An unusually warm winter is setting the stage for what looks to be a grueling mosquito season in 2016. Normally our sprays crank up in April but with no real hard freezes, the mosquito population in San Antonio and South Central Texas appear to have decided to stick around for the winter. I was at soccer practice last night at the Boerne City Park with my daughter and found myself getting bit by mosquitoes. In February! That's definitely not the norm. So needless to say we are gearing up for an unseasonably brutal mosquito year.
I will say I am so glad I found Mosquito Squad. Last year my husband and I became Mosquito Squad customers for the first time upon the recommendation of a San Antonio friend. It worked for her and her 1 acre yard so we hoped it would do the same for us.
We moved to the Hill Country right outside of San Antonio five years ago and have a gorgeous backyard. But one that's also the perfect breeding ground for pesky mosquitoes. After having spent three mosquito seasons staring out the windows at our beautiful backyard, I decided it might be time to take action. After all...what was the point of having moved to the Texas Hill Country if we were going to spend all of our time indoors?
After a glowing recommendation from a friend, we called Mosquito Squad. They came out and treated and, literally THAT NIGHT, we sat out at dusk (which we all know is mosquito prime time) and enjoyed a wonderful evening without a single bite. This was knee deep into the 2015 spring monsoon season, so with all the rain we still did see the occasional mosquito. But 90% elimination when there are 10 mosquitoes is one thing. When you have 100 it's a whole 'nother story!
The effect was still dramatic enough that we started having dinner outside by our pool. Lounging around on our previously off limits back patio (it used to be swarming with pesky mosquitoes!), and watching the sunset as we sat by our pool. Mosquito Squad was a game changer for us. That's when we started thinking that we outta look into the business. Surely there were more people in our area who were having the same trouble and would love to enjoy their backyards again.
Long story short....we loved it so much we bought the business! And we are now poised for our first mosquito season, eliminating mosquitoes for our neighbors. We couldn't be happier to be able to bring this service to more people in San Antonio!
Mosquito Squad NW San Antonio & The Hill County knows that the smallest space with water, such as a discarded soda bottle top, can be the perfect breeding ground for a mosquito to lay 100’s of eggs.
Here’s an easy checklist to mosquito proofing your backyard.
Tip anything around your home that can collect water from rain or your sprinkler system. Dog bowls, plant saucers, clogged gutters and kid’s toys left out in the yard can collect enough water to be a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Remove excess grass, weeds from gardens, leaves, firewood and other leftover clippings from yards.
Turn over larger yard items that could hold water like baby pools, children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
4. REMOVE TARPS
If tarps stretched over firewood piles, grills or boats aren’t taut, they’re holding water.
Call Mosquito Squad. Our mosquito elimination barrier treatment eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property. Remember that mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they can carry dangerous diseases such as Zika and West Nile virus.
Watch our 5 T’s rap video for an easy way to remember how to keep mosquitoes away.
6-C's OF TICK CONTROL
Tick Protection for Your Home and Family
Ticks are both dangerous and annoying. To reduce the number ticks on your property, Mosquito Squad recommends following the 6-C’s of tick control:
Ticks thrive in damp, shaded environments and tend to die in sunny, dry areas. Clear out areas where lawn and tree debris gather and relocate compost piles away from high traffic areas. Separate those areas with wood chips or gravel. And avoid positioning playground equipment, decks, or patios near wooded areas.
Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow tall grasses and keep your lawn short. This reduces the number pf places that ticks can hide.
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.
CHECK HIDING PLACES
Familiarize yourself with the most likely tick hiding places on your property and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls, and patio retaining walls are all common hiding places.
CARE FOR FAMILY PETS
Family pets are prime targets for ticks and can carry infected ticks into your home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick collars or sprays. As with all pest control products, be sure to only use as directed and to always use caution.
CALL THE PROS
Through regular application, Mosquito Squad utilizes barrier sprays that eliminate adult ticks on contact and remain effective for 14-21 days. Each spray takes approximately 20-minutes to apply, and only another 30-minutes for the spray to cure before you can get back to enjoying your yard.