Zika In Late Summer: An Update

With the fluidity of the Zika situation, we thought it necessary to provide a summation of recent Zika news and discoveries to help you stay up to speed as to the risks.


Zika in Miami

Miami is the first and at this point only place where Zika has been transmitted locally in the continental U.S. from a mosquito. Which means the infected mosquito got Zika by biting an infected person in Miami. The CDC has issued a travel warning for pregnant women to all of Miami-Dade County since more cases sprung up in Miami Beach over the weekend. Last week a man from El Paso was confirmed to have contracted it while traveling to Miami, taking it back home with him. So there could begin the cycle. If you know you have Zika it is imperative that you DO NOT get bitten by a mosquito.

Zika in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico reported almost 2,000 new cases of Zika in one week earlier this month. The Surgeon General says he expects 25% of the entire population to have Zika by the end of this year. 10,690 people have been infected in Puerto Rico by Zika and health authorities think that number is higher. Many people with the virus show no symptoms and never realize they have it. However, that will not keep them from passing it on to another human via sexual contact or a mosquito that bites them.

Babies With Birth Defects

16 babies have been born in the United States with Zika related birth defects according to the CDC pregnancy registry. This statistic is as of August 4th and along with those births there have been 5 in womb deaths and two newborn deaths, all Zika related. These numbers are likely to climb.

Zika Not a Factor At Olympics: Will it Be When Athletes Arrive Home?

The Olympics are over and while Zika didn’t create the immediate issues in Rio that some may have been concerned with we don’t know what might happen next. The CDC is at present researching how long Zika stays in the human system. Their findings lean toward the fact that Zika might remain in semen much longer than other bodily fluids. Since often someone with Zika may not show any symptoms, a male could come home from a trip to Rio, and if he and his partner want to have a child, they may need to wait much longer than previously thought before they begin to try.

There is no doubt that this virus travels fast and is dangerous. The information is also ever changing. Scientists and government agencies are putting new information out weekly.

Brian Bostick ownerAt Mosquito Squad of Wilmington and Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand we are committed to getting this information to you. We also want to ease your worry about mosquito and tick-borne illnesses with our mosquito barrier and tick spray services. Please call one of our locations today and let’s discuss the best solution for you and your family.

Mosquito Squad of Wilmington 910-791-9800

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Rio’s Biggest Winners Started as Children with Big Dreams

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

The Olympics… they empower us all, don’t they? It’s day 8 of 17, and the US has won 40 medals already. As Michael Phelps added the 22nd Olympic medal of his career, every American felt like they too stood just a little taller for a moment. And we can learn a little about how to face our most stressful days from the Final Five. As Aly Raisman tells us “we should carry ourselves that way, not be scared and shaky because we have that pressure. It should be the opposite. You know, you walk in like you’re number one and I think that’s intimidating to everyone else.” Their new spot on the front of the Special K Box says her theory is working.

One to Watch

All of our Olympic athletes have been working for years to get to their place in Rio. Gymnast, Simone Biles is the perfect example. Born in 1997, she taught herself to do back flips off her mailbox before her first gymnastics class. And then, as a 6-year-old on a field trip to a gym, it seems she had that life changing moment. She started by trying the same twists and flips as the older girls she had seen, began formal training, found a coach…and as they say, “the rest is history.” Not just history, but history in the making. This 4 foot 9 inch 19-year-old has 14 world championship medals, the most ever won by an American woman. This year in Rio she has won the gold for the Women’s team all-around and Women’s individual all-around. We will be watching Simone Biles do great things for many years to come.

And Still There is Zika

Zika in Brazil and Zika in America: The mosquito-borne illness is not out of the news. It doesn’t seem to have cast the awful shadow on the Olympics that people may have been afraid of a few months ago, but the reality of the effects on unborn children is still something to be concerned about. Young couples are watching the Olympics, feeling that sense of empowerment, and wondering if they could have their own budding Michael Phelps or Simone Biles one day, need to protect themselves from the harm a single mosquito bite can bring an unborn child.

Brian Bostick ownerProtect your family, those already here and yet to come, by eliminating mosquitoes from your yard. Call us: Mosquito Squad of Wilmington 910-791-9800 or Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand 843-492-0925. We will work with you to create the best solution in keep your outdoor living spaces virtually pest free!

Zika Virus: Mosquito Transmitted in Miami. Is South Carolina Next?

Asian-Tiger-Mosquito-Wilmington-NCIn 2015 we began to hear talk of the Zika virus in the United States. It is a mosquito-borne illness but had been brought here by those that travelled to other already affected countries. The things we knew were that it could also be transmitted through sexual contact and from a mother to her unborn child in the womb. While many experience no symptoms, those who do, experience a mild, flu-like illness at best, but the effects on unborn children can be severe. Birth defects and severe brain damage are among the possible outcomes when a pregnant mother is infected with the Zika virus. Yet still, there were no mosquitoes carrying the actual disease in the United States…until now. As of August 6th, the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami Florida is reporting 13 cases of Zika virus transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, confirmed this number in an interview with NPR and urged pregnant women not to travel to this area.


We Are Probably Next

shutterstock_125572388How does the illness suddenly change from being something that is coming into the country via humans to being transmitted by mosquitoes? It’s a simple process really. Humans with the Zika virus can transmit Zika to mosquitoes. Someone brings it into this country, possibly with no idea that they have it, a mosquito bites them and becomes infected. And now it is transmitted by the mosquito. So as the number of infected people goes up, the risk for mosquitoes to become infected goes up. The Post Courier out of Charleston spoke with Robert Yanity, a spokesman for the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and he spoke of the chance of the virus being transmitted by mosquitoes in our local communities. Local entomologist Dwight Williams told the Post that the chances are “very likely.” There are already 25 cases of Zika reported in SC and 19 in NC, though none from a mosquito bite.


How Do We Take Control?

The vector for Zika is the Aedes aegypti mosquito. These mosquitoes are considered to be very aggressive. They are daytime biters; their eggs hatch in small water filled containers and areas in urban and suburban areas. Over the years it appears that these type of mosquitoes have also become able to survive in drought periods. The CDC believes that this adaptability makes them more difficult to control.

Brian Bostick ownerAt Mosquito Squad of Wilmington and Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand, we believe that difficult does not mean impossible. As we continue to keep you informed of the changing information, we remind you that the situation in Miami is serious. If you must travel there, protect yourself. Wear protective clothing and keep your bug spray handy. If you are pregnant… stay home. Protect your home and neighborhood as well. Remember the 5Ts of mosquito control. Making sure that your home environment is not the type of environment that mosquitoes prefer can go a long way! And call us. Mosquito Squad of Wilmington and Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand are the number one ranked mosquito control service in this area. Our barrier spray will eliminate 85-90% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in your yard allowing you to relax and enjoy it with your friends, your family, and any possible new arrivals! Call today.

Mosquito Squad of Wilmington 910-791-9800 or Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand 843-492-0825

Mosquitoes Are A Nuisance… They Don’t Need Our Help

I think there can be a love/hate line when it comes to summer, especially in the south. Of course, we love our vacations, our days on the beach, cookouts, water slides… just outdoor time in general. But the bugs…. OH THE BUGS! Warm, often wet weather is simply what they love, and that’s what we’ve got. In an environment that already has the proper conditions for breeding mosquitoes, it is important that we DO NOT help them along.


Backyards Can Breed As Many Mosquitoes as a Swamp

Fox News of Wilmington reports of a home that became a literal breeding ground for thousands of mosquitoes. After a complaint of mosquitoes in excess of what was normal, this home in Carolina Beach, NC was found with 30 containers of standing water in the backyard, each container filled with Asian Tiger Mosquitoes. These are the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, dengue and chikungunya. GROSS!!!  And SCARY too. The diseases that mosquitoes carry can be very dangerous.

“Container breeding mosquitoes lay their eggs on the side of containers, and every time it rains, the eggs will hatch,” explains Marie Hemmen of the New Hanover County Environmental Health Vector Control. You wouldn’t believe how fast one female duplicates. From 1 to possibly 1 billion in just 4 weeks. That is truly out of control. This family was given two weeks to clean up, but that is a lot of time for more mosquito growth.

Don’t Let This Be You

At Mosquito Squad of Wilmington and Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand, we urge you not to create such breeding grounds in your own neighborhood. While the above story is extreme, at such a rapid rate of multiplication, much smaller containers of standing water are still incredibly harmful. Follow the 5 Ts of mosquito control and rid your yard of any containers that might be suited for a mosquito habitat. Do it for the safety and well-being of your entire neighborhood. Also, protect yourself from situations that are out of your control. By letting our trained technicians put down our 100% guaranteed barrier spray, you can eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard. Don’t let a neighbor’s negligence affect the quality of your outdoor living. Take the hate out of this love/hate relationship with summer by calling us today!

Brian Bostick ownerMosquito Squad of Wilmington (910) 791-9800 or

Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand (843) 492-0925

Zika… In the News Again

zika-linked-with-guillain-barre-syndromeNot many days pass between each news story, whether it is tracking the effects of Zika or new research findings or simply the growing number of instances in the United States. Most of us know the basic information: this virus is transmitted to humans by the Aedes mosquito, but can also be passed along through sexual contact and from a mother to her unborn child. Severe birth defects have been found in some children that contract Zika in the womb, however for most healthy, nonpregnant individuals symptoms are mild, if at all, and the illness passes quickly. But as always there are exceptions and the latest news story is one of those unfortunate exceptions.

Zika Virus Contributed to Utah Man’s Death

On July 8th Myrtle Beach Online News posted a report of the first Zika related death in the United States. It wasn’t until after his death that a lab confirmed this elderly man, who had some other underlying health issues, did, in fact, have the Zika virus. Dr. Dagmar Vitek, medical director for the Salt Lake County Department of Health, stated that he was sure that Zika contributed to his death, but the complete cause was unknown and that “it may not be possible to determine how the Zika infection contributed to the death.” The man had recently travelled to a country where the virus is circulating. The Weather Channel reports Dr. Ari Faraji, manager of the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District, as saying that the mosquitoes that can carry Zika are not detected in Utah at all as of this season. No other information about this man will be released, according to CNN, due to health privacy laws.

Precaution is Always Key

A 70-year-old man in the United States territory of Puerto Rico also died of Zika complications in February. That makes 2 in the U.S. Two doesn’t seem like a big number and with still no Zika instances transmitted by a mosquito bite there seems to be no reason for concern. Both of these men were older with other health issues that contributed to their death as well.

Brian Bostick ownerHowever, mosquitoes contract Zika by biting infected humans, so one of the best things we can do to prevent this virus from spreading is to eliminate the vector. At Mosquito Squad of Wilmington and Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand, we are dedicated to keeping you informed as news of Zika arises. As the number one ranked mosquito control company in Coastal Carolina, we are also dedicated to lowering the risk of all mosquito and tick-borne illnesses. Our barrier spray eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes and ticks from your yard. Call either location today and begin enjoying your outdoor environment!

Wilmington (910) 791-9800

Myrtle Beach (843) 492-0825


We’ve Come A Long Way Since the Backyard Bug Zapper

Bug Zapper_Mosquito_Control_Myrtle BeachTechnology… it seems to be what makes the world turn in present society. And while we aren’t all in flying cars quite yet, new and amazing things pop up every day. The latest in India is the mosquito repellent tv. Who would have thought? But yes! LG has invented a tv that uses ultrasonic sound waves, not heard by human ears, to repel mosquitoes. According to The Telegraph “the same technology, which was certified as effective by an independent laboratory near Chennai, India, has been used by LG in air conditioners and washing machines”. The LG 32LG52D TV will launch in India, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, in hopes of helping the fight against Zika, dengue, and malaria as reported by Technobuffalo.com. It’s fascinating to think that we have really come that far since the first tv demonstration in 1927.

Technology is wonderful, but let’s be honest, most of us go outside to get away from our televisions. Sure, watching the big game with all your friends on the back patio can be great, but it’s just not something we plan to do on a regular basis. When you are planting your flowers and vegetables, this form of mosquito protection just doesn’t seem convenient. And screen time: we push our children to run and play in the back yard to get less of it, not to take it with them. Sometimes the tried and true methods remain the best, no matter what new thing comes along. After all, how many people do you know have a bug zapper hanging in their backyard today?

Go With the Tried and True Mosquito Control

Why go with gimmicks? Mosquito Squad is your proven source for mosquito control in Wilmington & Myrtle Beach. Our time released barrier spray will eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes at your home. Our automatic mosquito misting system is programmed for continuous mosquito control; with our mild climate that can be necessary throughout much of the year.

Brian Bostick ownerWe have worked for over 11 years to become the #1 ranked mosquito control company in the area. Call either of our locations today for true professional protection from mosquitoes and the diseases that they carry. Mosquito Squad of Wilmington at (910) 791-9800 or Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand at (843) 492-0925.

As Tropical Storms Head Out to Sea Mosquitoes Multiply in Wilmington & Myrtle

Carolina-Tropical-Storms-Bring-MosquitoesJune 20th was the first day of summer and summer weather is certainly upon us! The thermometer is on the rise. Of course, this is what we expect and long for in our coastal paradise. There is nothing better than a day spent under that big orange ball in the sky, whether it’s on one of our many golf courses, on the beach, by the pool, or under the sprinklers in our own backyard. Cotton ball clouds bounce like beach balls in our skies of perfection blue. Waves twinkle like stars as the roll up to greet the shoreline with a kiss. People drive many hours to share a few days of our amazing summers. But as full-time residents of the coast, we know summer brings us weather complications as well.

Warmth + Water = Mosquitoes

Carolina-mosquitoes-need-water-to-reproduceTropical Storm Bonnie swept through the South and North Carolina coasts with flooding rains the weekend of Memorial Day. Then by June 5th, Colin had been named a tropical storm and brought more rain. According to The Weather Channel, it is extremely rare to have a “C” named storm early in June, so that could make a record number of storms a possibility this season. Extreme heat can also create “pop-up” storms, often many afternoons in a row. Lots of rain creates lots of standing water. Do you know what LOVES heat and standing water? Yes, mosquitoes!

More and more we are learning of mosquito-borne illness and how it can affect us, our pets, our livestock, even our unborn children. Myrtle Beach mosquito spray and Wilmington mosquito spray can be the hassle-free way to combat these diseases at your home. You want to enjoy this time of year and all the fun that comes along with it. Letting us, at Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand and Mosquito Squad of Wilmington, help keep your environment pest free is the best way to do that. Constant swatting of little flying bugs and wondering if they might carry disease can keep you trapped indoors. Our barrier sprays, mosquito misting systems, and event sprays eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes on your property and will make your outdoor living a comfortable environment all summer long.

Brian Bostick ownerWe also remind you of the 5Ts of mosquito control. Making your yard less appealing to the little pests is something you can be a part of too! Call us today and let’s get a plan in place! (910) 791-9800 and (843) 492-0925 or email us at wilmington@mosquitosquad.com or grandstrand@mosquitosquad.com Take control of your yard this summer!

Protecting Our Myrtle Beach Pets Goes Beyond Dogs and Cats

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Myrtle BeachWe all love our pets, but if these pets include horses, ponies, or donkeys they may be a part of what makes up your livelihood. Keeping them safe from disease is crucial and unlike smaller pets, keeping them inside and away from the pests that carry disease just isn’t an option. In Horry County, the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has already been discovered. Adam Eichelberger, a veterinarian in the program for animal health at Clemson University, states that this case of EEE is the earliest in the season the disease has emerged in years. Triple E is a severe ailment for horses and can be for humans as well. As we watch the news waiting to see when and if the Zika virus will become a real threat here in South Carolina there are dangerous threats already upon us.

What Is EEE?

Myrtle-Beach-Mosquito-Misting-is-Perfect-for-Horse-BarnsEastern Equine Encephalitis is spread by the freshwater swamp mosquito, also called the black-tailed mosquito. Boyd Parr, the SC state veterinarian, believes that the flooding of 2015 has created the perfect environment for the mosquito which is probably the cause of this case being so early in the season. Horses with EEE will become symptomatic between two to five days after exposure. Problems show up as stumbling, staggering, circling, head pressing, fearfulness, leg weakness, partial paralysis, muscle twitching, inability to stand, and death. In 2013, 48 out of 49 unvaccinated horses that contracted EEE in South Carolina died.

EEE in humans can be just as severe, causing inflammation of the brain. Symptoms start with headaches, chills, fever, and vomiting and can lead to disorientation, seizure, and coma. As one of the most severe diseases contracted from mosquitoes, the CDC says there is a mortality rate of approximately 33% in humans along with permanent brain damage in those that do survive.

Let Us Be Your Mosquito Control Solution in Myrtle Beach

Brian Bostick ownerVeterinarians urge horse owners to get their animals vaccinated. At Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand, we can help protect your animals as well. Along with our mosquito barrier spray service, we also install, service and repair automatic mosquito misting systems across the Myrtle Beach area. Our automatic misting system is installed in your yard and unique to your landscaping needs. The systems are individually programmed to spray at times to fit your schedule for maximum mosquito control. Misting systems are perfect for marshy, wooded areas, horse stables or anywhere that may require added mosquito control. We can eliminate 90%+ of mosquitoes on your property with this system. We also provide service, supplies and repairs for systems installed by other companies. Call us today at Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand to discuss the best mosquito control service for you. (843) 492 – 0925

Get the Kids Outside This Summer With Mosquito Squad

mosquito-control-wilmington-ncSummer vacation is here! The kids are ready for it! You know the movie scene, where the school doors burst open, and they all come running out? Well, it’s happening and they are headed for your yard. Summer in the south is what kids dreams are made of. Popsicles and homemade ice cream after a day of running up the hill and barreling down the slip-n-slide, hours of screams and laughter on the trampoline or in the pool. Don’t let those joyous screams turn into painful ones from a swarm of fire ant bites.

No Bugs. No Bites. No Kidding.

The whole family loves the smell of charcoal and steaks on the grill in the early evening, who wants to overpower it with the smell of citronella and bug spray that still leave you with itchy mosquito bites or oops burning eyes? Summer nights are meant for chasing fireflies not swatting mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not just a nuisance, but can pass on dangerous illnesses like Zika, West Nile Virus and Triple E. 

Rover and Fluffy are excited about all the outdoor activity too… as long as it doesn’t mean lots of itchy and scratchy flea bites!

Mosquito Squad of Wilmington and Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand would like to help make your yard a safe and fun environment for your pets and family. For your fire ant issues, we have the only product available proven to work for 12 months. Our time released mosquito barrier spray will eliminate 85-90% of the mosquito population in your yard for 2-3 weeks and works right along with our flea and tick spray. We also have special event spraying services and an automatic mosquito misting system that delivers continuous protection from mosquitoes in your yard.

Brian Bostick ownerWhile the summer break always seems to go by too fast, days can be very long if the kids are trapped inside. The best thing you can do for a care-free summer is creating a pest-free backyard you and your kids can enjoy all day, all evening and all night without spray, without candles, and without worry. We are here to help! Call us at Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand (843) 492-0925 and Mosquito Squad of Wilmington 910-791-9800.

The Zika Virus Threat has Resulted in New Creative Mosquito Control Measures Worldwide

mosquito control services wilmington NCWhen mosquito-borne disease threatens the world, local governments have always been responsible for monitoring and managing their local mosquito populations. The Zika Virus provides a special challenge to local mosquito control districts as the mosquitoes that transmit Zika are container breeders not found in large water supplies treated by traditional larvicide methods. With the added threat of Zika in Myrtle Beach & Wilmington, we can’t help but feel inspired by the newest creative mosquito control methods being employed worldwide to stop this dangerous disease.

The Mosquito Killing Billboard

A special mosquito attracting billboard was built with the Zika mosquito, Aedes Aegypti in mind. The billboard emits a mixture of carbon dioxide and other chemicals to mimic human sweat for attracting mosquitoes. Once the mosquito comes close, there is a mechanism for catching them. Once inside the mosquito cannot escape and dies from dehydration. The best part, this billboard’s specs can be found on creative commons so that local mosquito control districts worldwide can build their own.


Mosquitofish are being released in public water supplies and offered to residents in Texas and the Florida Keys. The fish aggressively hunt and devour mosquito larvae and pupae where they grow in water before they can develop into blood-sucking adults. These fish live well with coy and goldfish in water features and are a great addition to larvicide and spraying in the local municipalities that are employing them.

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes

A British company called Oxitec developed a genetically engineered male mosquito that when released in the wild will create infertile offspring. Since the male mosquitoes do not feed on blood, there is no risk to humans, and experts say that this method can sharply reduce mosquito populations within a few generations in areas where deployed. The FDA has given preliminary approval for release in the Florida Keys, but the final approval will come after the public has had a chance to voice their opinion.

While budget cuts have led to less active mosquito control from our local municipalities, many still offer mosquito spray upon request. In South Carolina the SCDHEC has a list of cities and counties, if you call in a complaint, you may be able to get some mosquito control help. In North Carolina each city or county creates their own program; in Wilmington, New Hanover County offers larvicide and mosquito spray based on request and mosquito surveillance.

Brian Bostick ownerPreventing Zika Virus in Myrtle Beach & Wilmington relies on you! It is paramount that you follow the 5 Ts of mosquito control in your yard. Eliminating standing water is important to limiting Zika mosquito population growth. If you’re looking for regular mosquito control for your property in Myrtle Beach or Wilmington, call today! Call Mosquito Squad of Wilmington at (910) 791-9800. OR Mosquito Squad of the Grand Strand at (843)492-0925