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Tick Harboring Plant Banned in Massachusetts

japanese barberry attracts mice and ticksHas it ever occurred to you that the plants in your yard could be the perfect tick compound? According to research, the Japanese Barberry plant is just that. WGME Channel 13 News reports that this plant, very popular for hedging, has been officially banned in Maine. It’s brilliant color and thorny tips make it a perfect barrier. However Gary Fish, the state horticulturist, says it’s a “bad, invasive plant.” It is so invasive that it keeps native plants from growing and it doesn’t provide habitat or food for local wildlife.

Barberry Fuels the Threat of Lyme Disease

It seems this bush is a “magnet” for ticks and mice. By providing the kind of shade and humidity that both need while keeping their predators out, ticks and mice that carry Lyme are provided a safe home. Last year in Maine there were 1,800 reported cases of Lyme disease and the CDC believes that only a 10th of the cases are ever actually reported. Armed with this information Maine decided the best thing that they could do was ban the plant altogether and they aren’t the first.

Japanese Barberry is Banned in Massachusetts

Japanese Barberry has been banned in New Hampshire for over 10 years and it’s banned right here in Massachusetts as well. It’s very likely that more will follow. The banning of a plant means that it can no longer be sold, however, if you have them at home you may really want to consider replacing them. Native plants are a great replacement. They are good for the kind of wildlife that you do want around your home.

Other Effects Plants Can Have

The ticks that carry Lyme disease aren’t called deer ticks without reason. They come to our yards on the backs of local deer. So keeping the plants that attract deer out of your yard is another thing to think about as you are replacing your Barberry plants. Deer love to eat hostas and daylilies. Also, they are attracted to fir type evergreens. Consider poisonous flowers like daffodils or poppies and strong fragrant plants such as sage and lavender. Getting rid of the plants that make good homes for mice and keeping the deer from being attracted to the edges of your yard for food will help keep the tick population down and lessen the threat of Lyme disease.

Plants, or lack thereof, aren’t the only cure. Professional treatment for ticks is really more than just a suggestion with Lyme being at the levels that it is here. It’s a necessity. At Mosquito Squad of Fall River, the combination of our barrier spray and tick tube system works to eliminate ticks on your property this season and into the next. Call us today and let share everything we have to offer in tick protection with you. 508-536-4855

Meningitis and Encephalitis Can Be Caused By Ticks and Mosquitoes

So often when we talk about certain illnesses that ticks and mosquitoes cause we warn of meningitis and encephalitis. “The usual symptoms are mild, flu-like, but untreated could lead to meningitis or encephalitis.” Does that sound familiar? Sure it does, but what exactly are these two things and what makes them more serious than a basic headache and fever?

Meningitis is swelling of the tissue that protects the spinal cord and the brain.

Encephalitis is actual swelling of the brain.

These directly affect the human central nervous system. Considering that’s basically our entire operating system, you can imagine that it can become serious. Both meningitis and encephalitis can have different causes but in reference to mosquitoes and ticks, they are both viral infections introduced into the fluids around the spine and into the brain. Early detection can make these things completely manageable, but without treatment, swelling of the brain can cause seizures, coma, or death. Other permanent complications can be caused as well, such as fatigue, weakness of muscles, memory problems, personality problems, hearing and vision defects, or paralysis.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Fall River

Both West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis can be found in Fall River and both can be the cause of meningitis and encephalitis. The severity can depend on different things, such as age, pre-existing conditions, and timeliness of treatment. It’s important to protect yourself and family when outdoors by using repellent that contains DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus and to wear proper clothing when necessary. Also get rid of standing water around your home and keep an eye out for distressed animals. Random dead birds or other small animals should be reported and tested as soon as possible.

At Mosquito Squad of Fall River, we urge you to keep in mind that mosquito bites can lead to illness. Some are severe and some are not, but no one wants to deal with them either way. The best way to avoid them is to get rid of the mosquitoes altogether. Our barrier spray will do just that. Professionally applied by our technicians every three weeks we will eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard and keep them away. We bring you this information because we want you to understand the risks around you and we offer our services so that you don’t have to think about those risks in the comfort of your own outdoor living spaces. Call us today to plan your treatment program. (508) 536-4855

How Many Mosquitoes Do Massachusetts Bats Really Eat?

Have you noticed your neighbors putting up some extra large and extra high birdhouses recently? Seems weird right? Actually, they aren’t birdhouses at all, they are bat houses. It makes a little more sense now doesn’t it, especially the height. But why are they doing it? Although technically bats aren’t rodents they kind of seem like them, so who wants more of those? You might once we tell you that bats eat mosquitoes and it’s possible that they eat quite a lot of them.

Mother Nature Network reports research has shown bats to eat up to 10 mosquitoes per minute in a controlled study. (That is 600 mosquitoes in an hour!) Small brown bats are believed to eat up to 100 flying insects a night, though they may not all be mosquitoes.

The Case for Protecting Bats

With such a variety of numbers, a research group lead by Amy Wray, a doctoral student in forest and wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, wanted to know more. They visited 22 colonies of large and small brown bats across farm and wild land in Wisconsin, collecting droppings to analyze for mosquito DNA. What they found made a strong case for bats as tools in mosquito control. In the small brown bat colonies, 100% of the droppings collected carried mosquito DNA. In the large bat colonies, 60% of the droppings carried mosquito DNA. They were also able to identify 9 types of mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus, the most harmful mosquito-borne illness to humans in the United States.

Wray says that more research is required to understand completely how this affects humans and if bats really have an effect on suppressing mosquito populations, but the study does appear to show bats eat more mosquitoes more frequently than previously thought. All of this is a strong case for continued research as well as conservation of the bats themselves. With the loss of habitat and increased disease, the number of bats in existence is being threatened globally. Considering the disease threat that mosquitoes carry, if bats are a viable option in control it would serve humanity well to focus on preserving them.

Immediate Mosquito Protection

Until we are sure if bats are really a helpful tool in mosquito control we suggest you stick to what you know (although the addition of a bat house certainly can’t hurt, right?). When you are away from home be sure to keep your insect repellent handy and wear protective clothing. As far as when you are at home, let Mosquito Squad of Fall River and South Shore handle mosquito control for you. Our barrier treatment will eliminate 85-90% of existing mosquitoes in your yard and continue to keep them out for up to 3 weeks. We are excited to see where this research goes in the future, but we all want to avoid any chance of itching and scratching and disease now. Call us today to schedule a quote. 508-536-4855

A Lyme Diagnosis was Delayed Due to Mental Illness

Imagine feeling tired every morning the minute you wake up. Imagine wanting to be in bed by 7 o’clock each night. Imagine your joints hurting and muscles hurting and having swollen lymph nodes. Now imagine everyone telling you it is all in your head.

This very experience is that of Caroline Catlin as she tells it to Healthline. Caroline had previously been diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder. When she was 16 and felt terrible, she went to the doctor. Well, of course, the doctor was concerned and did immediate blood tests. But when they came back inconclusive the doctor brushed it off as a symptom of Caroline’s mental health and sent her on her way.

This was the scenario again and again for years. It took 5 years for a doctor to discover the cause of Caroline’s pain and fatigue was due to Chronic Lyme Disease. After years of feeling misunderstood and frustrated at no one’s willingness to believe Caroline knew her own body, she was relieved to have an answer. However, she also says “the years of misdiagnosis and ignored symptoms had left me frustrated, hurt, and feeling as if I had lost a great deal of my youth searching for a diagnosis within a system deeply affected by mental health stigma.”

Mental Health Month

As we head into May, we recognize Mental Health Month. The irony does not escape us, that May is also Lyme Disease Awareness Month. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI, has chosen to focus on the stigma that can go along with Mental Illness this year during Mental Health Month by promoting #CureStigma. Erica Curtis, a board-certified therapist, defined stigma to Healthline as “negative beliefs, attitudes, and accompanying discrimination directed toward individuals who experience mental health challenges. One of the many areas that people experience the negative effects of mental health stigma is in the healthcare system itself.” NAMI’s goal is to help people recognize that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from some form of mental illness and the stigma that often comes with it can create shame and fear and prevent people from seeking treatment. The cure for this stigma is empathy compassion and understanding.

Mental Health Stigma in the Health System

Caroline’s story is a good example of how the assumption that all of her feelings were related to her mental health issues can cause ongoing mental and physical pain for a patient. Dr. Rosalind Kaplan, an associate professor of clinical medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, blames the way this stigma spills over into the healthcare system on lack of knowledge and frustration with the inability to help. She believes that doctors are less able to admit to patients when they just aren’t sure what to do. Dr. Kaplan admits there is a lot of work to be done to get beyond the stigma that comes with mental health but urges patients to stand up for themselves and call it what it is, “discrimination”. As for Caroline, she is happy that she was finally diagnosed, but with the combination of her mental health history along with the ambiguity that still surrounds chronic Lyme, she still struggles with the health system.

At Mosquito Squad of Fall River, we are saddened by stories such as Caroline’s and we want to share as much information as we can to avoid situations like this for others. If only Caroline had known she’d been bitten by a tick that carries Lyme she could have passed that information on to her doctors and they may have tested for it sooner. Be aware of the seriousness of Lyme and tick bites in Massachusetts and follow tick safety guidelines when in the outdoors.

REMEMBER: You can’t feel a tick bite, so a tick check is invaluable.

Call us today if you’re looking for a tick control solution for your property. 508-536-4855

What if Your Own Blood Could Kill Mosquitoes?

An odd question yes, but there is research out there that says it could be true, that in fact, your blood could become deadly to mosquitoes who bite you. If you take the right medicine.

Dr. Menno Smit of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine has been researching the effects that an anti-parasite drug called ivermectin can have when taken by humans. This drug was created in the early 1980s to fight the parasites that cause river blindness and elephantiasis. According to Smit’s research, several studies were done in the 2000s that showed mosquitoes carrying malaria died when taking blood for someone on the drug ivermectin. Those that were part of the study were given 600 milligrams of ivermectin three days in a row. Then their blood was taken and given to mosquitoes that carried malaria. Within 2 weeks 97% of the mosquitoes were dead.

A New Mosquito Control Method?

Ivermectin has been highly effective for its original planned use in Africa and the side effects seem to be minimal. Smit also tells us that since 2015 the number of deaths from malaria is no longer going down. Mosquitoes that carry malaria are becoming resistant to the insecticides meant to kill them. Other scientists not part of the study agree that new ideas for fighting malaria are much needed and they shared their thoughts with NPR.

Dr. Peter Hortez of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine thinks the possibilities the use of ivermectin holds are intriguing, but that resistance could still be an issue and a vaccine for malaria is still the true need. Dr. Regina Rabinovich, a malaria scholar at Harvard University, believes that it will take several different approaches working together to eradicate malaria so this could be valuable research.

Would You Take a Drug to Kill Mosquitoes?

Science most definitely has its place, but this odd solution has us wondering… do you really want to have to get bitten by the mosquito first? And medicine, medicine that you don’t need, put in your own body to kill a mosquito? The mosquito is the pest and you are the one being treated. There is just something off about this plan.

At Mosquito Squad of Fall River, we have a better idea. Let’s get rid of the mosquitoes in your yard before they have a chance to bite you.

You can’t get diseases from mosquitoes you don’t have. Our barrier treatment is guaranteed to eliminate 85-90% of the mosquitoes in your yard and keeps on working for 2-3 weeks, until your next scheduled spray. To us, the solution to protecting your family from mosquito-borne diseases is simple. Get rid of the mosquitoes. And we can do that! Call us today. 508-536-4855

Why Are Ticks So Difficult To Remove?

Have you ever wondered why ticks seem to have such a strong grip on you when they’ve attached to your skin? NPR recently published a video that shows the entire process and it’s amazing.

The mouth of a tick is a perfectly engineered weapon for feeding. Let’s not forget that ticks can live up to 3 years but within that 3 year period they will only have 3 meals. That means they have to make them count if they are going to move on to the next life stage. Dania Richter, a biologist at the Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany, says that an adult female tick can increase its weight by 200 times when taking a blood meal. A meal that big you’ve got to hang on to it.

How Does the Female Tick Do It?

First, she takes two sets of hooks, that each look like a hand with three hook fingers, and she sort of pries your skin open. Next, a part of the mouth called the hypostome pushes its way into the gap the hooks created. It’s kind of stubby also with hooks on the end so that it resembles a chainsaw digging its way in deeper.

Once attached, there are compounds in the tick’s saliva that help to pool blood under the surface. Then the tick just slowly sips until it becomes engorged and falls off. However, you don’t really want a tick to remain on you that long. Disease such as Lyme is carried within the body of the tick and it takes approximately 24 hours for the pathogens to transfer from the tick to its host. So you want to find the tick and remove it as soon as possible, but you need to do it properly.

How To Remove a Tick

Now that you know the reason you can’t simply flick a tick off of you is that it truly has its “hooks” in you, you need to know how to properly remove it. Light a match? NO! Coat it with vaseline? NO! Safe tick removal is actually very simple, you just need to pull it off. Take a small pair of tweezers and get as close to the skin as possible. Then pull straight up. No twisting or jerking, but a firm pull. Be aware that you may actually leave some of these mouthpieces in the skin, but they do not carry the disease on their own and will work themselves out eventually.

Do you find all of this fascinating or disgusting? Maybe a little of both? Interesting or not, I imagine you don’t want any tick getting its hooks into you. At Mosquito Squad of Fall River we don’t want that either. Instead, we would like to help keep them out of your yard altogether.

Our barrier spray and tick tube systems will eliminate 85-90% of existing ticks in your yard and continue to work together all year long. Have more questions about tick control? We’d love to hear from you. Call us today at 508-536-4855

FDA Approves Blood Screening for Babesiosis To Prevent Transfer of Disease

Babesiosis is an infection that comes from the parasite, Babesia microti, and is transmitted by the deer tick. 1000-2000 cases are reported every year but many more cases go undiagnosed due to lack of symptoms. Because Babesiosis can be transmitted through blood or its components, the lack of diagnosis can cause harm to the health system. That is about to change.

A company called Oxford Immunotec is the owner of two tests that can identify the tick-borne disease, Babesiosis. One can spot antibodies for the infection in human plasma and the other can test for Babesia microti DNA in human blood. The FDA has now approved these testing methods.

According to an article on FierceBiotech.com, before the approval, Oxford Immunotec was testing “donor blood” and able to pull infected blood in some areas where the disease was endemic. “While babesiosis is both preventable and treatable, until today, there was no way to screen for infections amongst blood donors,” Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a statement. This approval will open up testing into larger areas and for other tick-borne illnesses. These tests will become an invaluable tool to blood banks for years to come.

Mosquito Squad of Fall River is dedicated to keeping our customers informed about the facts that surround tick-borne illnesses and we are thrilled to share breakthroughs like these. The ability to test for one disease is sure to lead to testing for others including Lyme. Continue to follow our website and blog for information about future scientific discoveries. Prevention is still the best protection from tick-borne diseases. Call us today about our solutions for protection from ticks and mosquitoes at home. (508) 536-4855

Bristol County Faces Sharpest Rise in Lyme Disease Cases Amongst Massachusetts Counties

Most Massachusetts residents are quite familiar with Lyme disease and deer ticks. While you may realize it seems to be increasing every single year, do you know how much Lyme is increasing and where?

As part of their series Losing to Lyme, WBUR provided us with an extremely helpful map for visualizing the change in Lyme across the state from 2005 – 2016. It turns out that Bristol County has seen the sharpest climb in the number of Lyme disease cases with a whopping 276% increase in just over a decade. Plymouth County did not fare much better with an 83% increase in Lyme.

What About The Tick Apocalypse Predicted This Year?

You may recall that early in the spring biologists predicted a tick boom would make for a risky Lyme season. Did the prediction come to fruition to further contribute to the sharp climb in Lyme cases? Yes, so far, it is proving true. Another report from the WBUR Losing to Lyme series reports early numbers from several Northeastern States. While the numbers are early and just a sample to get a sense of the trends, each states’ increase varied widely. While New Hampshire is experiencing a 96% increase over last year, Massachusetts, where Lyme was already at epidemic levels is seeing a 14% increase over last year. While 14% might not seem huge, relatively speaking, you can see how quickly the rise in numbers could add up over just a few years’ time.

The best method of Lyme disease prevention is still in the prevention of tick bites. With Mosquito Squad of Fall River and the South Shore on your side, we can eliminate up to 90% of ticks on your property. When not at home, be sure to follow tick safety guides to lower your risks. (508) 536-4855

Zika Virus is Still a Concern for Travelers and Pregnant Women

Have you noticed the absence of Zika virus talk in the news this year? Without the Olympics taking place in an affected country, the news cycle seems to be finding the Zika virus unworthy of their attention, whereas this time last year it was everywhere. Does the lack of coverage mean Zika virus is no longer a threat? Unfortunately not.

There is a great bit of Zika news coming out of Florida, where they are currently seeing local transmission, especially in South Florida. Around the world, the virus is still affecting thousands of people in the Caribbean, South America, Mexico, Central America, the Pacific Islands, Asia, and Africa. With 30-40 cases of Zika virus reported in pregnant women, in the United States, each week, right now, if you are traveling, it is recommended to keep a close eye on the CDC’s Zika travel guide.

Zika Virus Continues to Be A Significant Threat to Babies

In a report released by NPR we are learning the statistics of how the Zika virus affected Americans in 2016. Specifically pregnant women and their babies.

  • 1,300 confirmed Zika virus cases in pregnant women in the United States in 2016.
  • 77 pregnancies were lost.
  • 51 babies were born with defects. (43 with microcephaly or other brain abnormalities, 8 with eye abnormalities or neural tube defects).
  • There is a 5% risk of severe birth defects in the babies of pregnant women infected with Zika virus.
  • There is a 15% risk of severe birth defects in babies of pregnant women infected with Zika virus in the first trimester.

The CDC is continuing to study the babies of the infected mothers to learn whether or not there could be future neurological symptoms for those who currently appear to have been born without effect.

At Mosquito Squad of Fall River, we urge you to follow the CDC’s advice to avoid traveling to affected countries while pregnant. Here at home, it is also important to protect yourself from dangerous mosquito bites. While Zika virus is not currently transmitted here, and the experts say it is unlikely, travelers could potentially unknowingly bring Zika home with them. Call today for a free quote to for the best mosquito control available at (508) 536-4855. Our barrier treatment eliminates up to 90% of mosquitoes from your property.

Tick Testing Lab at UMass Amherst Chosen for National Ecological Tracking Project

There is no better lab to be chosen for a nationwide tick-testing project than our very own University of Massachusetts of Amherst’s Laboratory of Medical Zoology. With the state of Massachusetts’ status as one of the top states for Lyme disease and ticks, we are ground zero for tick-borne diseases.

UMass was chosen by Battelle, which happens to be the world’s largest independent, non-profit research and development organization. UMass is charged with conducting pathogen tests on ticks collected from 47 sites across the country. The testing is a contribution to the National Science Foundation’s 30-year National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project.

Project NEON

Project NEON is a nationwide effort to collect standardized, calibrated, long-term ecological data which will be accessible to the scientific community through a data portal. NEON will be a fantastic tool for tick-borne disease research and surveillance with the addition of pathogen testing, which will begin in 2018.

The Amherst Lab has tested on average 6,000 ticks per year since 2006. When a person knows what pathogen a tick was carrying, they can provide those test results to their doctor for quicker diagnosis should they become infected with a tick-borne disease. The goal has previously been primarily public health, but with NEON, the UMass lab will be tracking ecological information in a comprehensive way for future use. They’ll eventually have the ability to track tick population and tick-borne disease trends over many decades.

UMass Amherst earned a two-year contract for $112,000 per year for testing thousands of ticks for six different bacterial and one protozoan pathogen. They will use DNA-based assays for conducting these tests.

While we look forward to the continuous growth of knowledge about ticks and tick-borne disease, we hope you’ll protect yourself and your loved ones with tick control for your yard. It only takes one tick bite from an infected tick to cause a potentially disruptive health problem. Call Mosquito Squad of Fall River today 508-536-4855 to get a free quote for tick control on your property.

Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/

Tick Apocalypse or Not, Mosquito Squad of Fall River Has You Covered

Southeastern Massachusetts residents are no strangers to the post 90’s tick boom and resulting Lyme disease threat. Recently declared an epidemic throughout much of the state, Lyme disease has become a part of everyday life for a good portion of each year. While 2017 has been predicted to be a very risky Lyme disease season, dubbed by some as an impending “tick apocalypse,” we’d like to urge you to be vigilant every year.

Tick control in Fall River Massachusetts is best when it is consistent and constant. At Mosquito Squad of Fall River, we provide intensive tick treatment geared towards long-term, season-long, year after year reduction of ticks on your property. Our tick barrier treatment eliminates adult ticks on contact. With twice a year tick tube installation, we go after nymph ticks for long-term control. Some clients find themselves quite confused by the news when words like “tick apocalypse” are used, as the fruits of their tick control commitment are evidenced by a lack of ticks at home.

Can Mosquito Squad’s Tick Treatment Make That Big of a Difference?

The answer is, Yes, absolutely! As noted in last week’s Boston Globe story about the one sure thing about ticks, there is a large scope of variables that affect the deer ticks ability to thrive. Sam Telford of Tufts University has been studying deer ticks for decades, and he says “every year I’ve been wrong” in regards to the early season question about how bad the ticks will be this year.

He goes on to say that there are just too many variables affecting the tick population. He points out that a dry spring after a February onslaught of ticks could mean a relatively light spring tick season. He also adds that variations in hyperlocal environments can mean one property has an onslaught of ticks while the neighboring property is tick free.

Fall River Tick Control Every Year

Tufts does, however, qualify his remarks to add that no matter what “We are a state where Lyme exists everywhere,…” saying that the fluctuation from year to year is irrelevant to the fact that there will be too many cases of tick-borne disease regardless. Lyme disease is not alone in its threat from ticks to humans, Borrelia burgdorferi, Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, Borrelia Miyamotoi, Babesiosis, and Powassan all pose a significant threat, and it only takes one tick bite to wreak havoc on a person’s health.

Tick control and tick safety precautions should be taken each and every year no matter the prediction.

As the season approaches, you can learn more about the disease within your local tick population at https://www.tickreport.com/stats We also urge you to send ticks to tickreport.com should you remove one from yourself or your pet. They will test the tick to provide important information for diagnosis should you become ill.

Regardless of the extremes of the tick season and the potential increased risk for Lyme, Mosquito Squad of Fall River is here to help. We will work all season, year after year to help you be the tick-free property that provides peace of mind for an enjoyable outdoor living! Call today for a free quote. 508-536-4855

Acushnet Mosquito Control by Mosquito Squad of Fall River

Acushnet is near and dear to our hearts. It is where we started Mosquito Squad of Fall River. It is our home. Acushnet’s parks, libraries, and other public spaces make it what it is, a place where people gather outdoors to enjoy all the loveliness summer in Southeastern Mass has to offer. Providing Acushnet mosquito control and tick control to some of these municipal spaces brings us a great deal of satisfaction in knowing we are contributing to what makes Acushnet great.

No Buzzing Mosquitoes Near Our Books

We recently had the pleasure of eliminating mosquitoes in the outdoor reading area of the brand new Acushnet Public Library. With outdoor reading events planned for the entire summer, the Friends of the Acushnet Public Library called us to ensure that the grounds were mosquito and tick free for the entire season.

Ticks in Jail

This year marks the first year Mosquito Squad has been summoned to appear at the Acushnet Police Department. While we were not in any trouble, the police officers sure were. There were ticks everywhere! With our tick spray, we were able to eliminate ticks that were infesting the property and finding their way onto the parking lot, the cruisers and up the walls of the building. The tick spray will continue to work for up to 6 weeks. We are also recommending they take part in our tick tube program for long term tick population control.

Mosquito Spray & Tick Spray for Everyone

The Acushnet Housing Authority also hired Mosquito Squad of Fall River this season. Their assisted living facilities were in need of mosquito and tick control. With our traditional barrier spray, we can give them mosquito-free and tick-free grounds for their residents to enjoy without worry.

Baseball, Hotdogs and Mosquitoes?

Not at Pope Park! We love baseball in Acushnet. We are pleased to continue our mosquito control service at Pope Park this summer. We are working hard to make sure our baseball players (and their cheering sections) do not face any unnecessary risk or annoyance from mosquitoes or ticks while enjoying summer’s favorite pastime.

Acushnet is a gorgeous community offering many amenities to its residents. At Mosquito Squad of Fall River, we are excited to offer a product that works well for municipal properties, recreational areas, commercial properties, and residential homes. If your Southeastern Massachusetts city, town or county could use tick or mosquito control for pest-free amenities and added safety for residents and employees call today! (508) 536-4855

Lyme Disease Awareness Month in Fall River: New Diagnostic Tools Are on the Horizon for Lyme Disease

Being Lyme Disease Awareness Month, we would be remiss not to discuss the complications in diagnosing and treating Lyme disease. The difficult diagnosing process is thought to be one of the main reasons so many Lyme cases lead to debilitating Chronic Lyme disease. In Fall River, Massachusetts, Lyme disease prevention is extremely important with our epidemically large population of Lyme-transmitting deer ticks. With promising advances in Lyme diagnosing and Lyme vaccination, we are hopeful that in the future we’ll have more tools for combatting Lyme disease.

Lyme Disease Diagnosing

Lyme disease symptoms are similar to symptoms of a variety of other illnesses. The distinctive “bulls-eye” rash can be hard to spot. According to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society less than 50% of Lyme patients report having the rash.

Deer ticks are very small and secrete a bit of local anesthetic to help avoid detection during their lengthy blood meal. It is reported that less than 50% recall being bitten by a tick.

If you or your doctor happen to suspect Lyme disease, the diagnostic testing that is most commonly used is known to miss about 35% of Lyme cases. With general symptoms, lack of tick bite detection and inaccurate diagnostics, Lyme disease is often diagnosed late, if at all. Once Lyme progresses into the central nervous system, treatment is far more difficult. It is estimated that 40% of Lyme patients will experience long-term health problems related to Chronic Lyme disease.

Hope for Better Lyme Diagnostics

While science and trials take a great deal of time, there is new hope for better Lyme diagnostics. One of the big issues with Lyme is that early treatment is more successful, but during early phases of Lyme disease, there tend to be more false negatives. But there is hope. A new study has identified unique Lyme gene signatures that can be identified in Lyme patients 3 weeks earlier than current antibody response testing. While still a few years out from mainstream use, this test can also distinguish between Lyme (Borellia burgdorferi) and similar bacterial infections from B. Mayonii or B. Miyamotoi.

While we recently reported about new hope for a Lyme vaccine, both that and the new diagnostics are years away. Preventing Lyme disease in Fall River is still the best medicine. With Intensive Tick Treatment from Mosquito Squad of Fall River, you can enjoy an 85-90% reduction of ticks on your property to lower your risk for Lyme disease. Call today for a free quote. (508) 536-4855

Lyme Disease in Dogs is a Real Threat in Fall River

We love our dogs. They can be like our children, companions and friends all rolled into one loving loyal furry body. We protect them with heartworm prevention, flea prevention and the best veterinarian care we can find. When it comes to their health, there is not much we won’t do. Did you know our dogs are susceptible to some of the same diseases and illnesses that affect us, including Lyme Disease?

Lyme Disease in Dogs

Transmitted by the blacklegged tick (deer tick), Lyme Disease in dogs is caused by the same bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme Disease in humans. The deer tick usually has to be attached to the dog for 1-3 days before infection can occur. This time means regular tick checks can prevent Lyme transmission to your dog. If your dog has been enjoying time outdoors in wooded, high brush areas, be sure to check them when they come inside. Given the high population of deer ticks in our area, regular checks are recommended even if your dog is just enjoying your well-maintained backyard.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease in Dogs

According to PetMD, only about 5-10% of dogs with Lyme disease experience symptoms. The most noticeable sign is “lameness due to inflammation of the joints.” This can present as “shifting-leg lameness”, meaning they may limp on one leg for a few days and another leg the next day or week, as different joints swell and un-swell.

Some dogs experience other symptoms that can include depression, lack of appetite, sensitivity to touch, stiff walk with an arched back, difficulty breathing, fever, kidney problems and rarely heart abnormalities and nervous system complications. If your dog begins to experience kidney problems from Lyme, they may show symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite, weight loss, increased urination, increased thirst and abnormal fluid buildups. If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, take them to your veterinarian for an evaluation, kidney failure can occur and is the biggest concern with Lyme Disease in dogs.

Treatment for Canine Lyme Disease

Lyme disease in dogs is treatable. With approximately four weeks of outpatient doxycycline, your dog can experience a full recovery. Sometimes these symptoms may reoccur even with treatment. Most veterinarians recommend year-round topical tick control treatment for your dog, ask your veterinarian for more details.

Preventing Lyme Disease means avoiding ticks and tick bites. The best way to let your dog live a care-free active life is to eliminate ticks in your own backyard with tick control from Mosquito Squad of Fall River. Call today to learn how we can eliminate 85-95% of the ticks in your yard. (508) 536-4855

Don’t Let “Itchy” & “Ouchy” Describe Your Fall River Wedding Day

While spring has officially arrived, it can be hard to think about spring events when the snow is still falling. Except, if you’re a bride-to-be. Planning your wedding has likely been a yearlong endeavor. As the special day draws near you are working on tying up all the small details like flower arrangements, centerpieces and chair covers. Every little detail adds up to the wedding day of your dreams. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding to take advantage of the glorious surrounding landscape, we want to remind you to schedule your special event mosquito & tick control.

Special Event Mosquito Control

Can you imagine your Aunt Ruth in her finest formal dress swatting mosquitoes off her neck? Did you list on the invitation for guests to bring a can of mosquito spray? Maybe your wedding planner has suggested a dance floor surrounded by Citronella candles? If you want a no fuss, no muss way to keep your guests comfortable and focused on you and your big day, consider hiring Mosquito Squad of Fall River for special event mosquito control.

Special Event Tick Control

Will the flower girl and ring bearer be rolling in the grass and adventuring out into the brush around your stunning wedding venue? Protect them from ticks & tick bites that can quickly scurry up under their suit or dress unnoticed. Ticks don’t just hide in the underbrush, they are happy to hang out in the lawn of your party space, waiting patiently for those floor length hemlines to brush on by so they can grab hold. Keep all of your guests protected from ticks and tick bites with our special even tick control service.

What is Special Event Tick Control & Special Event Mosquito Control?

Our special event spray works on both mosquitoes and ticks. It is our highly effective popular barrier spray treatment. Our trained technicians will spray your entire outdoor wedding space, leaving a residue free, odorless barrier keeping your entire event mosquito free and tick free until well after the last guest heads home.

Don’t wait until the week of your big day. Call now, we’ll get you on the schedule to make sure your wedding goes off without a mosquito or tick. 508-536-4855

The Latest On Zika & Pregnancy

The Zika Virus has had few enough outbreaks, until recently, that we don’t know as much about the virus as we would like to know. For this reason, the added research dollars and the increased study of Zika has created a steady flow of new information, yet to be confirmed. Given the fluidity of these discoveries, we will be staying on top of the latest, with the disclaimer that none of these findings have been studied thoroughly enough to be confirmed fact. With the spotlight being brought to Zika due to a link between the birth defect, microcephaly & the virus, we are bringing you the latest information in regards to pregnancy and Zika.

Zika Virus Linked To More Birth Defects

The New England Journal of Medicine published a new study that has found other pregnancy and fetal complications from Zika infection during pregnancy than just microcephaly. In a small study, they found pregnant women infected with Zika Virus to have higher incidents of fetal death, placental insufficiency, fetal growth restrictions and central nervous system injuries (such as lesions to the brain & spinal cord).

The study was conducted in an attempt to solidify the suspected relationship between microcephaly & Zika, but also to look for other clinical findings. It is rare for a virus infection to only cause one problem. The study included pregnant women infected by Zika and pregnant women not infected by Zika from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While the case study was small, the geographic proximity of the patients and their lack of pre-existing risk factors made them as close to a control group as they could gather.

Zika Study Results

While many more tests and studies need to be conducted, the preliminary findings of this study are something to be concerned about. Eighty-eight pregnant women were enrolled in the study. Seventy-two of which tested positive for Zika. Two of which miscarried in the first trimester. Forty-two of the pregnant women consented and partook in ultrasound studies. Of those, 29% (12 patients) resulted in abnormal results. All of the Zika-negative patients’ ultrasounds were normal. The abnormal results were as follows:

  • 5 cases of intrauterine growth restriction
  • 4 cases of cerebral calcification
  • 2 cases had other central nervous system alterations
  • 4 cases had abnormal arterial flow in the cerebral or umbilical arteries
  • 2 cases had insufficient or no amniotic fluid
  • 2 fetal deaths after 30 weeks gestation
  • One of the fetal death cases also had other malformations including agenesis of the vermis, Blake’s pouch cyst, & a potential club foot, intrauterine growth restriction, cerebral calcifications & microcephaly

The results of this study are alarming, to say the least. And the results are real, as of the time the study was published (3/4/16) the Zika positive cases had resulted in 6 live births and 2 still births. The two live births with normal prenatal testing are doing well and measuring normal. While the other 4 have all confirmed the ultrasonic findings of fetal abnormalities.

Zika Prevention

As doctors and scientists continue to study the effects of Zika virus on pregnant women and their babies, we’ll keep you updated with the latest local and worldwide Zika news. As of now, Zika cases in the United States have been limited to travel-related cases. As the mosquito season approaches we will keep you apprised to the reality of Zika in the Fall River area. In the meantime, protect your family by signing up for our traditional barrier spray to eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard. Call today. 508-536-4855

Investment in Preventing Tick-Borne Illnesses is On the State Legislation Radar

The Fall River and South Shore areas of Massachusetts are home to some of the hardest hit cities in the state when it comes to the Lyme Disease epidemic. While the state did create a Special Commission on Lyme Disease in 2012 to recommend “strategies to improve surveillance, increase education and awareness, improve coverage for treatment, and promote short- and long-term prevention” far greater support is needed.

According to The Enterprise in an article written by Jim Cantwell, the state house of representative from the Fourth Plymouth District (Marshfield and Scituate), Massachusetts can and should do more. The article sites alarming statistics about how much the state spends on mosquito control to combat mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis in comparison to the very little they spend in preventing tick-borne diseases such as Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Babesiosis and Tularemia.

Lyme Disease vs. West Nile Virus

The $10,000,000 Massachusetts spends on mosquito control each year is a valuable asset to the state. The results can be used as a great example of why tick control should also be invested in, especially given that Lyme Disease is at epidemic proportions in the area. According to the CDC, the number of cases of West Nile Virus in Massachusetts has reached a grand total of 119 cases from 1999-2014. But the CDC also reports there were 3,816 cases of Lyme Disease in Massachusetts just in 2013 alone. A number which experts say is lower than reality due to a high incidence of unreported cases.

Lyme Disease Education & Prevention

In his article, Rep. Cantwell recommends a couple of steps that can be taken in the Massachusetts state legislature to aid in this public health problem. He introduced a proposal to invest $500,000 in a public health campaign to educate the Massachusetts public about Lyme Disease and tick-borne illness prevention. He also points to a bill proposed by Representative Carolyn Dykema, H.651 An Act Relative to the Control of Tick-borne Illness that would give power to county-level mosquito and tick control boards to “investigate promising tick management strategies; raise community awareness; and undertake tick control.” Representative Cantwell also suggests investing in Lyme and tick-borne disease vaccination research and development.

Tick Control in Fall River & South Shore

As the state legislation begins to look at ways to assist the public in combating the Lyme Disease epidemic there are many steps you can take to protect yourself and your family now. Lyme Disease Prevention is possible without hiding indoors all season. Follow the 6 C’s of tick proofing your yard and invest in tick control for your yard with professional tick control services from Mosquito Squad. Our traditional barrier spray will eliminate 85-90% of the ticks in your yard and with the addition of tick tubes twice a year you can interrupt the tick life cycle and eliminate nymph ticks where they nest with rodents.

Call today to schedule intensive tick treatment for your Fall River or South Shore yard. 508-536-4855

Protect Your Family from West Nile Virus in Fall River

It was reported last week that West Nile Virus was discovered in a mosquitos sample in Fall River. The Bristol County Mosquito Control Project reacted with an immediate decision to spray the area surrounding St. Patrick’s Cemetery where the mosquitos sample was collected. They sprayed on Friday morning in that area, a great first step. But for those of us who don’t live in that area, some West Nile Virus protection is definitely needed, before you or your family becomes exposed to this dangerous disease.

West Nile Virus Prevention in Fall River

While human cases of West Nile Virus are rare, it is a dangerous disease that can be deadly. Just the other day the first human case of West Nile Virus was confirmed in Middlesex County. The patient is currently hospitalized and the Massachusetts Department of Health is investigating to determine when and where he was exposed. While Middlesex isn’t here, it is way too close for comfort. If you think you may have symptoms of West Nile Virus call your doctor immediately. Keeping yourself and your family protected against West Nile Virus means lowering your exposure to mosquitoes and lowering your risk for mosquito bites.

While you can limit your outdoor activity near dusk and after dark when mosquitoes are most active, that will only get you so far. The day feeding Asian Tiger Mosquito is known to carry West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses. Here at Mosquito Squad we want you to be able to enjoy your yard any time day or night without fearing the repercussions of illnesses that can be transmitted my mosquitoes. A pest free outdoor life style is important for getting the most activity and enjoyment out of spring, summer and fall in Massachusetts.

Eliminate up to 90% of Mosquitoes in your Fall River Yard

We can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes in your Fall River yard with our traditional barrier spray. Here is how it works: our highly trained mosquito control applicators will start at the perimeter of your property spraying down the trees, shrubbery and underbrush paying special attention to areas with high moisture where mosquitoes will certainly be hanging out. And unlike some other mosquito control services we work our way inward spraying your entire yard. Mosquitoes can be in the grass, near your gutters or under the shrubs near your front porch and we don’t want to miss a single one.

Our mosquito spray has a special time-released formula so that it continues to work for up to 21 days, keeping your yard mosquito free for three weeks so you don’t even have to think about it. Better yet, sign up for the season and we’ll automatically come back, without any effort on your part, right at the 3 week mark to make sure we keep your yard mosquito free. West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and other mosquito-borne illnesses can be very dangerous, so it is vital that you protect yourself and your family in your own yard. Don’t forget the 5 T’s of mosquito control to do your part in limiting the mosquito population in your yard.

Call today to schedule mosquito barrier spray for your Fall River yard. 508-536-4855

South Shore MA Tick Control to Lower Your Risk for Lyme Disease

With a recent admission to having Lyme Disease, singer Avril Lavigne has thankfully increased awareness to an illness that has become an epidemic in our area with no signs of it slowing down. According to the CDC, there are an average of 300,000 cases of the disease in the US each year. Often left untreated, the symptoms of Lyme Disease often mimic other common illnesses, like the flu. Early symptoms can range from body aches, fever/chills, and swollen lymph nodes. The classic “bullseye” rash is not even present in over 20% of Lyme cases. Chronic Lyme Disease does not easily respond to antibiotics and its symptoms are much more debilitating: severe headaches, memory loss, facial paralysis, and swollen enlarged joints such as the knees.

While Lyme Disease is certainly dangerous, we have every right and plan to enjoy our yards and the great outdoors this season. As we prepare for a continued increase in deer ticks, here are some useful tips in keeping those tiny predators away.

Mosquito Squad 6 C’s of successful tick control

1. Clear.

Ticks thrive in moist, damp spaces. Keep play equipment and dining areas well away from compost piles or treed areas, where ticks thrive.

2. Clean.

Leaf litter, brush and tall grass are perfect tick hangouts. Ticks love to “quest”, or grab on to their hosts off of tall grass and branches, so keeping things trim and tidy will help keep the deer ticks away.

3. Choose.

Certain plants are extra attractive to deer. The only ticks which carry Lyme Disease are deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) , so choosing deer deterring plants is a helpful way to keep the deer out of your yard.

4. Check.

Ticks are known to hide out in and around fences and walls, including retaining walls. Check these areas often.

5. Care.

You cannot get Lyme Disease from your family pet, however your beloved fur-baby can contract Lyme Disease from infected ticks and also bring those harmful creatures into your home.

6. Call.

For the best protection, call in the pros to treat your yard with a seasonal barrier spray to eliminate up to 90% of the ticks on your property.

Mosquito Squad of Fall River and Mosquito Squad of South Shore MA tick control offers the most effective barrier spray treatment in the South Shore Mass area. Our highly trained professional applicators treat your entire property, not merely in the perimeter of your house. We also offer advanced and specialized tick tube placements. These work to eliminate both larval and nymph ticks when they are living with their rodent hosts. Did you know that a single, female tick lays several thousand eggs at one time and lives, on average, for two years? With Lyme Disease is at epidemic proportions in our area eliminating dangerous ticks from your property will benefit the community as a whole.

We welcome your call at 508-536-4855 or email us at [email protected]

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When Does Mosquito Season Begin in Southeastern Mass?

The end of May brings highly anticipated sustained warm weather, encouraging everyone to head outside to enjoy the outdoor fun in Massachusetts. Finally, you can return to your favorite outdoor activities and unfortunately your local mosquitoes can return to their favorite local activity – blood sucking.

Wet Winter = Mosquito Summer

Here in Massachusetts, our winter and spring weather certainly made our state very hospitable for mosquitoes. After our long, long, snowy, snowy winter, there’s a great deal of snow melt and standing water. Standing water is a perfect opportunity for mosquitoes looking to expand their families. With many thousands more mosquitoes in New England this spring and summer, homeowners in Fall River and the South Shore need to be especially vigilant in making sure your yard is not an inviting place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

Mosquitoes are able to live through the winter hiding in logs, nests, or even abandoned buildings. They will wake up as soon as the weather hits about 60 degrees for even a day or two! Other kinds of mosquitoes will overwinter as larvae at the edges of ponds or in mud. Some are eggs, resting in any open water they can find. When the weather warms, standing water throughout our yards becomes a smorgasbord for thousands and thousands of mosquito larvae. Mosquitoes breed while they fly but they have to have standing water to lay their eggs.

Mosquitoes Need Water to Reproduce.

At Mosquito Squad of Fall River and the South Shore, our barrier spray service eliminates adult mosquitoes on contact. But we need you to help make your yard less amenable for raising the next batch of hatchlings. The more standing water you eliminate from your yard, the fewer mosquitoes you will have. Take a walk around your property to look for standing water. Always drain water in cans, pools, buckets, and even in items as small as a bottle cap.

Mosquito Squad of Fall River and the South Shore has a useful way to remember where to look for standing water and what to do with it. Our 5 T’s of Mosquito Control can keep the population of mosquitoes in your yard from multiplying.

1. TIP.

Tip over anything around your home that can collect water from rain or your sprinkler system. Dog bowls, plant saucers, clogged gutters and toys left out in the yard can collect enough water to be a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Even an inch or two can be enough water to host mosquito hatchings!

2. TOSS.

Remove excess grass, weeds from gardens, leaves, firewood and leftover clippings from your yard.

3. TURN.

Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like kiddie pools, children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.


If tarps on your firewood piles, grills or boats aren’t taut, they’re holding water. And water means growing mosquito babies.


Call Mosquito Squad of Fall River and the South Shore. We eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property.

Make sure they don’t have a chance in your yard!

Mosquito Squad of Fall River and the South Shore is your trusted provider for protecting your yard from ticks and tick-borne diseases. To sign up for season-long protection, give us a ring at 508-536-4855, email us at [email protected]

Who is the Best Mosquito Control in Southeastern Mass?

When it comes to Fall River Mass mosquito control how can you know which company is the best for you to use this season? Who can you trust to do the job and do it right? A few years ago when our daughter was getting married and having an outdoor reception we began asking those very same questions.

Mosquitoes at Our Daughters Wedding?

Our daughter Elisabet’s big day had to be a joyous, bug-free occasion. With 150 guests, we needed assurance that no one would be leaving the event early because of insects. Despite the nearest Mosquito Squad being 60 miles away, they made sure Elizabet’s big day was mosquito free. I became so convinced of Mosquito Squad’s excellence that I opened Mosquito Squad of Fall River and subsequently also opened Mosquito Squad of the South Shore to take care of my friends, neighbors and community as well as I was taken care of on that wonderful day.

Top 5 Reasons for Choosing Mosquito Squad

The best in Southeastern and South Shore MA mosquito control is Mosquito Squad of Fall River & Mosquito Squad of South Shore. Here are the top 5 reasons we are your best answer for a yard free of blood-sucking bugs this season.

1. Barrier Spray Protection.

Unlike some services which treat just the perimeter of your home for bugs, we apply a barrier of protection around your entire property. Enjoy your entire lawn! Take an evening swim! Don’t let bugs keep you from playing at dusk or having that early morning cup of coffee on your patio. With Mosquito Squad, we can eliminate 85% – 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks in your yard. Keeping you, your kids, your pets, and your friends safe from the annoyances and dangers of being bitten by mosquitoes and ticks. Helping you to lower your risk for the diseases they may be carrying such as West Nile Virus or Lyme Disease.

2. Effective mosquito and tick treatment.

Our barrier spray and tick tube programs really work. We stand behind our motto with a 100% money-back guarantee: “No bugs. No bites. No kidding.” Once our treatment application dries, it will continue to protect your property for up to 3 weeks, even if it rains.

3. Professionally trained technicians.

With the rigorous tests and training our technicians have to undergo to become a certified Mosquito Squad applicator, we are certain that they are the right people for the job . Many hours of study are involved, and often an applicator has to take the test more than once to pass. Mosquito spraying is a serious responsibility and we make sure that it is done by only the best of the best. What does this give you as the home or business owner? Peace of mind. That friendly, professional uniformed technician who pulls up in our service truck is an expert at what he/she does. We are prompt, courteous, and use all safety measures needed both for you and your yard. If you are on our seasonal program, we’ll let you know at least 24 hours in advance of when we’ll be spraying. If you are not home, we will leave a notice, so you know we’ve been by and your yard is ready for another three weeks of play and relaxation.

4. Special Event Mosquito and Tick Sprays.

Family Reunion? Wedding? Birthday Party? Corporate lunch? Fourth of July bash? Yes, we can handle every event and you can rest assured that your big day will not be spoiled by biting, blood-sucking, itch inducing, disease carrying bugs. We schedule special event sprays 24 – 48 hours in advance of your party. Even if there is a rain storm between our spray and your party, you do not have to worry about it being effective.

5. Family owned. Family values.

Here at Mosquito Squad of Fall River and South Shore, we stand behind the high quality of our work. We are a part of your community and take pride in helping you keep biting bugs away. The dangers from mosquito-borne illnesses and tick-borne illnesses are very real. For effective Southeastern and South Shore MA mosquito control, it is important to have a plan of prevention and protection in place. Sign up for the whole season for a worry free summer. Call us for a free quote. We are confident that you will be amazed with the results and will never look back after experiencing pest-free outdoor living.

West Nile Virus and heart worms are carried by mosquitoes! Lyme Disease is transmitted by ticks! Your best prevention is to avoid mosquitoes and ticks by keeping your yard free of them. Mosquito Squad gives added protection to your family, friends, and pets with our proven effective, barrier sprays. Eliminate these pests by up to 90% in your Southeastern Mass yard. No bugs. No bites. No kidding!

To learn more or schedule a free consultation, give us a call now at 508-536-4855 or email us at [email protected]

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