccine must be administered following a specific protocol in order to be effective, owners should have a licensed veterinarian administer the vaccine rather than attempting to do so themselves (Source). Symptoms of EEE in horses include erratic behavior, head pressing, unsteadiness, and a loss of coordination. Horses expressing any of these symptoms should be examined by a veterinarian immediately.

Mosquito eggs and larvae in standing stagnant water.

Mosquito eggs and larvae in standing stagnant water.

Though humans can’t get EEE from horses, if a horse contracts the disease, it is present in the local mosquito population, and humans should take extra care to avoid being bitten. There is no human vaccination for EEE.  You should be sure that standing water is eliminated around your home and barn. By reducing potential breeding areas, you can reduce the number of mosquitoes in the area. Common culprits for holding stagnant water are buckets, tools, and tarps that have not been properly stored.

Common sense measures to control the mosquito population are effective. However, to truly manage mosquitoes at your home or barn, call Mosquito Squad of Charlotte or Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill. Our barrier sprays can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property, and these sprays last for 21 days. A binding agent allows them to continue working even if it rains. We also offer mosquito misting systems that will release a burst of spray at programmed intervals. To determine which mosquito control method is best for your property, contact us today. Don’t take chances with EEE. Let Mosquito Squad protect you and those you love – whether two-legged or four-legged.

 

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Casey Johnson, Owner
Mosquito Squad of Charlotte
Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill

Chikugunya Vaccine in Development Here in North Carolina

A Chikungunya vaccine is in development in North Carolina.

A Chikungunya vaccine is in development in North Carolina.

A couple weeks ago, Chikungunya Virus infected mosquitoes in Florida, and the continental US saw its first locally transmitted cases. Since, even more cases of the disease have cropped up here in North Carolina, and there has been a lot of media coverage and buzz about the illness. Many people are nervous and rightly so. While not typically fatal, Chikungunya Virus can be extremely painful because it causes joint pain, and the accompanying fever drains those infected of energy for about a week. Infections can be more dangerous in patients that are elderly, very young, or have other health problems. It is certainly an illness to avoid. But there is some good news regarding Chikungunya, and it is happening right here in North Carolina. A vaccine is being developed.

Raleigh, North Carolina based biotechnology company Arbovax and Drs. Dennis Brown and Raquel Hernandez from North Carolina State University have been working on the vaccine. It has completed preliminary testing but will need more extensive testing before it can be approved (Source). Though it will probably be a while before healthcare providers begin using the vaccine, we are a lot closer to having one that many of us believed, and that is good news. In addition to the Chikungunya vaccine, Arbovax is also developing vaccines for other mosquito-borne diseases like Dengue Fever.

Baseball Dread knocks out mosquitoesUntil the vaccine is ready, it is up to us to protect ourselves from the mosquito bites that can transmit Chikungunya. That entails taking precautions when you are outdoors and reducing the mosquito population on your property. This can be done by utilizing a mosquito repellent when you engage in outdoor activities. You will need to continue this until nighttime temperatures fall into the 50’s. Wearing long sleeves and pants can make it more difficult for mosquitoes to bite, and wearing light colored clothing can make you less attractive to mosquitoes. Remember that Chikungunya virus is carried by the Asian Tiger mosquito, and this mosquito feeds during all hours of the day. Reducing the mosquito population in your yard by eliminating standing water and landscape trimmings also helps. This will limit areas on your property that are suitable breeding grounds. Additionally, clippings ooze plant juices on which mosquitoes feed. Leaving them in the yard simply creates a smorgasbord for these pests.

Or, you can simply call Mosquito Squad of Charlotte and Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill to treat your property.  Our barrier spray can eliminate up to 90% of your mosquito population in your yard. Not only will it eliminate mosquitoes, it will continue to repel them for up to 21 days. The very best way to avoid Chikungunya Virus right now is to avoid mosquito bites. We can help you there.

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Casey Johnson, Owner
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Mosquito Borne Diseases in North Carolina

Mosquito bites can make you sick.

Mosquito bites can make you sick.

With the new mosquito borne Chikungunya virus now in the United States, mosquitoes now have one more illness they can transmit to us. How knowledgeable are you about mosquito-borne diseases? Do you know which ones are endemic in North Carolina? Do you know their symptoms? Knowledge can be a very effective weapon against such diseases because it leads to caution and to actions that help control the mosquito population, so take a quick look and see how your knowledge measures up.

 

Mosquito-Borne Diseases Endemic in North Carolina

Disease West Nile Virus Easter Equine Encephalitis LaCrosse Encephalitis
Symptoms Fever, Headache, Body Aches, Joint Pain, Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Rash. Encephalitis or Meningitis may also occur. Systemic infections – Chills, Fever, Joint Paint, Muscle Pain, and Feeling “out of sorts”. Encephalitic infections – headache, irritability, Restlessness, Drowsiness, Anorexia, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Cyanosis, Convulsions, and Coma. Fever, Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Fatigue, and Lethargy. Neuroinvasive forms of the disease are most commonly seen in those under age 16.
Duration Weeks to months depending on the severity of infection. 1-2 weeks for systemic infections. Encephalitic infections are more serious, recovery may take longer, or the disease may be fatal. Varies
Treatment There is no vaccine or anti-viral for WNV. Over the counter pain medication, adequate fluid intake, and rest are the best treatment. There is no vaccine for EEE. There is no anti-viral. Pain medication, adequate fluid intake, and rest are the best treatment. Hospitalization may be required, especially if the infection is encephalitic. There is no vaccine for LAC. There is no anti-viral. Hospitalization may be needed, especially if the disease becomes neuroinvasive.

 

Don't take chances with mosquito-borne disease.

Don’t take chances with mosquito-borne disease.

Each of these diseases is serious, and each of them infected people in our state last year. The severity of each infection depends on many factors, but even a minor case can be enough to ruin a week or two.

Unfortunately, most mosquito-borne diseases must be overcome through rest and pain management since there are no drugs that can cure them. Prevention really is the best course of action. This means controlling the mosquito population on your property.

For the most effective mosquito control, contact Mosquito Squad of Charlotte or Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill. Our treatments can reduce your mosquito population by up to 90%, and they last for 21 days, even if it rains. Don’t gamble with your health. By controlling mosquitoes, you can reduce your risk of being exposed to one of these diseases.

 

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Mosquito Squad of Charlotte
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Chikungunya Virus Has Infected US Mosquitoes

Last Thursday, July 17th, both the Florida Department of Health and the CDC announced the first cases of locally transmitted Chikungunya virus in the United States (Source). Both cases occurred in Florida, and neither of these individuals had recently traveled outside of the US, indicating that they contracted the disease from local mosquito bites.

The Asian Tiger mosquito is one of the species that spread Chikungunya virus.

The Asian Tiger mosquito is one of the species that spread Chikungunya virus.

Just two weeks ago, we posted about Chikungunya virus, its symptoms, and the need for travelers to the Caribbean to exercise caution. In fact, 10 cases of the virus have been confirmed in North Carolina residents who contracted it through travel.  The virus spreads between countries when travelers become infected while visiting a country where the disease is endemic. They bring it back home, mosquitoes bite them, and then mosquitoes bite others. Many experts, including those at the CDC, believed that once Chikungunya reached the Caribbean it was only a matter of time before it made its way into the mosquito population in our country. Once again, they have proven correct.

Though locally transmitted Chikungunya has not yet reached North Carolina, it will eventually come to our area. North Carolina has a vast population of Asian Tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus), and these pests are one of the mosquito species that transmit the virus. The other, less well-known species (Aedes aegypti) lives in our state as well.

Do something about Chikunguyna virus. Treat your property for mosquitoes.

Do something about Chikunguyna virus. Treat your property for mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes now have a new disease to add to their arsenal. But your best courses of action are to continue controlling the mosquito population on your property and protect yourself when you engage in outdoor activities, day or night.

Some steps you can take personally:

  • Wear light colored clothing
  • Apply mosquito repellent before venturing out

Some steps you can take around the house:

  • Eliminate standing water
  • Ensure ditches are draining
  • Clean out gutters
  • Throw away landscape trimmings

Despite your best efforts, you will have some mosquitoes, even if you are vigilant with all of the above steps. The best way to significantly reduce your mosquito population is to call Mosquito Squad of Charlotte or Mosquito Squad of Chapel Hill. Our mosquito treatments can reduce mosquitoes on your property by up to 90%, and the fewer mosquitoes you have, the less likely you are to be exposed to mosquito-borne diseases. We offer barrier sprays, misting systems, and even organic options, and we can help you pick the mosquito control that is best for you. Don’t wait. Contact us today, and do something about Chikungunya virus.

 

Charlotte-Mosquito-SquadCasey Johnson, Owner
Mosquito Squad of Charlotte
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