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DC Department of Health officials have reported the first case of West Nile Virus in the District of Columbia.

Nationwide, there has been an alarmingly high increase in West Nile infections. CNN reported that there have been over 1,100 cases nationwide, including 42 deaths. As of yesterday, Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012, there are now 9 cases in Maryland, 2 in Virginia, and 1 in DC. The Washington DC metropolitan area is known as one of the “buggiest cities” in the US, and due to our climate and terrain, the mosquito population is high. Because West Nile Virus is spread by the bite of an infected female mosquito, Washingtonians need to be extra cautious during peak infection months of August & September.

In order to eliminate mosquitoes and reduce the risk of West Nile Virus infection, Mosquito Squad recommends the five following tips:

  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.
If you’re worried you’ve been infected: 

People typically develop symptoms between 3-14 days after they are bitten by the infected mosquito. According to the CDC, only about one in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe illness. Severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks, and neurological effects may be permanent. If you develop symptoms of severe WNV illness, seek medical attention immediately.

To find out more about West Nile Virus, visit our Mosquito-borne Disease page here and the CDC’s fact sheet on West Nile Virus.

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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Did you know that mosquitoes spread harmful diseases such as Heartworm & Lyme Disease, that affect our four-legged friends?
The first diagnosis of canine heartworm disease was over 100 years ago, and today is considered a major health concern for pets.

According to the American Heartworm Society, approximately a million dogs and cats in the US are heartworm-positive. Findings from a 2009 article by the Washington Animal Rescue League, cited that there may be as many as 1,000 cases of heartworm per year in DC, Maryland and Virginia combined. Heartworm can be fatal, so it is important to take preventive measures and talk with your veterinarian about ways to keep your pet safe.

Our DC Mosquito Squad owner, Damien Sanchez, had the privilege of appearing on The Pet Show With Dr. Katy on News Channel 8, this past week to talk about mosquitoes. Dr. Katy J. Nelson is a local veterinarian, TV show host and Pawsitive Talk radio show host who is passionate about pets! We were thrilled for the opportunity to share ways that pet owners & DC residents can reduce the risks of mosquito-borne disease and reduce mosquitoes on their property.

You can watch the show online on News Channel 8’s website.

Thanks to Dr. Katy and the production team for inviting us to come on the show!

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DC Mosquito Squad’s owner, Damien Sanchez, had the opportunity to share some mosquito control tips with Fox 5 News last week during their 5:00 pm news hour. Check out the clip below to see award-winning Fox 5 News Anchor, Shawn Yancy, interview Damien and discover ways you can survive mosquito season here in the Washington DC metropolitan area (air date May 24, 2012):

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By: Damien Sanchez

I was just reading the Business Insider on top franchising trends for 2012 and was pleasantly surprised to see a Mosquito Squad mentioned. If your reading this and have been thinking of starting a business, Mosquito Squad might be a very good fit. It’s an exciting opportunity for anyone willing to work hard, learn and be their own boss. Earlier this month I was told that to date, the largest training class of new franchisees just completed, so locations are selling fast. So congratulations to the guys and gals down in Richmond on their success. Anyhow, if your interested in pursuing a franchise feel free to call my office 571-830-8002 and I would be happy to answer some questions and put you in touch with the franchise.

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Mosquito Squad as Featured in the Washington Post

Mosquito Squad, the company that helps you eliminate mosquitoes and ticks from your backyard, outdoor living space, outdoor event venue or commercial property area, was featured in the Washington Post’s Home & Design section today, Thursday August 13, 2009.  Two franchises here in the DC Metropolitan area were featured: Damien Sanchez of Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington, DC (covers MD, DC and VA inside the Beltway) and co-owners Michael Nevarr & Patrick Harders of Mosquito Squad of Northern Virginia (covers Northern VA outside the Beltway).

Mosquitoes Be Gone!
Fed Up With Swatting and Scratching, Homeowners Turn to Mosquito Busters

By Jura Koncius, Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 13, 2009

Holly and Steve Hartell moved to a 1940s Alexandria farmhouse so their two daughters and dog Grady could have a big corner lot to play in. But daughter Nellie, 5, kept getting attacked by Asian tiger mosquitoes, out for blood even during daylight hours.

“She had welts the size of quarters,” says Holly Hartell. “She told me she didn’t want to go out there.”

August is peak mosquito season in the Washington area. Lighting a citronella candle and praying, or tucking a dryer sheet inside a bra (an urban-legend mosquito repellent) aren’t enough for a growing number of local households. Many families are tired of having to spritz their legs with DEET every time they go out to get the newspaper. Some, like the Hartells, are bringing out the big guns.

Every 21 days from April through October, two men carrying backpack blowers and dressed in “Ghostbusters”-like get-ups of white Tyvek coveralls, goggles, respirators and gloves pull up to the Hartells’ house in Del Ray. They are bug busters from Mosquito Squad, one of a handful of area spraying services that have opened in the past few years. For an annual fee of $699, the Hartells’ property is treated with encapsulated pyrethroid, a longer-lasting, synthetic form of pyrethrum, the botanical-based insecticide derived from chrysanthemums. They spray in the dark and shady places where mosquitoes hide, including under bushes and decks and along the foundation and fences.”

…Patrick Harders, co-owner of the Northern Virginia Mosquito Squad franchise, stands behind his product. “There is a lot of misinformation about pyrethroids. They have been used for years and years in flea and tick shampoo for dogs and sprayed on fruits and vegetables as they travel across the country,” he says.”

To read the full article click here.

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Damien Sanchez, owner of a local Mosquito Squad franchise, treats a yard in Alexandria where 5-year-old Nellie Hartell, next photo, can now play without getting welts from mosquito bites. The Hartells have the yard sprayed every three weeks from April through October. (Photos By Mark Finkenstaedt for The Washington Post)

Kids can play outside in the backyard again without worrying about mosquito bites. (Mark Finkenstaedt)

Kids can play outside in the backyard again without worrying about mosquito bites. (Photos By Mark Finkenstaedt for The Washington Post)

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Two weeks ago on Northern Virginia’s local FCAC channel 10 network, the popular horticutural show “Gardening News & Views With Dr. John”  featured Patrick Harders of Mosquito Squad as a special guest.  Patrick had the opportunity to discuss what outdoor enthusiasts can do to protect their property and family from the nuisance and dangers of mosquitoes and ticks.

See clips from the show on the YouTube video below.




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This was just released today, just thought I would share it with all the readers.


National Capital Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Association Endorses Mosquito Squad

Mosquito Squad, the Mosquito and Tick Exterminator, Receives National Association’s Support, on the web at http://www.natcaplyme.org/index.php Richmond, Virginia (PRWEB) May 19, 2009 — Mosquito Squad, America’s leading mosquito and tick control franchise, received the endorsement of the National Capital Lyme & Tick-Borne Disease Association (NatCapLyme).

Roughly 20,000 new Lyme infections are reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) each year. Lyme disease is primarily transmitted by deer ticks and can manifest itself in many debilitating ways including Bells palsy, fever, rash, joint pain, neurological and heart irregularities. The NatCapLyme aims to increase awareness of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses by offering information and support to patients suffering from Lyme, and the general public alike.

One way to decrease your exposure to tick bites is to have a pesticide professionally applied to your yard. Mosquito Squad protects people and pets (and allows them to enjoy the outdoors safely) by administering an environmentally effective spray that keeps properties free of pests. NatCapLyme supports Mosquito Squad’s effort to control ticks and other insects that could transmit diseases.

Mosquito Squad offers a proven, effective way to control mosquitoes and other insects within the perimeter of your property. Part of Outdoor Living Brands’ franchise company based in Richmond, VA, Mosquito Squad keeps families, residences, and special events insect-free by applying a proven and approved barrier spray around a property, killing the harmful pests within it. For more information, visit www.MosquitoSquad.com.

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