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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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Dread Skeeter mosquito control by Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel

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.