There are many misconceptions when it comes to protecting yourself against mosquito and tick bites, and a quick Google search will yield no shortage of DIY “essential oil” mosquito repellant. But how effective are these homemade recipes using essential oils? And are they safe?
In a nutshell, the answers to those questions are “not very effective,” and “it depends.” Let us explain.
It is true that certain plants and the oils that are derived from them are not attractive to mosquitoes. Oils such as lavender, peppermint, cedar, eucalyptus, lemongrass, basil, and others. However, in order to even make an essential oil-based homemade bug spray, you need to understand that these oils need to be diluted tremendously, and combined with other things such as vegetable glycerin, witch hazel, or other things. It seems like every homeopathic website has their own spin on what such a concoction should or should not consist of.
But while thousands of plants have been tested as potential botanical sources of insect repellant, none have been proven to be very effective. A highly-referenced study published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that all of the botanical repellants they tested, regardless of their active ingredients and formulations, gave very short-lived protection, ranging from about 3 to 20 minutes.
Essential oils themselves are not registered or approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Depending on the concentration of the essential oils, they can be extremely irritating to the skin, if not hazardous in other ways. According to this study from the National Institute of Medicine, there is a wide range of what is considered “safe concentration” versus “hazardous” in varying ingredients of natural, essential oil-based repellants.
Let’s take a step back from the science for a minute here and focus on practicality. Do you really want to have to slather yourself in bug spray, essential oil-based or not, every time you go out in your yard? And keep applying it to yourself and your children? Not only is that tedious, it’s stinky, and heaven forbid you miss a spot. You need to apply it to ALL exposed skin, because believe us — mosquitoes can and will find the patch of skin that isn’t treated and take a nice bite. Applying, then reapplying, insect repellant leaves a lot of opportunity to stain clothes, too.
At Mosquito Squad, we’re big believers in treating your surroundings, not yourself. A single barrier treatment in your yard will knock down 90% of mosquitoes and ticks on contact, and continue eliminating them for three weeks after application. It’s a much more convenient and effective way to enjoy spending time outdoors at home, without the hassle of the body sprays. We do offer an essential-oil based, all-natural formula, which is about 80% effective at repelling (not eliminating) bugs, but it’s important to note that we are treating your yard, not human beings. All of our products are registered with the EPA, including our all-natural formula, which is based on essential oils but not entirely comprised of them.
A barrier treatment from Mosquito Squad is hands down the most effective way of protecting yourself from mosquitoes and ticks in your own yard, and you don’t even need to worry about applying anything to your body. Why not get started on taking back your yard today? Give us a call at 603-380-4541. We look forward to helping you fight the bite!
A common question people have when it comes to controlling their mosquito problem is why would they bother calling Mosquito Squad, a mosquito control specialist, when they can just call an exterminator, such as Orkin or Terminix? Shouldn’t traditional exterminators be able to handle mosquitoes and ticks, too? Bugs are bugs, right?
Before 2005, there was no such thing as private outdoor mosquito control for one’s home. The “big name” exterminator companies didn’t even offer it as a service. When Mosquito Squad created the barrier treatment formula, we created the industry by offering a service that the other companies didn’t realize was needed. Many copycat mosquito control companies followed, but we remain the leaders and the specialists in home mosquito control.
Realizing how successful the private mosquito and tick control business was, Terminix and Orkin decided to get in on the game and add those bugs as thing they eliminated as well. But the problem is, their programs are not designed to control mosquitoes and ticks consistently through the season without reduction in effectiveness. To be a “mosquito exterminator,” you need to use mosquito-specific chemicals such as ours do, which have a micro encapsulated formula that releases its active ingredients gradually, eliminating mosquitoes for weeks on end.
Between the two “big names” in extermination, one of them claims that they’d “choose one of two methods” to control mosquitoes on your property — either a larvicide or adulticide, and they’ll check back in a month to see if you’re satisfied.
At Mosquito Squad, we ask, “Why choose and either/or approach?” We use both for our mosquito control, plus our formula is guaranteed to be nearly 90% effective for up three weeks at a time. (After that, we recommend another treatment.) There is no way that their either/or mosquito treatment can be effective for an entire month, period. Regarding any kind of guarantee, this company’s website actually says, “If we can’t solve your mosquito problem, we’ll refund a portion of your service charge as long as you’re a customer.”
Know that with Mosquito Squad, if you’re not 100% satisfied with our products and services, we’ll either re-treat your yard of offer a 100% refund.
As far Terminix and Orkin’s tick control goes, once again, it’s an add-on service and an afterthought to their wide range of pest control services. Neither of them are actually specific on how they treat for ticks on your property, though. One of them says many of their services are “based on science,” yet they don’t give any specifics and only give general, generic language. Nowhere do they talk about actual methods of treatment, effectiveness, or get into details about the “science.” Mosquito Squad believes in complete transparency, which is why we’re open about what we use for our mosquito and tick control, because we have nothing to hide.
We don’t want to knock the “big” home pest control companies, the traditional exterminators. They’re great at what they do — the indoor stuff. If you’ve got a problem with cockroaches or termites, give the Orkin Man a call. He’s great at those. But if you want a specific mosquito exterminator, call the pros at Mosquito Squad.
You could think of it this way — say you’ve got a medical condition where you need to go see a specialist, like if you needed brain surgery. You’re not going to go to your usual family doctor, a generalist, to take care of your problem. You’re going to go to a brain surgeon, because that’s what they specialize in.
So if you need help with indoor stuff like cockroaches, termites, even mice — give the traditional, general exterminators a call. But if you need help with ticks and mosquitoes, call the tick and mosquito exterminators at Mosquito Squad — that’s our speciality, it’s what we focus on, it’s what we do and do best. And we’re so confident in what we do that we guarantee 90% fewer ticks and mosquitoes for up to three weeks at a time or your money back. Give us a call at 603-380-4541 for the most effective mosquito control and tick control you can find in the New Hampshire Lakes Region or anywhere else. It’s not brain surgery!
If you live in the Northeast, you likely are aware of Lyme disease. If you haven’t been affected by it yourself, you probably know someone who has been. For the uninitiated, Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi that is transmitted through the bite of infected deer ticks, also known as black-legged ticks. Deer ticks are often hard to spot, as adults are about the size of a small apple seed, and younger ticks (nymphs) are even smaller, about the size of a poppyseed.
Symptoms of Lyme disease include a tell-tale “bullseye” rash, and flu-like symptoms or hives two days or up to nine weeks post-tick bite, plus facial swelling and trouble breathing. Untreated, the transmitted pathogens can cause paralysis, limb or joint amputation, and/or organ failure. Keep in mind that not all Lyme disease cases actually show the bullseye rash, but it’s common in the majority of cases.
Lyme disease has become an epidemic everywhere in the Northeast. According to TickCheck.com, New Hampshire had 13,603 confirmed cases between 2000-2016, though because it’s hard to diagnose, estimates are generally ten times the reported number of cases, which makes the “real” number closer to 136,030 cases. The State of New Hampshire Department of Health, however, reports that between 2011 and 2015, New Hampshire had 7,255 reported cases, with a likelihood of actually 72,550 cases.
Regardless of these conflicting numbers, two things are for certain — Lyme disease is both vastly underreportedand a huge problem here.
Anaplasmosis is caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum and is another diseases spread by the black-legged tick (or deer tick), Ixodes scapularis, along with the Western black-legged tick, Ixodes Pacificus. The first symptoms of anaplasmosis typically begin within 1-2 weeks after the bite of an infected tick, and include (but are not limited to) fever, headache, muscle pain, malaise, chills, abdominal pain, cough, and confusion. Unlike Lyme disease, a rash is very uncommon. Anaplasmosis can be a serious illness that can be fatal if not treated correctly, even in previously healthy people. The first line of treatment if anaplasmosis is suspected is the antibiotic Docycycline. According to the New Hampshire Department of Health, between 2011 and 2015, there were 410 cases of anaplasmosis reported, though like Lyme disease, cases are strongly underreported.
Babesiosis is caused by the parasite Babesia microti, and is an infection of red blood cells. Black-legged ticks are the main vectors of this disease as well. Like other vector-borne diseases, many people with Babesiosis feel fine and don’t have any symptoms at all. Some people develop flu-like symptoms like fever, chills, headaches, body aches, nausea, and fatigue. Because the this is an infection of red blood cells, this Babesiosis can cause anemia. People who do not have signs or symptoms usually don’t need to be treated, but there is effective treatment for those who do. Generally, Babesiosis is not considered fatal, however it can be for people with compromised immune systems, those without spleens, a serious health condition like kidney disease, or are elderly. New Hampshire’s Department of Health says that there were 410 cases reported between 2011 and 2015, though again, this number is likely a very low estimate of the “actual” number of cases.
Powassan virus is very rare. Thankfully, only two cases have been reported in New Hampshire in recent years — one in 2013, the other in 2016. Signs and symptoms of infection can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss. Long-term neurologic problems may occur. Like others, there is no specific treatment, but people with severe cases often need to be hospitalized to receive respiratory support, intravenous fluids, or medications to reduce swelling in the brain, because it can be fatal.
While it’s true that tick-borne diseases are rising everywhere, the best way to protect yourself and you family from contracting one is by avoiding ticks all together. Mosquito Squad’s tick control methods are proven to reduce nearly 90% of ticks in your yard for three weeks at a time or your money back. Give us a call at 603-380-4541 to keep yourself and your family protected. We’re here to help you fight the bite, and take your yard back. We look forward to hearing from you!
We know — ticks are disgusting little bloodsuckers who transmit horrible, terriblediseases to people, and therefore they don’t deserve any of our empathy. So, it’s only natural if, after seeing one embedded in your skin, to want to cause it as much harm as possible. There are many, many things that you may have heard or seen online about how to remove a tick, and the thought of torturing one is appealing to even the most reasonable of people.
However, if the tick is embedded in your skin, you really, really need to treat it with care. Don’t try to drown it with peppermint oil, petroleum jelly, or even burn it with the hot end of a newly-blown-out match. Why? Because while it takes at least 24 hours for an embedded tick to transmit a disease under normal conditions, you may actually speed up the process if you “tick” it off. (See what we did there?) When a tick is agitated or otherwise stressed out, its natural response is to spew out of its mouth. Think of it as a tick’s own way of retaliation of how dare you disturb it while it’s trying to eat.
There is a common misconception that if you just took a bath, shower, or sat in a hot tub, it will “drown” the tick and therefore it can be removed that way. While we wish it were that easy, that’s simply not true. Ticks have been known to be submerged in water for 2-3 days and still seem to survive just fine. Trying to drown a tick isn’t an effective strategy for removal, either.
So, if you notice there’s a tick using you as its all-you-can-eat buffet, you may be disgusted and annoyed but please treat it with care. Go ahead and talk to it in a soothing voice, tell the tick it’s going to be alright, though in the back of your mind you may or may not have some devious plans for its ultimate fate. (Actually, if you’re in the company of others we don’t recommend you try to verbally coddle the tick, you may raise some eyebrows.) Regardless of what you say to it, you mustsafely remove the tick with pointy-nose tweezers.
After you’ve safely removed your tick, if you really want to act out your sadistic fantasies of torturing it by burning it, squashing it, or even plucking out its legs one by one . . . go right ahead, but know that there is one safe way to get rid of a tick that won’t make you look like a psychopath, and that is by flushing it down the toilet. While it’s not easy to “drown” a tick (as mentioned above), according to the Tick Encounter Resource Center, ticks definitely do not swim. So even if you’re not sure if it’s dead, even if your tick is just “mostly dead,” if you give it a good flush, it’s not going to find its way back up the drain pipes and seek revenge. That just doesn’t happen.
However, it is highly advised that if you do remove a tick (and once you can confirm it’s actually dead), tape it to an index card and write the date on it, plus the location of where you think it came from. Hang onto it for about 6 months, because if you or the person from which it was removed starts developing any symptoms of illness, you can get it tested to see what, if anything, that tick could’ve been carrying and possibly transmitted.
But please, don’t torture a tick while it’s still attached. That increases your risk of contracting a disease if it’s a carrier, and nobody wants that. After it’s off your skin, feel free to torture it all you want, but the best way of ensuring you’re never in a position to even need to torture a tick, flush it, or worry about contracting a dangerous tick-borne disease is to make sure you’re not exposed to them in the first place.
With Mosquito Squad of New Hampshire Lakes Region’s proven tick control methods, we can guarantee nearly 90% fewer ticks (and mosquitoes, and other biting bugs) in your yard for three weeks at a time or your money back. Give us a call at 603-380-4541 to keep yourself and your family protected, and from acting out any weird tick-torturing fantasies. We look forward to hearing from you!
It’s hard to believe that we’re already coming up on the Fourth of July . . . where has the year gone already? Before you know it, it’ll be Christmastime again . . . okay, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here. Let’s enjoy the summer while we can, shall we?
Fourth of July means celebrating our independence and freedom as Americans, and enjoying all that summer has to offer, including great weather for cookouts. But don’t forget that with every outdoor occasion, there’s a strong chance of it being invaded by bugs, especially mosquitoes. These little bloodsuckers have just as much, if not more fun on the Fourth of July than people do, with every backyard party a potential all-you-can eat buffet.
Don’t let mosquitoes have all the fun at your Fourth of July party this year, and make sure that you’re the ones eating well, not them. How about celebrating your independence from mosquitoes, too? Mosquito Squad can protect you, your family, and guests all season long with one of our traditional barrier spray programs. You’re guaranteed to notice a drastic reduction in mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting bugs in your yard by nearly 90% or your money back.
Not interested in season-long protection, but still want protection at your Fourth of July festivities? Call us to schedule a one time special event spray. Even if you’re having a party that isn’t at your house, just let us know where you’ll be and we can still come out to the site and treat the area one to three days in advance. You and your guests will enjoy the holiday mosquito-free both during the day and night, and for three weeks afterward. Watching fireworks is so much better when you’re not constantly swatting and smacking yourself because of the mosquitoes!
Regardless of whether you’re interested in a seasonal plan or a one-time treatment, appointments are filling up quickly. If you’re not a current Mosquito Squad customer or have never used our services in the past, it will take a week or two to get on our schedule, so call us TODAY at 603-380-4541 to make sure you’re covered for the Fourth of July. It’s time to celebrate your independence from mosquitoes, too!
Now that it’s springtime and the temperature is warming up, that means more time spent outdoors for both you and your pets. Unfortunately, that also means more ticks are out, too, and they’re hungry and looking for a free meal. While people are often conscientious about doing tick checks on themselves and their kids after a hike in the woods, it’s often overlooked to do so on their pets, and that’s a big mistake. Lyme disease is a big problem here in the Northeast, and not just in humans — your pets can get it, too. Dogs (and cats, though not as often) can and do get Lyme disease, though it often looks different than in people.
Lyme disease is transmitted by lxodes scapularis, also known as the black-legged or deer tick. This tick is a slow-feeding, hard-shelled tick, and if there’s any good thing about them it’s that in order to transmit Lyme disease to you or your pet, it has to be attached for usually more than 18 hours. Which is why it’s important to give daily tick checks to your pet, especially if they go outside to play often.
When a person contracts Lyme disease, they may develop a “bullseye" rash, along with flu-like symptoms, such as muscle aches, fatigue, chills, nausea, and stiff joints.
Dogs and cats do not get the tell-tale bullseye rash, and their symptoms can often masquerade as something else. Plus, only about 5-10% of dogs that get infected will become symptomatic (the rest have antibodies to fight the disease off), and the symptoms might not manifest for two to six months after becoming infected.
Symptoms of Lyme in dogs and cats appear suddenly. So if you notice your pup is normal one day and can’t stand or walk the next that’s a big sign that something is wrong. Sudden-onset lameness is a surefire indication that Lyme disease is present. Lameness of limbs is caused by joint pain, and if it’s because of Lyme, it has a tendency to “shift,” meaning it may affect different limbs at different times. Lethargy is also a key feature, as well as increased thirst and urination, fever, and appetite loss. Other symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs include walking with a stiff and arched back, sensitivity to touch, and difficulty breathing. Some dogs may even develop kidney problems, especially Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, and Shetland sheepdogs, who seem to be predisposed to kidney disease.
Treatment for canine Lyme disease is a long round of antibiotics. Doxycycline, the preferred antibiotic of choice, usually is administered for no less than one month. Much like with human antibiotics, the entire prescription must be taken until it’s gone, even if your dog begins showing signs of improvement (dogs will usually feel better within a few days of starting on medication). Your vet might suggest the Lyme disease vaccine after your pup has completed treatment and comes in for the follow-up appointment. Vaccination is always a good idea for pets, but keep in mind that the Lyme disease vaccine has a failure rate of about 20 percent to 30 percent, so it’s entirely possible for your dog to get Lyme disease again even after vaccination.
You probably already do have some kind of tick-control treatment for your pet, either in the form of a topical treatment or chewable. But those don’t actually repel ticks — they eliminate them after your pet has been bitten. Theoretically, that would be okay, if you were okay with your dog getting bitten by ticks in the first place. A tick needs to stay attached for at least 18 hours before they transmit disease. But where the problem lies is that sometimes ticks will hitch a ride on your pet while out in your yard and not take a bite right away. They can be carried inside your house, or climb on your kids of loved ones while they’re playing in the yard. This is a very real and scary scenario, and the only way to have peace of mind that it won’t happen is by eliminating ticks in on your property all together.
Mosquito Squad is the most trusted name in mosquito and tick control, and our tick control methods can eliminate your yard’s tick population up to 90% to keep both your pets and family safe for three weeks at a time. Call us at 603-380-4541 for a free consultation.
For more information on Lyme disease in dogs, check out this video from CBS News, whose expert veterinarian even recommends a barrier spray from a pest control company:
Even the most well-informed person can fall for “fake news” online these days. Especially on Facebook, where there’s been a video circulating that advises people to use peppermint oil to remove a tick. This “home remedy” will allegedly encourage the tick to detach itself.
DO NOT DO THIS.
As the most trusted name in mosquito and tick control, Mosquito Squad is here to look out for you.
Home remedies in general aren’t necessarily a bad thing, but the peppermint oil tactic is not only incorrect, it’s dangerous. Smothering a tick or stressing it out in any way by popular “home remedy” methods such as painting it with nail polish, applying petroleum jelly, or removing it with heat from a match or lighter can actually increase your likelihood of contracting a tick-borne illness such as Lyme disease, Babesiosis, or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever if the tick is infected. A tick’s natural response to stress is to spew out of its mouth, prematurely infecting you with whatever bacteria or parasite it may be carrying.
Given that it takes at least 24 hours of being attached to you before you are infected by a tick, it is always advisable that you safely and slowly remove the tick with pointy tweezers or needle nose pliers. Pull straight out to avoid breaking the tick’s mouth parts. Do not hurt or tear the tick, as it could lead to bacteria and viruses infecting your bite. Watch the video below to see exactly how it is done.
Video courtesty of Tick Encounter Resource Center (http://www.tickencounter.org/prevention/how_to_remove_a_tick_video)
Take a Good Look at the Tick
Once safely removed, it’s a good idea to get a sense of whether the tick had a chance to feed on you and what kind of tick it is. You can identify the tick yourself with the tick identification chart from the Tick Encounter Resource Center. This chart also shows you what it looks like if the tick had a chance to feed. All ticks have the ability to transmit disease, but the most common is the deer tick (black-legged tick), which is the main vector of Lyme disease. After you identify your tick, you can then make a decision on what to do next.
What to Do with a Safely Removed Tick
You can never be certain if the tick you removed has had time to transmit a disease of any sort. Not all ticks carry diseases, and which includes deer ticks and Lyme disease. You could send the tick in to have it tested, but even then, you may not know if you’re infected until symptoms start to show. Know the symptoms of common tick-vectored illnesses and watch for them.
Instead of disposing of the tick, Mosquito Squad advises you to tape it to an index card with the date and location you likely picked it up. You can also place it in a sealed bag or container with a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol. Hang on to the tick for six months or so just in case some unusual symptoms appear. If you have identified the tick and really want to get rid of it, you can simply flush the it down the toilet. Watch carefully to make sure it goes down, because ticks are avid climbers and there’s a chance it may not actually be dead yet.
If you have any questions about tick safety, please give us a call at (603) 380-4541. Mosquito Squad of New Hampshire Lakes Region is here to protect you and your loved ones on your own property from ticks, mosquitoes, other biting insects, and the potentially dangerous diseases they carry. Our tick control and mosquito control methods are guaranteed to reduce yard pests by up to 90% or your money back. Call us for a free consultation at (603) 380-4541 or drop us a line via our contact form and we’ll reach out to you. Regardless of how we get in touch, we look forward to helping you!
If you thought mosquitoes only carry West Nile virus and Zika, you’re wrong. These are just the two the public hears the most about from the media. In fact, there’s another, rarer disease being spread by mosquitoes right next to us in Maine. Jamestown Canyon virus is a rare disease carried by mosquitoes, for which there’s no treatment and it’s already been officially diagnosed in three local individuals. The symptoms of the virus are eerily similar to West Nile and EEE. The symptoms of Jamestown Canyon virus include:
Other, flu-like symptoms
** Some patients also develop serious complications including brain swelling or meningitis
In the recent article, Dr. Siiri Bennett, Maine’s state epidemiologist stated, Doctors don’t routinely test for the illness, so she suspects there are more cases in Maine that just haven’t been identified. She also made note of the significance of the findings, “There’s so much we don’t know about this virus,” she said. “It’s alarming to know that it’s out there, that there’s another virus you need to be aware of.”
Contracting Jamestown Canyon virus is extremely rare, however, with only 31 cases being reported between 2000 – 2013. So, there’s no need to panic. At Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, we feel it pertinent to keep local residents up to date with the latest news in mosquito and tick activity.
You can always count on us to ensure that your yard is free of mosquitoes and ticks. If you ever have any questions, feel free to call us at 603.380.4541 or drop us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
As per usual, mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus. It’s usually around late August when we see cases of West Nile virus infections in humans begin to surface. While we hear so much about West Nile and rarely encounter it or know someone infected with it, it begins a bit to feel like the “boy who cried wolf”. That is until it’s too late. While we can’t control mosquitoes you encounter when you’re out and about, we can reduce the mosquito population within your yard by up to 90%.
Don’t allow mosquitoes to dictate when you get to enjoy your yard. You shouldn’t have to wait until it’s near freezing outside to be free and clear of coming into contact with potential disease-carrying mosquitoes. Our microencapsulated barrier application will knock down mosquitoes on contact and eliminate those that land within your yard after we’ve applied the barrier spray. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about a little rain interfering with the effectiveness of our barrier application.
By reducing the number of mosquitoes in your yard, you’re also reducing your chances of being bitten by a disease-carrying mosquito while in your yard. That’s why it’s so imperative to rely on a licensed, professional for all your New Hampshire mosquito control needs. We apply our barrier spray once and then return twenty-one days later to reapply. Through a consistent application of our barrier spray, there’s a compounding effect on mosquitoes and their ability to breed within your yard. It’s incredibly effective and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
To find out why we’re the number one mosquito control company in New Hampshire, call us today at 603.380.4541, email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
In case you’re wondering, it’s not just you that might be noticing more ticks than is usual in our area. Researchers are reporting both an increase in the overall number of ticks as well as ticks that are infected. With an increase in the tick population, there’s usually a direct correlation with increased numbers of infected ticks. In the instance we’re seeing more infected ticks and ticks overall, it’s important to have a professional tick control company to ensure your yard isn’t infested with these bloodsucking pests. You can count on the experts at Mosquito Squad to treat your yard for both ticks and mosquitoes simultaneously; the whole two birds with one stone mentality.
In a recent online article on WNPR.org it was stated, “Scientists at the Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven have seen over 5,000 ticks come in for testing over the last six months. They normally see an average of 3,000 over the course of a year, according to Dr. Theodore Andreadis, director of the facility. But it’s not just Lyme disease they’re concerned about. They are seeing more cases of other tick-borne illnesses including the Powassan virus”.
The primary concern with increased cases of Powassan virus is that there’s no treatment for it. It can be transmitted in just a few seconds of a tick feeding and in some cases can even be a lethal bite. So, if you’re out and about hiking or traveling through wooded areas, make sure to be extremely vigilant when checking yourself for ticks. If you overlook just one little spot, it could result in extremely dire results. This is the time of year when Lyme disease cases begin to spring up all over the Northeast. So, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
To find out information about tick activity in our area, you can view the link for the Tick Encounter Resource. If you’re looking for expert tick control, just give Mosquito Squad a call at 603.380.4541 or drop us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to your call!
Year after year it seems there’s a researcher or ecologist that predicts we’re going to have an increase in Lyme disease cases. It’s so common that we have nearly become immune to hearing such prognostications. While that doesn’t absolutely mean we’re going to see an increase in Lyme disease cases, this year that happens to be the case. While it’s extremely important to remain vigilant while hiking or traveling through forested areas, you can count on Mosquito Squad to keep your yard free of potential disease carrying ticks.
According to a recent article in WBUR.org, “Early this spring, ecologists predicted that this would be a particularly risky summer for Lyme disease in the Northeast, positing that a boom in mice last year could mean a boom in ticks this year – including ticks carrying Lyme”. The article goes further, “Now, some early data from doctors’ offices around the country suggests that in May and June at least, Lyme is indeed up significantly this year. Public health officials like to say that every year is a bad year for Lyme disease. However, this year is looking even worse”.
Rather than diving into the plethora of data, simply put, “This year we’ve seen large increases in New Hampshire, which is up about 96% over last year…”. That’s correct, New Hampshire Lyme disease cases are up 96% over last year. This is truly a very scary number and one that shouldn’t be taken with the proverbial “grain of salt”. More blacklegged ticks don’t always equate to more cases of Lyme disease, but it certainly has translated into that this year. It’s for this very reason that you should remain extremely vigilant and ensure that your yard is completely free of any ticks.
Everyone seems to be familiar with Lyme disease, but not many seem to know about another tick-borne illness, the Powassan virus. Recently, Powassan virus was deemed responsible for the death of a man in Saratoga, NY. In addition to his death, another has been hospitalized with the illness and a third person is suspected of being infected. The scariest part of the story is that there are numerous victims that are being treated for both Powassan virus and Lyme disease simultaneously. Stay proactive, stay vigilant and keep your yard free of ticks by calling the tick-control experts at Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.
Powassan virus is making a name for itself, in fact, it’s becoming quite infamous in the northeast at this very moment. This year is particularly bad for ticks. According to a recent article in the Daily Messenger, doctors “…report seeing more patients with tick bites, people are taking precautions, and those ill from bites are talking about it”. While Lyme disease is notorious for its debilitating impact on its victims, a newer tick-borne illness is rearing its ugly head. With an already confirmed death, Powassan virus is being catapulted into the spotlight now more than ever.
With the numerous tick-borne illnesses that are springing up, month after month, year after year, ensuring that you can control your own domain is a top priority for many New Hampshire residents. When it comes to professional-grade tick control, you can rely on Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region to reduce the tick population within your yard by up to 90%. To have your property treated for ticks, simply give us a call today at 603.380.4541 or drop us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Mosquito control and tick control is not just for humans. Your pets can be annoyed with itchy bites and afflicted with dangerous tick and mosquito-borne diseases. With Lyme Disease in dogs and Babesiosis & Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in dogs being so dangerous, it is important to go above and beyond with tick control for dogs. While your veterinarian recommends a topical tick control for dogs, we can provide additional protection with tick and mosquito control for your entire property.
Tick Spray in the New Hampshire Lakes Region
It is our goal to keep you thoroughly informed about all things mosquitoes and ticks. With Lyme disease becoming an epidemic in the NH Lakes Region and other tick-borne diseases like Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and the Powassan Virus becoming more common than before, it is vital that you know how to protect yourself, family and pets.
Keeping your yard free of potential disease-carrying ticks is our specialty. Through our tireless efforts and highly effective tick tubes and barrier application, you can take back your yard!
Mosquito Control in the New Hampshire Lakes Region
Just as with ticks, mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases. In fact, worldwide, Mosquitoes are the most deadly animals to the human race with diseases like Malaria, Yellow fever and dengue fever afflicting many countries around the world. Here in the United States, we face seasonal threats from mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Our aim is to keep you informed on the most up-to-date information regarding mosquito-borne illnesses and provide top-tier mosquito control.
If you’re looking for the most effective mosquito and tick control in the New Hampshire Lakes Region, call Mosquito Squad today! You can reach us by calling 603.380.4541, emailing us at [email protected] or by filling out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
With large amounts of rain during the warmer months come an increase in the mosquito population. There’s a common misconception that just hiring a mosquito control company is enough to keep mosquitoes away. Yes, utilizing mosquito control experts like Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region is a wise decision in protecting your outdoor areas from pesky, biting mosquitoes. However, successful mosquito control also relies upon common sense practices on the part of the homeowner. This means understanding where mosquitoes are most likely to breed and what you can do to counteract that.
We’ve covered the 7 T’s of Mosquito Control before. These stand for TIP, TOSS, TURN, REMOVETARPS, TAKECARE, TEAM UP and TREAT. These are excellent guidelines for eradicating moisture and standing water on your property that may become potential mosquito breeding areas. However, there’s even more you can do to ensure your mosquito barrier applications are that much more effective.
We achieve 85-90% reduction on the first barrier treatment. Our formula immediately eradicates existing mosquitoes on contact, so realistically, the reduction is almost immediate. Continuing our mosquito control program will ensure residual protection for the entire time you are on the service. During your first treatment, our technicians carefully inspect your property and eliminate or treat standing water, a potential mosquito breeding site, with a larvacide. This stops the life cycle of the mosquito at the larvae stage, so they cannot become adults. Then our technicians will treat to eliminate any adult mosquitoes currently on your property. This also builds a barrier against any mosquitoes that enter your yard after treatment from other areas. Our technicians will return to your property approximately every 21 days to inspect and maintain this barrier, but it is crucial for you to conduct regular inspections on your property to eliminate any areas of standing water in order to maintain a mosquito-free property for the life of the treatment.
With this in mind, It is important to have a clear understanding of the potential areas where mosquitoes will thrive. Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in small amounts of water which gather in a space as minuscule as the top from a discarded soda bottle, and as large as a kiddie pool or other unchecked area. Areas of concern include, but are not limited to, pet feeding dishes, outdoor planters, children’s toys, buckets, rain barrels, yard debris and even your home’s gutters and downspouts. It is important to eliminate sources of standing water on your property and change the water in animal dishes and bird baths often to help reduce the number of maturing mosquitoes.
Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region strives to provide extraordinary service in every aspect of our client relationships, from the first time we answer your phone call to helping to educate and inform as we continue treating your property with the utmost respect. You can contact us by calling 603.380.4541 or by emailing us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Attention all meat-eaters! In case you haven’t read in the news as of late, the Lone Star tick is migrating into our area and bringing a new issue concerning tick bites as well. Essentially, the Lone Star tick can cause an allergic reaction to red meat. Yes, you read that correctly, ticks are now forcing people to abandon red meat for the rest of their lives. While Lyme disease and the Powassan virus are terrible enough on their own, now ticks are threatening our ability to enjoy a wonderful steak, hamburger or hot dog even.
As was stated in a recent article by Global News, “For decades, scientists kept a watchful eye over the Lone Star tick and its potent bite. The tick that’s widespread in the East, Southeast and Midwest United States got its nickname from the small white “star” that’s on the back of the female bugs. In the past few months, the tick – and its victims with newfound meat allergies – have cropped up not just in the Midwest and southern states, but farther north into Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Maine. A bite from the Lone Star tick can trigger an allergy to red meat.” So, not only are we experiencing an influx of a tick that wasn’t present in our area just a decade or so ago, but it’s also bringing with it a terrifying bite capability.
In addition to causing you to potentially swear off red meat for the rest of your life, the Lone Star tick is incredibly aggressive. It’s known to walk or even run towards its next blood meal. It’s comparatively larger than other ticks in our area, such as the deer tick or dog tick, so it needs to feed more because they need a lot of energy to reproduce. These ticks are known to be completed engorged and completely fed, yet they will still race towards their next potential blood meal. This voracious and aggressive behavior makes the Lone Star tick one of the worst. There’s no such thing as a good tick, but the Lone Star tick is raising the bar for the awfulness of ticks.
There is a way to keep your yard free of these aggressive blood-sucking pests, call your local tick control experts at Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Through our highly effective barrier treatment, you can expect to see the tick population within your yard reduced by up to 85-90% While ticks are always going to exist in our area, that doesn’t mean they should be given safe passage within your yard, ever. In order to take your yard back from disease-carrying ticks, call us today at 603.380.4541, email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
In order for a female mosquito to develop viable eggs to facilitate reproduction, she must obtain a sufficient blood meal from a human or another mammal. This single female mosquito will then proceed to lay up to 300 eggs. Mosquitoes can lay up to three batches of eggs during their short lifetime. From here the mosquito has already perpetuated a significant amount of blood-thirsty offspring in which about half, will be other bloodthirsty mosquitoes.
Our equation now includes 150 new female mosquitoes, plus the original matriarch of the brood which brings the total to 151 female mosquitoes. This is where it really gets interesting; the 150 daughters of the original female mosquito will also lay up to 300 eggs each. This brings the total number of mosquitoes up to 45,300, of which half are female.
This now means 22,650 female mosquitoes will once again lay up to 300 eggs each bringing the number during their egg-laying period to 6,795,300. That is almost 7 million mosquitoes brought into your backyard via one female mosquito in just 3 weeks! The same strategy of half being born female will leave us with 3,397,000 females ready to do it all over again.
The answer to this equation results in a staggering 1,319,250,000 mosquitoes from just one female mosquito!
Our highly-effective barrier application will knock down existing mosquitoes within your yard and eliminate mosquitoes that land on areas we have treated. However, you can do your part in keeping your yard from becoming a mosquito breeding factory. If recent rains have you and your guests literally itching to head back indoors, instead of enjoying your outdoor living spaces, call Mosquito Squad today at 603.380.4541, email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
While you may know the deer tick is the most common transmitter of Lyme disease, you may not know which life stage it’s in, and that’s the bad news. Right now, blacklegged ticks (deer ticks) are in their nymph stage and are nearly impossible to see. Simultaneously, and for this very reason, this is the time of year when Lyme disease is most prevalent here in New Hampshire and the rest of the northeast. Fortunately, if you’re looking to keep your yard free of ticks, you can rely on the experts at Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.
According to a recent article by the Sentinel Source, “Between late spring and mid-summer they’re minuscule – only a millimeter in length. It’s hard to see them or feel them when they crawl on your skin. And that’s why now is the time state officials and scientists say ticks pose the biggest threat to people”. In fact, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services receives its peak number of Lyme disease reports in June and July. The reason for this is primarily due to the fact that both the nymph ticks and, more importantly, their bites are extremely difficult to notice.
Without question, nymph deer ticks are the most likely to be missed when spot checking yourself for ticks. We are in tick country and it’s important to be proactive when it comes to keeping yourself from coming into contact with these potentially disease-carrying pests. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services recommends wearing longs pants and long-sleeve shirts outdoors, reducing ticks around your home by removing leaf litter and keeping the grass short, and using insect repellent that contains DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus when going outdoors. In addition to this, it’s also important to perform daily checks for ticks and remain hyper-vigilant while doing so in order to spot the nymph ticks.
To keep your yard free of ticks and mosquitoes all summer long, just call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region. We perform tick control services in Alton, NH, and surrounding areas and will aid you in ensuring your yard isn’t a tick feeding frenzy. You can get in touch with us by calling us at 603.380.4541, emailing us at [email protected] or by filling out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
While the weather is becoming more pleasant and nearly everyone wants to enjoy spending relaxing time in their backyards, the threat of potentially disease-carrying ticks is still a very real threat. In fact, the number of reported cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. has tripled and the number of counties in the northeastern U.S. that are considered high-risk for Lyme disease has increased by more than 300%. With such a spike in the reported cases, the best course of action is to be proactive in regards to tick control in your yard.
As the tick control experts in New Hampshire, we want to inform you about news regarding ticks as well as provide you and your family with peace of mind when relaxing in your backyard. At Mosquito Squad, we believe you should be able to enjoy your backyard without having to worry about biting and stinging pests. Our comprehensive tick control treatments can reduce the tick population in your yard by up to 85-90%. Right now is the peak time for nymph blacklegged (deer) ticks; these same ticks are the main carrier of Lyme disease and are extremely hard to see.
So, put down the bug spray and call the professionals at Mosquito Squad. We will come to your home, walk your property and identify high-risk areas for ticks and then treat. Once we’ve applied our barrier application, we will return every 21 days to reapply. By doing so, we will constantly eliminate ticks on contact and eliminate ticks that end up in your yard afterward. Our microencapsulated barrier application will withstand the rain and you won’t notice any strong odor.
96% of Lyme disease cases occur in just 14 states, such as : Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In order to keep you yard free of ticks and other biting and stinging pests, all you have to do is contact the professionals at Mosquito Squad of New Hampshire.
You can get in touch with us anytime by calling us at 603.380.4541, emailing us at [email protected] or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
‘Tis the season for graduations, weddings, and cookouts during the warmer months. If you’re planning an outdoor event and don’t want to have your guests literally itching to leave, then just give The Squad a call! We want you to be able to remember your event as something special. We don’t want you to remember being attacked by swarms of mosquitoes! Protecting your guests in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire from things like mosquitoes, gnats, ticks and other outdoor bugs is a relatively easy thing to do.
For the best results, we will schedule a convenient time, usually 2-3 days ahead of your event to come out and apply our barrier spray. Also, you don’t need to worry about the size of the area in need of mosquito repellant coverage. We can handle anything from 1 acre all the way up to 10+ acres. Our licensed mosquito control technicians will visit the property where the event will be held and fully assess and evaluate the area.
After taking the area into account, we will then perform a highly thorough spray application on all foliage, bushes and bark mulch areas such as flower beds. We are trained to know where mosquitoes are likely to rest and we will make those areas a top priority. Our mosquito control solution is microencapsulated and is time controlled, so it will continue to get rid of mosquitoes for the duration of your event. Additionally, we will also address breeding sites for ticks, mosquitoes, and other outdoor pests.
The end result of our mosquito and tick treatment will be that you and your guests are able to enjoy your outdoor event to the fullest without being eaten alive by unwanted mosquitoes and ticks. We specialize in providing mosquito and tick treatment for outdoor events such as weddings, birthday parties, graduation parties or anything else. So, take mosquitoes off the guest list for your next outdoor event and give Mosquito Squad a call today.
To find out how we can have your upcoming outdoor event one that is mosquito and tick free, call us today at 603.380.4541, email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Tick season is now headed into full-swing. As we inch ever so closer to summer, it’s important to know what type of tick you should be on the lookout for. Currently, ticks are in their smallest stage, the nymph stage. That’s why we feel it’s so important to help spread the word on ticks. Not only are we the top-tier provider of tick and mosquito control, but we want citizens in our area to know how they can be proactive.
Blacklegged Tick (Deer Tick) Stages
The nymph stage of the tick life cycle is when ticks are at their smallest. The nymphs are much harder to see and may stay on a person longer, increasing the risk of infection. For this reason, it’s imperative that people check themselves more frequently after hiking or walking in a tick’s habitat. Essentially any area with moisture and leaves is a tick’s habitat. This could also apply within your yard if you have a compost pile or a wood pile that’s moist.
The nymph is undoubtedly known for transmitting Lyme disease. The highest months of onset of Lyme disease are June and July. This goes to show that those diagnosed with the disease were actually bitten prior to these months. According to a state Public Health Services bulletin, “there were 1,416 cases of Lyme disease in New Hampshire in 2014 and 1,371 in 2015. Numbers for 2016 are not yet available”.
The symptoms of Lyme disease are quite scary, including but not limited to:
Bullseye rash (not always present!)
In a recent article by the Laconia Daily Sun, Abby Mathewson of state Public Health Services alluded to the fact that the tick population appears to be quite large. She stated, “We’re definitely hearing there are a lot of ticks out there this year”.
Call Mosquito Squad and Take Back Your Yard!
So, in conclusion, ticks are going to potentially be more of an issue this year than is considered normal by professionals. While we can’t assist you while you’re out hiking, we can ensure your yard is free of ticks and mosquitoes. If you’re interested in keeping your yard free of disease-carrying ticks, call Mosquito Squad of the NH Lakes Region today at 603.380.4541, email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
For many of us here in New Hampshire, the Powassan virus is more than likely something foreign-sounding. The reason for this is that it’s not a huge name in tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease. That’s why Mosquito Squad likes to keep citizens in our area aware of new and potentially emerging threats that ticks present. After all, our goal is to keep your yard free of biting ticks and mosquitoes. We’re a tick’s worst nightmare.
In a recent article by the Washington Post, the Powassan virus was found for the first time in an infant. The reason this is news, other than being found in a new state (in this case Connecticut), most tests in our area don’t cover the Powassan virus. Additionally, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Virginia reported their first Powassan virus disease cases during the past seven years.
The Ixodes scapularis ticks that can transmit the virus are often very small, he said, from about the size of a pinhead up to the size of an apple seed, and can be easily missed. The tick is also the primary vector of Lyme disease. The disease can show no symptoms or the symptoms can be extreme. Powassan virus symptoms include:
loss of coordination
In addition to the symptoms listed above, Powassan can also cause encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and meningitis and is actually fatal in about 10% of cases. Even more disconcerting is the fact that there’s currently no cure for Powassan virus disease. The best method of approach is to steer clear of coming into contact with ticks.
Keeping your yard free of ticks and mosquitoes is what we do, and we take pride in our ability to do so with an extremely high degree of effectiveness. To find out more about Powassan virus in our area and how to keep your yard tick free all season long, call us at 603.380.4541, email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
As we slowly thaw out from the harsh winter, so does the tick population. Unfortunately, according to a recent article by WGME News in Portland, Maine, “Ticks, mosquitoes and other pests may be especially abundant and invasive this spring in the Northeast, according to the Bug Barometer, a bi-annual report produced by the National Pest Management Association.” Essentially, due to a warmer than usual winter there may be higher than usual tick populations.
While this news is bad, the great news is that you can be proactive in keeping these bloodsucking pests from invading your yard. All you need to do is to call the experts at Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region. Through our traditional barrier application and laying down tick-tubes, you can expect to see a reduction of the tick population within your yard by up to 90%! At Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, we believe you should be able to enjoy your yard no matter what time of year it is.
In addition to the tick population within your yard being dramatically reduced, our traditional barrier application will also reduce the mosquito population in your yard simultaneously. We take pride in our ability to deliver top-quality results. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and won’t rest until your yard is no longer a breeding ground for mosquitoes or a sanctuary for ticks.
As you’re probably aware, ticks and the diseases they carry are quite the issue here in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. So, how have you gone about trying to ensure your yard isn’t a tick sanctuary? The best thing you can do is to be proactive in removing and preventing ticks from your yard. By calling the experts at Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, you can rest assured knowing you have trained, certified experts working to keep your yard tick-free this spring and summer.
When you’re looking for a truly qualified tick control expert, make sure to perform your due diligence. At Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, we not only want to meet your expectations but exceed them entirely. Through our extremely effective barrier application in conjunction with our tick tubes, you can expect to see up to a 90% reduction in the tick population within your yard. We have been trained on where ticks like to hide, how to best remove them from your yard and how to keep them from coming back.
We believe you should be able to enjoy your yard no matter what time of year it is. Don’t allow pesky, potentially disease-carrying ticks to cause you and your family alarm this spring and summer. Simply call the highly trained and certified tick control experts at Mosquito Squad. We understand the real threat of Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses and seek to reduce you and your family’s contact with ticks within your yard.
To find out exactly what you should be looking for when you’re searching for tick control in the New Hampshire Lakes Region, call Mosquito Squad today at 603.380.4541, email us at [email protected] or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!