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Why You Should Schedule Your Weymouth, Canton and Hingham-Area Fall Tick Treatment Today

Many Boston-area residents assume since cooler days are in the forecast and summer has ended the dangers associated with mosquitoes and ticks has ended as well. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South wants you to know it is still important to keep your property protected because mosquitoes and ticks are still active throughout the fall.

While mosquitoes will become less active as temperatures dip below 50-degrees for extended periods, fall is a crucial period for tick activity! Some tick species go into a dormant state in the fall, but NOT deer ticks. Not everyone who gets bitten by a tick gets sick, but if you do, it can lead to a serious problem because some tick-borne illnesses offer no current treatment.

Deer ticks, in particular, are responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis and Powassan Virus. The bite of a Deer tick can in some cases lead to the transmission of two(2) tick-borne illnesses from the same bite. This is referred to as a comorbid tick-borne illness and is common with Lyme Disease and Babesiosis, and Lyme Disease and Ehrlichiosis comorbidity combinations. Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis are two closely related tick-borne diseases, although they are caused by different germs.

The first hard frost does not kill the Deer tick, according to the University of Rhode Island’s Tick Encounter Resource Center, the adult stage deer tick actually begins its feeding activity about the time of first frost and it will latch onto any larger host (cat to human) any day that the temperature is above freezing. That’s right, adult deer ticks will feed until the ground is frozen or covered in snow.

Those of us who like to spend time in our yards in the fall must take measures to rid it of the dangers and discomfort of ticks. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can help with this. We will treat your yard by targeting those specific areas where ticks harbor and breed, like brush, wood piles, tall grass and under decks. For those who want a more intensive tick treatment, who also offer Tick Tubes. For long-term protection, we deploy tick tubes twice a year (spring & fall). This approach is made to work with the tick’s natural life cycle, our tick tubes eliminate tomorrow’s generation of ticks today.

What are tick tubes?

Tick tubes are biodegradable cardboard tubes filled with insecticide-treated cotton, mice will take the cotton to their dens for nesting material. When larval and nymph ticks enter the den on the mice, they are eliminated on contact.

How do tick tubes work?

Tick tubes work by breaking the tick’s life cycle. Taking precautions to control the ticks this season will not only help control this season’s ticks it will also bring the numbers down for next year’s tick season as well.The tubes are lethal to ticks but safe for mammals such as mice, dogs, and us. Plus the mice get a little help in return “feathering” their nests. Using tick tubes properly can reduce your risk of coming into contact with a tick on your property by up to 90% or more.

The best defense against ticks is using tick tubes in conjunction with barrier sprays. This is the best weapon to fight all ticks this season and into next season. We will target the specific areas of your yard where ticks harbor and breed, like brush and wood piles, tall grass and under decks. Contact Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123 learn more and schedule your fall tick treatment.

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston

How the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Affects Mosquito Populations

The Atlantic Hurricane season, which began on June 1st and will end on November 30th, is underway and already shaping up to be one of worst on record. Along with the devastation and tragedy caused by Hurricane Harvey and most recently, Hurrican Irma, Hurricane Jose is currently churning in the Atlantic.

On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey dropped 40-52 inches of rain on southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. The category 4 hurricane caused catastrophic flooding in its path and flash flooding in parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Wind from Harvey also resulted in damage to homes, buildings and widespread destruction.

Today, Florida is still in the midst of dealing with the aftermath of torrential rain and damages as a result of Hurricane Irma making landfall this past weekend.

Taking into consideration the property damage, injuries, fatalities and sheer devastation resulting from a hurricane, it is also important to consider how storms such as these can elevate mosquito populations and increase mosquito-borne illness and diseases in their aftermath.

Mosquitoes need three elements to prosper and multiply. These are moisture of which to lay their eggs, blood to enable them to produce eggs and warm temperatures to stay active enough to seek out a blood meal. Post-hurricane conditions and the added precipitation can equal the perfect catalyst for mosquito populations to rise.


Mosquito larvae in standing water

A recent article published by motherjones.com points our that severe flooding in urban areas creates an initial “flushing effect” that reduces mosquito populations for a short time. “Mosquitoes don’t like moving water because [the larvae] breathe through the surface of the water, and they need to stay stationary, essentially. But all the stagnant water left behind by an epic storm like Harvey enables the mosquitoes to surge back stronger than ever This creates a lot of potential habitats where the mosquito can breed, feed and thrive.

Hurricane-induced rains can affect not only the areas in the storm’s path, but also areas that will receive increased precipitation as a result of its remnants. With the hurricane season just reaching the halfway mark, rains from subsequent storms could affect the Northeast in the weeks ahead.

The good news is that as fall approaches, mosquito season will begin to wane before too long. Even as we approach cooler temperatures it is still important to continue to inspect your property for sources of standing water such as covers for outdoor furniture or grills, birdbaths, flower pots, wheelbarrows and much more. Please visit our T’s of mosquito control page for a complete list of areas to inspect and contact us today to schedule your mosquito control treatment.

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 to learn more!

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston

Fall means more opportunities for outdoor living!

Historically, Labor Day marks the last weekend of summer for many Weymouth, Canton and Hingham, MA, residents. It epitomizes the last hurrah of outdoor living, outdoor celebrations, and bids farewell to summer. But, is there any real truth to it?

True. School has begun and that means a return to schedules, homework, responsibilities and the end of the summer vacation season. However, in all honesty, many Massachusetts residents prefer fall over warmer seasons when it comes to spending time outdoors. The temperatures are less humid and hot making it the perfect setting to indulge in carefree outdoor living.

If you have school-age children and depending on their ages, chances are, they will head to the backyard upon arriving home from school each day. After securing an afterschool snack and finishing their homework (um hum), elementary-school-aged kids will most likely be ready for backyard play to get rid of some of that energy from being in the classroom all day.

If your child is involved in Fall sports through his/her school or a local athletic program after school is the perfect time for practice. Though many teams schedule on site practice times for participants, most likely your child will want to practice at home in order to refine their skills and gain confidence come game time!

Outdoor living opportunities during the fall aren’t just for kids either. What better season for enjoying your outdoor fire feature, such as a fire pit or fireplace, for relaxing and conversations among friends? Gathering for a little half time fun on your deck or porch during the big game? Decorating the exterior of your MA home to reflect the season?

With all of this in mind, it is safe to assume that keeping your backyard free of dangerous mosquitoes and ticks is high on the priority list for parents. Many of us assume that once Labor Day has come and gone, there is no longer a need for mosquito and tick control services. However, in reality, nothing is farther from the truth. The autumn is a period when mosquitoes and ticks are both active and still in search of a host for a blood meal.

According to the University of Rhode Island’s Tick Encounter Resource Center, the adult stage deer tick actually begins its feeding activity about the time of first frost and it will latch onto any larger host (cat to human) any day that the temperature is above freezing. That’s right, adult deer ticks will feed until the ground is frozen or covered in snow.

Those of us who like to spend time in our yards in the fall must take measures to rid it of the dangers and discomfort of ticks. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can help with this. We will treat your yard by targeting those specific areas where ticks harbor and breed, like brush, wood piles, tall grass and under decks. For those who want a more intensive tick treatment, who also offer Tick Tubes.

So, as a new season emerges and a new school year is underway, know that our mosquito control tick control services can ensure your backyard will remain a place of recreation, creativity, and enjoyment for your entire family!

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 to learn more!

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.…

Keeping Your Pet Safe From Vector-Borne Illness in Massachusetts

Anyone who has a pet knows how strong the love between you and your pet can be. Whether you have a dog, cat, horse or even a hamster, your pet is still a beloved part of the family. Naturally, as a member of our family, and as a pet owner, you want to keep your pet safe, healthy and happy!

The assumption that mosquito and tick bites can only cause illness in humans is a mistake. Mosquitoes and ticks will feed on your pets just as quickly as they would feed on you. Furthermore, while both carry vector-borne illnesses that affect humans, they too carry illnesses capable of causing serious harm to your pets.

The most common illness transferred to dogs and cats via the mosquito is Dog heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis). Having the name Dog heartworm gives this disease a categorically incorrect designation. It is, in fact, transmissible between dogs, cats, foxes and raccoons.

Ticks also transmit diseases to pets, including Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Granulocytic Anaplasmosis. Each of these illnesses can be extremely detrimental to your pets.

Keeping your property treated for tick prevention by contacting a licensed professional to treat your property is also important for the prevention of tick-borne illness in both you, and your pet. Make sure to avoid allowing your pet to venture into untreated and overgrown areas where ticks may lurk. Checking your pet on a daily basis throughout tick-season is also key in the prevention of disease. Depending on the type of tick and the disease it carries, the attachment and feeding time may vary from several hours to several days in order to transmit the disease to your pet. So prompt removal is a must.

Many times it is hard to distinguish between symptoms of a vector-borne disease or just lethargy in your dog. Many symptoms are overlooked and chalked up to the heat, eating too much grass, etc. It is important to note any changes in your pet’s behavior during mosquito and tick season. Symptoms to look for in Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease are a lack of appetite, weight loss, and continued lethargy.

Here are the top five things you need to know to keep your pet happy and safe this season.

  • Keep property clean and tidy and un-inviting to ticks.
  • Keep your pet on the flea and tick preventative recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Have your property treated by a licensed pest control professional.
  • Check your pet for ticks after any venture outdoors.
  • Remove ticks promptly and properly using the CDC’s tick removal guidelines and contact your veterinarian at the first sign of trouble.

This simple checklist will keep you and your best friend safe this season. Additionally, when searching for licensed, professional tick and mosquito control services in the Weymouth, Hingham and Canton, MA, area Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South is the company to turn to. Applying our protective barrier treatment can mean all the difference in the world for your pets by protecting them from coming into contact with disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes on your property.

Visit our Mosquito Squad and Your Pet page located on our website to learn more. You can also call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 for a Free Consultation!

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.…

Tick life cycle reveals importance of removing them quickly

This article will feed your fascination with ticks — or make you wary of them. If you’re in the Canton, Weymouth or Hingham, MA, area and you’re fearful of catching the diseases transmitted by ticks, then we’ll cut to the chase. You probably want to contact Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South to treat your yard for mosquitoes and ticks as soon as possible. Please see our contact information below.

On the other hand, if you’re fascinated with ticks, we have a lot of good information to share with you about the tick’s behavior and its interesting little life cycle. Read on!

How much do you know about ticks? We’ll start with some fun facts:

• Ticks are members of the arachnid family, along with spiders, scorpions and mites.
• There are four stages in the tick life cycle: egg, larva, nymph and adult.
• As arachnids, ticks have eight legs; however, tick larvae have only six legs.
• Ticks don’t have eyes.
• Ticks don’t fly or jump.
• Ticks eat only blood.

The tick’s dilemma starts to come into focus when you realize that it must find blood to eat three times during its life — first as a larva, then as a nymph and finally as an adult. The creature consumes only one blood meal at each of these three stages. If the tick does not find a blood meal at any one of these stages, it will not survive.

So you see it is very important to the tick that it find a host — a blood-filled mammal on which it can feast. The host could be a mouse, a deer, a dog, a human or other mammal. It could be one of us.


This blood-filled tick is the size of a blueberry!

How do ticks find their prey?

Knowing that a tick cannot see, you may wonder about this. The tick has amazing sensors on its two front legs that can detect body heat, odors, the carbon dioxide in an animal’s breath, or moisture and vibrations. According to the CDC, some ticks can recognize a shadow. Talented!
The cunning little tick clings to a shrub or blade of grass with its other six legs while these two front legs reach out into the air, trying to detect prey. Once they locate a passing animal, these same two front legs have claws that can latch on to the host as it brushes by. Wham!

You probably won’t feel the tick when it arrives. Some ticks find their feeding spot quickly and latch on, while others will crawl around looking for a good spot with thinner skin. Needless to say, if you find a tick higher up on your body, it probably came aboard at your ankle or lower leg and crawled up from there!

How do ticks feed?

Here’s where it can get gross: the tick will use its claws to grasp the animal’s skin and make cuts so it can insert its feeding tube into the host. The tick sucks blood slowly. It can suck on that one spot for days or even a week if not interrupted. One reason the host may not feel that activity is because the tick secretes saliva with anesthetic properties. We are numbed.

Ugh, that saliva. It also contains an anticoagulant that keeps the host’s blood flowing, as well as a cement-like substance that helps the feeding tube stay in place for several days if necessary. There are barbs on the feeding tube that also hold it in place. That’s why ticks can be so difficult to remove once they have latched onto a host.

Why are ticks dangerous to humans?

Unfortunately for us, blood loss is not the real issue. It’s that tick saliva again. Remember that a tick may have more than one host during its life cycle. It’s possible that a mouse was the first host and the human was the second or third host for that tick. That’s where diseases come in, such as Lyme Disease. The tick sucks up bacteria (pathogens) in the mouse’s blood and then delivers it to the next host through tick saliva.

We have about a 24-hour window during which we can locate and remove a tick before it transmits pathogens into our bloodstream. That’s how long it takes for the disease-causing bacteria to move from the tick’s gut to the saliva and out to the host.

So each time you go into the woods, or even into your yard (if you don’t have a tick-control service like Mosquito Squad), it’s very important to check your body (or your children’s bodies) for ticks. You definitely want to find and remove ticks before they latch on or before they start to transmit pathogens through the saliva. In the nymph stage, they may be as small as a freckle! You can read more about proper tick removal practices in our blog Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South debunks tick removal myths.

Does nature provide any pest-control to decrease ticks in the yard?

As far as entomologists know, ticks do not have any natural predators. Some people believe that guinea hens eat ticks, but scientists say that isn’t true. The only assistance we may get is from fungi, which can attack tick larvae. Other than that, we’re on our own.

If you’re concerned about ticks on your property, especially if children play in the yard, call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 for a Free Consultation! Be sure to ask about our Late Summer Tick Cycle Package, too.

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.…

There is still plenty of summer left to enjoy -- don't let mosquitoes invade your time outdoors

It may seem late in the season, but there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy. Whether you are spending time in the pool, practicing with your kids for upcoming Fall sports such as football, cheer or soccer, or even planning your Labor Day celebration, keeping everyone safe from mosquitoes is key to making the most out of your time outdoors.

Now, more than ever, it is important to remain vigilant with your mosquito control program as most cases of the mosquito-borne illness, West Nile Virus, are diagnosed in the fall. Mosquitoes remain active until temperatures begin to dip into the 50’s. Since they are cold-blooded they generally will not bite in temperatures below 50F. However, as Fall temperatures rise and fall from day to evening, mosquitoes will continue to feed as long as the weather is warm enough.

Don’t let mosquitoes claim the remainder of your summer!

At Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, when we talk about backyard mosquito control we don’t mean using cans of DEET, citronella candles or tiki torches to protect your guests, we mean mosquito control in the form of our barrier treatment that can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes in your yard. That’s right; we said 90%!

During our barrier treatment, we will target the surfaces that include shrubbery and foliage (avoiding flowers), around and underneath decks and patios, fences, tall grass, and low hanging vegetation. Mosquitoes on your property at the time will be eliminated on contact. Our barrier treatment will continue to protect day and night, as it has a residual effect that lasts up to three weeks.

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 for a Free Consultation!

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.

It's Time To Start Thinking About Ticks

Tis the season when many of us begin thinking about ticks. As we move into the autumn, ticks and the illnesses they carry, are a primary concern in backyards all over Massachusetts. While ticks can remain active all year-long if the weather conditions are right, the adult stage of the deer tick is most active during the seasonal weather changes between summer and fall. Adult deer ticks are most common and pose the biggest threat during the month of October in much the same way the nymph deer tick is most active as the weather changes between spring and summer.

There is also a misconception that only tiny, nymph ticks are capable of spreading illnesses such as Lyme Disease. This is certainly not true as these ticks are capable of spreading disease during the adult phase. It is estimated that more than half of all deer ticks are infected with Lyme Disease-causing bacteria. Lyme Disease, however, is not the only tick-borne illness New Englanders need to be aware of; Powasson Virus is also a concern in our area.

According to a recent article on Worcester’s Telegram.com, the state is seeing an increase in the number of people contracting Powassan Virus. Unlike Lyme Disease, which can be treated successfully with antibiotics if caught early, there is no current treatment for Powassan Virus. Two men from Cape Cod have already perished from the virus this year. One of the men was from Falmouth and the other was from Sandwich, both of which had been bitten by a deer tick.

“In addition to the deaths of the two Cape men this year, the journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases, reported that two Massachusetts men — one age 82, the other age 49 — died in 2015 and 2014 after contracting Powassan and demonstrating symptoms ranging from dizziness, nausea and vomiting to a fever and headache” — according to an article from The Cape Cod Times. Additionally, Between 2006 and 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), received reports of 68 cases of neuroinvasive Powassan, mostly in Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York and Massachusetts. Eight of which resulted in death.

Since 2013, fifteen cases of the potentially deadly virus, including two this year, have been reported in Massachusetts, according to the State Department of Public Health. The DPH said the Powassan cases were reported in Barnstable, Essex, Middlesex and Norfolk counties.

One of the best ways to reduce your risk of contracting a tick-borne illness is to exercise common sense practices when venturing into areas where ticks are likely. The CDC provides a helpful guideline for hikers and campers outlining the best way to stay protected.

On the homefront, Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South offers a combination of techniques to get rid of ticks in your yard and keep them from coming back. First, we treat the entire property with our barrier control application, which eliminates adult ticks on contact. This treatment will last for up to 21 days before it has to be reapplied.

Once the mosquito treatment is in place, we can put tick tubes in strategic locations throughout your yard to entice mice. The biodegradable tubes are filled with treated cotton that the mice will naturally use to build their nests. Most juvenile ticks get their first taste of blood from mice, so they are exposed to the treatment when they go to feed. The result is a yard for you and your family to enjoy.

If you have a tick problem on your property or you want to prevent one from developing in the first place, contact Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South to learn about our innovative tick control solutions.

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 for a Free Consultation!

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Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Boston, MA

That’s right! West Nile Virus has already begun to make its presence known right here in Boston.

According to a recent report posted on the Boston News website, MASSLIVE.com, a pool of mosquitoes taken from Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This news comes just a week after mosquitoes carrying West Nile were detected in Western Massachusetts.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne illness causing encephalitis and flulike symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. However, about 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

Even though no human cases of the illness have come to light here in Massachusetts, risk for human infection generally builds through the season with peak risk occurring in August. Based on this timeline probability information and the recent discovery of local mosquitoes showing signs of WNV, now is the time to buckle down about mosquito control.

How do I protect myself against West Nile Virus?

A multi-tiered effort where businesses, municipalities, and private citizens employ tactics to reduce mosquito breeding populations as this is the best defense against any mosquito-borne viruses including West Nile.

Ways to Reduce the Mosquito Population

• Reduce standing water where mosquitoes breed — this includes emptying sources of standing water – where mosquitos tend to breed – from places like birdbaths, pet water dishes, pool covers and flowerpots.


Learn more in our blog: standing water and effective mosquito control.

• Use window screens to keep the mosquitoes out of living areas

• Use personal mosquito repellent to keep mosquitoes off when venturing away from your treated property.

• Implement a mosquito barrier treatment program such as those available through Mosquito Squad.

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can help by implementing a plan to reduce the breeding population of mosquitoes at your home or business. There are a few ways that this can be accomplished. Our most common and most effective mosquito program is our traditional barrier treatment program. The Squad’s barrier treatment is applied by our trained technicians to the areas where we know mosquitoes feed and harbor. The spray eliminates mosquitoes on contact and provides continuous protection for up to 21 days.

We also offer mosquito misting systems and special event mosquito treatments for any Canton, Weymouth or Hingham, MA, area outdoor event you have planned.

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 for a Free Consultation!

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.

Mosquito Documentary Raises Alarm About Mosquito-Borne Illness Across the Globe

Prior to the Discovery channel’s much anticipated Shark Week was the premiere of the Impact documentary film Mosquito. The film, which was shot on four continents and featured insight from leading experts including Bill Gates, makes the arrival of Shark Week sound tame. This is because, in spite of its small stature, the mosquito is known as the deadliest animal in the world. Outnumbering those killed by large animal species and murder annually as mosquitoes are responsible for over ONE MILLION deaths each year according to the World Health Organization.

According to the documentary film, today, rapid environmental shifts like climate change and the ease of international travel for both humans and goods have only increased the threat mosquitoes and their illnesses pose, hastening their spread around the globe. As mosquitoes are now able to survive and thrive in places they have never before – including Brazil, Florida, and as far north as Washington D.C. and New York – they are bringing diseases like Zika, Dengue, and Yellow Fever to uncharted and unprepared parts of the world.

The Zika Virus, serves as a perfect example of ever-evolving mosquito-borne illnesses. Since its discovery in 1947, in East Africa and Uganda, and until 2007, there were only 14 documented cases. Right now it estimated that 1/3 of the entire population will at some point become infected with the illness is proof alone that the world is changing at a dramatic rate.

Zika is just one of the many mosquito-borne illnesses which as a sum of all its parts are responsible for killing so many each year. This includes the increasing incidence of Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and West Nile virus, and of course, Malaria which is estimated to kill one child every two minutes.

Controlling the mosquito and reducing the incidence of mosquito-borne illness gives new meaning to the phrase it takes a village, however reducing your risk begins in your own backyard. Common sense practices to keeping your yard mosquito free. We recommend eliminating areas that may increase the mosquito’s ability to breed and prosper, such as any area or vessel where moisture can accumulate. Gaining knowledge and raising local awareness of the best mosquito control practices in your area is also crucial at battling this tiny, yet monumental killer.

Our partner Malaria No More was vital, along with the partnership of other vital organizations, in bringing the Mosquito documentary to life.To watch the film Mosquito in its entirety, please visit https://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mosquito/full-episodes/mosquito.

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 to learn more about making your backyard the first line of defense against mosquito-borne illness.

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.

Standing water and effective mosquito control

There is a shared misconception among many Canton, Weymouth and Hingham, MA, homeowners 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 of Boston Metro South, is a wise decision 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.

You may be familiar with the Mosquito Squad 7 T’s of mosquito control. These stand for TIP, TOSS, TURN, REMOVE TARPS, TAKE CARE, TEAM UP and TREAT. While these are great guidelines for eradicating moisture and standing water on your property that may become sites for mosquitoes to breed, there are many more critical areas that could influence the effectiveness of your treatments.

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 our mosquito control 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. Our technicians will return to your property approximately every 21 days to inspect and maintain this barrier, but it is crucial for you to conduct regular inspections on your property to eliminate any areas of standing water in order to maintain a mosquito-free property for the life of the treatment.


Mosquito larvae in standing water.

With this in mind, It is important to have a clear understanding of the potential areas where mosquitoes will thrive. Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in small amounts of water which gather in a space as minuscule as the top from a discarded soda bottle, and as large as a kiddie pool or other unchecked area. Areas of concern include, but are not limited to, pet feeding dishes, outdoor planters, children’s toys, buckets, rain barrels, yard debris and even your home’s gutters and downspouts. IIt is important to eliminate sources of standing water on your property and change the water in animal dishes and bird baths often to help reduce the number of maturing mosquitoes.

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South strives to provide extraordinary service in every aspect of our client relationships, from the first time we answer your phone call to helping to educate and inform as we continue treating your property with the utmost respect.

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 for a Free Consultation!

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.

How will you spending the 4th?

How will you be spending the Fourth of July this year?

Are you planning to have friends and family over for a backyard barbecue? Maybe you are planning on batting a few innings in between the food and fun? Or maybe you are anticipating a cozy gathering by the pool with a few friends? No matter how large, or small, of an event you have planned, one thing is certain: you don’t want mosquitoes to ruin the fun!

At Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, when we talk about backyard mosquito control we don’t mean using cans of DEET, citronella candles or tiki torches to protect your guests, we mean mosquito control in the form of our barrier treatment that can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes in your yard. That’s right; we said 90%!

During our barrier treatment, we will target the surfaces that include shrubbery and foliage (avoiding flowers), around and underneath decks and patios, fences, tall grass, and low hanging vegetation. Mosquitoes on the property at the time will be eliminated on contact. And as the day or evening goes on the barrier treatment will continue to protect guests as it has a residual effect that lasts up to three weeks. Our treatment is applied long before any food or dinnerware are set out and it will completely dry within 30 minutes, leaving no odor or visible residue.

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South at (781) 297-0123 for a Free Consultation!

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South debunks tick removal myths

In a perfect world, we would never have to worry about removing a tick from ourselves, a member of our family, or a pet. However, at some point in our lives, we will most likely be faced with the unpleasant task. Will you know what to do?

Most of the knowledge we learn about tick removal is passed down from our parents, grandparents or family members. With this in mind, the old way of removing ticks we were taught is laden with myths and misconceptions. Here are a few of the most common incorrect tick removal techniques passed down for generations.

Myth #1 —You should burn off a tick with a match to remove

I remember the thought of someone holding a hot match tip in close proximity to my skin sparked as much fear in me as a child as discovering the tick. In every circumstance, you want to remove a tick as quickly as possible, not wait for it to detach. Using heat to make a tick detach from your skin is ineffective and can easily burn your skin as well. Practice safety and never use an open flame or heated device of any kind for tick removal.

Myth #2 — You can suffocate an attached tick using petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly is not effective at eradicating ticks.Ticks breathe slowly, needing only 3-15 breaths per hour, so by the time a tick dies from suffocation, it may have passed disease-causing pathogens into your system.

Myth #3 — You should wiggle a tick to remove it

NO! When removing a tick, you want to pull upward with steady, even pressure. Moving a tick’s body from side to side or twisting it can cause its mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin. Never wiggle a tick when removing it.

These three tick removal myths are just a few of the hundreds of incorrect tick removal methods being practiced and shared through the internet and on social media. It is important to remember that incorrect tick removal can lead to infection of the bite area and increase your chances of contracting a tick-borne illness.

It is imperative to follow the correct guidelines for removing a tick from yourself, your child or your pet. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South recommends following the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they are…

How to remove a tick

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.

  • Pull upward with steady, even pressure.
  • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water.
  • Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
  • If you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor. Be sure to tell the doctor about your recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where you most likely acquired the tick.

Here is a video courtesy of the Tick Encounter Resource Center’s YouTube channel that demonstrates the technique for proper tick removal:

If you want to lower your risks for needing this tick removal information, call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today, we can eliminate up to 85-95% of ticks on your property with our Intensive Tick Treatment program. You can call us at (781) 297-0123 or email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com. You can also fill out a contact form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left.

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.

Recent Rains Mean Booming Mosquito Populations in Canton, Weymouth and Hingham, MA

There’s is no denying the Canton, Weymouth and Hingham, MA, areas have experienced their fair share of wet weather lately. In addition, the region has seen cooler-than-usual temperatures for the season almost reminiscent of fall.

The inevitable arrival of warmer weather is right around the corner. With this in mind, residents will be able to finally enjoy all the seasonal outdoor living activities they love. However, there is one caveat; moisture and warm weather equal the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes multiply rapidly and they like to lay 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.

Take a look at how one mosquito can equate into one billion mosquitoes in just four short weeks on your untreated property:

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 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 bloodthirsty 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

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. That is almost 7 million mosquitoes brought into your backyard via 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.

Week four

The answer to this equation results in a whopping 1,319,250,000 mosquitoes from just one female mosquito!

Thanks to Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, there is a way to stop this vicious cycle in your Canton, Weymouth and Hingham area backyard.

Our barrier treatment program along with common sense practices reducing mosquito breeding areas on your property will help eliminate mosquitoes. Our barrier treatment eliminates mosquitoes that are present on your property and prevents more from taking up residence for up to 21 days. By reducing the number of mosquitoes on your treated property, you can literally eliminate billions of mosquitoes this season — rain or shine!. Not only will eliminating these mosquitoes offer you the freedom and peace of mind to enjoy the outdoors, it will also reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard that could potentially be carrying disease.

Once you do the math, you will see the correct answer for solving your seasonal mosquito dilemma is to contact Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today! You can call us at (781) 297-0123 or email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com You can also fill out a contact form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left.

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.

What you need to know about Zika before departing on your tropical vacation

The kids are out of school and many families are planning, or will soon be departing for, their annual summer vacations. With this in mind, Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South wants to keep you aware of mosquito-borne concerns at home and abroad. The mosquito-borne virus, Zika, is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, which includes the well-known Asian tiger mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. The virus is a concern to those vacationing in Zika-prone areas such as the Caribbean.

Keep in mind that anyone can become infected with the Zika virus—but most people won’t even know it due to the virus’ mild symptoms, which can include fever, rash and joint/muscle pain. Though the virus itself is mild compared to other mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever and malaria, doctors have noted an association of Zika cases with a neurological paralytic disease called Guillain-Barre syndrome.

The most concerning risk of contracting Zika is highest for pregnant women in their first trimester. Zika virus in pregnant women has been correlated with microcephaly, a prenatal disorder that prevents an infant’s head from growing to its full size. In the beginning, the CDC’s warning was specific to women in their first trimester for that very reason, but because so much is still unknown about Zika, many doctors (and the CDC) are extending travel warnings to all pregnant women out of caution. Additionally, the CDC has issued guidance for travel, prevention, testing, and preconception counseling related to risks for pregnant women and couples considering conception in areas of active Zika virus transmission in the continental US and in Hawaii.

Last year, the Zika outbreak grew at an alarming rate, causing fear among travelers, and was declared a national health emergency by the World Health Organization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the most up-to-date guidance and recommendations with regard to Zika in the US and when traveling abroad. Here is the current list of areas under a Zika travel notice from the CDC, updated May 26, 2017:

• Africa
Currently includes: Angola, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau

• Asia
Currently includes: Maldives and Singapore

• The Caribbean
Currently includes: Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; The Bahamas; Barbados; Bonaire; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Curaçao; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a US territory; Saba; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Martin; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Sint Eustatius; Sint Maarten; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands and the US Virgin Islands

• Central America
Currently includes: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama

• The Pacific Islands
Currently includes: Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga

• South America
Currently includes: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela

• Other areas with Zika risk include areas of Africa, Asia and South American, Brownsville, (Cameron County, Texas), in the US and areas of South Florida within the US. Please visit the CDC website for the complete list and updated Zika information.

Boston named among worst cities for mosquitoes

If you spend any amount of time outdoors in the Boston, MA, area, you already know how frustrating dealing with mosquitoes can be. During the warm-weather season, it feels like there is no escaping their scourge.A recent article in the Boston Patch corroborates what many residents assumed all along; that Boston is among the worst cities in the US for mosquitoes.

The Hub is no stranger to making the list, last year it was named 10th worst, though this year’s 19th spot does show improvement it is still in the top 20. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance that can thwart our outdoor activities, they are downright dangerous. They can transmit diseases such as malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever through their bites. In the United States, mosquitoes are known to transmit West Nile Virus and other illnesses that can cause encephalitis or swelling of the brain. Historically, over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, they also transmit several diseases and parasites that can also endanger our pets.

The CDC offers these tips to prevent the spread of the disease:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Take steps to control mosquitoes inside and outside your home. These include common sense practices for eradicating mosquito breeding sites around your home.
  • Sleep under a mosquito bed net if you are overseas or outside and are not able to protect yourself from mosquito bites. This is especially important when traveling to areas where Malaria, Dengue and Zika is a concern.

Along with these tips, Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South offers a mosquito control treatment program that will aid in keeping you and your family protected. Mosquito control is our specialty at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South. Whether you need season-long protection or a one-time spray, we have a solution that’s perfect for you. Our tested and proven mosquito control barrier will eliminate up to 90% of mosquito populations in your yard and keep them from returning for up to 21 days. Our service lets you gain control of your yard and keep your family protected all summer long.

In addition to utilizing our mosquito barrier treatment, Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South recommends minimizing your yard’s propensity for mosquito breeding. Our 5-T’s of mosquito control tips include: Tipping over items in your yard to reduce standing water; tossing out excess lawn and landscape debris; turning over large items with the potential to hold water; keep tarts tight or remove them; take care of home maintenance needs.

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123 or email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com You can also fill out a contact form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left.

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South serves: Abington, Avon, Braintree, Brockton (02301), Canton, Cohasset, Dorchester (02124), Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Milton, Quincy, Randolph, Weymouth and Wollaston.

In the "Lyme" Light -- The Famous Faces of Lyme Disease

Let’s face it. We all love hearing about what is happening in the lives of our favorite celebrities. Whether it is an athlete that we admire or a favorite band, musician or artist, we love to read about current events. Most of the time, however, what we see are the paparazzi reporting trivial events or half-truths about celebrities that allow us only a peek beyond their façade. These reports don’t present them as real people who suffer from real-life events. Recently, that has started to change as more and more celebrities are coming forward to speak about their very real experience with a sometimes debilitating disease called Lyme Disease.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease is caused by the bite of a tick infected with the bacterium attributed with the disease. The Ixodes scapularis tick (AKA the black-legged tick or deer tick) can carry the bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi , that causes Lyme Disease. Contrary to common belief, ticks are not born infected with the bacterium; they must feed on a host infected with it in order to make disease transmission possible. The most prevalent source from which the tick acquires the bacterium is a rodent such as a white-footed mouse or field mouse.

Once the tick has fed from the rodent, it then seeks a secondary host. This host could be you, a member of your family or even your pet. Ticks will attach themselves to any part of the human body but are often found in hard-to-see areas such as the groin, armpits or scalp. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36-48 hours or more before the Lyme Disease bacterium is transmitted.

Most humans are infected with Lyme Disease through the bite of an immature tick called a nymph. Nymphs are tiny (about the size of a poppy seed) and are difficult to see; they feed during the spring and summer months. Adult ticks can also transmit Lyme Disease, but they are much larger and are more likely to be discovered and removed before they have had time to transmit the bacterium. Adult deer ticks are most active during the cooler months of the year, such as autumn.

Ticks do not select a host based on gender, race, age, sex, income or social status. Ticks are non-discriminate and will feed on anyone who comes into contact with them, including celebrities. While we might not expect A-list celebrities to be traipsing through wooded, grassy areas on a regular basis, stars aren’t immune to tick bites — and many have used their celebrity status to raise awareness of the illness. Here are a few of the famous faces that have been touched by Lyme Disease:

George W. Bush:
In 2007, the annual report on the president’s health revealed that in August of 2006, Bush had been treated for Lyme Disease. A White House spokesman said the president likely was bitten during a bike ride. He noticed a rash, which doctors treated, and he had no other symptoms or any recurrence, according to CNN.

Daryl Hall:
Duo Hall and Oates were forced to cancel performances in 2005 when Daryl Hall was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.

Ben Stiller:
In 2011, “Night at the Museum” star Ben Stiller told a reporter that he was tentatively diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2010 after suffering from a lingering knee injury. He said he believed he contracted the illness in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Among other A-list celebrities who have been diagnosed with Lyme Disease are actor Richard Gere, supermodel Christy Turlington, former Governor of New York George E. Pataki and author Alice Walker. Most recently Kelly Osbourne, daughter of heavy-metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, revealed her battle with stage III neurological Lyme Disease in a new memoir.

Actor, Kevin Bacon joined forces with Global Lyme Alliance formally known as The Tick-Borne Alliance (www.tbdalliance.org) for this Public Service Announcement:

Global Lyme Alliance works to raise awareness of tick-borne disease. They work with other groups around the nation to support initiatives looking to find cures for diseases like Lyme, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis and more. One of the greatest difficulties of having a tick-borne disease is getting a proper diagnosis. Scientists are working on improving both the diagnostics and treatment for dangerous tick-borne diseases.

On the homefront…

Our goal at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South is to reduce your risk of coming into contact with a tick in the first place, because any tick could potentially be harboring a tick-borne illness such as Lyme Disease. Reducing your exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme Disease. We specialize in a tick-prevention-and-control program that targets ticks during each stage of development. Our barrier treatment eliminates mosquitoes and adult ticks. This treatment, when used in conjunction with our tick tube program, also targets the nymph tick, interrupting the life cycle of the tick. Tick tubes can significantly decrease your chances of encountering a Lyme-infected tick on your property.

The problem of Lyme Disease is vast, but the solution to reducing your risk of getting the disease is simple – prevention and control. Contact us to learn more at (781) 297-0123 or email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com. You can also fill out a contact form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left.

Say "I Do" to our special event Mosquito Control service

It may seem early, but the season for outdoor weddings and celebrations is upon us. From hosting family reunions to graduation parties, weddings and other special events, the outdoor living season is the time to capitalize on the serenity and beauty of the outdoors.

In much the same way it is important to plan the location, food, seating, decor and entertainment for your planned outdoor event, it is also important to remember the nuisance insect control. Bugs like mosquitoes and ticks can turn your celebration into an event you remember for all the wrong reasons. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can ensure the comfort and protection of your guests so they recall your event with fond memories down the road.

Here is how it works:

We will treat the area for your planned Canton, Weymouth or Hingham, MA, area outdoor event, or celebration, with a two-part application of our barrier control treatment. We can treat any location, from your backyard to your designated special event venue. We will span the applications several days apart to aid in any uninvited guests , such as mosquitoes and ticks.

Our trained technicians will treat the area with a pre-application prior to your outdoor event, creating an odorless barrier that eliminates mosquitoes. We will then schedule a subsequent application 24-48 hours before your outdoor event. Depending on your venue and date, we will work with the host, venue manager or event planner to ensure the treatment has time to eliminate mosquitoes before guests arrive.

Contact us today to learn how we can work together to make your wedding, graduation or other special events a pest-free success through our special event mosquito control service.

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123 or email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com You can also fill out a contact form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left.

ARE MOSQUITOES ATTACKING YOUR BUSINESS?

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can keep your Weymouth, Canton & Hingham, MA, area commercial or hospitality venue mosquito free the entire season!

Don’t let bothersome and potentially dangerous mosquitoes harass your customers or employees any longer. That’s right! Mosquito Squad not only keeps your homefront free of pesky mosquitoes, and ticks, the entire season, we also service commercial and hospitality venues. These include restaurants, office buildings, country clubs, outdoor event venues, outdoor bistros, patio restaurants and much more.

Controlling the mosquitoes at your place of business has just as much impact on patron satisfaction as lighting, music or setting the mood. To ensure the comfort, safety and positive experience of your guests, you need to keep bothersome insects at bay.

With our mosquito barrier treatments, your business environment will be protected all season long. Our unique formula is effective at eliminating mosquitoes. With our season-long program, you can ensure no gaps between treatments, and that means no mosquitoes!

No matter what your business type is, whether it is an office complex, golf course, restaurant with outdoor dining or a hotel/resort, Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can help to create a more welcoming and comfortable environment for your guests and staff.

So what are you waiting for…contact us today to get started! Let us take the bite out of your mosquito problems with our hassle-free and effective commercial mosquito-control treatments.

Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123 or email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com You can also fill out a contact form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left.

Have you seen a tick in your Massachusetts backyard this spring?

Ticks are Out — Time to Call The Squad!

It may seem early for ticks to begin emerging from their winter’s nap, however, ticks have begun to make their seasonal appearance. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South has received numerous calls from residents finding ticks. With this year’s early warm-up and the projected increase in the tick population, we are starting our tick control treatments a little early this year. These are scheduled to begin April 10.

It’s important to remember that ticks do not die during the winter, they instead hibernate. With the unseasonably warm temperatures, many are coming out of hibernation early to feed and lay eggs. On top of our warmer-than-usual early spring climate, acorns were abundant this past fall, which has helped rodents reproduce in larger numbers than in previous years. More rodents mean more hosts for ticks and a greater chance of Lyme Disease.

Though Lyme Disease is the most common tick-borne illness in Massachusetts, there are others, including Anaplasmosis, Borrelia Miyamotoi and the Powassan Virus. It is also possible to become infected with a comorbid tick-borne illness as well. This involves the presence of two illnesses infecting in unison. Lyme Disease alone affects about 5,000 Massachusetts residents each year. With the threat of illness, it is a good idea to start checking yourself and your pets for ticks.

Peak tick season generally begins in late March and lasts into the early fall. Ticks also flourish in wet and warm conditions. Residents can come into contact with ticks during early spring when carrying out exterior spring cleaning and landscape improvements. These tasks can include mulch application, gardening and seasonal landscape maintenance.

We are now taking appointments for Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South’s Intensive Tick Treatment. In addition to using this professional treatment, you can take practical steps yourself to reduce your chances of coming into contact with a tick. These involve cleaning out, clearing out and being proactive about checking for areas in your landscape where ticks may like to hide. You can learn more by visiting our 6 C’s of tick proofing your yard page located on our website.

Our effective proactive approach to controlling ticks will help keep you, your family and your pets protected. Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123 or email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com. You can also fill out a contact form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left.

More Than Lyme Disease: Other Tick-Borne Illnesses on the Rise in the U.S.

Here in the Northeast, when someone mentions tick-borne illness (getting sick from the bite of a tick), the first thing that comes to mind is Lyme Disease. We are not downplaying the significance of Lyme Disease infection or diagnosis here in Massachusetts, however, there are other tick-borne illnesses that can make you sick. According to recent data, those infections are on the rise.

A riveting article recently featured by NPR tells the story of a healthy 24-year-old Cape Cod native who fell gravely ill after finding two ticks attached to his leg. He detected the ticks in June and by September was at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in a coma. Doctors scrambled to learn what was wrong with this otherwise healthy young man. After many tests, and while he was attached to life support in the hospital’s ICU, his mysterious illness was finally diagnosed as Powassan Virus.

In this particular case, the young man made a full recovery from the virus.

What is POW?

Powassan Virus (POW) is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 75 cases of POW Virus have been reported in the United States over the past 10 years. Most cases have occurred in the Northeast and Great Lakes region. POW Virus is attributed to the cycle between ticks and small-to-medium-sized rodents. In the Northeast, the virus is associated with the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) and its cycle of infection with woodchucks, squirrels or white-footed mice. The largest incidence is among white-footed mice because they are less likely to remove the ticks during grooming, unlike other rodents.

Signs and symptoms of POW infection can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss. Long-term neurologic problems may occur. There is no specific treatment, but people with severe POW Virus illnesses often need to be hospitalized to receive respiratory support, intravenous fluids, or medications to reduce swelling in the brain.

Powassan Virus is just one of the many tick-borne illnesses on the rise. These include Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis and a bacterium related to Lyme, which causes similar symptoms. The world is in a new age of infectious diseases. Over the past 60 years, the number of new emerging diseases per decade has almost quadrupled. The number of disease outbreaks each year has more than tripled since 1980. The United States is no exception. Our country is a hotspot for tick-borne diseases. In the past 50 years, scientists have detected at least a dozen new diseases transmitted by ticks. We are in an era when we have to be more proactive, knowledgeable and aware of our surroundings in order to maintain good health.

You can reduce your risk of being infected with a tick-borne illness by reducing the likelihood of coming into contact with ticks on your property. At Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, we use a combination of tick control techniques to get rid of ticks in your yard and keep them from coming back. First, we treat your entire property with our barrier control treatment, which eliminates adult ticks on contact.

Once the barrier treatment is in place, we can place tick tubes in strategic locations throughout your yard to entice mice. The biodegradable tubes are filled with treated cotton that the mice will naturally use to build their nests. Most juvenile ticks get their first taste of blood from mice, so they are exposed to the treatment when they go to feed. This effective combination helps keep ticks off your property by up to 90%, eliminating the source of vector-borne illness.

Our effective proactive approach will help keep you, your family and your pets protected from ticks and mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123 or email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com. You can also fill out a contact form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left.

Soaring Mice Populations in the Northeast May Lead to Higher Incidence of Lyme Disease this Season

According to a recent article published by NPR last summer’s soaring mice population in the Northeast may suggest a surge in Lyme Disease this season.

The Hudson River Valley experienced a mouse plague during the summer of 2016. Along with the subsequent nuisance caused by their arrival, researchers are now concerned this may spell trouble. The research was conducted by Felicia Keesing, an ecologist at Bard College, and her husband, Rick Ostfeld, who is an ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. The couple has studied Lyme Disease for over 20 years. One of the warning signs stemming from that research included being able to predict a spike in Lyme Disease based on counting the number of mice present the previous year.

Where is the connection?

Mice, specifically white-footed mice, which are prevalent throughout the Northeast, are key transmitters of Lyme Disease. As the article pointed out, “They infect up to 95 percent of ticks that feed on them. Mice are responsible for infecting the majority of ticks carrying Lyme in the Northeast. And ticks love mice. An individual mouse might have 50, 60, even 100 ticks covering its ears and face,” Ostfeld says. Other wild animals groom themselves, and in turn, eradicate many of the ticks from their bodies. However, the white-footed mouse tolerates the invasion of ticks.

Last summer’s mice increase can be attributed to many factors, including the weather, a dwindling population of natural predators that feed on the mice and even infrastructure changes as part of the Northeast’s growth. The correlation between more mice and Lyme Disease incidence is a simple cause and effect scenario. The mice harbor the bacterium that causes the disease ; the ticks feed on the mice becoming infected and then increase the probability of spreading the disease to you.

We can help keep you protected!

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South deploys a dual approach to gain control over your property. It involves the use of our long-perfected mosquito & tick barrier treatment, which eliminates adult ticks and mosquitoes on contact. Our time-released formula creates a barrier on your property that continues to work for up to 3 weeks. Perfect for immediate results, our tick spray is a great solution to eliminating today’s tick problem.

For long-term protection, we recommend tick tube implementation twice a year. Made to work with the tick’s natural life cycle, our tick tubes eliminate tomorrow’s generation of ticks today. Tick tubes are cardboard tubes stuffed with treated cotton, and mice take the cotton to their dens for nesting material. When larval and nymph ticks enter the den on the mice, they are eliminated on contact. Tick tubes are a great solution in areas where Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are prevalent. Ticks do not become infected with most tick-borne illnesses until they have their first blood meal from mice and other small rodents. By eliminating ticks at this phase of life, we limit the spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.


Treated cotton from tick tube in a rodent den

Tick tubes exponentially lower the population of ticks on your property as you continue to use them. With each tick eliminated you prevent future generations from being born. Over time you’ll enjoy fewer ticks, which means you’ll spend less time picking them off of yourself, your children and your pets and more time enjoying your Hingham area backyard again.

Our effective proactive approach will help keep you, your family and your pets protected from ticks and mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123 or email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com. You can also fill out a contact form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left.

Why NOW is the time to be proactive about tick control

It may seem light years away but tick season is right around the corner. Aside from putting a damper on our outdoor recreational activities, ticks are also a source of concern for residents, parents and pet owners alike.

Deer ticks and dog ticks are found throughout Massachusetts and can spread different disease-causing germs when they bite you or your loved ones. Common tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts include Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis. Lyme Disease, in particular, is a concern here in Massachusets. For residents of Weymouth, Hingham and Cohasset areas it is likely that most know someone who has contracted, or been affected by the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics, 95% of all US confirmed cases of the Lyme Disease in 2015 and in previous years primarily came from 14 states, which includes Massachusets. While deer ticks carry Lyme Disease, it is far better to avoid ticks altogether than to attempt to differentiate between deer ticks and dog ticks.

Now is the time to start thinking about proactive tick control in your backyard this season. Ticks begin to emerge mid-spring when they set out to lay their eggs. Deer ticks have a two-year lifespan and have three feeding stages. These are larva, nymph, and adult. Eggs are laid in the spring and in the summer they hatch into nymph ticks which are no larger than the period at the end of this sentence and very difficult to detect. In August, ticks reach their peak of activity, waiting on the ground until a suitable host brushes up against it.

When it comes to tick control in your yard, the professionals at Mosquito Squad can help the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can help with. We offer an intensive tick control program that combines our traditional mosquito control treatment that banishes adult ticks on contact with tick tube implementation that halts the life cycle of the tick. We will target the specific areas of your yard where ticks harbor and breed, like brush and wood piles, tall grass and under decks on each visit and distribute tick tubes in spring and again in the fall.

This effective proactive approach will help keep you, your family and your pets protected from ticks and mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123 or email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com. You can also fill out a contact form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left.

Mosquitoes -- Masters of Winter Hibernation

The winters here in Hingham, Cohassett, Canton and the surrounding areas can be quite frigid. In just the last 7-10 days we have experienced more than a foot of snow as a stark reminder that winter is still upon us. As we envision warmer days ahead, and the impending arrival of spring close at hand, don’t let the presence of snow and ice fool you into thinking the chilly temperatures we are experiencing now will impede the annual emergence of the mosquito.


It is a common misconception that freezing temperatures will decrease the mosquito population in spring. Actually, nothing could be farther from the truth. While it is correct that male mosquitoes perish, female mosquitoes are by far the masters at hibernation. Mosquitoes in hibernation can survive temperatures down to about 25 below zero. Much like bears, female mosquitoes have found a way to survive the cold winter and guarantee continuation of the species. During the winter, females of some mosquito species find holes where they wait for warmer weather, others lay their eggs in freezing water and perish. Additionally, certain species fall into a state of dormancy referred to as diapause.

Diapause allows her to essentially shut down development, hunker down and fatten up until warmer weather arrives. Research conducted on the Culex pipiens, one of the most common backyard mosquitoes in the US, by Ohio State University in Columbus reveals that females that go into diapause have 10 times the fat accumulation than a non-diapausing mosquito has.

Being cold-blooded creatures, mosquitoes prefer temperatures around 80 degrees and become inactive below 50 degrees. You may not give a second thought to mosquitoes until you experience the first itchy bite of the season, but be aware they are laying in wait for Mother Nature to begin her annual evolution into spring.

So as you bundle up and try to stay warm remember that the mosquito eggs laid last fall will soon be floating atop standing puddles of water ready to hatch. Also keep in mind the mosquitoes that hatch from these eggs, and those that emerge from their winter’s nap won’t be sluggish to strike. These mosquitoes will be hungry and in search of a meal, much like the hungry bear after the long winter.

Any mosquito control program or tick control program you choose needs to be implemented on a season-long basis in order to provide effective, lasting protection throughout the mosquito and tick season. Now is the best time to proactively plan for the season ahead in order to keep you family protected before that initial bite occurs.

Mosquito control is our specialty at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South. Whether you need season-long protection or a one-time spray, we have a solution that’s perfect for you. Our tested and proven mosquito control barrier will eliminate up to 90% of mosquito populations in your yard and keep them from returning for up to 21 days.

To find out how Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can keep you and your family happy and healthy from mosquitoes the entire season, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form by clicking Alert the Squad to your left. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sign Up and Pay for Next Season by October 14, 2016 and Receive Free Tick Tubes, While Supplies Last!

Now that the mosquito season is winding down, for most of us, don’t forget about the opportunity to lock in your 2016 rate for the 2017 season! If you sign up for and pay for next season by October 14, 2016 you can lock in this year’s price and receive free tick tubes on your property (while supplies last). By signing up early you not only will receive a break in price, by locking in 2016’s price, but you’ll also gain intensive tick treatment in doing so, for free! The reason this is significant, other than saving money, is we will soon see adult blacklegged (deer) ticks becoming extremely active.

The deer tick is extremely common in Massachusetts and is considered to be the most prominent transmitter of Lyme disease. If you’re looking for a reason not to sign up early, save money and gain even more intensive protection within your yard from ticks, you’d be hard pressed. Just because the temperatures in the evenings are dipping down and we’re not seeing as many mosquitoes because of the drought-like conditions, don’t forget that ticks can survive temperatures as low as 33 degrees Fahrenheit.

When considering tick control in Weymouth, Hingham and Cohassett Massachusetts, look no further than the experts at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South. Our proprietary barrier spray, in combination with our even more intense tick tubes, will ensure your yard will no longer be a sanctuary for dangerous, potentially disease carrying ticks. Tick tubes are a simple, yet effective method of removing ticks from your yard. It’s a long-term approach to tick control. By placing the tick tubes in areas of your property where simple mice may venture to pull the cotton from the tube (the cotton is treated, will not harm the mice but will eliminate ticks) and bring it back to where they bed. Any ticks which interact (latch onto) with the mice are eliminated on the spot. This helps to keep nymphs from turning into adults and then laying eggs. We’re trying to wipe out generations of ticks in a single season.

To lock in 2016’s price for season-long mosquito and tick control and receive free tick tubes (while supplies last), you simply need to sign up for and pay by October 14, 2016. To find out how to do so, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


The 2nd Confirmed Case of West Nile Virus Makes Massachusetts Mosquito Control All the More Important

As we mentioned in a previous article, West Nile virus is most prominent in Massachusetts from June through September. It was also noted that it’s almost a given that we’ll see confirmed cases beginning to spring up at the end of August and during September. Now, with the 2nd confirmed case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts, mosquito control may be necessary longer into the fall than previously expected.

West Nile virus is highly discriminatory. It’s most impactful upon the extremely young and the elderly. In fact, the majority of the median age range may be infected and not even exhibit any symptoms. However, the young and the elderly can be so gravely impacted they’ll require hospitalization. While it may appear we’re approaching the end of the mosquito season, State Public Health Veterinarian Catherine Brown stated in an Associated Press article, “the West Nile season is still in its peak time and surveillance still indicates the presence of infected mosquitoes”.

When it comes to mosquito control in Hingham, Cohassett, Milton or Weymouth, MA, it’s important to rely upon a professional mosquito control company. Mosquito Squad’s proprietary barrier spray can eliminate mosquitoes on contact and our time-released formula creates a barrier on your property that continues to work for up to to 3 weeks. We can remove up to 90% of the mosquito population within your yard and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To keep your yard from becoming a West Nile sanctuary, it’s wise to be proactive through eliminating existing mosquitoes and keeping others out.

To find out how Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can bring unparallelled mosquito control to your yard, call us today at (781) 297-0123,, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

What do China and Mosquito Eradication Have to do with One Another? Read More to Find Out.

As of August 2016, the Chinese government established protocol for containers being shipped out of the United States in order to eliminate mosquitoes within or on shipping containers. The reasoning behind this is simple, to prevent an outbreak of the Zika virus within mainland China. At first glance, this appears to be a very strong, proactive response to combatting Zika by the Chinese government, particularly their Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. It may seem to be a bit much to some, but at Mosquito Squad, we completely understand. As of September 2, 2016, the Chinese government revised this mandate to only include shipping containers from the state of Florida.

Following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) August 2, 2016 listing of the United States as a country reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission, Chinese authorities now require mosquito disinsection for all Florida-origin shipments to China. Here’s a breakdown of those specifications set forth:

  • Chinese authorities require all cargo shipments originating from Florida to provide proof of disinsection upon arrival at the Chinese port, both either air or sea. This applies to all vessels that left the United States on or after August 5, with the exception of containers kept at or under a temperature of 15⁰C (59⁰F).
  • Disinsection treatment may be carried out by either physical or chemical means, and does not require fumigation. Physical means could include trapping, air curtains, or other integrated pest-management techniques. Chemical means could include surface spraying, space spraying, or fumigation, depending on the shipper’s choice. The treatment used should take into account human health and safety.
  • Treatment can be carried out at any point during the shipping process. For example, it is acceptable for containers to be disinsected before loading, certified as mosquito free, then loaded in a mosquito-free environment.
  • Proof of disinsection does not need to be government-issued.
  • Either the vessel or the container must be certified, not the goods themselves.
  • The information to be included on the certificate has already been provided in the notice sent out by AQSIQ. If you do not have a copy, FAS can share with you.
  • All shipments found to contain live mosquito eggs, larvae, or mosquitoes during inspection at the Chinese port will be subject to disinsection, including shipments that are chilled below 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). Chinese authorities will direct a third party to perform any required disinsection in accordance with WHO guidelines as outlined in the AQSIQ announcement. The cost will vary at each port of entry, but AQSIQ estimates that it will be about RMB 200 ($30) for a 20-foot container and RMB 400 ($60) for a 40-foot container.
  • All WHO member countries where Zika is present will be treated in the same manner.
  • AQSIQ has not contacted airlines, shipping lines, exporters, etc., about the mosquito treatment requirements. Rather, AQSIQ leaves it up to each CIQ (branch office) at the port of entry to give out this information.
  • AQSIQ will perform a Zika risk assessment for Florida and neighboring states, based in part on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documentation of control measures. AQSIQ will use the assessment to determine whether to apply a regional approach in its Zika response.
  • China’s policy applies to Zika and yellow fever, and will remain in effect until March 2017, subject to adjustment or renewal depending on the situation.

While this mandate only applies to Florida, the mandate itself is subject to change should Zika become more prominent in other areas. In addition to this, while we don’t expect to see a Zika outbreak in Massachusetts, we are fully ready and capable to handle these services for any shipping companies within our area. After sealing each container, we will provide you with two documents. First, an invoice, which includes the chain-of-custody/container security seal number and second, an MEC (Mosquito Eradication Certificate) form. Each container will be provided with its very own seal as well as invoice. Furthermore, if the shipping company opens up the container after fumigation, per the mandate, the area in which it is opened and then re-sealed must be mosquito-free. This means the loading area should be sprayed as well.

For all your commercial shipping Mosquito Eradication Certificate needs, questions or concerns, you can count on the most trusted mosquito control company, Mosquito Squad, to handle everything promptly and professionally. To contact Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


So, Why Aren't We Seeing as Many Ticks as We Normally do in Weymouth, Hingham and Cohassett, Massachusetts?

While ticks in the northeast are extremely common, they do have a period of time in which they seemingly disappear. Do you ever wonder why this is? There are numerous reasons for the tick population not being as intense as it was in the prior year, but every year there’s a drop off in tick sightings after a certain point. Where did the ticks go then?

That question is quite simple to answer. According to the University of Rhode Island’s Tick Encounter website, here’s why we aren’t seeing them right now:


  1. Some found hosts, grabbed a blood meal, and are now either growing into their next feeding stage or are laying eggs. Either way, they’re no longer host-seeking, and so, there are not as many left to get on you or your pet.

  2. Some dehydrated. Ticks lose body water every day that atmospheric moisture is below a certain threshold. If they don’t, or can’t, recharge, they’re toast! In particular, this summer’s hot, dry conditions have been great for beach-goers but not great for ticks.

  3. They got older! April, May, and June are the “tick-iest” months across America but ticks just get “worn out” physiologically as they go out to “work” everyday—looking or waiting for a host to pass by, only to have to crawl “home” to more moist leaf-litter or shade to re-hydrate—day after day after day. For example, after about 25 host-seeking cycles, American dog tick adults start to become more susceptible to losing body water; and of course the days in late June and July typically become drier, too. So, see #2 above…

  4. With decreasing day lengths after the June 21 summer solstice, some types of ticks are cued to start going into an activity diapause. They may still be out there alive but they’re not active, saving their energy reserves to overwinter and come back next springtime.

While ticks are at an all-time high during May, tick levels during the month of September drop to the lowest levels of the entire year. While this sounds great, it’s short-lived. By the end of September deer ticks will be back in full force and looking for their next blood meal. In addition to this time of year being the “slow time” for ticks, the dry, hot summer we’ve encountered also aids in keeping the tick population down. Ticks need moisture in order to survive the time between feeding, if they cannot find moisture they will dry up and die.

So, when you’re out and about in the yard or hiking, keep an eye out and be proactive against them. Make sure to treat your shoes and socks with tick repellent. Wear light clothing so you can more easily spot a tick which has decided you are its next meal. Make no mistake, even though you don’t see ticks at the moment and our drier than normal summer has undoubtedly reduced the tick population, ticks will still be abundant.

Keeping your yard tick-free is one way to reduce your likelihood of coming into contact with potentially disease carrying ticks. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can reduce the tick population within your yard by up to 90%! To find out how to keep ticks out of your yard for the remainder of the season, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or fill out our form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Call Now to Have Your Yard Sprayed for Mosquitoes Prior to Your Labor Day Weekend

As Labor Day rapidly approaches and we all look forward to a longer weekend, are you sure your Labor Day cookout is going to go off without a hitch? What about all those pesky biting and bloodsucking mosquitoes? If you don’t want to turn your Labor Day cookout into a free-for-all feeding frenzy for the mosquitoes, it’s best to call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South. We can reduce the mosquito population within your yard by up to 90%!



Think of it this way – mosquitoes find their next blood meal through the smell of CO2 (carbon dioxide) and sweat. Some people smell better to them than others, in fact. Now, put a whole gathering of people in a backyard (a.k.a an outdoor cookout), and imagine how delectable that must smell to hundreds of mosquitoes. The larger the gathering, the more tasty your party smells to the mosquitoes. Don’t allow your guests to be literally itching to leave or go indoors this weekend, call The Squad!

Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South specializes in event sprays and party sprays. They’re, simply put, a more intense version of our common, highly effective barrier spray. We can provide you with the ultimate in mosquito control for your upcoming Labor Day cookout. To find out how to schedule your spray in time for the weekend, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or fill out our form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


The American Dog Tick in Hingham, Canton and Milton, Massachusetts

While the main share of information regarding ticks is for the blacklegged or “Deer” tick, there’s another tick which you may be very familiar with and not even know it – the American dog tick. In fact, the American dog tick is the largest of the eastern wood ticks, as well as the one you are most likely to see. While not known for transmitting Lyme disease, the American dog tick is known to transmit both Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia, both of which are considered to be quite dangerous.

According to the University of Rhode Island’s Tick Encounter site, " American dog ticks are found predominantly in areas with little or no tree cover, such as grassy fields and scrubland, as well as along walkways and trails." It’s also worth noting, they will also use their sense of smell and bodyheat to detect a trail where mamals often go. While they need a blood meal to lay eggs as well as survive, they can last up to two years without feeding on a host.

The adults are highly active from April through August and will actively feed upon a range of hosts including: raccoons, skunks, opossums, coyotes, dogs, cats as well as humans. Through injecting an anesthetic into their host, in order to avoid their bite being detected, the American dog tick can feed on a host for up to 1 week. At this point, in particular the female American dog tick, will drop from the host and lay up to 4,000 eggs before dying. Unlike other species of ticks, the American dog tick isn’t known for feeding on humans during its nymphal stage of life.



What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii. This organism is a cause of potentially fatal human illness and is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tick, i.e. the American dog tick and brown tick.” Symptoms include: fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and muscle pain. The illness can be fatal if not treated early through antibiotics such as doxycycline.

This chillingly dangerous disease is acquired completely at random. Dependent upon what the nymphal American dog tick fed upon prior to latching onto a human host is what precipitates what the tick is infected with. It’s for this very reason you should become familiar with what the American dog tick looks like as well as being tested for RMSF if you notice a dog tick on you or a family member. The female American dog tick’s appearance is quite discernible, consisting of an off-white scutum against a dark brown body.

If you ever have any questions about the American dog tick and how to keep it out of your yard, contact the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South by calling us at (781) 297-0123, emailing us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or by filling out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!



Have Your Yard Treated Now. August is the Month When West Nile Virus Reports in Humans is Most Prevalent.

When it comes to West Nile virus, when we hear of a reported case of it, it seems random and “out of the blue”. This actually isn’t the case, however. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Most people are infected (with West Nile virus) from June through September”. Here in Massachusetts, it’s almost like clockwork. During the month of August, usually towards the end of the month, is when we will hear of a confirmed case of West Nile in a person.

So, how do mosquitoes pick up the West Nile virus, you ask? Birds. West Nile virus is transmitted to birds through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Then, like a vicious, compounding cycle, mosquitoes become infected by biting infected birds. These birds include predators like hawks or owls or scavengers such as crows and vultures. Once this cycle has completed itself enough times, the more likelihood there is of coming into contact with a mosquito which is infected. Since 1999, outbreaks of West Nile have been occurring every single summer.

While we have been experiencing drought-like conditions throughout nearly all of Massachusetts and the mosquito population is slightly down due to this, it doesn’t mean we are mosquito free. In fact, one well-known carrier of West Nile virus is incredibly adept at thriving in these very drought-like conditions. The Culex pipiens mosquito is known for its ability to find water nearly anywhere, even when there doesn’t appear to be water available. The Culex is also well-known for its ability to contract and spread West Nile virus. Nature seems to always find a way.

The symptoms of West Nile virus are quite widespread and differ from person to person, but here’s a general breakdown provided by the (CDC):


  • No symptoms in most people: Most people (70% – 80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.

  • Febrile illness in some people:About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or even months.

  • Severe symptoms in a few people:Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.

    Recovery from severe disease may take several weeks or months. Some of the neurologic effects may be permanent. About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die.

Unfortunately, there’s no West Nile vaccine available. The best method of keeping from getting infected by disease carrying mosquitoes is through simple prevention. Utilize mosquito sprays which contain DEET, and always follow the “T’s of Mosquito Control”. Of all the T’s, treating your yard is one of the most effective. A professional, fully licensed mosquito control company, such as Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, can keep your yard’s mosquito population down by up to 90%.

To find out why Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South is the number one mosquito control company in Weymouth, MA and surrounding areas, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Massachusetts Mosquitoes are Most Active During the Month of August

While you may enjoy spending these last few days before the kids go back to school in the summer sun, did you know August is the month in which mosquitoes are the most active? If you’re noticing more mosquitoes out than you’re used to and being bitten constantly, you’re not alone. In addition to being more active, this is also the time of year when we see cases of West Nile virus spring up. So, if you want to enjoy your backyard for the remaining months while it’s still nice outside, consider calling the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South to drastically reduce the mosquito population within your yard.

While the recent drier conditions have led to less places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs, and a subsequent reduction in the mosquito population, it’s important to remember this is completely relative. In addition to the mosquito population not dwindling for everyone, the Culex mosquito (common house mosquito) is capable of thriving in drought conditions. Essentially, mosquitoes will find a way to survive through drought-like conditions. This is where a professional, licensed mosquito control company can be so helpful. We can come to your home, apply our barrier spray and you’ll immediately notice a huge reduction in the number of mosquitoes in your yard.

If your yard has become a feeding frenzy for mosquitoes when you and your family are simply trying to enjoy your summer afternoons and evenings, you can rely on Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South to alleviate the mosquito population within your yard. Our barrier application works on contact and will remain effective for up to 21 days after it’s been applied. When it comes to mosquito control in Hingham, Canton, Milton or Weymouth, MA, you can always count on the squad to deliver.

To find out exactly why Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South is the number one mosquito control company in our area, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Deer Ticks in Hingham, Cohasset, Milton and Weymouth MA

Deer ticks are a well known species of tick in our area. They also are referred to as the blacklegged tick and are notorious for transmitting Lyme disease. While they are considered to be highly dangerous, it’s important to know what stage the deer ticks are in during a given time of year. What you may not know is that ticks go through cycles which correspond with the seasons. From April through August is when the most cases of of Lyme disease are transmitted to humans whilst during the nymph stage of the tick life cycle, according to the University of Rhode Island’s Tick Encounter site.

The next cycle of the blacklegged (deer) tick we will be faced with is the larvae phase. According to the Tick Encounter project, within New England right now the blacklegged “deer” tick larvae is at a medium level. Tick larvae are not considered to be as dangerous as nymphs and adult ticks. Seeing as how they have not received their first blood meal, they’re usually free of any diseases (as they contract diseases such as Lyme from the animal which they feed upon first). The only documented illness which may be found in deer tick larvae is known as Borrelia miyamotoi. B. miyamotoi, as it is called, causes symptoms in humans such as: fever, chills and headache. Other common symptoms may include fatigue and joint pain. It’s rather mild, especially in comparison to other diseases such as Lyme, and can be treated with a simple course of doxycycline, amoxicillin and ceftriaxone over 2 – 4 weeks.

Once the nymphs have fed they will slowly but surely enter adulthood, usually by late fall. Their dormant period usually lasts through late February, at which point they set out to lay their eggs (usually around mid April). Once hatched, they enter the larvae stage of their life cycle, which is exactly where we are now. Knowing when, statistically speaking, you’re most likely to be infected with Lyme disease is very important. It will help you to be more vigilant in protecting yourself from ticks. Remember, April through August are the peak times for becoming infected with Lyme by deer ticks. This in no way means you shouldn’t remain vigilant at all times when it comes to ticks!

While the deer tick is the most common tick in our area and the one most responsible for transmission of Lyme disease, other ticks in our area are capable of carrying other types of tick-borne illnesses. So, what to do? When hiking make certain you’re wearing long, light colored clothing so you can see the ticks themselves. Utilizing DEET containing products can also aid you in keeping ticks off you. Keeping ticks off you is something you should always do whenever you’re out hiking or traveling through areas with tall grass or shrubbery.

When it comes to your yard, tick control in Weymouth, MA and surrounding areas is something the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can help with.We will target the specific areas of your yard where ticks harbor and breed, like brush and wood piles, tall grass and under decks. We are currently offering a Late Summer Tick Cycle Package that includes 6 weeks of Traditional Mosquito/Tick Barrier protection plus intensive tick control for $310.00 for up to 1/2 acre. (offer expires September 1, 2016)

In order to keep your yard tick-free all season long, call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!



The Culex Mosquito in Weymouth, Massachusetts

With all the attention the Zika virus is receiving, it’s pretty easy to forget the other illnesses mosquitoes can transmit. One highly overlooked mosquito in particular is the Culex mosquito. The Culex mosquito is actually quite different from other mosquitoes in that, unlike most other mosquitoes capable of carrying and transmitting diseases, it thrives in hot, dry weather. Seeing as how nearly the entire state of Massachusetts is seeing drought-like conditions, this is not good news. The reason for this – Culex mosquitoes are carriers and transmitters of West Nile virus.



According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, “Hot, dry weather is bad for all adult mosquitoes, because dehydration is a big issue for [them],” said Ellen Bidlack, an entomologist with the Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project. “They’re little, and they dry out very quickly.”

But as streams run dry, organic material accumulates in riverbeds, attracting female Culex pipiens mosquitoes looking for a place to lay their eggs, Bidlack said. That species, which spreads West Nile and is especially common in urban and heavily suburban areas, loves small pools of dirty water. This goes against nearly everything you normally hear in regards to mosquitoes. Essentially, if there is plentiful rain then the mosquito population will surge as a whole. If there’s very little rain, the Culex mosquito will thrive. Mosquito control is something which must be taken extremely serious throughout the warmer months.

The Culex mosquito is often referred to as “the common house mosquito”, but this alias hides the potential dangers of this mosquito. The Culex mosquito is undoubtedly a vector for an assortment of diseases which can be potentially fatal to humans. While the Culex mosquito isn’t a primary vector for more well-known mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever, it is a known transmitter of the West Nile Virus and encephalitis. Just because it isn’t mentioned as much as the Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito doesn’t mean the Culex mosquito is something which should be overlooked. Simply put, there’s no such thing as a “good” mosquito.

The Culex mosquito feeds primarily in the early morning hours, during dusk and into the evening. They’re not known as day biters but will gladly enter a dwelling, such as your home, and feed upon any blood meal it can reach. Essentially, the Culex mosquito is a prime candidate for biting you when you’re simply trying to relax on your deck or porch after a long day of work. At Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, we believe you should be able to enjoy your yard no matter what time of day or year it is.

That’s where Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can help. In order to reduce the mosquito population in your yard by up to 90%, no matter which type of species we’re dealing with, all you need to do is simply contact the experts at Mosquito Squad. Our barrier application can help to protect your yard from blood sucking pests which could endanger you, your family and your pets.

To find out what makes Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South the number one mosquito control company in Weymouth, MA and surrounding areas, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!



Lyme Disease isn't the Only Devastating Tick-Borne Illness

While many people automatically equate tick-borne illnesses with Lyme and only Lyme, there are other potentially life-threatening diseases ticks carry. As well as associating tick-borne illnesses with Lyme only, there’s a misconception that only humans can become infected with these diseases. This is not the case – your dog, cat and even your horse can fall victim to the diseases ticks carry. One of the diseases making a steady surge is called Anaplasmosis, and it’s quite devastating.



Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease which is steadily on the rise within the U.S. and is extremely prevalent within the northeastern U.S. The deer tick is the primary transmitter of anaplasmosis, but some other species of tick can also be effective vectors as well. The symptoms of Anaplasmosis are similar to Lyme, for both humans as well as animals, including:


  • Painful joints and stiffness

  • Fever

  • Lethargy

  • Loss of appetite

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

*In several cases, neurological problems may exist as well.

If you want to ensure your yard isn’t a safe haven for ticks all season long, call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South. We can put down a highly effective barrier spray which will knock down the ticks within your yard as well as ones which make their way in after we’ve applied our spray.

Reducing the number of ticks within your backyard is our top priority. Our highly trained and licensed barrier spray applicators will locate the potential problem areas where ticks could congregate and do our absolute best to keep them out of your yard. It takes a trained professional to know where ticks like to hide, and that’s precisely what we are. To see what makes Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South the number one mosquito and tick control in Hingham, Cohasset and Weymouth MA, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you!



Not All Mosquito Control Companies in Weymouth MA and Surrounding Areas are the Same

There are plenty of pest control companies out there offering services to rid your yard of those pesky, biting, and stinging pests. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South is different than the rest in that our services not only come with an astoundingly high effectiveness rate, but they also come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Most of the mosquito and pest control companies in Hingham, Milton or Cohasset MA will want to come out and perform their service, then simply reap residuals. That is not how we have, or ever will, operate.

Not only are our quality of customer service and quality of mosquito control unique, but our product has a residual effect maintaining its potency for 21 days after it has been applied to your yard. We will come back every three weeks and apply our highly effective barrier spray, and if the mosquito population is extremely high we will come spray your yard more often in accord with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. Once applied, Mosquito Squad provides even greater protection as mosquitoes attempt to feed off your greenery, as the residue from the treatment will knock them down too.

At Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, we want you to be able to enjoy your back yard during these summer months without being bitten by potentially disease carrying mosquitoes. In order to ensure your yard is pest free, we offer barrier sprays, all-natural protection, and even automatic misting systems that can be set to disperse our solution via your smartphone. With our combined knowledge and experience in the field of pest control, we are miles ahead of our competition in both effectiveness and the happiness of our customers

To experience the Mosquito Squad difference, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or click the green “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to your call!

Local Massachusetts Tick Experts: "Check for Tiny Ticks When You Come Indoors"

With the uptick, no pun intended, in new infections of tick borne disease infections in humans, experts are recommending you check you and your family members immediately after coming in from the outdoors. Usually during this time, ticks are small for the most part and not entirely easy to see. For this reason, it’s important to give yourself and family member, especially children, a thorough examination every time they come in from the outdoors. Tick diseases here in Hingham, Weymouth, Canton and Cohasset are not decreasing in cases, instead, they are jumping upwards exponentially.

Most people in our area automatically assume Lyme disease is the culprit when they hear tick born illness. While that’s absolutely true, there are other debilitating disease being passed from ticks to humans. These include babesiosis and Human granulocytic anaplasmosis. Both have similar symptoms to Lyme disease, such as: fever, fatigue and chills. To read further on babesiosis and anaplasmosis, click the link here.

According to a recent article by the Boston Globe, "According to the Mass. Department of Public Health, reported cases of babesiosis have gone from 51 in 2008 to 445 in 2015. In 2014 — the most recent year for which data is available — there were 3,646 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in the state, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There also has been an increase of human granulocytic anaplasmosis, another tick-borne illness that can cause fever, headache, and muscle pain. Cases in Massachusetts increased from 41 in 2008 to 763 in 2015, according to state data." While all of the diseases can lead to long-term, chronic symptoms and in rare cases can prove fatal, the vast majority can be treated with the patient making a full recovery.

While you should take every precautionary measure to keep you and your loved ones safe from ticks, ensuring the environment in which you and your children spend most of their time is tick-free should be at the top of the list. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can ensure your yard isn’t infested with ticks.

To find out how to rid your yard of ticks today, call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or click the Alert the Squad button at the top right. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Become a Standing Water Sleuth!

Standing, stagnant water is the number one breeding area for mosquitoes. Just by taking a few simple steps, you can drastically reduce the mosquito population within your yard. We all have our own part to do in reducing the mosquito population, especially with the numerous diseases they potentially carry. You can do your part by becoming a Standing Water Sleuth. By being observant of your yard’s problem areas for standing water and being vigilant about removing standing water, you’re helping out already.

There are numerous areas for water to pool within your yard. Most of these areas often go unnoticed, however. All children’s toys should be removed from the yard. They are seemingly always full of stagnant water. The same goes for flower pots, tarps, clogged gutters and even sometimes bird baths. More often than not, when we arrive to a home to conduct our barrier application, we uncover numerous areas where water has accumulated since our last visit. This will undoubtedly lead to more mosquitoes. Remember, hundreds of mosquito eggs can be laid in just a bottle cap of water. Think about how many may develop into fully grown mosquitoes in those clogged gutters, scary right?

So, be proactive. Walk around your property and look out for items which could become mosquito breeding sanctuaries. If you have buckets lying around, those will inevitably receive some water accumulation – and remember it doesn’t take very much water at all for mosquitoes to lay their eggs within effectively. Make it part of your routine to scout your yard for existing and potential mosquito breeding areas such as leaf debris in, around and underneath your steps. After all, when those mosquitoes hatch within your yard and are looking for their first blood meal, they’re more than likely going to target you, your family and/or your pets first. While our barrier application is highly effective at removing existing mosquitoes from your yard as well as those that land within your yard, you can really be instrumental in keeping these pesky bloodsuckers from breeding as well.

To find out how you can best keep your yard from turning into a mosquito breeding factory, always follow the T’s of Mosquito Control. If you need any assistance with ridding your yard of mosquitoes all season long, call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or click the green “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Now is the Time to Schedule an Event Spray for Your 4th of July Festivities

In just 2 weeks millions of us Americans will take to our backyards, clean the grill and get ready for our Fourth of July party. While we and all our guests’ mouths are watering in anticipation of our next hot dog or cheeseburger, mosquitoes are out and about looking for their next meal too. Mosquito control in Weymouth, MA and surrounding areas is very important, we can keep your yard mosquito free all season long or just in time for your next big cookout.

Memories of past Fourth of July celebrations often bring about nostalgia. Remembering the fireworks, the good food, and never forgetting the pungent citronella candles burning seemingly every 10 feet. Don’t stink up your Fourth of July party with citronella, especially when it is not nearly as effective as a barrier spray by us at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South. We can come to your home, spray your yard and leave. Your guests won’t notice any strong odors, absolutely no residue, and will only wonder why, unlike every other year of their life, they aren’t being bitten by mosquitoes.

Although it has been relatively dry as of late, it doesn’t take very much water accumulation or precipitation to create mosquito breeding areas. Remember, just a bottle cap full of water can produce hundreds of new mosquitoes. Mosquito activity during the day, unfortunately, is highest right around dinner time. Thus, right when everyone is about to take a bite into their burger or hot dog, mosquitoes will be out looking for something they can bite into.

To keep your yard mosquito-free this 4th of July, call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth.mosquitosquad.com or click the green “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Powassan Virus Makes Weymouth, MA Tick Control More Important Than Ever

There has been an uptick of cases of the Powassan virus. Have you seen the devastating effects of this tick-borne illness? While threats of Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever have been around for quite a while, the recent uptick in cases of the Powassan virus have scientists very concerned. Clearly, Weymouth, Massachusetts tick control is something everyone should be concerned with.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. The effects of this debilitating virus are:

  • Symptoms can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of coordination, speech difficulties, and seizures.
  • Infection of the central nervous system that can cause encephalitis (brain inflammation) and meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord).
  • Approximately half of survivors have permanent neurological symptoms, such as recurrent headaches, muscle wasting and memory problems.
  • Approximately 10% of Powassan virus encephalitis cases are fatal.

Unfortunately, there are no vaccines or medications to treat or protect against Powassan virus infection. As of right now, the only viable method of avoiding being infected is by prevention. That’s where we, Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, can help. Through barrier sprays on your property, you can be assured there are no ticks waiting to latch onto you, your family members, or your pets.

To see just how effective Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South is at ridding your yard of nearly all unwanted biting, stinging and bloodsucking pests, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com, or click the green “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you!

Click Here to Read More About the Powassan Virus

Mosquito Control is a Crucial Part in the Fight Against Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

Whether you know it or not, mosquito control has a huge impact on the mosquito population as well as their ability to spread disease. Recently, the World Health Organization has recently stated, “The Zika epidemic and the birth defects it’s causing are both the fault of governments that abandoned programs to control mosquitoes and to provide even the most basic family planning assistance to young women.” Inherently, this message to government entities should also hold true for citizens as well, exclusively regarding the mosquito control aspect. You too can help make a difference!

When it comes to mosquito control in Cohasset, Hingham, Milton and Canton, Massachusetts, you and your family can do your part. Always, remember 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.

The Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquito is right here in Weymouth, Massachusetts and surrounding areas and is capable of transmitting a myriad of different vector-borne illnesses. Keep in mind the small amount of water in which mosquitoes are capable of laying eggs. Just a bottle cap full of water can act as a breeding ground for hundreds of new, bloodthirsty mosquitoes. By emptying out children’s toys and items such as tires, you can help to keep the mosquito population within your yard to a minimum. Also, if you have clogged gutters, you essentially have a home which could breed thousands, if not millions, of mosquitoes during the season. Stay on the offensive to protect you and your family from mosquitoes.

Once you have performed your due diligence in ensuring you’ve kept the mosquito population within your yard to a minimum, now it’s time to call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South. We can not only help knock down existing mosquitoes within your yard, but we can also keep new ones from dwelling within your yard. While they may enter, they are goners as soon as they land on any surface which has been treated with our highly effective barrier spray. Also, we can evaluate your property to help show you areas which may become problem areas for mosquito breeding.

To find out what Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can do to keep your yard free of potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes all season long, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or click the green “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you!

With the School Year Coming to an End, Make Sure to Keep Your Yard Mosquito and Tick Free for Your Children This Summer

The school year is coming to an end and that means more kids will be out playing in the yard for much of the day. While most people associate high mosquito activity with the dusk hours, the Asian Tiger Mosquito is a notorious day-biter. Not only is the Asian Tiger Mosquito a day-biter, it also has a higher propensity to carry debilitating diseases like West Nile Virus. Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can ensure your yard is mosquito free all summer long.

With the recent amount of rain and standing water as a result, the mosquito population here in Weymouth MA and surrounding areas is sure to surge. This means millions upon millions of new mosquitoes will be out and looking for their next meal. Let us make sure you and your family are not on the dinner menu. The more time spent outdoors increases your likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes. We can come to your home, inspect your yard, find the trouble areas and treat your yard so that mosquitoes will be an afterthought for you and your loved ones.

By removing standing water from your yard and applying our barrier spray, you will see up to a 90% decrease in mosquitoes. It takes a well-trained professional to properly treat your home’s yard for mosquitoes and other biting and stinging pests. For this reason, we recommend leaving mosquito control in Weymouth MA and surrounding areas to us, the professionals. Your yard should be a place where you can go and relax and not worry about you and your kids being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Let us help you take your yard back!

To keep your yard free of ticks and mosquitoes this summer, call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or click the green “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Make Sure Your Next Outdoor Event is Mosquito Free!

This time of year, nearly everyone enjoys being outdoors. Whether it be a graduation ceremony, Memorial Day cookout, or your highly anticipated wedding, you don’t want the event ruined by biting insects. We, Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, believe you shouldn’t have to worry about your guests being eaten alive and literally itching to leave your wedding, graduation party or cookout. If you’re looking for professional, highly effective mosquito control at your next outdoor event, Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South is the company to turn to.

The peak time of activity for mosquitoes just happens to be around dinner time. We can take these pesky bloodsuckers off your guest list and ensure that your wedding, party or cookout is enjoyed by nearly everyone. With any large outdoor event, mosquitoes will be enamored with the smell of so many people. Your outdoor event will appear as a giant all-you-can-eat buffet for mosquitoes. Our barrier spray will knock down existing mosquitoes and mosquitoes which enter the area of our barrier spray will be knocked down also. Thus, the barrier makes it extremely difficult for mosquitoes to invade your outdoor event. Cohassett mosquito control is something we take pride in because we know how effective our solution is. We can reduce up to 85% – 90% of mosquitoes and we also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

If you’re planning on an outdoor event such as a party or wedding, it’s best to book early. Our event sprays consist of 2 sprays. We will come to your home or wedding venue and perform an initial spray approximately one week prior to your event and put down an intense barrier spray. Then, we will come back a day or two prior to your event and apply another barrier spray to further remove any lingering mosquitoes. So please, make sure not to wait until the last minute to decide to schedule your event spray. By scheduling with us early it will help to eliminate at least one thing from your to-do-list.

To see how extremely effective Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South is at removing unwanted biting and stinging pests from your yard in anticipation of your next outdoor event, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or click the Alert the Squad button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Weymouth

Being in the midst of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, it’s imperative to discuss the difficulty which comes with effectively and accurately diagnosing and treating Lyme disease. The difficulty in both diagnosing and treating early onset Lyme disease is one of the primary reasons for the high occurrence of Chronic Lyme disease. In Weymouth, Cohassett, Hingham, Canton and Milton, Massachusetts, Lyme disease is of the utmost importance. This is specifically due to our enormous population of deer ticks, which are the primary Lyme-transmitting ticks. There have been recent allusions to a new, more effective method of diagnosing Lyme disease earlier than current testing methods.

Diagnosing Lyme Disease

The difficulty in correctly diagnosing Lyme disease is due to the symptoms of Lyme being so similar to the symptoms of other, more common, illnesses. Mostly everyone immediately associates Lyme disease with the infamous “bulls-eye” rash. This can be misleading, as the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society provided information stating less than 50% of Lyme patients ever report having the infamous rash.

To accompany the difficulty is the undetected tick bite itself. Deer ticks secrete a local anesthetic when feeding, rendering their bite almost impossible to notice. Once again, nearly 50% of Lyme patients cannot recall even being bitten by a tick at all.

Adding insult to injury, the current testing methods for determining if a person is infected with Lyme disease misdiagnose the patient nearly 35% of the time. Combining the symptoms (which are often attributed to other, more common illnesses), the difficulty in detecting a deer tick bite as well as inaccurate diagnoses, Lyme disease is often diagnosed too late, if it’s ever diagnosed at all. This is where chronic Lyme disease becomes a real problem. Once Lyme makes its way into the central nervous system, the treatment methods become much more strenuous and difficult. Nearly half of Lyme patients potentially will experience long-term health issues due to Chronic Lyme disease.

Positive News on Lyme Disease Testing

Whereas the current testing methods for Lyme disease are not perfect, there is hope on the horizon for a more efficient method of diagnosing Lyme disease. Whereas the current Lyme tests will return false negatives, particularly during the extremely early phases of the disease, the new testing method shines positive light on a grim subject. A new study, published in Forbes, identifies a testing method which is capable of identifying Lyme in patients 3 weeks earlier than a current antibody response test will. Through the use of Lyme gene signatures, as well as a plethora of words that we won’t bore you with here, the test results are more accurate and quicker to be identified.

While there may be breakthroughs in identifying Lyme disease, and the more successful treatment thereof, prevention is still key. Preventing ticks from inhabiting your yard here in Weymouth, Cohassett, Hingham, Canton and Milton, Massachusetts is essential. With intensive tick treatment from Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, we can effectively reduce your yard’s tick population by ~85 – 90%! By not coming into contact with potentially disease-carrying ticks within your yard, you’re already reducing your chances of being infected. Call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or click the green “Alert the Squad” button. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Lone Star Tick is Showing Up in Cohassett, Hingham, Canton and Milton, Massachusetts

If you thought the threats faced from the immeasurable number of deer ticks and wood ticks just wasn’t quite enough, we can now welcome a new threat – the Lone Star tick. The Lone Star tick, known for its ability to move quickly and above average aggression, is migrating north due to warmer weather. Being relatively new to the area, you may have never even heard of this tick. It has disease-carrying potential and, therefore, at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South we want to keep you as well informed as possible on any newly arriving threats, whether it’s from mosquitoes or ticks.


Click Here to See Tick Distribution Information from the CDC

How to Identify a Lone Star Tick

Without question, the female Lone Star tick is the most easy to identify. This is due to the lone white mark in the center of their back. They’re also slightly larger than average deer ticks. They move quickly and have begun their takeover in Massachusetts due to several years of warmer than usual conditions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The Lone Star tick is a concern, but not for Lyme Disease. Many people, even health care providers, can be confused about whether the lone star tick causes Lyme disease. It does not. Patients bitten by lone star ticks will occasionally develop a circular rash similar to the rash of early Lyme disease.” The Lone Star tick does transmit Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness (STARI).

What is STARI?

Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness has the following symptoms:


  • fatigue

  • headache

  • fever

  • muscle pains

Treatment consists simply with taking an oral antibiotic. With decades of studies completed, the exact cause of STARI remains unknown. Lone Star ticks are also responsible for transmitting diseases such as: Tularemia, Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Being carriers of such potentially lethal diseases as well as being extremely aggressive biters, the Lone Star tick is undoubtedly a danger to both you and your pets.

How Likely is it for Your Pets to be Bitten by Lone Star Ticks?

According to a recent article by CBS Boston, “In recent months, local vets have seen a 220% increase over last year in the number of tick-borne illnesses in dogs.” According to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), the Lone Star tick is three times as fast as Lyme Disease-carrying Deer Ticks and have excellent vision. To make things worse, they also tend to attack animals in swarms. While they do not carry Lyme Disease, Lone Star ticks do carry both Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and a white blood cell infection that can be deadly to pets.

Other Effects of a Lone Star Tick Bite

A relatively unknown, until recently, effect of the bite of a Lone Star tick is the allergies which can be caused. According to a recent article by PBS, " …researchers think the Lone Star tick produces a sugar from its gut called galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose, or “Alpha-Gal.” In some cases, the human immune system develops an allergic response to that sugar. Because Alpha-Gal is also found in red meat, a bite by the Lone Star tick may translate to an allergic reaction to anything from beef hamburgers to bacon. Repeated tick bites can potentially cause the antibody level of Alpha-Gal to rise, worsening reactions."

The severity of the allergy is quite severe. The same article notes, "Hives are the most common symptom, but others include swelling and symptoms linked to anaphylactic shock, such as vomiting, diarrhea, trouble breathing and a drop in blood pressure, according to a report by the Vanderbilt University Medical Center: “Persons with the allergy can go into a delayed anaphylactic shock four-six hours after eating red meat,” the report reads.”

According to a different article written by the Lowell Sun, “Proteins found in their (Lone Star ticks) saliva are similar to those found in red meat and cat dander, meaning one bite can lead to a lifelong allergy to either.” Being unable to eat your favorite cut of red meat, or ever again be around your or anyone else’s cat are scary revelations. Take back your yard with a protective barrier spray by Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South!

In order to keep your yard safe and free of disease carrying ticks, call America’s most trusted mosquito and tick control company. To get season-long protection for your yard, call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or click the “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Lyme Disease Prevention and Tick Control in Cohasset MA

With the sheer number of cases and epidemic proportion of Lyme Disease in humans in Massachusetts, Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South wants to ensure you have access to all the information possible regarding Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. It is important to note that while Lyme Disease is a real threat to humans and gets all the attention, there are other tick-borne illnesses in our area. By educating yourself on which types of ticks carry the dreaded Lyme Disease and which ticks carry other tick-borne diseases you can further learn how to keep you and your family from getting infected through a tick’s bite.

How Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South Can Reduce Your Exposure to Ticks

Our traditional barrier spray can eliminate a significant percentage of ticks within your yard. The barrier spray will eliminate ticks on contact and will continue to work for up to 21 days with our special microencapsulated timed-release formula. We begin by focusing on your yard’s perimeter and work our way in. All the while we are paying very close attention to potential problem areas that ticks prefer (i.e. shady, cool and damp areas).

What Types of Tick-Borne Diseases are There in Weymouth MA and Surrounding Areas?

  • Anaplasmosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Lyme Disease
  • Powassan Disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Tularemia

Lyme Disease in Weymouth MA and Surrounding Areas

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted by the deer tick. Due to the enormous deer population within our state, Lyme Disease has practically become an epidemic. In conjunction with our moist climate and forested areas this makes for an equally large tick population. Hikers and anyone walking through areas which are heavily wooded with tall grass as well are more than likely going to pick up ticks along the way. The difficulty lies within finding them once they are on you. Nymph deer ticks can be as small as a poppy seed!

What are the Symptoms of Lyme Disease?

Nearly everyone in our area is familiar with the infamous “bullseye rash”. It’s synonymous with Lyme Disease. The truth is that the rash you may experience doesn’t have to appear as a bullseye. It can be a simple red rash and will usually appear between 3 – 30 days after being bitten by an infected tick. The physical symptoms can begin to show in the same amount of time and they include:


  • Fever

  • Fatigue/Lethargy

  • Chills

  • Headache

  • Muscle and Joint Aches

While this may sound unassuming, if left untreated the previously mentioned symptoms pale in comparison for what could come. Patients, if left untreated, may experience Bell’s Palsy, extremely severe headaches, acute meningitis, joint swelling and even heart palpitations.

What’s the Treatment Regimen for Lyme Disease?

If detected early enough, Lyme Disease can be treated with simple oral antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. However, if left untreated for too long, patients may require hospitalization in order to receive intravenous antibiotics should cardiac or neurological symptoms begin to occur.

Lyme Disease is Also a Threat to Your Pets

While many people associate Lyme Disease only with humans, your pets are at risk as well. This holds especially true in dogs where they may show signs of lameness due to joint inflammation. There’s also the potential for lack of appetite and depression and even more severe complications such as kidney damage, and rarely, heart or nervous system disease.

While your pets are at risk, the ticks they may bring into your home present a risk to you and your family as well. For this reason it’s important to check your pets for ticks just as you would check yourself or your family members.

What is Anaplasmosis?

Another tick-borne illness is Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, or simply anaplasmosis. This particular disease has an incubation period of 1 – 2 weeks and is accompanied by pretty serious symptoms. Symptoms of anaplasmosis include:


  • Fever, chills

  • Severe headache

  • Malaise

  • Myalgia

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia)

  • Cough

  • Arthralgia

  • Stiff neck

  • Confusion

If you notice a tick on you or your family member and begin to exhibit any of these symptoms, consult with your physician immediately.

What is Babesiosis?

Babesiosis is a disease caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood cells. This disease is most commonly transmitted to humans via the bite of a deer tick. Typically the parasite is spread by the young nymph stage of the tick. Many people won’t recall a tick bite as the nymphs are, again, the size of a poppy seed.

Symptoms of babesiosis are also quite severe. The symptoms include:


  • Malaise, fatigue

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (anorexia, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting)

  • Myalgia

  • Arthralgia

  • Depression, emotional lability

  • Photophobia

  • Conjunctival injection

  • Dark urine

  • Petechiae, splinter hemorrhages, ecchymoses

  • Mild splenomegaly and/or hepatomegaly

  • Cough

  • Sore throat

Babesiosis is becoming increasingly common in the Northeastern United States and especially our area. If you begin to display any of these symptoms, it’s imperative you contact your physician in order to gain access to antibiotics as soon as possible.

What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii. It is potentially fatal and is transmitted to humans through the bite of the brown dog tick. The incubation period for RMSF is between 2 – 14 days and its symptoms are nearly unmistakable. The symptoms of RMSF include:


  • Fever, chills

  • Severe headache

  • Malaise

  • Myalgia

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, anorexia, abdominal pain, diarrhea, abdominal tenderness)

  • Rash, 2-5 days after fever starts, begins as small, blanching, pink macules on the ankles, wrists, or forearms that evolve to maculopapules. May expand to the entire body including the palms and soles. The classic spotted, or generalized petechial, rash is not usually apparent until the 5th or 6th day of illness

  • Cough

  • Conjunctival injection, +/- photophobia

  • Altered mental status

  • Focal neurologic deficits, including cranial or peripheral motor nerve paralysis or sudden transient deafness.

If you exhibit these symptoms after coming into contact with a tick, consult your physician immediately. While RMSF can be fatal, it is also treatable with antibiotics if caught in time.

What is Tularemia?

Tularemia is a highly infectious bacterium that is transmitted through various means, specifically this includes the dog tick, the wood tick and the lone star tick. Illness ranges from mild to life-threatening. All forms are accompanied by fever, which can be as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

The general symptoms of Tularemia include:


  • Fever, chills

  • Headache

  • Malaise, fatigue

  • Anorexia

  • Myalgia

  • Chest discomfort, cough

  • Sore throat

  • Vomiting, diarrhea

  • Abdominal pain

Tularemia can prove to be difficult to diagnose as its symptoms can easily be mistaken for more common illnesses. Because of this, it’s important to share with your physician any likely exposures to tick bites.

For even more information on tick borne illnesses, click HERE.

To find out how to rid your yard of ticks today, call Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South today at (781) 297-0123, email us at bostonmetrosouth@mosquitosquad.com or click the Alert the Squad button at the top right. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Zika Virus and Weymouth MA Mosquito Control

If you own a television or listen to the news on the radio, you have undoubtedly heard of the Zika virus. It seems as though for the past several months, a new report is issued daily containing the latest developments and new findings regarding the virus. The narrative is very fluid, and because of this, we at Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South want to provide you with helpful information about Zika and what you can do in order to help protect yourself and your family.

The Latest Update on Zika

According to the most recent update (March 23, 2016) on the Zika virus by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 273 cases of Zika virus reported in the U.S. As of now, all these cases were acquired while traveling abroad. With the vast amount of speculation and conjecture being circulated, it’s important to rely on the CDC for factual information regarding the impact of Zika within the continental United States.

The largest Zika outbreak, and subsequent news attention, is in Brazil. This is also due to the upcoming 2016 Olympics being hosted in Rio de Janiero and the impact of so many international travelers being in attendance, potentially getting infected and then returning to their native countries and the natural alarm this causes many epidemiologists. Stay up to date with our blog in order to receive the latest updates regarding the Zika virus.

What is the Zika Virus?

The Zika virus is an arbovirus, meaning it can be transmitted to humans through the bite of a mosquito. The two main culprits are the Aedes Aegypti and the Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquitoes. Both are known for their aggressive nature, as well as their daytime feeding habits. While the Asian Tiger mosquito can be found here in Weymouth and the rest of Massachusetts, the Aedes Aegypti is primarily found in warmer climates such as central America but has been found in the Southeastern United States.

The Zika virus can be spread to mosquitoes if they feed on a human that has contracted Zika. This is the classic cycle of an arbovirus. If you are diagnosed with Zika, it’s imperative to stay indoors and away from mosquitoes for a minimum of one week in order to limit the spread of the virus locally. The CDC has also reported that Zika can be transmitted from mother to fetus, through blood transfusions, and even through sexual contact.

What are the Symptoms of Zika?

According to the CDC, “Most people infected with Zika virus won’t even know they have the disease because they won’t have the symptoms”. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (also known as “pink eye”), muscle pain and headache. The symptoms are usually rather mild and can last several days to a week.

Is There a Treatment for Zika?

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine nor is there a cure for Zika at this time. Managing Zika’s symptoms is the only method of dealing with the virus. You should visit your healthcare provider if you have been to any areas where Zika is common and feel the onset of any of these symptoms in order to get tested for the virus.

Link Between Zika and Pregnancy Complications

The exact link between Zika and birth defects, specifically microcephaly in infants, is still being studied further for more precise information. However, the concern is strong enough to the point the CDC discourages pregnant women from traveling to any areas where Zika is prevalent. Click here to see the full list of Zika travel notices. Areas that fall under this travel notice include: Cape Verde, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, the Pacific Islands and South America. If considering traveling abroad, be sure to check the list prior to embarking. Also, for all information the CDC has put forth regarding Zika and pregnancy, click here.

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How to Prevent Zika at Home


Eliminating mosquitoes in your yard is the best protection for you and your family. Simply put, the less contact you have with mosquitoes, the less likelihood there is you’ll come into a disease carrying mosquito. Our traditional barrier spray can help to significantly reduce the mosquito population within your yard and will last up to 21 days.

Contact us today to sign up for season long protection by calling us at (781) 297-0123 or by clicking the Alert the Squad! button. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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