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Should I Landscape for Better Mosquito Control?

mosquito landscapeAre you that house with the knee-high grass, the birdbath that hasn’t had fresh water replaced in a year, and flowerpots full of nothing but water scattered all around? If you answered yes to this then you definitely need to do some mosquito control landscaping.

Cut the grass, rake the yard, and dump those pots! If this is you then you are just asking for a Mosquito infestation!

But realistically, this probably isn’t you. *You’re the one with the impeccable yard that you’d really like to be able to enjoy, but still, you have mosquitoes. So online you go to research plants that repel mosquitoes. You’ll find a long list, but you’ve got to wonder if these are really the best idea. We’ve listed a few of them here along with a little food for thought:

  • Climbing Hydrangeas – White flowers, looks pretty. But do you have something they can climb or are you going to have to build a trellis now too? AND they can grow up to 50 feet… sounds like lots of pruning work in the future.
  • Coral honeysuckle – “Can perfume your entire garden” according to Country Living magazine. Allergies? Sneezing? Me too.
  • Wisteria – Have you seen this stuff? It takes over trees! Like kudzu with purple flowers. Just say no!
  • Hops – Yes… as in beer. Very distinctive smell.
  • Hyacinth bean – It’s a pretty plant, becomes covered with bean pods in the fall. Wonder where those end up? Get the rake!
  • The basic smelly plants – Rosemary, Basil, Citronella, Marigold, Lavender: they do just that… smell. Even if you don’t mind or even like the smell, it doesn’t mean your guests will. Your next BBQ may be your last.

Landscaping for mosquito control by choosing mosquito-repelling plants really isn’t practical. Not only for the reasons listed above, but also because they haven’t proven terribly effective. For a plant to repel a mosquito you must be sitting right beside it. Therefore for it to work in the entire yard you have to fill it with nothing but these types of plants.

Suddenly your beautiful yard and garden are no longer that… nor is it the garden of your own choosing. Be sensible. Choose professional mosquito protection. Mosquito Squad of Louisville can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes in your yard. Our time-released mosquito treatment to work for up to 3 weeks. There’s simply no reason to let mosquitoes dictate what goes in your yard. Call to schedule a treatment appointment today. Plant what you want and leave the skeeters to us! 502-315-9097

West Nile Virus Makes Its Annual Appearance in Louisville

Louisville west nile virus infectionWave 3 News has reported mosquitoes infected with West Nile in three different zip codes. Mosquito season is at its peak and West Nile is now a part of that.

As the earth seems to be heating up, it’s hard to say exactly when the season will end, but these pesky mosquitoes are going to hang on as long as they can. And now that West Nile has been detected it’s imperative that you protect yourself. Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness tells us that even though only 3 zip codes have reported the disease, it indicates its presence throughout the community. You must take precaution no matter where you are.

Protect Yourself in the Outdoors and at Home

The presence of West Nile virus doesn’t mean you have to barrier yourself indoors until winter, it simply means you need to be careful. There have yet to be any reported human cases, but no one wants to be first. Often people don’t even show symptoms but 1% of the people that contract West Nile becomes very sick with encephalitis or meningitis. There is no way of knowing if you could become that one, so preventing mosquito bites is where the focus lies. There are simple things that you can do.

  • Choose your clothing wisely. If temperatures permit, long sleeves, long pants, and socks are recommended. You can also spray your clothing with permethrin.
  • Wear repellent that has been approved by the FDA. The best choices are those that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Choose your outdoor times wisely as well. Mosquitoes or generally more active during dusk and dawn. Plan your activities accordingly.
  • Mosquito-proof your home. Check screens for holes, make sure screen doors close tightly, clear outside areas of standing water. Reducing breeding grounds around the home and entrance in the home will certainly lessen the chances for bites at home.

You Don’t Have to Fight the Battle Against Mosquitoes Alone

All of the above are necessary steps in protection against mosquitoes, especially when you are out in areas where you have no control over your environment. However, when you are at home there are better options. Spending time in your own yard is less than relaxing when it’s filled with continuous reapplying of repellent and swatting and avoiding mosquitoes. What can you do?

Mosquito Squad of Louisville reminds you to call the professionals. Eliminate the mosquitoes and you eliminate the annoyance. But it’s more than simply annoyance, with the risk of disease it’s worry too. Our barrier spray eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes in your yard. Now you can relax in your yard without the thought of West Nile Virus or mosquitoes at all. An added bonus is that not only are you making your life more comfortable, you are doing your part to reducing the mosquito population as a whole. All it takes is one phone call. Mosquito Squad of Louisville will handle the rest. Call us today. You won’t be disappointed. That’s 100% guaranteed! 502-315-9097

Anaphylaxis and Meat Allergies: A Tick-Borne Illness That Could Change the Way You Eat

tick meat allergyDo you remember when we first explained how a tick bite can make you become allergic to red meat? It’s true! A bite from a lone star tick, one of the most prevalent ticks in Kentucky, can actually cause a lifelong meat allergy. And what makes it so difficult is that reactions aren’t immediate and they aren’t always the same. It can be as simple as hives, headache or sneezing or as serious as anaphylaxis which is difficulty breathing.

Study Shows Rise in Anaphylaxis Percentage Due to Tick Bites

A new study published by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology detailed all the causes of anaphylaxis at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and 33% of those were from the alpha-gal meat allergy, caused by the bite of a lone star tick bite. Other food allergies came in second at almost 10% below reactions caused by the alpha-gal allergy, which really highlights how big this is. This is a huge rise in recognition of what is causing anaphylactic reactions since this same study was done last in 2006. Knowing that ticks can cause the allergy and that lone star ticks have a large presence in the area is a great contributing factor here.

Protect Yourself: It’s For More Than the Sake of Your Favorite Meal

The alpha-gal allergy is a complex one. It is different from other food allergies for a couple of reasons. First, it doesn’t happen immediately like most food allergies. Your reaction could come several hours after the meal that caused it, making it hard to be sure what actually did. And as we said it the beginning, it can be different each time. Therefore you really can’t know ahead of time if this meat allergy is going to keep you from breathing. Last time maybe you just itched for a while and decided “Well hey… a really good filet is worth it!” Not breathing, however, is not worth it!

For the sake of today’s discussion let’s assume you don’t have the alpha-gal allergy… yet. Now is the time to prevent it. How do you prevent it? Don’t get bitten by a lone star tick. There’s no better way to avoid tick-borne illnesses than to avoid the ticks. Mosquito Squad of Louisville wants to help you do just that. Our tick control services eliminate 85-90% of ticks in your yard and come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Those are numbers to get behind. Call us today! 502-315-9097

Keystone Virus - Another Threat to Humans from Mosquitoes

We hear more and more about the dangers that mosquito borne illness can bring. It has come to a point that mosquito repellent outdoors is as important as sunscreen on the beach. And now we have yet another example…the Keystone Virus. Named after the location in Florida where it was first discovered in 1964, the Keystone Virus isn’t actually new. What is new is that they’ve found the first human instance of the Keystone Virus. That’s a game changer.

What is Keystone Virus?

Since its discovery in 1964, the Keystone virus has been found in animals such as squirrels, raccoons, and deer from Texas to the Chesapeake Bay. The virus is spread by the aedes atlanticus mosquito, a cousin to the mosquito that spreads Zika. Human symptoms have only been mild fever and rash at this point, however, the virus is part of a family of illnesses that can lead to encephalitis so all possible effects aren’t known as of yet. There is no vaccination or specific treatment available for the Keystone virus.

The Discovery

If Keystone has been around since 1964 then how is it possible that this is the first human case reported? “It’s one of these instances where if you don’t know to look for something, you don’t find it,” says J. Glenn Morris, MD, MPH, director of the University of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute and the lead in the study that discovered this human case. In August of 2016, a teenage boy entered an urgent care with a rash all over his chest and back and a mild fever. With Zika being a big scare in Florida at the time, he was tested, but the tests came out negative. In fact it took a year and a half of testing, long after he recovered, for the research group to come to the finding that this was the first recorded human case of the Keystone Virus. The researchers now believe that it is possible that the illness is much more widespread in Florida. Continued study is necessary to find just how prevalent this might really be.

The Solutions

The CDC reports that cases of mosquito, tick, and flea-borne illnesses have tripled between 2004 and 2016 and that these illnesses are not only on the rise but on the move. What may be reported in one part of the country can easily and quickly travel the globe so it seems. That being the case you must protect yourself wherever you are. The only true protection is to avoid the bites. Keeping mosquitoes away when you are out and about requires the right repellent. The CDC and FDA suggest repellents that contain DEET along with protective clothing.

However, at Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we want to make this simpler and less confining at home. No one wants to sit in their own backyard on a nice summer day in long sleeves and long pants, covering themselves with smelly repellent every two hours. Instead, let us suggest our barrier spray. It eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes on contact and continues to work for up to 3 weeks. Continued spray all season long keeps the mosquitoes out of your yard and helps to make it the fun and relaxing habitat it’s meant to be… for humans, not mosquitoes. Call us today for more details. 502-315-9097

What is Tick-Borne Ehrlichiosis?

Ehrlichiosis in Kentucky

In the summer of 2017, Channel 3 Wave News followed the story of Bobbi Harned and her tick bite very closely. As the sister-in-law to their chief meteorologist Kevin Harned, the news team felt very close to the story. Turns out it is a story all of Louisville, all of Kentucky actually, can learn from.

After a day on Rough River and a walk through the woods in June of 2017, Bobbi knew to check for ticks. When she saw one crawling, but not attached, she brushed it off and didn’t think of it again. Just two weeks later she was sick. With extreme flu-like symptoms, she tested negative for flu. The doctor gave her antibiotics for a urinary tract infection and sent her on her way. Barely a week later she was back in the emergency room and barely coherent. Soon after her blood pressure dropped and she slipped into a coma. She was intubated and swollen beyond recognition. Her family didn’t expect her to make it.

However, at the last minute, the doctor decided to treat Bobbi for tick-borne illness. She immediately started to get better. Through testing, they discovered that Bobbi had ehrlichiosis, transmitted to her from the bite of a lone star tick, most likely that tick that she brushed off after her walk in the woods. The great news is that Bobbi recovered from the illness, but unfortunately not before damage to her hearing and vocal cords due to swelling of the brain.

What is Ehrlichiosis?

Ehrlichiosis is a bacteria transmitted to humans through the bite of a lone star tick and is rare compared to other tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease. Most prominent in the south-central and eastern part of the United States, symptoms generally occur within 1 to 2 weeks of a tick bite and include fever, headache, achiness, and fatigue, nausea and vomiting, rash. A patient could have some, none, or all of these. The first line of treatment for ehrlichiosis is antibiotics. For more severe cases hospital stay and intravenous treatment may be required. The disease is very dangerous. When not treated properly, ehrlichiosis can be fatal even in previously healthy patients.

Protect and Report

The Harned family is thankful for Bobbi’s recovery, but they’ve learned from this experience. We would all be smart to share in their lessons. First, when you have symptoms, ask your healthcare professional to test for tick-borne illness. “Make sure they speak up. When we went, we didn’t think about it. But the doctors don’t know. With symptoms, they’re not thinking of tick bites,” said M.T., Bobbi’s husband. Bobbi herself was a critical care nurse and even she didn’t consider that she might be sick from a tick bite. Bobbi also says that she never lets her family go out to enjoy the outdoors without treating their clothes with permethrin.

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we reiterate those suggestions. When going out wear long sleeves and long pants and use insect repellent. If you find a tick on you or on your clothes, make note of it. Write down the date. That way if you do show symptoms you can track the timing. The more information you can give your healthcare provider the better if an illness were to arise. While the illnesses that ticks carry can be scary, protection is available in many forms including when you are at home. Call us at Mosquito Squad of Louisville today so that we can tell you about out tick control program. No one wants to be thinking about ticks when they are relaxing in their own backyard. We look forward to hearing from you. 502-315-9097

It’s Wet and Warm and Louisville Mosquitoes Couldn’t Be Happier!

That’s an awfully peppy title for what isn’t the happiest of news. But happy or not it’s a fact! The latest persistent rain followed by temperatures in the high 80s and into the 90s is just the weather those little pesky biters love!

The blog Mosquito.buzz tells us exactly what effects weather has on mosquito activity, although it’s not exactly a secret that wet weather in spring is going to lead to a summer full of mosquitoes. Lots of rain, leaving puddles and containers full of water make for great breeding grounds for mosquitoes. In fact, a female mosquito only needs about an inch of water to lay anywhere from 100-200 eggs. Mosquitoes also like hot weather and in extreme temperatures, they tend to bite more looking for blood and water. Mosquitoes also transmit viruses more efficiently in warm weather. Oh great. Well, we have water and heat here in Kentucky right now so we have and will have mosquitoes, there is no doubt.

You Can Take Control of Mosquitoes

Now to the good news. There are ways you can take control of your surroundings and keep the mosquito population down, but you have to be diligent. Cleaning up the yard is not a one-time thing you do at the beginning of spring. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we suggest following the 5Ts of mosquito-proofing your yard every time it rains. No matter how many times you empty out the little things that might hold water, if they remain outside they will continue to fill up and remember… they only need one inch to hatch new mosquitoes.

Keeping your grass short is awfully helpful too, thick grass holds water underneath. Grass clippings, brush, any yard waste needs to be removed. A clean yard, clear of standing water is less likely to be attractive to breeding mosquitoes and overall a nicer place to spend your time. There are other places you’ll want to consider checking as well, maybe places you haven’t thought of. Gutters that aren’t cleared as they should be will hold water if they become clogged with leaves. This is the perfect place for laying eggs. Septic tanks are also a great place for mosquito larvae to thrive. They are warm and have plenty of organic material for the mosquitoes to feed on. Check for cracks and compromised seals. By the time you realize your septic tank has mosquitoes, there could literally be thousands living there.

The realization that we have a heavy mosquito season coming is not a pleasant one but it doesn’t have to be hopeless either. Diligence in keeping your own yard free of the places that harbor mosquitoes will not only make your yard a more pleasant place to be but it will spill over into your community. Work with your neighbors to create a community effort in lowering the entire mosquito population. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we also believe that in this time of heavy mosquito activity you really can’t and shouldn’t try to fight it alone. Professional mosquito control can make all the difference in how much you are affected by a busy mosquito season. If you would like to know how, give us a call. Mosquito season may be a fight this year, but you do not have to fight it alone. 502-315-9097

Mosquito, Flea, and Tick Borne Illnesses Triple: How Does That Affect Us in Kentucky?

According to WHAS11 there is a new report from the CDC about the illnesses summer bugs can share and it’s alarming. For the first time, the CDC has summarized all the diseases that ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes cause collectively. This includes Zika, West Nile, Lyme disease, dengue, plague, chikungunya, and more. In 2004, there were 27,388 reported cases of such diseases, in 2016 there were 96,075. That is three times as many in only thirteen years.

Not only that, nine more germs that cause disease were discovered in or introduced to the US during this period. The CDC doesn’t have confidence in how prepared we are in the United States for this upswing. They say diseases from ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas are difficult to control and are a widespread cause of death and sickness. Due to this recent growth, state and local health organizations need to invest more in the fight against them. CDC Director Robert R. Redfield says, “we don’t know what will threaten Americans next”.

Causes of Vector-Borne Disease Growth

Overseas travel and commerce are more common than ever, so as people travel it is possible they take diseases wherever they go. It is as simple as one person with a mosquito-borne illness coming to the US and being bitten by a mosquito, then that mosquito bites someone else, who is bitten by another mosquito… you get it right?

Now put that in perspective here in Louisville. Think about how many mosquitoes we have here and how quickly disease could spread if introduced. Mosquitoes and ticks are also growing in numbers and migrating into new areas. Sixty percent of this 13-year increase was in tick-borne illnesses. There have been three types of ticks we concern ourselves with over the past years in Kentucky and they do carry disease. The CDC confirms ticks are traveling to new areas across the country. That just adds to the diseases we must concern ourselves with. For example, even though there have been instances of Lyme, it has never been very much of a problem here. However north of us, it is a huge problem so the idea of it spreading to Kentucky is not far-fetched at all, in fact, the numbers are already beginning to rise.

Vector-Borne Disease Prevention

The CDC emphasizes local governments’ need to build programs that test for and track diseases, to train staff in mosquito and tick prevention and control, and to educate the public about how these diseases are spread. The Center also reminds the public to be diligent in their own fight by using insect repellent, dressing appropriately, treating clothing and camping gear, and treating and protecting your pets.

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we know that it is by eliminating the bugs that we avoid the disease. We would add to the CDC’s suggestions that professional treatment is the best way to protect your family. Our flea, tick, and mosquito treatment services combined with your due diligence in keeping your yard clean of areas that these pests thrive in is no longer just something you could do, but something you should do. It’s up to us to work together to lower these numbers. Call us today to put the plan in place. 502-315-9097

The Projection is… Heart worm on the Rise and Mosquito Activity Heavy

Every year the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) puts out its forecast for parasite activity. 2018 is not looking pretty. “Academic parasitologists” consider precipitation, mosquito population density, and temperature to create their expert opinions on the upcoming year’s parasite activity. What do we have in store this year? Heartworm is on the rise for our sweet and furry friends.

The 2017 prediction for a rise in mosquito activity by Dr. Chris Rehm, veterinarian, and president of the American Heartworm Society was correct. He also told the AV he suspected even heavier mosquito populations in 2018. The hot and wet weather over the last few years and changing weather patterns are a major factor in the strong mosquito population which is what leads to this rise in heartworm disease. The CAPC also speculates that pets displaced due to last year’s hurricanes could have unknowingly been carrying and spreading the disease.

Other Parasites are on the Rise Too

It isn’t only mosquitoes that thrive in hot, wet summers. Ticks are predicted to be strong this year too. Ticks can spread Lyme disease to our pets. This same prediction from the Parasite Council shows a presence of Lyme in Kentucky and other more southern states where it was not previously prevalent. Ticks also carry anaplasmosis and babesiosis. All of these parasites can be dangerous for our pets.

Protect your Pets with Tick and Mosquito Control

There are different options out there for flea, tick, and mosquito control for your pets: topical applications, medicated collars, long-lasting medications in pill form. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we suggest that you talk to your vet about which works best for your pets. However, with what appears to be a strong mosquito season ahead, you really can’t just stop there. It’s imperative that we all be proactive in our fight to keep mosquitoes at bay.

Step one is clean up. The 5Ts of mosquito control are great guidelines to how to begin at home and on your own.

Next, we suggest talking about it out with your friends, family, and neighbors. The larger the effort, the fewer the mosquitoes. It really can be that simple.

Professional tick and mosquito treatment also needs to be a part of a well-rounded mosquito protection plan. Mosquito Squad’s barrier spray will eliminate 90% of the mosquitoes in your yard on contact. We love our pets. They are part of our family. Knowing the risks for disease are out there and increased this year means we need to take immediate action. Mosquito Squad of Louisville is ready to create the treatment plan that best serves your family… including the 4-legged furry members. Call us today. 502-315-9097

It’s the Backstretch to the Derby… Are You Ready?

The 144th Kentucky Derby is just weeks away. Are you getting ready? So are the mosquitoes!

Maybe you have a large event with tents and tables being delivered and set up by professionals. Or maybe it will be a smaller group of friends, happy for this yearly excuse to get together and dress up a bit. You’ve got your hat right? If not you’d better get shopping!

There’s cooking to do, pies to bake, maybe even some flowers to plant. Even at the smallest level, we take our Derby parties seriously here in Kentucky! And after all the work you put in, one of the worst things would be to watch your guests spend more time swatting mosquitoes than socializing. What a nightmare!

Derby Party Mosquito Control

Whether you have professionals setting up and decorating or it’s just you and your bestie or husband stringing up some globe lights, keeping the mosquitoes away is a job best done by those that know how. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, our special event treatment is residue and odor free and will last for your entire event, eliminating 85% of the mosquitoes and any other annoying flying bugs that might be trying to crash your event.

Our professional technicians will spray the entire area of your event in plenty of time for you to be able to set up and it will last through clean up. But the Derby is May 5th, which means you need to place the call right away. Get on our schedule and use your time perfecting your Mint Julep. Or maybe you’re making your own hat, that’s going to require some time. Let Mosquito Squad of Louisville focus on the bugs…you focus on the fun. Call us today! 502-315-9097

CDC Strengthens Urges for Yellow Fever Vaccination if Traveling to Brazil

The Lexington Herald Leader reports that US health officials’ continue to urge you postpone any travels to Brazil until you are properly vaccinated. Ten recent tourists have fallen ill to Yellow fever during their trips to Brazil. None were vaccinated. When it comes to yellow fever, many of those that contract the disease will be unaware they even have it. However, 15% that do can become very sick. Of those, 60% will die.

What Is Making This Outbreak Different?

Yellow Fever isn’t new to Brazil, but more often it has stayed in the outlying regions and forested areas. It’s been more of a danger to the monkeys than the humans. However this time it appears to be moving into the cities. Rio, Sao Paulo, and Ilha Grande are all reporting more cases of Yellow Fever. The fact that these are hot tourist spots has the CDC concerned and pushing harder for the vaccine. However, in the United States, there is no vaccine being manufactured at this time. There is some being imported from Europe, but will there be enough?

You can visit the CDC’s yellow fever webpage to find the closest clinics giving the vaccine.
Getting the vaccine may be inconvenient but Dr. Lyle Peterson of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Disease, states there is a low possibility of mosquitoes becoming infected by biting sick humans. 2.2 million people travel from Brazil to the US every year. All of these factors lead to the continued need for caution. The Aedes Aegypti is one type of mosquito that can carry yellow fever and it does exist in parts of the United States.

Scientists are saying the risk to the United States is low when it comes to any spread of Yellow Fever. And yet if there weren’t concern the CDC wouldn’t be suggesting the vaccine. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we believe there’s never anything wrong with erring on the side of caution. Therefore we remind you to protect yourself and family from mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry. Follow our 5Ts of mosquito-proofing your yard When you get to the “T” for treat, give us a call. Our barrier spray will eliminate up to 90% of mosquitoes in your yard and continued treatment can give you a summer filled with thoughts of backyard bbqs and birthday parties… and not yellow fever. Call us today. 502.315.9097

Ticks in Kentucky: What’s the Best Way to Prevent Them?

It’s warming up and once that begins, spring and summer, and all the things they include usually roll in quickly. For most of us that’s pretty exciting, however, there is some work that goes along with it and that work includes tick control. The University of Kentucky’s entomology department considers 3 types of ticks to be the main vectors of disease in Kentucky: the dog tick, the black-legged tick, and Lone Star tick. These three ticks can carry a range of diseases including rocky mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, anaplasmosis, and even an allergy to red meat. All dangerous, but all preventable.

There are four stages in the life cycle of a tick. It takes a blood meal to move through each cycle. The Center for Disease Control says sometimes this life cycle can last up to 3 years.

Do you really want a tick making your backyard it’s home for the next three years? That gives it time to feed on a bird in your birdbath, move on to your dog, and then to you or your child before it lays eggs and it’s babies start the cycle all over. You could be hosting your own little tick zoo and you didn’t even know it.

Year-Round Tick Prevention

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we have an extensive tick control program that works year after year, not only eliminating the ticks in your yard but also preventing the birth of new ones. Trained technicians spray our barrier treatment every 2-3 weeks during the warm months to eliminate existing ticks on contact for up to 3 weeks. Our tick tubes work all year with their unique way of keeping new ticks from making it out into the yard. Twice a year tick tubes filled with treated cotton are strategically placed in your yard. White-footed mice (the kind that female ticks tend to take their last blood meal on before they lay their eggs) pull out the cotton and use it to build their nests. When the tick eggs hatch they can’t survive the treated cotton, but it doesn’t harm the mice. This results in fewer and fewer adult ticks to eliminate. No ticks, no disease. We like that. Call us as Mosquito Squad of Louisville today and let us get started early and keep the ticks at bay all year long. (502) 315-9097

For additional tick protection follow our C’s of tick control for your yard.

How to Protect Your Fur Baby from Ticks and Mosquitoes

Our cats and dogs are like our children. They greet us when we come home from a long day and make the whole stress-filled world disappear. They love us unconditionally, and in return we pamper them, spoil them, and spare no expense in making sure they are healthy and happy. While you most likely are using medical intervention to prevent heartworm, spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes, in your dog, are you aware of the other dangerous illnesses your pets can get from bug bites?

Tick-Borne Diseases and Your Dog

Ticks are commonly found on dogs as they nose around in the underbrush where ticks like to hang out. It is gross to have to remove them, and scary to think they are in your home and could come looking to bite you. But more importantly, ticks carry dangerous diseases, and your dog could be infected. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, and Ehrlichiosis. Canine forms of the tick-borne disease are a bit different; some can even be deadly. There have even been reports of canine tick paralysis, which is purely from the bite of any tick, although rare, can cause your pet’s organs to completely shut down if you don’t find the tick and remove it immediately. Contact your Vet right away if you suspect a tick bite infected your dog and be sure to follow their advice for topical tick control.

Tick-borne Diseases that Can Affect Cats

If you have an outdoor cat, ticks can be an issue for them too. You can use topical treatment for protection and should follow your veterinarian’s advice. Cats can become ill from a parasite called Cytauxzoonosis, Tularemia, Haemobartonellosis, Babesiosis, and Ehrlichiosis from the bite of an infected tick. With dangerous disease transmission, helping your cat avoid tick bites is as important as protecting your dog.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases and Your Dog

Heartworm is the primary concern for your dog when it comes to mosquito bites. While we encourage you to use the medical intervention recommended by your doctor for heart worm prevention, we know that is not always possible. In that case, it is best if you can have your yard treated with mosquito barrier treatment all season long to lower your dog’s risk for a mosquito bite.

Cats and Heartworm from Mosquito Bites

Did you know cats can get heartworm too? It is true. While it is rare for a cat to have heartworm and even rarer for it to result in heartworm disease if it does it can be fatal. According to the American Heartworm Association, cats can get a heartworm-associated respiratory disease, to which there is no cure. Prevention is the best medicine for heartworms in cats.

Whether you treat your pets with the recommended heartworm prevention and tick control provided by your veterinarian or issues such as sensitive skin prevent this treatment, your pets could use the extra protection from tick control and mosquito control in Louisville. Our barrier treatment eliminates up to 90% of adult ticks and mosquitoes from your yard. Call Mosquito Squad of Louisville today to learn more about backyard tick and mosquito protection for your pets. (502) 315-9097

Louisville Resident Suffers West Nile Virus from the Bite of an Infected Mosquito

It’s been a busy year in Kentucky for the mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. We have had four human cases already, and we still have plenty of warm weather ahead of us. One of those cases was right here in Louisville.

All four cases of West Nile in Kentucky have been in adults, who have all survived the illness. Great news as that is not always the case. On average, Kentucky will see about 10 human cases of West Nile Virus each year, and it is normal for them to occur at this time of the summer.

End of Summer = Heightened Mosquito Precautions

As you are winding down summer activities, it can be easy to let up on things like mosquito precautions and tick safety. However, this is the time of year when mosquito-borne diseases usually rear their ugly heads.

West Nile Virus is transmitted in the spring to birds from over-wintering mosquitoes who are infected. It takes some time for the virus to be prevalent enough in birds and mosquitoes to make its way to a human. This fact is why it is usually later in the summer when it begins to show up. We typically see it in mosquitoes in late July and people and larger mammals by late August and September.

Now is the time of year to remember the 5 Ts of mosquito control for your yard and use repellent containing DEET when you are out in untreated areas like parks, playgrounds, the woods, camping or hiking. And most of all, know the symptoms of West Nile Virus, so you can seek medical help as soon as possible. While there is no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile, it is important to seek medical intervention for managing symptoms and watching for the development of severe West Nile which can become neurological.

Be sure to call Mosquito Squad of Louisville to limit your exposure to mosquito bites at home. Our mosquito barrier treatment reduces mosquitoes on your property by up to 90%. (502) 315-9097

Where in the World Did the Zika Virus Go?

You may be asking yourself if the mosquito-borne Zika virus is a threat in Louisville this year. While last year it was all over the news, this year you haven’t heard much, if at all. While no news is usually good news, that is not always the case, so we thought we’d give you an update.

The Zika Virus in the United States

Starting with the current Zika numbers: last year in the U.S., the CDC reported 224 probable locally-transmitted Zika cases and 4,830 travel-related Zika cases. This year, the CDC has logged only 200 travel-related cases and just one locally acquired case of Zika virus in Texas. So yea, the no news is good news rings true in this case.

Why Did Zika Cases Decline Rapidly?

One of the most interesting points about Zika virus is that it is mostly asymptomatic. Only 1 out of 5 people with Zika will know they have the virus. And once you have Zika, your body builds immunity so you can’t get it again. These two facts have made the speed at which rates of Zika cases declined much quicker than expected.

Known as herd immunity, once a large enough percentage of a population has built immunity after infection, the rates plummet as the disease becomes difficult to spread. While there can still be instances of the case, with so few being susceptible to infection, it can dead-end at each new infection that much easier.

More Good Zika News

While the number of known Zika cases in the United States would not statistically be enough to create herd immunity, the immunity in Brazil and the Caribbean comes into play. With Zika having been an epidemic for over two years, large percentages of the population in these locations have already been infected and cannot be infected again. This low rate of infection has protected the United States from potential spread through travel. With fewer Zika infected people entering the United States, the possibility for mosquitoes to become infected and spread the disease is much lower.

While we often share with you some scary mosquito-borne news, we are pleased to offer such great news about a disease that has been so devastating for so many families. If you’re looking to control mosquitoes at your property, give us a call today. 502.315.9097

What Is Equine West Nile Virus and What is Our Risk in Kentucky?

Did you know that horses can become infected with West Nile Virus too? Equine West Nile virus is when a horse becomes infected with West Nile virus from the bite of an infected mosquito. While Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a huge summer concern for horse owners, the slightly more common West Nile Virus is a danger too. In fact, five horses in Kentucky have already been diagnosed with West Nile Virus just this year.

Symptoms of Equine West Nile Virus

The symptoms of West Nile Virus in horses begin with flulike signs, a mild loss of appetite and depression, fine and coarse muscle fasciculation (twitching), hypersensitivity to touch and sound, changes in mentality, occasional drowsiness, zoning out, driving or pushing forward without control, and spinal signs including asymmetrical weakness. Some may experience asymmetrical or symmetrical loss of control of their body movements. West Nile virus in horses has a mortality rate of 30-40%, making it extremely dangerous for your horses.

Kentucky Horses Face West Nile Virus Threat

In a fifteen year span, from 2001 to 2016, 728 cases of Equine West Nile Virus were confirmed in Kentucky. In 96% of those cases, the horse was not adequately vaccinated. And 30% of those cases resulted in the death of the horse.

Equine West Nile Virus Prevention

Following your veterinarian’s guide for disease prevention and a vaccination schedule is vital in preventing Equine West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and other diseases that could harm your horses.

Preventing mosquito bites is an additional precaution you can and should take to protect your horses, other pets, and human family members. It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to become seriously ill. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, our traditional barrier treatment eliminates up to 90% of mosquitoes on your property and continues to work for up to three weeks. We also offer automatic misting systems that are convenient and effective for large outdoor areas such as horse stables, for continuous mosquito control. Call today to discuss your mosquito control options with our experts. (502) 315-9097

How Does a Louisville Mosquito Bite Work and Why Does it Itch?

There really are few things as small as a simple mosquito bite that can be so horribly annoying.

Often times they’ve bitten you and disappeared without you knowing they were there. AND THEN… the itch sets in and oh you know it! It brings you to wonder how exactly such a tiny, and what can appear frail, creature can do so much damage. Mosquitoes have roamed the planet for millions of years and at present more humans are killed by them than by any other creature. How do they do it? Well, the video below will show you exactly how they are engineered to get the nutrition they need to continue to produce and continue to irritate. There is more going on here than you probably ever imagined.

Step By Step: How a Mosquito Bites You

A female mosquito requires blood to create eggs. This is the reason that she bites humans. Male mosquitoes do not. For the female to carry out the task she carries six tiny, needle-like appendages in a protective sheath. Each “needle” has a specific job.

  1. The first two saw through the skin. The “teeth” are so sharp it’s barely felt.
  2. The second two pry open your skin and keep it open while the next one does its work.
  3. This next one is a probe. It searches out and guides towards blood vessels. Then it becomes the literal straw for the blood meal.
  4. Lastly, there is a needle that secretes a chemical for the purpose of creating quicker blood flow. It’s this chemical that also causes the welts and itching that drives us crazy!

This efficient process is what makes a female mosquito the perfect carrier and deliverer of disease. When infected, not only will they be extracting blood they will also be infecting you with whatever they might be carrying. To avoid mosquito bites and lower your risks for a mosquito-borne disease the best thing you can do is keep your living spaces clear of mosquitoes. Follow our 5Ts of mosquito control at Mosquito Squad of Louisville.

That’s the best first step in protecting your yard and family. After that, give us a call. Our mosquito barrier treatment will kill 85-90% of mosquitoes on contact and continue working for up to 3 weeks. We’d love to tell you more about our services. Let’s take control of the pests in your yard together, today! 502-315-9097

The Mosquito Squad Difference: Louisville's Best Mosquito Control

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we know that there are other companies that you could choose to rid your home of mosquitoes and ticks but we believe that we truly are the standard for exceptional pest control service and our customers choose us over and over because we prove this on a daily basis. There are five attributes to our company that makes us a leader in home pest control.

  • Passion – It is our passion to protect your home and outdoor living spaces from ticks and mosquitoes. We care about our clients and their families and have a passion for providing the best products.
  • Service – From the person that answers that first phone call to the technician that applies your barrier spray, we put all our efforts into providing excellent customer service. You will receive an email to confirm 24 hours before your scheduled spray as well as immediate confirmation once the service is complete. Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed with each service.
  • Responsiveness – Not only do we take care of you with our fantastic service, but offer the best customer support in the industry. Our knowledgeable staff is here to answer your toughest questions and concerns.
  • Education – We want to keep you educated on any and all new information there is out there about tick and mosquito-borne illnesses, new treatments and vaccines, or anything else concerning these pests that can affect your family. If you follow our blog posts, you can see that we continue to follow and update changing information.
  • Giving – Finally, Mosquito gives a portion of its sales to an organization called Malaria No More. As mosquitoes are the #1 animal threat to humans globally, we feel that it is important for us to join in this fight.

What Makes Mosquito Squad’s Barrier Treatment a Cut Above the Rest?

As our most popular service, the barrier spray is composed of a compound similar to that found in most flea and tick collars. Our barrier treatment is also EPA registered on state and federal levels. Your children and pets can be back out and be enjoying the yard just 30 minutes after any application. Our trained technicians also have your flowers, plants, and the bees that pollinate them in mind when spraying. They do not spray into open blooms and avoid bees flying around them. When allowed to dry, our time-released barrier treatment continues to work for up to 3 weeks. Mosquitoes feed on plant juices so the residual left there will continue to kill them.

Since our spray was invented in 2005 we have sprayed literally millions of treatments and we stand behind these services with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Check out our FAQ page for answers to even more questions about Mosquito Squad and the excellent services we provide. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we are proud of our products, our services, and the protection that our company provides. Call us today and let’s schedule your first treatment. You won’t be disappointed! Let us help you take back control of your yard from ticks and mosquitoes. 502-315-9097

Young Man Survives a Co-Infection of a Tick-Borne & Mosquito-Borne Disease

What is a co-infection? A co-infection is when someone becomes sick with two different infections at the same time. It is best known (although not common) to occur when tick-borne Babesiosis and Lyme disease are contracted at the same time through the bite of a single tick infected with both. In a recent case, a man suffered a co-infection from tick-borne Rocky Mountain Spotted fever and mosquito-borne West Nile Virus.

Did You Know Co-Infections Were Possible?

While you may not have imagined it, it makes sense that it could happen given ticks and mosquitoes both like damp, moist places. If you’re hanging out in the woods, you are facing heavy exposure to both ticks and mosquitoes. Being unlucky enough to be bitten by both is bad enough, but having both be infected with a bacteria, virus, or parasite is even worse.

As reported by the Billings Gazette, the young man was 21 at the time of the co-infection. While his chances of this illness are one in several million, he beat the odds by surviving. His doctor only knew of two other cases of simultaneous West Nile Virus, and Lyme disease and both patients died. At the height of his illness, the man was sleeping for as much as 22 hours a day and lost almost 40 pounds. Today he is almost back to normal, completely clear of the diseases, his immune system still has to recover completely.

If you experience severe exhaustion or an inability to stay awake, call your doctor immediately. Make sure all possibilities are considered so that you can receive proper treatment as soon as possible. When it comes to tick-borne and mosquito-borne diseases, it seems that almost anything is possible.

When you’re out enjoying nature, following tick safety methods and use DEET to keep mosquitoes away. Lower your risks for tick-borne and mosquito-borne disease at home with mosquito control and tick control treatment by Mosquito Squad of Louisville. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and our products can eliminate as much as 90% of mosquitoes and adult ticks on your property. Call today (502) 315-9097.

What’s Wiggling in My Watering Can? Louisville Mosquitoes Thrive in Your Backyard Containers

Where do you think mosquitoes multiply and grow quicker? Your backyard kiddie pool with a little bit of water left in it or ponds and lakes?

The correct answer is your backyard. You’ve heard us urge you to follow the 5 Ts of Mosquito Control to eliminate water as a source of life for new mosquitoes, but have you ever looked into a container with standing water in it?

As you see in the video above, mosquitoes thrive in these environments without fish, frogs or as many birds to devour them.

Water and The Mosquito Life-Cycle

Adult females lay their eggs on the surface of the water. Those hatch into larvae which you see in the video. The larvae are known as wrigglers because they stay at the surface to breathe but duck down under when perceived danger approaches, before popping back up with a wiggle. Next, they transform into pupae, who also live on the surface of the water, but actively move below the surface if they are disturbed. Pupae develop into adult mosquitoes that emerge onto the surface of the water.

Next time you are outside, following the 5 Ts of mosquito control, take a peek in your buckets, saucers, puddles, and containers before dumping the water. Once you see how many mosquito eggs, larvae, and pupae can grow in a small amount of water, you’ll never skip another post-rain yard check again.

For additional protection from mosquitoes at your Louisville home, call Mosquito Squad of Louisville today. We can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property. (502) 315-9097

What is the Heartland Virus? Is it In Louisville?

A rare tick-borne disease called the Heartland Virus has recently been in the local news. The CDC recently announced that two human cases of Heartland Virus have been diagnosed in Southern Indiana in the last two years. So what is the Heartland Virus and what is our risk for Heartland Virus in Louisville?

The Heartland Virus

Part of a family of viruses called “Phleboviruses,” the Heartland Virus is so rare that everything is not yet known about it. While most phleboviruses are transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or sand fly, it is suspected that the Lone Star tick is the culprit in this case.

Symptoms of Heartland Virus

Patients with a positive diagnosis have described a variety of symptoms including fever, lethargy, headaches, muscle aches, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or nausea. The CDC reports “they all had a low number of cells that fight infection and that help blood clot.” A majority of these patients required hospitalization, and only one death occurred, the rest of the Heartland Virus patients recovered fully.

Are we at Risk for Heartland Virus in Kentucky?

With such limited number of cases, we are unable to give you stats about our risk level for Heartland Virus. However, given the news that two cases of this tick-borne disease have been diagnosed just across the river, and the population of Lone Star ticks in Kentucky, I would suggest using tick safety methods to protect yourself when enjoying the great outdoors at home or elsewhere.

To lower your risks for Heartland Virus and other tick-borne diseases while at home, call Mosquito Squad of Louisville for our tick treatment program. We can lower the tick population on your property by up to 90%. 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call today! 502-315-9097

West Nile Season in Louisville is Off to an Early Start

West Nile Virus might seem like something from the nineties, but it is a dangerous disease that still affects Louisville each year. In fact, we had nine total human cases of West Nile Virus reported in Kentucky last year, 3 of which were neuroinvasive (severe) cases. Health officials monitor and test mosquitoes each season to know when and how much West Nile virus is present. This year it has come a bit early, as a mosquito just across the river in Clarksville tested positive for West Nile virus in mid-June.

How to Prevent West Nile Virus

The best prevention for West Nile Virus in Louisville is avoiding mosquito bites. When you are out camping, hiking, or enjoying public outdoor and untreated areas, apply mosquito repellent on exposed skin. When you are at home, follow the 5 Ts of mosquito control to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and lower mosquito populations in your yard. For additional protection, call Mosquito Squad of Louisville for our 85-90% effective mosquito control treatment.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus

Transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, West Nile Virus presents similarly to the flu with fever, body aches, headache, and a rash. About 1% of those infected will face severe illness that can lead to encephalitis. In some cases, people can die from West Nile Virus. There is no cure or vaccine for West Nile, making early detection and prevention the best method of avoiding illness. Be sure to see a doctor immediately if you suspect it.

To lower your risks for mosquito-borne diseases at home and all of your mosquito elimination needs, call Mosquito Squad of Louisville today! 502-315-9097 We are your best choice for Louisville mosquito control.

University of Kentucky Professor and Former Student Develop New Mosquito Control Method

Breakthrough Louisville mosquito controlRight here in Louisville’s own backyard, research funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health has led to a breakthrough mosquito control method. Stephen Dobson, professor of medical and veterinary entomology in the Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and his former graduate student, Jimmy Mains developed a method of sterilizing male mosquitoes with a naturally occurring bacteria called Wolbachia.

300 Mosquito Eggs that Won’t Hatch

The two established a company called MosquitoMate to get their product to market. The way it works is the Wolbachia bacteria results in eggs that will not hatch. Since mosquitoes are monogamous, the reduction in the next generation of mosquitoes is significant with every male released. (Female mosquitoes can produce three batches of about 300 eggs during their life.)

The company is awaiting EPA approval. Once it is approved, they will be able to sell the sterile male mosquitoes as a mosquito control method. Recently opening a second MosquitoMate facility in Lexington, when running at capacity they will be able to produce 50 million eggs and 3 million sterile males per week.

Until this fantastic new mosquito control method becomes widely available, stick with Mosquito Squad of Louisville for all of your commercial and residential mosquito control needs. Our mosquito barrier treatment eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes on your property and we offer alternative methods such as mosquito misting systems and natural barrier treatments. Call today! (502) 315-9097

Source: University of Kentucky News

Are We at Risk for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Louisville?

American Dog TickYou have probably heard the mention of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in the news lately. A toddler near Indianapolis succumbed to the illness a few weeks back, and each day there are new cases diagnosed across the country. Rocky Mountain Spotted fever is a disease spread by the bite of an infected tick. In Kentucky, the American dog tick and Brown dog tick are the types of ticks responsible for spreading the disease.

Louisville Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Just last week WYMT News reported a case of a boy in Harlan County who became ill with Rocky Mountain spotted fever after his mother pulled two ticks off of him just days before. The boy received antibiotic treatment and is now on the mend, as with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, early treatment is important.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Symptoms

Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be deadly. According to the CDC fatality rates have been steadily falling from 28% in 1944 to approximately .5% today. Getting early treatment can be tricky with tick-borne diseases, as ticks are tiny, so if you didn’t know you were bitten, you might never suspect Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Know the symptoms below, and if you were recently spending time outdoors you would need to see your doctor immediately:

  • fever
  • rash (205 days after fever, does not occur in all cases)
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • muscle pain
  • lack of appetite
  • pink eye

With tick populations growing each and every year, it is important to practice tick safety after spending time outdoors. If you should become ill after a tick bite, see your doctor right away. To avoid tick bites and lower your risk for tick-borne diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, sign up for the best Louisville tick control services available from Mosquito Squad of Louisville. Call now! 502-315-9097

Mosquito Squad of Louisville’s Barrier Spray… the Best Mosquito Control Product to Keep You Comfortable in Your Outdoor Spaces

Mosquitoes are a nuisance. Not only do they surround you when they are out and their bites sting and itch, but they can cause some scary diseases. The best thing to do is avoid them. Our mosquito barrier spray is the perfect prescription for that.

Mosquito Squad’s 100% guaranteed barrier treatment is applied by professional technicians. They are trained to make sure that our spray gets in all the places that mosquitoes can hide. They see all the shady spots in your yard that you may never consider to be the mosquitoes’ daily refuge. Retaining walls, brush and log piles, upside down wheelbarrows, firepits: our technicians will make sure that none of those places go untreated.

Our trusted barrier spray will eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes and other flying bugs such as gnats and noseeums on contact. That same spray will lie in wait on plant leaves and yard vegetation, it’s time released formula continuing to kill pests for 2-3 more weeks.

For the best protection all season long, continuous service will keep you and your yard virtually pest free. Every 21 days our professional technicians will return for another thorough spraying. Once we have created a schedule, we will let you know we are coming and again once we’ve been there, however, there is no need for you to change your busy schedule to be at home.

Call Mosquito Squad of Louisville today and let’s get you on board. With our 100% guaranteed service, there’s no way you can regret it! 502-315-9097

Is Powassan Virus a Threat in Louisville?

Summer! School is coming to a close, and vacation plans are being made. Will you be camping? Traveling to see family in places all across the country? Or maybe just having a ton of backyard BBQs? As you are packing and pulling out supplies, don’t forget the bug spray. I know, I know… that’s not the first thing you want to think of but as the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So as tick season is most definitely upon us, we must be diligent in preventing tick bites. Tick bites can lead to tick-borne illnesses, and we all certainly want to avoid that.The most common tick-borne diseases in Kentucky are Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Southern Tick Associated Rash. Lyme disease can also happen on occasion, but it’s not as common here.

Powassan Virus: Rare But Dangerous Tick Disease

This year you are more than likely going to start hearing more and more about another illness that ticks can carry as well: Powassan virus. Powassan is carried by the deer tick, just as Lyme disease is, but can be significantly more dangerous. The virus can cause encephalitis, swelling of the brain, in some cases. 10% of the people that become this severely sick will die. And there is no treatment. Only the symptoms are treatable. 50% of those that survive will have permanent neurological damage of some kind.

The good news is that it is very rare. Over the last ten years, only 75 cases have been reported to the CDC, and they were all in the Northeast and Great Lake regions. Powassan was only first recognized in ticks that actually bite humans in the 1990s, even though it was identified in 1958. There have been very recent cases in the news, though as we said before, in the North East. One tells us of a woman dying in just weeks after receiving a tick bite in 2013 and again this past November of a 5-month old baby getting sick with Powassan after a tick bite. There are reports of Powassan cases increasing, however, some doctors are not sure this is the case.

The medical director of infectious diseases and immunology at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Nicholas Bennett told Time Magazine that he believes it could be a case of more doctors being aware of it and testing for it. Regardless, it is bound to be a heavy tick season due to the warmer winter, and with a deadly disease that can be transferred from a tick to a human within the first 15-minutes of attachment, it is important that we remain aware of new information.

Leave the Ticks in the Woods if You Can

So while Powassan isn’t yet a threat here in Kentucky, it does seem that ticks and their illnesses are always on the move. So if you are traveling this summer, it is important to keep track of what threats are in your surroundings. And if you are in a tick populated area take safety precautions and don’t forget to check and double check. Clothing, tents, bags, and bodies can all carry ticks to new destinations.

As for tick treatment at home, Mosquito Squad of Louisville has a plan for you. Call us for a free quote for the best tick control service for your Louisville area yard. Be sure to continue to follow our blog as we do our best to keep you informed as new information is available. We can’t wait to hear from you! 502-315-9097

Mosquito Allergy Vs. Mosquito Bite Infection: How Can You Be Sure?

mosquito bite If you’ve got a spot somewhere on your skin that is itching and hurting, does it matter? Well yes actually it does and here’s why: Infections and allergies need to be treated completely differently for the sake of a healthy recovery. The same is true if the reaction or infection is due to a mosquito bite.

Mosquito Allergies and Reactions

When a mosquito bites you, it injects you with its saliva for the purpose of keeping your blood from clotting. This, of course, is to make the extraction of the meal easier for the pest. This is also the chemical that causes a reaction.

Mosquito bite reactions take on a wide range of severity for people. While some might feel just a slight itch or sting accompanied by a small bump, others can be much more severe. Swelling, bright redness, and bruising can be common in small children due to the sensitive tissue in their arms and legs, however, they are likely to outgrow it.

mosquito bite allergySevere reactions can take a couple of different tracks. Skeeter Syndrome is a term used to describe a severe local reaction. In these cases, you might see swelling in an entire body part. The bite becomes hot and hard to the touch or it could blister and ooze. Treatment of these types of reaction can include elevation, cold compresses, over the counter ointments, and topical or oral antihistamines. More than likely the reaction will appear worse than it is and subside as quickly as it appeared. In rare cases a systemic reaction can occur, similar to those more commonly associated with bee stings. Large blisters or lesions, fever, joint pain, and in the worse scenario, anaphylaxis could be present. It is best if people with known systemic reactions keep an Epi Pen handy and contact their nearest health care provider if they receive a mosquito bite. You can never be too careful.

Mosquito Bite Infections

Unlike an allergic reaction, an infection cannot be caused directly by a mosquito bite. That doesn’t mean a mosquito bite cannot become infected. Remember all those time your Mama told you not to scratch at your bites? Well, this is why. Infection enters your body through a hole or irritated bite.

mosquito bite infectionThe there are 3 main types of skin infection: Impetigo is caused by the staph or strep bacteria and will cause sores around the nose and mouth. This is more common with children. Cellulitis, also commonly caused by staph and strep bacteria will cause an infected area to become red, hot and swollen. Red streaks may form starting at the area as well. Fever, chills and swollen glands are symptoms of this infection. Lymphangitis will enter from a hole in the skin and infect the lymphatic system. These bacteria multiply quickly and find their way to the armpits and groin area where most of your lymph nodes exist. Unlike reactions, infections take the time to form. If you notice a bite getting worse or begin to feel a fever see your doctor immediately. These infections can be treated with antibiotics but must be taken seriously.

Mosquito Bite Prevention

Knowing the difference in what a reaction, compared to an infection, looks and feels like makes the treatment and cure so much simpler. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we strive to keep you informed of all things that relate to keeping you protected from mosquitoes and mosquito bites. We also wish to contribute to the actual protection. Our professional, time released, mosquito control treatment will eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard. Keeping your yard mosquito free is the best way to keep you OUT of the doctor’s office. Call us today to schedule your first treatment. 502-375-9097

Lyme Disease Detection: Improving Diagnostics is the Key to Combatting Chronic Lyme

The news this year is focused on the expectation that it is going to be a terrible year for ticks with expected increases in Lyme disease cases. In an effort to inform the public, many of these stories share Lyme disease symptoms, Lyme disease prevention tips, and tick control methods. While the value of this information is important, there is an often ignored fact when it comes to the life-altering fate of many Lyme disease sufferers, the extreme difficulty in getting an accurate Lyme disease diagnosis.

Why is Lyme Disease in Humans Hard to Detect?

Lyme disease is a tricky bacteria. It enters the body through the blood stream, but quickly moves to “other tissues like joints, the heart and the brain.” Without it staying in the blood, it is difficult to identify in blood samples.

According to Dr. Paul Fiedler, as reported by The Hour, the most advanced Lyme disease testing currently available tests for the antibodies our body produces in response to the bacteria. It can take several weeks for antibodies to develop, leaving someone in the early phases of Lyme disease with a false negative, leading to misdiagnosis and lack of treatment.

Without clear evidence of a Lyme disease “bulls-eye” rash or a noticed tick bite, the negative test result sends doctors down other paths due to the ambiguous flu-like symptoms. Without early diagnosis and treatment, patients have a higher likelihood of suffering from chronic Lyme disease symptoms.

New Lyme Testing On the Horizon

Dr. Fiedler is using the science behind the Human Genome Project to extract DNA from blood samples to create a more accurate Lyme disease testing method. By using blood samples from Lyme patients collected by the Western Connecticut Health Network, his team has been able to use Lyme infected blood versus samples from those not infected, to determine a new more accurate test for Lyme disease. With potential clinical trials this summer, he hopes he can make the test affordable enough for community hospitals to gain easy access.

An additional benefit of his new Lyme testing method is the ability to determine the precise type of bacteria infecting each Lyme patient. As Borrelia has many different strands, it is theorized that those suffering chronic Lyme after treatment need different antibodies catered to their specific bacteria.

While we await the science to catch up to the growing need for better Lyme diagnosis and treatment, we’ll continue to offer support in the form of Lyme disease prevention. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, our tick control treatments eliminate up to 90% of ticks from your property for care-free outdoor living. Call today for a free quote: (502) 315-9097

Louisville Tick Control is the Best Method for Preventing Dangerous Tick Bites and Tick-Borne Disease

Ticks are a growing problem in Louisville. The warming climate has allowed the three types of ticks that call Louisville home to thrive and flourish and multiply at rapid rates. These ticks carry a variety of dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease, Tularemia, Rock Mountain Spotted Fever, STARI, Ehrlichiosis, and others. While some of the tick-borne diseases are more dangerous than others, all of them can cause illness.

Bad Idea: Tick Collars for Humans.
Good Idea: Tick Control Treatment for Your Yard

Preventing tick bites is the single most effective way to lower your risks for dangerous tick-borne diseases. While your dog has topical tick prevention and a tick collar, you can’t exactly use these methods on yourself and your kids. You could stay inside from April through September, but even then, depending on the year, you may still encounter a tick. Let your kids enjoy the great outdoors without the worry, with tick control by Mosquito Squad.

The simplest and most effective way to prevent tick bites is with tick control treatment for your yard. It will provide a lifestyle of carefree outdoor adventure, allowing you to let your kids stay out until the street lights come on. Tick control in Louisville will help you avoid those disgusting encounters with ticks on your pets or children, digging out the pointy tweezers and having to pull out that hideous little monster while your child squirms and cries. Tick treatment for your property will allow you to spend more time outdoors without special clothing, preparation, or stinky spray.

Would 85-90% fewer ticks on your property give you peace of mind? Call Mosquito Squad of Louisville today to get a free quote for season-long tick control on your property. 502-315-9097

The Dangers of Mosquito Bites: Zika Virus is Still a Concern in 2017

While everyone was talking about mosquitoes being out early this year, we have not heard much about Zika virus in Louisville. Last year at this time, it was all anyone could talk about in regards to mosquitoes. Does that mean the Zika virus threat is gone? We wish it were that simple.

Unfortunately, Zika is still a huge concern, especially for pregnant women. This year so far there have been on average 30-40 cases of Zika in pregnant women reported per week. While it may not affect them directly, their unborn babies are at a higher risk for birth defects.

2016 Zika Effects in the United States

Health officials recently released important 2016 Zika stats in regards to the number of cases in the United States last year and the related health effects. In about 1,300 Zika infected pregnant women, 970 of them carried their baby to full term. There were “77 reported pregnancy losses and 51 babies born with birth defects.” Forty-three of the 51 babies had microcephaly or other brain abnormalities.

The total numbers match what experts see in other countries in that the risk of severe birth defects is about 5% among pregnant women infected with Zika virus. That number rises substantially to 15% for those infected with Zika virus during their first trimester, making caution while traveling even more important during the first trimester of your pregnancy.

Ongoing Research

The first year worth of information is only the tip of the iceberg. Doctors still do not know how the Zika virus will affect these children as they grow. They don’t know if there are undetectable neurological issues that will show up later in life. The need for continued screening of Zika affected babies is a priority.

Zika Prevention

While Zika virus is not actively transmitted in the Louisville area, you do need to exercise precaution when traveling, especially if you’re pregnant. Make sure to follow the CDC’s latest Zika travel guide for the most up-to-date information.

Don’t forget, if you travel abroad and have unknowingly transmitted the Zika virus, you could very well pass it on to the local mosquito population. We recommend using Mosquito Squad of Louisville to limit the number of mosquitoes in your yard which will lower your exposure and risk of local spread of the disease. Call today to get a free quote for season-long mosquito control in your yard. (502) 315-9097

Disinvite the Skeeters from your Derby Party

The Derby is coming; the Derby is coming! What are you busy doing this month to get ready for hosting a Kentucky Derby party or house guests? Finishing up a small renovation project or cleaning up the landscape for outdoor enjoyment is a common task. Have you given any thought to how you’re going to keep away the uninvited guests such as mosquitoes and other annoying flying insects?

While we hope you are a seasonal mosquito control client for exceptional outdoor enjoyment at your home all season long, we are aware that some of you may not be on the Mosquito Squad boat yet. Here is what you can do in either case:

Current Mosquito Squad Clients

If you are a seasonal mosquito treatment client, call us, (501)315-9097 let us know that you’re hosting a big Kentucky Derby party. We need to know today, so we can rearrange your treatment schedule to make sure the maximum effectiveness of your treatment can be enjoyed on Derby weekend.

Special Event Mosquito Control

If you are NOT a seasonal mosquito control client, call us (502)315-9097. We offer special event mosquito treatment. Our special event mosquito treatment is applied across your entire event space. It will eliminate 85% of flying insects on contact, leaving an odor and residue free barrier continuing to working for the duration of your Derby party! With Derby weekend being as busy as it is, the sooner you call, the better. If you’re out in your yard on Friday night cleaning up for your Derby party and finding yourself annoyed by biting bugs, you may be too late. We make every effort to treat every client who wants their yard treated, but with the week-long party surrounding the Derby our schedules will fill up fast.

Call today to make sure you secure your spot for the best Derby party mosquito control in Louisville. 502-315-9097

April Showers Bring May Mosquitoes: Clean-up Your Louisville Yard Today to Limit Mosquito Population Growth All Summer

Do you know the role that water plays in mosquito population growth?

It all starts with the mosquito life cycle; three of the four life stages take place in water. Without water, Louisville mosquito populations cannot grow and spread. While lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams are what comes to the top of your mind, you might be surprised to learn that hidden sources of standing water right in your own yard foster more mosquito growth than the former.

Standing Water Elimination

Mosquitoes prefer standing water. The key point being standing. Small sources of water collected from the last rainfall and swamps are the key source of life for mosquitoes in Louisville. They cannot sustain in larger moving bodies of water due to other wildlife (predators) and too much water movement.

Mosquito Source Reduction

Echoing the University of Kentucky, we all need to our part to ensure our streets, neighborhoods, and city are not a mosquito haven by following source reduction methods. By eliminating places where mosquitoes can successfully lay eggs that will survive into adulthood, we can lower the overall mosquito population. A vital team effort for reducing our risks for mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus.

How to eliminate mosquito sources from your yard:

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we offer the 5 T’s of mosquito control. Tip, Toss, Turn, Remove Tarps, and Treat – an easy way to remember to tip over items that could collect water including tarps and cleaning up yard debris.

The University of Kentucky takes it a step further with a reminder about specific and sometimes overlooked items that require your attention:

  • Areas in your yard that can puddle need to be filled in and leveled.
  • Keep water gardens or ornamental ponds stocked with fish to eat mosquito larvae.
  • Check ditches and sewer drains for proper drainage – clearing debris if necessary.
  • Fix leaky faucets and hoses.
  • Encourage insect-eating birds and animals to come into your yard.

If everyone does their part to eliminate the source of mosquito population growth, we can all enjoy a more care-free outdoor lifestyle. Be sure to spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and family to help protect us all. If you’re ready to take your mosquito control efforts to the next level, call Mosquito Squad of Louisville for a free quote on season-long mosquito control for your home. 502-315-9097

Louisville Tick Safety Goes Hand in Hand with Lyme Disease Prevention

Mosquito Squad of Louisville knows that not all of our clients and readers will take advantage of our backyard tick control services. Even those clients who enjoy a tick-free outdoor lifestyle at home will eventually venture out to untreated areas while camping, hiking, visiting friends, and to enjoy the gorgeous Louisville parks. To this end, we want you to be safe on all of your amazing outdoor adventures. Please read the tick safety guidelines below before your next adventure:

Louisville Tick Safety

Protect Yourself from Ticks

  • Tuck your pants into your socks. (Ticks start low and crawl up, tucking your pants into your socks keeps them on the outside of your clothing)
  • Use a spray containing permethrin on exposed skin. You can also treat your clothing with it to repel ticks and avoid bringing them into the house on clothing.

After Your Adventures

Upon returning from a hike or camping where your tick exposure was maximized, remove your clothing immediately. Place your clothing in the dryer on high for 30 minutes or more to eliminate ticks that may be attached. Then wash them or throw them in the hamper. (Surprisingly tick can survive the washing machine.) Make sure you shower as soon as you can, washing over your entire body with your hands to knock off any ticks that haven’t embedded themselves yet. Take a second look if you feel any new small bumps and conduct a thorough tick check from head to toe.

Tick Safety tick identification

Daily Tick Checks

When spending time outdoors, you should always perform a daily tick check.

  1. Start at your feet, where the ticks start.
  2. Look between toes, up against hair follicles and pay close attention to crevices and dark places such as behind the knee.
  3. Move your way up, paying close attention to the groin area. Ticks love dark, moist places and can find all of the best places to hide.
  4. Carefully examine your torso, chest, and arms. Ticks are great at hiding in belly buttons, under breasts, and in armpits.
  5. Check your neck, ears, behind ears, and scalp. Employ a buddy to scan over your back and spend a few extra minutes on your scalp if you have especially long or thick hair for them to hide in.

If you find a tick, follow our instruction on safe tick removal. Be sure to save your tick in a dated air tight baggy or container for 30-60 days. If you become ill, testing the tick could be the quickest diagnostic tool.

Remember, Lyme disease is not an immediate transmission. So daily tick checks and removals are a vital form of Lyme disease prevention. If you want to avoid this hassle after days spent outdoors in your own yard, call the best Louisville tick control service available. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you have nothing to lose – except the ticks! 502-315-9097

Resource: Tick Encounter

Lyme Disease in Louisville: The Spreading Disease Can Happen Here

While the CDC reports that 95% of Lyme disease cases are concentrated in just 14 states, the maps show that rapid increases in case numbers in those areas are spreading to other areas. While the Northeast and Midwest are feeling the greatest pain, we are a neighboring state that could soon feel great effects.

Kentucky has seen a rise of Lyme cases in recent years, going from 5 Lyme cases in 2005 to 37 probable cases in 2015 according to the CDC. Lyme disease can interrupt a life severely, making every case of it one too many.

Louisville Lyme Disease Prevention and Safety

Tick & Lyme Disease Expert Visits University of Louisville

In a recent visit to the University of Louisville, Logan McCulloch, Lyme disease expert, shared important tick safety information with students on campus. The spreading of tick awareness and safety precautions can help Louisville residents avoid tick bites and lower their risks for Lyme disease.

McCulloch found it extremely important, as do we, to disavow the common misconception that ticks are strictly a summer danger. “Ticks live through the winter time, they may just be dormant, but when it warms up, 60 degrees in February, actually when it gets above 40 degrees for several days in a row, ticks will become active.” He reminded everyone that there is not a season where you’re completely safe from ticks, but when the winter is mild like it has been, we have to be extra vigilant.

Louisville Tick Check Lyme Safety

Tick Safety in Louisville

Ticks quest for their next meal on tall grasses and like to hang out in shady, moist places as they hate sunlight and heat. When you are going into places where ticks are known to be congregating, it is important to wear pants, tucked into your socks. You can also wear lighter colors to help you spot ticks should they grab on to you. Use a lint roller to remove ticks from your clothing.

When you come home from a hike or other outdoor activity, it is vital to change your clothes (washing them immediately) and do a head to toe tick check. For worry-free protection in your own yard, where you spend the most outdoor time, call Mosquito Squad of Louisville for the best intensive tick treatment available. 502-315-9097 We’ll help you eliminate 85-90% of ticks from your yard all season long.

For additional assurance, be sure to follow the 6 C’s of tick control.

Mosquitoes in March? A Warm Louisville Winter Could Have You Doing a Double-Take

Did you think you saw a mosquito when you were out for a hike or run last week? Maybe you found an itchy mosquito bite later, but told yourself “it couldn’t be.” Unfortunately, you were not seeing things. It absolutely could have been a mosquito bite in early March. A mild winter can extend the mosquito season making Louisville mosquito control more important than ever.

Why are Mosquitoes Out So Early?

1. Mosquitoes can survive a mild winter hiding in warm moist places like sewers and drains; emerging on the mildest February and March days.
2. Mosquitoes can begin breeding after only ten days of temperatures reaching over 45 degrees.

So you may have indeed received mosquito bites as early as February when the winter survivors emerged on those couple of shockingly warm days, and it could be anytime now that the populations begin to multiply for the season.

Mosquitoes are not only annoying and itchy; they carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus and Zika Virus. According to the Courier-Journal, it is not out of the question that with warming trends we could begin to see outbreaks of more tropical mosquito-borne diseases moving north as well.

Ticks are Out Early This Year

Not only are mosquitoes emerging early this year, so are ticks. Deer tick populations are increasing annually. Thanks to climate change ticks are also spreading further from their most concentrated populations in the Midwestern United States and the Northeastern United States.

Lyme Disease in Louisville

While many Louisville residents may think we are not in danger of contracting the potentially life-altering Lyme Disease, it is quite possible and becomes more likely with each passing year. With mild winters, more ticks can survive winter months, exponentially increasing tick populations.

Mosquito Squad of Louisville has got you covered no matter how mild the winter. We offer season-long mosquito control and tick control. With our combined services you can enjoy your outdoor spaces all summer (and even late winter) with fewer risks of the dangers posed by mosquito and tick bites. Call today for a free quote to get a head start on the summer outdoor season! (502) 315-9097

Infected: Mosquito Sterilization with Bacteria Genes Offers New Hope for Mosquito Control

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we make an effort to keep up with all things mosquito. From our efforts with Malaria No More, our keeping up with day to day news of mosquito virus outbreaks, and the latest in mosquito control treatments and solutions, we are your local mosquito experts.

With a great deal of money devoted to curbing mosquito-borne disease, thanks to the Zika outbreak last year, some ground-breaking discoveries are being made all of the time. Recently Science News reported a great advance in efforts to curb the growth of virus-transmitting mosquito populations.

Mosquito Control Bacteria

Bacteria has been used in the past to sterilize male mosquitoes to control mosquito populations. This has been effective, but when infected males mate with infected females, the eggs develop normally as her infection is able to “rescue” the modification that occurs in making the male infertile.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville were able to identify a pair of genes cifA and cifB. These genes are connected to the sterility mechanism in the aforementioned bacteria, called Wolbachia. The genes do not actually exist in the bacteria itself, but rather a “virus embedded in its chromosome.”

Adding Genes to Mosquitoes to Control Reproduction

The breakthrough will allow scientists to insert the genes, rather than the infection, directly into the male mosquitoes. When released into the wild population, it could effectively “crash the population” due to the inability to reproduce. This plan is preferable, as it bypasses the need to release the Wolbachia bacteria into the wild, which could have some long-term negative effects that are yet unknown.

While all of this science is fantastic, nothing is being done on a widespread basis with this technology to lower mosquito populations in Louisville. Until then, make sure you give us a call at Mosquito Squad. We offer season-long mosquito barrier treatments to lower the mosquito population in your yard by 85-90%. Call today to get a quote: (502) 315-9097

How Important is Season-Long Louisville Mosquito Treatment for Mosquito Control Effectiveness?

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we offer the best seasonal mosquito treatment on the market. Our highly trained mosquito control technicians take into account every aspect of your property to make sure you enjoy maximum effectiveness. Our traditional barrier spray eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes on your property, making it highly successfully on some of the most infested properties.

Mosquito Math

Mosquitoes reproduce at an alarmingly fast rate. The speed to which populations can grow under the right conditions is one of the biggest challenges in the mosquito control industry. When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck and the best mosquito-free outdoor lifestyle, starting with fewer mosquitoes is always better.

Our barrier spray works on contact, and the time-released formula continues to work for 2-3 weeks. Starting with your first spring spray, when very few mosquitoes are out, you’ll enjoy that time-released formula that eliminates new mosquitoes as they arrive in your yard or hatch from eggs. When we come back and spray 2-3 weeks later, you can lower the population even further. Results typically get better with every treatment. With your help in following the 5 Ts of mosquito control you’ll maximize your mosquito-free lifestyle even further.

Alternatively, if a property has been neglected and is facing ripe conditions for mosquito population growth, we will have an uphill battle to climb with the first treatments. Imagine reducing mosquitoes by 85-90% but starting with a million mosquitoes. That could leave you with 100-150,000 mosquitoes to contend.

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we guarantee your satisfaction with our seasonal mosquito treatment program. And always advise that you enroll in auto-renewal to guarantee you don’t miss the all-important first sprays that keep your Louisville yard mosquito free all season long! Call today to sign up. 315-9097

Mosquito Squad of Louisville Invites you to the Home, Garden & Remodeling Show

The Home, Garden, & Remodeling Show is the best place to get your spring projects underway. To assist you in enjoying your newly renovated outdoor space or planting your garden with fewer annoying pests, Mosquito Squad will be on hand to serve you.

On March 3-5th 2017, we’ll be at the Kentucky Exposition Center

You can find us at booth 1428. Our expert mosquito control technicians will be on hand to answer all of your questions about tick control and mosquito control for the 2017 season.

Mosquito Squad of Louisville provides the best mosquito treatment and tick treatment in Louisville. You can enjoy 85-90% less mosquitoes and adult ticks on your property all season long when you sign up for our seasonal traditional barrier spray program.

Show Hours:
Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 10am- 9pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

Tickets are $10 at the door or Save $2 when you buy online before the show.

Make sure you check out our brand partner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Louisville for your landscape lighting needs.

Opossums in Louisville: An Organic Solution to Fewer Ticks on Your Property

Opossums, the nocturnal giant rodent, doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Commonly found on the side of the road as roadkill, a rare encounter with a live one in person probably didn’t leave a good impression. As they hissed at you, you probably immediately began to consider ways to trap and remove the creature from your property. But wait! If you are lucky enough to have an opossum living in your Louisville yard, don’t remove it, embrace it. (Not literally, of course). Opossums actually provide a great service to humans, making the occasional mischief they might cause completely worthwhile.

How Do Louisville Opossums Help Humans?

Ticks love opossums. They are a perfect medium-sized mammalian blood host. Or so the ticks think. An average opossum can have up to 200 ticks feeding on it at a time, which may seem like a bad thing. But that is where the amazing “eat anything” diet of an opossum comes in. Only about 3.5% of the ticks that try and feed on an opossum will survive the feeding, as the roles reverse and the opossum eats the ticks. The best approximations estimate that a single opossum can kill about 4,000 ticks per week.

More Opossums Means Fewer Ticks

While the opossum is well known for looking like a rat, they happen to be much cleaner than rats. They are extraordinary self-groomers, chewing and licking their fur and devouring the ticks that may be trying to get a decent meal. With such impeccable grooming and quick tick devouring appetite, opossums may just be the #1 enemy to Lyme disease. Opossums don’t selectively eat ticks; they eat plenty infected with Lyme. Lowering the number of ticks in your Louisville yard is the first defense against dangerous tick-borne disease like Lyme disease, and there is no better way than letting a natural predator (or forager in this case) do its job.

If you would rather not rely on an opossum to eliminate ticks in Louisville, or you just don’t live in an area where one is likely to cohabitate, call Mosquito Squad of Louisville today. 502-315-9097 Our Intensive Tick Treatment eliminates 90%+ of ticks on your property.

Louisville Mosquitoes: Let’s Just Kill Them All!

Nobody likes mosquitoes. They swarm around you and buzz in your ear, they bite you which can be crazy itchy, and they carry some really bad diseases. Mosquitoes are the most deadly animal to humans on earth, having killed approximately 500,000 people in 2015 alone. Why not just kill them all and be done with it? Believe it or not, there are reasons to keep them around. Mosquitoes have been around a long time. The Mother Nature Network dates the oldest found mosquito (that is similar to ours today) back about 79 million years. That means they have been a part of our ecosystem for a long time as well. They are a reliable source of food for many animals. And of the more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes only 3 are the primary source of disease spread to humans: the Anopheles, the Culex, and the Aedes.

What Harm Could Mosquito Extinction Really Cause?

Besides the fact that trying to kill every living mosquito would be wildly expensive, the method for eliminating mosquitoes in that quantity would have other repercussions. Joseph M. Conlon, the technical Advisor American Mosquito Control Association and an entomologist with the Navy, tells Vice News “I don’t think it’s realistic because there is going to be no silver bullet that is going to eradicate them all.” Professor Rich Merritt of Michigan State University has worked with mosquitoes for 25 years and he believes the eradication of mosquitoes could cause great environmental harm because it would be eliminating a food source. Fish, birds, spiders, bats, and many other organisms feed on mosquitoes. He also believes them to be a kind of “filter feeder” and in the way that they feed they actually help to keep water clean in some habitats. Omar D. Akbar of the University of California describes mosquitoes as possibly the most dangerous animal in the world, but he too thinks extermination is going too far and could greatly affect “aquatic ecosystems globally”.

Maybe There is a Compromise

It is the female mosquito that feeds off of human blood for the protein needed to create eggs. So what if we made the mosquitoes all born males? They wouldn’t spread disease and eventually they would have no mates and die off completely. Not all mosquitoes of course, just those core species that wreak so much havoc globally. The Anopheles is the major carrier of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria kills more than 400,000 people a year. Aedes aegypti carries Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. What if we could eventually eliminate these 2 species of mosquito with genetic engineering? There is research for several different genetic altering systems happening right now. In one, they program the mosquitoes to develop as males and then use a technology that makes it more likely for this gene to be inherited. Eventually killing off the species entirely. There is another that alters males so that their offspring don’t survive or are unable to reproduce. The Walls Street Journal writes of a company, Oxitec that has already field tested this technology in a small environment. However, there are many diplomatic and political hurdles ahead for this technology to become a real solution for conquering the disease these specific mosquitoes carry. $75 million from the Gates Foundation is being invested in the Target Malaria project and part of that will be used to train for more testing. Work is ongoing and researchers are hopeful, but time will be the only truth teller.

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we will continue to keep you informed of the latest changes and strides in the global war against mosquito-borne illness. And if you want to know more about how you can fight the smaller battle in your own backyard call us today. (502) 315-9097

Why is Our Intensive Tick Treatment So Effective For Long Term Louisville Tick Control?

Tick control may not be simply a seasonal thing. In fact, due to the life cycle of a tick and how that contributes to the passing on of illness, it is anything but. This is what makes our Intensive Tick Treatment the most effective way to control ticks. Let’s start with an explanation of the life cycle itself.

A Tick Is Hatched

There are four stages in a tick’s life: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Once hatched into the larval stage the tick requires a blood meal to advance to each consecutive stage. The larvae ticks will most likely find their meal from a bird or a rodent. This is where they become infected with the pathogens that create a tick-borne illness. Once the larva tick has taken this blood meal, it will drop from the host and prepare for its next life cycle: the nymph. Nymphs as well are going to be looking for their blood meal. They are less likely to search for the smaller animals and will search to latch on to larger size hosts such as dogs, deer, or humans. If infected they will pass any disease they may carry onto this host. Another blood meal will push them into adulthood and then yet another for the females and the egg laying process. At any of these stages, they can transfer disease. They lay their eggs, and the process begins again.

Reproductive Hosts vs. Reservoir Hosts

A reproductive host gives a tick just what it needs in a blood meal to provide nourishment for egg production without any pathogens that create disease. This generally happens in the later life stages. An adult tick cannot feed on the smaller rodents that carry disease so often deer become their reproductive host, providing enough protein to lay 1,500-2,000 eggs. A reservoir host will give nourishment so that the tick can molt into its next life phase, but will ALSO pass on the disease forming pathogens. It is the rodents and birds that larvae tick feed on that are labeled the reservoir hosts. So it is clear that mice and rodents can play a significant part in spreading of tick-borne illnesses, while deer are simply a food source.

How Does Intensive Tick Treatment Work?

We use our best selling barrier treatment tick spray to eliminate ticks on contact. We take the time to especially spray areas where ticks congregate, retaining walls, tall grass and in the underbrush. With the addition of tick tubes for long-term control, the treatment is unsurpassed. Tick tubes are tubes made of biodegradable material, place strategically around your yard. They are filled with a cotton type substance that mice will seek out and use for bedding in their homes. This cotton material is treated with an insecticide that kills ticks but does not harm the mice.

Let’s Tie All This Together, Shall We?

As you’ve read the above information about the lifecycle you see that at the beginning stage of their lives, larvae ticks will most likely receive the pathogens that create disease. They are most likely to get these from mice. The Intensive Tick Treatment, without hurting the mice, distributes an insecticide to the ticks that will kill them at this early stage. The halt of the lifecycle leaves for fewer tick eggs to hatch the following year, and so on and so on.

Louisville Intensive Tick Treatment Are The Best for Long Term Tick Protection

There are different types of ticks and various tick-borne diseases all over this country. Kentucky ticks include: The American Dog Tick – carries Tularemia and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The Lone Star Tick – carries Tularemia, Ehrlichiosis, and Stari. The Blacklegged Tick (deer tick) – carries Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, and Powassan virus. However wouldn’t you really rather not think of them at all? Ticks are gross, and the diseases they carry are dangerous. That is why at Mosquito Squad of Louisville we suggest not only our barrier spray that kills 85-90% of ticks in your yard on contact but our full Intensive Tick Treatment system which continues to halt the life cycle of the tick and keeps them from coming back. This leaves room in your mind for the other “less pesky” matters in life! Call us today! 502.315.9097

Protecting Our Louisville Horse Culture From Mosquitoes

You don’t have to own a horse for the horse culture to affect your life in Louisville. Being the home of the Kentucky Derby affects our economy, it affects our tourism, it affects practically every person here in one way or another even if they never touch a horse. Therefore anything that can bring harm to our horses is something we want to monitor closely, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is something we want to keep out of Louisville.

What is EEE?

Eastern equine encephalitis is a virus transmitted to humans and horses by the bite of an infected mosquito. The CDC considers it to be one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne illness in the United States.

EEE in Humans

There are two types of EEE in humans: Systemic – which comes with fever, chills, and malaise, will last 1 to 2 weeks, and most can expect full recovery. Encephalitic (which involves swelling of the brain) – is accompanied by a fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, stomach issues, convulsions, and coma. Although EEE in humans is rare, approximately one-third that contract EEE will die. Those that survive may be left with severe brain dysfunction. There is no human vaccine or specific treatment of EEE, only treatment of symptoms.

EEE in Horses

EEE in horses is not prevalent in Kentucky. The last noted cases were in 2013. Both horses died. The American Association of Equine Practitioners suggests the vaccine for EEE on its list of core vaccinations for horses.The vaccine is recommended once or twice a year depending on the part of the country you live in. Neither of the horses in 2013 had been vaccinated. The death rate for horses that contract EEE is 75-100%.

The signs of EEE in a horse begin with aggression and excitability, even frenzied behavior. Then they become more severe including brain dysfunction, head pressing, blindness, circling, even complete paralysis.

Keep Your Family and Animals Protected

Prevention is our best protection against mosquito-borne illness. And in this very important case we must protect our horses too. Make sure you get your animals vaccinated, put your horses out when mosquitoes are less active, use fans in your stables, cover your horses with fly sheets, remove standing water near stables, and keep lights off inside or near stables after dark. For your home and family follow the 5Ts of mosquito control in your own yard.

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, our barrier sprays will continue to help with your quest for prevention by eliminating 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard. And if you are one of the many horse owners in Kentucky, whether it’s simply a family pet or an investment, our automatic mosquito misting systems will keep your larger area constantly protected. Call us today! (502) 315-9097

West Nile Virus Makes Its Way to Louisville

As the Zika virus has continued to fill the news all summer, let’s not forget there are other mosquito-borne illnesses out there. It wasn’t all that long ago that West Nile virus was the top story in news feeds, and it is still a threat in the United States. The Department of Public Health and Wellness says that mosquito samples collected have tested positive for West Nile in the south Louisville area. In this part of the country, West Nile is carried by Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquitoes and a couple of mosquito species from the Culex family.

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

So called because of their black and white striping, these mosquitoes are aggressive, daytime biters. They made their way to the U.S. in used tire shipments from Asia about 30 years ago and had adapted well due to the broad range of climate in which they can survive. Eggs are laid in areas just above water (they will hatch once covered by collected rainwater) and can survive winter. Their preferred habitat is standing water found in small man-made containers, old tires, and tree holes. The University of Kentucky Health Entomology Lab reported its first capture of these mosquitoes in early June this year. Considering the peak season is late July and early August, these mosquitoes have been active and breeding for longer than normal this year.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus

As with many mosquito-borne illnesses, the majority of people may not develop symptoms of West Nile at all. The CDC states that approximately 1 in 5 will develop fever, headache, body and joint aches, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Fatigue and weakness from this can last weeks or even months, but eventually, most will recover completely. Yet the exceptions are there. 1% of those infected will develop encephalitis or meningitis, and 10% of those people will die. These forms of inflammation of the brain and surrounding areas may cause permanent damage to those that do survive. It is also important to note that there is a greater risk for the elderly, people with organ transplants or those with medical conditions including cancer, diabetes, or kidney disease.

Protection Comes First

Late summer is the time when these diseases become more prevalent, and with West Nile Virus found in Louisville mosquitoes, we must be proactive. It is HOT, AND HUMID and mosquitoes love it. They are out in full force here right now. There have been no human cases of West Nile yet, but there were 3 in Louisville last year so it may be only a matter of time. Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are not strong flyers, so they tend to stay in one area to breed over and over in their life cycle. Don’t let that place be your back yard. Preventing bites is by far the best way to prevent mosquito-borne illness.

Follow the 5 Ts of Mosquito Control to avoid growth of the mosquito population in your yard. Call us at Mosquito Squad of Louisville and let our 100% satisfaction guaranteed service do the rest of the work for you. Our barrier spray is one of the most effective ways to control mosquitoes and is our most popular service because it works! You will see an immediate 85-90% elimination of the mosquitoes in your outdoor living space, as well as continued control with its time released formula. Let us be a part of keeping your family protected from disease and making your outdoor space a fun and pest free place to enjoy! 502-315-9097

Louisville Mosquito Season… Is There An End In Sight?

Well, of course, there is, but it may not be as soon as you had hoped. Did you know that the rise in temperature around the earth has an effect on how long those pesky little monsters will last right here in our backyards? It’s true! According to a report by Climate Central, cities in the United States have seen a rise in the average mosquito season of 20 to 40 days per year since the 1980s. In over 20 major US cities, 200 days of mosquitoes are possible due to climate and conditions.

Of the top 25 cities with these rising numbers, Louisville Kentucky is number 15, with 26 more days in our mosquito season compared to 1980. There’s one high rank that we could have done without. There are other effects of climate change that promote mosquito population as well. More and more we see periods of drought followed by periods of heavy rainfall. These downpours lead to more standing water, which is the favorable place for female mosquitoes to hatch their eggs. The Natural Resources Defense Council also states that the higher temperatures lead to a shorter incubation period for these eggs. That, simply stated, leads to more mosquitoes.

What Does This Mean For Us?

You mean other than the annoying buzzing at outdoor events and the horrible itching and scratching that goes with the bites? Mosquitoes carry disease: More mosquitoes = more disease. As Zika stays in the news, our risks are increasing. Now that there is proof that this virus is being transmitted by mosquitoes in the U.S., the longer season will make more opportunity to spread the disease. Longer warm seasons that make for the perfect mosquito habitat also help to promote the spread of West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Both of these have been present in Kentucky over the last few years.

Control the Things you Can

Climate change is a global issue so we alone can’t reverse the effects, but everyone can be kinder to their own environment. Little things grow into bigger things. However living with the effects is something we also all have to do, and it is proven that mosquitoes and disease are one of these. This makes mosquito control of more importance than ever. No longer is it enough to spray on a little bug spray or light a citronella candle in the back yard. Mosquitoes need to be eliminated, and breeding must be controlled. Follow the 5Ts of mosquito control in your own yard and help educate others in your neighborhood. Then let Mosquito Squad of Louisville eliminate 85-90% of the adult mosquitoes in your yard and work with you to create an ongoing plan to keep them away. We must all do our part to promote a safe outdoor environment for the future of this planet. Call us today! (502)315-9097 or complete the form below.

Sharks, Bears, Coyotes? What Is the True Animal Threat to Human Safety?

Each year as summer comes around and we plan trips to the coast, the shark sightings start popping up all over the news. Up the coastline cameramen travel, spreading fear and anxiety from shore to shore. Our social media feed fills up with scary stories of ocean trips ruined by the sight of a fin. And then there are the bears. In foothill towns, they come down the mountain more and more often searching for food as winter gets closer. Bears are no longer scared of humans as we’ve invaded their habitat, so homeowners stand locked and loaded: ready to protect themselves from these grisly beasts. Neighborhood newsletters warn residents to keep their pets indoors at night for fear of coyote attacks! It would seem we are not safe from nature in our own homes!

They Are Smaller Than You Think

You know that may be true, but the beasts we need to be combatting are much much smaller and much more dangerous. The Bill Gates Foundation released a graphic of the world’s deadliest animals based on the number of humans killed by them each year. Sharks were at the bottom of the list, killing 10 people a year.

Ten! That’s a lot of fuss for 10 people. Dogs with rabies kill 25,000, and that never makes the news. Bears and coyotes… not even on the list, not at all. But at the top of the list, with a staggering number, is the little bitty mosquito. According to this chart, each year the mosquito kills 725,000 people. That number is hard to fathom. Malaria, spread by the Anopheles mosquito, kills close to half a million people every year, according to statistics from the Malaria No More organization. Most of these are pregnant women and children.

Don’t Panic… Protect

The point here is not to create panic about mosquitoes either. In 2015 there were 10 documented cases of Zika in Kentucky according to the CDC and only 1 West Nile in 2014. The last EEE case was in 2013. We are not at any sort of epidemic levels of mosquito-borne illness here in Louisville. However, there is definitive proof that mosquitoes have survived on this earth for around 210 million years and have been spreading the same diseases. The Mother Nature Network reports that it is believed Alexander the Great may have died of mosquito-borne illness. With proof that these pests are not going anywhere and are the number one killer of humans worldwide, Mosquito Squad of Louisville reminds that continued protection is the best prevention. Our barrier spray and misting systems eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes in your outdoor areas. By keeping the vectors away, we can feel at ease as we enjoy the outdoors. Call for a quote today or fill out the quick form below! 315-9097

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Misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s: It Turns Out Kris Kristofferson Has Chronic Lyme Disease

Often chronic Lyme patients spend years suffering before receiving the diagnosis. Lyme disease’s variety of symptoms from debilitating fatigue, muscle pain, arthritis, and neurological issues can lead to suspicion and even treatment of a variety of other illnesses. Ticks are so small, and Lyme diagnosis is so inaccurate that it takes luck to suspect it at the onset of symptoms. Most sufferers never knew they were even bitten by a tick. When chronic Lyme strikes it does not care who you are or what you do, it can take out the best of us. Kris Kristofferson has learned this fact quite recently when he tested positive for Lyme after years of being treated for Alzheimer’s.

Lyme Disease Disguised as Alzheimer’s

Rolling Stones magazine reported last month that 80-year-old Kris Kristofferson has been diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. Memory loss was debilitating, and he had been told it was Alzheimer’s or dementia for years before the test for Lyme came back positive. With the discontinuation of some medications and three weeks of Lyme treatment, his wife began to see real improvements. His wife says he previously couldn’t remember what he was doing from one minute to the next, and suddenly he has days where “he’s perfectly normal and it’s easy to forget that he is even battling anything.”

Kris Kristofferson has had a busy year thanks to his health improvements. He performed at a celebration that was in honor of him with old friends Willy Nelson and Jamey Johnson. He filmed a Western movie, playing the lead role and has recorded a new album. On top of that, he is spending the summer joining Willie Nelson on stage for a series of special summer concert dates. While Kris Kristofferson was lucky to get a positive Lyme diagnosis, it wasn’t until after years of debilitation and suffering. Many suffering won’t ever get the proper diagnosis and treatment. And even those who get treatment may have months or longer to go before they see improvement.

Lyme Disease Prevention

Avoiding ticks and tick bites is the best method of prevention. The easiest way to accomplish this is by eliminating ticks on your own property, where you spend the most time outdoors. With Mosquito Squad of Louisville’s Intensive Tick Treatment, you can enjoy more than 90% fewer ticks on your property thanks to a combination of our tick barrier spray and tick tubes service. If you spend time outdoors in untreated areas, please always check yourself for ticks when you come back inside. Ticks love to hide behind knees, in armpits, and in your hair. Follow the CDC’s guide for stopping all tick-borne diseases. And call Mosquito Squad of Louisville today, (502) 315-9097 or fill out the form below for the best tick control in Louisville.

Lone Star Ticks In Louisville Can Ruin Your Meat & Potatoes Diet

Along with deer ticks, lone star ticks are one of the most prevalent in Kentucky. Named because of the white dot on their backs and their native Texas, these ticks are a small and fierce predator. Only the size of a sesame seed they are known for their speed and great vision, both qualities that make them different from other tick varieties. They have long mouths that make their bites very painful and they tend to swarm against their victims. In the Cape Cod Times, Entomologist Larry Dapsis compared being attacked by a swarm of lone star ticks to stepping into a mound of fire ants. Mosquito Squad of Louisville reminds you to protect yourselves against these painful tick bites when in untreated outdoor areas by wearing protective clothing and always using bug spray.

Painful Lone Star Tick Bites Lead to Bigger Issues

Annoying? Yes, but lone star ticks also carry disease. The Entomology Department of the University of Kentucky says that Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI), human ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can be spread by the lone star tick here in Kentucky. All of these can be dangerous, but when detected and treated quickly, full recovery can be expected. However, a lone star tick bite can also create an allergy that you won’t recover from. . . an allergy to red meat.

Tick Bite Can Cause a Red Meat Allergy

Say goodbye to your favorite steak! Tamara Sluss, an associate biology professor at Kentucky State, found that she had contracted an allergy to red meat. The State Journal reports that after several unexplained outbreaks of hives, some severe stomach pains and some research, the professor was able to make the association between her tick bite and what was becoming an obvious allergic reaction. Unlike most food allergies there seems to be a delay between the ingestion of the food trigger and the symptoms, making it hard to diagnose. The symptoms can range from hives, headaches, sneezing, stomach issues, to the much more severe and sometimes fatal anaphylaxis, which is difficulty breathing. The symptoms may be different each time you come in contact with a trigger (red meat or pork), so you can’t assume that because you’ve only had hives in the past that anaphylaxis isn’t possible. This red meat allergy isn’t something that is safe to simply manage by treating allergy reactions. Avoidance of red meat will have to be the new lifestyle.

Don’t Throw Out Your Meat Lover’s Cookbook Quite Yet!

Of course, the best thing to do is stay away from these yucky pests! We can help with that. If you want to enjoy the outdoors without spray and without having to wear pants and long sleeves in the heat of summer, tick spray for your property is a must. Mosquito Squad of Louisville has the solution to all your tick control needs. We provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee with our barrier tick spray and tick tube systems, which will eliminate 85-90% of these pests activity in your yard. Let us find the plan that best suits your family’s needs. Call us today and keep that grill fire burning! (502) 315-9097

Mosquito Squad Sprayer Gets Pulled Over By Police

Our Louisville Mosquito Squad technician was shocked when he was waved over by a police officer in Louisville. He is always very careful to abide by traffic laws, like all Mosquito Squad employees. What could he have done wrong? Well, it turns out he was doing everything right, including working for the premier Louisville mosquito control company.

The Police Officer was working an intersection in Louisville with some Fire Department members, collecting money for Kosair’s Crusade for Children. Kosair collects money for children’s hospitals.

The cop noticed our technician was driving a Mosquito Squad van and flagged him over. Let the panic set in. No one, no matter how innocent feels completely at ease when a cop waves them over. Feeling confused, our technician pulled over. To his relief, the cop was simply curious about Mosquito Squad. It turns out cops need mosquito control in Louisville too. So next time you’re driving through Louisville, don’t judge us if you see a Mosquito Squad van pulled over, the cop is quite likely inquiring about service, not our amazing driving skills.

If you’re interested in the best Louisville mosquito control, don’t try to flag us down while we’re driving. Just give us a call, we are sure to have a solution to meet your needs. (502) 315-9097

Itchy, Annoying Louisville Mosquitoes Eliminated, Fast!

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville we often get caught up in the dangers of mosquitoes and ticks. This can often leave us neglecting the more common cause for mosquito control needs in Louisville — the nuisance factor. Ouch, itchy, ugly, annoying mosquitoes come swarming out at dusk and leave you swatting and smacking and just plain irritated. All you want to do is enjoy the glorious summer nights, and these pests are driving you back inside, where you don’t want to be.

Stinky Sprays

While many stinky mosquito repellant sprays do a great job at keeping mosquitoes off of you, spray is such a hassle. Depending on the reason you are outside, it can be completely unpractical. Can you imagine handing your dinner guests a can of stinky mosquito repellent before serving them dinner al fresco on the deck? Not very appetizing. Have you ever tried to spray a young child with repellent just to have them run away or accidently rub the spray in their eyes which then becomes a burning disaster? With mosquito control for your whole yard, you can come in and out without preparation, spray or stinky burning disasters.

Candles, Coils & Natural Remedies Oh My!

You may have experienced some moderate mosquito control success with candles, coils or tiki torches. But you probably discovered a few annoyances that became huge hassles. First, you need to stay within very close proximity. Second, you have to refill tiki torches with messy oil that goes everywhere. Third, the smell may bother your allergies, or you may simply forget to replace them, leaving you stuck indoors for the night. And if you’ve tried planting this plant or that plant or concocting home-made spray or lotion, you quite likely have found yourself itchy and disappointed at the end of a summer night outdoors.

Protect yourself and everyone who spends time on your property with mosquito barrier spray by Mosquito Squad of Louisville. The odorless, residue-free spray eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes and ticks on your property on contact and continues to work for up to 21 days. Call today for a pest-free Louisville summer you’ll never forget. (502) 315-9097

“Fight the Bite Day and Night”: Kentucky is Prepared for the Zika Virus

Kentucky State officials have responded to the potential arrival of Zika Virus this summer with a campaign about public awareness and prevention named Fight the Bite Day and Night. Citing prevention as the best method of Zika protection, the state of Kentucky is reminding residents to lower their risk to mosquitoes this summer.

State officials are not the only ones preparing for the Zika Virus. The University of Kentucky has created a Zika informational website to educate the public on all things Zika related. The site includes Frequently Asked Zika questions, how to prevent Zika, how to avoid and fight mosquitoes as well as links to other relevant Zika information.

Fighting Zika in Lousiville is Everyone’s Responsibility

Here in Louisville, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is busy pre-treating and testing mosquitoes in mosquito prone areas across Jefferson County. They want to make sure the public is aware that the mosquitoes responsible for transmitting Zika Virus are container breeders, which means individuals will be most effective at mosquito elimination and population control by eliminating standing water on their properties. While the primary vector, Aedes Aegytpi is not super common here, the Aedes Albopictus is, and they are both aggressive daytime feeders and container breeders. Local officials also remind the public that if they travel to Zika affected areas, they should avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites for three weeks after their return to avoid transmitting Zika to the local mosquito population.

With the possibility of Zika Virus arriving in Louisville this summer, the 5 T’s of mosquito control are more important than ever. With container breeders, like the mosquitoes responsible for transmitting Zika Virus, eliminating standing water on your property is key to mosquito population growth prevention. For even further reduction of mosquitoes in your yard call Mosquito Squad of Louisville. Our traditional barrier spray eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes on your property and continues to work for up to 3 weeks. 502-315-9097

Louisville Lyme Disease…. Are You Aware?

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and even though Lyme is not a huge problem in Kentucky it is growing. In 2010, there were 5 confirmed cases. In 2014, there were 11 confirmed and 33 probable cases. 11 may not seem like many, but it is an over 100% increase. This upward trend isn’t likely to change.

Humans contract Lyme disease (caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi) from the bite of a black-legged tick that is infected. Early symptoms include headache, fever, fatigue, and a distinctive bullseye-shaped rash. In the early stages, antibiotics are used for treatment and patients can recover quickly and thoroughly.

Louisville Chronic Lyme Disease

But did you know this?
In a small percentage of patients with Lyme disease, the symptoms may linger. Fatigue, joint and muscle pain can last for more than 6 months for these few. This condition is called Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome and the constant pain and weakness can truly be debilitating. Doctors often treat PTLDS or chronic Lyme in the same manner they would treat fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. The good news here is that eventually the patient is likely to get better.

Louisville Lyme Carditis

Lyme can also present an even more concerning issue – Lyme carditis. Lyme carditis happens when the bacteria that causes Lyme enters the tissue of the heart. It can interfere with the electrical signals in the heart that coordinate the heartbeat. The symptoms can include lightheadedness, fainting, shortness of breath, and chest pains along with the other usual symptoms of Lyme disease. It may also progress quickly. According to the CDC, Lyme carditis occurs in approximately 1% of reported Lyme cases. Treatment usually consists of antibiotic treatment and symptoms will subsist by the 6-week mark. However, there have been a slight number of cases that resulted in death.

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville we want to remind you that information is the key to prevention. While both of the above-mentioned conditions can be serious and even dangerous, proper diagnosis and treatment will reduce risks considerably. Also, keep the following steps in mind: 1st: Be aware of the possibilities of tick bites when out in nature, dress properly and check for stowaways. 2nd: If the possibility of a tick bite is present, watch for symptoms and get immediate treatment if they occur. 3rd: Follow the 6 Cs of tick control to deter ticks from your Louisville yard. 4th: Contact us about our tick elimination and prevention services. (502) 315-9097. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville we can eliminate 85-90% of the tick population in your yard and our services are 100% satisfaction guaranteed!

How to Safely Remove a Tick in Louisville

Icky. Gross. Do ticks give you the creepy crawlies? Us too! If you enjoy an outdoor lifestyle of hiking, biking & camping, you may come in contact with a deer tick, lone star tick or American dog tick. If it is on your clothing you can brush it away, but if it is embedded in your skin, you need to remove it. If that is the case, your first and natural reaction may be to grab it and tear it out as fast as possible, but this is a dangerous action. Removing a tick is not difficult. But safe tick removal is vital for lowering the risk of transmitting a tick-borne disease.

What You’ll Need:

  • Pointy tipped tweezers.
  • Rubbing alcohol or other antiseptic.

Safely Removing the Tick:

  • First thing, first, disinfect the area with rubbing alcohol. This is important for keeping the risk of infection down.
  • Use your pointy tweezers to grab the tick carefully and as close to your skin as possible. The closer you get to it’s head and mouth the better.
  • Pull the tick straight out with a steady motion. (Do NOT twist or yank the tick, that could lead to breaking mouth parts off into your skin.)
  • Disinfect the bite again.

There are many ideas around the internet for how to remove a tick. From burning them with a match to smothering them with vaseline. We cannot stress enough; these methods are NOT a good idea. If you stress a tick, you can cause it to regurgitate saliva into the bite. If the tick is infected with Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever or another tick-borne disease, your risks increase. It takes a tick about 24-48 hours of being embedded before it transfers Lyme disease, making safe tick removal vital for tick-borne disease prevention.

If you would like to avoid the safe tick removal process as much as possible, avoid ticks and tick bites altogether with Louisville tick control for your property. Our traditional barrier spray eliminates 85-90% of ticks on contact and lasts for up to 21 days. Add tick tubes for even further tick reduction. Call today for a quote.* 502-315-9097*

A Mother’s Day Gift Idea That WOWS in Louisville

We all treasure our outdoor spaces. To some, the perfect spot is simply a concrete patio and a comfortable chair, to some a flower garden or vegetable garden, and to some a full outdoor kitchen and living space. No matter how different our beloved outdoor space is, pests such as mosquitoes and ticks can ruin it just the same for all of us. Even our cherished Mothers.

It’s Love That Makes Her Garden Grow

I think it’s safe to say that a garden can be a mother’s happy place. Not only is she proud of her beautiful flowers or delicious tomatoes, but the fresh air and sunshine create a perfect haven from the stress of motherhood. It is also an excellent teaching environment for her children. The constant swatting of mosquitoes does not belong in this vision. Nor does searching every drawer in the house for tweezers to remove a tick. Mosquitoes and Ticks carry disease: Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Zika virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, just to name a few. They can affect us, our children, our unborn children, our pets, and our state of mind. The good news is there are options for protection.

Give a Gift of Joy & Safety

As Mother’s Day approaches, you can give her the peace of mind that an outdoor living or gardening space is meant to create. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville we have the tools to help. Our mosquito barrier spray, tick barrier spray and tick tube systems, along with other specified services are the perfect gift for Mom. Our best selling barrier spray eliminates 85-90% of ticks and mosquitoes to make her yard that perfect oasis. Call us today and let us find the plan that will be the best Mother’s Day gift your Mom gets this year. (502) 315-9097

Are you planning a Derby Event? Don't Forget Louisville Mosquito Control.

In just a little more than a week the track at Churchill Downs will be perfectly manicured, the flowers will be in full bloom, the horses will be drawn into the starting gate, and with a shot…. The Run for the Roses will begin. The last thing anyone wants to have to do with their new and glorious derby hat is to use it to swat mosquitoes. Mosquito Squad of Louisville can help eliminate the existence of these pests in your yard during this festive time of year.

Zika in Louisville

Mosquitoes are simply annoying, but it isn’t just the buzzing around your head and the itchy bites that you have to think about. They carry disease, and the vital information about these diseases is ever changing. What seems to be the main public focus over the last year is the Zika Virus. According to the Kentucky Department of Public Health there are confirmed cases of the Zika Virus in Louisville. Although all confirmed cases in the United States are travel related or sexually transmitted to date, this could change at any moment. Mosquitoes that carry the virus become infected by feeding on a person that has the virus. It then spreads the virus to other people. So if there is a presence of the disease here, the possibility to spread it through mosquito bites is here as well. A study from the Public Library of Science, testing 50 cities in which weather conditions are suitable for the Aedes Aegypti (the vector mosquito for Zika virus), shows Louisville in the top 25 of these cities. What this means is that we are among the cities more likely for these mosquitoes to live and breed in.

Let The Show Go On

The best way to put these little but mighty pests out of your mind is prevention. No matter the size of your Derby entertaining, we have the solution to keep them away. Our special event spray, with extra protection against biting and stinging insects, can be put down 24-48 hours before any event. Perfect for catered events, it is applied long before food and dinnerware arrive, it dries in 30 minutes, and lasts all day and through the night. Our backyard barrier protection is applied every 2-3 weeks, eliminating mosquitoes on contact, with its time released formula continuing to eliminate 85-90% of the mosquito population in your yard. Plan for the comfort of your guests and call us, Mosquito Squad of Louisville, today! (502) 315-9097

Tick Bites… what are we at risk for here in Kentucky?

University of Kentucky entomologist, Blake Newton discusses the concept of more ticks in Kentucky in his blog. However, most of what he says is that no one is really sure if there are more ticks, and if there are, no one is really sure why. However there does seem to be evidence that there may be and at Mosquito Squad of Louisville we are certain that they could affect you, your home, your pets, and your children.

Types of Ticks in Louisville

Ticks carry disease, we know this. But there are different kinds of ticks and different kinds of diseases in different parts of the country. The CDC lists 7 types of disease-carrying ticks in the United States. In Louisville, we are concerned with three.

American Dog Tick, Dermacentor variabilis
American Dog ticks are larger and more visible than some of the others. In adulthood, they commonly attack humans and pets and are probably the most common encountered in Kentucky. The carry Tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Lone Star Tick, Amblyomma americanum
Lone Star Ticks are common in Kentucky as well, but different from the dog tick, they are very tiny – maybe the size of a seed. They too carry Tularemia, as well as Ehrlichiosis and STARI.

Blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis
Also known as deer ticks, these are small, brownish in color and often hard to see. They carry Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, and Powassan virus.

*According to CDC maps, the Brown dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus can also be found in Kentucky, but there are multiple factors other than only the presence of ticks in the transmission of disease and these do not pose a risk here.

Tick-Borne Diseases in Louisville

Someone with this disease can show symptoms within 3 to 14 days of exposure. There are several different forms of Tularemia and they can attack the skin, eyes, lungs, or lymph nodes. Ulceroglandular is the common form caused by tick bites. Its symptoms include swollen ulcers at the site of the insect bite, chills, headache, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and exhaustion. When detected early Tularemia can be treated with antibiotics but left untreated can be fatal, leading to inflammation of the lungs, infection in the brain, irritation around the heart, or infection in the bone.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
RMSF symptoms can appear from within a week to 14 days. Symptoms include high fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, nausea, and insomnia. It usually, although not always, comes with a very distinctive rash that begins around your wrists and ankles. It responds well to antibiotics, but a lack of treatment can cause serious damage to your kidneys, brain, heart, and lungs. Blood vessel damage leading to amputation is also possible and if left untreated, it can eventually lead to death.

It may take up to 14 days to begin to see symptoms of Ehrlichiosis. Flu-like symptoms are typical: fever, chills, headaches, muscle and joint pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, rash, cough, and confusion. This too will be treated with antibiotics. Lack of treatment can result in kidney, respiratory, and heart failure, seizures, and coma.

Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is one of the more talked about tick-borne diseases in the United States, but possibly not as common in Kentucky. Symptoms of Lyme include chills, fever, muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes. The CDC states that 70-80% of cases will develop a bullseye-shaped rash. Treatment with antibiotics generally leads to a full recovery. Left untreated chronic Lyme can occur. The symptoms of this include spread of the rash, Bell’s palsy, nerve pain, inflammation of the brain, severe headaches, arthritis, and shortness and breath with dizziness.

These symptoms appear within 1-2 weeks. They can include fever, headaches, abdominal pain, malaise and confusion, cough, muscle pain, and abdominal pain. Treated with antibiotics, patients should recover quickly, however, untreated this can be fatal. Severe problems can include kidney failure, breathing difficulty, and neurological problems.

Symptoms of Babesiosis are similar to the above-mentioned illnesses, flu-like with fever, chills, headaches, body aches, fatigue. However this tick-borne disease is different than the others in that it is not a bacteria but rather a parasite that infects and destroys red blood cells. It can be very severe for those with weak immune systems and serious health issues. Complications include low blood pressure, anemia, blood clots and bleeding, and possible death. Treatment for asymptomatic persons is often not required and decisions for treatment should be made per individual.

Powassan virus
Powassan is a virus. The CDC states that many people who become infected do not develop symptoms, however, it can take up to a month for symptoms to show after a tick bite. Symptoms include fever, weakness, headache, vomiting, seizures, confusion, coordination and speech difficulties. Pow virus can also cause inflammation of the brain and membranes around the spinal cord by infecting the central nervous system. Pow virus can be fatal and can cause permanent neurological issues, such as headaches, muscle wasting, and memory loss. There is no medication to treat this infection, however, treatment of the symptoms may be necessary.

STARI – Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness
With little known information about STARI and its origin, it is diagnosed based on the possibility of a tick bite and symptoms displayed. An expanding rash similar to the Lyme disease bullseye rash appears with a headache, fever, and muscle pains. According to the CDC, it is not known if antibiotics are necessary but do to the similarity of this rash to that of the Lyme disease rash they may be administered.

Each of these diseases has the potential to be harmful, obviously some more than others. If you have been bitten by a tick, it is suggested that you make note of the date and the appearance of the tick. Keep an eye out for symptoms and if they begin to occur contact your doctor immediately.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”

At Mosquito Squad of Louisville we know that by eliminating the pest we can help prevent the disease. Our barrier treatment spray will eliminate 85-90% of the ticks in your yard on contact for up to 3 weeks. Combined with our tick tube system and the 6 C’s of tick proofing your yard, we can work together to make your yard a safe place for your pets and your family. Contact us today for a quote. We stand behind every service with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 502.315.9097

Have you met the Asian Tiger Mosquito?

Chances are, if you live anywhere in the Southeastern United States, you have. The Aedes Albopictus mosquito is better known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito and can be found in all of the southeastern states. CDC maps show its population reaching out as far west as Texas – as far north as New Jersey. This variety of mosquito originated in Asia but has transported across the globe, adapting to a broader range of temperatures. It made it’s way to the United States in the mid-1980’s, mostly through imported tire casings used for recapping.

What makes the Asian Tiger Mosquito Unique?

Called “tiger” mosquitoes for their markings, they have very distinct white and silver stripes across their bodies and legs and a white spot on their head. At approximately ¼ inch in size, these markings are easily distinguished by the naked eye. Unlike many other varieties, Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are daytime feeders and are also known to swarm their victims. They are extremely aggressive and sometimes bite not once, but 6 or 7 times for a complete blood meal. They live in cities and well-populated environments, laying their eggs in water-filled, container-like areas – tree holes, old tires, buckets, and bird baths. They will also lay eggs in other water collecting pans you might have scattered throughout your property, meant for flowers and other aesthetic additions, but transformed into breeding grounds for these pests.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Diseases

And of course, these mosquitoes can carry disease. West Nile, Zika virus, Chikungunya, encephalitis, yellow fever, malaria, canine heartworms… the Asian Tiger Mosquito has been named as a carrier for each of these. That is why keeping your yard protected is so important. Reducing the risk of exposure to these pests reduces the chance of any harm coming to your family and pets.

Prevent mosquito bites with help from Mosquito Squad of Louisville! Our barrier spray treatment is our most popular service and the best way to keep your yard protected. Applied by our highly trained staff every 2-3 weeks, this spray eliminates mosquitoes on contact, while it’s time released formula continues to work for 2 or 3 more weeks. Overall you will see an 85-90% reduction of the mosquito population in your yard. And don’t forget, we back our service with a 100% satisfaction guarantee! Call and schedule service today. (502) 315-9097 And don’t forget the 5 Ts of mosquito control!

Are the Ticks out, or have they been here all along?

Spring is in the air. You are probably thinking about planting flowers and having barbeques. But you may also be thinking about ticks. The onset of warm weather is generally the time that we become more diligent in protecting our pets and family against these disease carrying pests. But did you realize that they can be in your yard all year long?

Tick Species in Louisville

First, it is important to recognize the types of ticks that we have here in Kentucky. We hear a lot about Lyme disease these days and the dangers, but according to the University of Kentucky, Lyme disease is carried by what are commonly known as deer ticks. Deer ticks are prevalent in the Northeast, but are less common here in Kentucky, for now. American dog ticks and Lonestar ticks are the most common species of tick found here and they do not carry Lyme disease. Instead, they can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF), Ehrlichiosis, Southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), Tularemia and Heartland Virus. RMSF is the most common of those and the CDC refers to it as a severe and even fatal illness when not treated immediately.

Tick Life Cycle

So how do we protect ourselves? The best protection is tick control at home, where you spend most of your outdoor time. To eliminate ticks we must understand their life cycle and how they move about among us. Adult ticks lay eggs in spring and these eggs will hatch into larvae in summer. Because a blood meal is required with each stage beginning at the larval stage, the CDC says it can take ticks up to 3 years to complete their lifecycle. This means they can be present at any time of the year. They grow from larvae in the summer, to nymphs the following spring, and then to adults that fall. It stands to reason the best way to reduce the tick population is to eliminate them in the earliest stages of the tick life cycle. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we do this best using our tick tube system.

Louisville Tick Tubes

Ticks lay their eggs in the nests of small mice or other small mammals. Twice a year Mosquito Squad places tick tubes strategically throughout your yard. Filled with a treated cotton material, the tubes become a resource of nesting material for these mammals. By pulling this material into their nests, ticks that hatch there and larvae or nymphs that live there are eliminated. Larvae and nymph ticks that do not make it to adult stage do not lay eggs, therefore making a break in this life cycle.

We want to help

Yes, ticks are an unpleasant, disease carrying pest that we must concern ourselves with for the sake of our pets and the health of our families. However, Mosquito Squad of Louisville can eliminate 80-95% of ticks from your yard. We look forward to finding the most effective solution for your home. Call for a quote today. We stand behind every service with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 502.315.9097

Mosquito Squad of Louisville at the 2016 Louisville Home, Garden & Remodeling Show

March 18-20th at The Kentucky Exposition Center

The Louisville Home, Garden & Remodeling Show is a perfect place to plan your spring and summer renovation and gardening projects. And what would outdoor living be without the help of Mosquito Squad of Louisville to eliminate annoying mosquitoes and ticks that can be dangerous to your family’s well-being. With over 350 vendors on hand to answer questions and share their latest projects, you can get everything done in one location.

Stop by our booth to find out how you can enjoy an 85-90% reduction in mosquitos and ticks in your yard for the whole season. With dangerous diseases such as Zika, Lyme and West Nile Virus being transmitted by these annoying biting bugs, mosquito control & tick control has become an essential part of outdoor living in Louisville.

If you can’t make the show, call us to sign up 502-315-9097. We stand behind our services with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

Show Hours & Dates

Friday, March 18: 10am-9pm
Saturday, March 19: 10am-9pm
Sunday, March 20: 10am-9pm

Zika Virus Continues to Be A Developing Story

Zika is a word that most of us had never even heard of a year ago. But today it seems that every time we turn on the news we hear about the spreading of it across America. As of March 2nd, 29 states and 3 American territories have been affected by Zika. All of these cases are travel-related, however, it is a must that we understand how the virus is spread and how quickly the way we think it is transmitted can change. The information seems to be ever evolving so it is important we keep up to date, especially as we enter into the warmer months and the height of mosquito season. At Mosquito Squad of Louisville, we are working to keep you informed as we become informed.

What are the effects?

Zika is a virus spread to people primarily by an infected Aedes Mosquito, however, it is the only mosquito-borne illness that can be passed human to human through sexual contact or blood transfusion. The CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) have spent a great amount of time studying the strongly suggested links between Zika Virus and microcephaly in newborns as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome in infected people. Just this week NBC News reports of cases of Zika accompanied with a paralyzing condition in the island of Martinique. March 4th, 2016 The New England Journal of Medicine reported a strong link of Zika to birth defects, not limited to microcephaly, in infants infected in the womb. This development is one we will watch very closely. WHO warns that since there have been no large outbreaks before 2007, we have little knowledge of what complications of the Zika virus are yet to arise. The information becomes more conclusive as studies continue but still it is ever changing.

What should we do?

So how does all of this information affect us in Louisville? Prevention Prevention Prevention. Although all present cases in the United States are travel related, the virus is actually spread to mosquitos by humans. If a mosquito bites an infected human, it can immediately spread the virus by biting others. Therefore infected individuals are urged not to allow themselves to be bitten within their first week of infection. For the rest of us, not getting bitten at all is our best defense. Insect repellent is a must when outdoors this time of year, but even better is keeping your yard safe with mosquito barrier spray by Mosquito Squad of Louisville. Our traditional barrier spray will eliminate 85-90% of the mosquitoes & ticks in your yard. Please call us, 502-315-9097. And be sure to keep an eye on our blog all season long as the story progresses.

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