The Triple Punch from Mosquitoes in Southern New Hampshire

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We can keep your backyard free of these this season.

Mosquitoes in Southern New Hampshire are capable of pulling a punch with the diseases they can transmit. In fact, here in Southern New Hampshire, they can actually pull a triple punch with three mosquito-borne illness that can be found in our area. It’s important to know the symptoms of these diseases and how to control the mosquito population in your Southern New Hampshire yard. Let’s start with the three mosquito-borne viruses and their symptoms:

Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Southern New Hampshire

Disease West Nile Virus Easter Equine Encephalitis Chikungunya
Symptoms Fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. Chills, Fever, Joint Paint, and Muscle Pain.   More severe symptoms include headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, and coma. Fever, joint pain, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash
Duration of Symptoms Several weeks to months depending on the severity of infection. 1-2 weeks for systemic infections or longer for more serious cases or the disease may be fatal. Several days to a few weeks although joint pain can last for years.
Treatment There is no vaccine or specific treatment for WNV. Over the counter pain medication, fluids, and rest are recommended. There is no vaccine for EEE for humans. Medication, fluids, and rest are the best treatment. Hospitalization may be required, especially if the infection is severe. There is no vaccine for Chikungunya although one is in the works. Over the counter pain medication and rest are recommended.

 

While each of the diseases can be painful and eventually can become more serious, each can also be avoided with proper mosquito control by Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire. Our barrier spray reduces the

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

mosquito population in your treated yard by up to 90%, and lasts for 21 days, even through the rain. Call us now for season long protection against Southern New Hampshire mosquitoes and the diseases they can transmit to your family with just one bit. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is ready to protect you from the triple punch of mosquitoes.

 

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(603) 373 – 8863

Don’t Let Mosquitoes Take Advantage of Hurricane Season

Hurricane season can bring standing water that become mosquito breeding grounds.

Hurricane season can bring standing water that become mosquito breeding grounds.

With hurricane Arthur dumping massive amounts rain on our neighbors in Maine and Rhoda Island over the weekend, we are reminded that hurricane season is now upon us. Here in Southern New Hampshire, we may have dodged the severe weather that Arthur brought, but it’s only matter of time before the intense rain from another summer hurricane comes falling on our heads. Of course, we all know that summer rains are great for the garden, but they also bring mosquitoes out in droves. Why? Because mosquitoes thrive in warm, wet weather. It provides optimal conditions for their reproduction, and mosquitoes reproduce at alarming rates.

 

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in still, standing water. In as few as seven days after eggs are laid, hundreds of tiny mosquitoes can emerge from as little as one teaspoon. The rains that hurricanes bring dump far more than a teaspoon in our lawns, and little pockets of water can be hard to detect. Water gathers in puddles, toys that have been left out, saucers underneath potted plants, buckets, wheelbarrows, and tarps that may be lying around. Even depressions in your grill cover can quickly become a mosquito nursery after an intense rainfall. Additionally, hurricane weather can increase humidity for days after it has passed, making water less likely to evaporate.

 

Let Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire fight mosquitoes for you.

Let Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire fight mosquitoes for you.

So as we enter hurricane season, remember to fight mosquitoes by eliminating standing water wherever you can, and be sure your property is draining. Even when you take these precautions, the middle of mosquito season is often itchy and painful. So treat your property for mosquitoes, and your family will be able to enjoy evenings outdoors, mosquito-free. At Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire, we specialize in stopping mosquitoes. Our barrier sprays are highly effective at reducing the number of mosquitoes in your yard (up to 90%), and they last 21 days even if it rains. Of course, there are more than 21 days left of mosquito season, so we will set you up on a spray schedule that continue to repel mosquitoes all season.

 

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

Hurricane weather may bring more mosquitoes, but there is no need to let them ruin your summer. Don’t wait until the next hurricane creates breeding grounds and you’re getting bit. Call Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire today at (603) 373 – 8863 and sign up. The sooner you call, the sooner your family can enjoy evenings in the yard without swatting, slapping, and still ending up with pain and itching.

Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s Tips on Mosquito Elimination During National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is this week and while it may not appear on your calendar, mosquitoes all over Southern New Hampshire and worldwide should be on high alert. With the new mosquito-borne illness, Chickungunya, spreading so rapidly across the United States as well as a handful of other mosquito illnesses, elimination in your yard and worldwide is now more important than ever.

Mosquito bites are not just painful; they are also the paths to virus transmission. National Mosquito Control Awareness week is the perfect time to follow Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s seven tips on eliminating mosquitoes:

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TIP.  Tip over tire swings, portable fire pits and catch basins and other areas that hold water.

TOSS.  Toss out yard waste like grass clippings, leaves, firewood and piles of mulch that create mosquito breeding grounds. Be sure to check the borders of your property as well as underneath your deck where debris tends to accumulate

TURN. Turn over portable sandboxes, slides or plastic toys; downspouts, plant saucers, and dog water bowls that capture water.

REMOVE TARPS.  Loose tarps over firewood piles, portable fire places, boats, and grills trap water and are often overlooked. Make sure you remove those potential breeding grounds.

TAKE CARE. Taking care of your home can increase your property values and decrease your chance of mosquito bites.  Include areas like gutters, downspout in your efforts. Check irrigation systems to ensure that they aren’t leaking and causing a breeding haven for mosquitoes.

TEAM UP. Talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control.  Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.

TREAT. Utilize Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s mosquito elimination barrier treatment around your home and yard to reduce the need for using bug spray on you and your family.

These seven tips will keep you and your family safe from mosquitoes and their diseases. To extend our efforts even further this week, we urge you to consider donating just $1 to Malaria No More’s Power of One (Po1) campaign. $1 provides a life-saving test and treatment for a child in Africa against mosquito-borne diseases so prevalent to them. Donating is easy at SwatMalaria.net.

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

Take this opportunity during National Mosquito Control Awareness week to protect your family and children in Africa from mosquitoes. One easy click, one easy walk around your yard and one easy phone call can do it all. (603) 373 – 8863

Chikungunya Virus Is Making News in Southern New Hampshire

Mosquitoes carry a wide range of diseases, including Chikungunya virus.

Mosquitoes carry a wide range of diseases, including Chikungunya virus.

When we think about mosquito-borne illnesses, West Nile Virus is the one that comes to mind, but unfortunately, mosquitoes are vectors for many diseases. Recently, Chikungunya virus, a flu-like disease transmitted by mosquitoes that includes rash and joint swelling, has been receiving more media attention than in the past. It even made last Saturday’s broadcast of Good Morning America. Why? Because for the first time, outbreaks are occurring very close to the United States. In previous years, few people in Southern New Hampshire would ever be exposed to Chikungunya. It was found primarily in Africa, Asia, and India, and only those traveling to such areas of the world were at risk of contracting the virus. However, in December 2013, an outbreak occurred in the Caribbean, bringing the virus very close home. While there have still been no outbreaks in the United States to date, more cases are occurring stateside because the Caribbean countries are popular travel destinations for more US citizens.

 

So what does this all mean? If your travel plans are within the United States, you probably won’t be exposed to Chikungunya virus this year. However with the disease so close by, it really is only a matter of time before the virus spreads into our country. According to the CDC, “[w]ith the recent outbreaks in the Caribbean and the Pacific, the number of chikungunya cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States from affected areas will likely increase. These imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in the continental United States” (Source).

 

Eliminate standing water on your property to help reduce the mosquito population.

Eliminate standing water on your property to help reduce the mosquito population.

Chikungunya is just one more disease in the mosquito-borne arsenal, so it is important to minimize your exposure to mosquitoes in order to prevent these diseases. You can do this by making your property less appealing to them. Remember that mosquitoes love standing water. They need it to breed and multiply, so do not let it accumulate in your yard. Be sure to turn over any outdoor items that could collect rainwater, and if it does collect in a toy, bucket, or other item, get rid of the water as soon as possible. The longer water is undisturbed, the more likely it is to attract mosquitoes. You can also treat your property to eliminate mosquitoes and repel new ones that are searching for a home. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire specializes in ridding you of these pests. Our highly effective barrier sprays can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes in your yard and are effective for up to 21 days. When clients schedule with us, we include all sprays for the season, so they have continuous control all summer long. Our pricing also includes the entire mosquito season.

 

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

Don’t let a mosquito-born illness ruin your summer, and when Chikungunya virus does finally break out in our area, be ready. Contact Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire today (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com. We are in the business of protecting you and your family from the annoyance and pain of mosquito bites and from the more serious illnesses that can result.

How to Avoid a Southern New Hampshire Mosquito

By doing these simple things, you can have a mosquito friend in no time.

By doing these simple things, you can have a mosquito friend in no time.

So you know a few people that mosquitoes just won’t leave alone at an outdoor gathering while they completely ignore you. Have you ever wondered why your friend is a magnet and you seem to be a repellant?  Mosquitoes are very selective,  know what they want and know where to find it.  Here’s what they’re looking for:

 

  1.  Type “O” Blood – While it will be hard to change your blood type, mosquitoes find those who are type “O” very, very attractive. Some scientists believe this is related to amino acid and protein levels in this type of blood.
  2. Want You to Have a Drink – Whether your preference is beer, wine, or a margarita, mosquitoes a drawn to those who have been drinking alcohol. Alcohol changes your blood chemistry, and mosquitoes just can’t get enough of it. Cheers!
  3. Persuade You to Get Sweaty – It doesn’t matter if you are working or working out; mosquitoes like sweat. For them, it works like an expensive perfume. So go for a run or mow the grass with a push mower, they won’t be able to resist you.
  4. Choose Dark Clothing – Mosquitoes really don’t care as much for pastels or whites. They’d much prefer you look dark and mysterious. Dig out that little black dress or a nice navy shirt and you’re to be a winner.
  5. Like the Pregnant One – Mosquitoes really love moms-to-be. Again, this is probably related to blood chemistry, but they find these ladies especially enticing.

 

Protect yourself and your family this mosquito season.

Protect yourself and your family this mosquito season.

Okay, we realize you aren’t really trying to attract a mosquito. You’d much prefer to drive them away. They’re pesky, painful, and carry diseases no one wants. Of course, some of the characteristics mosquitoes love cannot be helped, but knowing what mosquitoes find attractive can help you make choices accordingly. If you have type “O” blood, that’s not going to change, but your choice of drink can.

 

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

Even if you are able to avoid all of the characteristics mosquitoes love, you will still probably be bitten at some point this summer. Don’t continue to just swat at them. Do something about it. Call Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire and sign up for our season long mosquito treatments. We will come out to your property and apply a barrier spray every 21 days. It will provide continuous control of mosquitoes on your property all season long. Even if you are unfortunate enough to have all of the characteristics above, you can still kick mosquitoes to the curb this season.  (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com

Triple Protection Against Mosquitoes in Your Southern New Hampshire Yard

Happy Memorial Day from Mosquito Squad of SoNH

Happy Memorial Day from Mosquito Squad of SoNH

The entire Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire team hopes you had an enjoyable and reflective Memorial Day weekend honoring our fallen hero’s and thanking those who continue to protect us. Memorial Day commemorates those who sacrificed for us but also marks the start of summer vacation and unfortunately, mosquito season. The kids will soon be out of school so now is the time to get your mosquito control secured so you can protect them all summer long.

 

If you attended a celebratory cookout, neighborhood party or family reunion, did you notice any uninvited guest nibbling not on the pasta salad but on your arm? Those annoying pests are mosquitoes and they are out in Southern New Hampshire. Protecting your family from painful mosquito bites and the diseases they carry like West Nile virus should start early. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is ready to start that defense with our triple-protection barrier spray treatment. Here’s how it works:

 

Triple protection against mosquitoes

Triple protection against mosquitoes

Level 1: Our barrier spray is applies to the shrubbery in your yard where mosquitoes rest and feed off the plant juices. Once the mosquitoes land on the foliage, they are eliminated on contact.

 

Level 2: Our barrier spray binds to that vegetation and our time-released formula remains effective for 21 days, eradicating any mosquitoes (or ticks!) that lands on the treated area.

 

Level 3: Our treatment creates a barrier around your property to keep additional mosquitoes from entering.

 

Call now for Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s season long protection. We’ll eliminate those mosquitoes that have already made their way into your yard as well prevent other mosquitoes from entering. So when the kids are out of school and you are spending your night’s outdoors, you won’t have to worry about protecting them from those itchy bites and mosquito-borne illnesses. Our safe and effective barrier spray will eliminate what mosquitoes are present and prevent resurgence for 21 days, which is when we come back to apply another treatment. It’s triple protection all summer long.

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

Contact Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire to learn more about and our safe and effective barrier spray program. Call now for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com and start living the mosquito free life.

 

 

 

Is There a Better Way to Control Mosquitoes and Ticks in Your New Hampshire Yard? You Bet!

With the mosquito and tick season gearing up, we have been receiving calls from happy customers renewing their services for the upcoming season. We have also received calls asking why our service is better than other mosquito control companies around the area. That’s a question we

Mosquito and tick together

Mosquitoes and ticks are ready to emerge for the season.

love to answer because we know there are advantages to Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire’s service over other companies.

 

When it comes to mosquito and tick control, you want to be assured you are receiving the most complete service to keep your family safe all season long. It’s important to do your research to ensure you are receiving the best protection and that it lasts all season long. When talking with mosquito and tick control companies, be sure you get answers to these important questions:

 

1. Is the company properly licensed? New Hampshire does require a license to perform pest control services. There are several categories of licenses so be sure the company does have the proper categorized license before performing any services. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire has been licensed for 15 years to ensure our services are at the highest, most effective level.

 

2. How many products will the company be using throughout the season? Some companies use the same product at the same concentration throughout the season. This concentration may work in the beginning but as the mosquito and tick activity picks up, their products will not be as effective. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire uses up to 5 different products throughout the season to increase the efficiency of the product as the mosquito and tick activity increases. Additional add-on products are used to keep your mosquito and tick control at its highest level.

 

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Our barrier spray program eliminates and prevents mosquitoes and ticks the entire season.

3. How long does the product last? Some companies use the cheapest products available on the market and you will notice that in the level of protection. The cheaper products will not weather well. If it stays dry for three weeks, you will continue to have moderate control but if you get any kind of precipitation, your mosquito and tick control will be reduced dramatically. With Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire, you will continue to have superior control up to 21-days, when we come back to apply an additional treatment. That is because our barrier spray encompasses a micro encapsulated product that protects it from precipitation and keeps it from washing away.

 

4. What is their policy on re-treating? There may come a time throughout your season when you begin to see mosquitoes and ticks out with a vengeance between your treatments. Does your mosquito and tick control company offer to come out and re-treat before your next scheduled treatment? Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire will come out to evaluate your property for the increased activity and re-treat it if needed free of charge.

 

5. What is their service guarantee? Does your mosquito and tick control company guarantee their services for the highest level of protection to your family? It should. Your complete satisfaction is very important to Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire. If you find you are not completely satisfied, give us a call and we will make it right. We stand behind our 100% satisfaction guarantee because we are confident in our products and services.

 

In addition to these questions, make sure you are comparing prices for the same acreage of your property and the same length of time. Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire will always give you an accurate quote based on your complete acreage and for season long protection. Give us

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

a call today at (603) 373 – 8863. We’d be happy to give you a quote and answer any additional questions you may have. We’re sure you’ll see why Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire is the best choice in mosquito and tick protection for your Southern New Hampshire yard.

 

 

Mosquito-cast: Southern New Hampshire 2014

Well, it is officially spring, and the deeper into the season we get the more mosquitoes will begin raising their ugly heads. As you will be dealing with these pests, it is good to know what you may be up against this season. A forecast for mosquitoes might make our fight a little easier. Turns out forecasts do exist, and one based out of Cornell University, gives projections for the entire season in the New Hampshire. According to this projection, the adult mosquito population will be much higher than average this season and will peak sometime in early to mid July.

 

Mosquito eggs need water to develop.

Mosquito eggs need water to develop.

What, you might say, is the cause for such high projections for 2014? Very likely, our winter weather is to blame. We have had a lot of snow, and as the weather warms, the snow pack melts and causes wet conditions for long periods of time. It will take a while for the ground to dry out. Mosquito eggs need water in order to continue developing into larva, pupa, and subsequently adults. And while you can see mosquito eggs in puddles, they don’t really require an abundance of water to develop. Mosquito eggs can survive in piles of fallen, wet leaves and grass clippings. Where there is moisture in the spring, there are mosquito eggs.

 

Just one female mosquito can produced hundreds of females that will also reproduce.

Just one female mosquito can produced hundreds of females that will also reproduce.

So why isn’t the peak forecasted earlier in the season? Because of the way mosquitoes multiply exponentially. A single female lays up to 300 eggs during each egg laying period. She can lay eggs during each week of her 4-week lifespan. About 150 of her offspring will be female, and each of these females will lay eggs at the same rate and volume as her mother. That’s a lot of mosquitoes originating from just one, and the warmer temperatures make these offspring more likely to survive.

 

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

So what does this mean for you? Get started eliminating mosquito habitats early because there will be plenty of them. Be sure your yard is draining, and clean up piles of leaves or grass. Getting rid of suitable breeding grounds minimizes the number of eggs that will be laid on your property. Also, call Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire. We treat for mosquitoes in all stages of their lives, including eggs. If we eliminate eggs during the spring, you will have fewer adult mosquitoes to contend with later in the season and can have much more enjoyable days and evenings outdoors. Call us today for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com

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A Mosquito is a Mosquito is a Mosquito

The Asian Tiger mosquito can be easily identified by the white and black stripes on its legs and abdomen.

The Asian Tiger mosquito can be easily identified by the white and black stripes on its legs and abdomen.

Right? Well, not really. While it’s true that all mosquito bites hurt, make us miserable, and have the potential of spreading diseases, mosquitoes themselves are actually quite different from one another if we look at them closely. Here in Southern New Hampshire, our environment actually contains 47 different species of mosquitoes, each with unique characteristics. But out of these 47, only a few are responsible for the spreading West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The two biggest culprits are the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and the Cattail Mosquito (Coquillettidia perturbans).

The Asian Tiger mosquito is a relatively recent arrival in the United States. Originally a native of tropical climates, it came to our shores in used tires that were imported from the tropics. These mosquitoes are particularly troublesome because they carry West Nile virus and, unlike many others, are active during daylight hours. Asian Tiger mosquitoes are easily identified by black and white stripes in their legs and abdomen.

While all mosquitoes love water, the Cattail mosquito is especially fond of it. In their larval form, these mosquitoes attach themselves to the roots of water plants. They are able to breath underwater, making them impossible to eliminate with larvicides (since larvicides drown mosquito eggs).  These mosquitoes are prone to transmitting EEE and can travel up to a mile at a time. They are brown or tan with darker brown stripes on their legs and abdomen.

No matter what mosquitoes are most prevalent on your property, they all have the following in common:

  • They need water to breed
  • Only the female can bite
  • Their wings beat 300 to 600 times per second
  • They can fly about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour
  • They can smell humans from 60 feet away
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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

And no matter the mosquito species, Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire can help you control them. We use a variety of methods to ensure that we eliminate mosquitoes no matter where they are in their lifecycle. This ensures that we are not only protecting you and your family, but we are also decreasing the mosquito population at large, which is extremely important with the arrival of spring and summer.  So don’t wait until you get bitten. Be proactive.  Give us a call today or come visit us at the NH State Home Show, booth #1202,  this weekend at the Radisson Center of Central New Hampshire to talk to us about protecting your family this season.  • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com

Where Do Ticks and Mosquitoes Go for the Winter?

So it’s no secret that those of us who reside in the northern portions of the US love to go south for a break during the winter. If you’re retired, this break is probably a bit more of an extended stay, but even those of us who are in the flourish of our careers love a journey to a warmer climate. And who can blame us? Winters here are harsh. Birds do it; we should get to do it too. Recently, I returned from a rejuvenating trip to sunny Florida. And since I’m thinking of my favorite way to escape winter, I thought you might be interested in knowing how ticks and mosquitoes escape. Obviously, they don’t get away like birds and people, and knowing how and where they spend the winter helps Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire address your tick and mosquito problems in the spring, summer, and fall.

Mosquito Squad of SONH reminds you that all sizes of tick carry disease

All sizes of ticks can carry and spread Lyme disease.

Let’s begin with ticks. The most worrisome variety here in the area is the blacklegged tick (commonly called the deer tick). It is the foremost carrier of Lyme disease, transmits a host of other tick-bourne illnesses, and lives up to two years. The University of Rhode Island supports a large tick research and education program sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture and many health care groups. According to their research, ticks survive winter weather in much the same fashion as bears. They hibernate or become dormant. But they only do this when the ground is frozen; any other time, they are active. Ticks are very resilient creatures and capable of surviving harsh conditions in piles of fallen leaves and fallen, rotting logs.

Mosquitoes – those painful summertime nuisances and carriers of a swath of diseases including West Nile virus – are famous for how quickly they reproduce. Unlike the tick, the lifespan of a mosquito is relatively short, about a month. But they do survive winter, or we would never have to worry about them again. The Center for Vector Biology at Rutgers University maintains that

Mosquito eggs

Reducing the risk of contracting West Nile begins with eliminating areas where mosquitoes breed and lay their eggs.

many mosquitoes become dormant, like ticks, by entering hollow logs, animal burrows, or basements. Some mosquitoes that cannot survive by hibernation lay winter-hardy eggs, which hatch in the spring when temperatures rise in to the 60s, and some mosquitoes hibernate during their larval stage in the mud of swamps and ponds in order to survive the freeze.

So what does this mean for us? Remember that during the winter you can still combat the tick and mosquito populations by getting rid of fallen leaves and keeping the land around your home as dry as possible. Of course now that the weather is warming, it is time to begin planning for spring and summer tick and mosquito control. So call Mosquito Squad of Southern New Hampshire today. We will work with you to set up a control plan that will help protect you, your family, and your pets all summer long.

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The team at Mosquito Squad of SoNH

Call us today for a free quote • (603) 373 – 8863 • email: sonh@mosquitosquad.com