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The Best South Texas Mosquito Control Tips

South Texas, especially areas like Victoria, Texas and surrounding communities are no stranger to mosquitoes. The humidity that we all know and love so much (ha!) is very attractive to the mosquito population. With spring here and the weather heating up for the long-term, these winged pests are not going anywhere and are only going to get more and more bothersome. Taking preventative measures and putting together a plan to keep your yard free of mosquitoes now, rather than waiting until the problem is out of control is the smartest move you can make!

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While enjoying a day smoking a brisket and an afternoon grilling hot dogs with the kids without annoying uninvited guests is an important reason to get rid of the threat of mosquitoes, more important is the health of your family. In recent years Zika has been big news and a cause of concern when it comes to mosquitoes. According to the CDC, a confirmed case of mosquito contracted Zika was confirmed in South Texas in November 2016 and Dengue Fever outbreaks have occurred in the Brownsville area in recent years. With mosquito season heating up, you don’t want to take any chances.

In addition to Zika, it looks like Yellow Fever is back as well.  The unexpected outbreak in Brazil has U.S. officials on edge and watching the situation closely. Though it hasn’t happened yet, the concern of an outbreak in an urban area is a big concern of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases according to Director Anthony Fauci.

There are a few things you can do to help cut down on the number of mosquitoes around your yard this year. Here are some of our best tips to help you get through the spring and summer months with fewer bugs and a lot more fun!

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Clean Your Gutters

An often missed reason for mosquitoes to gather, clogged gutters allow for standing water in places where you cannot see it forming. This creates a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that you may never be aware of.

Keep your lawn mowed

We know it gets hot! Like REALLY hot in South Texas and it can be hard, but keeping the grass cut is imperative to keeping mosquitoes from gathering on overgrown vegetation and weeds.

Have Your Yard Sprayed

Working with a professional to have your yard sprayed is the ideal way to take care of your mosquito control. If you set up your schedule with a professional, you don’t have to worry about forgetting or spraying at the last minute which can result in a chemical smell to your barbecue and not enough time for the spray to dry or be effective.

A professional mosquito treatment is more effective because the equipment pros use is suited to cover a large area with minimal drying time and best results. You never can know what exactly is in the store-bought sprays either, but you know Mosquito Squad only uses spray that is safe for your family and pets.

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Clean and Chlorinate Pools

Even if you’re going out of town and during winter months when they may not be used, make sure to continue to care for your pool. Particularly with how warm winter has been, there is an opportunity for mosquitoes to use pools as a veritable hatchery.

Avoid Standing Water 

Check your yard for any spots that do not drain after rain and make sure anything like pools, buckets, fountains or planters from last spring aren’t sitting collecting water and creating a mosquito hazard.

Get a Mosquito Misting System

Didn’t know this was an option? You’re not alone. Many people in South Texas don’t realize that they can have a system put in place to help keep their homes virtually mosquito free all year ‘round. It’s the best way to say biting bugs are not welcome here! Mosquito Squad of Victoria will install, winterize and prep your system every year. We service our installations as well, so if there are ever any quick fixes that need to be made, we’ve got you covered!

Mosquito Squad of Victoria wants to help you enjoy your yard throughout the spring and summer while helping you to ensure your family stays safe from dangerous diseases. We have packages to accommodate the needs of homeowners across South Texas and the Texas coast. Contact us today to start your mosquito control plan for 2017!

 

For Season-Long Victoria TX Mosquito Control, Call Mosquito Squad of Victoria Today!

mosquito population in Victoria TXIt seems week after week there’s something more unsettling regarding Zika in the news. Once again, this week has been no different. So, what do we do about it? Do we stay indoors for the rest of the year? Should we start wearing long pants, or perhaps a parka to keep from being bitten even though we live in a sub-tropical climate? Absolutely not! Mosquito Squad of Victoria believes you should be able to enjoy your yard no matter what time of day or year it is. That’s why we are dedicated to helping you rid your yard of mosquitoes and taking your yard back.

ZIka prevention victoria texasIn a recent article, Texas health officials warn the Zika virus will arrive soon. What’s even more unsettling about the report is that the coastal areas of Texas are expected to be hit the hardest. Knowing we live in a very rainy, humid and hot area means the mosquito population will be extremely active through October at least. This means more time for mosquitoes to continue feeding and breeding, which is not good news. There are things you can do in order to reduce the mosquito population around your home. You can follow the T’s of mosquito control!

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The T’s of Mosquito Control

  • TIP:Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water and help eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Such as sandboxes, toys, and wagons. Also, planting saucers and dog bowls. Other hotspots include gutters and flat roofs.
  • TOSS:Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yard as these areas are ripe for mosquito breeding.
  • TURN:Turn over large yard items that could hold water like children’s sandboxes or plastic toys.
  • TARPS/REMOVE:If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats, or sports equipment aren’t taught, they’re holding water. Remove them or keep them pulled tight.
  • TAKE CARE:Take care of home maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water, including cleaning out gutters and making sure downspouts are attached properly, keeping your lawn grass low, and check irrigation systems for leaking.
  • TEAM UP:Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.
  • TREAT:Utilize Mosquito Squad’s Barrier Spray protection program around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment reduces the need for spraying DEET containing bug spray on your children. We can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on a property.

west nile prevention victoria texasTo find out how Mosquito Squad of Victoria can assist you in keeping your yard mosquito free all season long, call us today at , email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, fill out our form to the upper right, or visit our website for even more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Recent Large Amounts of Rain are Sure to Create a Spike in the Number of Victoria TX Mosquitoes

mosquito control Victoria TXWater is essential to nearly all types of life on earth. However, one creature absolutely needs water specifically for breeding and is truly incredible at its adaptability when in times of water shortage, the mosquito. With the recent large amount of precipitation we have received here in Victoria, TX, there is more than certainly going to be a spike in the mosquito population. With that spike, there will be more and more female mosquitoes looking to feed in order to complete another breeding process. Mosquito Squad of Victoria can help you keep these pesky, biting mosquitoes from lingering within your backyard and utilizing it as a breeding ground.

zika virus prevention victoria texasKeeping in mind a female Asian Tiger mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs within a single bottle cap, imagine the mosquito population after the recent swath of precipitation we’ve received. Think of all the buckets, tires, ditches and various other areas in which female mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Now do you see the uphill battle we are facing? Millions of bloodthirsty mosquitoes will soon be buzzing around looking for their next meal. Don’t allow your backyard to become their feeding area, call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Victoria today!

mosquito control Victoria TXThrough our thorough training and many years of experience, we can help to ensure your yard is a mosquito “no fly zone” for the entire season. When looking to protect you, your family and your pets from the potentially dangerous bite of a disease carrying mosquito, Mosquito Squad of Victoria is the number one company to turn to. As America’s most trusted tick and mosquito control company, we pride ourselves on staying up-to-date with the latest on Zika, Chikungunya and any other mosquito-borne illnesses that threaten our area. Make sure to stay tuned to our blog in order to keep up with our constant updates.

west nile prevention victoria texasTo keep your yard mosquito free for the spring and summer, call Mosquito Squad of Victoria today at (361) 894-8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, fill out the form to the upper right, or visit our website for even more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Ongoing Rain Will Undoubtedly Yield More Mosquitoes in the Coming Weeks

mosquito control Victoria TXAs we have discussed at length, standing water is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. However, our particular situation is quite different and presents many challenges. With the recent onslaught of rain in and around Victoria TX, standing water will remain a problem for the foreseeable future. Add to the amount of standing and stagnated water, the timing will also present challenges as the mosquitoes are much more active and aggressive as they scramble to feed in time to lay their eggs before the temperatures get too low.

west nile prevention victoria texasAccording to a recent news article, “…expect the worst of the mosquitoes to be next week when all of the eggs laid this week become adults of a wide range of species, one of which is the largest in the United States”. With the recent copious amounts of precipitation we’ve experienced, it seems that following the “5 T’s” may not be enough within itself. The application of our microencapsulated barrier spray solution has a delayed release and is less susceptible to becoming diluted by water than other mosquito control companies in Victoria TX.

west nile prevention victoria texasNow that the vast swath of rain is subsiding, it’s prime time for heavy mosquito activity. By being proactive rather than reactive, you can ensure that your yard does not become a mosquito breeding ground. Nip the problem in the bud by having Mosquito Squad of Victoria perform our highly effective barrier application on your yard today! In doing so, you, your family, and your pets are much less likely to come into contact with annoying, biting, mosquitoes that could potentially be carrying a mosquito-borne illness or disease such as West Nile Virus.

mosquito control Victoria TXTo have your yard treated today and keep your yard mosquito free for the remainder of the season, call Mosquito Squad of Victoria today at (361) 894-8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

With the Mild Weather Comes More Time Outdoors and More Mosquitoes in Victoria TX

mosquito control in Victoria TXEveryone knows that it rarely gets too cold to go outside here in Victoria. With football season in full swing and outdoor gatherings taking place, make sure your yard isn’t a safe haven for mosquito breeding and feeding. The combination of precipitation accompanied by our warm climate means the mosquito population will remain a formidable opponent for months to come.

victoria_mosquito_squad_halloween_party6Whether you’re looking forward to your Halloween party, or you like to have game day cookouts every weekend, Mosquito Squad of Victoria can help keep your yard completely mosquito free. Mosquito control in Victoria TX is especially important right now as this is the time of the year when West Nile virus cases pop up. Don’t allow mosquitoes to keep you from enjoying your yard during the remaining comfortable months, call The Squad.

west nile prevention victoria texasIn order to keep disease carrying mosquitoes from ruining your game day cookout, Halloween party or any other outdoor gathering, our proprietary barrier spray is recommended. By simply applying the protective barrier spray to your home’s yard, you will have a mosquito free yard for 21 days. If the mosquito population increases and you need another spray, due to massive rain storms, we will gladly come back out to your yard and reapply our barrier spray.

mosquito control in Victoria TXThere are few to none with the capabilities and commitment to perfect customer service when it comes to Victoria, Texas mosquito control that Mosquito Squad of Victoria has. Outdoor living is something we feel everyone should be able to enjoy, comfortably, without the constant annoying bites of one of nature’s most deadly creatures.

mosquito misting system vendor Victoria TXTo see how Mosquito Squad of Victoria can remove the mosquito population from your home’s yard and allow you to enjoy your own yard for the rest of the more comfortably warm months, call us today at (361) 894-8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Cooler Weather Means the Need for Victoria TX Mosquito Control May Spike Significantly

mosquito population in Victoria TXEveryone here in Victoria TX knows we have had a real scorcher of a summer. In fact, it’s been so incredibly hot outside that one of nature’s oldest and most adaptable insects, the mosquito, has gone without eating. It’s simply been too hot for the mosquito population to stay active. With cooler weather coming upon us, and the everyday precipitation (it feels like), the mosquito population is going to become more active; this is especially true for their key feeding times which are dusk and dawn.

mosquito control Victoria TXAccording to a recent article by KTRE9, “A break in the hot weather could mean that more mosquitoes start buzzing around you…Going from hot and dry to cooler with chances of rain means more biters are also on the radar. The two common types of mosquitoes in…Texas could carry diseases like Chikingunya or West Nile Virus”. With West Nile virus usually spiking during August, September and October, this is not the greatest time to see a spike in mosquito activity and biting. The more mosquitoes you come into contact with, the more likely you are to encounter one which carries a disease.

mosquito disease prevention in victoria texasThis same article states, “The best thing you can do is try to avoid being out when they’re out and those times are usually dusk and dawn when they’re out on patrol”. We at Mosquito Squad of Victoria agree with this statement, but we feel you shouldn’t have to bend over backwards just to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. We believe you should be able to enjoy your yard no matter what time of day it is or what time of year it is. By applying our barrier spray to your yard, you will be mosquito free for 21 days. If the mosquito population is really out of control, we will even come before the 21 days are up and spray your yard again. We truly are the company to rely on in order to make sure you don’t get a single bite from these pesky bloodsucking pests and we have a multitude of ways to keep you from coming into contact with them.

west nile prevention victoria texasTo see the many different methods Mosquito Squad of Victoria utilizes to keep your yard free of mosquitoes, call us today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

A Mosquito Misting System Installed by Mosquito Squad of Victoria Can Reduce Your Horses’ Chance of Coming Into Contact With Disease Carrying Mosquitoes

mosquito exterminator Victoria TXDid you know that your horses are susceptible to being infected with West Nile virus just the same as humans? So far, according to a report issued by the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, there have been ten new West Nile virus positive cases in Texas. A misting system manufactured by MistAway® and installed by Mosquito Squad of Victoria can dramatically reduce the mosquito population in your equestrian center.

mosquito misting system vendor Victoria TXIt is important to keep your horses vaccinated against diseases such as West Nile virus. It’s also important to reduce their contact with these pesky, bloodsucking, disease carrying insects. According to the same report, the effects of WNV on horses is quite dramatic. The report states, “Clinical signs for WNV include flulike signs, where the horse seems mildly anorexic and depressed; fine and coarse muscle and skin fasciculations (twitching); hyperesthesia (hypersensitivity to touch and sound); changes in mentation (mentality), when horses look like they are daydreaming or “just not with it”; occasional somnolence (drowsiness); propulsive walking (driving or pushing forward, often without control); and “spinal” signs, including asymmetrical weakness. Some horses show asymmetrical or symmetrical ataxia. Equine mortality rate can be as high as 30-40%.”

mosquito misting system vendor Victoria TXWith such debilitating diseases like West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, keeping your equestrian center mosquito free is your best defense. A professionally installed Mistaway® mosquito misting system can ensure your horses and livestock aren’t constantly being fed upon by mosquitoes. With advancements in mosquito misting technology, your system can operate autonomously and will even alert us if it’s running low on the mosquito repellent solution or if there’s a gash in the system’s line. With it, you can leave all the worrying to us, Mosquito Squad of Victoria.

mosquito misting system vendor Victoria TXTo see how Mosquito Squad of Victoria can keep your equestrian center nearly completely mosquito free all season long, call us today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!