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Mosquito Math

Just one female mosquito + your backyard = one billion mosquitoes! You do the mosquito math.

Did you know one female mosquito can reproduce over one billion mosquitoes in just 4 short weeks? It would be great if there were only 1 mosquito in your yard. The warm weather and abundant rainfall make our backyard conditions perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. By simple multiplication, the natural order of the mosquito population turns an army of just one female mosquito into an army of over 1 billion mosquitoes! Here is how it works…

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

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

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

In just four weeks the mosquito population has reached 1.3 Billion Mosquitoes!

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this vicious cycle in your backyard. Mosquito Squad’s barrier treatment program will eliminate mosquitoes that are present on your property and prevent more from entering your yard. By reducing the number of mosquitoes on your treated property, you can literally eliminate billions of mosquitoes. Not only will eliminating these mosquitoes offer you the freedom and peace of mind to enjoy the outdoors this season, it will also reduce the number of mosquitoes within your yard that carry diseases such as Chikungunya, West Nile Virus and Zika. See for yourself today just how swat-free your yard can be.

The Squad is here to protect you and your family from the nuisance and dangers of mosquitoes all season long. Our program is backed by our expertise and 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact us today at 402-718-8848.

Organic Mosquito Control for Your Yard

They’re back! Yes, I mean mosquitoes. Temperatures are rising again, so these pesky bugs are too. Several of our Mosquito Squad locations across the country are already providing mosquito control for our clients.

While our traditional barrier protection program is our most popular service, we do provide an all-natural/organic option for interested clients.

Our organic mosquito treatment is made of up essential oils and works differently than our traditional barrier treatment. While it eliminates adult mosquitoes on contact, the organic treatment acts as a repellent instead of eliminating mosquitoes through their eating habits. Our traditional treatment is ingested by the mosquito when it feeds on plant material that has been treated, eliminating the pest. The organic mosquito treatment repels them with its smell.

When first applied to the property, there is a slight wintergreen fragrance to the all-natural spray. To a human’s sense of smell, the odor dissipates within a few hours of application, however, mosquitoes are much more sensitive to smell. The fragrance keeps them away.

Because the organic mosquito control breaks down in the natural elements more quickly, we at Mosquito Squad recommend reapplying the treatment every 14 days for continuous protection. For comparison’s sake, the traditional barrier treatment is reapplied every 21 days.

While no mosquito control company can promise to eliminate all mosquitoes from your property, Mosquito Squad’s organic treatment does cut down on your mosquito population significantly. Our clients can expect a 70-75% decrease in the number of mosquitoes on their property after the treatment has been applied (the traditional treatment eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes).

Professional organic mosquito control is a great way to treat your yard. Like always, we at Mosquito Squad suggest ridding your yard of any standing water to help reduce mosquitoes on your property as well. Check out the 5 T’s of Mosquito Control to learn how you can protect your home from mosquitoes.

If you have any questions on the mosquito control options available, please contact the Squad at 402-718-8848.

Keep the Mosquitoes Away from Your Spring Wedding

If you are engaged, make sure one special item is on your wedding must-have list: mosquito control

When planning the big day, the most obvious things include location, dress, music and flowers. The little things that may not be as glamorous, however, make a big impact. You want your guests to enjoy the entire day and mosquitoes can ruin your event.

If you are having an outdoor wedding (or even having drinks outside), ask the person in charge of the location if there are mosquito control options, and I don’t just mean bug spray. At Mosquito Squad, we offer a special events spray for weddings, graduation parties, barbecues or any other outdoor event. It’s our goal to make sure that you and your guests are kept off the menu!

Our mosquito control for special events is comprised of the same mosquito barrier treatment that we use on residential properties. We visit your location 24 to 48 hours prior to your event and apply the treatment to any area that lends itself to mosquitoes. The treatment eliminates mosquitoes (and adult ticks) on contact and will provide continuous protection through your big day.

If you are planning a special event outdoors, please contact the Squad and ask about our mosquito control options. Trust us, you don’t want your event to end up like this:

Susie and Jonathan Get Married

Monday is World Malaria Day

Next Monday, April 25th, marks the 9th Annual World Malaria Day. World Malaria Day was founded in 2007 by the World Health Organization as “an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention and control” Source.

As mosquito control experts, we know that in addition to being an annoyance, mosquitoes carry deadly diseases, the most prevalent being malaria. Malaria was eradicated in the US over 50 years ago. However, over 250 million Africans contract malaria each year, resulting in the death of over 1,000 children every single day, mostly under the age of five.

World Malaria Day’s theme for 2016 is simple: “End Malaria for Good.” And with our partner, Malaria No More, Mosquito Squad is doing just that. Since 2012, Mosquito Squad has raised well over $200,000 to help fuel the fight against malaria. When we donate a portion of our sales to Malaria No More, we’re saving lives by supporting activities in Cameroon to ensure adequate, timely and widespread communications that help inform school-aged children and communities regarding protective bed net distributions and proper usage.

Please join us in the fight against malaria by donating alongside Mosquito Squad at SwatMalaria.net.

April Showers Bring May Mosquitoes

With rain, comes a lot of mosquitoes. Standing water is essential for mosquito reproduction. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and in just a few short days (if the weather conditions are right), there can be up to 300 new mosquitoes. When it rains, as you can imagine, small pools of water begin to form in different areas, creating the perfect spot for mosquitoes to breed.

At Mosquito Squad , we’ve had a growth in our client numbers due to the rain. It is difficult to combat mosquitoes and rid your yard of their presence when rain continues to fall so, professional mosquito control is much needed. In some cases, we have had to increase the number of treatments for the season to fight them effectively.

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, but they can bite any time of day. When we’ve had a lot of rain, we encourage our clients to take extra preventative measures when venturing outside their mosquito control protected yard. Loose long sleeved shirts and pants are a good first step (less skin to bite), but also topical mosquito spray should be applied to areas of the skin that aren’t covered. When rain and mosquito numbers are high, we usually see an increase in the number of mosquito-borne illnesses, so mosquito prevention is very important.

On another note, we came across this video recently and had to share it. We all know what mosquito bites look like long after the mosquito is gone, but have you ever seen what it looks like when it’s happening? I don’t just mean the mosquito on your skin; I mean close up underneath the skin. It’s crazy! Scientists recently took this video of what it looks like under a microscope. You can see the mosquito’s labrum curving along under the skin until it finds the blood vessel and sucks. Take a look and see what you think!

If you have any questions on mosquito control, please contact the Squad at 402-718-8848!

Zika Virus

Warmer weather and mosquito season will be coming soon to the Omaha metro area. As more people begin to travel outside the country to infected areas, the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that carry the virus will be a concern.

The Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These are the same mosquitoes that spread Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. These mosquitoes typically lay eggs in and near standing water in things like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots and clogged rain gutters.

Typical symptoms of the Zika virus include fever, skin rash, and conjunctivitis, but can be extremely serious when contracted by pregnant women. In adults, the symptoms only last a few days but can cause serious birth defects for children in utero. There is currently no cure or vaccine for Zika.

Based on more than 10 years’ experience treating hundreds of thousands of yards, the experts at Mosquito Squad have developed specific protocols to follow alongside homeowners, to help manage and eliminate mosquitoes. We refer to these DIY tips as the 5 T’s.

Mosquito Squad is America’s leading mosquito control company providing homeowners with effective mosquito treatments for their yard. Our effective barrier spray eliminates mosquitoes on contact and provides continuous protection for up to 21 days. At that time our trained technicians return to the property to reapply the spray.

In addition to professional mosquito control minimizing the standing water on a property cuts down on its mosquito population as these pests require water to breed.

If you have any questions on mosquito control, please contact the Squad at 402-718-8848!

Bottle Cap of Water

Did you know mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs in as little water as a bottle cap? So, imagine what they can do in a kiddie pool!

Keep kids toys and dog dishes flipped over when they aren’t being used and pay attention to water that is pooling in different areas (like piles of leaves or tarps that aren’t pulled tightly). Getting rid of all the water can be extremely difficult, so consider having professional mosquito control. Mosquito Squad treats its clients’ properties every three weeks and rids the yard of 85 to 90% of mosquitoes.
Even if you have your yard treated, there will be times when you are off your property and you need to be protected then too. Try to stay inside when mosquitoes are known to be their most active (dawn and dusk). Wearing loose pants and long sleeved shirts make it more difficult for mosquitoes to bite you and you can use a topical mosquito repellent if you need to cover exposed skin.
For questions on professional tick and mosquito control please contact us at 402.718.8848 or visit us online Mosquito Squad.

What happens to mosquitoes in cold weather?

When the temps are cold, we often get the question: What happens to the mosquitoes in cold weather?
Mosquitoes are cold-blooded creatures and do not generally bite in temperatures below 50F. In the Midwest, some adult mosquitoes become inactive with the onset of weather and enter into hibernation (known as diapause) before the first frost. Other mosquitoes die in the fall but have winter-hardy eggs, which lie on the ground like seeds. The eggs are waiting for the “perfect” conditions to hatch and produce a new generation. Some of these eggs can actually survive for up to five years before hatching.

Now that we know that mosquitoes and mosquito eggs are waiting on those perfect conditions; extended daylight, warmer temperatures, and standing water, here are some measures that you can take to help reduce the mosquito population on your property and the need to use bug spray.

We refer to them as the 5 T’s:

TIP – tip over any standing water from planters
TOSS – toss out leaves, branches, and other debris that can stay moist
TURN – turn over kids or pets’ toys, or other items that can hold water
REMOVE TARPS – tarps need to be pulled tight over any firewood or boats
TREAT – treat your property with a professional mosquito control company

At Mosquito Squad of Omaha Metro, we protect our clients by eliminating mosquitoes. We help to reduce the mosquito population, by up to 90%. Our trained applicators visit our client’s property every 2-3 weeks. They perform a site survey, identifying areas to be treated, including the foliage, natural areas, and other areas where we know that mosquitoes like to feed and harbor. We treat for adult mosquitos and ticks, as well as focusing on larval control. Whether you looking for a traditional barrier treatment or an all-natural approach, we offer options to best meet your outdoor family needs.

So, as we begin to warm up, let’s be on the lookout for standing water that will continue to be caused in part by spring showers, run offs, and the likes. It is the mosquito’s primary key to survival.

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Mosquito Squad is proud to be America’s most trusted mosquito and tick elimination company dedicated exclusively to controlling the annoying outdoor pests that ruin your backyard experience and transmit disease. We view our mission through the eyes of Dread Skeeter, the ultimate mosquito and tick eliminator. His life mission: to eliminate mosquitoes and ticks across Nebraska and Iowa.

Dread Skeeter is a man about town! You may see him driving down your street on the side of our Mosquito Squad trucks or he may even be at your summer parades, concerts and home shows!

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