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What does "satisfaction guaranteed" really mean?

Here at Mosquito Squad, we back each and every one of our services with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, or your money back.

But what does that really mean?

Many companies will make the same claim, but if customers tell them they’re not happy with their service, oftentimes the company will ask plenty of questions as though the customer is somehow at fault, or downright argue with unhappy customers before issuing a refund or additional service. (Yes, this happens.)

But not with Mosquito Squad. We firmly stand behind the effectiveness of our products and pride ourselves on our quality service. Which means, that if you get a barrier treatment, special event treatment, tick control treatment, or any other service and don’t think it’s as effective as it should have been, just give us a call and we’ll come back out and administer an additional treatment for free, no questions asked. If you don’t want another treatment and are simply unhappy, we’ll refund your money without giving you a hassle about it. Nothing is greater than our passion for customer service excellence.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a long-time customer or a brand new one, we want our customers to be happy, bug-bite free, and protected from vector-borne illnesses. We’ll do whatever we can to make it right, because that’s who we are. Mosquito Squad is the most trusted name in mosquito and tick control for a reason. So call Mosquito Squad of Wilmington at 910-791-9800 for up to 90% fewer biting bugs in your yard for three weeks at a time, or your money back — guaranteed. We mean it when we say, “No bugs, no bites, no kidding.” We look forward to helping you take back your yard!

Don’t jeopardize your big day — keep the mosquitoes away with Mosquito Squad

Are you a future bride, looking forward to celebrating your “big day” in Wilmington? You’ve likely got a lot on your plate leading up to the ceremony. There’s the dress alterations, choosing the linens, the decorations, the cake, the guest list, and even the seating arrangements . . . there are so many things to think about to make your special day “just right.” Regardless of whether you’re getting married at 128 South, Beau Rivage, Wrightsville Manor, Hotel Ballast, or any of the area’s other beautiful wedding destinations, we know that weddings are a huge expenditure both on the pocketbook and on your stress level.

But what you may not have on your mind, however, is that regardless of how many guests you have or where they’re sitting, they’ll inadvertently present themselves as an all-you-can-eat buffet for mosquitoes in the area. How much is it worth to make sure mosquitoes don’t ruin your big day? Call Mosquito Squad for a one-time special event service to make sure you, your future husband, and your guests are comfortable on your wedding day, mosquito-free.

A day or two before your wedding day, our technicians will visit the venue and treat the entire outdoor area with our signature barrier treatment, which will guarantee nearly 90% fewer mosquitoes at your event. It generally takes about 20 minutes to distribute the treatment (depending on the size of the venue), and only takes 30 minutes to dry, so it is very easy to fit us into your final party preparation appointments. We’re flexible, too — so if something changes last minute (say, the decorators came early or your future mother-in-law insists on poking around the event site at the final hours), just let us know and we can accommodate. It’s your wedding day, so everything should be just right.

Don’t let this happen to you!

Also for wedding planners and consultants

If you’re a wedding planner or consultant, we know there are many services you offer your clients in preparation for their wedding day. But is “keeping the wedding mosquito free” among them? You know that there are so many things that could possibly go wrong on someone’s “big day,” and a big part of your job is making sure those things don’t happen. Add Mosquito Squad’s special event spray to your list of services to ensure your clients and their guests aren’t constantly swatting, smacking, and itching themselves on the big day. Presenting nearly 90% fewer mosquitoes for the greater comfort of everyone at the celebration should definitely be a standard in your scope of services, and can give you the competitive edge for brides-to-be who are in the early stages of choosing someone to help them plan the wedding of their dreams. Who wouldn’t want a mosquito-free wedding?

Whether you’re a wedding consultant or a future bride handling the planning yourself, be sure to call Mosquito Squad of Wilmington today at 910-791-9800 for a free consultation on how we can help “getting hitched” go off without a hitch. We look forward to hearing from you!

Are you the person that mosquitoes love?

Doesn’t it seem like some people attract more mosquitoes than others? Does it seem like you’re one of those people? It’s not all in your imagination — mosquitoes do favor some people more than others. So what is it about you that makes some people more mosquito-irresistible?

Well, there are a number of reasons, but just like not all people share the same palate, different mosquitoes have different tastes, too. Yet if you’re one of the popular ones on the mosquito menu, you probably don’t care if what’s biting you is Aedes aegypti, Culex pippins, or some other species. You just want them to stop.

Let’s take a look at some of the factors that makes the biters more bite-y on some folks:

The color of your clothing

Mosquitoes aren’t exactly the fashion police, but they definitely are attracted to darker colors. In the outside world full of bright greens of foliage, light-colored patios and decks, and overall vibrant colors, darker shades stand out to them and they’re most likely to target you. So if your wardrobe is similar to Wednesday Addams’, these tiny vampires have a better chance of biting you.

Body heat

What draws a mosquito in to take a bite and get her blood meal (only the females bite) is body heat. If you’ve got a normal temperature that is slightly higher than the usual 98.6 F, you’re a beacon of warm, fresh blood. This actually puts pregnant women at a higher risk, as their body temperature averages a degree or two more than “normal.” Many studies about this have been done, and unfortunately, is a very big problem in regions like Africa, where malaria is rampant.

Alcohol

There’s nothing wrong with having a brew or two at a picnic or barbecue, but if you do — know that you’re a prime target for mosquitoes. They’re not exactly sure why, but studies have shown that mosquitoes are more attracted to people after they’ve been drinking. Even a single beer can increase mosquito bites.

Moving around

Seriously. Just by moving, mosquitoes will be drawn to you. They’re detecting your body heat and it’s easier to identify you as a walking meal. Yes, this is stupid, but it’s true.

Carbon dioxide

This is another one that goes under “stupid but true.” Simply by breathing out, mosquitoes can be attracted to you. They use an organ called a maxillary palp to do this, and can detect CO2 from over 150 people away. Consequently, people who breathe out more (generally heavier people) have been shown to attract more mosquitoes than others.

Your blood type

Just like some people prefer Coke to Pepsi, mosquitoes prefer Type O over Type B, and Type A comes in last place. Type O people are the most valuable blood donors for people and mosquitoes. So, if you’re one of the tasty Type Os, there’s unfortunately nothing you can do.

Properties of your skin and sweat

Nearly 85% of one’s susceptibility to mosquitoes has nothing to do with what they’re drinking, wearing, or whether they’re moving or breathing. Like blood type, it’s nothing you can control — it all comes down to genetics. The levels of lactic acid, ammonia, uric acid, and other things that you naturally produce in your sweat, as well as the composition of you the bacteria on your skin, make you a tastier treat to mosquitoes.

So . . . yes, some people are absolutely more attractive to mosquitoes, and if you’re one of their favorites, unfortunately most of these reasons are things you can’t control. But you can control mosquitoes in your yard so that they don’t view you and your family as an all-you-can-eat buffet. Call Mosquito Squad of Wilmington today to schedule a barrier treatment and you’ll be free from up to 90% of mosquitoes in your yard for three weeks at a time. Our number is 910-791-9800, and ask about seasonal plans for worry-free, continuous protection. Of if you prefer, drop us a line via the contact form on our home page and we’ll reach out to you. It’s time to take back your yard and protect your family from mosquitoes, and we’re here to help. We look forward to hearing from you!

What exactly IS mosquito barrier protection spray?

As the pioneers in private mosquito control, we at Mosquito Squad know that the idea still seems foreign to many people. Prior to 2005, nobody even thought that it was possible to control mosquitoes in one’s own yard by creating an “invisible fence.” But we did, and that’s how we invented the industry of private mosquito control. With our signature barrier treatment spray, Mosquito Squad found a way for homeowners to take mosquito control into their own hands on their own property, because local government mosquito control rarely, if ever, protects people from mosquito bites and the illnesses they carry at their own homes. Mosquito Squad created this niche, and we remain on the front lines of outdoor pest control and how to most effectively combat against mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs that might want to bite you outdoors.

Yet, while we’ve been at it for over a dozen years, we understand that the idea is still new to people. That’s okay. As the creators, innovators, and leaders of the outdoor pest control industry, we’ll explain what our Private Barrier Treatment is, how it works, and hopefully answer any questions you may have about the process.

We saw a need that needed to be filled

For as long as anyone can remember, people have been trying to combat mosquitoes, some ways more creative than others. In modern times, these ways would include florescent bug appears, citronella candles, tiki torches, and stinky, sometimes even sticky, bug spray. Yet. . . nothing has ever truly worked to a point that was noticeable. Recognizing this, and knowing that mosquitoes are literally the most deadly animal in the world, transmitting diseases like malaria, West Nile, and others, Mosquito Squad saw a need for people to protect themselves and their families from these dangerous insects on their own properties. Because there had to be a better way.

So, through constant research and testing, we developed a special formula that knocks down adult mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects on contact, and continues to eliminate up to 90% of these pests for three weeks. What’s the secret? Micro-encapsulation. Basically that means that by its molecular makeup, our active ingredients are surrounded by a small coating that allows them to be time-released, thereby able to eliminate mosquitoes and other biting bugs at an effective, yet gradual state.

So, what’s the process?

For your first barrier treatment, our technicians will arrive at your property and give it a full inspection, treating any standing water pools and other potential mosquito breeding sites with larvacide to eliminate any existing larvae and prevent any future larvae. This stops the life cycle of mosquitoes in its tracks — without any potentially-adult mosquitoes, there’s no population to develop in your yard.

We will then begin treating your property from the perimeter inward with our barrier spray, treating any and all areas that mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects may breed, feed, or rest. These areas include trees, shrubbery, foliage and the underside of leaves, gardens, underneath decks, fences, patios, the foundations of houses, tall grasses and low-hanging vegetation. (We are very careful to avoid flowers or any other plants that bees may pollinate.) This treatment eliminates any adult mosquitoes and ticks currently in your yard on contact, and builds a barrier or “fence” against any more that enter your yard after treatment. Our mosquito barrier spray dries in only 30 minutes, after which you and your family (pets included) are free to return to your yard and enjoy it with protection from the dangers and nuisance of mosquitoes and ticks.

Here’s what we mean when we say it “builds a barrier” against mosquitoes

Our EPA-registered, odorless and colorless solution adheres to surfaces of whatever it is applied to, and is residual and time-released. Which means that any future bugs that come into contact with it, wherever it happens to be “sticking,” will also be eliminated shortly after exposure. This affects both adult insects and eggs, preventing them from hatching and thus, halting their life cycle. Mosquito Squad’s barrier treatment formula is the most effective recipe on the market, eliminating up to 90% of mosquitoes and ticks in your yard for three weeks before needing reapplication. While we may use terms like “adhering” and “sticking,” please know that it’s not sticky at all — you won’t even know it’s there, except you’ll know it’s working when you notice a significant lack of mosquito bites!

After three weeks, we highly recommend re-treating your property with our barrier treatment, and offer seasonal plans so that you don’t need to worry about rescheduling. However, we understand how easy it is to forget a scheduled treatment, so we always call and confirm 24 hours in advance of our arrival. You do not need to be home when we treat your property, and we’ll always leave a notice so that you know that your service has been provided and at what time.

Do you and your family prefer to go as all-natural as possible?

Not an issue. All of Mosquito Squad’s products have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which means the ingredients have been scrutinized and tested for safety for consumer use when applied according to the label. However, we know that some customers won’t settle for anything less than 100% “green.” Because of this, we do offer an all-natural solution which we developed and blend in-house, that is based on essential oils.

This all-natural option is a repellant, not an eliminator. Basically, it confuses and repels insects by using a scent that repulses them, thus “chasing them away.” Fortunately, our noses aren’t quite as sensitive as theirs, so any odor you notice will dissipate after a few hours. However, most customers report that they find it rather pleasant, so no worries either way. Though our all-natural solution is not quite as effective as our traditional barrier treatment formula, most customers notice a reduction in outdoor yard pests between 65-80%. However, because of its botanical makeup, it breaks down a little more quickly than our traditional barrier treatment, so we recommend reapplication every two weeks instead of three to maintain maximum effectiveness.

Mosquito Squad Guarantees 100% Satisfaction

As the most trusted mosquito and tick control company (and founders of the industry) we firmly stand behind all of our products and services, guaranteeing 100% satisfaction. We’re in the process of eliminating and repelling insects, not customers. So if you’re not happy for any reason, we’ll either give your property another treatment or offer your money back — no questions asked.

Call Mosquito Squad of Wilmington today for a free consultation at (910) 791-9800 or fill our our contact form and we’ll reach out to you. Take back your yard while protecting your family from mosquitoes and the potentially dangerous illnesses they carry, and enjoy your summer like you should. You deserve it!

Do people in NC need to worry about Zika virus?

The Zika virus started making headlines in the United States in 2016 after there was an outbreak in South America that spread to our country via infected travelers. It became a nationally notifiable condition. At its peak there were 5,168 cases of Zika reported across the country, but the majority of them (4,897) were in travelers who had returned from affected areas. In 2017, cases of Zika in the U.S. dropped to 433. As of May 2nd, 2018, there have been 5,700 symptomatic Zika virus cases reported. Of all those cases, 5,414 were in travelers returning from affected areas. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

So what is Zika virus, and should you be worried about it?

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness, spread mainly through mosquito bites from Zika-infected mosquitoes. The primary species of mosquitoes that transmit this disease are the Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus), otherwise known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito. This is the same mosquito that spreads the dengue fever and yellow fever. Zika can also be transmitted from between humans through unprotected sex or from a pregnant woman to her unborn child.

In 2016, the CDC considered Brownsville, Texas and Miami Dade County, Florida as higher risk areas and issued official travel precautions to people traveling to those areas, but in the summer of 2017 those travel precautions were lifted.

The Zika virus is predominantly found in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Recent outbreaks have occurred in the Americas, especially Brazil and Northeast South America, the Caribbean and Mexico. Therefore, travelers should always check the CDC’s Zika travel information prior to leaving the country.

Symptoms of Zika virus

Many people infected with Zika will only have mild symptoms, or none at all. Typical symptoms are fever, rash, headache, joint pain, red eyes, and muscle pain. Symptoms can last for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. Once a person has been infected with Zika, they are likely to be protected from future infections.

There is no specific medicine or vaccine for Zika. It is best treated by managing the symptoms — getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of fluids to prevent dehydration, and taking medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce pain and fever.

Zika virus gets dangerous when pregnant women are infected with it

The biggest area of concern when it comes to the Zika virus is in pregnant women. A mother infected with Zika virus can pass it to her unborn child. There has been a link between being infected with Zika while pregnant and babies born with a condition called microcephaly. This is an abnormal smallness of a baby’s head, and has the potential to lead to severe brain damage, along with seizures, intellectual disability, hearing, and vision loss. There have also been links to additional problems such as miscarriage, stillbirth and other birth defects. According to the latest information from the CDC, there have been 2,461 reported cases of Zika virus in pregnant women thus far this year.

While the Asian Tiger mosquito can be found across the United States, the good news is that the risk of mosquito-transmitted Zika in North Carolina are very low. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Health, there have not been any reported cases of Zika in our state this year (data last updated February 28th). However, that is not to say it doesn’t exist — it means nothing has been officially reported.

With no known vaccine or specific treatment for the Zika virus, the best way to prevent getting Zika avoiding getting bitten by an infected mosquito in the first place. Mosquito Squad of Wilmington’s mosquito control barrier treatment eliminates up to 90% of mosquitoes from your property for three straight weeks. Sign up for a seasonal plan and we’lll treat your yard all season long, so you can enjoy worry-free summers knowing you and your family are protected. In addition to our barrier treatment, we also offer automatic misting systems that are programmed to release our mosquito control formula for 30 seconds at designated times, or at your command with the push of a button on the included remote control and mobile app.

Call Mosquito Squad of Wilmington today for a free consultation at (910) 791-9800 or fill our our contact form and we’ll get in touch with you. Take back your yard while protecting your family from mosquitoes and the potentially dangerous illnesses they carry. They’re too precious not to protect!

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