Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel NJ

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Keep your loved ones and equine safe from EEE with mosquito control from Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel

Here in the Garden state we love our equine friends. Horses not only positively impact our way of life here, they also directly impact our state’s economy through our vibrant horse industry and supply a multitude of horse-related jobs to our residents as well. According to the American Horse Council, New Jersey ranks within the top 15 states that have a large horse population Numbers from a survey conducted in 2009  show that our state is home to approximately  83,000 of our hoofed friends. Along with horses by the handful, New Jersey also has a large population of mosquitoes. Our state is home to 63 species of mosquitoes according to the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology. With a high mosquito population comes a high incidence of mosquito-borne illness throughout the state, and our beloved horses, donkeys, ponies and mules are not immune to the wrath these illnesses bring to the stable. Among the most debilitating and deadly is EEE ( Eastern Equine Encephalitis).

The source of Eastern Equine Encephalitis is the mosquito.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (or EEE)  is a mosquito borne virus that is transmitted to horses, and in some cases humans, by being bitten by a mosquito infected with EEE.  The virus to blame for EEE attacks the central nervous system of its victim. The onset of EEE is quick and in most cases among equine, most often times fatal. Symptoms of EEE can be seen in an early as 5 days of your horse being bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms may include depression and quietness and general lethargy in your horse. Many veterinarians still refer to the virus as the “sleeping sickness” because of the sleepy-like symptoms. Symptoms will progress into an irregular staggering gait, impaired vision, aimless wandering and circling, head pressing and rubbing, the inability to swallow, paralysis, convulsions and eventually death.

The horse industry is an important source of revenue and pleasure in the garden state.

The horse industry is an important source of revenue and pleasure in the garden state.

The virus that is responsible for Eastern Equine Encephalitis is rarely seen in humans, but is growing by leaps and bounds among the equine set. Once an equine has contracted the disease, there is very little that can be done. There is a vaccine that is available to horse owners to prevent Eastern Equine Encephalitis, but along with the vaccinations preventing your horse, donkey or pony from being bitten is also an important safeguard to keep your animal healthy and disease free.  Safe stabling practices such as eliminating standing water and areas within the horses environment that may accumulate water are key. Keeping fresh water in the trough, or instilling the use of an automatic watering system to keep the watering hole from becoming a mosquito breeding hole instead.  Regular removal of damp hay or bedding materials from within the horses living quarters is also vital.

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Would you risk either of them to EEE? Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel can keep them happy and healthy.

Other recommended precautions include having the horses living areas treated by a licensed professional. Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel has a safe and effective way to kill and prevent mosquitoes within your horse’s environment that might be carrying this deadly virus. Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel  uses a mosquito misting system which sprays the naturally derived Pyrethrum spray at timed intervals. The sprays are safe to humans as well as domesticated animals. Pyrethrum is a natural insecticide that is derived from the beautiful and aromatic Chrysanthemum , mosquitoes cannot tolerate this substance and therefore perish from the exposure as well as steer clear of any area which it is present. Mosquito Squad sprays have been deemed safe by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as well. Since mosquito season is still in full swing, it is not too late in the season to start good “horsekeeping” habits now.

Steve Pazienza owner of Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel, NJ

Following these simple steps to prevent EEE from striking your beloved equine is easy. Making sure the areas in which your horse resides is protected, and your horse is properly immunized just makes perfect horse sense in the fight against mosquito-borne illnesses like EEE. Contact Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel to learn more and get a free quote to keep your property and your horses property mosquito free.  • (856) 793 – 2377 • email:mountlaurel@mosquitosquad.com

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Mosquito Squad, America’s largest mosquito elimination and tick control brand, announced today that it has been named as one of the fastest growing companies by INC. Magazine. With a three-year sales growth of 496 percent and a number 646 ranking of 5000 companies, Mosquito Squad is among the top 13 percent of fastest growing firms on the coveted annual list. Among the country’s 2,500+ franchise concepts, Mosquito Squad was listed as the 13th fastest growing franchise company out of the 100 on the INC. list. Mosquito Squad also has been continually recognized as a superior franchise organization by industry organizations.

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The dog days of summer can still be mosquito-free with Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel.

The dog days of summer are now upon us, those late summer blahs signify the end of summer fun and the return of the daily grind of school and work. However, late summer can still afford you and your family plenty of outdoor “play time”. The weather is favorable to enjoy many of your summer activities well into the autumn. Keep in mind that we are still in the midst of mosquito season. The mosquitoes are still out there, lurking, and feeding.

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Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel offers safe and effective mosquito control

Now is the perfect time to put an end to the mosquitoes fun and games by instilling the expertise of a  licensed professional  to create a barrier of mosquito protection for your property. Many people think that by this time of the year, it is too late to introduce mosquito control into their landscape and property, this however is simply not the case. There are still roughly nine weeks left of summer, and that means nine weeks to enjoy your outdoors by contacting Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel. We apply our safe and effective barrier sprays at approximately 3 week intervals that kill and prevent mosquitoes, and this means we can still offer you the ultimate in mosquito control that will carry you through the rest of the season. Our seasonal program is pro-rated based on the number of sprays remaining in the season.

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

This program gives you the freedom to get out and enjoy that landscaping you poured your heart and soul into this summer. Or maybe you recently finished a summer project of an outdoor living structure you have been reluctant to really enjoy because the mosquitoes won’t allow it. Even if you have put off getting mosquito control until now, but haven’t been able to use your yard when time allowed. These are all very valid reasons to contact Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel for your peace of mind against mosquito-borne illnesses and disease, and to enjoy the small slice of summer left in the pie. Remember it is not too late to get your backyard mosquito-free for your Labor day cookout, Labor day is right around the corner.

Steve Pazienza owner of Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel, NJ

Contact Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel to sign up today, there are approximately three(3) sprayings left in our seasonal program, and we will pro-rate the remainder for you. Don’t delay 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.

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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.

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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

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

You know there are a couple of points in all of our lives where we finally find the answer to something and when we find that answer we can’t believe we let that something  go on for so many years when the solution seemed to be so easy. It’s almost as though you are thirsty and after much suffering you then realize that you were sitting atop of a well all along. Mosquito control and prevention is easier than you may think. With Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel the answer to living a mosquito free ( that also means mosquito-bite free) life is right at your fingertips with the application of our safe and effective barrier sprays.

These children are enjoying a backyard that is mosquito free

Mosquito Squad  of Mt. Laurel takes mosquito control to a new level of hassle free, worry free, and bite free enjoyment. We apply our safe and effective barrier spray to your property at scheduled intervals throughout the season to keep you and your family safe and happy all season long.  Once you have Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel taking care of your mosquito control, it spoils you. Once you go to someone else’s yard that doesn’t use Mosquito Squad and have to deal with the mosquitoes and bites, it frustrates you.  Read these testimonials from some of our customers to see how using Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel has changed the quality of outdoor time for them and their families…

” I watch children as a care provider and recently received a gift of Mosquito Squad from one of my clients. I couldn’t be happier, now all of our kids are bite free”

Tina M. of Merchantville

” I have a very active child who like to play outdoors with his friends frequently. I know that mosquitoes are attracted to the CO2 which is emitted with physical activity, so my son is a prime target with his love of physical activity. My son can now venture outdoors and play to his heart’s content. He and his friends no longer come back in from playing covered in welts from the mosquito bites they once endured thanks to Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel”.

Amy B. from Moorestown
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“It’s so nice to see the kids going out again and not coming in with all the welts”.

Ted F. from Moorestown

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

We realize that you cannot ensure that everyone’s property that you visit throughout the season is protected by Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel, but experiencing it is believing. Tell your loved ones and friends about the excellent protection and the joy of living mosquito free. Just like a picture is worth 1000 words, so is experience. Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel would also make a wonderful gift for that special someone in your life. From retired parents who enjoy working their gardens and are constantly being bitten, to your child care provider which enjoys taking the kids into the back yard to swing and tell stories in the afternoon. Nature and the outdoors have too much to offer to spend the summer months within the confines of your home to avoid the mosquitoes.

Steve Pazienza owner of Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel, NJ

Go ahead, go out and smell the flowers, grill out, have a backyard picnic, set up the volleyball net and take in every detail that the season has to offer, when you have Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel, the rest is child’s play. Contact us today to learn more (856) 793 – 2377
mountlaurel@mosquitosquad.com

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Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel kills and prevents mosquitoes

The impact mosquitoes have on our lives is astounding. From the many diseases and illnesses they pass on  to us and our pets to the way they can wreak havoc on our outdoor enjoyment. There are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide. 150 of those species are found in North America and 63 of those species are found in New Jersey. New Jersey is actually known as “the mosquito state”. With that in mind, Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel is dedicated to making our residents aware of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illness and arm them with the knowledge to prevent both.

Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel kills mosquitoes dead

Among the most invasive and aggressive species of mosquito found in New Jersey is the Asian tiger mosquito, ( Aedes albopictus). This mosquito was first introduced into North America in 1985  inside a shipment of tires  from Asia delivered to Harris County, which is in Houston, Texas. The public health service  act of 1988 actually now requires that shipments of tires coming into the United States from countries which have Asian tiger mosquitoes , fumigate, clean and dry the tires before they are shipped to avoid further infestation into North America.  Since that fateful delivery this mosquito has spread like wildfire all over the United States. The mosquito is named for its native land of Asia but also the black and white striping that cover the body of the female Asian tiger mosquito which resembles the stripes of a tiger. The aggressive nature this mosquito displays when feeding is true to its namesake as well. The Asian tiger has been reported to “swarm” its victims and  this mosquito has a voracious appetite and will feed off anything with blood, often feeding off its prey several times in before getting full.

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The Asian Tiger Mosquito

This mosquito is also widely referred to as the “forest day” mosquito because unlike other mosquitoes that usually only feed in the evening or right at dusk, the Asian tiger mosquito feeds throughout the day. This in itself brings on a whole new realm of mosquito. From our experience we are accustomed to mosquito biting times being in the late afternoon or evening. This mosquito can bite you as you get in the car on your way to work in the morning, as you leave at lunchtime to run errands, as you push your child in the swing mid-day and all during the morning, noon, and night.

Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel

Mosquito prevention is the key to warding off mosquito-borne illness

As is the case with most mosquitoes, the Asian tiger mosquito is a known vector of mosquito-borne illness.  This mosquito is a known vector of EEE ( Eastern Equine Encephalitis) which rarely affects humans and mainly affects animals and is very prevalent among equine species such as horses, ponies, mules and donkeys. This disease has brought many a horse lover and breeder to its knees, in some cases even affecting a persons livelihood of those who raise thoroughbreds or other distinct breed of horse as their career. The Asian tiger mosquito is also suspected of being a vector for West Nile virus as well. West Nile is a deadly virus with symptoms that can range from mild to severe. If left untreated the virus can turn into West Nile encephalitis as well as West Nile meningitis.

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Mosquito Squad spraying your yard

There are many ways to prevent the Asian tiger mosquito and mosquito-borne illness from affecting you and your family. Here at Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel we recommend frequent checks of your lawn and garden areas to make sure there is no places available for a mosquito to lay eggs. Any containers, planters, bottles, cans, or children’s playthings that can accumulate moisture should be tossed out or tipped over. Keeping yard waste like brush piles and debris out of your yard is also a good preventative measure as well. Make sure to keep your yard trimmed and mowed. Having a licensed professional spray your property during the mosquito season for mosquito control is also a good idea. Most importantly if you think you may be infected or sick from a mosquito, don’t hesitate to call your doctor immediately. Diagnosing and treating mosquito-borne illness quickly is key to making sure it is treated properly and doesn’t have time to generate further problems.

Steve Pazienza owner of Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel, NJ

Mosquito squad of Mt. Laurel can kill and prevent mosquitoes on your property all season long, including the Asian tiger mosquito. Our safe and effective barrier spray consists of regularly scheduled sprayings to kill the mosquitoes in your yard and prevent them from entering the treated area. Our barrier sprays are safe for you, your children and your pets, but NOT for the mosquitoes! We also offer an all-natural alternative to our safe and effective barrier spray that utilizes garlic. One phone call is all it takes to spend all summer mosquito free and give you peace of mind. Call us at (856) 793 – 2377 or email us at mountlaurel@mosquitosquad.com to start living bug free.