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Contact: George Softly, Director of Sales and Operations 

856-793-2377

JUNE 24th – 30th is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

ALERT: NATIONAL MOSQUITO CONTROL AWARENESS WEEK  

Five Tips You Need to Know to Keep Safe and enjoy Outdoor Living

 June 21, 2011 – According the Center for Disease Control (CDC) the summer of 2012 may be one of the worst on record in years for mosquitoes.  But the upcoming “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” (June 24 – 30)  sponsored by the American Mosquito Control Association, is bad news for mosquitoes as it brings heightened attention on what Americans can do to protect themselves from the pesky and disease-bearing vectors.

Whether from the unseasonably warm spring or wet conditions, mosquitoes are already out in full force and several parts of the country have tested positive for the West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes. I want people to contact me so that I can help them control the mosquito population on their property so they don’t have to worry about the diseases associated with Mosquito’s and ticks. Please contact me at gsoftly@mosquitosquad.com or just call me.

Here are some additional tips that have been proven to help.

1. TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include tarps, gutters, and flat roofs. 

2. TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards. 

3. TURN. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys. 

4. REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment and grills aren’t taut, they’re holding water. 

5. TREAT. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad’s eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on a property.                        

While generally a nuisance, mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus and encephalitis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 300,000 Americans have been sickened with West Nile Virus since it arrived in the U.S. 11 years ago.

For additional tips and information, visit www.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.

An image of a female mosquito at dinnertime.

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 offers safe and effective mosquito control

Like many other mosquito-borne illnesses and disease, West Nile virus carries many misconceptions in regards to the symptoms, treatment and prognosis of West Nile Virus. An article  published on August 8th, 2011 by the Statehouse Bureau Staff  confirms the first case of West Nile to be reported this season to be right here in New Jersey. A 50-year-old man in Mercer County recently tested positive for West Nile virus according to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior services. According to the article, the man experienced joint pain, numbness in his hands, fatigue and fever last month prior to the diagnosis.

Here in the Garden state mosquitoes are so abundant that some residents refer to the mosquito as the “state bird”. All jokes aside, mosquitoes are a problem that cannot be ignored. With this recent diagnosis of the first confirmed case of West Nile ringing so close to home, the time to gain knowledge of how to prevent this mosquito-borne illness is more important than ever. It is time to separate fact from fiction when it comes to this serious illness.

biting mosquito

The Culex species of mosquito ( also known as the common house mosquito) is responsible for the West Nile Virus

One common misconception is many people believe that the wetlands, which are found throughout New Jersey and are a major part of the region’s ecosystems, are the main culprit for the mosquito that carries the West Nile virus. This is false. Healthy wetlands don’t always provide the ideal habitat for mosquitoes because the water conditions, water quality, and the presence of the mosquito’s natural predators may keep mosquitoes from using the water found in many wetlands to lay their eggs. Many believe that by draining our wetlands we can eliminate mosquitoes, and thus, cut back the number of mosquitoes left with the ability to spread illnesses such as West Nile virus. This is also false. By draining the wetland,s mosquito numbers could possibly increase by destroying the mosquitoes natural predators such as  birds, fish and other insects that eat mosquitoes. In essence draining the wetlands would hinder the reduction of mosquitoes rather than help decrease their populations.

Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel spraying your property with our safe and effective barrier spray

Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel spraying your property with our safe and effective barrier spray

Another falsehood is the assumption that since there is no vaccine for West Nile Virus we can do nothing about it. This is far from the actual truth. The fact is, there are many effective and no-nonsense ways to prevent West Nile Virus. There are many things you can do to reduce the risk of contracting the illness. Simple safeguards that seem so trivial compared to the potential outcome are the first lines of defense.  The first safeguard is to gain control over your property. Keep your property clean, trimmed, and free of debris, brush piles and standing water. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in even the smallest reservoir of standing water. A soda bottle top can become a nursery to 100’s of mosquito larvae. Keeping you gutters clean and free of debris and making sure window and door screening are intact and free of rips and tears where mosquitoes could lurk in is crucial. Having your property treated by a licensed professional is also an excellent way to prevent coming face-to-face with mosquitoes that could potentially be carrying West Nile Virus.

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

Most reported cases of West Nile Virus are among older adults, debunking the myth that the most likely candidates to become infected are children. Adults, and especially those over 50, are at a greater risk of contracting the illness because their immune systems are unable to fight off the illness. In reality, very few cases of West Nile Virus have been reported among children.

As is the case with any mosquito-borne illness, early detection and diagnosis is the key to a trouble-free and speedy recovery from the illness at any age. Being able to identify the symptoms just takes familiarization. Symptoms of West Nile Virus can include fever, chills, headaches and body aches and are usually accompanied by swollen lymph nodes and a skin rash. These symptom can be seen as early as 2 days following the onset of the illness. As the illness progresses, symptoms can include neck stiffness, a high fever, sever headache and disorientation. If West Nile Virus is left untreated it can lead to coma, tremors, convulsions, and the onset of West Nile Encephalitis  or Meningitis which affects the brain and nervous system. Even though early symptoms of West Nile Virus closely mimic those of the flu, any change in your body or displaying any of these symptoms should not be taken lightly. Always contact your doctor immediately at any sign of illness. Remember that symptoms such as these are your body’s way of telling you something is wrong, and should never be ignored. Early diagnosis in West Nile patients can mean the difference in a light case of the illness which  is easily treatable, or the illness becoming life threatening.

Steve Pazienza owner of Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel, NJ

One fact that is certain is that knowledge and prevention of the mosquito is our only defense against West Nile Virus. Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel can help you in preventing mosquitoes on your property with our safe and effective barrier sprays as well as our automatic mosquito misting systems. Our barrier spray is applied at schedule intervals throughout the season to kill and prevent mosquitoes from entering your treated property. These scheduled applications ensure season-long protection. Our automatic mosquito misting systems offer the ultimate in mosquito protection with timed applications throughout the day to kill and prevent mosquitoes. Contact Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel to learn more and help you take control of your property this season. Call us at (856) 793 – 2377 or email us at mountlaurel@mosquitosquad.