Once again we have invited our customers to rate their satisfaction with our services, and we feel very fortunate that they take the time to do so. Their responses help us work on areas we need to improve, as well as to better understand their needs. We also like to pass on credit where it’s due to our staff for a job well done.
Here is what some of them have said about the Mosquito Squad of Northwest Wisconsin in recent 2016 reviews:
“Love not getting bit by mosquitoes for months! The best thing we’ve done to make summer’s at the lake bite free! Thanks so much!” -Kathy R.
“Your service is exceptional and we believe that the natural spray is very effective.” -Suanne R.
“We’ve used Mosquito Squad for 2 years and are very pleased with the results.” -David W.
“My mosquitoes have been reduced by 85% or more. I wish I would’ve found out about you sooner. Well worth the money, and as long as I live in the Northwoods you will have me as a client.” -Cheryl R.
“You guys do an outstanding job! This is our 3rd year using your service and we plan to continue.” -Deborah S.
“We are very impressed with the spraying, and now we have no mosquitoes. Thanks!” -Ronald M.
“We have lots of backyard parties and we aren’t bothered by mosquitoes anymore!” -Cindy A.
“It actually works! With eight young grandchildren, it has made a remarkable difference to enjoying the outdoors!” -Franklin K.
Whether you are grilling out, going to a parade, or looking for fireworks, the Northwoods of Wisconsin is the perfect place to celebrate our independence. At the Mosquito Squad, we take pride in our local events, and cannot wait to observe the Fourth! We have compiled a list of some of our favorite places in the area to watch fireworks.
Barnes, Barnes Town Park, 7/4 at dusk
Birchwood, Spider Lake Saloon, 7/2 at dusk
Birchwood, Birchlakes Resort, 7/4 at dusk
Cable, Lakewoods Resort and Lodge, 7/4 at dusk
Cable, Recreation Park, 7/4 at dusk
Hayward, Four Seasons Resort and Motel, 7/3 at 10:00 p.m.
Hayward, Round Lake, 7/3 at dusk
Hayward, LCO Casino, 7/4 at dusk
Hayward, Hayward Primary School Area, 7/4 at 10:00 p.m.
Mikana, Joel Wosepka Park, 7/4 at dusk
Rice Lake, Lake Shore Drive, 7/4 at dusk
Shell Lake, Shell Lake Beach, 7/3 at dusk
Spooner, Mckenzie Landing, 7/4 at dusk
Stone Lake, Stone Lake Lion’s Park, 7/4 at 10:00 p.m.
Superior, Airport/Fairgrounds Area, 7/4 at 10:00 p.m.
Winter, Doc Smith Park, 7/4 at dusk
Mosquito Squad wishes you a safe and happy Fourth!
Want to make your yard more exciting but don’t know how? We’ve got your back. Below are three easy DIY projects that you can complete at home. Enjoy!
DIY: Tire Planter (with drainage holes)
You will need:
-An old tire
-Valspar spray paint
-Chain and an “S” hook
-Fabric weed barrier
-A few styrofoam packing peanuts
-Drill and sharp drill bit
1. First, throughly scrub the tire down with warm water and soap.
2. After it’s dry, apply a couple coats of spray paint. Let dry.
3. Next, drill 6 holes into the bottom of the tire to allow drainage. You may experience a fair amount of resistance as well as a little bit of smoke.
4. Once the holes are in, line the bottom of the inside of the tire with the weed barrier and packing peanuts.
5. Now, it’s time to hang the tire. Wrap the the chain around a sturdy tree branch and secure the ends inside the top of the tire with the “S” hook.
6. Since the tire is in place, you can begin planting. Cover the packing peanuts and weed barrier with a good amount of soil.
7. Plant and water.
8. You’re done!
Tutorial by DIY Showoff.
DIY: Mason Jar Luminaries
You will need:
-3 Mason Jars (or as many as you’d like)
-3 pack of mini American flags (can be purchased at your local Walmart or Target in the “Dollar Section”)
-Roll on double-sided tape
1. Soak the mason jars in warm water and dish soap. The labels should peel off easily.
2. The American Flags might be a little curled from the package. To correct this, place a mason jar onto each one to flatten them out.
3. Once the flags are flat, remove the wooden sticks from the flags. Be careful not to rip them.
4. Next, apply the roll on double-sided tape to the back of the flag. Upon completion, line up the flag with the jar and stick on.
5. Spread a few coats of Modge Podge over the flags to help make them stick better and to ensure that they won’t be peeling off anytime soon.
6. After that, super glue some twine around the top of the jar to jazz it up a bit.
7. Finally, add tea lights.
8. You’re done!
Tutorial by Keep Calm and Decorate.
DIY: Glass Marbles to Brighten Fence
You will need:
-Drill and sharp drill bit
1. Gather your marbles together from around your home. If you don’t have any, buy new marbles. (Vintage marbles tend to vary in shape and size, so it may be a hassle finding a drill bit size that will work for all of them.)
2. Choose a sharp drill bit that it slightly smaller than the marbles. The goal is to have the marbles fit snugly into the holes so adhesive isn’t needed.
3. Practice drilling into a scrap piece of wood to find a drill bit size that is going to work for you.
4. Once you have selected a size, you can go ahead and start drilling into the fence itself.
5. The marbles can be popped in as you go, or you can start putting them in after all the holes are drilled.
6. You’re done!
Thank you for:
1. Your grilling expertise
2. Your life advice (whether requested or not)
3. Knowing how to fix everything
4. Saying yes to whatever mom said no to
5. Being Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy
6. All of the cheesy jokes that receive eye rolls instead of laughs
7. Passing on your knowledge of paying bills and politics
8. Waiting up until all of the kids are home safe
9. Being overprotective
10. But most importantly, for your dedication to your families and being there to support them, no matter what
For all of these reasons and many more, we would like to thank you with $25 off of a treatment. Call us at 715.634.1504.
Father’s Day is on June 19, 2016! Now is the time to get dad a present to show your appreciation for all of the great things he has done.
Does your dad already have a garage full of ‘toys’? Don’t get him something that is going to sit on a shelf, unused and forgotten. Give him the gift of a mosquito-free yard that he can enjoy not just on Father’s Day, but in the weeks to come. That way, he can spend time outside (and do all the grilling that his heart desires.)
Horses are at high risk for mosquito transmitted diseases such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV).
If you have not already vaccinated your horses you should talk to your veterinarian because cases of WNV have recently been reported in Wisconsin.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus can be fatal to horses. Both can cause inflammation of the brain and show similar symptoms. If your horse becomes infected with either of the diseases it will show the following signs: depression, drooping of eyelids and lower lip, appetite loss, weakness, fever, twitching, aimless wandering, paralysis or lack of coordination, circling, and blindness.
Because the two diseases are transmitted through mosquitoes there are certain preventative measures that can be taken.
1. Remove items on the property that collect water, or turn them over regularly
2. Consider keeping horses in the barn during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active
3. Spray areas where horses are most often held with Mosquito Squad’s Barrier Spray packages
At Mosquito Squad of Northwestern Wisconsin we are concerned that recent cases of WNV have tested positive in the area. We will do everything we can to prevent future cases and protect your animals with our mosquito control services.
The car is loaded up for a trip to the lake home and your heart is set on relaxing, or even jumping into the refreshing water. However, when you reach your anticipated retreat you find a mess of cobwebs all over the structure, decks, and furniture. Your vision of planned relaxation is shattered when you realize it will instead be spent cleaning the mess the spiders left behind. While you are still digesting the fact that your dream plans have changed, the family runs to throw their luggage down and you hear screams as they find spiders in their home away from home.
To avoid this disaster, and enjoy the first day at the lake home, follow these preventative measures:
1. Seal the holes, gaps, and cracks in the foundation with caulk
2. Replace all broken screens of windows
3. Apply caulk around cables, wires, faucets, and in large gaps of closed doors or windows
4. Minimize hiding spider spots such as yard debris and non-essential outdoor items
5. Dust and vacuum under furniture and around corners of rooms and windows (if you vacuum up spider egg sacs throw the vacuum bag away)
6. Treat your home with a spider control service such as Northwest Wisconsin’s Mosquito Squad
Spiders love to build their home on your home. Especially on your doors, eaves, deck rails, vents, fences, and most any other outdoor structure. Eliminate them with our comprehensive spider treatment as an add-on to your mosquito barrier treatments. In addition to spraying vegetation, we will also spray around the structure, the eaves, windows, and doors to keep spiders from invading these areas. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your first day of your personal retreat.
Mosquitoes are not only known for being a nuisance, but also for being a deadly predator.
Mosquitoes infect around 247 million people worldwide each year with diseases such as La Crosse Encephalitis, West Nile, and Malaria. Of those people infected, nearly one million die. The harm mosquitoes cause lead many to wonder why the world hasn’t been given permanent relief from mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes live on almost every continent and in almost every habitat, serving important purposes in many different ecosystems. Wiping out mosquitoes could leave a predator without a prey, or a plant without a pollinator. Some scientists fear what ecosystems would look like if mosquitoes were eliminated, while other scientists see only positive outcomes in eradicating mosquitoes, as they believe another species would quickly take over the mosquito’s place.
The positive and negative outcomes of eradicating mosquitoes can be seen in Northern Canada and Russia, where mosquitoes can be thick enough to choke caribou. Eliminating mosquitoes would prevent caribou from dying, but scientists infer that without mosquitoes to eat the number of migratory birds that nest in the tundra could drop by more than 50%. On the contrary, research conducted in the arctic of Alaska has shown that mosquitoes do not show up in bird’s stomachs very often, meaning they aren’t a significant food source.
However, mosquitoes are a significant food source for other animals, such as spiders, salamanders, lizards, frogs, and fish. For example, fish would experience a significant change in diet as feeding behavior is genetically imprinted in fish. Some fish, such as the mosquito fish, feed almost selectively on mosquitoes.
In the meantime, while we wait for scientists to make up their mind on the elimination of mosquitoes, we must protect ourselves and our family from the harm mosquitoes can cause. Mosquito Squad is dedicated to helping you protect your family by eliminated 85-90% of the mosquitoes in your yard.
As a pet owner, you care very much about the well being of your pet.
That entails obvious things, like making sure they always have enough water, or ensuring that they get out to relieve themselves in the morning. However, you may not always think about the diseases they can acquire just by going outside.
One disease pet owners should be more aware of is heartworm disease. Heartworms are transmitted through infected mosquitoes. These infected mosquitoes deposit larvae on the animal’s skin. The larvae enter the enter the body of your pet through the puncture wound made by the mosquito.
Once inside, the worms begin to travel through the tissue of the infected animal. About 50-70 days later, they molt into immature adults. At this point, the worms can now enter the animal’s bloodstream. The animal’s blood flow then transports them toward the heart and lungs of the animal. As the heartworms continue to grow, they make their way into vessels surrounding the heart. If left unchecked, this could cause heart failure, leading to death.
Seven to nine months post infection, the female heartworms become sexually active and produce offspring that could be ingested by a mosquito that feeds on your pet. This mosquito could then move on to infect another animal with heartworm disease.
So how do you prevent your pets from becoming infected with heartworm disease? My vet mentioned that I should get my dog’s blood tested on a regular schedule. He also said there are preventative medicines that our pets should be given year round. In addition to the both of these, a great way to make sure our pets will not acquire heartworms are to reduce their exposure to mosquitoes!
Mosquito Squad’s barrier program is safe for all members of your family—including pets! It is guaranteed to reduce the mosquito population in your yard by 85-90%.
Ticks and the diseases they can transmit, especially Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis, are a growing concern among families in Northwest Wisconsin. Lyme disease, and other tickborne diseases are transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged or deer tick. These types of ticks are abundant wherever there are deer.
In order to protect you and your family from the health threat of ticks, Mosquito Squad offers comprehensive tick treatments through both our barrier spray and tick tubes.
Our traditional mosquito barrier spray is effective in killing immature and mature ticks on the move. It kills on contact providing instant relief. In order to effectively treat the source of the problem, the tick larvae and nymph ticks before they enter your yard, we recommend an intensive tick treatment (tick tubes) in the spring and late summer. Using tick tubes year over year will reduce the population of ticks in and around your yard. Tick tubes are a longer-term treatment plan that are very effective in combination with the traditional barrier spray treatment.
In addition to professional applications, the CDC offers several other tips to reduce chances of getting a tick borne disease.
Before You Go Outdoors:
1. Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in most and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas.
2. Use a repellent with DEET. Repellents containing 20% or more DEET can protect for up to several hours.
After You Come Indoors:
1. Check your clothing for ticks.
2. Shower soon after being outdoors.
3. Check your body for ticks.
Reduce Ticks In Your Yard:
1. Modify your landscape to create tick-safe zone. Regularly remove leaf litter, keep grass short, and place wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas.
2. Discourage deer. Removing plants that attract deer or constructing barriers will help discourage deer from entering your yard and bringing ticks with them.
3. Remove clutter and debris that provides nesting areas for mice and small rodents.
No one likes to see their children suffer from large, itchy mosquito bites.
While there is no way to take a bite completely away, there are ways to relieve the itch. Dr. Carleen Hanson, a pediatrician at Meriter-UnityPoint health gave the Wisconsin State Journal tips for relief.
Dr. Hanson says the easiest way to alleviate the itch is to put some frozen vegetables in a sealable plastic bag and apply to the bite for three to five minutes at a time. You can also apply firm pressure to the bite for about 15 seconds, just be careful not to push too hard.
Over-the-counter creams, such as diphenhydramine or hydrocortisone, can also be used to take the itch away. Dr. Hanson recommends applying these up to four times a day until the itch is gone. She also suggests making your own cream by mixing baking soda and water.
If your child has multiple bites or extremely itchy bites, Dr. Hanson proposes oral antihistamines given three to four times per day. Once a day antihistamine, such as Claritin or Zyrtec is also an option. She stresses if taking this route to first call your pediatrician to ensure you are giving your child the correct dose.
Keep an eye on your child’s scratching, as insect bites can become infected. Keeping nails short can help prevent infection. However, if you notice increasing redness, tenderness, pus under the skin, or a honey-crusted appearance it would be a good idea to have your child checked by a physician as all of these are signs of the start of a bacterial infection.
The best treatment, according to Dr. Hansen, is prevention. She suggests having your child avoid being outside when mosquitoes are most active (sunrise and sunset), and to encourage them to wear lightweight pants and long sleeves if it is not too warm out.
Mosquito Squad is committed to protecting your family from pesky mosquito bites. Our barrier spray program eliminates 85-90% of the mosquitoes around your home – satisfaction guaranteed. There is no better prevention than to get rid of the problem. Call our office today to learn how we can help protect your family.
Mosquitoes are out in full force right now. Why? Because our area is damp, hot and prone to thunderstorms along with the humidity we endure at this time of year – the perfect combination for mosquitoes.
Knowing where they hide is an important step in the mosquito prevention process. Mosquitoes are going to hide under leaves and under branches; they don’t hide under grass. Mosquitoes also breed under decks, trampolines and between ivy. Understanding where the pesky insects like to hangout is half the battle – now, steps need to be taken to help get rid of them altogether.
First, tip over wagon’s, plastic toys, plant saucers, and any other objects lying around the yard that water can collect in. Eliminating excess water reduces the mosquitoes breeding grounds significantly. Next, toss excess grass, leaves, firewood, and clippings from the yard. Also, if tarps aren’t stretched taut over woodpiles, boats, or sports equipment, they’re holding water that can serve as a breeding ground. Finally, the best way to prevent mosquito born illness is to bite back, take preemptive action, and avoid mosquito bites all together. The bottom line is whether you choose DEET or a natural alternative, no protection is not an option.
In the Fall many insects such as box elder bugs, asian lady beetles, flies, and other crawling pests seek sunny places on your home for heat.
As the summer temperature starts to drop, insects look for warm places and shelter from the cold in preparation for winter. Some insects even have a way of telling other insects they found a good winter ‘resort’ by sending off pheromones, a chemical signal. Then the flocks really start coming.
If your house has vinyl siding they may gather under it, or slide through cracks and poorly caulked windows. If it is a sunny fall day you will see bugs congregate on your walls and windows. You will most likely see dozens or hundreds of swarming insects that are awaiting a chance to go into a winter retreat.
Rather than trying to squish the bugs, there are steps you can take to avoid their foul smell and oozing liquids.
-Install and maintain door and window screens
-Seal around doors, in any cracks, and around utility and appliance vents
-Install mesh on vents and places where critters may get in
-Fix and seal any leaks
-Keep your kitchen clean, and food sealed
-Get rid of clutter inside and outside around you buildings
-Take out trash regularly and clean garbage bins
-Clean up your yard debris
-Prune trees and shrubs away from your buildings
-Inspect items from outside for insects before bringing them inside
-Change and clean your pet’s outside dishes regularly
Although these are great tips, it is nearly impossible to stop insects from swarming on your home in the fall. Mosquito Squad of Northwest Wisconsin recommends treating the exterior of your home in late August and early September with a structural treatment that eliminates 85-90% of insects. This kills pesky bugs on contact and prevents them from making your home their home for the winter.
We are excited to announce that, for the fifth consecutive year, Inc. Magazine has named Mosquito Squad as one of the country’s fastest growing private companies!
Mosquito Squad has a ranking of 1,980 of the 5,000 companies that made the list, putting it in the top 40%. Many companies make the list, but it’s more difficult to make the list over multiple years. The Squad was one of only 14 companies recognized for five years in a row according to Inc.
To celebrate, Mosquito Squad of Northwest Wisconsin, created a video to show how we strive to do our best and to be #SquadStrong!
To The Veterans of the United States of America:
Thank you, for the price you paid for our freedom. Thank you for the freedom to live in safety to speak freely, and for all the freedoms that we take for granted daily.