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Ever wonder how many mosquitoes you have in your yard?

At Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota, we love numbers. Numbers help keep us accountable to ensure we are doing our job. How many mosquitoes did you see in your yard before we treated? How many mosquitoes did you see in your yard after we treated?

Here is a four-week visual of how the mosquito population grows in unprotected Brainerd Lakes properties.

Week One

A female mosquito is on the hunt for its prey and happens to be in your yard. The female mosquito eventually finds you and bites you for your blood. The blood provides protein for her to develop viable eggs. This female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs at one time, ONE TIME! About half of those eggs will become egg laying female mosquitoes that are lingering in your yard waiting for a meal to help develop her eggs.

Week Two

On week two you now have 151 females including the mama mosquito on your property laying their eggs; their 300 eggs each! Adding all 300 eggs up in addition to the number of females on your property you’ll quickly have 45,300 mosquitoes in just short of two weeks.

Week Three

Now you have about 22,650 female mosquitoes in your yard laying eggs. Do you want to do the math? 22,650 × 300 eggs each = 6,795,300 new mosquitoes and that is just from the mosquitoes hatched in week 2! And don’t forget to add their mother’s new batch of eggs laid.

Week Four

As we continue calculating with the same math equation from the first three weeks, we know that we will have 3,397,000 female mosquitoes laying eggs on your property. Now we are talking about 1,319,250,000 mosquitoes on your property in just FOUR WEEKS!

To protect your yard from mosquitoes and ticks call Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota at 218-829-9342. We’ll help you fight the bite and take back your yard!

What do you know about the Mosquito Life Cycle?

Mosquitoes reproduce at a very rapid pace and when they hatch there isn’t just one, there are hundreds. To help understand how the mosquito survives we have to first know what their life cycle is.

The mosquito has a four stage life cycle; The Egg, larva, pupa and finally the adult.

Stage 1: The Egg

Female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs. These eggs get laid in a cluster that acts as a raft that floats on top of the water. With the right weather conditions these eggs will hatch in 1-5 days. Eggs need still, shallow water to survive. The eggs can survive for up to 7 years before they hatch if the weather permits this.

Stage 2: The Larva

As soon as the mosquito egg hatches it becomes a larva. The larvae live in water while they molt four times, growing in size each time. Molting is the act of shedding a layer of skin or shell to reveal new skin. The larvae are fully-grown anywhere from 2-14 days depending on the species of the mosquito and the water temperature the eggs were hatched in.

Stage 3: The Pupa

The larva stage results in the pupa stage. The purpose of the pupa is to allow the mosquito to go through metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is the transformation from the immature mosquito form to an adult mosquito form. During this stage the pupa does not feed. The pupa’s body goes through a lot of changes. Adult tissues and the digestive system begin to be built along with legs, wings and eyes. The pupa stage lasts 1-3 days depending on temperature. As the adult mosquito emerges, it floats on the water allowing its body to harden and its wings to expand before flying away.

Stage 4: The Adult

When comparing the female and male mosquito, you can see a number of different characteristics but the biggest distinction is the large, bushy antennae on the male mosquito. Although the male mosquito is easily distinguished, the female mosquito is the more infamous of the two. She is the only one of the two that bites and feeds on blood. The female mosquito searches for pray using their antennas to guide them toward carbon dioxide. Once she finds her pray she feeds. Female mosquitoes need blood for protein for their eggs, which is why they in turn bite humans and large animals.

If you’re tired of cutting your night outside early due to a swarm of mosquitoes in your yard, we can help! Call Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota at 218-829-9342 to learn more about our residential barrier treatment. We can help eliminate up to 80-85% of mosquitoes in your yard this summer.

The Powassan Virus in Minnesota

In the last ten years, a new tick-borne disease has been spreading and has now caused approximately 75 cases in the United States; 22 of which are in Minnesota. At Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota, we take both mosquito-borne viruses and tick-borne viruses very seriously.

What is the Powassan virus?

Powassan (POW) virus is a rare, but often serious disease that is caused by the bite of an infected tick.

How do people get Powassan virus?

People can get POW virus through the bite of a blacklegged (deer tick) that is infected with the virus. Not all ticks carry these viruses, and not all people that are bitten by a tick will get sick. A tick needs to be attached to a person for a certain length of time before it can cause disease. This time interval is not known for POW virus, but it is likely much shorter than the time needed for other tick-borne disease agents.

Where can you find blacklegged ticks?

The blacklegged tick can be found in many wooded areas of Minnesota. Blacklegged Ticks live on the ground in areas that are wooded or with lots of brush. The ticks search for hosts at or near ground level and grab onto a person or animal as they walk by. Ticks do not jump, fly, or fall from trees. In Minnesota, the months of April – July and September – October are the greatest risk of being bitten by a blacklegged tick.

What are the symptom of Powassan virus?

Many people infected with Powassan virus may have no symptoms or only mild symptoms. Symptoms of Powassan virus usually appear within 1-4 weeks of a tick bite. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Encephalitis (swelling of the brain)
  • Meningitis (swelling of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord)

Patients with severe disease may suffer long- term neurologic symptoms such as headaches and memory problems.

How is Powassan virus treated?
There is no specific medicine to cure or treat Powassan virus disease. Patients with severe illness may need supportive care such as hospitalization and respiratory support.

How can I reduce my risk?

Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against tick-borne diseases. Not only do we ant to educate the community but we also want to protect and prevent such viruses with our barrier treatment services. With our barrier treatment and tick tube treatment, we can eliminate up to 95% of the ticks in your yard.

Call Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota at 218-829-9342 to discuss your tick control needs! We’ll help you fight the tick bite spring, summer, and fall.

If you think you or your family members may have been infected contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Sources:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/powassan/powassan.pdf
https://www.cdc.gov/powassan/faqs.html

How much do you know about the mosquitoes living in your backyard?

We get asked a lot of questions about mosquitoes. Their habitat, how long they live, where they live, etc. So we’re wondering how much you know about the mosquitoes living in your yard. Keep track of how many answers you knew right and let us know on Facebook!

What kind of weather do mosquitoes like?

Mosquitoes are cold-blooded and therefore the ideal temperature for them is 80F. However, mosquitoes can survive in weather that is 60F during the day.

How fast can mosquitoes fly?

Depending on the species, mosquitoes can fly at about 1 to 1.5 mph. With a limited flight range of about 300 ft.

What conditions do mosquitoes like?

Mosquitoes prefer stagnant water to breed. Most commonly they infest ponds, swamps or marshes but it can take just a small bottle cap of water for them to lay there eggs.

Where do mosquitoes live?

Mosquitoes live in areas with a lot of water nearby. They spend their days resting on the underside of leaves and tucked away in plants. They stay near water so they can lay their eggs.

What makes a mosquito attracted to humans?

Initially, they are attracted to the carbon dioxide you give off but when they get closer they are attracted to humans based off body heat, smell of skin and other pheromones.

Do mosquitoes have nests?

Mosquitoes do not have nests; they rest on the underside of leaves or in tree bark to escape punishing rain.

Do mosquitoes live in grass?

The only reason a mosquito could be found living in grass is if it is damp enough to be holding standing water for mosquitoes to breed.

How do you get rid of mosquitoes in your yard?

This is a tough question because you’ll never be able to full 100% rid your yard of mosquitoes. We suggest following and practicing our 7 T’s for mosquito control and when needed, call in the professionals.

At Mosquito Squad we provide several different services to match all of our customer’s mosquito control and tick control needs. No matter the service you choose, it all works the same way.
Our barrier spray is the most popular mosquito control service and reduces the adult mosquito population up to 85-90%. On the day of your treatment, two of our licensed technicians will arrive on property with backpack blowers filled with a water-based product. We will treat your entire property from front to back targeting the foliage surrounding your property while focusing on outdoor living spaces such as fire pits, decks and patios.

The best part about our treatment is that it has a residual effect meaning your property will stay protected for up to 3 weeks! If you’re like most of our customers that get the seasonal package, we’ll come to your property every 3 weeks to ensure your summer is mosquito and tick free.

Call Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota at 218-829-9342 to discuss your mosquito control and tick control needs for your Brainerd Lakes cabin or home.

How early will I see the first mosquito in my yard?

Mosquito season might still seem so far away even with the warmer temperatures making an appearance this weekend but we’re here to tell you that it’s just around the corner. Throughout the spring and summer season in Minnesota about a dozen mosquito species hatch. Starting in spring when the snow and ice begin to melt, we see our first mosquito hatch. This is the snowmelt mosquito.

The female snowmelt mosquito lays her eggs as late as she can in the summer before the fall season begins. These eggs have adapted to the cold conditions and lay dormant waiting for the snow to melt and the spring temperatures to rise. These species have a short season in which to grow. In order to get a head start, the larvae are adapted to survive in very cold water, such as snowmelt ponds. The cold water slows down their metabolism as well as their development into a flying, biting adult mosquito, which can take several weeks.

At Mosquito Squad we want to ensure that you and your family are protected from the first hatch of the mosquito to the last. Our barrier spray is the most popular mosquito control service and reduces the adult mosquito population up to 85-90%. We will treat your entire property from front to back targeting the foliage surrounding your property while focusing on outdoor living spaces such as fire pits, decks and patios.

The best part about our treatment is that it has a residual effect meaning your property will stay protected for up to 3 weeks! If you’re like most of our customers that get the seasonal package, we’ll come to your property every 3 weeks to ensure your summer is mosquito and tick free.

Call Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota at 218-829-9342 to further discuss your mosquito control options!

Reduce the Tick Population at your Brainerd Lakes Cabin or Home

Do you want to reduce the tick population in your yard? Mosquito Squad can help.

If you’re like us, you’ve started to get your yard back in to order. But with getting your yard in order comes the unwanted pests; ticks. If you plan on spending your next couple of weekends outdoors cleaning up your yard, getting your docks in the water and planting flowers and shrubs then you’ll want to be aware of the 6 C’s of Tick-Proofing your property.

Clear out

Reducing the population of ticks in your yard can easily be accomplished by making your yard less attractive. Clear out and remove lawn and tree debris that have gathered over the winter months.

Clean

Keeping your lawn, tall grass and leaf litter clean around your yard and home during the spring and summer months is especially important to help reduce the tick population you may be experiencing.

Choose plants

When planting this spring, choose plants and shrubs that are not attractive to the deer that pass through your yard. Ageratum, Ornamental onion, Coneflower or Blue salvia are a few examples of plants that can be used.

Check hiding places

Ticks thrive in shady, moist areas such as the base of fences, tall grass, patio retaining walls and leaves. These areas are popular hiding places and need to be cleaned up at least once a week to help reduce the tick population.

Care for family pets

Family pets love to spend time outside in the sun and exploring their yards but the dangers of ticks are everywhere. Ensure that you are discussing protection with your veterinarian and utilizing Mosquito Squad’s pest control to keep your pets and family safe.

Call in the Professionals

Mosquito Squad specializes in mosquito control and tick control. By utilizing our barrier treatment, we can reduce 90-95% of the tick population at your Brainerd Lakes cabin or home.

Call Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota at 218-829-9342 to discuss your tick control options!

Warm weather is headed our way and so are the ticks!

As winter starts to thaw out and spring begins to show a few signs of its green life, we begin to think about our summer days spent outside venturing into the woods or sitting by the fire late into the evening. But what we often forget to think about are those tiny pests lurking in the tall grass, waiting for their next victim. That’s right, we’re talking about ticks.

In Minnesota we don’t start to think about ticks or mosquitoes until the sun starts to warm up the air around us. But unfortunately, it doesn’t take the air warming up for ticks to start thinking about us.

Deer ticks are not killed by freezing temperatures, and while other ticks enter a feeding dispause as day-lengths get shorter, deer ticks will remain active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen.

Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota has already received reports from customers that they’ve seen ticks tracked in by their cats and dogs. As your trusted mosquito and tick control company, we never like to hear this so early in the season.

We utilize an effective blend of our barrier treatment and tick tubes to eliminate ticks before they can get to you. Our traditional mosquito control treatment kills adult ticks on contact and leaves a residual treatment that will eliminate up to 95% of the tick population in your yard.

The second part of the blended treatment are the tick tubes. Tick tubes rely on the natural nesting instincts of mice and deliver a tick-controlling insecticide directly to the nest. Tick tubes are made of biodegradable tubes with treated cotton inside. When tick tubes are placed in their environment, mice collect the cotton for bedding. Most ticks get their first blood meal from mice. Ticks are exposed to the treatment directly from the cotton and indirectly from the mice, effectively eliminating the ticks.

If you’re concerned about the tick population around your Brainerd Lakes Area cabin or home, give Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota a call at 218-829-9342 to discuss your mosquito control and tick control solutions.

Eliminate Mosquitoes at your next Outdoor Special Event

As Minnesotans, we know how important it is to spend time outdoors. After being cooped up in our homes for the last 6 months the minute we see the sun shining, green grass and open water we head straight for the outdoors. And what better way to spend time outside than gathering your family and friends together. But after spring showers and the heat of the sun, we tend to get some uninvited guests to our gatherings as well; mosquitoes.

Tables are set, music is flowing through the air and the food and drinks are ready to be indulged, but wait, what is that buzzing around your head?! Ugh, sounds like a pesky mosquito trying to ruin your special event. With Mosquito Squad on your side, you never have to worry about that.

As the host, you should be free to enjoy the day or evening mingling with family and friends, not worrying whether everyone has enough bug spray or keeping tiki torches lit to rid mosquitoes off your yard. That’s why Mosquito Squad should be an important piece of your special event planning. Whether you’re planning a 4th of July barbeque, family reunion or your dream wedding Mosquito Squad can and will protect your venue from mosquitoes.

We will eliminate and greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes at your special event with our Barrier Spray. By targeting the surfaces that include shrubbery and foliage (avoiding flowers), around and underneath decks and patios, fences, tall grass and low hanging vegetation mosquitoes are killed on contact. Applied long before any food or dinnerware are set out, the application will completely dry within 30 minutes, leaving no odor or visible residue. We even come out a day early if that is what you so desire.

So let Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota protect you and your guests at your next special event and give us a call at 218-829-9342 to learn more or book your special event spray now!

Events we spray include Weddings, Graduations, Anniversaries, Birthday Parties, Barbecues, Dinner Parties and much more.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Like mosquitoes, ticks are not only a nuisance but also a transmitter of disease that can affect tens of thousands of individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year, a disease that can often times go misdiagnosed.

Lyme Disease is transmitted when the Ixodes scapularis, also known as the deer tick or blacklegged tick, has been attached for 36 to 48 hours or more. These ticks attach themselves to any part of the human or animal body, and often times in very hard areas to see such as the groin, armpit or scalp. If you, your family or pets have been in an area that is heavily wooded, and most likely heavily populated with ticks, take the time to inspect for ticks, and if you happen to find a tick anywhere on you, a family member or pet make sure you take these steps provided by the CDC for the correct removal process.

Follow The 6 C’s of Tick-Proofing your Property to prevent the breeding of ticks in your yard and learn how Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota can help eliminate adult ticks through a barrier spray on the spot as well as use tick tubes to effectively eliminate nymph ticks.

The 6 C’s of Tick-Proofing your Property

Keeping your property less attractive to ticks is as easy as 1,2,3 with the 6 C’s of tick control to guide the way.

1. Clear out.

Reduce tick exposure by clearing out areas where lawn and tree debris gather. Ticks thrive in moist, shady areas. Locate compost piles away from play areas or high traffic.

2. Clean.

Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow your grass regularly and keep the lawn short.

3. Choose plants.

Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.

4. Check hiding places.

Know tick hiding places and check them frequently. The base of fences, brick walls and patio retaining walls are popular hiding places.

5. Care for family pets.

Family pets can suffer from tick-borne disease and also carry infected ticks into the home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick medication. As with all pest control products, be sure to follow directions carefully.

6. Call in the Pros.

Our Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota professionals utilize both barrier sprays that eliminate adult ticks on the spot as well as “tick tubes” that effectively eliminate nymph ticks.

Call Mosquito Squad at 218-829-9342 to further discuss your mosquito and tick control options!

All information is from lymedisease.org and the CDC

Meet the New Owner for Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota

A welcome note from Rick Poquette, the new owner of Mosquito Squad;

Over the past several weeks Mosquito Squad of North Central Minnesota has undergone an ownership change, and I wanted to reach out to our fantastic customers to introduce myself. My name is Rick Poquette, and I have acquired the business from the previous owner Buzz Holznagel, who has been an absolute pleasure to work with over the last few years.

A little bit about myself;

I have worked with the Mosquito Squad business in various positions since 2007. Starting off as a technician and operations manager in the Twin Cities Mosquito Squad office, I worked with that location for 7 years performing over 5,000 residential and commercial treatments. During that period, I also studied Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where I met my girlfriend Pamela Leuer. In late 2013, I was given the opportunity to join the corporate team at Outdoor Living Brands to work under the Mosquito Squad branch in Richmond, VA. I accepted, so Pamela and I decided to make the big move out east, where she was also hired with the corporate office.

As an Operations Consultant at the corporate Mosquito Squad office, I was responsible for training and introducing new franchisees to the Mosquito Squad system, as well as supporting and coaching existing franchisees to help overcome any issues that arose. In this position, I worked with Buzz as well as 50+ other franchisees across the United States. This position was extremely gratifying and provided me with the unique position to see how Mosquito Squad locations operate.

Pamela has had the opportunity to work with many Mosquito Squad franchisees, as well as franchisees from our three sister brands under the Outdoor Living Brands umbrella. She continues to work remotely with these franchisees, supporting online marketing efforts and providing a tremendous amount of value to their online presence!

I am very excited to continue providing excellent customer service along with Shelli and Rhonda in the office, who I am lucky enough to keep on the team. We are also a bringing back a majority of the technicians that have provided great protection for you and your family over the last several seasons. I look forward to continue the strong relationship that Buzz and I have created as he transitions into a support consultation role at the corporate office.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we move forward, as I am very focused on providing the best customer experience possible.

Thank you for supporting Mosquito Squad. I am excited to work with you all as we move into a great mosquito free 2016 season!

Sincerely,

Rick Poquette
Mosquito Squad of North Central MN
218-829-9342


The previous owner Buzz Holznagel is on the left with new owner Rick Poquette on the right.

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