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3 Tips to Keep Your Kids’ Summer Tick and Mosquito Free!

Summer is a kid’s favorite time of year! No school, no worries, no responsibilities (we parents may have something to say about that last one). They spend more time outdoors, and you know what that means…more adventures which lead to more bumps and bruises, more sunburns and more bug bites! Say no to the itch this year and help make your summer, as well as you kiddo’s summer mosquito free with these tips!

1. Make sure if the kids are in a wooded area to look out for ticks!

Ticks are everywhere and in the summer with camping, swimming holes and the like, they are bound to grab on to clothes or whatever they can to get to their ultimate goal….you and your family. If you are going camping, or even if you have larger property and/or trees in your yard, it’s a good idea to check the kids head to toe for ticks when they come inside. Better yet, call Mosquito Squad and let us take care of the threat for you. Our treatments help reduce ticks on your property, along with mosquitoes and there is even an option to take care of other swarming insects.

2. Don’t let your kids go out without mosquito protection!

Mosquito protection is extra important during summertime, especially at night. If you are going to be outdoors for any period of time, especially at sunset and after sundown. If they are going to be outside of your yard then make sure you have taken appropriate precautions to protect them, whether camping, fishing or just hanging out, you don’t want an unnecessary illness or discomfort. If you are entertaining in your yard or on your property, or if you know that is their one of their go-to spots (particularly if you have a pool) then contact us for treatment plans that will protect you through the summer and beyond! Ask about any current specials we may have going on.

3. Teach your kids how to try to avoid mosquito hot spots outdoors.

This is definitely easier said than done (unless you’ve already called Mosquito Squad for treatments or a misting system). However, make sure you kids know the mosquito “danger zones”. They should avoid any standing, stagnant water. If you find that there is standing water in your yard, do what you can to get rid of it. Additionally, they should avoid any tall grass and climbing or playing in shrubbery.

If you follow these cautionary tips, you can help reduce the itching and discomfort that your kids experience this summer. It’s hot enough in South Texas without the additional aggravation of itchy bites and gross sprays. Why not start a treatment plan that you can schedule and get mosquito control off your list for the summer so you, your kids and all your guests can enjoy the summer festivities without any aggravation. Call us at (361) 894 – 8642 and start enjoying your yard again today!

Who Do Mosquitoes Bite?

Mosquitoes…they are some of the most aggravating creatures. They show up in Texas during the hottest part of the year when you’re annoyed with the heat and then here comes that familiar buzzing. Then there’s the biting. You’re certain you get bitten more than most of your friends leaving you asking, why do mosquitoes like me more than everyone else? Asked and answered…

Do Mosquitoes Like a Certain Blood Type?

So, you may be wondering, do mosquitoes prefer a certain blood type over others? A controlled study from 2004 suggests that they prefer Type O to Type A by a close to 2 to 1 margin and Type B more than Type A blood. This may or may not be a strong factor, but there are plenty of other reasons mosquitoes prefer some more than others.

I’m tired of mosquitoes, save me Mosquito Squad!

Mosquitoes Are Really into Acid

Mosquitoes really like people with excess acids in their skin. Uric acid, in particular, is attractive to mosquitoes. Their sense of smell is extraordinary, with the ability to smell a human target from about 50 meters away.

Carbon Dioxide is a Huge Factor in Mosquito Attraction

Mosquitoes can smell carbon dioxide on the breath of someone with higher amounts than normal. This is not good news for larger people, but great news for kids who don’t have other influencing factors against them. Pregnant women are at a higher risk too, as they produce more than the average amount of CO2.

Skin Bacteria is Attractive to Mosquitoes

The microbes on our skin are attractive to different mosquitoes depending on the smell they give off. In this same vein, different mosquitoes prefer different body parts like feet or armpits. There is evidence that some animals use their scent to repel mosquitoes and other insects. If only we could bottle that! Though, then we might have a totally different problem on our hands.

I’ve heard enough, sign me up for mosquito control…stat!

Other Reasons Mosquitoes Bite Some People More than Others

Physical activity can contribute to mosquito attractiveness, mostly a concern if you’re outdoors. Motion attracts mosquitoes as does lactic acid and carbon dioxide from heavy breathing. Steroids or cholesterol (from people who metabolize cholesterol at a higher rate) on the surface of the skin can also attract mosquitoes.

While there may not be much you can do about your chemical make-up or your blood type, there is plenty you can do about your mosquito control! Call Mosquito Squad today and forget the cans of spray this summer! Relax in your yard or pool without that sticky mess they leave behind. Schedule a spraying schedule or misting system installation! Call us at (361) 894 – 8642 and start enjoying your yard again today!

Keep Your Summer Events Mosquito Free!

Mosquitoes are having a field day right now with the recent rain and rising temperatures, the conditions are ideal for a mosquito population explosion. Spring and summer are the best time of year for mosquitoes, and it’s also the best time of year for outdoor entertaining. The two together can add up to catastrophe! Don’t let that happen to you! Find a way to keep your celebrations with family and friends mosquito free and fun!

Mosquito Free Backyard Barbecues

Some of us look forward to summer all year long for one reason and one reason only. Barbecue season! It’s time to get the brisket, ribs, sausage and even burgers and dogs out on that grill. There’s enough to deal with when you’re cooking in South Texas outdoors between the heat from the sun, and from the pit. No one wants to deal with mosquitoes too. Who wants to have to spray themselves over and over again all day long? It’s easy enough to cool down with a cold beverage and a dip in the pool.

What if we told you it was easy to get rid of those pesky blood-suckers too, and even avoid the nasty spray that you end up sweating off anyway? Mosquito Misting Systems are ideal for your outdoor entertaining spaces. No muss, no fuss and maintenance from professionals too? Sign me up!

Wedding Without Pests

Are you hosting a wedding on your property or have you decided on outdoor nuptials? Mosquitoes love attending these affairs just as much as your family and friends will. You don’t want any uninvited guests at your special day. Forget handing out cans of smelly repellent as wedding favors. Plan ahead to eliminate mosquitoes from the festivities.

If you are hosting then getting a spray a few days before the ceremony will help ensure everyone has a great time and rather than being eaten alive. Don’t worry if it’s a large space, we’ve got it covered. If you’ve got a venue ready, make sure they are working with the best to eliminate pesky mosquitoes, flying bugs, and ticks. Give them our number if you need to make sure they’ve got someone you can trust for your big day!

Outdoor Venue Mosquito Control

When you’re responsible for other people’s happiest celebrations you want them to go well. Rather than spending tons of money on cans of spray and leaving everyone feeling like a sticky, smelly mess, try something different. You don’t want guests complaining about mosquito bites or having to douse themselves in spray that will certainly end up in their eyes, on their clothes or in their food. If you have a pool on the premises or outdoor furniture, you don’t want to deal with the residue left behind either.

Consider Mosquito Misting Systems for patio areas and scheduled sprays for your large spaces. Summer is your time to make a great impression so you can keep them coming back for years to come. Make sure the memories they’re making don’t include biting pests.

Mosquito Squad serves residential and venue spaces in Victoria and across South Texas to the coast. Contact us for your mosquito control needs and let us help you enjoy summer the way it’s meant to be! Call us at (361) 894 – 8642 and start enjoying your yard again today!

Protecting Your Pets and Horses from Mosquitoes

Our pets have become part of the family and just as much as you want to protect yourself and your children from swarming, biting insects, you want to protect them as well. Dogs, cats, and other animals are at risk of contracting mosquito-born illnesses as well as humans are. These are the best ways to protect pets from mosquitoes, and for ranchers and farmers, how to protect horses from mosquitoes.

Consult with Your Veterinarian for Mosquito Protection and Dangers to Animals

Your vet can let you know what diseases your pet is at risk of developing from mosquito bites, as well as bites from ticks and other flying pests. According to the FDA heartworm disease results can include: “severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets, mainly dogs, cats, and ferrets.” Heartworms are carried by mosquitos but mature, mate and live inside the animals they infect, causing damage to their heart, lungs and other internal organs. The animals are infected by a bite from a mosquito carrying the heartworms. You can protect your animals. The best course of action is to discuss treatment with your veterinarian, but here are some possible options:

Protecting Horses from Mosquito-borne Illness

Mosquito-borne illness isn’t just something to be concerned about for pets and humans, but also for horses. The animals are particularly susceptible because of the areas they spend time in with tall grass, lots of vegetation and standing water in ponds and troughs.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

According to the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, several horses in Texas were diagnosed with Easter Equine Encephalitis (also known as Triple E or EEE) in 2015. The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and birds and is neurologic in nature. Symptoms of EEE in horses can include: impaired vision, loss of coordination, temparature and altered head carriage.

West Nile Virus in Horses

West Nile Virus poses a risk to horses and humans, but in horses the mortality rate is significant. A Rutgers FAQ describes possible symptoms of West Nile Virus in horses to be: lack of coordination, anorexia, weakness of hind limbs, grinding teeth, disorientation and several other effects.

There are several ways to protect your horses from West Nile Virus and EEE.

  • get horses vaccinated if recommended by your veterinarian, and do so at the right time of year
  • do not leave water catching containers out with water in them (barrels, buckets, etc.)
  • contact a mosquito control agent to do an assessment on your property
  • regularly monitor automatic watering systems and/or consider a trough with a bottom plug
  • clean gutters on buildings to ensure no standing water
  • invest in a mosquito misting system for the barn area

Whether your concern is your family or your animals, safe and effective protection is available for your yard or barn. Contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria to come out for a free assessment and treatment plan recommendation. Ask about specials on treatment and misting systems. Call us at (361) 894 – 8642 and start enjoying your yard again today!

Reference:
Texas A&M Vetrinary Medical Diagnostics Laboratory
Rutgers West Nile Virus in Horses: Frequently Asked Questions
Keep the Worms Out of Your Pet’s Heart! The Facts about Heartworm Disease

Mosquito Misting Systems are the Best Way to Protect Your Family from Mosquitoes

Mosquito misting systems are the best way to keep your family safe from mosquitoes. If you spend a lot of time outdoors with your family or entertaining, a mosquito misting system is a MUST. Especially in South Texas where the heat and moisture attract mosquitoes most of the year.

Did you even know a mosquito misting system was an option? Many people don’t realize that they don’t have to rely on monthly or quarterly mosquito sprays if they invest in a mosquito misting system. The systems work on an automated spray schedule or can be manually utilized when needed via a remote control that the homeowner is provided. Learn more about the systems here.

We know what you’re next question is, and yes, we do service mosquito misting systems in Victoria, Texas and South Texas year ‘round. Meaning that when it’s mosquito season we’ll keep your system running effectively and during down time we will winterize your system. Once the season starts heating up again we’ll come back out to make sure you are ready to take on spring and summer mosquitoes in your yard! We perform routine maintenance and chemical refills as needed.

Who should get a mosquito misting system?

*anyone who spends time in their yard during mosquito season
*indoor event venues should invest in a mosquito misting system
*outdoor event venues benefit greatly from outdoor mosquito misting systems
*ranchers and farmers with livestock at risk of mosquito-born diseases

Do you already have a mosquito misting system that isn’t working?
Did you have a misting system installed in the past but the company you worked with is no longer in business or cannot service your equipment? Call Mosquito Squad of Victoria for assistance.

Mosquitoes aren’t the only pests that cause problems during the spring and summer months. South Texas is no stranger to flying bugs, we all live with them everywhere we go. But, what if you didn’t have to deal with gnats, crane flies, mayflies and some of the other flying, swarming pests that can ruin a day outdoors? Our misting system rids your yard of flying insects of many varieties, as well as helping with tick control. Enjoy your backyard again without worrying about the annoying pests that can keep you indoors!

Picnics, barbecues, pool parties and more are making a comeback with the awesome protection that a mosquito misting system from Mosquito Squad of Victoria can provide! Contact us today to learn more about special offers and discounts on mosquito misting systems. Call us at (361) 894 – 8642 and start enjoying your yard again today!

THE BEST SOUTH TEXAS MOSQUITO CONTROL TIPS

South Texas, especially areas like Victoria, Texas and surrounding communities are no stranger to mosquitoes. The humidity that we all know and love so much (ha!) is very attractive to the mosquito population. With spring here and the weather heating up for the long-term, these winged pests are not going anywhere and are only going to get more and more bothersome. Taking preventative measures and putting together a plan to keep your yard free of mosquitoes now, rather than waiting until the problem is out of control is the smartest move you can make!

While enjoying a day smoking a brisket and an afternoon grilling hot dogs with the kids without annoying uninvited guests is an important reason to get rid of the threat of mosquitoes, more important is the health of your family. In recent years Zika has been big news and a cause for concern when it comes to mosquitoes. According to the CDC, a confirmed case of mosquito contracted Zika was confirmed in South Texas in November 2016 and Dengue Fever outbreaks have occurred in the Brownsville area in recent years. With mosquito season heating up, you don’t want to take any chances.

In addition to Zika, it looks like Yellow Fever may be back as well. The unexpected outbreak in Brazil has U.S. officials on edge and watching the situation closely. Though it hasn’t happened yet, the concern of an outbreak in an urban area is a big concern of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases according to Director Anthony Fauci.

There are a few things you can do to help cut down on the number of mosquitoes around your yard this year. Here are some of our best tips to help you get through the spring and summer months with fewer bugs and a lot more fun!

Clean Your Gutters

An often missed reason for mosquitoes to gather, clogged gutters allow for standing water in places where you cannot see it forming. This creates a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that you may never be aware of.

Keep your lawn mowed

We know it gets hot! Like REALLY hot in South Texas and it can be hard, but keeping the grass cut is imperative to keeping mosquitoes from gathering on overgrown vegetation and weeds.

Have Your Yard Sprayed

Working with a professional like Mosquito Squad to have your yard sprayed is the ideal way to take care of your mosquito control. If you set up your schedule with a professional, you don’t have to worry about forgetting or spraying at the last minute which can result in a chemical smell to your barbecue and not enough time for the spray to dry or be effective.

A professional mosquito treatment is more effective because the equipment pros use is suited to cover a large area with minimal drying time and best results. You never can know what exactly is in the store-bought sprays either, but you know Mosquito Squad only uses spray that is safe for your family and pets.

Clean and Chlorinate Pools

Even if you’re going out of town and during winter months when they may not be used, make sure to continue to care for your pool. Particularly with how warm winter has been, there is an opportunity for mosquitoes to use pools as a veritable hatchery.

Avoid Standing Water

Check your yard for any spots that do not drain after rain and make sure anything like pools, buckets, fountains or planters from last spring aren’t sitting collecting water and creating a mosquito hazard.

Get a Mosquito Misting System

Didn’t know this was an option? You’re not alone. Many people in South Texas don’t realize that they can have a mosquito misting system put in place to help keep their homes virtually mosquito free all year ‘round. It’s the best way to say biting bugs are not welcome here! Mosquito Squad of Victoria will install, winterize and prep your system every year. We service our installations as well, so if there are ever any quick fixes that need to be made, we’ve got you covered! Check our page for special offers on misting systems or treatment plans!

Mosquito Squad of Victoriawants to help you enjoy your yard throughout the spring and summer while helping you to ensure your family stays safe from dangerous diseases. We have packages to accommodate the needs of homeowners across South Texas and the Texas coast. Contact us today to start your mosquito control plan for the year! Call us at (361) 894 – 8642 and start enjoying your yard again today!

TIGER MOSQUITOES MADE AN EARLY APPEARANCE IN TEXAS THIS YEAR – THEY AREN’T GOING AWAY ANYTIME SOON

Breeding conditions have been ideal for the Asian Tiger Mosquito. If you think you started getting bites earlier than normal this year, you’re right. Tiger Mosquitoes usually start showing up in Texas in April, but this year they started early. With the lack of cold weather and hard freezes this winter season, the mosquitoes didn’t die off in their typical numbers. That, combined with the early warming temperatures helped them to get a jump on the season and get ahead of the game.

The recent wet conditions won’t slow things down at all but will speed up the spread of these mosquitos and other species across South and Central Texas. The issue in South Texas has gotten so intense that the City of McAllen has approved funding for mosquito research. University students will collect data to provide to the CDC to conduct testing. Zika and West Nile are the main targets of the research, as both are risks across South Texas and the Valley.

How to protect your family and petsfrom mosquitoes:

Make sure to get rid of standing water around your property either in puddles in the yard or standing water in containers, fountains or bird baths. This is an ideal place for the mosquitoes to breed.

Use topical sprays any time you and your family are going outside, especially at dusk or when spending time near bodies of water like ponds and lakes. Do not use these sprays on dogs, but get a spray that is animal-safe.

Talk to your veterinarian about heartworm medication for your animals. They are at high risk of developing heartworms if bitten by an infected mosquito.

Make sure your lawn is not overgrown. Mosquitoes flourish in tall grass.

The best option is prevention and ongoing treatment for mosquitoes in South Texas, both of which Mosquito Squad of Victoria can provide for you. With our misting systems, you will have mosquito control at your fingertips at all times. Our treatment plans, like 12 weeks of protection will have you covered well into the summer, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your yard again! Don’t let the mosquitoes drive you indoors. Take back your yard today, contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria for your mosquito control needs!

Recent Rains Have Established a Stronghold for Aedes Mosquitoes in Texas, According to Recent Reports

Standing water and warm weather, the perfect combination for mosquito breeding. As you more than likely already know, we receive plenty of rain here in Victoria, and it’s definitely what could be described as “warm” outside. Is your yard going to become a breeding ground for mosquitoes? Do you know how to keep that from happening? These are indeed important questions. Worry not, however, Mosquito Squad of Victoria can ensure your yard is mosquito free with our highly effective barrier spray application. We can remove up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

According to a recent article in the Waco Tribune, “Recent rains have assured plentiful breeding habitat for the Aedes mosquito…”. It appears we aren’t even close to the peak of mosquito season. Usually by July we are at the height of the season which will continue until at least October. It appears the recent rains have allowed for a jumpstart to another uptick in the mosquito population.

Aedes mosquitoes are gaining worldwide attention. You’ve probably heard the name before. The reason for their increased notoriety is due to Zika. Aedes mosquitoes are the primary carrier of the Zika virus. Essentially, the Aedes mosquito is the primary reason for so many athletes dropping out of the Olympics in Rio due to fear of the Zika virus. Zika has been associated with a birth defect called microcephaly, which results in improper development of the brain in a fetus – the results can be heartbreaking. Not only is Zika spread through mosquito bites, but can also be spread by blood transfusions as well as sexual contact.

Just last week was National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. To find out how effective Mosquito Squad of Victoria is at keeping the Aedes, and all other mosquitoes, from dwelling in your yard this summer and fall, call us today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com or click the green “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Mosquito Control is a Crucial Part in the Fight Against Zika

Whether you know it or not, mosquito control has a huge impact on the mosquito population as well as their ability to spread disease. Recently, the World Health Organization has recently stated, “The Zika epidemic and the birth defects it’s causing are both the fault of governments that abandoned programs to control mosquitoes and to provide even the most basic family planning assistance to young women.” Inherently, this message to government entities should also hold true for citizens as well, exclusively regarding the mosquito control aspect. You too can help make a difference!

When it comes to mosquito control, you and your family can do their part. Always remember the T’s of Mosquito Control:.

  • TIP

    Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water and help eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Such as sandboxes, toys, and wagons. Also, planting saucers and dog bowls. Other hotspots include gutters and flat roofs.
     
  • TOSS

    Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yard as these areas are ripe for mosquito breeding.
     
  • TURN

    Turn over large yard items that could hold water like children’s sandboxes or plastic toys.
     
  • TARPS/REMOVE

    If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats, or sports equipment aren’t taught, they’re holding water. Remove them or keep them pulled tight.
     
  • TAKE CARE

    Take care of home maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water, including cleaning out gutters and making sure downspouts are attached properly, keeping your lawn grass low, and check irrigation systems for leaking.
     
  • TEAM UP

    Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.
     
  • TREAT

    Utilize Mosquito Squad’s Barrier Spray protection program around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment reduces the need for spraying DEET containing bug spray on your children. We can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on a property.

Both the Aedes aegypti as well as the Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquitoes are right here in Victoria TX and they both are capable of transmitting a myriad of different vector-borne illnesses. Keep in mind the small amount of water in which mosquitoes are capable of laying eggs. Just a bottle cap full of water can act as a breeding ground for hundreds of new, bloodthirsty mosquitoes. By emptying out children’s toys and items such as tires, you can help to keep the mosquito population within your yard to a minimum. Also, if you have clogged gutters, you essentially have a home which could breed thousands, if not millions, of mosquitoes during the season. Stay on the offensive to protect you and your family from mosquitoes.

To keep your yard mosquito free for the entire season, call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Victoria. We can not only help knock down existing mosquitoes within your yard, but we can also keep them from entering your yard. While they may enter, they are goners as soon as they land on any surface which has been treated with our highly effective barrier spray. Also, we can evaluate your property to help show you areas which may become problem areas for mosquito breeding.

To find out what Mosquito Squad of Victoria can do to keep your yard free of potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes all season long, call us today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com or click the green “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you!

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