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Chester & Delaware County PA Rainfall Greatly Affects Local Mosquito and Tick Populations

You have probably heard the idiom April showers bring May flowers more than once throughout your life. It means that the rains and precipitation of April are likely to give way to a flourish of blooming flowers come May.
However, even though April is a memory here at Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties, we know that the recent rains will cause more than just flowers to bloom; it will also cause mosquito populations to bloom as well!

Chester and Delaware County, Pennsylvania, gets 46 inches of rain per year. The US average is 39. Our recent rainy weather has increased the probability for a booming mosquito population this season. Mosquitoes, as well as ticks, can be greatly affected by storms and precipitation. The lack of, or abundance of, moisture readily available in the environment can influence their numbers and put a damper (no pun intended) on your outdoor living comfort.

There is nothing quite like enjoying the outdoors on a mild spring day. Flowers are beginning to show their colors, the buds on the trees are beginning to swell, the birds are busy feathering their nests and the air is fresh and alive with the excitement of the season. Then, you hear the buzz, feel a slight prick, and the magic of the moment ceases. Yes, the season brings more than just flowers it also brings the scourge of the mosquito!

Residents don’t fully realize the reality of just how little moisture is required to support a thriving mosquito population or all of the areas around their own homes where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Mosquitoes that live in close association with humans typically breed in containers that are holding water, from clogged gutters to birdbaths, planters, tarps, kiddie pools and even in items as small as a soda bottle cap.

How Rain Affects Mosquitoes


Mosquito eggs

Mosquitoes need water to be able to thrive; they lay their eggs in it and spend the first part of their life as water-dwelling insect before their wings have fully grown. The more rain, the more puddles, the more standing water and that means more places for mosquitoes to lay eggs. After storms and rain showers, it is important to inspect your property in order to address any areas in your yard that may have accumulated water. Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties works with homeowners to eliminate mosquitoes, ticks and other biting bugs from their yards. In order to enhance the value and effectiveness of any of our treatments, we have put together a page of helpful tips for homeowners dedicated to identifying and addressing which areas of your yard are likely breeding sites.

How Rain Affects Ticks

Ticks require three essential elements in any given environment to survive: warm temperatures, humidity and a plethora of potential hosts. Since ticks aren’t capable of drinking water they require a climate with enough humidity present to stay hydrated. Areas of greater rainfall increase the relative humidity present as a result of evaporation, thus making the ideal environment for ticks to thrive.

The season’s special moments, like so many others, spent trying to relish the glory of the outdoors begs the question; Is there anything that you can do to reduce mosquitoes and ticks and the threat of the vector-borne illnesses they carry in your West Chester, Newtown Square or Mainline backyard this year? Actually, there is.

Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties offers smart solutions for season-long mosquito and tick control. Mosquito and tick control is a group effort. By ensuring your yard is not a breeding ground, you can help reduce the populations within your yard and areas in close proximity to your home. We can ensure your property is pest-free this season so you can focus on the benefits and enjoyment of outdoor living.

Call Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties to learn more (610) 674-0799 or via email at [email protected].

Request a quote for mosquito and tick control at your Chester or Delaware County, PA property today!

Fake News Can Happen to You: Don’t Believe Every Tick Removal Home Remedy on Facebook

At Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties, we are looking out for you and your family. When it comes to lowering our clients’ risks for tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases, we leave no stone unturned or mosquito and tick-related myth we won’t try to debunk!

In today’s social media atmosphere, it can be difficult to sort between bad advice and good advice. While there is a surge of people looking for home remedies and do-it-yourself solutions – which is not a bad thing – there is an equal surge of response to the demand, leading to uninformed individuals posting bad advice.

Do NOT Remove a Tick with Peppermint Oil

With over a half a million views, a video has been circulating Facebook advising watchers to use peppermint oil to encourage embedded ticks to detach themselves. Take a moment to check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for expert advice on safe tick removal. You’ll quickly find that the peppermint oil advice is in direct contradiction to safe tick removal methods.

Social Media Myths Debunked

In fact, smothering a tick or stressing it out in anyway with common home remedies can increase your likelihood of contracting a tick-borne disease, like Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis, if the tick is infected. The stress can cause the tick to regurgitate saliva into your bloodstream which will hasten the speed at which a disease is passed on to humans from a tick bite. We’ve heard it all from using a hot match, hot lighter, nail polish remover, and petroleum jelly to “burn the tick off.” Please do not do any of these things.

Follow our recommendations for safe tick removal to remove a tick quickly and safely using pointy tweezers to slowly and carefully pull it out of your skin. Follow up by cleaning the bite with alcohol and save the tick in a sealed baggy with the date on it in case you develop symptoms of illness.

If you have any questions about tick safety, please give us a call. And to avoid tick bites at home, in your own backyard, call Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties to sign up for our tick control service (610) 595-4094 or via email at [email protected].

Request a quote for tick control at your Chester or Delaware County, PA property today!

How Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties Gives You the Freedom to Be You & Me

Here at Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties, we have many happy, loyal customers. It is not uncommon to have our clients approach us during a treatment and comment on how our service enabled them to enjoy a recent outdoor event peacefully. Or how our mosquito control and tick control service has given their family the freedom to truly spend time outdoors with no worries, no timelines and no limits!

Hearing custom feedback such as this is the reason we do what we do. Just listen to what some of our customers are saying:

I could not be happier that we chose this service and this company! To enjoy the outdoors without getting bit and piece of mind that our dogs are safe from ticks, it is money well spent. Highly recommend!

We hired Mosquito Squad to prepare our old farm for an outdoor Music Festival where everyone camps for the weekend. We didn’t see a single tick or mosquito the entire time. I am thrilled with this service. Thanks, Doug and Mark!!

Mosquito Squad did an excellent job of preparing our property for our daughter’s wedding. Given that all of the events were outside, having it bug free was critical. Although I did not originally arrange for an “event” spraying, once the Mosquito Squad arrived and understood the reason for the spray, they explained the importance of spraying once the tents and other event supplies were in place. They came back at the designated time the day before the event and sprayed everything! The spray left no residue on anything including the tables and the event was completely bug free. We had no mosquito bites ! I am very appreciative of the excellent professional service provided by the Mosquito Squad and will not hesitate to call them in the future!

This product is very EFFECTIVE! My neighbors all did it and we’ve been able to enjoy hanging out in our backyards w/o being eaten alive by gnats and mosquitoes as a result. I only wish we’d signed up earlier in the season – we were hiding in our homes May and June! Doug and his crew are very nice to work with.

Very professional. Super friendly and responsive. Best of all, this service provides peace of mind.

Great customer service !! 100 percent effective mosquito treatment!! Cant ask for more. Mosquito problem? Gotta call mosquito squad

The staff are friendly yet professional and are well trained. They show up when promised and even resprayed after an unexpected storm. Their products really work and made our yard a pleasant place to be.

I love this company! We could not sit outside even during the day and my grandchildren could not use our pool because of the attacking mosquitoes. Mosquito Squad is a very friendly and knowledgeable company. The men that come to the house are friendly. We had no problems with our dogs or the birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds that I love to feed. They saved the rest of our summer. I would refer them to everyone with tick and mosquito problems. ❤️

No matter what the occasion. No matter what the reason. Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties can give you the freedom to enjoy every minute! Contact us today at (610) 674-0799 or via email at [email protected].

Something Stinks in Chester & Delaware County, PA, and other creepy true stories!

Did you know that Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties can provide a layer of protection for nuisance insects in addition to mosquitoes and ticks?

That’s right. We can prevent and control many of the nuisance insects in your West Chester, Newtown Square and Mainline, PA, yard. Some of the pesky bugs that our treatment will help reduce are stink bugs, ants and even spiders!

 

West Chester, Newtown Square and Mainline Stink Bug Protection

Only a few decades ago, brown marmorated stink bugs were virtually non-existent in America, living only in Asia. However, research suggests they hitched a ride as a stowaway in packing crates or on various types of machinery into the US from Asia. The first documented specimen was collected in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in September 1998. Since their journey, these nuisance pests now reside in 44 states and 4 Canadian Provinces.

In addition to the negative odoriferous nature of these bugs, they also are responsible for extensive crop damage all over the US.

Here’s some food for thought:

In 2009 growers in the middle Atlantic region sustained significant losses to peaches, pears and apples to stink bugs. 2010 was documented to be even worse, with regional losses to apples alone exceeding $37 million. NOW THAT STINKS!

Other than crop damage, stink bugs pose no significant risk to humans or animals aside from their potential to invade our homes and cause a mess. Each year before winter hits, stink bugs find their way into homes to stay warm. Once they find a nice and toasty place to stay, stink bugs begin emitting pheromones that attract other stink bugs, and pretty soon, your home is the host of a stink bug soiree.

Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties professionals are well trained in treating the outside of your home for these pests. We use the same products for our stink bug treatments that are used for our mosquito control barrier treatments, although they are applied differently. For stink bug control, we treat your property in areas stink bugs converge once they have exited the home AND we spot treat above the foundation of your home to protect the areas where stink bugs enter.

We Provide Relief From Spiders and Ants in Your West Chester, Newtown Square and Mainline, PA, Yard

In the same way our proven barrier treatment works on protecting against stink bugs, it can also reduce the negative impact of other nuisance insects around your home.

Spiders

These scary arachnids can invade your property during certain seasons and nest in and around your home. Here in Pennsylvania, the wolf and house spider are the most common. The wolf spider can be quite intimidating but their venom does not cause necrosis. A bite from one is very painful and can lead to swelling and allergic reactions in some people. The house spider poses little health threat but can be very bothersome for homeowners. If you’re finding spiders in or around your Pennsylvania home chances are likely it is because your house offers a perfect environment and abundant food resources.

Ants

Ants are another nuisance insect that can cause problems in your PA landscape. Not only can their presence result in unsightly mounds around your yard and outdoor living spaces, some species are poisonous such as fire ants. Fire ants build dirt nests that form mounds, usually in open, grassy settings. They belong to the same family of insects as bees and wasps. A fire ant attaches itself to a person by biting with its jaws. Then, pivoting its head, it stings from its belly in a circular pattern at multiple sites causing pain and swelling, and can cause an allergic reaction in some people.

Our broad spectrum formula allows us to control many of the insects that try to enter your home such as spiders and ants. The manner in which our trained technicians treat your property plays a significant role in the effective reduction of nuisance insects on your property. We are not only aware of what types of insects to be cognizant of during specific times, but also where to treat in order to gain the most benefit. For example, we treat the foundation of your home in order to keep insects like spiders and stink bugs from entering.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties to learn more about controlling the nuisance insects in your backyard this season so you and your family can focus on enjoying the outdoors all season long! You can reach us at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

Fall Tick Control in Chester & Delaware County PA

Ticks Are Still Lurking As Chester & Delaware County, PA, Residents Welcome Fall

Just because summer has ended doesn’t mean we are out of the woods when it comes to ticks and the risk of tick-borne illness. Certain species of ticks, such as the deer tick (aka the blacklegged tick), are common in southeastern Pennsylvania and can remain active while in their adult stage from fall to spring as long as the temperature is above freezing.

The deer tick is capable of spreading illnesses such as Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, HGA (human granulocytic anaplasmosis), also known as Ehrlichiosis and Powasson Virus. Each of these tick-borne diseases is capable of making you, your pet or a member of your family very sick. In some cases, these illnesses can be fatal. Deer ticks are not only able to infect with a singular disease, in some instances, comorbid tick-borne illness is possible between Lyme Disease and Ehrlichiosis and Lyme Disease and Babesiosis.

The news that ticks can remain active throughout the fall and into the winter months may come as a surprise to many Pennsylvanians. It is a common misconception that once warm weather has passed so have the dangers of coming into contact with a potentially-infectious tick. Many residents also disregard the threat of adult deer ticks assuming that once they reach maturity they can longer transmit disease. In the northeastern United States, the most common “large” tick likely to bite humans and pets during the fall and winter months is the deer tick. According to the widely respected University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Center, Typically, about 50% of adult deer ticks are infected with Lyme bacteria.

How To Stay Protected From Fall & Winter Ticks In Southeastern PA

As you go about your fall and winter outdoor activities, remain vigilant about checking yourself, your children and your pets for ticks. Autumn in West Chester, Newtown Square and Mainline, PA, is a glorious time to be outdoors. The weather is mild, the leaves are starting to turn and it is one of the most preferred seasons for outdoor recreation.

Fall is one of the best times to plant trees, bulbs and other perennials to overwinter to ensure they thrive come spring. It is also a favored time to plant and harvest cool-weather vegetables. Just make sure you stay smart about tick control when carrying out these tasks in order to reduce your risk of coming into contact with ticks.

There is nothing quite like gathering with friends and family around the fire pit for s’mores and conversation. Maybe the outdoor man cave is more your style - having the home team over on your deck or porch while you revel in Sunday’s big game on the outdoor TV — halftime means a backyard quarter in the grass. No matter what outdoor living leisure activity you enjoy, it is likely ticks are lurking nearby.

Let’s not forget the upcoming Halloween and harvest holiday. Planning and placing the outdoor decor in honor of the season is an annual tradition enjoyed by many Pennsylvanians. Colorful pumpkins, gourds and mums — and the sweet treats enjoyed by trick-or-treaters. Don’t let the threat of ticks scare you inside!

The best place to start in becoming tick smart is by cleaning up your yard, and ensuring that all areas that your family plays in are free of excess brush and leaves. Ticks love places such as brick walls, patio retaining walls and fences so keep them maintained and treated on a regular basis. Keeping large warm-blooded animals such as deer out of your yard can be a real deterrent for ticks as well as eliminating tall grasses on the edge of your property or near any woods.

With Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties innovative, proactive and highly effective tick prevention and control services, we can help keep you and your family safe all year. We would love to hear from you! You can reach us at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

How Mosquito Squad Has Banded Together In Lieu of Hurricane Harvey In An Effort To Pay It Forward

You have probably heard the term pay it forward many times. It means to respond to a person’s kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else. This phenomenon is not new, it can not only brighten someone’s day, but it can change the course of someone’s life. The latter is the case when it comes to how Texans are banding together in lieu of the devastation caused by recent Hurricane Harvey.

On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey dropped 40-52 inches of rain on southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. The category 4 hurricane caused catastrophic flooding in its path and flash flooding in parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Wind from Harvey also resulted in damage to homes, buildings and widespread destruction.

Just as we pointed out in our recent blog article, How Will The 2017 Hurricane Season Affect Mosquito Populations?. What is important to realize is that along with property damage, injuries, loss of life and sheer devastation resulting from a hurricane, flooding from hurricanes can elevate mosquito populations and increase mosquito-borne illness and disease in their aftermath. The effects of which may not come to fruition until months down the road.

I recently reached out to Charles Boswell, owner of Mosquito Squad of Victoria and Cory Barcomb from Mosquito Squad of Houston to learn more about the way they are banding together to help those in need by treating the susceptible areas where mosquitoes spawn and thrive.

Charles Boswell described the feeling following the hurricane and how driving through the local neighborhoods to treat for mosquitoes made him feel like the “ice cream man” in a sense. Along with ensuring all of his customer’s mosquito control needs were taken care of he also volunteered his time and product to the local Boys & Girls Club, the FEMA camp that was stationed on the Victoria College campus, the Warriors Weekend group stationed at the local VFW and local churches. Even though Victoria did not see quite the amount of damage and devastation Harvey brought to neighboring Houston, anywhere he saw help was needed he would stop and spray.

The good news, Charles says, “aerial spray have taken place over the parts of the city hit the hardest and the subsequent weather they have been experiencing has been in there favor.”

My conversation with Cory Barcomb of Mosquito Squad of Houston, painted a different picture in my mind about the impact the storm has had on residents. Cory compared it to that of what you would see in a war zone. Cory said they worked hard to head off any mosquito issues at the pass before their presence had a chance to become a problem as soon as they were able to make it back to the shop. This team put in a lot of long hours and hard work to determine which areas were accessible each day due to the flooding. In many cases, the fastest routes to get to certain areas weren’t even an option.

Along with ensuring current customers were taken care of, Mosquito Squad of Houston also donated their products and services treated as many of the areas as they could to those in need. Cory was even asked to participate in a segment by local Click2Houston news to offer recommendations on what residents can do to reduce mosquito numbers and help reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illness:

Both Charles and Cory commented about the way Texans have pulled together to help one another to overcome the aftermath of Harvey from all angles. During my conversation with Cory from Mosquito Squad of Houston, he mentioned while navigating through the ravaged streets of Houston, immediately following the hurricane, seeing signs that read Texas strong.

Though it may take years to restore things as they once were, it is heartwarming and makes us all hopeful that Texas cannot only build things back as they once were, but build them back better. With this in mind, I look to the state motto of Texas; friendship. Texas actually comes from the Indian word tejas meaning friendship — it is in times like these, as we witness a state coming together as a whole to pay it forward that we truly realize the meaning behind that motto.

Mosquito Squad of Delaware & Chester Counties also wants to acknowledge the impact of Hurricane Irma on Florida and Puerto Rico, as well as the most recent Hurricane Maria. Know that our continued prayers and support are with all affected in these areas as well.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

You have probably seen signs around Chester and Delaware County for mosquito and tick control companies whose name closely resembles ours. Most consist of a two-word title with four syllables — much like our name — but that is where the similarities end.

Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties is part of the original mosquito control business. Nationwide, Mosquito Squad has become the most trusted mosquito and tick control company and the model to which others try to copy. As the founders of the pest control industry, no one has delivered more treatments, protected more families and covered more areas than Mosquito Squad — and the competition is not even close. We’re the Squad, protecting families locally and globally from the nuisance and dangers of mosquitoes.

  • We approach every day with a passion to do our best in every capacity possible so our clients can enjoy their yards and outdoor spaces.
  • We strive to provide extraordinary service in every aspect of our client relationships, from the first time we answer your phone call to continually treating your property with the utmost precision and respect.
  • We educate our consumers with factual knowledge and strong messages on how to avoid mosquito bites in memorable ways.
  • We use the highest- quality products available regardless of cost.
  • Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties is a vital part of the community. Assisting in local efforts to raise awareness of mosquito and tick-borne illness and disease.
  • We employ PA Certified and trained technicians.
  • Every job we do is 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back as our promise to you.


Doug and London attending the recent Citizens For A No-Kill event in Philadelphia. Pictured here with Samantha Holbrook, President, Citizens For A No-Kill Philadelphia.

  • We are dedicated to giving back, on a local scale to our Chester and Delaware County community through our efforts with Brandywine Valley SPCA and their annual Walk for Paws 5K event. Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties also supports our two local high school teams, Additionally, we donate our services to the local volunteer fire department along with donating to the Chester County hospital.
  • We are also dedicated to giving back on a global scale through our partnership with Malaria No More, by donating thousands of dollars to educate mothers and their children and providing them with tests, treatments and protective bed nets to avoid mosquito bites when they sleep.

Just as Oscar Wilde said in his well-known quote Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness it makes us proud that our competition tries to emulate Mosquito Squad — it is an indication that we are doing it right!

When it comes to protecting you and your family, don’t accept anything less than the original mosquito control company. Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties today at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

How Will The 2017 Hurricane Season Affect Mosquito Populations?

The Atlantic Hurricane season, which began on June 1st and will end on November 30th, is underway and predicted to be one of worst on record. Along with the devastation and tragedy caused by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and two more hurricanes are currently churning in the Atlantic.

On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey dropped 40-52 inches of rain on southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. The category 4 hurricane caused catastrophic flooding in its path and flash flooding in parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Wind from Harvey also resulted in damage to homes, buildings and widespread destruction.

Today, the East Coast sits on pins and needles waiting on where Irma, now a category 5 hurricane, will strike.

Taking into consideration the property damage, injuries, fatalities and sheer devastation resulting from a hurricane, it is also important to consider how storms such as these can elevate mosquito populations and increase mosquito-borne illness and diseases in their aftermath.

Mosquitoes need three elements to prosper and multiply. These are moisture of which to lay their eggs, blood to enable them to produce eggs and warm temperatures to stay active enough to seek out a blood meal. Post-hurricane conditions and the added precipitation created equal the perfect catalyst for a mosquito explosion.


Mosquito larvae and eggs in standing water

A recent article published by motherjones.com points our that severe flooding in urban areas creates an initial “flushing effect” that reduces mosquito populations for a short time. “Mosquitoes don’t like moving water because [the larvae] breathe through the surface of the water, and they need to stay stationary, essentially. But all the stagnant water left behind by an epic storm like Harvey enables the mosquitoes to surge back stronger than ever This creates a lot of potential habitats where the mosquito can breed, feed and thrive.

Hurricane-induced rains can affect not only the areas in the storm’s path, but also areas that receive increased precipitation as a result of its remnants. Just this past week, Chester and Delaware County PA felt the ripple effect of Harvey as showers bringing YTD precipitation totals to 32.4.

The good news is that as fall approaches, mosquito season will begin to wane before too long. Even as we approach cooler temperatures it is still important to continue to inspect your property for sources of standing water such as covers for outdoor furniture or grills, birdbaths, flower pots, wheelbarrows and much more. Please visit our How You Can Eliminate Mosquitoes and Ticks page for a complete list of areas to inspect.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties to learn more about keeping you and your loved ones safe from mosquitoes, ticks and other nuisane insects.
Give us a call at (610) 674-0799.

Say "I Do" to your mosquito-free outdoor wedding or special event this season

Ahhh, autumn in Chester and Delaware County is truly a sight to behold! The trees become a kaleidoscope of color set ablaze with amber, gold and scarlet tones. The entire state of Pennsylvania becomes the ideal photographer’s backdrop — the stuff that dreams are made of. No wonder fall is the most popular season for outdoor weddings and special events.

You only need to Google the term Pennsylvania fall weddings to see over 1 million results of romantic images and listed wedding venues gearing up for the season ahead.

With this in mind, ensuring nuisance insects such as mosquitoes and ticks don’t attend your event uninvited is a must. As we move into a new season, temperatures will still remain optimal for mosquitoes to bite and fall is prime tick season. It is important for your outdoor wedding, as is the case with any autumn outdoor event you have scheduled, to remember the mosquito and tick protection!

We are dedicated to the protection of your entire guest list from mosquito bites, from the host(s) all the way to the entertainment. Many event planners agree: an outdoor wedding adds a romantic element by integrating the outdoors in such a way that cannot be replicated. However, when a couple is celebrating this monumental occasion, mosquito bites can kill the romance even into the honeymoon. Invite Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties to your wedding ahead of the occasion to keep the mosquitoes from joining the party.

Take a look at the wedding album photos from a couple that decided not to call the Squad in advance of their big day:

Make sure when you say I do this season, you’re not allowing nuisance insects to ruin your special day.

As part of our special event mosquito control service, we will treat the area for your planned West Chester, Newtown Square, or Mainline PA area outdoor event, or celebration, with one-time application of our barrier control treatment that adds protection against outdoor pests, such as mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Our trained technicians will treat the area before the event, creating an odorless barrier, eliminating mosquitoes prior to your wedding, reception or other outdoor special events. Along with residential and commercial settings, we can also treat your hospitality venue.


Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties applying a special event treatment for an upcoming wedding at Greystone Hall.

Contact us today to learn how we can work together to make your party a pest-free success! Give us a call at (610) 674-0799.

Chester & Delaware County, PA, Back to School Mosquito Control

The first day of school is right around the corner! Chester Upland school district and Delaware County schools are preparing to open their doors for the 2017/2018 school year and parents all over Chester & Delaware Counties are busy getting school supplies. While you are out gathering the basics; notebooks, pencils, attire or even uniforms, have you given much thought to what the kids will be doing when the dismissal bell rings each afternoon?

Depending on the age of your youngster, chances are, they will head to the backyard upon arriving home from school each day. After securing an afterschool snack and finishing their homework (umhum), elementary-school-aged kids will most likely be ready for backyard play to get rid of some of that energy from being in the classroom all day.

If your child is involved in Fall sports through his/her school or a local athletic program after school is the perfect time for practice. Though many teams schedule on site practice times for participants, most likely your child will want to practice at home in order to refine their skills and gain confidence come game time!

With all of this in mind, it is safe to assume that keeping your backyard free of dangerous mosquitoes and ticks is high on the priority list for parents. Many West Chester, Newtown Square and Mainline, PA, homeowners assume that once Labor Day has come and gone, there is no longer a need for mosquito and tick control services. However, in reality, nothing is farther from the truth. The autumn is a period when mosquitoes and ticks are both active and still in search of a host for a blood meal.

Ticks, in particular, are not just a summer season problem. While some types of ticks may slow down when it gets colder, others are just getting started. The Deer Tick, (aka Blacklegged tick), which is responsible for Lyme Disease and Powasson Virus, is one of the species that is very active throughout the fall.

The Keystone state leads the nation in Lyme Disease cases. In fact Pennsylvania had 7,351 confirmed cases of the disease in 2015 which accounted for nearly a quarter of all U.S. cases. You can read more about how PA is affected by Lyme Disease in our recent article Pennsylvania the “Bull’s Eye” for Lyme Disease? This data lays the foundation for residents to take their tick control VERY seriously.

The best way to keep your family protected from the discomfort of being bitten and reduce your risk of vector-borne illness is to avoid the bite by eliminating the source. Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties offers a combination of techniques to get rid of mosquitoes and ticks in your yard and keep them from coming back.

So, as a new season emerges and a new school year begins, know that our mosquito control tick control services can ensure your backyard will remain a place of recreation, creativity, and enjoyment for your entire family!

Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties at (610) 674-0799 to stay protected all season.

For those who think a tick-borne illness will never affect them...

When you think of illnesses spread by ticks, Lyme Disease probably comes to mind. It makes sense. After all, it’s arguably the most publicly discussed tick-borne illness, at least in the United States and especially here in Pennsylvania.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Lyme Disease statistics, the Keystone State is one of the 14 states listed responsible for 95% of all confirmed Lyme Disease cases in 2015. According to a 2016 article from Physicians Weekly, Pennsylvania came in at #5 as one of the 12 worst states for Lyme Disease. PA had the highest number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease in 2014. There were 50.6 cases of the disease for every 100,000 state residents, more than in all but four other states on the list.

With all the data, charts, lists and numbers that point to our home state as being the big, bad wolf for Lyme Disease, chances are likely you or someone you love has been affected by the illness. However, Lyme Disease is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to tick-borne illness. It seems as though the ever-evolving tick is responsible for the spread of a new illness or bacteria every season. This year’s culprit is Powassan Virus, also known as POW. POW is a viral infection that can impact the nervous system, memory, thinking and balance.

With the plethora of new diseases, new facts and findings on the rise, many PA residents have become numb to the warnings that accompany tick-borne illness. Many take the mindset of “oh, I am careful, that will never happen to me.” However, NOTHING could be farther from the truth.

Here is the true story of a member of our own marketing team’s brush with tick-borne illness:

The rash popped up on a typical warm, spring day while having a relaxing conversation with the Mother of one of my daughter’s closest friends. A play date for our girls. Some much-needed friend time for me. A win/win from all angles. The rash, which was brought to my attention by the Mother of my daughter’s friend was along the top of my arms and legs. I brushed it off as a little sensitivity to outdoor allergens, or even the sun, with me having such a fair complexion. The rash came and went without any cause for concern.

Then came the headaches. I have a history of migraines, so having a headache is just the “norm” for me. Anyone who has a history of migraines knows what to do and what is the best way to overcome one. My recipe for recovery is a dark cool room, headache medicine and a nap — Worked like a charm and again, as with the rash, I went on with my life without any cause for concern.

The timing of the appearance of the rash and the headaches were in line with my beloved Father becoming gravely ill. In early May of this same year, he was rushed to the hospital with what was thought to be a stroke. His illness turned out to be much more. I was his sole caregiver and began my ride on the roller coaster of emotions, exhaustion and difficult decisions.

It was at this point when I started to feel lethargic. All I wanted to do was sleep. I was physically and mentally exhausted. I was about two-weeks into my Father’s three-month hospital stay when these feelings began. Naturally, I chalked it up to being up day and night at the hospital helping to care for him. You see, my Father was not only diagnosed with having a prior stroke, but he was also diagnosed with dementia, heart issues and Alzheimer’s. Some days he was lucid and some days he was not. I wanted to make sure I was there on the days (and nights), he was my “Dad” again, even if it was only for a fleeting moment.

As the weeks turned into months, my Father’s health deteriorated. During my endless trips to the hospital and back home, day and night. I went through a series of what I can look back on and clearly see as symptoms of a tick-borne illness. These included:

  • Huge dark circles under both of my eyes — which I blamed on a lack of sleep.
  • Nausea and lack of appetite — I blamed this on the traumatic life event I was going through.
  • A strange feeling like being “turned inside out” — Again, I blamed this on the situation and seeing my Father’s health continue to decline.

My Father passed away in August of that year. I felt horrible. I was heartbroken, sad and grieving the loss of the most amazing man I ever knew. Two weeks after his funeral, on a Sunday afternoon. I arose from watching TV on the couch and realized at that point something physical was wrong with me — I could not walk without stumbling from side to side, my balance was completely gone. I have never had vertigo, nor is there a history of it in my family. I immediately contacted my doctor. I was his first patient that very next Monday morning.

Diagnosis: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
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Amongst our team we also have a mother, father, brother and a niece who have also experienced tick -borne illness first hand. Infection can affect each person very differently, from the textbook symptoms to being sick and not even knowing you’re infected until the illness reaches a critical stage. Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties is quick to point out that symptoms for tick-borne illnesses vary depending on the pathogen, but the most common are fever and chills, aches, and rashes.

Vector-borne illness is real. It can happen to you or a member of your family. Mosquitoes and ticks are not picky about their host(s), and just like playing a game of Russian roulette these vectors are unidentifiable and can strike anyone, at any time. The best way to avoid infection is through education, prevention and control.

You can learn more about keeping you and your family protected from vector-borne illness through the prevention and control of mosquitoes and ticks by visiting our website.

Mosquito Squad brings nationwide attention to eliminating mosquitoes in YOUR backyard

The Fox News Channel recently featured licensed contractor and TV host, Jason Cameron, as he shared Mosquito Squad’s smart tips for preventing mosquitoes in your backyard.

During the segment of Fox & Friends, Cameron helped viewers identify sources where water can accumulate in your backyard in order to eliminate mosquito breeding sources. He walked Saturday morning viewers through several common backyard scenarios to gain a better understanding of controlling the environment in order to deter mosquitoes using Mosquito Squad’s 7 T’s.

From standing water in a kiddie pool, toys in a sandbox, yard clippings and debris, gutters and even tarps and covers over outdoor items, Cameron showed how these areas can collect moisture and entice mosquitoes to breed.

 

  • TIP: Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water and help eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Such as sandboxes, toys, and wagons. Also, planting saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include gutter downspouts and flat roofs.
  • TOSS: Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yard as these areas are ripe for mosquito breeding.

  • TURN: Turn over large yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
  • TARPS/REMOVE: If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats, or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water. Remove them or keep them pulled tight. Unused tarps should be folded and stored under a roof or inside.
  • TAKE CARE: Take care of home maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water. Areas where water pools, such as near faucets or water spouts, leaking irrigation systems, clogged gutters, all of these places offer a breeding haven for mosquitoes.

  • TEAM UP: Despite taking all precautions in and around your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property. In addition, Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties offers discounts for neighbors that team up in creating a mosquito-free atmosphere on their street or in their cul-de-sac.
  • TREAT: Our barrier treatment program along with these common sense practices reduces mosquito breeding areas on your property and help eliminate mosquitoes. Our barrier treatment eliminates mosquitoes that are present on your property and prevents more from taking up residence for up to 21 days. By reducing the number of mosquitoes on your treated property, you can literally eliminate billions of mosquitoes this season — rain or shine!. Not only will eliminating these mosquitoes offer you the freedom and peace of mind to enjoy the outdoors, it will also reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard that could potentially be carrying disease.

Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties has the perfect solution for your mosquito control needs. Along with our traditional barrier treatment, we also offer essential oil-based mosquito control and convenient mosquito misting systems. Contact us today to learn more at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

Labor Day may mark the official last "hurrah" of the summer, but not for mosquitoes

Labor Day is for many Chester and Delaware County residents the official last hurrah of the summer. A day when friends and family gather to enjoy the spoils of the great outdoors and a way to ensure a wonderful 3-day weekend. The holiday itself was established to honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, and American families have been celebrating the event every since.

Chances are likely that you have an outdoor celebration, dinner party or backyard barbecue planned for the upcoming occasion. As the host, you have probably begun planning the menu, decorations, paper goods and activities for the event. Before you finalize the guest list, have you considered how you intend to keep the mosquitoes away?

If you’re hosting the big summer send off in your West Chester, Newtown Square or Mainline area backyard, you’ll need to prepare now for what nature could bring. Along with umbrellas for shade and sunscreen for UV protection, you’ll also want to ensure your guests don’t spend the entire day swatting bugs. Without asking people to cover themselves in stinky spray, you can intercept the annoyance this Labor Day with our mosquito barrier treatment. Our mosquito control is perfect for establishing and maintaining a mosquito-free yard, without worrying about mosquitoes and ticks and their potential to spread vector-borne illness. Our service gives you peace of mind and allows you and your guests to focus on the fun of the occasion.

Whether you are interested in a one-time special event treatment or want to remain protected the remainder of the season, we offer the perfect mosquito and tick control option to fit your individual circumstances.

Labor Day weekend is a time to spend in your back yard enjoying the weather! We are offering special end-of-season pricing! Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties to schedule your treatment — don’t delay — as Labor Day approaches, spots are filling fast.

Contact us today to learn more at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

Is Pennsylvania the "Bull's Eye" for Lyme Disease?

Here in West Chester, Newtown Square and Mainline areas, most residents have experienced the perils of Lyme Disease first hand. Whether the disease has affected a family member, a friend, or a friend of a friend, the reality of Lyme Disease is all too common among Pennsylvanians.

As we move into the autumn, ticks and the illnesses they carry, are a primary concern in backyards all over Pennsylvania. While ticks can remain active all year-long if the weather conditions are right, the adult stage of the deer tick is most active during the seasonal weather changes between summer and fall. Adult deer ticks are most common and pose the biggest threat during the month of October in much the same way the nymph deer tick is most active as the weather changes between spring and summer.

There is a misconception that only tiny, nymph ticks are capable of spreading illnesses such as Lyme Disease. This is certainly not true as these ticks are capable of spreading disease during the adult phase.

Did you know that Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease cases? The fact is, we had 7,351 confirmed cases of the disease in 2015 which accounted for nearly a quarter of all U.S. cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the actual number of Lyme cases is in reality about 10 times higher because many cases go unreported.

Thousands of Pennsylvanians suffer from chronic Lyme Disease, based on statistics from the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). About 40 % of Lyme Disease patients end up with long-term health problems.

Congress and Pennsylvania’s General Assembly recently passed legislation addressing Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses, but without a cash commitment. However, Pennsylvania spends $2 million a year tracking West Nile Virus and spraying for the mosquitos that carry West Nile. Since the state began tracking the disease in 2000, Pennsylvania in only two years has had 60 or more confirmed human cases of West Nile.

In a recent artlicle from Public Opinion, advocates are urging government to fund research for Lyme Disease. This comes in light of the sheer number of new cases of Lyme in PA, which increases each year. Additionally, the 2017 tick season is predicted to be one of the worst based on the mild winter the area experienced.

With this in mind, One of the best ways to reduce your risk of contracting a tick-borne illness is to reduce your risk of coming into contact with a tick in the first place. When venturing into unprotected, untreated areas it is crucial to exercise common sense practices when venturing into areas where ticks are likely. The CDC provides a helpful guideline for hikers and campers outlining the best way to stay protected.

Here on the homefront, Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties offers a combination of techniques to get rid of ticks in your yard and keep them from coming back. First, we treat the entire property with our barrier control application, which eliminates adult ticks on contact. This treatment will last for up to 21 days before it has to be reapplied.

Once the mosquito treatment is in place, we can then place tick tubes in strategic locations throughout your yard to entice mice — the main host for Lyme Disease. The biodegradable tubes are filled with treated cotton that the mice will naturally use to build their nests. Most juvenile ticks get their first taste of blood from mice, so they are exposed to the treatment when they go to feed. Our dual approach to tick control program reduces your risk of coming into contact with a tick that could potentially infect you with Lyme Disease.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties at (610) 674-0799 for more information about our tick control and prevention service.

So you think it won't happen to you

Though they may weigh a fraction of an ounce and live, at most, a month or two, mosquitoes have been called the deadliest animal in the world.

This description of the mosquito was made famous by Bill Gates when in 2014, he published on his Gates Notes blogs using this as the title. The blog compiled research from the World Health Organization in regards to the number of people killed each year by different animals. The mosquito sits in #1 position as the most lethal animal to human beings in the world.

Most mosquitoes are merely a nuisance. But bites from some species can have deadly consequences. Mosquitoes — or more accurately the illness and disease they carry — kill about one million people per year. A huge percentage of these deaths occur mostly in tropical and subtropical regions where the insects thrive. By contrast, sharks, perhaps the most feared animal on the planet, kill about 10 people annually.

Note the graphic from the Gates Foundation above was compiled in 2014, since then the numbers of deaths each year from mosquito-borne illness has risen to an estimated one million.

Now, here is where the title of our story comes into play; so you think it won’t happen to you.
There is a misconception based on the fact many of the deaths occurring from mosquito-borne illnesses are happening in tropical and subtropical regions and those of us living in the US are not affected. However, mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Zika Virus and others infect, debilitate and even kill here in the US.

Let’s take a look at the 2016 Mosquito-Borne Disease Year in Review from Vector Disease Control International to see the real numbers:

West Nile Virus (WNV)

As of January 17, 2017, 47 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes in 2016. Overall, 2,038 cases of WNV were reported in humans, and there were 94 confirmed deaths (4.61%) in 2016. The total is a slight improvement from 2015, where there were 2,060 human cases and 119 confirmed deaths (5.8%).

According to preliminary map data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 16 confirmed cases of West Nile in Pennsylvania in 2016 resulting in 2 deaths.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

Although preliminary, five human cases of EEE were reported nationally in 2016. In 2015, there were six reported human cases of EEE and 50% of those cases were fatal.

Zika VIrus

As of January 4, 2017, within the US, there were 216 cases of ZIKV locally and 4,619 travel associated cases reported to the CDC in 2016. The 216 local cases, from the states of Florida and Texas, have received the most attention from the US media. The US territories (Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and several other US territories) experienced a total of 35,021 locally-acquired cases were reported in 2016.

Prevention and Control is Key

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid coming into contact with a mosquito. Taking chances with mosquitoes is like playing a game of Russian roulette because there is no way of telling which mosquitoes may be harboring a virus or illness. By combining your vigilant efforts to control mosquito breeding sites on your property with our proven methods of controlling and eradicating existing mosquitoes, we can help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illness before it begins.

Contact us today to learn more at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

Wet weather and summer heat are the perfect recipe for mosquitoes

Summer is a great time to be outside. It is the season of fewer rules and more relaxation. It is a time when we let go of our inhibitions and take an afternoon dip in the pool or maybe invite neighbors over for a hump-day backyard barbecue or let the kids play outside past dusk.

Summer is also the season for pop-up afternoon thunderstorms and a greater chance of precipitation. Thunderstorms thrive under certain conditions. The two most basic elements that cause a thunderstorm to develop are moisture and rapidly rising warm air. It just makes sense that they would occur more often in the spring and summer months. It also makes sense that mosquito populations also increase under these conditions, because they thrive in warm, wet weather!

Just as we pointed out in our recent article A little rain now means lots of mosquitoes later…, the West Chester, Newtown Square and Mainline, PA, areas have experienced their fair share of wet weather lately, and that means a surge in mosquito populations. Mosquitoes multiply rapidly and prefer laying their eggs near or within water. Most mosquito eggs hatch within 24-48 hours and this cycle will continue as long as the conditions are right. Just a small amount of water is needed for mosquitoes to reproduce. It is important for residents to be proactive and inspect their property removing any items that may hold water.

We achieve 90% reduction on the first barrier treatment. Our formula immediately eradicates existing mosquitoes and ticks on contact, so realistically, the reduction is almost immediate. Continuing our mosquito and tick control program will ensure residual protection for the entire time you are on the service, rain or shine. This means that just because it rains in the area on the day of your treatment, doesn’t necessarily mean the treatment was ineffective. We treat your whole area including targeted surfaces such as the underside of leaves and shaded areas; which tend to be protected from the rain. Additionally, due to the microencapsulation residual of our product, when it has dried (30 minutes) rainwater will not easily wash away the product. If you notice it not being effective, please call us and we will come out for another visit at no additional cost to you.

During each treatment, our technicians carefully inspect your property and eliminate or treat standing water, a potential mosquito breeding site, with a larvacide. This stops the life cycle of the mosquito at the larvae stage, so they cannot become adults. Then our technicians will treat to eliminate any adult mosquitoes and ticks currently on your property. This also builds a barrier against any mosquitoes or ticks that enter your yard after treatment from other areas. Our technicians will return to your property approximately every 21 days to inspect and maintain this barrier, but it is crucial for you to conduct regular inspections on your property to eliminate any areas of standing water in order to maintain a mosquito/tick-free property for the life of the treatment.

Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties has the perfect solution for your mosquito control needs. Along with our traditional barrier treatment, we also offer essential oil-based mosquito and tick control and convenient mosquito misting systems. Contact us today to learn more at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

Mosquito Documentary Brings Reality to Severity of Mosquito Concerns Around the Globe

In the wake of the Discovery channels much anticipated Shark Week was the premier of the documentary film Mosquito. The film, which was shot on four continents and featured insight from leading experts as well as Bill Gates, make the arrival of Shark Week sound tame. The mosquito is known as the deadliest animal in the world, trumping those injured or killed by sharks, bears, and other large species include murder by human hands annually as they are responsible for over ONE MILLION deaths each year.

According to the Discovery documentary, today, rapid environmental shifts like the changing climate and the ease of international travel for both humans and goods have only increased the threat mosquitoes and the illnesses they pose, hastening their spread around the globe. As some mosquitoes are now able to survive and thrive in places they have never before – including Brazil, Florida, and as far north as Washington D.C. and New York – they are bringing diseases like Zika, Dengue, and Yellow Fever to uncharted and unprepared parts of the world.

How?

How does a tiny mosquito become by far the most dangerous animal in the world? The film opens within a meeting of the Zika emergency response team in Puerto Rico, where about 10% of all the Zika infections are showing up in pregnant women between themes of 15-40-years-old. Puerto Rico was among the hardest hit with Zika, where the CDC had estimated one-in-four adults would become infected with Zika in the first year, and unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. The Zika virus itself is a sign of a much greater threat. The only way an obscure disease like this explodes into a global epidemic is because of the delivery system — the mosquito.

Take, for example, Zika, from its discovery in 1947 in East Africa and Uganda until 2007, there were only 14 documented cases. Right now it estimated that 1/3 of the entire population will at some point become infected with the illness. This is proof alone that the world is changing at a dramatic rate.

Zika is just one of the many mosquito-borne illnesses which as a sum of all its parts are responsible for killing over 750,000 each year. This includes the ever-increasing incidence of Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, and of course, Malaria which is estimated to kill one child every two minutes.

In the amount of time it has taken you to read this far into the article, 2 children have perished from Malaria.

Why?

Think about that for just a minute. If an infectious illness shows up in populations that have no immunity, cases are sure to skyrocket. Mosquitoes are prime vectors for disease.Though over 3,500 different species of mosquitoes have been classified, only a very tiny number of these are responsible for spreading disease. These are:

  • The Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger Mosquito) — which is known as a day biting mosquito feared for its ferocious bite and easily identified by the distinct black and white striped markings of its namesake, the tiger.
  • The Culex Pipiens — known as the most common mosquitoes on earth.
  • The Anopheles Gambiae — strictly feeds on human known as the deadliest bite in the animal kingdom.
  • The Aedes Aegypti — known as a people loving urban dweller and associated with the Zika virus outbreaks.

The film Mosquito helps bring to light the ever-evolving unpredictability of the mosquito and the increasing global threat that this tiny insect poses while raising the point that without an internationally coordinated effort, the world and its citizens are at risk for a historic pandemic that could put billions at risk of a fatal infection.

Prevention is Key

Controlling the mosquito and reducing the incidence of mosquito-borne illness gives new credence to the phrase “it takes a village”, however reducing your risk begins in your own backyard. Common sense practices such as eliminating areas that may increase the mosquito’s ability to breed and prosper, such as any areas where moisture can accumulate, is a good starting point. Gaining knowledge of mosquito control best practices in your area is also crucial in battling this tiny, yet monumental killer.

Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties would like to thank our partner, Malaria No More for their contributions in making the documentary.

Part of our partnership with Malaria No More has resulted in one billion mosquito nets being distributed in Africa since 2000 and Mosquito Squad is proud to be a part of this effort in conjunction with various global health organizations and multinational corporations.

Mosquitoes and Ticks Don't Take a Holiday

Just because the excitement of the Fourth of July holiday is behind us until next year doesn’t mean mosquitoes or ticks will be less eager to strike. Here in West Chester, Newtown Square and on the Mainline, there is still a whole outdoor living season ahead.

No matter how momentous the occasion, keep in mind that mosquitoes and ticks don’t take a holiday. Due to their cold-blooded nature, mosquitoes are most active when temperatures are above 80-degrees and only begin to shut down when temperatures dip below 50-degrees. The risk of certain mosquito-borne illnesses also increases into the mid-to-late-summer months. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most human infections of West Nile Virus occur from June through September. In addition, ticks love warm weather as they are active when the ground temperature is above 45-degrees. With all the summer we still have ahead, now is not the time to consider backing down from keeping you and your family protected.


Summer has only just begun!

Now is the time to think about guarding against mosquitoes and ticks and the dangerous illnesses they carry past Independence day, past your summer vacation and into the remainder of the season, summer through fall. Don’t allow a false sense of security to put you and your family at risk.

Mosquitoes and ticks can ruin the time you spend outdoors. They can also influence the comfort and safety of your guests during outdoor events. However, with the effective mosquito control and tick control services from Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties, you can rest easy of all these worries. We are here to safeguard you and your family from these annoying pests. Having been in operation for many years now, all our previous and current customers can attest to our reliability and high level of expertise. Using our integrated pest management approach (IPM), we will help you eradicate all the annoying pests from your yard. We will help you control mosquitoes, ticks and even fleas; ensuring that your outdoor spaces are livable all season!

Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties today to learn more. We offer many treatment options available to fit your individual needs. You can reach us at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

Remember, mosquitoes and ticks don’t take a holiday, and your strategy to control them shouldn’t either!

Just Ask -- Answers to Your Mosquito Squad Questions

There is a common misconception that all mosquito control services are the same. However, this is certainly not the case. At Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties, we are really great at listening to your questions and problems about mosquito control for your property.

Mosquito Squad originally invented the protective barrier treatment to help outdoor lighting installers fight the bite while working. Yes, we are the original mosquito control business, and yes, we have protected more than 100,000 backyards. The products we use and the manner in which we apply them are superior. With this in mind, Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties wants to address many of the questions we receive from area residents and clients alike…

How long does it take to achieve the 85-90% reduction in the mosquito populations on my West Chester, Newtown Square or Mainline, PA, property?

We achieve 85-90% reduction on the first barrier treatment. Our formula immediately eradicates existing mosquitoes on contact, so realistically, the reduction is almost immediate. Continuing the program will ensure residual protection for the entire time you are on the service. During your first treatment, our technicians carefully inspect your property and eliminate or treat standing water, a potential mosquito breeding site, with a larvacide. This stops the life cycle of the mosquito at the larvae stage, so they cannot become adults. Then our technicians will treat to eliminate any adult mosquitoes currently on your property. This also builds a barrier against any mosquitoes that enter your yard after treatment from other areas. Our technicians will return to your property approximately every 21 days to inspect and maintain the barrier.

If I have my yard treated, but my neighbor does not, does it still work?

Yes. Mosquitoes do not respect fences or property lines, but our treatment creates an invisible barrier around your property that eliminates mosquitoes that come into your property from other areas. Sometimes a mosquito might fly into your yard and bite you before feeding or resting on the treated surfaces. Other than that rare bite, you will find that the number of mosquitoes is greatly reduced.

What precautions should I take for pets that venture outdoors?

We use only enough product to target a 2.5 milligram mosquito. Unlike mammals, mosquitoes lack enzymes to break down the product, which means we can use a very small amount strategically placed to achieve control of nuisance pests. It only takes a particle to contact such a small organism on a targeted surface and have an acute effect. In comparison, a small pet is about 6 kilograms (that’s 6 million milligrams or 2.4 million times as big). All we ask is that you stay out of the treated area for 30 minutes until the treatment dries. Once the product is dry, it does not rub or wipe off easily, so children and pets can continue playing as they would do normally, only without becoming a mosquito’s dinner.

Can my children play in the yard during a Mosquito Squad treatment?

When treating a yard, we ask that the homeowner and children stay inside while we treat and for 30 minutes after the treatment is completed, which allows the product to dry. After that, they are free to enjoy their backyards and other outdoor living spaces. Quite frankly, it is no different from staying off of your lawn for a recommended period of time after a lawn treatment has been applied. We inform each homeowner of this recommendation prior to spraying and if you are not home, we leave a notice alerting you to the time and date we sprayed.

Will rain dilute or affect my treatment?

Targeted surfaces are the underside of leaves and shaded areas; these tend to be protected from the rain. Additionally, due to the microencapsulation residual of our product, when it has dried (30 minutes) rainwater will not easily wash away the product. If you notice it not being effective, please call us and we will come out for another visit at no additional cost to you.

What are the products you use?

All products used by Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties are used according to the label and are registered with the EPA. We are licensed in Pennsylvania to properly use them. The class of products can be found in many household products like head lice shampoos, pet flea and tick treatments, and many agricultural applications such as standard treatments for fruit and ornamental plants.

Will the treatment harm my plants?

All Mosquito Squad treatments are designed to be as gentle as possible on organisms other than the targeted pests. Our treatment is achieved with products frequently used
in the agricultural industry. We do not treat vegetables or herb gardens unless asked to do so. Treat all edibles from your garden like you would store bought ones by washing them prior to consumption. We do not treat vegetable and herb gardens and our technicians take extra care to avoid these areas.

Will your treatment harm beneficial insects?

Some of Mosquito Squad’s treatments can affect other insects in addition to the targeted pests. For instance ticks, gnats, flies and fleas that are in direct contact with the spray during application, will be eliminated. However, care is taken to minimize contact damage to other insects. For instance, we avoid spraying blooming plants that attract honeybees. Once dry, the treatment should not impact insects that do not frequent the target surfaces.

I have a fish/koi pond, will the treatment affect my fish?

Some of Mosquito Squad’s treatments can harm aquatic life. Mosquito Squad technicians are trained to carefully treat around the pond to provide protection for your family without harming the investment you have made in your pond and fish. Additionally, in some cases we may recommend our essential oil treatment or hybrid application for homeowners with fish ponds.

Does it really work?

Yes it does, and we guarantee it. While no service can offer 100% protection from every mosquito, you should notice an enormous reduction of 85-90% percent in the mosquito population in your yard. If you don’t experience this reduction and are not completely satisfied, we come out for another visit at no charge to you. If we are unable to resolve the issue to your satisfaction, we will gladly refund any unused portion of your payment.

Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties cares about you and the community and we welcome questions from you. We strive to provide extraordinary service in every aspect of our client relationships, from the first time we answer your phone call to continue treating your property with the utmost respect. Contact us today at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

A little rain now means lots of mosquitoes later...

There’s is no denying the West Chester, Newtown Square and Mainline, PA, areas have experienced their fair share of wet weather lately. In addition, the region has seen cooler-than-usual temperatures for the season almost reminiscent of fall. This type of weather is great for our seasonal flowers, plants and grass, but spells trouble for those looking to enjoy time outdoors because standing water from recent rains has created the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The inevitable arrival of warmer weather is upon us after many rainy days. With this in mind, residents are finally able to enjoy all the seasonal outdoor living activities they love with one caveat; moisture and warm weather equals lots of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes multiply rapidly and prefer laying their eggs near or within water. Most mosquito eggs hatch within 24-48 hours and this cycle will continue as long as the conditions are right. Just a small amount of water is needed for mosquitoes to reproduce. Even items as small as soda cap can be enough water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs in. It is important for residents to walk around their property and remove any items that may hold water or make sure they are replacing the water often in items such as bird baths.


Mosquito eggs

As we pointed out in our recent article, A Frightening Equation: How ONE Female Mosquito Can Spawn Billions In Your Chester Or Delaware County Backyard, one female mosquito can spawn over one billion mosquitoes in just four short weeks within an untreated backyard. This means it is imperative to regularly inspect your property, especially following periods of rain. Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties provides a checklist of common sense practices to help reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on your property - we call these the 7 T’s of mosquito prevention.

  • TIP: Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water and help eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Such as sandboxes, toys, and wagons. Also, planting saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include gutter downspouts and flat roofs.
  • TOSS: Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yard as these areas are ripe for mosquito breeding.
  • TURN: Turn over large yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
  • TARPS/REMOVE: If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats, or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water. Remove them or keep them pulled tight. Unused tarps should be folded and stored under a roof or inside.
  • TAKE CARE: Take care of home maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water. Areas where water pools, such as near faucets or water spouts, leaking irrigation systems, clogged gutters, all of these places offer a breeding haven for mosquitoes.
  • TEAM UP: Despite taking all precautions in and around your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property. In addition, Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties offers discounts for neighbors that team up in creating a mosquito-free atmosphere on their street or in their cul-de-sac.
  • TREAT: Our barrier treatment program along with these common sense practices reduces mosquito breeding areas on your property and help eliminate mosquitoes. Our barrier treatment eliminates mosquitoes that are present on your property and prevents more from taking up residence for up to 21 days. By reducing the number of mosquitoes on your treated property, you can literally eliminate billions of mosquitoes this season — rain or shine!. Not only will eliminating these mosquitoes offer you the freedom and peace of mind to enjoy the outdoors, it will also reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard that could potentially be carrying disease.

Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties has the perfect solution for your mosquito control needs. Along with our traditional barrier treatment, we also offer essential oil-based mosquito control and convenient mosquito misting systems. Contact us today to learn more at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

Mosquito Squad helps reduce the risk of vector-borne illness in your pet

We all love our pets. They are an extension of our family and we want to afford them the same amount of protection from illness as we would any other member of our family. With this in mind, vector-borne illness is a concern among Chester and Delaware County pet owners. Commonly associating mosquito bites with humans only is a mistake; mosquitoes will feed on your pets just as quickly as they would feed on you. Furthermore, while mosquitoes carry vector-borne illnesses that affect humans, they too carry diseases capable of causing serious harm to your pets. The most common and formidable illness transferred to dogs and cats via the mosquito is Dog heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis).

Having the name “Dog heartworm” gives this disease a categorically incorrect designation. It is, in fact, transmissible between dogs, cats, foxes and raccoons. The most important fact about heartworms is that there is no cure, they are only preventable. Prevention is where we at Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties are most effective.

Ticks can also transmit diseases to pets, including Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Granulocytic Anaplasmosis. Each of these illnesses can be extremely detrimental to your pets. In both dogs and humans, a bite from a Lone Star tick can result in fever, headaches, nausea, weakness and fatigue.

Keeping your property treated for tick prevention by contacting a licensed professional to treat your property is also important for the prevention of tick-borne illness in both you, and your pet. Make sure to avoid allowing your pet to venture into untreated and overgrown areas where ticks may lurk. Checking your pet on a daily basis throughout tick-season is also key in the prevention of disease. Depending on the type of tick and the disease it carries, the attachment and feeding time may vary from several hours to several days in order to transmit the disease to your pet. So prompt removal is a must.

Many times it is hard to distinguish between symptoms of a vector-borne disease or just lethargy in your dog. Many symptoms are overlooked and chalked up to the heat, eating too much grass, etc. It is important to note any changes in your pet’s behavior during mosquito and tick season. Symptoms to look for in Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease are a lack of appetite, weight loss, and continued lethargy.
Here are the top five things you need to know to keep your pet happy and safe this summer

  • Keep property clean and tidy and un-inviting to ticks.
  • Keep your pet on the flea and tick preventative recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Have your property treated by a licensed pest control professional.
  • Check your pet for ticks after any venture outdoors.
  • Remove ticks promptly and properly using the CDC tick removal guidelines and contact your veterinarian at the first sign of trouble.
  • This simple checklist will keep you and your best friend safe this season.

When searching for licensed, professional tick and mosquito control services in West Chester, Newtown Square or in the Mainline are of Pennsylvania, Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties is the company to turn to. Applying our protective barrier treatment can mean all the difference in the world for your pets by protecting them from coming into contact with disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes on your property.

Dogs and cats aren’t the only pets that can be affected by vector-borne illness. Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is transmitted to humans, equine, pigs and white-tailed deer through mosquito vectors. If you own horses, donkeys, ponies or other equine it is important to keep them protected. We offer an effective all natural mosquito control solutions perfect for horse owners and those that keep equine for pets or sport, too!

Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties today at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

Who is Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties?

Here at Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties, we realize there are other companies in the Mainline, West Chester and Newtown Square areas that offer mosquito and tick control programs. You may assume with the wide array of choices, that all mosquito control is the same, however, nothing could be farther from the truth.

All Mosquito Control is NOT Created Equal

Mosquito Squad America’s most trusted mosquito and tick control company. Mosquito Squad founded the Protective Barrier Spray in 2005 to help outdoor lighting installers fight the bite while working. Yes, we are the original mosquito control business that has protected more than 100,000 backyards. We are the template the competition tries to emulate.

Keep in mind that we employ the highest-quality products on the market even though they cost more than the products used by many of our competitors. This is the reason our treatment comes with a 21-day guarantee. Where other companies cut corners, Mosquito Squad doesn’t. This means our service produces the intended results the first time around.

Our mantra: Passion. Service. Education. Giving.

  • We approach every day with a passion for doing our best in every capacity possible so our clients can enjoy their yards and outdoor spaces.
  • We strive to provide extraordinary service in every aspect of our client relationships, from the first time we answer your phone call to continually treating your property with the utmost respect.
  • We educate consumers with strong messages on how to avoid mosquito bites in memorable ways.

  • We are doing our part in helping to make the world a safer place both locally and abroad. We are involved in helping to raise funds to eliminate malaria in sub-Saharan Africa through our partnership with Malaria No More, donating thousands of dollars to educate mothers and their children and providing them with tests, treatments and protective bed nets to avoid mosquito bites when they sleep. Here in Chester and Delaware County, we are a proud supporter of the Brandywine Valley SPCA, including their annual Walk for Paws 5K event.

As part of giving back to the community, Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties supports our two local high school teams, donates our services to the local volunteer fire department along with donating to the Chester County hospital.

Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties is a vital part of the community. Assisting in local efforts to raise awareness of mosquito and tick-borne illness and disease. Owner, Doug Weber, has worked closely with Mosquito Squad founder Boyd Honeycutt and the franchise’s top salesman, Mark, has been a vital part of our team for 3 years.

And true, we have received thousands of thank you notes and rave reviews from our clients for allowing them to use their backyards freely again without having to worry about mosquito bites. Here is what one of our customers had to say about our service through a Google review:

“Mosquito Squad is the best! There was a time when we could not sit outside and enjoy our yard because of the influx of mosquitos. We have used Mosquito Squad for the past two years, and I know summers would not be as enjoyable without using their service. The team is great to work with and their customer service is amazing!”

When it comes to protecting you and your family, don’t accept anything less than the original mosquito control company. Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties today at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

A Frightening Equation: How ONE Mosquito Can Spawn Billions In Your Chester Or Delaware County Backyard

I know it may seem like a stretch, but the truth is, one female mosquito can spawn over one billion mosquitoes in just four short weeks within an untreated backyard. By using simple multiplication, the natural order of the mosquito population turns an army of just one female mosquito into an army of over one billion mosquitoes! Here is how it works…

Week One

In order for a female mosquito to develop viable eggs to facilitate reproduction, she must obtain a sufficient blood meal from a human or other mammal. This single female mosquito will then proceed to lay up to 300 eggs. A female mosquito can lay up to three batches of eggs during their short lifetime. From here the mosquito has already perpetuated a significant amount of blood-thirsty offspring in which about half will be female mosquitoes.

Week Two

Our equation now includes 150 new female mosquitoes, plus the original matriarch of the brood which brings the total to 151 female mosquitoes. This is where it really gets interesting; the 150 daughters of the original female mosquito will also lay up to 300 eggs each. This brings the total number of mosquitoes up to 45,300, of which half are female.

Week Three

This now means 22,650 female mosquitoes will once again lay up to 300 eggs each bringing the number during their egg-laying period to 6,795,300. That is almost 7 million mosquitoes brought into your backyard via one female mosquito in just 3 weeks! The same strategy of half being born female will leave us with 3,397,000 females ready to do it all over again

Week Four

The sum of all homeowner’s fear will weigh in at a whopping 1,319,250,000 mosquitoes from just one female mosquito! That’s over 1.3 BILLION!

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this vicious cycle in your West Chester, Newtown Square or Mainline area backyard. Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties’ barrier treatment program will eliminate mosquitoes that are present on your property and prevent more from taking up residence. By reducing the number of mosquitoes on your treated property, you can literally eliminate billions of mosquitoes. Not only will eliminating these mosquitoes offer you the freedom and peace of mind to enjoy the outdoors this season, it will also reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard that carry disease.

NOW is the time to schedule your season-long mosquito control. Warm weather is here and in a few short weeks mosquito populations will explode in our region. We offer an effective mosquito barrier control program to eliminate mosquitoes within your treated property and prevent more from entering into the treated area (your property) for up to 21 days. Our easy, worry free scheduling ensures there are no gaps in service. We will set you up on a scheduled interval to treat your yard in order to gain complete control over mosquitoes and their ability to multiply. Our service is easy and highly effective.

Our program is backed by our expertise and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties today at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties Reduces the Occurence of Seasonal Nuisance Insects

Spiders and Ants and Creepy Crawlers - Oh, My!

Here at Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties we are the number one all-stop shop for all Mosquito and tick control, prevention and protection services in the West Chester, Newtown Square and the Mainline areas of PA. However, our grasp reaches beyond just controlling mosquitoes and ticks. Our barrier control treatment can significantly reduce the number of many of the nuisance insects within your yard. This includes ants, spiders, fleas, and many more creepy crawlers that cause you to cringe or retreat indoors.

Our broad spectrum formula allows us to control many of the insects that try to enter your home too. Spiders in particular, are a concern because of the debris and webs their presence can leave behind on our homes and exterior structures. About 3,000 species of spiders are found in the United States, hundreds of which call the Pennsylvania area home. Although most spiders are just a nuisance rather than a danger, the venomous Black Widow spider can be found in PA.

Ants are another nuisance insect that can cause problems in your PA landscape. Not only can their presence result in unsightly mounds around your yard and outdoor living spaces, some species are poisonous — fire ants. Fire ants build dirt nests that form mounds, usually in open, grassy settings. They belong to the same family of insects as bees and wasps. A fire ant attaches itself to a person by biting with its jaws. Then, pivoting its head, it stings from its belly in a circular pattern at multiple sites causing pain and swelling. A fire ant bite can become toxic as a result of 20 or more bites or from an allergic reaction.

The manner in which our trained technicians treat your property plays a significant role in the effective reduction of nuisance insects on your property. We are not only aware of what types of insects to be cognizant of during specific times, but also where to treat in order to gain the most benefit. For example, we treat the foundation of your home in order to keep insects like spiders from entering.

In addition to knowing where and how to spray to deliver an effective barrier. We also know where not to spray in order to not harm beneficial insects in your PA landscape, such as bees. Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties avoids spraying any flowering plants, trees or shrubs. Our treatment process is designed to minimize that danger, nor will any residue be taken back to harm the hive as a result of our treatment. Mosquito Squad has worked hard to ensure our products do not harm the good insects and this is solidified through the manner in which we treat.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties to learn more about controlling the nuisance insects in your backyard this season so you and your family can focus on enjoying the outdoors all season long! You can reach us at (610) 674-0799, or via email at [email protected].

Tick Sightings Already Reported in Chester and Delaware County, PA

Spring has arrived and that means it is time to get outdoors. With spring cleaning and landscape endeavors underway for many West Chester, Newtown Square and Mainline, PA, residents, beware of ticks. The truth is you don’t have to be walking in the woods to be bitten by a tick. You can be bitten right in your own backyard!

This causes concern for those that enjoy the outdoors because ticks can infect us with a host of vector-borne illnesses. These include Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, and Lyme Disease. Last year, Pennsylvania led the nation with the greatest reported number of Lyme Disease cases. According to the CDC, preliminary numbers show there were 12,092 reported cases of the tick-borne disease in Pennsylvania through Dec. 24. This number was triple the amount of the runner-up, New York, which had 4,002 cases, followed by New Jersey with 3,850.

To date, we have already begun to receive reports of tick sightings in our service area. We encourage residents to remain vigilant and proactive about tick control practices on their properties. Ticks like damp, shady, brushy, leafy areas, where they can wait for a person or an animal (like a deer or a mouse) to come by. The tick waits for direct contact with a passing person or animal. The simple act of sprucing up your landscape, adding mulch, trimming shrubbery or gardening acts as the perfect catalyst for direct contact with ticks.

If your yard contains shrubs and shaded areas or you have rotting organic debris, high grass, wood piles, or rock walls, your yard may be attractive to ticks. These elements also make your yard more attractive to animals that carry ticks and help perpetuate the likelihood of vector-borne illness, like deer and mice. Reduce the number of ticks around your home by following these steps:

  • CLEAR OUT – Reduce your tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gathers. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas and tend to die in sunny, dry areas Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic. Separate them with wood chips or gravel. Don’t position playground equipment, decks and patios near treed areas.
  • CLEAN – Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow tall grasses and keep your lawn short.

  • CHOOSE PLANTS – Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Learn which plants deter deer by visiting HGTV’s list of 24 deer-resistant plants. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.
  • CHECK HIDING PLACES – Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.
  • CARE FOR FAMILY PETS – Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick collars and sprays. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.
  • CALL THE PROS – At Mosquito Squad of Chester & Delaware Counties, our professional tick control utilizes both barrier sprays that will eliminate adult ticks on contact as well as tick tubes. Strategically placed, tick tubes prompt field mice to incorporate tick-killing material in their bedding, effectively eliminating hundreds of tick nymphs found in each mouse nest.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Chester and Delaware Counties at (610) 674-0799 for more information about our tick control and prevention service.

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