Mosquitoes. More than just an annoyance on the Cape and Islands.
Mosquitoes are not only a threat to people but also your pets. On the Cape and Islands, they have been known to carry West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and may carry others in the future. But mosquitoes are also the vector for heartworm in pets.
Cape Cod Mosquito Squad provides a 1-2 punch against mosquitoes. Our plant-based barrier system moves protection directly to their habitat. This keeps chemicals like deet off you, prevents these lotions and sprays from entering your skin and lungs and prevents them from washing down the drain, potentially affecting our wells and water table.
Our advanced system provides a film on foliage that while it eliminates mosquitoes and ticks, it is rain resistant and helps protect your plants, shrubs and ornamentals from things like gypsy moths, aphids, borers and japanese beetles. Most companies do not provide the second punch of our system which is to treat and eliminate breeding areas and sources.
Our 1-2 punch system provides the most effective overall result with a more comprehensive and specific program that helps protect you and the environment.
Tips for MOSQUITO CONTROL
Mosquito Protection for Your Home and Family
Watch Jason Cameron, TV host and licensed contractor, as he shares his top strategies to control mosquitos (2 minute video) or check out the slides to read a summary of Jason's top tips: Tip, Toss, Turn, Remove Tarps, Take Care, Team Up.
To learn more, watch the video or scroll through the slides below.
Quick Facts About Mosquitoes
- There are over 3,000 mosquito species worldwide
- Over 150 mosquito species inhabit the US
- A relatively small number of species transmit dangerous disease
- Only adult female mosquitoes bite
- A female mosquito needs one blood meal for every batch of eggs she produces
- Mosquitoes feed on nectar, plant juices and decaying plant material
- All mosquitoes have 4 distinct life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult
- Mosquito eggs require standing water to hatch into successful larvae
- Mosquito eggs can survive up to seven years before hatching
- With a 100% survival rate, a single mosquito could be responsible for over one billion mosquito descendants in less than a month
Vectors of Infection
West Nile Virus (WNV)
First found in Uganda in 1937, WNV has spread globally. Its flulike symptoms include fever, headache, and body aches. More serious symptoms include disorientation, muscle weakness, neck stiffness and more. Eighty percent of West Nile cases will never display any symptoms.
Among the most serious condition linked to mosquitoes, encephalitis is the inflammation of the brain. It starts as a virus that usually resolves itself, but in the cases that it worsens, it can invade the central nervous system and cause encephalitis. Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE) is the most common encephalitis and can affect humans and horses.
Spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, the Zika virus is an emerging virus garnering much media-attention. Symptoms of the virus include fever, skin rash, and conjunctivitis and typically last less than a week. A connection between Zika in pregnant women and birth defects is currently being investigated.
This parasitic roundworm infects dogs and other animals. The heartworm larva is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito and proceeds through a variety of life stages. The heartworm takes residence in the host’s heart where it grows to impressive lengths. It is of the greatest concern in canines where it most frequently leads to serious repercussions.
Eradicated in the US in the 1940s, malaria continues to kill millions in Africa each year. Malaria is both preventable and treatable. To help fight the spread of malaria, Mosquito Squad is a proud supporter of Malaria No More, a nonprofit working to make sure every family in Africa has timely access to the tools they need to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria.
With outbreaks in Africa, Asia, and Europe, the Chikungunya virus was first found in the Americas in 2013 in the Caribbean. This mosquito-borne disease causes fever, joint pain, headaches, rash and swelling. There is currently no vaccine for chikungunya and travelers to affected areas are encouraged to protect themselves against mosquito bites.