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West Nile virus, EEE in Georgia -- here's what you need to know

The abnormally hot and rainy year here in the South has caused an unusual uptick in the number of mosquitoes, which we’re sure you’ve noticed. And unfortunately, an increase in mosquitoes means an increase in mosquitoes carrying dangerous diseases. West Nile virus, the most common mosquito-borne disease in the United States, reared its ugly head in Chatham County mosquitoes as early as July, and by early September there were seven recorded cases of WNV in the State of Georgia, one resulting in death. Further, the state confirmed one case of Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE), which also resulted in death. While EEE is rare in humans, like with other diseases, the occurrence of one case is indicative that more could be on the way.

But what are these mosquito-borne diseases, and how are they transmitted in the first place?

Whether we’re talking about West Nile virus in Savannah, Hilton Head, or anywhere else for that matter, the blame goes squarely on birds. Mosquitoes become infected with WNV when they feed off an infected bird, then when it gets its next blood meal from a human, transmits the disease to people. This year’s heavy rains, especially from Hurricane Florence, have led to an increase in the mosquito population this year, which overall makes the perfect recipe for West Nile virus to be detected earlier, and a higher likelihood of people becoming infected.

It’s important to keep in mind that while there have only been seven confirmed cases of WNV in Georgia this year, that number is grossly underrepresented. Most people (about 80%) don’t develop any symptoms at all, and those who do develop them experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and vomiting. Those who experience these symptoms usually recover completely, although their fatigue and weakness can last for weeks.

However, a small number of those who get infected with WNV (about 1 in 150) experience much more serious illness that can affect the central nervous system such as encephalitis (brain inflammation) or meningitis (inflammation of membranes surrounding brain and spinal cord). Initial serious symptoms of this type of WNV include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, convulsions, numbness, and paralysis. The severe illness can affect people of any age, but seniors and those with compromised immune systems due to things like cancer and kidney disease are of a greater risk.

Eastern Equine encephalitis, while rare, is much more serious of a mosquito-borne disease than West Nile virus, and severe cases can be fatal. Symptoms of EEE usually occur suddenly within 4-10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, and are characterized by fever, chills, and other flu-like symptoms. The more severe form of EEE, if one is unfortunate enough to have contracted it, will appear a few days after the aforementioned symptoms appear and will affect the central nervous system, causing brain swelling (encephalitis). According to the CDC, it has about a 33% mortality rate and causes significant brain damage in most survivors. Death usually occurs between 2 and 10 days after onset of serious symptoms, but can occur much later.

EEE is also picked up from birds from certain species of mosquitoes, but horses are much more susceptible to EEE than humans, and are more often fatal. Horses are considered “dead end” hosts for the virus, meaning that when infected, the concentration of it in their bloodstream is usually not sufficient enough for mosquitoes to pick it up from them.

More rain in any given time period means more mosquitoes, and more mosquitoes means more chances of getting sick, whether it’s with West Nile virus, Eastern Equine encephalitis, or another mosquito-borne disease. You shouldn’t have to take the chance of getting infected just by going outside. You deserve to enjoy the outdoors at home without worry, which is why Mosquito Squad is here. A single barrier treatment will eliminate nearly 90% of mosquitoes in your yard and keep them away for up to three weeks before needing another application. We guarantee it, or your money back.

Don’t let the influx of mosquitoes put a damper on your summer. Call Mosquito Squad of Savannah-Hilton Head today at (912) 210-5909 and we’ll protect you from mosquitoes on your property. We look forward to helping you take back your yard!

The one thing Savannah & Hilton Head wedding planners aren't covering, but should

If you’re a wedding planner or consultant, you likely have an extensive menu of services for your clients to choose from in preparation for their big day. But is “keeping the wedding mosquito free” among them? You’re well aware that there are so many things that could possibly go wrong the day the event finally comes, and a big part of your job is making sure those things don’t happen. But even the most perfect wedding, with the most perfect weather, and the most perfect couple can fall apart if guests are constantly swatting and smacking themselves because the mosquitoes crashed the party.

Don’t let this happen to you!

Add Mosquito Squad’s special event treatment to ensure the happy couple and their guests will be remembering the occasion for the right reasons, not how bad the mosquitoes were that day. Presenting nearly 90% fewer mosquitoes for the greater comfort of everyone at the celebration should definitely be a standard on your menu of services, and can give you the competitive edge for brides-to-be who are in the early stages of choosing someone to help them plan the wedding of their dreams. Who wouldn’t want a mosquito-free wedding?

If you’re a wedding planner or planning your own wedding, call Mosquito Squad of Hilton Head – Savannah today at 912-210-5909 and we’ll be happy to schedule a special event service and answer any questions you may have. Getting hitched should go off without a hitch, don’t let the bugs crash the bash!

There are normal reactions to mosquito bites, and then there's "skeeter syndrome"

When a mosquito bites, she has to inject a thinning agent into your blood in order to siphon it through her proboscis (that’s the long, skinny “straw” on her head that she uses to pierce the skin). Most people’s bodies, when bitten, form a small, itchy bump as a result. Some people, however, have a much more extreme reaction to this mosquito saliva, a condition known as “skeeter syndrome."

Individuals with skeeter syndrome develop extreme localized swelling and redness in the area of the mosquito bite, usually within hours. But sometimes it can take up to 48 hours for a serious reaction to manifest. Regardless, these reactions are very similar to the reaction that people allergic to bee stings get. The swelling can be so extreme that the affected limb doubles in size, eyes swell shut, and the area can be hot and hard to the touch. Systemic reactions are possible as well, but these are rare. Nausea, hives, swelling of the lips and mouth can occur. It can also come with fever and even anaphylactic shock or asthma, which can be life threatening.

Who is most susceptible to skeeter syndrome?

While it can affect people of all ages, skeeter syndrome usually happens to children, toddlers, and seniors because of lower levels of immunity. Healthy adults generally have “built up a tolerance” to mosquito bites and do not usually have reactions as extreme as this.

There are some cases of individuals with no prior history of an adverse reaction to mosquito bites developing skeeter syndrome symptoms rather suddenly. The reason for developing a sudden allergy isn’t known, although it’s been linked to an autoimmune reaction to the enzymes in the mosquito saliva. However, because there are several species of mosquito whose saliva contain slightly different enzymes, it’s very possible to be allergic to a certain species, or a few species, or mosquito while having a “normal” reaction to others. This might explain why some people with no history of mosquito allergies can develop extreme reactions when traveling to different regions.

How is it treated?

Treatment for skeeter syndrome can be anything from compressions with hot cloths and elevation, cortisone and other topical creams, or oral antihistamines. People who are known to have extreme reactions should carry an epinephrine auto-injector or EpiPen. An Epipen will stop immediate loss of airflow, but these types of reactions should send you straight to a hospital.

The best way to avoid allergic reactions from mosquito bites is to avoid mosquitoes in general. If you have young children or seniors that spend any amount of time in your yard, they are especially vulnerable to the possibility of skeeter syndrome. Mosquito Squad’s barrier treatment spray is the most effective way to eliminate the mosquito population on your property. We guarantee nearly 90% fewer mosquitoes for up to three weeks straight or your money back. Call us at 912-210-5909 for a free consultation on how we can help protect you and your loved ones from mosquitoes, ticks, and the diseases they carry. We look forward to helping you take back your yard!

Help keep Fluffy and Fido comfortable with Mosquito Squad's flea control

Living in the Hilton Head/Savannah area has many benefits — gorgeous scenery, plenty of things to do outside, and overall the warmer climate is welcome. But with the warmer climate we’ve unfortunately got to deal with some tiny but big nuisances — BUGS. Mosquitoes, ticks, and our pets’ least favorite of them all . . . fleas. And because of our warmer climate, there’s no such thing as “flea season” — it’s year-round. These little bloodsuckers tend to love feeding on our furry family members. As tiny as they are, they have the potential to cause huge problems. In addition to the itchy bites, fleas can transmit some nasty illnesses that affect both pets and people. Tapeworms, skin dermatitis, anemia, and tularemia are only a few of the problems that come with fleas. (Not to mention the plague, which is rare these days but yes, it’s still around.)

The comfort of our four-legged family members is equally important as it is for our human ones, so Mosquito Squad of Hilton Head – Savannah offers two different options for flea control.

Our traditional method for flea control is by treating your yard with our signature barrier treatment spray, but with an added special ingredient known as a “growth regulator.” As fleas grow, they shed their exoskeleton (much like reptiles molt their skin). Growth regulator prevents an insect from reaching maturity by interfering with the molting process. This halts infestations because immature insects are unable to reproduce. It also prevents flea eggs from hatching, thereby ceasing the life cycle. We take the same approach to administering this type of flea control treatment as we do with our mosquito barrier treatment, only we also spray the ground, as fleas are often found in the grass.

Keep in mind, this flea control method generally takes one treatment per week for three weeks to notice effectiveness. Both the life cycle of fleas plus their talent for travel by hitching rides on our pets and other animals elsewhere that happen to visit your yard are factors in this.

However, for the fastest, most effective Hilton Head – Savannah flea control, we strongly recommend one of our automatic misting systems. These ensure more of a continuous “attack” on fleas, every single day at specified intervals. With this method, it doesn’t matter how a flea found its way into your yard, it will be eliminated immediately upon contact with the mist or anywhere the mist happens to settle and dry. Even if a flea lands on a blade of grass that was hit with the mist a couple hours ago, it will be eliminated because although our formula is odorless and colorless, it’s time-released and most effective when delivered as regularly as a misting system provides.

Please know that flea control is a team effort. Mosquito Squad will dramatically reduce the fleas in your yard but it’s essential that pet parents still follow preventative flea and tick control measures recommended by your veterinarian, such as topical or oral treatments like NexGuard, Advantix, Frontline, Bravecto or another brand. Your dog or cat will be much happier this way.

A flea-free pet is a happy pet, and a pest-free yard means that you and your family can enjoy summers outside without having to worry about itching or contracting dangerous illnesses from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting bugs. Give Mosquito Squad of Hilton Head – Savannah a call at 912-210-5909 to rid your yard of all these pests and say hello to more cookouts, more lawn games, and for your furry friend . . . more fetch, fun, and doing that cute rolling around in the grass thing that they do. We look forward to your call!

How much does a misting system cost?

At Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head, we want to make sure that you’re protected from the bites of mosquitoes and other bugs as much as possible. Which is why we’re emphatic about our mosquito barrier spray protection, which will eliminate between 85%-90% of mosquitoes and ticks in your yard for three weeks at a time (or all season with one of our seasonal plans).

While that’s incredibly impressive, there’s an even more effective method of getting rid of mosquitoes and ticks in your yard, that also eliminates gnats and no-see-ums. That method is with an automatic misting system.

Why might you need a Hilton Head or Savannah mosquito misting system?

Many homeowners in the Savannah – Hilton Head area have beautiful backyards that they’d love to enjoy, but often can’t because our particular climate is especially conducive to gnats and no-see-ums. Unfortunately, while our traditional barrier treatment is great at eliminating mosquitoes and ticks for 21 days straight, a barrier treatment will not work on gnats and no-see-ums. Why? Because the lifecycle of these tiny flying pests is only between 24-48 hours. So if you’ve got clouds of these in your yard, a misting system is the only way to control them.

What are the biggest benefits of a mosquito misting system?

  • Nearly 100% mosquito control
  • Nearly 100% gnat control
  • Nearly 100% no-see-um control
  • Nearly 100% tick control
  • 100% under YOUR control

About that last one — while technically they’re automatic misting systems, they’re completely under your control. No need to wait until Mosquito Squad comes by for the next treatment, you can trigger our specially formulated solution any time you want. While they’re pre-programmed to go off at designated intervals, you have a remote that allows you to trigger the mists literally any time you want. Having guests over? Push the button and apply a treatment. Big holiday weekend? Just click the button and apply a treatment yourself.

So how much does a Savannah or Hilton Head mosquito misting system cost?

After installation, the largest expense with a misting system is actually the system itself that stores and sprays the solution. If you want to add additional nozzles later on, that cost is relatively insignificant in the price and overall scheme of things. The only other costs associated are refills and our annual maintenance agreement. When you purchase an automatic misting system through Mosquito Squad, the first year of maintenance is free. This covers any repairs and gives a discount toward refills. After the first season, there is a nominal cost to continue the annual maintenance agreement, but as long as you keep the agreement active, you never need to worry about the cost of any repairs. Plus, we winterize your system in the fall and start it up each spring. You’re completely covered by Mosquito Squad, so you don’t need to cover yourself up from the bugs in the summer!

So if we’re talking dollar amounts, we can’t give exact numbers because smaller yards are going to cost less than larger properties, and frequency of refills also factor into the cost. But to give you a ballpark, an installed system by Mosquito Squad averages around $3,000, but the cost of having nearly 100% protection from mosquitoes, ticks, and especially no-see-ums is priceless.

For more information about our mosquito misting systems, contact Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head at 912-210-5909 or fill out the contact form on our home page. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have, and look forward to speaking with you!

How long should your Hilton Head mosquito yard spray last?

You have a lot of choices for mosquito control companies these days, but none are created equal. Mosquito SQUAD created the industry over a dozen years ago when we specially developed our micro-encapsulated formula which is proven to be time released and last for three weeks. There are a lot of Hilton Head mosquito control copycats out there who make claims of their treatment lasting that long, but none have been able to duplicate our formula, nor come up with anything that has similar to our 90% effectiveness.

Sometimes a competing company will apply their “long lasting” treatment, which knocks down existing mosquitoes for a few days, then homeowners notice that in a short amount of time, mosquitoes are back in their yard. Or, the company will come back a few days later saying they’re providing “extra protection.” Reality is that their treatment simply isn’t half as good as Mosquito Squad’s, is not actually time-released, and they’re trying to cover this up.

We put a lot of time and research into the development of the micro-encapsulation component of our formula, and because of this, it’s not cheap. We could have cut corners with designing our formula, but “cheap” is well . . . ineffective. It’s true that “you get what you pay for,” so if a competing mosquito control company appears to have a much smaller price tag, you’re not going to be getting nearly the same quality, nor long-lasting Hilton Head mosquito control in your yard as you would with Mosquito Squad.

Accept no imitations — Mosquito SQUAD is the authority in Hilton Head mosquito control. We’re the only Hilton Head mosquito control company who can guarantee up to 90% mosquito elimination in your yard for three weeks at a time. If you want the most effective, longest-lasting mosquito control in the Palmetto State, give us a call at 912-210-5909 to take back your yard from mosquitoes all summer long, not in patchy intervals. Season-long protection means more time outside spent with family and friends, not worrying about bites, itches, and potential vector-borne illnesses. Enjoy your summer and leave the bugs up to us!

How to get rid of Hilton Head no-see-ums and gnats

No-see-ums and gnats. You know those clouds of little bugs are a big problem around the Hilton Head area. Seems they’re practically everywhere you go. And their bites . . . there’s just no way to avoid them. Or is there?

Here at Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head, we help eliminate no-see-ums and gnats in your yard. If no-see-ums are keeping you from enjoying your yard, know that there’s hope with adding an automatic misting system.

What are no-see-ums?

AKA sandflies, bitiges, midgies, punkies and scientifically classified as Ceratopogonidae

If you have no-see-ums in your yard, you’ll probably quickly skip over this paragraph. If you’re not sure what is biting the heck out of you, read further. No-see-ums are tiny – only 1 – 3 mm long. The females reproduce after having a blood meal from their host – you. Their mouthparts have cutting teeth and elongated mandibles to effectively suck blood used to reproduce. They are aggressive biting bugs that leave painful itchy welts in their wake.

Misting systems are your only defense against no-see-ums and gnats

Not only are our misting systems are an amazing way to control mosquitoes and ticks in your yard, but they’re the the only way to control Hilton Head no-see-ums and gnats. Why? Because when you see those clouds of tiny bugs swirling around, they’re not just flying — they’re mating. Once they become adults, no-see-ums and gnats only live for about two days, so you could say they were in a hurry. These bugs are ALWAYS multiplying, and one female can lay up to 500 eggs at once. So the only way to control no-see-ums is by continuing to attack them as they’re breeding.

And that’s exactly what misting systems do.

Once installed, an automatic misting system is programmed to release our specially-developed barrier treatment formula at designated times of the day for 30 seconds at a time. This effectively eliminates over 90% of adult mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting bugs on your property as well. But Hilton Head no-see-ums are basically tiny vampires — they rarely come out during the day. Because we know they’ll be blood sucking and breeding in the evening hours, we additionally program your misting system to do three 45-second bursts at night, too.

But the power is ultimately in your hands.

Yes, they’re called “automatic misting systems,” but you’ve got the power to trigger the system and disperse the treatment whenever you want with the included remote control. So, if you’re out in the yard and notice a cloud of no-see-ums ruining your atmosphere, just push the button and the misting will begin.

Don’t let the idea of installation prevent you from Hilton Head gnat control.

Many people assume installation of a misting system is going to be a giant, time-consuming ordeal. Not with Mosquito Squad. Once we design your system, installation is a breeze for our technicians, and we make sure that the misters are as strategically placed and blend in with the landscape, making them as unnoticeable as possible.

All service included.

Aside from being the most effective yard pest treatment on the market, the best part about Mosquito Squad’s automatic misting systems is that once you’ve got one installed, we take care of all the service for you, year-round. That includes refilling the system, any repairs needed, winterization, maintenance — you name it. The only finger you’ll need to lift with a misting system is if you want to push the button on the remote control!

Isn’t it time to take back your yard from Hilton Head no-see-ums, gnats, mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects? Give Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head a call at 912-210-5909 today for a free consultation. We look forward to helping you!

Mosquito Control Hilton Head Helps You Enjoy the Outdoors

Whether entertaining on your deck or enjoying a few laps in your pool, your outside living space should be a stress-free place to enjoy. You’ve worked hard to create a gorgeous oasis, a special place to make memories with families and friends. So, why are you stuck inside?

While you have all the amenities you need to relax or grill up some fresh fish, the one thing you may be missing from this scene is protection against mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes Can Ruin Any Day

When you sit on your back porch or play with your animals in the grass, are you constantly swatting away mosquitoes? Hilton Head is a beautiful place to live, but its proximity to marshlands and lagoons make it a prime spot for mosquitoes. They swarm and bite, sometimes before you even know it. You deserve to be able to experience all the comforts of your yard, not dodging mosquitoes.

How Are You Preventing Hilton Head Mosquito Invasions?

What are you currently doing to prevent the infestation of mosquitoes into your home? If you’ve tried citronella candles in TIKI torches or used another mosquito spray treatment that didn’t last, then it’s time to try something new. Don’t let mosquitoes bully you off your lawn and into the house! With Mosquito Squad of Hilton Head working for you, you’ll receive a superior option that eliminates up to 90 percent of them and lasts for up to three weeks.

Barrier Protection Spray Programs Keep Your Yard Protected

If you didn’t know that you could treat your entire lawn, here’s what you need to know. The barrier protection spray program is more than just a simple spray. It works to create an actual barrier between your yard and the mosquitoes. The treatment immediately rids the area of mosquitoes on contact. With the first treatment, you’ll see noticeable reduction of mosquitoes. Even better, the protection lasts for as long as 21 days. Continuing to treat on a regular schedule helps keep the barrier strong and you and your yard protected.

Take Back Your Yard with Mosquito Control Hilton Head

The professionals at Mosquito Squad of Hilton Head are ready to help defend your yard from the army of mosquitoes that can turn a lovely day into a nightmare. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our revolutionary barrier protection program, keeping mosquitoes at bay much longer than traditional sprays. Enjoy your backyard again with the help of the Mosquito Squad experts. Call us today at ((912) 210-5909 today or email us to learn more.

Why Mosquito Control Hilton Head Is The Company You Keep

Nowadays, almost every exterminator around offers
an answer for all your pest control problems. These include mice, termites, ants, cockroaches and the list goes on and on. The problem with these “one-stop pest control shops” lies heavily in their lack of expertise, knowledge and experience in treating mosquitoes. Mosquitoes cannot be effectively controlled, or prevented, by a “one size fits all” program.

How Mosquito Control Hilton Head is Different

Mosquito Control Hilton Head offers many advantages over the cookie cutter approach to mosquito control. One of the major differences is that our product was designed with mosquito control in mind. We use only the highest- quality products available regardless of cost. Our micro-encapsulated barrier treatment works because of the superior combination of products we use along with its strategic application. Due to the time-released residual of our product, when it has dried (30 minutes) rainwater will not easily wash away the product either. All of these factors deliver an effective mosquito control treatment that stays put and does what it is meant to do!

We achieve 85-90% reduction on the first barrier treatment. Our formula immediately eradicates existing mosquitoes on contact, so realistically, the reduction is almost immediate. Continuing the program will ensure residual protection for the entire time you are on the service. During your first treatment, our technicians carefully inspect your property and eliminate or treat standing water, a potential mosquito breeding site, with a larvacide. This stops the life cycle of the mosquito at the larvae stage, so they cannot become adults. Then our technicians will treat to eliminate any adult mosquitoes currently on your property. This also builds a barrier against any mosquitoes that enter your yard after treatment from other areas.

You wouldn’t trust your regular MD to conduct a specialized surgery such as open heart surgery, would you? Then why would you trust a termite or home exterminator to control dangerous mosquitoes in your Hilton Head backyard?

Nationwide, Mosquito Squad has become the most trusted mosquito control company and the model to which others try to copy. As the founders of the industry, no one has delivered more treatments, protected more families and covered more areas than Mosquito Squad — and the competition is not even close.

For mosquito control in Hilton Head, leave it to the experts here at Mosquito Squad of Savannah-Hilton Head. Call us today at (912) 210-5909 today or email us today to learn more.


Owner Brent Tatum and family

Hilton Head and Bluffton Mosquito Misting System FAQ's

Our mosquito misting systems is a service that many of our Hilton Head and Bluffton clients show a great deal of interest in. Customers on our traditional seasonal mosquito control program often question how they work, how effective they are at controlling mosquitoes and the like. Here in the Savannah -Hilton Head area, there seems to be an element of mystery about these amazing mosquito control systems which stems from the amount of interest they conjure.

Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head aims to educate our clients on all aspects of mosquito control! In an effort to provide the best service and products to our customers, we want to also provide all the information available in regards to our menu of mosquito control options. Gaining this knowledge will help you make the best decision on which type of service best fits you and your family’s needs.

This informative video featured on our YouTube channel details how our mosquito misting systems work:

What is a Mosquito Misting System?

Mosquito misting systems provide an installed, permanent solution to combat mosquitoes on your property. The system is installed around the perimeter of your property or outdoor living spaces.

How Do Mosquito Misting Systems Work?

Mosquito misting systems tie into an electrical outlet and disperse timed mists of our barrier treatment formula when mosquitoes are known to be their most active. The mist covers areas where mosquitoes are hiding or laying their eggs. Keeping in mind that female mosquitoes can lay an average of 300 eggs at a time our misting systems have valuable smart features that are not available with any other misting systems. Our “smart” system monitors tank levels which are filled on a regular basis by our Mosquito Squad professionals. Mist patterns can be customized to sections of your yard that are used most frequently. Prior to having a special outing or party, you can activate a mist by remote control giving you peace of mind that the mosquitoes won’t invade your special event. In addition, this control also gives you the ability to skip a mist as well. Our system even includes a convenient phone app to set or adjust the time of your mist.

What Does a Mosquito Misting System Look Like?

One of our primary goals when installing a new system is to make it as unobtrusive as possible.
Here at Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head, we offer two types of systems.

1) Tank with a 55-gallon drum which we install near your HVAC system to help it blend in with the landscape.

2) A tankless model which is a small box that can be easily hidden. The tankless model does have ¼ inch tubing that is installed on each stainless steel nozzles. If your yard includes a fence, we will install along a fence line to aid obscurity. We also may suggest the use of risers in a landscaped bed to promote an ornamental effect. We can also install the tankless system under the eave of the house (only an option if your home is one story). These come in your choice of colors to match your home or fenceline.


— Misting nozzles mounted to fenceline.

Does the System Require Maintenance?

We will customize your misting system and service the system for a reasonable yearly fee. This yearly fee will include all maintenance, replenishing of the pest treatment solution and service of the system. Winterizing the system is also included. This will ensure you are ready and armed for next season.

How do I Get Started?

Learning more about our mosquito misting systems or requesting an estimate is easy. Get started today by calling us at 912-210-5909 or emailing us today. Make sure to ask about our Misting Systems Hilton Head Winter Special. This special includes free labor on all new misting system customers who sign up to have a mosquito misting system installed December 2017 thru February 2018. (Valued at $850)


Owner Brent Tatum and family

Learn How One Female Mosquito Can Spawn One Billion In Your Hilton Head Backyard

You may think choosing to not protect your Savannah or Hilton Head property from mosquitoes means you will have a few pesky mosquitoes here and there. The worst-case scenario may mean you have to light a citronella candle or spray yourself with repellent when you head outside for the evening — no big deal. Right? Wrong.

I know it may seem like a stretch, but the truth is, one female mosquito can spawn over one billion mosquitoes in just four short weeks within an untreated backyard. Here at Mosquito Squad of Savannah-Hilton Head, we like numbers. Numbers, and equations, help ensure we are doing our job. For example, you may hear our friendly technicians ask How many mosquitoes did you see in your yard before we treated it and how many did you see after we treated? Numbers are a perfect measuring tool. With numbers in mind and by using simple multiplication, the natural order of the mosquito population can turn an army of just one female mosquito into an army of over one billion mosquitoes! Here is how it works…

Week One

In order for a female mosquito to develop viable eggs to facilitate reproduction, she must obtain a sufficient blood meal from a human or another mammal. This often means you, a member of your family or your pet may become the victim. Once a blood meal is obtained, this single female mosquito will then proceed to lay up to 300 eggs.

A female mosquito can lay up to three batches of eggs during her short lifetime. From here the mosquito has already added to the mosquito equation with a significant amount of blood-thirsty offspring in which about half will be female mosquitoes.

Week Two

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, of which half are female.

Week Three

In week three, 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. That is almost 7 million mosquitoes brought into your untreated Savannah or Hilton Head backyard via one female mosquito in just 3 short weeks! Using the same strategy of half being born female will leave us with 3,397,000 females ready to do it all over again.

Week Four

The sum of all homeowner’s fear will weigh in at a whopping 1,319,250,000 mosquitoes from just one female mosquito! That’s over 1.3 BILLION!

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this vicious cycle in your Savannah, Hilton Head or Bluffton area backyard. Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head’s mosquito control program will eliminate mosquitoes that are present on your property and prevent more from taking up residence. 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 in your yard that could potentially carry disease.

We offer the perfect solution for your mosquito control needs. Along with our traditional barrier treatment, we also offer essential oil-based mosquito control, mosquito control for special events and convenient mosquito misting systems. Call Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head at (912) 210-5909 today or email us today to learn more.


Owner Brent Tatum and family

Learn the 7 T's of Mosquito Control for Your Hilton Head Backyard

Hilton Head, Bluffton and Skidaway Island’s 7 T’s will help keep your yard mosquito-free!

Many Hilton Head, Bluffton and Skidaway Islanders feel that just hiring a mosquito control company is enough to keep mosquitoes at bay. Yes, adding the expertise of a mosquito control professional, like Mosquito Squad, is a great step in protecting your outdoor areas from the nuisance and dangers of mosquitoes. However, successful mosquito control also relies on common sense practices on the part of the homeowner. This means gaining a clear understanding of identifying and reducing potential mosquito breeding sites in and around your property.

Mosquito control is a group effort. By ensuring your yard is not a breeding ground for mosquitoes, you can help reduce the mosquito population within your yard. Mosquito Squad of Savannah-Hilton Head works with homeowners to eliminate mosquitoes, ticks and other biting bugs from their yards. In order to enhance the value and effectiveness of any of our treatments, we recommend homeowners walk their yard weekly to check for and eliminate likely breeding sites.

Mosquitoes multiply rapidly and prefer laying their eggs near or within water. Most mosquito eggs hatch within 24-48 hours and this cycle will continue as long as the conditions are right. Just a small amount of water is needed for mosquitoes to reproduce. Even items as small as the cap from a discarded soda bottle can be enough water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs in. This is why inspecting your property, even while on the Mosquito Squad service is crucial to keeping your property mosquito free!

When it comes to mosquito control in and around the Hilton Head, Bluffton and Skidaway Island areas, here are 7 helpful hints (Mosquito Squad refers to these as the 7 T’s), to minimize the mosquito’s propensity for breeding on your property:

Tip

Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water and help eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Such as sandboxes, toys, garden implements and wheelbarrows. Also, undersides and saucers on planters and dog bowls. Other hotspots include gutters and flat roofs.

Toss

Remove and discard excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yard as these areas stay moist and are ripe for mosquito breeding.

Turn

Turn over large yard items that could hold water like children’s sandboxes, kiddie pools or plastic toys when not in use.

Tarps/Remove

If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats, or sports equipment aren’t taught, they’re holding water. This also includes any covers used for outdoor furniture or grills/smokers. Remove them or keep them pulled tight.

Take Care

Take care of home and lawn maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water, including cleaning out gutters and making sure downspouts are attached properly, keeping your grass mowed and beds pruned, and check irrigation systems for leaks.

Team up

Despite taking all precautions in your own home, the condition of neighboring properties can influence how many mosquitoes are taking refuge in your yard, and affect your control and prevention efforts. Talking with neighbors is a key component to the success of your mosquito, and tick control efforts. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property. Communication and caring is key!

Treat

Utilize Mosquito Squad of Savannah-Hilton Head mosquito control and protection program the home and yard. Using our barrier treatment reduces the need for spraying DEET-laden bug spray on your children. We can eliminate up to 85-90% of the mosquitoes on your property.

By combining our proven services with common sense practices you can reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on your property and help eliminate mosquitoes. This dual approach will eliminate literally billions of mosquitoes.

We offer the perfect solution for your mosquito control needs. Along with our traditional barrier treatment, we also offer essential oil-based mosquito control, mosquito control for special events and convenient mosquito misting systems. Call Mosquito Squad of Savannah – Hilton Head at (912) 210-5909 today or email us


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