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Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel says "I do" to mosquito control on your wedding day.

Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel says "I do" to mosquito control on your wedding day.

When you look back over the picture book of life’s memories that play over in your mind, what are the memorable moments you remember? By far, your wedding day is one of the single most cherished memories you will carry with you until the end of eternity. Months of planning, selecting, menus, and guest lists are enough to make even the most adept bride-to-be dizzy. With all this preparation and having every “i” dotted and every “t” crossed, did you remember to take care of the mosquito control?

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Keep your outdoor event safe and special with mosquito control from Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel

Many weddings held in the mild months of spring through autumn are held outdoors. Taking advantage of the endless backdrop of beauty only mother nature can provide is a choice many couple are making on the first day of their lives together as one. Naturally, insect control is a necessity for the comfort and safety of you, your wedding party and your guests. All of us have been to an amazing event where that one little thing has ruined the whole occasion, and in the case of a wedding, a few mosquitoes can ruin that special day. Imagine the photographer trying to take a wedding party photo on the grass under a lovely cherry tree, with its blooms wafting on the wind,  only to lose sight of his best shot while trying to slap off the mosquitoes. Maybe it is the muffled out sound of your carefully written wedding vows by a crying child on the 2nd row who was just bitten by a mosquito. Unfortunately, this scenario is realistic if no one remembered to take care of the mosquito control for the perimeter prior to your wedding day. Mosquitoes and ticks as well, are vectors of insect-borne illnesses and diseases such as West Nile, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Babesiosis, and many others. Mosquito control can not only keep your wedding day guests happy and comfortable, it will keep them safe as well.

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Keep the uninvited guests away on your wedding day with Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel

Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel can make sure your special day stays special and a memory you and your other half can remember fondly for years to come. We specialize in outdoor events such as weddings, parties, bar-mitzvahs, bat-mitzvahs and even the everyday beauty  of being able to watch the sun go down on your deck without the worry of being bitten by mosquitoes. Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel uses safe and effective barrier sprays that are sprayed in regular scheduled intervals throughout the season to keep you and your family mosquito-free all season long. Our barrier sprays kill any mosquitoes present and prevents more from coming around. No more worrying, scratching, or dangerous and foul-smelling topical insecticides to apply. One call and Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel takes care of the rest. Our safe and effective barrier sprays and misting systems also kill ticks on contact as well.

Steve Pazienza owner of Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel, NJ

If you are planning an upcoming outdoor event such as a wedding, party or bar/bat-mitzvah contact Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel to make sure mosquitoes don’t crash your celebration. We also offer mosquito and tick control for every special day in between.Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel also makes a great wedding gift for the happy couple as well, to carry that control and peace of mind home. Contact us today.

Call us today for a free quote • (856) 793 – 2377 • email: mountlaurel@mosquitosquad.com

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Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel kills mosquitoes.

It is the ever lingering question on many of our minds that seems to never offer a straight answer. Mosquitoes feed on our blood and during that feeding can ultimately infect their host with a number of insect-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus, and a number of Encephalides just to name a few. AIDS in perspective is, a disease that is transmitted through body fluids, and blood is a body fluid. So the underlying question is can AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)  be transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that feeds on a person inflicted with the disease prior to feeding on you? Recent studies and  findings from Rutgers University Department of Entomology tell us no, it is not possible to catch the disease from a mosquito.

Rutgers University located right here in New Jersey is a strong presence in the fields of mosquito studies, research and mosquito education. Rutgers, through their research and elaborate study of the mosquito, have clearly demonstrated their commitment to the subject and now work in partnership with our great state in the prevention of mosquito-borne illnesses. Their Center for vector biology is quickly becoming a national and international known program in the studies of mosquito, tick and blackfly research.

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The recent study focuses on the reasons mosquitoes are unable to transmit AIDS to us. In order for a mosquito to possess the ability to transmit AIDS, the mosquito would have to ingest the virus particles and these particles would have to survive within the mosquito, and opportunistically increase in numbers. Then they would need to move to the mosquitoes salivary glands in order to initiate transmission. The mosquito would then have transmit the virus particles onto a host not infected with HIV through the salivary glands. This is an improbable and impossible function of the mosquito itself.  Studies have actually shown that mosquitoes digest the virus that causes AIDS, therefore, since the infectious agent must remain alive within the mosquito in order to be transferred to a second party, digestion of the virus halts any further transmission of the disease particles in their tracks.The digestive enzyme that is present within the mosquito’s stomach takes care of the virus and halts any further transmission of the cycle’s possibility of passing the virus onto the next host.  There are multiple scenarios within the study itself that end with the same finality that mosquitoes cannot transmit AIDS to a host through feeding. Contrary to some beliefs, the feeding apparatus of the mosquito does not mean the mosquito is a “flying hypodermic needle” transmitting disease everywhere it lands.  To read the study in its entirety you can visit http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~insects/aids.htm, the article is informative and true to the facts.

Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel kills and prevents mosquitoes all season long

Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel has the utmost respect for the work being done at Rutgers and I have a personal connection with Rutgers’ work also. My beloved, late father-in-law, Leonard Bidwell was a professor at Rutgers University. Dr. Bidwell joined the faculty as an assistant  professor in 1962 and became an associate professor in 1967. He gave much of his life to Rutgers and the establishment gave him a great deal back through the pride and joy he felt in teaching his students. He enjoyed being a mathematics teacher at Rutgers University’s Camden Campus for 40 years. A colleague of Dr. Bidwell’s within the Rutgers-Camden math department, George Articolo said ” his first priority was to serve and nurture his students at all levels of mathematics”. Dr. Bidwell received an Outstanding Faculty Award in 1994 for his “commitment to excellence in the classroom”.

Steve Pazienza owner of Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel, NJ

Contact Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel to learn more about our mosquito and tick prevention that will help keep you and your loved ones safe from illnesses and diseases such as West Nile, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease which have the ability to infect us through insect vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks.

Call us today for a free quote • (856) 793 – 2377 • email: mountlaurel@mosquitosquad.com

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Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel kills ticks.

Among the states where Lyme disease is prevalent, New Jersey is one of the eight states where 90 percent of all cases are reported nationwide. Lyme disease is a dangerous and debilitating disease which in some cases can change the quality of life for long periods of time of  those infected. Lyme disease is primarily spread via the deer tick, which is one of the tiniest tick species in the world, measuring in some case only 1/16th of an inch across in adulthood. This tiny and dangerous vectors of tick-borne disease is definitely something to worry about here in the garden state.

Lyme disease begins its journey to us by an infected deer tick. The ticks themselves actually get the disease from mice, and not deer, contrary to popular belief. The deer tick feeds on the mouse which is carrying the bacteria and thus becomes infected and able to transmit the disease to people by feeding on us. These same ticks like to feed on deer as well. The deer tick is also known as the black-legged tick, and bear tick  in some areas around the country.

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In comparison to this penny you can see just how small a deer tick is.

Lyme disease is then spread to people from the saliva within the tick, during feeding. This disease can start to display symptoms in as little as two days following the onset of infection through the tick bite. Symptoms can include rash at the sight of the tick bite and other areas of the body, fever, chill, sore throat, ear aches, swollen glands, joint pain,  headaches and stiffness in the neck.  Lyme disease is most successfully  treated early, and if left undiagnosed can lead to heart and nervous system disorders, or an acute form of the disease known as chronic Lyme disease or post Lyme disease syndrome. If you or a loved one feels they have been bitten by an infected tick, early detection and diagnosis is key. Always contact your physician at the first sign of illness.

Of course, the best way to avoid tick-borne illnesses such as this is to avoid being bitten by a tick altogether. Exercising common sense is a good starting point, such as avoiding deep, wooded areas where tick infestations are more likely to be present. Monitoring yourself with frequent tick checking following each exposure to the outdoors, and keeping the areas around you home and yard free of thickets, debris and overgrown foliage. Instilling the expertise of a licensed professional to spray and use a tick abatement device is also recommended.

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Tick tubes kill the ticks at their source.

Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel uses barrier spraying to kill ticks and Damminix tick tubes as part of their tick abatement program. These tick tubes work by killing the ticks at their source. Each tick tube contains cotton treated with permethrin. Permethrin is safe for humans and mammals, but kills the tick. The mice use this cotton in their bedding, and thus exposes the deer tick to the permethrin and kills the tick-stopping the cycle of disease before it can be transmitted to our pets, or us. Damminix tick tubes are environmentally friendly, and are approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). Field studies and extensive testing tells us these tick tubes reduce the chance of you or your family being exposed to a potentially Lyme disease carrying tick by 10 fold.

Steve Pazienza owner of Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel, NJ

To Learn more about Damminix tick tubes, and our barrier spray contact Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel, we can come up with a customized strategy to keep you and your family safe from ticks  the entire season. Call us at  (856) 793 – 2377 or send us an email at mountlaurel@mosquitosquad.com