Archive for ‘Tick Control and Prevention’

July 26, 2015

When Are You Most at Risk for Lyme Disease in Montgomery County?

The life cycle of ticks is a bit of a confusing subject and affects the risk for Lyme Disease in humans greatly. Understanding the life cycle of the deer tick is very helpful in remembering when to be most vigilant in your tick control and Lyme Disease prevention measures.

The Deer-tick’s 2-year life cycle

Adult female deer ticks begin laying their eggs in mid to late May. They usually lay 1,500 to 3,000 eggs at a time. The eggs hatch in late July or early August making the deer tick larvae most active in August. In August and September the larva tick will take their first blood meal from a host, usually a small rodent or bird.

The larvae molt over the winter/early spring and by May they have entered the nymph (teenage) phase of life. Nymph ticks remain active from May – July seeking out their second blood meal so that they can become an adult tick. By fall nymph ticks molt into adults. Engorged adult female deer ticks will survive the winter in leafy underbrush and emerge in the spring to lay their eggs and start the cycle all over again. See Mainly Ticks life cycle time line below for a better visual understanding.

How the tick Life-Cycle effects Lyme Disease Risk

In August and September larval ticks are generally free of Lyme Disease infection as they are recently hatched and have yet to be infected. Once they take a blood meal from an infected host they will molt during the winter and emerge in spring as infected nymph deer ticks, about the size of a poppy seed. Nymph deer ticks are most active from May through July, which is, not coincidentally, when most cases of Lyme Disease occur. The nymph deer tick is so small and there are so many of them, it is hard to notice when they get on you. This makes infected nymph deer ticks the most dangerous in transmitting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

Tick Tube Treatment

Mosquito Squad tick tubeAt Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery we offer tick tube treatment that is essential to eliminating ticks before they have a chance to become the dangerous infected nymph ticks that are active from May through July. Made of cardboard and cotton treated with a tick-killing chemical, the tubes are placed in strategic locations where mice are likely to travel and collect nesting materials around your home and yard. The rodents take pieces of the material to build their nests where the larval ticks are having their first blood meal. This eliminates the larval ticks, before they can molt into nymphs and infect humans. Tick tubes are a key ingredient in lowering everyone’s risk for Lyme Disease. With up to 3,000 eggs per female tick hatching each spring, eliminating ticks in the first stage of their life cycle is a great way to exponentially lower the deer tick populations in Montgomery County.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery

Preventing your exposure to ticks is your best weapon in preventing Lyme Disease. At Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery we can eliminate 85-90% of ticks in your yard with our traditional barrier spray and tick tube treatment. Contact Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery to learn more about protecting yourself and your family from the risks of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease in your backyard! Sign up today • (301) 444-5566 • email:westmontco@mosquitosquad.com

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July 10, 2015

Mosquitoes and Ticks (stink bugs, fleas, gnats and other outdoor pests too) are All we do at Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery

plumber_doing_mosquito_control_Montgomery_MDDo you want your landscaper to be held responsible for the mosquito and tick control in your yard? How about the HVAC and plumbing company? We’ve come across a new trend here in Montgomery County that is intriguing to say the least. Other service industry businesses are going out and buying some products, arming themselves with a fogger machine and offering up mosquito control services as part of their product line.

You may have seen signs on the corner, or mailers that say $19.95 for your first spray (be careful, the fine print that says this is for a yard under 5,000 square feet.) We’ve also seen full season offerings that are priced so low we know that either 1.) They are operating at a loss and will soon be gone from the industry or 2.) They are not using the quality products and highly qualified and trained technicians we employ.

In an effort to keep our professional integrity and superior service we refuse to race to the bottom of the price wars. We know that our valued customers are aware of the difference between fly by night/non-specialty mosquito control services and what Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery is providing.

Quality in Product & Quality in Service

ms west montgomery tick controlWith Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery you know exactly what you’re going to get. We specialize in mosquito control and tick control making us the top choice for your outdoor pest control needs. Our products are the best of the best. We want you to know what your yard is being treated with so we share valuable information about those products on our Product Information page. Our knowledgeable staff is here if you should have any additional questions about the content of our mosquito and tick sprays.

Being the experts in mosquito and tick control our customer service is our number one priority. With our fully trained and registered applicators treating your yard you can be sure that the best work is done no matter what challenges your property presents. Our office staff is as knowledgeable as the technicians so that when you call with questions or concerns we can help you immediately. We are so confident in our mosquito and tick control treatment that if for any reason you are not satisfied, you just give us a call and we’ll come out and re-treat with no questions asked.

Mosquitoes on the Side

You may have called other services because you saw a special promotion. When they answer the phone you likely talked to someone who couldn’t answer any questions but just wanted to send someone out to inspect your property. Or if you’re lucky you may have gotten someone with a little bit of knowledge who could tell you the cost for a yard your size, but it seemed as if they were guessing and trying too hard sell you without an agreed upon price. Or you may have had the worst luck and been placed on hold by three different people before finally hanging up. Here at Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery if you don’t get through to one of our expert customer service representatives immediately, we let you leave us a message so we can pay special attention to every caller and get back to you right away with all of the answers you need.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery

The plumbers, HVAC, indoor pest companies and landscapers do it on the side. Mosquito and tick control is ALL we do. Protect your family from tick-borne and mosquito-borne viruses with our traditional barrier spray that eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes and ticks in your yard. Contact the experts at Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery to schedule mosquito and tick protection for your special outdoor occasion and all season long! You can reach us at (301) 444-5566 • email: westmontco@mosquitosquad.com.

June 2, 2015

Beyond the Bullseye; Exploring Inflammatory Problems Associated with Lyme Disease

LLyme Disease Awareness Monthyme Disease is an acute inflammatory disease caused by the bite of a deer tick infected with the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacteria are the culprit of the infection, and as it enters the body can affect each person quite differently. The disease itself can present itself in a myriad of ways often being referred to as “the great pretender” by many because its symptoms often mimic those of other disorders. There are three stages of Lyme Disease, and each can wreak havoc on our bodies if the disease is not caught early or if the disease doesn’t respond well to treatment.

  • Bulls eye rash from Lyme Disease Erythma Migrans

    The well-known bulls-eye rash associated with Lyme Disease.

    Stage #1 Early Lyme Disease — 

    Lyme Disease begins after an infected tick expels its salivary gland and abdominal contents into the skin of a human. In about 60-70% of cases, a rash may develop at the site of the tick bite. This rash is most often circular with a clear edge, but can be oblong or another shape. This rash is called  Erythema Migrans of EM for short. The appearance of EM can begin from 3-30 days after a tick bite, or sometimes not at all. The rash is often mistaken as a spider or insect bite. The rash was aptly named “migrans” because it grows in size, gradually expanding over several days to greater than 2 inches across; sometimes covering a large, such as a patients’ entire back.  As the center of the rash clears, it takes on a “bull’s-eye” appearance. The rash is usually not itchy or painful.  Sometimes, other rashes occur in other parts of the body far away from the initial tick bite. This is because the spirochete gets transmitted quite rapidly in the bloodstream after the initial tick bite. Where the blood travels through the body the Borrelia spirochete also travel. In early Lyme disease, patients often experience moderate to severe flu-like symptoms (fatigue, chills, fever, headache, and muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes).  In approximately 18% of cases, the classic well-known CDC clinical features of Lyme disease are not present.  In these cases, the only symptoms may be marked fatigue and flu-like symptoms. Given that fatigue and flu-like symptoms may often arise from other causes, (hence “the great pretender”) Lyme Disease may not even be considered a possibility in the diagnosis and the patient may suffer for many months with an unrecognized, untreated infectious illness.

  • Tiny deer ticks can mean BIG trouble.

    Tiny deer ticks can mean BIG trouble.

    Stage #2 Late Disseminated Lyme Disease —

    If Lyme Disease is not caught early and successfully treated it may then spread to many other parts of the body.  This can occur over a period of days, affecting the central nervous system (brain), the peripheral nervous system (nerves), the cardiovascular system causing pericarditis and/or 2nd or 3rd degree heart block and possible death, the liver (causing mild hepatitis), the eyes (causing conjunctivitis). and the  muscles and joints (causing migrating swelling, tenderness, and/or pain). Typically the symptoms associated with disseminated Lyme Disease include severe fatigue with a need for naps during the day, low-grade fevers, muscle and joint pains, sleep disturbance, irritability, headaches, light or sound sensitivity, sharp stabbing or shooting pains, and/or numbness and tingling..

Lyme DiseaseAccording to the Columbia University Medical Center Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, when Lyme Disease first affects the nervous system, one may experience symptoms of meningitis, encephalitis, or cranial neuritis:

 Meningitis is characterized by headaches that fluctuate in intensity from mild to severe with or without associated nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, neck stiffness, or pain on eye motion.

 Encephalitis is commonly accompanied sleepiness, mood swings and irritability, atypical spontaneous tearfulness or personality change, cognitive problems (typically with word finding problems, memory loss, slowed mental speed), balance problems, and sensory hyperarousal.

Cranial Neuritis.also referred to as  CN VII Palsy (facial nerve weakness) is a form of cranial neuritis that is thought by many physicians to be common, however studies suggest that it may be seen in as few as 10% of patients with neurologic Lyme Disease. However, in a patient from a Lyme endemic area or in an individual who has previously visited a Lyme endemic area, a presentation of a facial nerve palsy should lead the physician to test for Lyme Disease.  If the CN VII palsy affects both sides of the face, then Lyme Disease should be even more strongly considered as very few diseases cause a bilateral facial nerve palsy. Typically, a cranial neuritis occurs within days to weeks of the initial infection.

Radiculoneuritis. When the infection in Lyme disease affects the nerve roots, it is called radiculoneuropathy. Typical symptoms include radicular pain and symmetric or asymmetric sensory abnormalities, such as numbness or tingling. The radicular pain may be experienced as sharp stabbing or burning or shooting pains that radiate down a dermatomal distribution, such as into the limbs or across the trunk. There may also be elements of motor weakness.

  • Deer tick awaiting a host in Rockville MDStage #3 Late Neurologic Lyme Disease —  Additionally Late stage Lyme Disease can also cause Encephalomyelitis and Neuropsychiatric Lyme Disease. Neuropsychiatric symptoms can emerge early or late in the disseminated phase of infection. These symptoms commonly appear as cognitive symptoms (as in the encephalopathy above) and as irritability, easy tearfulness, anxiety, and depression. Neurologic Lyme Disease can also affect hearing and vision in many patients. Patients may develop cognitive problems from Lyme Disease either early or many months or years after the initial infection.  The cognitive problems most commonly include problems with short-term memory, problems with verbal fluency such as in name or word retrieval, and problems with slower speed of thinking. Patients typically report that they have “Brain Fog“, this is attributed to Encephalopathy. Inflammation from Lyme Disease can slow down the brain, aggravate symptoms of pain, swelling, poor concentration, and mood swings.

Additionally Late stage Lyme Disease can also cause Encephalomyelitis and Neuropsychiatric Lyme Disease. Neuropsychiatric symptoms can emerge early or late in the disseminated phase of infection. These symptoms commonly appear as cognitive symptoms (as in the encephalopathy above) and as irritability, easy tearfulness, anxiety, and depression. Neurologic Lyme Disease can also affect hearing and vision in many patients. 

Scientists know that it generally takes 24-36 hours before a tick can transmit Lyme Disease through its bite.  Therefore, even with a tick carrying Lyme Disease, it takes some time for the infection to be transmitted.  Once established a Lyme infection can be long-lasting.  Even after successful treatment and test results showing no Lyme Disease is present, Lyme spirochetes, B. burgdorferi, can be present in small numbers in patients for years.  Until further research is done, it only seems prudent to be safe until a physician confirms a Lyme infection no longer exists.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

Contact Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery  to learn more about protecting yourself and your family from the risks of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease in your backyard! Sign up today • (301) 444-5566 • email:westmontco@mosquitosquad.com

 

 

 

 

April 17, 2015

Montgomery County MD Tick Control and Lyme Disease: My Personal Story

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

Lyme Disease Affects Us All

If it had not been for the “bulls eye” rash, I wouldn’t have even known that I had been bitten by a tick. The infected tick had fallen off days or possibly weeks before, but there it was. Seeing that expanding rash, I then knew that the achy, blah feeling was not just some summer bug I had caught: actually a bug, in the form of a deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) had caught me! I had contracted Lyme Disease. This was in the summer of 2012, and am happy to report that I have since made a full and complete recovery. For me, since I help treat yards to prevent ticks and mosquitoes from injuring families, it was easy to pinpoint where I picked up the infected tick– a property inspection.

Rash from Lyme Disease

My rash from Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease’s Mystery

Lyme Disease is a mystery in many ways. Because I had the tell-tale rash, it was also easy to diagnose and positively treat. Not everyone is as fortunate. It is important to understand though, that the rash is not present over 20% of the time. Combine this with the fact that Lyme Disease can many times mimic other illnesses with its symptom list of fever/chills, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, a vastly larger segment of society may actually be suffering from Lyme Disease, without even realizing it.

tick_habitatOur Best Defense

Prevention becomes the number one way to protect yourself from contracting Lyme Disease. It is widely acknowledged are our best defense. There are some easy, important, and simple steps that you can take to decrease your risks. We here at Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery County truly care about our community. Like you, we also, want to be able to use and enjoy our yards without fear. Here are some helpful tick prevention tips we recommend:

  1. Keep compost and debris piles clear from play and dining spaces. Adult ticks natural habitat consists of damp, cluttered spaces. Ticks thrive in moisture and do not do well in dry heat.
  2. By having a well-trimmed yard versus a wilderness wonderland, you eliminate the “questing” point for ticks. Ticks will perch with their back legs on long grass or branches and hold up their front legs, ready to grab on and scurry up the leg or arm of any creature, be it dog, cat, deer, or human. Their favorite latching places are armpits and the groin. No long grass means no place to quest from.
  3. Ticks have known hideouts. Some of their favorite places are fences, brick walls, retaining walls, including walls that are also used as seating areas on your deck or patio. Check these spots regularly for ticks and “clutches.” A clutch is a mass of up to 2,000 tick eggs.
  4. Pets can not give you Lyme Disease, but they can bring ticks into contact with your family. It is important to use preventative care with your pets as well, especially dogs, since they can contract Lyme Disease.
  5. Call the pros for a barrier treatment spray. An effective spray will eliminate live adult ticks on contact.

ms west montgomery tick controlThe Mosquito Squad Solution

Thankfully, we offer effective Montgomery County MD tick control. It’s a personal commitment, for me and my wonderful team of trained professionals to protect your landscape from these predatory invaders. Ticks can live somewhere else other than our yards. Myself and many of our friends and neighbors, including college-aged kids and vibrantly healthy individuals, have also suffered from the debilitating effects of Lyme Disease. To eradicate up to 85% – 90% of the adult ticks on your property, we use an EPA-approved barrier spray that we apply every three weeks to offer continuous protection all season long. Combined with our tick tube program, which takes care of larval and nymph ticks in rodent dens, this offers a very strong defense against ticks which carry harmful illnesses. Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery leaves you with peace of mind to enjoy your yard throughout the spring and summer and well into fall.

Mosquito Squad logo squareTo learn more, we look forward to your call for a free quote at 301-444-5566 or email us at westmontco@mosquitosquad.com.

April 9, 2015

Celebrate Without a Hitch: No Pesky Bugs To Spoil Your Special Outdoor Event

Special Events and mosquitoes and ticks are not a winning combination!

Special Events and mosquitoes and ticks are not a winning combination!

Planning an outdoor wedding, reception, graduation, anniversary, or even a children’s birthday celebration requires a lot of work! You want the day to go off without any disasters or complications. So you carefully line up the perfect foods and drinks, seating arrangements, decorations, and party favors. We’d like to remind you of another thing to put on your to do list: set up a Special Event Barrier Spray session with Mosquito Squad. You don’t want biting bugs like mosquitoes to swarm your guests, and ticks are probably the most unwelcome party crasher around. For Montgomery County, MD outdoor pest control, no one does special event tick and mosquito protection like we do!

Being One With Nature

Part of the joy of having an event outside is the pleasure of being surrounded by nature. The beauty and movement of the fields and flowers are a delight to the eye. The sounds of birds, crickets, and even the wind rustling in the branches add breadth to the space. According to the National Wildlife Federation, being out in Nature has many added benefits including:

  • increased Vitamin D is not only good for your bones, but good for your heart
  • people are nicer when in nature: more caring socially and as a community
  • stress levels fall within minutes of simply seeing green spaces

Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery County Dread-TuxSo, hooray for throwing an outdoor party: it’s a great idea! With Mosquito Squad of Montgomery County’s barrier spray protection, mosquitoes and ticks will not be joining in the fun. Montgomery Co MD outdoor pest control, we are your answer. Our EPA-approved barrier spray treatment lasts for up to three weeks, even between rain showers. It also is guaranteed to remove 85% – 90% of the biting bugs in the treated area. No mosquitoes. No ticks. No kidding.

Whether at your home or another outdoor venue, we are very cognizant of all the factors that go on behind the scenes to ensure that your special event goes off without a hitch.  As an added bonus, we’d love to offer another great resource for any outdoor lighting of your special event. Call our friend, Kerry Wheeler, of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives to ask about his beautiful lighting options for your event venue or your home.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

We welcome your call for a free quote 301-444-5566 or email us at westmontco@mosquitosquad.com

September 4, 2014

Our service enables you to renew your love of the outdoors and being at one with nature!

There are many benefits associated with spending time outdoors!

There are many benefits associated with spending time outdoors!

One of the most beneficial aspects of being able to enjoy your backyard mosquito and tick free is freedom; the  freedom of placing yourself at one with nature anytime. Being “in” nature has proven positive effects including an increase in health, happiness, wealth, a better sense of community, an improved state of mind and even increases a child’s ability to learn!

According to an article published by the Harvard Health Letter through the Harvard Medical School titled “A prescription for better health: go alfresco”, the simple act of spending time outdoors is loaded with mental and physical benefits. One of the listed benefits includes an increase in your level of Vitamin D.  Being exposed to sunlight  begins a process that leads to the creation and activation of vitamin D. Studies suggest that this vitamin D helps fight certain conditions,  including Osteoporosis, Cancer, depression and heart attacks. A lack of vitamin D, and not getting outdoors often is a driving force for what we refer to as “cabin fever”, and even the “rainy day blues.”

It is human nature to become more active when outside because there is so much to see, and experience in nature.

It is human nature to become more active when outside because there is so much to see, and experience in nature.

Another benefit of getting outdoors is it gets you up and at em’! Outdoor living increases physical activity. It is human nature to become more active when outside because there is so much to see, and experience in nature. It is true that many adults exercise “within” the settings of a gym or on the treadmill at home but children are the ones who generally miss out on the many benefits of being outdoors. Indoor living has long been associated with being sedentary, particularly for children, while being outdoors is associated with activity. According to some surveys, American children spend an average of 6+ hours a day with electronic media (video games, television, and so on), time that is spent mainly indoors and sitting down. British researchers used Global Positioning System devices and accelerometers, which sense movement, to track the activity of 1,000 children. They found that the children were more than doubly active when they were outside. By encouraging children to get outside, especially though setting an example, this will mean less time spent in front of the television and computer and more time walking, biking, gardening, cleaning up the yard, and doing other things that get kids moving — plus, the time spent outdoors with your child are the times they will cherish!

Did you know that light can help elevate your mood? It’s true, and getting outside and enjoying the sun is one of the best ways to treat conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder. Physical activity has been shown to relax and cheer people up too, so if being outside replaces inactive pursuits with active ones, it might also mean more smiles and laughter.

Mother Nature holds the power of healing.

Mother Nature holds the power of healing.

Not only will experiencing the outdoors increase concentration, but a recent  story discusses how outdoor play in children is increasingly linked scientifically to stronger mental muscle. The article, titled “Does outdoor play make kids smarter?” was featured on the Children and Nature Network website and points out that “Parents have long thought of outdoor play as the icing on the cognitive cake: Finish your homework, attend to all of the after-school lessons and clubs intended to gain you admission to Stanford or Cal, and then, and only then, can you go out and play. A growing body of research, however, suggests that outdoor play offers such a positive bump in brain power, it should perhaps be a priority. One school of thought about why nature has such an effect is the attention restoration theory: If you want to gain strength by lifting weights, you need to take a break between sessions for your muscles to recover; nature provides a similar break in attention for your brain. The other theory, “is biophilia: This is what my brain was built for. Our brains evolved in nature. Now that we have light bulbs and iPads, nature has a calming effect. MRI tests confirm that nature produces chemical shifts in the brain.”

And last , but certainly not least, fresh air, nature and exposure to natural sunlight has been proven to help us heal faster from injuries, illness and surgery. University of Pittsburgh researchers reported in 2005 that spinal surgery patients experienced less pain and stress and took fewer pain medications during their recoveries if they were exposed to natural light. An older study showed that the view out the window (trees vs. a brick wall) had an effect on patient recovery. Of course, windows and views are different than actually being outside, but we’re betting that adding a little fresh air to the equation couldn’t hurt and might help.

Mosquito free life

The desire to spend time outdoors is natural to us. It puts things in perspective. Even after a long, hard week at work or school, stepping into nature gives us solace and is as good for our soul as it is for our health, and mood. At Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery, our goal is to create a space that enables you the freedom to be outdoors spontaneously. We create backyards that allow you and your family the endless benefits of Mother Nature without the worry of mosquitoes or ticks.

Contact us to learn more today • (301) 444-5566 • email:westmontco@mosquitosquad.com

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

 

 

 

August 28, 2014

Learn how to keep mosquitoes and ticks away for Labor Day — and your special day!

Happy Labor Day from Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery!

Happy Labor Day from Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery!

The last hoorah for summer is right around the corner as residents and communities all over Montgomery County, MD plan their annual Labor Day festivities. With this holiday upon us, many households will be hosting backyard celebrations. All the preparations, guest lists and planning you are working on should also include mosquito and tick control and prevention. Outdoor parties are an important time to make certain that you and your guests don’t get bitten while attending your special event.

Mosquitoes and ticks are vectors for illness and disease, such as Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus just to name a few. Don’t put you or the health of your guests at risk. Even though fall  is right around the corner, and you may feel that summer is coming to an end, we are actually in the height of mosquito and tick season. Now it is more important than ever to stay focused and keep your property protected from mosquitoes and ticks.

 Special events are an important time to make certain that you and your guests don’t get bitten while attending your special event.

Special events are an important time to make certain that you and your guests don’t get bitten.

We are  still receiving requests for our special event mosquito and tick control services as Maryland homeowners prepare to host other special outdoor events such as weddings, family reunions and birthday parties. Many of these events are larger in size than your average backyard barbecue and seating accommodations are sometimes placed near taller grasses or back up to the edges of your property or wooded areas. In these scenarios, it is crucial to treat your property to kill ticks as well as mosquitoes, since high grass and bushes are where ticks like to hide and tick activity peaks late summer into early fall.

Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery can help you and your family enjoy the remainder of the outdoor living season in your yard without the threat of being bitten. Even though the kids are back in school and vacations have come to an end, there is no reason you can’t enjoy the long afternoons outside with your family and friends. Anytime can be special, even the smallest moments.

 

Our barrier spray is exactly what you need for a perfect party!

Our barrier spray is exactly what you need for the perfect outdoor party!

About 24-48 hours prior to guests’ arrival, we’ll apply a barrier spray that includes  effective protection against mosquitoes and ticks. It’s exactly what you need for the perfect party:

  • Eliminates or greatly reduces the number of mosquitoes that might otherwise bite guests or hover around food.
  • Dries in 30 minutes, leaving no odor or visible residue.
  • Is applied long before your food and dinnerware arrive, so there’s no opportunity for contamination.
  • Provides protection day and night through your entire event.

 

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

Call Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery now to make sure your Labor Day outdoor celebration and other special outdoor event goes off without a hitch. Our convenient and effective barrier spray service kill mosquitoes and ticks and prevents mosquitoes from entering the treated area as well. Don’t delay call today. Call us today for a free quote (301) 444-5566 or email us at :westmontco@mosquitosquad.com

August 27, 2014

Don’t Let Mosquitoes and Ticks Rain on Your Labor Day Parade!

Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery having fun at the 2011 Labor Day parade

Highlights from our participation in previous Kensington Labor Day parades… the dreaded mosquito has met its match!

Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery will be at the 47th Annual Kensington Labor Day parade on Monday, September 1, 2014 and we cordially invite you to attend this fun-filled annual event!   The day starts off with the Parade traveling down Connecticut Avenue from St. Paul Park toward Town Hall, featuring local marching bands from area schools; equestrian show groups; dance groups; floats and ambassadors from local churches, schools, non-profits, and businesses; and local, state, and federally elected officials.

The crowd cheers as the mosquito begins to fall!

The crowd cheers as the mosquito begins to fall!

Kensington residents know they have a giant mosquito problem ( just look at the picture!) Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery will be participating in the annual parade again this year. Our participation in local and community events is an important part of teaching our neighbors the importance of mosquito and tick control in their own backyard as a way to reduce the risk of vector-borne illness and as a way to make the the time spent outdoors safer and more enjoyable for every member of the family, including pets.

Both mosquitoes and ticks are capable of infecting us with illnesses like West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and can even infect our beloved pets with heartworms, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Canine Lyme Disease.  Our mission here at Mosquito Squad is simple: to educate you about the risks of vector-borne illness and how enjoy the outdoors without the worries! We can even keep those dreaded stink bugs away too!

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

We look forward to seeing at the Kensington Labor Day parade and festival — You can also contact Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery to inquire about our mosquito & tick control programs designed to keep you and your family happy and healthy • Call us today for a free quote •  (301) 444-5566 • email:westmontco@mosquitosquad.com

August 25, 2014

Listen to what our happy Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery customers are saying…

 

Take back your outdoors with Mosquito Squad

Take back your outdoors with Mosquito Squad !

At Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery, along with improving the time you and your family spend outdoors, customer service is our top priority. To ensure we’re doing our job and our service is really protecting our Montgomery County MD customers from mosquitoes and ticks, Mosquito Squad utilizes a third-party review system. The survey has only one question — how did it work? We are then emailed the results and our customers are confirming that our program is not only effective, they love it.

Read some of the reviews below. You may also read more reviews on our website.

 

“Getting rid of the bugs was a great treat for summer outdoor fun. Good communications and “on-time” service were outstanding.”

-David H. of Kensington, MD

 

“The mosquitoes are gone!”

-Natasha H. of Rockville, MD

 

“We just had our first service last week. What a difference! We got our yard back!”

-Elizabeth S. of Rockville, MD

 

“This my second summer with Mosquito Squad and I am very pleased with the service. The men are polite and work quickly.”

-Saundra P. of  Takoma Park, MD

 

“It’s effective! I don’t get bit by mosquitos any more! Also, communication is good, and you come when you say you’ll come.”

“It works!”

– Doris L. of Kensington, MD

 

Mosquito Squad of West MontgomeryRead more great testimonials from Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery customers on our website.

Contact us today to keep mosquitoes and ticks out of your yard for the entire summer • (301) 444-5566• email: westmontco@mosquitosquad.com 

 

August 18, 2014

Now is the time to think about tick tube implementation!

Deer ticks in your backyard waiting for you to walk by

Deer ticks in your backyard waiting for you to walk by.

Along with our effective and proven barrier spray for ticks, you may have heard us talk here about tick tubes.  Tick tubes are an excellent way to eliminate future generations of ticks on your property.  Along with our barrier spray, tick tubes are an effective second punch at eliminating ticks in your yard.  So, what are they and how do they work?  When is the best time during the year to use them?

Tick tubes target nymph ticks.  Ticks have 4 stages of development in their average two-year life cycle.  Ticks begin as eggs laid by female adults in late fall.  In MD, ticks are most often found in the dens of white-footed mice.  These mice provide the best conditions for them to develop.  First, the mice build protected nests; second, they are warm-blooded mammals and can provide a blood meal for both larvae ticks and nymph ticks.  Tick eggs laid in the mice’s nest in the fall will become larval ticks in early spring and need their first blood meal.  When white-footed mice aren’t available, chipmunks, shrews, voles and other rodent nests will suffice.

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Egg mass produced by tick.

After hatching from eggs in early spring, the larvae take their blood meal from the closest host they can find, the white-footed mouse whose home they live in.  As they grow into nymph ticks, small rodents serve nicely as the tick’s second blood meal.  Nymph ticks still aren’t very big so don’t need an animal with a big blood supply as they will need later when they become adults.  Because mice and ticks spend so much time together when ticks are in 2 of the 4 stages of their life cycle, the mice get bitten many times as hosts to both larvae and nymphs.  The transmission of the Lyme infection from one infected nymph tick who previously took a blood meal from an infected mouse allows the infection to be transmitted to many ticks that later bite the same and other previously infected mice.  The infection rate of mice with Lyme Disease is often as high as 80-90%.

Ticks are not born with Lyme Disease and larvae ticks are never infected when they first enter that stage of their life cycle.  Only after needing a blood meal at the end of the larvae stage can they become infected by infected mice.  Given the infection of white-footed mice and the fact that larvae ticks are often found in the dens of white-footed mice, that first blood meal is where they ticks are likely to be first infected.

The most prevalent source the tick acquires the bacteria is a rodent, such as a white footed mouse, or field mouse.

The most prevalent source the tick acquires the bacteria is a rodent, such as a white footed mouse, or field mouse.

As fall arrives, the nymph ticks are seeking a home for winter and a place they can get their next blood meal as they move into adulthood.  Once again, they will seek out a white-footed mouse’s nest.  In the second spring of its life, the nymph tick will take its second blood meal from the white-footed mouse whose nest it may be in.  It is in this second spring that we and our pets are most likely to get Lyme Disease from a tick.  Since nymph ticks are so tiny, we often don’t notice them on our skin, or on our dog’s skin.  Why do ticks need to bite us for blood when they have the mice?  It’s not often that ticks stay attached long enough to get a full meal from any one source.  As they grow larger, they are above ground and not in nests and begin “questing” for any available animal.  For this reason, a tick may bite several hosts (mice, other rodents, humans, etc.) before getting the amount of blood they need to continue growing into adulthood.

Tick tubes are meant to make sure ticks don’t make it to their 2nd spring.  In order to build a proper nest for winter, white-footed mice will search for nesting material.  Mosquito Squad tick tubes have cotton balls in them saturated with insecticide that will eliminate ticks.  By making their nesting material with the tick tube cotton, the mice will get the insecticide on their fur as they move around in their nest during the winter.  When spring comes again, enough insecticide is on the mouse’s fur that the ticks will be eliminated on contact, before they can get their 2nd blood meal.  No harm is done to the mouse by the insecticide, so they continue to serve as tick-destroying hosts during the warmer months of the year.

how tick tubes work

How tick tubes work

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

Susan Levi, Owner Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery.

By placing tick tubes out at spring, summer and fall your tick protection is supported by a second line of defense, tick tubes.  Each year, as more nymph ticks are eliminated on your property, there should be fewer adults to lay eggs.  Our barrier spray eliminates ticks on contact and works for up to 3 weeks on active ticks living in your yard.  Tick tubes eliminate the ticks you won’t ever see.

If you have questions on how to protect yourself from mosquito and tick-borne diseases, please contact Mosquito Squad of West Montgomery, (301) 444-5566.