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This week, June 23-29, 2013 is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week as designated by the American Mosquito Control Association. Here in the Washington DC metro, the mosquitoes are back in full force, and admittedly one of the biggest nuisances during the summer months. Besides being pesky, these insects also carry viruses such as West Nile Virus. During Mosquito Control Awareness Week, we here at Mosquito Squad are happy to raise awareness on mosquito-borne disease and preventative measures you can take.

Mosquito Squad recommends the 5 T’s for mosquito control in your outdoor living space:
  1. Tip – Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, including those underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls.
  2. Toss – Excess grass, leaves, piles, fire wood.
  3. Turn – Turn over larger items like children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys.
  4. Remove Tarp – If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
  5. Treat – Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard, such as Mosquito Squad. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray.

Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington, DC, is a niche outdoor pest control company on a mission to help Washingtonians take back their backyard from the bugs! We offer mosquito and tick control services for both residential and commercial clients inside the Beltway in the greater DC region. To find out more information about our barrier spray services and how you can “fight the bite” in your own backyard, please visit our DC Mosquito Squad website.

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The Commonwealth of Virginia has officially declared April 7-13, 2013 to be Virginia Tick Borne Disease Awareness Week.

Tick related vector borne diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis have been a source of human and animal suffering and illness in Virginia for many years. The Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes that tick related concerns and vector-borne diseases diminish enjoyment of the outdoors, public parks and playgrounds, tourism, hinders outdoor labor and reduces livestock productivity. It is important to encourage effective and environmentally safe tick control activities, and it is essential to facilitate communication and education among Virginia’s tick control professionals to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and safety of tick control through integrated pest management in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health, in cooperation with other state agencies and government organizations labor continually in public awareness campaigns to prevent the spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases through public awareness and education.

Here at Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington DC, we have long been aware of the prevalence of ticks and tick-borne disease here in the DC region. Virginia has been struck especially hard by the increasing number of infected individuals and the fast spread of Lyme disease. We are thankful to have partnered with the National Capital Lyme Disease Association to help raise awareness of Lyme and tick-borne disease issues here in our region. We’re also happy to be a tick control specialists in our region, and offer services that eliminate ticks on your own property. We believe awareness of the dangers of ticks & prevention is key in battling an increase in tick-borne diseases here in the DC metro area.

The proclamation for Virginia’s Tick Borne Disease Awareness Week was signed on February 19, 2013 by Secretary Janet Vestal Kelly and Governor Bob McDonnell. See the proclamation here for more information:

Tick Borne Disease Awareness Week

A special thanks to our wonderful employee Dale, who was persistent in contacting Governor McDonnell’s office about declaring an official tick borne disease awareness week in Virginia. We’re thrilled to see the second week of April declared as an official state-wide initiative to inform the public about tick borne disease.

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Today kicked off the first day of InfusionCon (InfusionSoft Conference) in Scottsdale, Arizona! For the next few days our owner, Damien Sanchez, plus Jennifer & Olivia from our team will be at InfusionCon 2013 to attend the small business sales and marketing event of the year and learn from other entrepreneurs and experts. Damien has utilized InfusionSoft to help with customer service and marketing efforts and he is thrilled to get to attend InfusionCon and meet other entrepreneurs.

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He’s excited to be there to learn and attend sessions, plus Damien will be a speaker and get to share how InfusionSoft has helped grow his business. Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington DC is proud to be the 5,312th InfusionSoft customer and a part of their 10K Customer Celebration last year.

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So while Damien is rubbing elbows with Daymond John from Shark Tank, David Allen, Mari Smith, Amy Porterfield, and others, be sure to keep up with the conference on Twitter by following the hashtag #icon13 or check out the InfusionSoft blog which will have live blog updates of the conference. Our team at Mosquito Squad of DC looks forward to learning from the other speakers and attendees at the conference and bringing back that knowledge as we enter mosquito & tick season, our busiest time of year.

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World Mosquito Day

Today, Monday, August 20th, 2012 is World Mosquito Day.

115 years ago on this date (in 1897), British doctor Sir Ronald Ross made the historic discovery that Malaria was transmitted via female mosquitoes to humans.

After dissecting mosquitoes known to have fed on a patient with malaria, Ross discovered the malaria parasite in the stomach wall of the mosquito. Using malarious birds, Ross was able to determine the complete life cycle of the Malaria parasite, including presence in an infected mosquito’s salivary glands. Through his studies and research, Ross confirmed the transmission of Malaria parasites via infected birds to healthy ones by mosquito bites, a finding that implied the disease’s mode of transmission to humans. This finding and breakthrough in medicine, earned Dr. Ross the Nobel prize for medicine in 1902.

It is important to know, that mosquito-borne disease are still prevalent worldwide and are a global health concern. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates around 350-500 million cases of Malaria occur worldwide each year, and more than one million deaths are attributed to Malaria, constituting mostly of young children in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism.

For more information on World Mosquito Day, visit the Malaria No More website and view their “Guide to World Mosquito Day” video here.

Mosquito Squad is proud to partner with Malaria No More in the fight to make Malaria, No More. For more information on ways that you can help, please visit here.

 

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Happy 4th of July! If you’re like many Americans you’ll be spending a lot of time outside over the Independence Day holiday. It’s a great time to barbecue, entertain outdoors on your patio or deck, as well as watch fireworks.

Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington DC is celebrating the holiday with a 4th of July event spray special offer for new customers:
Get 50% off a first time special event treatment.

Event spray must be performed by July 5th, 2012. This offer is good for new clients only, and is only available in our service territory (Northern VA inside the Beltway only, DC, and portions of Maryland). Call 571-830-8002 and mention “4th of July special” to redeem this deal or get more information.

From our entire DC Mosquito Squad team, we wish you a happy Independence Day, and hope you’ll enjoy a bite-free holiday with friends and family!

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With the start of summer, we’re experiencing what all Washingtonians dread (besides traffic): the heat, humidity and bugs! 

The good news is, there are some practical ways you can protect yourself from getting eaten alive by the bugs this summer. This week, June 24-30, 2012 also happens to be National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.  Here in the Washington DC metropolitan area, the mosquitoes are one of the biggest nuisances during the summer. But besides being pesky, these insects also carry  mosquito-borne viruses such as West Nile Virus. Mosquito Control Awareness Week, as designated by the American Mosquito Control Association, is a national campaign to raise awareness on mosquito-borne disease and prevention.

We don’t want the Mosquitoes to “Suck The Fun” out of any Washingtonian’s summer!
Here at Mosquito Squad we recommend the 5 T’s:
  1. *Tip* – Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, including those underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls.
  2. *Toss* – Excess grass, leaves, piles, fire wood.
  3. *Turn* – Turn over larger items like children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys.
  4. *Remove Tarp* – If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
  5. *Treat* – Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard, such as Mosquito Squad. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray.

Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington, DC, offers mosquito and tick control services for both residential and commercial clients inside the Beltway in the great DC region.  To find out more information about our barrier spray services and how you can “fight the bite” in your own backyard, please visit our website here.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012 is the Great American Backyard Campout. This one-night event is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation and everyone is encouraged to go in your backyard, a park or campground to campout and celebrate the great outdoors.

According to the Great American Backyard Campout website:

Today 25% of kids play outside daily—as opposed to 75% a generation ago—but the average child spends nearly seven hours each day using electronic media. The positive effects of daily, unstructured time outdoors on kids’ health and happiness are well-documented and wide-ranging. National Wildlife Federation encourages families and friends to Be Out There™ to give back to American children what they don’t even know they’ve lost—their connection to the natural world. For more information on the Be Out There™ movement which Great American Backyard Campout supports, please visit beoutthere.org.

If you can’t camp on June 23, set a date any time of the year, so you can experience your camping adventure whenever it is convenient for you.

If while you’re spending time in your backyard, you notice the mosquitoes are bitting and keeping you from truly enjoying your campout, be sure to contact Mosquito Squad! Our mosquito control company is here to help you enjoy the outdoors without being bitten alive. So go ahead: get outside and enjoy the great outdoors!

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