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While Stinky Feet and Bad Breath May be Revolting to You, Mosquitoes Love Them!

Have you ever wondered why mosquitoes seem to bite some people more often, while others seem to barely be fazed by them? There is more to the laws of attraction when it comes to mosquitoes than just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to discuss some of the reasons that mosquitoes may be drawn to you like a moth to a flame.

Did you know mosquitoes are actually the deadliest predators on earth despite their size? Mosquitoes are more deadly than sharks, tigers or even other humans. Mosquitoes kill by proxy. They transmit pathogens such as dengue fever, West Nile virus, Yellow Fever and, the most deadly of all mosquito-borne illnesses combined, malaria. With this in mind, is it any wonder the mosquito is a natural born hunter?

According to a recent article published by Scientific American, “Everyone attracts mosquitoes to some extent, so as long as they shall breathe. From the perspective of mosquitoes, the world is composed of rivers of carbon dioxide flowing from the headwaters of animal’s mouths. Carbon dioxide flows from us all. Mosquitoes fly in the direction of higher carbon dioxide concentration and this leads them close enough, having found a warm body, to make more discerning decisions.”

Once you have caught the mosquito’s attention by merely breathing, there are a number of factors that will cause the mosquito to choose to feed from you over your friend who may be standing right beside you.

Body odor is a top mosquito attractant. Bacterial colonies combined with sweat generate that sweet (if you’re a mosquito) human scent we call body odor. Without the bacteria, our sweat would be odorless; with the bacteria, our sweat is one of the more attractive scents for mosquitoes. Fresh sweat has also proven not as attractive to the hungry mosquito because it has not combined with bacteria. Studies have even indicated that those of us with “stinkier” feet than others can also make us more appetizing to a mosquito which serves as further proof of the sweat and bacteria recipe that mosquitoes find so appealing!

Natural body secretions are also a huge draw for mosquitoes. About 80% of us are “secretors”, which mean we normally secrete compounds known as saccharides and antigens through our skin which indicate our blood type. Mosquitoes are magnets for secretors. Being classified as a secretor or non-secretor is determined by your biology and there isn’t anything you can do to put yourself in the non-secretor category. It is part of the natural makeup of certain individuals.

The “vampiric” factor also plays a role in the mosquito’s preference to feed on you. Depending on the type of blood you have, you secrete different scents. Studies have shown that mosquitoes are most attracted to Type O blood and are least attracted to Type A. Lactic acid is a huge draw for mosquitoes. Lactic acid is emitted through your skin when you are active or eating certain foods. Mosquitoes are more attracted to people with a greater build-up of lactic acid on their skin. You can reduce lactic acid by washing with soap after exercising and thoroughly drying. The scent is the primary indicator for mosquitoes that a human target is within striking distance. The role scent plays in attracting mosquitoes goes so far as the mosquito’s preference in choosing a person that has, or is, drinking beer over that of a non-drinker.
There are also other indicators like body heat, moisture, movement and color that attract mosquitoes’ highly attuned receptors.

Aside from washing regularly to reduce bacteria and lactic acid build-up from your skin, most of the human scents that attract mosquitoes are unique to us and cannot be changed. We have to breathe, and we cannot choose to be a secretor, nor can we choose our blood type. With this in mind, Mosquito Squad of Columbia has a way to outsmart the laws of attracting mosquitoes on your own turf!

Mosquito Squad of Columbia provides a barrier spray protection program that can reduce the chances of mosquito attraction within your treated backyard. We spray your yard to create a protective barrier around your yard. This barrier is an invisible shield of protection from mosquitoes and also mosquito-borne disease. Our spray not only eliminates mosquitoes on contact; it also has a time-released formula that keeps on working for up to 3 weeks. With our season-long mosquito protection program, you don’t even need to pick up the phone. We re-treat your property every 3 weeks to make sure mosquitoes are out of sight and out of mind.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more about ending your fatal attraction with the mosquitoes and preventing mosquitoes and the diseases they carry from taking up residence in your backyard. We can make sure the remainder of the warm season is full of mosquito-free fun! Call us today for a free quote at (803) 345.7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Mosquito Squad Difference

If you’re shopping around for a reliable, professional mosquito control company in the Columbia, SC, market, you’ve more than likely noticed there are several options from which to choose. Therefore, we feel it’s pertinent to communicate what separates Mosquito Squad of Columbia from other mosquito and pest control companies here in our area. There are 3 key areas in which we absolutely excel and take extreme pride in.

Our Technicians: Unlike most of the mosquito and pest control companies here in Columbia, SC, we have no seasonal employees. Our technicians are all full-time employees and all are certified applicators. We additionally have several certified pest control technicians. Also, our organization has 3 full-time master termite technicians as well as a botanist. We take our training and certification extremely serious. Our goal is to be the absolute best in mosquito and pest control, period.

Our Product: Our product is something we are extremely proud of. Undoubtedly, we sell the most expensive chemical in our area. We utilize a higher-quality, more expensive chemical than any other mosquito control company in our area. We add a “knock-down” additive to our microencapsulated barrier application, which lasts longer due to the microencapsulation, even if it rains. We are not willing to sacrifice the quality and effectiveness of our product over price. In short, we apply a more effective solution at a higher quantity than any other mosquito or pest control company in our area.

Our Brand: We are entirely dedicated to our customer service and our brand. We’re designed to be a mosquito control company. We have the necessary system in place to service our customers from top to bottom. We maintain constant updates and communication to each of our clients. The day prior to coming to put down a barrier spray, we email our customers. The day of, we will call our customers to let them know we’re on our way and when they can expect us. Once we’ve completed our barrier application, we leave a baggy on the door letting our customers know we were there and what was performed. Our customers are our business and, again, we want to be the best in the business at customer service as well.

If you’re looking for a professional mosquito control company in Columbia, SC, look no further than the experts at Mosquito Squad of Columbia. You can reach us by calling (706) 510.3405, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


What's a Good Mosquito Control Company in Columbia, South Carolina?

What is it that makes Mosquito Squad of Columbia the best mosquito control company in our area? Is it the thorough training of our technicians? Is it our unparalleled service? In order to get the absolute best results, let us do what we do best, keeping your yard mosquito-free with season-long barrier spray applications.

Simply put, a one-time spray for mosquitoes on your property isn’t going to keep your yard mosquito-free for the entire summer. The absolute best method of mosquito control is to be extremely proactive, not reactive. While the weather seems to have finally turned into spring, some people may think since it’s been cooler these past few weeks that mosquito sprays are unnecessary; this is not true. By applying a comprehensive barrier application to your yard while the mosquito population is yet to surge, we’ll curb the population in your yard significantly in the next few weeks. However, if we sustain that barrier application and keep it up all season long, then your yard won’t become a feeding frenzy when you go outdoors in the evenings.

By starting out early, we can eliminate existing mosquitoes and disturb the maturation process of the mosquito eggs and larvae. When we return 21 days later and reapply the barrier spray, again the same thing will happen. Mosquitoes are constantly feeding and then laying eggs. If you truly want your yard to be a “mosquito-free” zone, call the experts at Mosquito Squad of Columbia. We have the knowledge and expertise to help you take your yard back from unwanted biting and stinging pests all season long.

To find out what makes Mosquito Squad of Columbia the best mosquito control company in Columbia, SC, call us today at (706) 637.2065, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com or fill out our form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Tick Control in Columbia, South Carolina Perfected

While ticks may not get as much attention here in Columbia, SC as they do in the Northeast, they are still capable of transmitting nasty diseases. In order to keep your yard free of ticks, all you have to do is call Mosquito Squad of Columbia. Through our highly effective barrier application, you can expect to see up to a 90% reduction in ticks and mosquitoes within your yard.

The whole goal of removing mosquitoes and ticks from your yard is so that you and your family can take back your yard! You don’t have to be at the mercy of mosquitoes and ticks, just relax and call The Squad. We offer single sprays, as well as our extremely effective season long protection. In order to keep your yard from becoming a tick and mosquito breeding ground this spring and summer, rely on the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Columbia.

The best way to prevent Lyme Disease is to prevent contact with ticks. Our barrier spray eliminates ticks from your yard or the event area we protect. We spray your yard with our proven barrier spray which eliminates ticks and mosquitoes on contact and continues to protect your yard like a protective barrier for the next couple weeks. Our product has a time release formula that enables your protection to work over the span of a couple weeks.

Our goal is to protect you, your family, your dogs, your cats, and your guests over the entire summer season when ticks are out in full force. That’s why our program is season long. We come spray your yard every 2-3 weeks depending on your program so there is no lapse in protection.

Our program is satisfaction guaranteed.


Are Ants Taking Over Your Columbia, SC Yard? With Two Treatments a Year You’ll Never See Them Again

Imagine being able to walk through your own yard without having to watch out for fire ants, ever again. Think of how enjoyable an outdoor meal would be without ants crawling their way toward your plate of food. With Mosquito Squad of Columbia’s ant treatment, you won’t have to worry about these biting, irritating pests anymore.

Here in Columbia SC, ants are a general nuisance. Nearly every yard in our great city has these biting, intrusive pests. The excellent news is that our ant treatment is easy and effective. In order to rid your yard and home of ants, we need only to apply two treatments a year. You can put away your cans of ant repellent and leave the work to the professionals.

By far, the fire ant is the most problematic ant in our area. Fire ant mounds, once disturbed, become a swarming pool of angry, aggressive, biting ants. These can especially be a problem with young children walking around the backyard. This holds true for pets also. Due to the aggressiveness of fire ants, you, your family members, and your pets can be bitten several dozen times before knowing the ants were even there.

While fire ant bites are not fatal to humans, they can be for your pets. Since pets will more than likely have their snouts (nose) exposed to the ants, they are more likely to experience bites near their airways. Swelling can result in breathing difficulties and a trip to the veterinarian may be required. Quite simply, fire ant control in Columbia SC is something that should not be taken lightly.

Let Mosquito Squad of Columbia remove these aggressive, unwanted inhabitants of your yard for good. Remember, it only takes two treatments a year to completely resolve your yard’s ant problem. To see how effective we are at removing ants from your yard, give us a call at (803) 345.7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com, or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


If Mosquitoes are in Your Yard Already, Keep Calm and Call the Squad!

As you may be well aware, the temperatures here in Columbia have been well above average for the month of February. In addition to the unseasonably warm temperatures, there has been substantial rainfall as well. These two factors set the perfect stage for the mosquito population to kick into high gear much earlier this year. In order to keep you and your family from being bitten day in and day out by annoying, potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes, call the experts at Mosquito Squad of Columbia today to get an early start on curbing the mosquito population within your yard.

Our mosquito barrier application will do the job. The great thing about signing up for our season-long protection is that you never have to worry about calling us to come to your home once the mosquito population has practically exploded. By starting now, we will put down the barrier application which only grows in strength the longer duration we’ve been applying it. If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outdoors within your yard, wouldn’t you want to be free of annoying biting and stinging insects?

When it comes to Columbia, SC mosquito control, we can provide up to a 90% reduction in mosquitoes within your yard and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy with the results, neither are we. You can fully expect us to go above and beyond to keep pesky, annoying biting and stinging bugs out of your yard. Keep in mind all the spring and summer holidays which can become a feeding frenzy for mosquitoes, such as your Memorial Day weekend and the 4th of July. If you’re having a cookout, take the mosquitoes off the guest list, call The Squad today!

To find out why Mosquito Squad of Columbia is the most trusted name in Columbia, SC mosquito control, call us today at (803) 345-7575, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Mosquito Control in Columbia, SC is Our Specialty!

Be Proactive – Mosquito Proof Your Property

Some property owners wait until mosquitoes inundate the property and swarm. Be proactive and don’t wait until you are overwhelmed to begin the mosquito control process. The mosquito breeding cycle time shortens as weather gets warmer.

1. TIP: Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water and help eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Such as sandboxes, toys, and wagons. Also, planting saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include gutters and flat roofs

2. TOSS: Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yard ad these areas are ripe for mosquito breeding

3. TURN: Turn over large yard items that could hold water like children’s protable sandboxes or plastic toys

4. TARPS/REMOVE: If tarps stretced over firewood piles, boats, or sports equipment aren’t taught, they’re holding water. Remove them or keep them pulled tight.

5. TREAT: Utilize Mosquito Squad’s Barrier Spray protection program around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment reduces the need for spraying DEET containing bug spray on your children. We can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitos on a property.

In order to ensure your yard doesn’t become a mosquito breeding ground once warmer weather has arrived, it’s extremely important to remain vigilant in removing standing water from your yard. To find out why Mosquito Squad of Columbia is one of the most trusted names in Columbia, SC mosquito control, call us today at (706) 350.6179, email us at columbia@mosquitosquad.com or fill out the form below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!



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