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We hear this quite often; and wanted to reiterate our 5 ‘T’
Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM).
Some of the photos below will show where standing water is according to
our 5 ‘T’ IPM, in addition to some where one wouldn’t think to look.

TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats. Check children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; downspouts, plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots: gutters, A/C units and
flat roofs.

 Refill Scout’s water bowl daily!  He will appreciate it!! 

TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.

What’s really under there?

TURN. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s plastic toys.

REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, grills, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.

Pull ‘em tight

TREAT.
Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard.
Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing
bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad’s eliminates up to 90 percent of the
mosquitoes on a property.

Commonly overlooked areas include:

French Drains

 

 

 

 

Leaky Pool Filters and pumps

 

 

 

 

Culverts

 

 

 

Yard Equipment

 

 

 

Boat Covers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intermittent Creeks

 

 

 

 

Of course, there are areas that a trained eye may spot such as:

Tree Holes

And other places within a tree.

If you don’t think mosquitoes breed in tree holes, when why did they name a mosquito as such?

Introducing, the Eastern Tree Hole Mosquito (Aedes triseriatus)

 

We here at Mosquito Squad hope this helps with controlling mosquitoes at your home, office, school or church.  Controlling and eliminating standing water is key in any mosquito control IPM.

If you’ve done all you can do to find and eliminate the standing water and still have mosquito  problems; call Mosquito Squad of Chattanooga at 386-5943, email us at chattanooga@mosquitosquad.com for a free consultation.  We will walk your property and give you recommendations on mosquito control for your yard.

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With 9 plus inches of rain falling after Tropical Storm Lee’s path through Chattanooga, mosquitoes are flourishing.

Under perfect conditions, mosquitoes will emerge from their larval state within a week or so.  It’s been two weeks and all species of mosquitoes have had enough time to grow from the larval
stage, called “wigglers’, to the pupae stage, called “tumblers” and finally emerging as adults.  It’s these adults, specifically the females, which are biting us to draw a blood meal.  The females need the proteins in blood to produce eggs in which they deposit in standing water.

“Our calls have more than doubled in the past week”, says Brad Ledford, Owner of Mosquito Squad of Chattanooga.

Eggs of Permanent pool, floodwater and container type species can endure years without water.  All species are all on the rise due to dry areas now touched by previously absent water.

Reports of huge mosquito “blooms” are being reported throughout the Gulf and East Coast, where Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee left a path of destruction and record amounts of rain.

To help eliminate mosquitoes, Brad Ledford of Mosquito Squad of Chattanooga offers the following strategies:

1. TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats. Check children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; downspouts, plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots: gutters, A/C units and flat roofs.

2. TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.

3. TURN. Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like children’s plastic toys.

4. REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, grills, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.

5. TREAT. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier
treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body. Mosquito Squad eliminates up to 90 percent of the mosquitoes on a property.

For additional tips and information, visit www.mosquitosquad.com

The answer to this question is yes.  They will zap or electrocute anything that touches the blue or purple lights. 

If question is, “Do bug zappers work against mosquitoes?”  Then the answer is, “NO!”. 

Bug zappers rely on insects’ attraction to light.  Have you ever noticed outside on a street light at night, all the bugs flying around?  If you were to look closely at a zapper after it had been on a couple of nights, you would notice a whole lot of large insects fried to the outside safety grid.  Upon closer look, none of these insects would be mosquitoes, they are moths.  While you were looking at the fried moths, I bet you swatted several mosquitoes away from you.  The skeeters are attracted to light, but are more attracted to you and me.

In all actuality, bug zappers are indiscriminate about what they zap.  Some of these insects are harmless or may even be beneficial insects like bees or dragonflies.  Your best bet is to hire a licensed, professional pest control company that specializes in mosquito control.  They know where the mosquitoes are hiding, breeding, hatching and resting; thus, can eliminate them more effectively.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/environment/2010-06-08-mosquitoes_N.htm?csp=usat.me

USA Today reports that Mosquito Control Districts are losing funding or are being disbanded.  West Nile Virus has seen a decline in the past couple of years due to mosquito control. 

Are we going to see a resergence of West Nile, Encephalitis, Heartworm in our pets?  I hope not.

However, there is a solution.  Mosquito Squad specalizes in Mosquito Control in residential and commercial properties.  We treat your property for the adults as well as applying larvacides to potential breeding grounds.  Our goal is to protect your family against West Nile Virus, encephalitis and other diseases.  We also make outdoor functions more enjoyable by being pest free.

Mosquito Squad of Chattanooga – 423-386-5943

www.MosquitoSquad.com

There are three types of mosquitoes that are classified on where they lay their eggs.  While habitat association with many species is specific, others thrive in a variety of situations.  The identification of the species sometimes makes is difficult

1. Permanent Pool

Females of this group deposit their eggs on the surface of water, usually within areas of aquatic vegetation or floating plant debris.  These species hatch continuously throughout the warmer seasons.  Permanent pool mosquitoes generally have a limited flight range; they usually don’t fly much more than a mile from the hatching site.  They prefer to feed at dusk and several hours into the night.

Control of these species is done here in the Tennessee Valley by TVA raising and lowering the river and lake levels to dry out and/or drown the eggs.

Mosquito Species include the Anopheles punctipennis (Common Malaria Mosquito), Coquillettidia perterbans (Salt and Pepper Mosquito) and Culex erraticus.

2. Floodwater (Temporary Pool)

These mosquitoes deposit eggs in damp soil at the water line. Not all eggs hatch at the same time, this is called installed hatching.  Most species have extended flight range and will fly several miles for a blood meal.  They feed on humans and other animals and are active at all hours; but are most active at dusk and dawn.

Ditching and proper drainage practices will help to control these species

Mosquitoes in this in this type include Ochlerotatus Canadensis (Gallinipper),  O. trivittatus (Irritating Mosquito),  Psorophora columbia (Dark Rice Field Mosquito),  P. ferox (Woodland Mosquito) and Aedes vexans.

3. Container Mosquitoes

Container mosquitoes deposit eggs either on the water surface or at the water line in water filled containers.  These species have a limited flight range due to the breeding habits of laying eggs in pet bowls, tires, flower pots, neglected pools and hot tubs.  In the Tennessee Valley, these species are the most important disease vectors.

To help with mosquito control of these species, the 5T method is appropriate: 1. TIP out any standing water 2. TOSS anything that holds water 3. TURN over anything that holds water 4. Eliminate any TARPS 5. TREAT your property for mosquitoes

Container species include Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger Mosquito), Culex quinquefasciatus (Southern House Mosquito), C. salinarius (Unbanded Salt Marsh Mosquito) Ochlerotatus triseriatus (Eastern Tree Hole Mosquito)and C. restuans.

Hello, everyone!  This is our first blog on our first blog page.  Just to explain what we here at Mosquitio Squad of Chattanooga do…

We are an outdoor pest control company.  Mosquitio control, flea control and tick control is what we do.  It is done in one of five ways.

  1. 21-day Barrier Spray, which kills on contact and continues for three weeks.
  2. 14-day All-Natural Spray, which kills adult mosquitoes on contact and has a two-week repellent effect.
  3. Intensive Tick Treatment to reduce the spread of Lyme disease.
  4. Special Event Spray for mosquito-free outdoor parties, weddings, picnics and concerts.
  5. Automatic Misting System providing continuous control 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via timed bursts of protective sprays at key times when mosquitoes are at their most active.

Mosquito Squad services all of Hamilton and Bradley Counties in Tennessee.

Our customers include families with children and pets, apartments, veterinarians, event planner, folks getting married, building owners and managers, outdoor venues, and anywhere where you may come into contact with those pesky mosquitoes.