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Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel keeps you safe from ticks and mosquitoes and the diseases they harbor.l

New Jersey is known for many things, for the vast difference in geography when you travel from one region of the state to the next. New Jersey contains wooded, mountainous terrain as well as offering a portion of its terrain to the seaside communities along New Jersey’s shores. We are also known as “the garden state” from the writings of New Jersey’s first Attorney General,  Abraham Browning,  when in 1876  coined the phrase we now know and love today by comparing New Jersey to an “immense barrel” filled with good things to eat and open at both ends. Many feel our states nickname is keeping in true fashion by paying tribute to all the lush foliage and forests that can be found within our state lines. Unfortunately, New Jersey is  also known for being one of the top 7 states which consider the tick-borne disease  Babesiosis to be at an endemic levels.

Until recently there was no way to track the progression of this disease because it was not included within the states disease notification system. This year Babesiosis was added to the CDC’s list of  Nationally Notifiable Infectious Diseases. The list and the surveillance methods the CDC now uses to track and report the diseases on this list were originally started by the U.S. Marine hospital in 1878. The U.S. Marine hospital was the pre-cursor to the Public Health Service. This progression of charting and tracking infectious diseases within the U.S. changed hands up until 1961 when the CDC took over the responsibility of the collection of data and surveillance methods used to chart nationally notifiable diseases within the U.S. The list of Nationally Notifiable Infectious Diseases is periodically revised, as with the case of Babesiosis being added this year. At this point those whom are diagnosed with Babesiosis are not obligated to notify the CDC, notification of this particular disease at this point in time is voluntary. Just the opposite is true within the state of New Jersey itself, notifying the state health department is mandatory for physicians and health care workers when dealing with a patient with Babesiosis. Those cases reported go into the database to compile the annual reportable communicable disease report for the state of New Jersey. The list shows the diseases broken into a county-by-county analysis. You can view the current list by visiting

Tick-borne illnesses like Babesiosis are causing growing concerns in New Jersey and all over the US

Tick-borne illnesses like Babesiosis are causing growing concerns in New Jersey and all over the US

For those of you whom aren’t familiar with Babesiosis, the disease is caused by the parasite Babesia. This infection shows incredible similarities to the insect-borne disease Malaria. Many refer to it as such, by giving it the title of “America’s Malaria”.  Babesiosis however, is spread through the bite of a tick infected with the parasite and can also be spread via blood transfusions from donor to recipient. Babesia takes up residence within the red blood cells of its host. Symptoms of those infected with the disease closely mimic flu, and cold symptoms such as fever, chills and diarrhea. Babesiosis can in some cases lead to severe anemia, organ and respiratory failure and in some cases even death.

The tick, whether small or large, can harbor dangerous diseases and illnesses.

The tick, whether small or large, can harbor dangerous diseases and illnesses.

Recently the disease was found within the U.S. blood supply and is causing concern on a national level because of the lack of specific blood  testing for the disease. Because of the asymptomatic nature of the disease, especially with the early onset, many blood donors don’t even realize they could be sick. This paired with the lack of education and media about the disease is causing Babesiosis tainted blood to become a major concern.

Most cases of Babesiosis are resolved without any specific treatment. In more severe cases, however replacement of the patients red blood cells  may be necessary to halt the disease.


Tick tubes, busy at work in this landscape, are highly effective and safe for people and animals.

As with any insect-borne illness and disease of this type, the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is proven to be quite true. Preventing falling victim to an infected tick which is harboring the parasite that causes the disease is an utmost priority, especially in states where Babesiosis is considered endemic, such as New Jersey. Here is a list of preventative measures that will help keep you and your family safe from the disease…

  • Try to avoid tick infested areas. Ticks like  to reside in woods, tall grasses, areas with dense foliage and vegetation.
  • Take control of your property by having a licensed professional treat the area to kill and prevent infestations.
  • When venturing into a suspected “tick” area, dress appropriately and shower upon your return.
  • Conduct frequent “tick checks” of yourself and your clothing upon return from outside ventures, and any small children in the household.
  • Instilling the use of a tick abatement program, such as the use of tick-tubes, within your property.
  • Most importantly is to seek medical attention if you suspect you have a tick-borne illness, never overlook your bodies warning signs.

Steve Pazienza owner of Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel, NJ

Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel have become active advocates in the war on mosquito and tick-borne illnesses. We know first hand the despair and devastation contracting a tick-borne illness can cause. We offer a complete arsenal of services to help you win the battle of mosquito and tick-borne illnesses on your property. From our safe and effective barrier sprays to the highly effective tick tubes. Contact us today to learn more. Call us today for a free quote • (856) 793 – 2377 • email:

Dread Skeeter mosquito control by Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel

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.


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

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Dread Skeeter of Mosquito Squad tells Mosquitoes "bite me".

Would you pay about $3 a day to not have the worry of mosquitoes and ticks the entire season? For the same price as that fancy espresso latte’ you’re sipping on? The answer to most of us would be a undoubtedly YES.

Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel can spray your entire premise to ensure you stay mosquito and tick free this season by setting you up on our rotation to spray every 21 days throughout the entire season. We spray your entire perimeter each time we visit, not just the lawn, like many other companies do. We spray your mulch, ivy, bushes, around your deck, the lower part of all your trees and if you have a pool, we spray around that as well. If you have a garden we treat this area with our all natural spray. Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel does not spray your flowers and we are careful not to treat around any areas that have fish such as koi ponds. Mosquito Squad also never harms beneficial pollinators such as honeybees, we avoid treating areas that contain blossoms where those pollinators collect nectar and pollen.

Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel uses the same active ingredient that is found in your lice shampoos and tick collars. Treatment is safe for your domesticated pets as long as they are not in the yard when we spray. Each treatment we apply will have a residual of 21 days, so staying on our rotation cycle during the spring and summer months can ensure you and your family’s happiness and reduces the risk of dangerous mosquitoes and ticks.

Children enjoying a mosquito and tick free backyard

Children enjoying a mosquito and tick free backyard

Children and pets usually spend more time outdoors, so they are more at risk of contracting a dangerous insect-borne illness such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, Encephalitis , Ehrlichiosis and heartworms in pets. These groups are more vulnerable as well for the illness to become life threatening.

The spray itself kills mosquitoes and ticks on contact and then the residue on the plants will kill the new mosquitoes and ticks that enter your yard. Our service is automatic, so you don’t have to think about it, or call for scheduling . As a matter of fact, our service is effortless and it probably won’t even cross your mind with the absence of mosquitoes biting you.

If you have special circumstances that put you at risk for tick exposure such as property adjacent to the woods, property that contains a wood fence, property which has dense ground covering or dense trees and shrubbery, property which contains a brush, wood or compost pile and pets that are allowed outdoors, talk to your Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel representative about special safety measures that can help reduce tick exposure.

Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Mosquito Squad kills mosquitoes dead

Mosquito Squad’s solution is registered by the EPA ( Environmental Protection Agency), and has been deemed safe. If you are ready to be mosquito and tick free this season, give Mosquito Squad of Mt. Laurel a call today to get the ball rolling for a safe and pleasantly bite free season.(856) 793 – 2377  or email us at

Dread Skeeter mosquito control by Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel

Dread Skeeter mosquito control by Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel

Have you ever heard the old saying “if you can’t beat them, join them”? That is exactly what I did when I was searching for a company here in Mount Laurel to treat my lawn and yard for ticks. I have a natural wetland in my backyard and this area is not only a nirvana for mosquitoes but also for ticks because of the long grass that are common in a wetland setting.

I know first hand about the dangers of ticks, and especially the tick-borne illness’ that can inflict us. I suffered from Rocky Mountain spotted Fever a few years ago and didn’t catch it on time and now suffer permanent ramifications from the illness. Then again last year I thought I had another tick bite. Initially my physician did not take me seriously about the possibility of having another tick-borne illness. When my doctor finally tested me I was diagnosed with Ehrlichiosis.  Ehrlichiosis ( pronounced err-lick-ee-o-sis) is a bacterial infection  found all over the U.S. that is spread by the lone star tick, deer tick and the dog tick.

When the second illness was confirmed I had already been on weekly injections for five and a half years for the rocky mountain spotted fever. The rocky mountain spotted fever had already progressed to chronic by the time it was caught. The ehrlichiosis was transitioning to chronic when it was diagnosed but was caught early enough to treat with antibiotics. The rocky mountain spotted fever, along with the weekly injections to keep the disease in check have made it difficult for me to live in the manner I always had. Five years ago I ran a triathlon and now I cannot even run. The disease has also caused inflammation of my large joints and without the injections there are some days I can’t even take my hands above my head. My life has changed dramatically from the active lifestyle I had previously before these tick-borne illness’ invaded my body and life.The long term prognosis is frustratingly unknown as well, with side effects such as lymphoma , memory loss and loss of energy.

After the diagnosis of both the rocky mountain spotted fever and the ehrlichiosis I searched in vain for a company to treat my lawn and yard area for ticks. After an exhaustive search, I decided to buy a company that could properly treat for ticks, so I started Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel. I spray our garlic spray in my wetland and garden area  to help keep the ticks and the deer that carry the infected ticks at bay, I then spray the main property on a regular basis with our barrier spray.

Steve Pazienza owner of Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel, NJ

Mosquito Squad has made a huge difference for me. I am proud to own the Mosquito Squad of Mount Laurel. Now there is a reliable source for controlling ticks and mosquitoes in our New Jersey community. I know first hand the ill effects ticks can bring to our lives, therefore I am committed to helping all our customers stay tick free and educating them on the reality of ticks. Give us a call and we can discuss keeping your living areas safe and insect free this season. (856) 793 – 2377