Lower the Deer Tick Population in your Yard by Deterring Deer in Lehigh Valley With Beautiful Flowers and Plants

increase-deer-means-more-deer-ticksPennsylvania is leading the country in Lyme disease cases for the 4th year in a row. Spread by the bite of infected deer ticks, Lyme disease if treated properly can be a short illness with a full recovery or it can lead to long-term health problems that can last for months, especially if it goes undetected. One of the best ways to avoid Lyme disease is to avoid ticks and tick bites.

Keeping the deer tick population on your property to a minimum is a great start in enjoying an active outdoor lifestyle with less worry. Since deer ticks often hitch a ride to your property on deer, deterring deer from your garden is a great step in lowering the tick population. While fences and other methods are great, we like to start by NOT attracting deer with plants that they love to eat, by replacing them with gorgeous flowers and plants that are deer resistant. Here are our top choices for deer resistant plants for your garden:

Deer Resistant Flowers

  • Virginia Bluebells

    Virginia Bluebells

    Golden Marguerite – A bright and sunny yellow flower that will make you smile.

  • Virginia Bluebells – A native wildflower and perennial with lovely blue flowers.
  • Turtlehead – Pink or white blooms in late summer or fall.
  • Bee Balm – Bonus: it attracts hummingbirds & butterflies.
  • Brunnera – Beautiful sky blue flowers and does well in the shade.
  • Jack in the Pulpit – A great perennial for shady gardens featuring bright red poisonous berries in summer.
  • Meadow Rue – Fluffy pink, white or yellow blooms float above the greenery.
  • Sea Holly – Extremely deer and rabbit resistant and a great cut flower for indoor arrangements.

Deer Resistant Plants

  • Japanese Painted Fern – A slow spreading shade lover.
  • Lungwort – Blue, pink or white blooms, a shade loving plant with speckled leaves.
  • Wild Ginger – Beautiful heart shaped leaves and hidden springtime flowers, great in the shade.

Deer Resistant Ground Cover

  • Sweet Woodruff – Clusters of fragrant white flowers in early summer.
  • Catmint – Blooms all summer and well into fall.
  • Lily-of-the-Valley – Marked by a sweet smell every spring and a quick spreader, poisonous to deer.

Dread Skeeter, Mosquito Squad EnforcerWhile these plants are not guaranteed to deter all deer all the time, but by not attracting deer you’ve got a head start on lowering the tick population on your property. Be sure to follow the 6 Cs of tick control for other tick deterring tips. For more help with eliminating ticks, call Mosquito Squad of the Lehigh Valley for our Intensive Tick Treatment, a combination of tick spray and tick tubes, you’ll enjoy more than 90% elimination of ticks on your property. 610-365-TICK (8425)

#1 in Lyme Disease: Pennsylvania Deer Ticks Are Not Backing Down

45678You may have heard that Pennsylvania is the number one state for Lyme disease cases. Spread by the bite of an infected deer tick, Lyme disease affects more than 20,000 people in the United States each year. If you thought ticks were bad this year, you might not be surprised to find out that we are on track to remain #1 in the country for Lyme this year, which will be the 4th year running.

Pennsylvania On Pace for a Record Year in Lyme Disease

However, you might be astonished at the current numbers. As of August 13, 2016, Pennsylvania accounted for 40% of Lyme cases out of the 17,196 reported so far this year. That adds up to 6,972 cases. To give perspective, the CDC reports that the final confirmed numbers in Pennsylvania were 6,470 for 2014. We are well beyond that and peak Lyme season in Pennsylvania extends through October.

Lyme Disease Awareness

Being knowledgeable in how Lyme it is transmitted is an important part of avoiding the disease. Awareness of the symptoms of Lyme disease is crucial to obtaining successful treatment. Symptoms vary greatly with each case and without knowledge of having been bitten by a tick, diagnosis can be tricky. Symptoms can include fever, headaches, fatigue, joint pain and a “bulls-eye” rash. Not everyone gets the rash or notices the rash as deer ticks are great at hide-and-seek. Late diagnosis and treatment can increase your risk for long-term health issues from Lyme. Read more about Lyme disease on our website.

Lyme Disease Prevention

deer_tick_questing_for_foodAvoiding ticks and tick bites is the number one way to prevent Lyme disease. At Mosquito Squad of Lehigh Valley, we want you to be able to enjoy your outdoor space without preparation or hesitation. We prefer to eliminate ticks on your Allentown property, so you don’t have to avoid the place where you spend most of your outdoor time. With two methods of tick elimination, we are confident we can lower your risks for Lyme when enjoying time on your treated property.

Allentown Tick Spray

Our traditional barrier spray eliminates ticks and mosquitoes on contact. Tick spray is applied thoroughly to the places where ticks like to congregate and quest for their next blood meal. We spray patio walls, retaining walls, thick underbrush, entire lawns, tall grass and any other feature on your property that can attract ticks. The tick spray continues to work, creating an invisible barrier for up to 3 weeks, eliminating ticks that land in your treated space. Our ticks spray eliminates 85-90% of ticks.

Allentown Tick Tubes

Mosquito Squad tick tubeOur tick spray eliminates today’s ticks, while tick tubes prevent tomorrow’s ticks from existing. Twice a year we place tick tubes in strategic locations around your property. They are cardboard tubes stuffed with treated cotton. The cotton is gathered by mice and other small rodents to use as nesting material in their dens. Larval and nymph ticks tend to get their blood meal from these small rodents. When the tick comes in contact with the treated material, they are eliminated, before becoming infected adults that can transmit Lyme disease. Tick tubes are most effective if you continue to use them. With over 90% tick reduction rates, you’ll enjoy an exponential reduction in ticks over time as the tick life cycle is effectively broken.

Dread Skeeter, Mosquito Squad EnforcerIf you think ticks were terrible this spring, make sure you proactively work to eliminate them now. With tick tubes and tick spray combined, you could enjoy a virtual tick free spring in your backyard. Call today 610-365-TICK (8425); tick tubes are placed in late August or early September to work with the natural tick life cycle for the best results. With a second tick tube reatment in the spring, you’ll have intercepted countless numbers of ticks from spreading disease and reproducing.

Zika is Transmitted by Mosquitoes in Miami: What Does That Mean for the Zika Virus in Lehigh Valley?

Zika-virus-Lehigh-ValleyWhen the news broke the last week of July, that the Zika virus had become locally transmitted by mosquitoes in Miami, the nation stopped and listened. What was a potential threat from other continents had arrived here, at home. Vacations were canceled, and new plans were made as the threat of Zika, especially to pregnant women and their unborn babies became too much to risk.

While the CDC has narrowed down the threat of Zika to a small neighborhood outside of Miami, visitors to the area need to remain cautious. There has been a total of 30 cases of Zika in the Wynwood area of Miami, and now, a man from El Paso, Texas has contracted the virus while visiting the area on vacation.

How Does Zika in Miami Effect Lehigh Valley?

While we are not at risk, yet, for transmitting Zika virus from local mosquitoes in Lehigh Valley, Miami is not far. A less than 3-hour plane ride to a popular vacation destination puts the Zika virus much closer to home than we’d like. Factor in that those who are not pregnant or planning to become pregnant will continue their last summer vacations as planned, and you could be looking at someone bringing Zika home with them. The trouble with Zika is that many experience no symptoms, complicated by the fact that infected people can pass Zika back to mosquitoes, which is a deadly combination when travelers arrive home from affected destinations.

Miami: The First Continental Zika Outbreak

Miami is becoming a good test case for how the CDC and local mosquito control agencies can handle the virus. While we would like to believe there is a great deal we can do to minimize the spread, mosquito viruses are notoriously tricky to contain. As we watch the news out of Miami with eyes wide open, we hope for the best and are ready to learn what is working and what is not so that if Zika comes to Allentown, we’ll be able to respond in the best way possible.

In the meantime, if you travel to Florida or other areas affected by the Zika Virus, follow the CDC’s Zika travel guide and be sure to protect others by avoiding mosquitoes and practice safe sex upon your return. The CDC recommends avoiding mosquitoes for at least a week. Keep up with the latest ways to protect yourself and others from Zika by following the CDC.

mosquito squad square gravatarFor further precaution, eliminate annoying mosquitoes with help from Mosquito Squad of Lehigh Valley. Our barrier spray eliminates 85-90% of mosquitos in your yard. Contact Mosquito Squad of Lehigh Valley today! 610-365-8425

The 2016 Rio Olympics Bring the World Together At the Zika Epicenter

Joe Kovacs-Nazareth-OlympianOpening ceremonies for the Olympics are just days away and there are 31 athletes from the Philadelphia area going to Rio. Including our very own Joe Kovacs, a Bethlehem Catholic graduate and Nazareth native. Kovacs earned his spot on the U.S. team with a 72.025 foot throw in the shot put at the U.S. Track & Field trials. Kovacs won two PIAA titles in shot put and discus while at Bethlehem Catholic and two Big Ten titles in shot put at Penn State. Lehigh Valley residents will be eagerly tuned in to watch Kovacs compete at his first Olympic games in Rio.(Men’s shot put is on August 18th.) As we are excited for our local athletes, we also have some concerns for their health in regards to the current Zika Virus outbreak in Brazil.

Rio and The Olympics

The Zika Virus is a prevalent mosquito-borne virus in Brazil. These Olympians and their supporters have to take every precaution while representing the United States abroad and follow the CDCs travel recommendations. It was recommended that no pregnant women make this trip, and some athletes did opt out due to this suggestion. Several cited future family plans as a reason to stay home. According to CNN, “Long jump gold medalist Greg Rutherford, concerned that contracting the virus could affect his plans to have more children, took the step of freezing a sperm sample ahead of the Games”.

Rio-Olympics-ZikaZika isn’t the only problem that Rio has been combatting when it comes to these games. The construction of the Olympic village appears to have suffered a few hiccups. “Blocked toilets, leaky pipes, and exposed wires” were just a few of the reasons why Australia’s Olympic delegation initially refused to move into the athletes’ village. Then just this past Friday 100 Australian athletes were evacuated due to a fire in the basement and during the evacuation… they were robbed! Needless to say, not all athletes in Rio are thinking about the Zika virus this week with PLENTY of challenges keeping their minds occupied. But Zika is the issue they can bring home with them.

Protect and Prevent

The Miami Herald reports the first mosquito-transmitted cases of Zika in the United States; a serious reminder that if a person with Zika is bitten by a mosquito, the mosquito will contract the virus. If an Olympian or supporter in Brazil contracts Zika, comes home and is bitten by a mosquito the mosquito can contract the virus. Redundant yes, but crucial. When our athletes come home from Brazil, they must take extra precautions not to be exposed to local mosquitoes. Some people never have symptoms, so they could be carrying the virus without ever knowing it.

Dread Skeeter, Mosquito Squad EnforcerHere at home, we can help too, by keeping our yards and homes protected. Always follow the 5 Ts of mosquito protection, leaving no suitable place for mosquitoes to live and breed. Equally important let Mosquito Squad of Lehigh Valley treat your yard with our barrier spray. It eliminates 85-90% of mosquitos in your yard. They cannot become infected and spread disease if they just don’t exist. Let us help protect our future generation of athletes from the birth defects that Zika can cause. Contact Mosquito Squad of Lehigh Valley today! 610-365-8425

A Human Case of West Nile Virus Has Been Reported in Pennsylvania: The First Case of the Year

West Nile virus has been confirmed in humans in our area.

West Nile Virus is not something new to the state of Pennsylvania. Spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, West Nile Virus (WNV) has been a seasonal issue here for quite a few years, the first cases being recorded by the CDC in 2001. In 2014 there was a total of 13 cases of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania, one of those cases resulted in death.

First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania 2016

Indiana County is the site of this year’s first reported human case of West Nile Virus. The state monitors dead bird and mosquito populations by county to keep you informed of the threat for West Nile Virus as the season goes on. So far, one mosquito sample in Lehigh County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. West Nile typically shows up in mid to late summer, making it the most important time to be vigilant about mosquito control & mosquito protection in Pennsylvania.

West Nile Virus: Minor for Some But Deadly for Others

While the CDC reports 13 cases of West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania in 2014, it is estimated that only 20-30% of people infected with WNV will experience symptoms of West Nile Virus. The scary thing about West Nile Virus is you won’t know how your body will deal with it until you have it. About 20% of people with WNV will experience febrile illness that can include body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or headache. While fatigue can last a few weeks, people with this type of illness generally recover quickly.

Less than 1% of WNV cases result in severe symptoms. Known as neuroinvasive West Nile disease, these patients can experience neurological symptoms that can include headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis. It is vital that you know your risk category for neuroinvasive West Nile Virus. Recovery can take months and some neurological effects might become permanent. Approximately 10% of neuroinvasive cases lead to death. If you fall under one of the following categories, mosquito protection should be taken extremely serious as neuroinvasive WNV can be fatal.

Increased Risk for Serious West Nile Virus Illness

  • Cancer patients
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney disease
  • Organ transplant patients
  • 60 years or older

Pennsylvania Resident Succumbs to West Nile Virus

In 2015 a Pennsylvania resident, Joe Tarrant passed away from West Nile Virus. He was only 55 years old and was generally living a healthy active life. He had been born with only one healthy kidney which lead him to require a kidney transplant when he was 40 years old. Due to his immune system being suppressed by antirejection drugs for his kidney, when Joe transmitted West Nile Virus he was unable to fight off the infection. According to Philly.com, his brother is now working to make sure the proper information is being given to transplant patients, as Joe and his family had no previous knowledge of the danger Joe was in by just spending time in the great outdoors.

mosquito squad square gravatarWhile we realize West Nile Virus is minor for most who become infected, we think protecting those most vulnerable is extremely important. If you or someone in your family suffers from one of the health conditions above or is over the age of 60, lower their risk of transmitting West Nile Virus in your yard. With our traditional barrier spray, you’ll enjoy 85-90% fewer mosquitoes all summer long.  Call today (610) 365-TICK (8425) or Contact Us now.

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Pennslyvania State Rep Proposes Bill to Mandate Treatment Coverage for Chronic Lyme Disease

Avoid tick bites that can cause Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease Bulls Eye Rash

Lyme Disease is becoming more widespread, with more and more cases each year. Pennsylvania is the #1 state for Lyme disease, a tick-borne disease spread by deer ticks, and it is a statistic we wouldn’t wish on anyone. While Lyme is gaining more public awareness and most people know the precautions to take and the symptoms to watch for, it is a great deal more complicated on the medical side of things.

Early Treatment for Lyme Disease is Successful

Lyme-disease-symptoms-varyWhen Lyme disease is caught and diagnosed early, it can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics. But with the controversy surrounding Chronic Lyme disease, the variety of symptoms and treatment for it, patients are struggling to get their medical insurance to cover potentially healing treatments.

While we have all experienced the complications of health care coverage in one way or another, not all of us have experienced what it is like to be sick and had insurance deny coverage for treatment. Depending on the patient’s specific symptoms, doctors may prescribe a variety of treatment options. The doctor needs the flexibility from the insurance companies to decide what is best for the patient without having to worry about insurance coverage.

Varying Symptoms Require Varying Treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease

As reported by Herald-Mail Media, State Representative Matthew E. Baker is the main sponsor of the legislation that will be introduced in the House. The bill would mandate health care providers cover treatment for chronic Lyme as prescribed by their doctors, even if it includes long-term antibiotics.

With such a large number of cases of Lyme reported in Pennsylvania and much more going unreported, it is important for the people of the Keystone State to have access to the best possible treatment for their specific case.

Dread Skeeter, Mosquito Squad EnforcerMake sure you are well aware of the symptoms of Lyme disease so you can catch it early. Keep in mind; symptoms are very different for everyone. Of course, avoiding ticks is the best prevention and while you can take precautions with pesticides and clothing while out hiking or camping, eliminating ticks from your yard is the best way to live a care-free pest-free outdoor lifestyle all season long. At Mosquito Squad of the Lehigh Valley, we can eliminate over 90% of the ticks on your property with our tick spray and tick tubes. Call today for a free quote. (610) 365-TICK (8425)

Looks Like Lyme, Smells Like Lyme, But it May Not Be Lyme Disease

pennsylvania-has-the-most-lyme-diseasePennsylvania remains the leader in the number of Lyme Disease cases in the United States. Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick, Lyme disease can cause symptoms such as a bulls-eye rash, fever, headache, neck pain and joint pain. Many times the tick bite goes unnoticed, and doctors have difficulty diagnosing these common flu-like symptoms. Especially if the bulls-eye rash is not present.

Could Your Lyme Disease Diagnosis Really Be a Newly Discovered Related Bacteria?

Avoid tick bites that can cause Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease Bulls Eye Rash

Unfortunately, a new complication has arisen in the diagnosis of Lyme disease. A different bacteria strain from the same family has been discovered. Borrelia mayonii was discovered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic.  Health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota have been testing patients with Lyme symptoms and found six people with the new strain of bacteria. Previously, Borrelia burgdorferi was thought to be the only bacteria that can cause Lyme disease in North America.

While Borrelia mayonii has not been found in any of the testing done in over 25,000 blood samples from 43 other states, it is still important for Pennsylvania residents to know the difference between B. burgdorferi and B. mayonii symptoms.

New Lyme Looks A lot Like the Original

An infection from B. mayonii may present with very similar symptoms as Lyme disease. A fever, headache, rash, neck pain, and arthritis can occur with B. mayonii as well as Lyme. But, B. mayonii can also cause vomiting, nausea, and a diffuse rash rather than the typical “bulls-eye” rash seen with Lyme disease.

It should be known that current common Lyme testing will give a false positive with a patient infected by B. mayonii. While there is a difference in these two bacteria, the patients who were infected with B. mayonii were successfully treated with the same antibiotic regimen as prescribed for Lyme disease.

Dread Skeeter, Mosquito Squad EnforcerWith approximately half of the ticks in Pennsylvania testing positive for Lyme, prevention is crucial. Lowering your risk for all tick-borne diseases is as easy as avoiding ticks and tick bites. To discourage ticks from inhabiting your yard, always follow the 6 Cs of tick control. With help from Mosquito Squad of Lehigh Valley, you can enjoy 85-90% fewer ticks on your property with our tick spray service. Call today (610) 365-TICK (8425).

Bethlehem’s OraSure Technologies is Developing Rapid Diagnostics for the Zika Virus

Bethlehem-PA-Zika-VirusWhile the temperatures begin to rise, and Lehigh Valley residents head outdoors to enjoy a gorgeous Pennsylvania summer, we continue to be cautiously optimistic about the impending possibility of local Zika Virus transmission. As of May 23rd, 19 patients in Pennsylvania were confirmed to have Zika Virus. While it is mostly an asymptomatic illness, it is vital that patients, especially pregnant patients receive an accurate and speedy diagnosis.

We are proud to live in a community where a big player in the global fight against Zika Virus is hard at work conducting Zika diagnostic research. As reported on Lehigh Valley Live, OraSure Technologies of Bethlehem is developing a rapid diagnostic test for the Zika Virus. OraSure currently manufactures OraQuick rapid testing for HIV, hepatitis C, and Ebola.

What Makes Rapid Testing for Zika so Beneficial?

Currently, a great deal of Zika Virus testing is dependent on public health laboratories such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These tests have to be sent in and can take some time to be processed. The deeper into summer we get, the more burdened the labs will become and the longer the processing will take. Fast diagnostics will allow for prompt care and health monitoring which is particularly important for pregnant patients.

OraSure is hoping to have the Zika test ready by the end of the year but does not have an official date as there are still many hurdles to jump.

Dread Skeeter, Mosquito Squad EnforcerWhile we hope that Zika does not become locally transmitted in the Lehigh Valley, we would rather take extra precautions now. Limit your risks for becoming infected with Zika by eliminating mosquitoes in your own Bethlehem yard. With Mosquito Squad of Lehigh Valley’s traditional mosquito barrier spray, you’ll enjoy 85-90% fewer mosquitoes in your yard. *(610) 365-TICK (8425)*

 

REMEMBER: Follow the 5Ts of mosquito control to limit the growth of new mosquitoes in your yard.

Preparation for Locally Transmitted Zika Virus is Underway in Lehigh Valley PA

“Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.”

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While the threat of Zika Virus becoming a locally spread mosquito-borne virus here in the Allentown area is not high, the state of Pennsylvania along with local municipalities are preparing now. With the Asian Tiger mosquito being plentiful in the area, preparing a phased response in the event of local Zika transmission is the responsible thing to do in the maintaining public health and safety.

The priority of the Pennsylvania Zika Virus Response Plan is to create a joint communication plan between the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). As a part of the overall plan, the DOH and DEP need to work on improving a variety of necessary responses to Zika Virus, starting with surveillance, testing and mosquito control.

Increase Zika Surveillance Efforts

The DOH will increase surveillance for travel-associated Zika and the potential for sexually transmitted cases of Zika Virus. Surveillance efforts will be combined with a focus on educating returning travelers about the importance of avoiding mosquito bites for a  week following their return from Zika active destinations. The DOH will also be ready to respond in the case of a local transmission of Zika Virus.

Ramp Up Laboratory Testing Efforts

Currently, all Zika testing of Pennsylvania residents is being done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This creates a long turn-around time of 4-5 weeks. The DOH will develop a plan for testing elsewhere as they expect the CDC to process tests more slowly when mosquito season peaks. The plan will include hiring more staff to work at the DOH Bureau Laboratories.

Improve Zika Mosquito Surveillance

increase-zika-mosquito-surveillance-Allentown-PAThe DEP will enhance mosquito surveillance programs, specifically targeting the Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) species. Appropriate mosquito pools will be tested for Zika Virus and the DEP will be notified quickly regarding probable and confirmed human cases of Zika. The DEP can then employ rapid mosquito control efforts in a 150-yard radius of where the person resides.

Deploy Zika Pregnancy Outreach

The DOH and DEP will target pregnant women with a public information campaign as a high risk for birth defects occurs with Zika infection during pregnancy. The DOH will be targeting Gynecologists and Obstetrics providers with the relevant information they will need to care for Zika infected pregnant patients at the highest level.

Monitor Blood Safety

There is a risk of Zika transmission through blood donation and transfusion. The DOH will coordinate with the American Red Cross and Food and Drug Administration in regards to the local blood supply. The Red Cross has already implemented new health history questions to catch potential Zika carriers.

While the state is enacting currently planned responses to travel-related Zika, they have tiered plans in place for single, clustered and widespread local transmission of Zika Virus. If any of the three occur it, the state of Pennsylvania will enact the outlined plan of action specific to each of the categories above to keep the public informed and as safe as possible.

Dread Skeeter, Mosquito Squad EnforcerWhen it comes to the Zika Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses, prevention is the best cure. Avoiding mosquitoes and mosquito bites with Allentown mosquito control for your yard can lower your risks tremendously. Mosquito Squad of Lehigh Valley offers mosquito barrier spray that eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard on contact. Perfect for the Asian Tiger mosquito, who prefers standing container water versus large bodies of water for breeding and development. Call today 610-365-TICK (8425).

Zika Virus Prevention Focuses on Mosquito Control in Lehigh Valley

larvacide-eliminates-mosquitoes-in-public-waterPreventing the spread of mosquito-borne diseases has always fallen on local municipalities. With the species of mosquitoes and conditions in local environments being such a vast variety, each state or mosquito control district deploys different methods of mosquito control. In the Lehigh Valley, mosquito control in public areas has been largely dependent on larvicide methods. Unfortunately, controlling the Asian Tiger mosquito (Aedes Albopictus), known to be a Zika vector, with larvicide is not very effective. Controlling the Asian Tiger mosquito will rely heavily on individuals doing what they can on their property.

Mosquito Abatement in Lehigh Valley

Larvicide is a type of chemical added to standing water and public water supplies where mosquitoes are known to breed. This method of mosquito control works by preventing mosquito larvae from maturing to adulthood. The Lehigh County Penn State Cooperative Extension applies larvicide to ponds and water supplies on public land, but cannot treat standing water on private property.

Why Larvicide Is Ineffective Against the Asian Tiger Mosquito

Asian Tiger mosquitoes are container breeders. This means they prefer their breeding grounds to be small water sources that are often found in urban and suburban areas. They actually hitched a ride to the United States for the first time in a shipment of tires that were holding a bit of water. In your yard they may find enough water in a clogged gutter, a child’s toy, a planter, a bird bath or even a bit of trash or debris that is holding moisture. This causes a great complication for mosquito control abatement programs as they can only treat public areas with larvicide, which are usually small bodies of water, not containers.

Mosquito Control is Everyone’s Responsibility

Dread Skeeter, Mosquito Squad EnforcerFollowing the 5 T’s of mosquito control is a great way to remember and check for water holding items in your yard. For additional mosquito protection, Mosquito Squad of Lehigh Valley offers a great adulticide service with our traditional mosquito barrier spray. Our barrier treatment eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard on contact and continues to work for up to 21 days. Sign up for the season and we’ll automatically come back to respray every 2-3 weeks. Call today for more information.

“All of the good work we do can be overshadowed by a pile of tires in someone’s backyard.” Bugbee, Lehigh County Penn State Cooperative Extension mosquito control expert.