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Tick 101, Diseases & Product Info

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Tick 101
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Outreach & Awareness

Over 850,000 people die of malaria in Africa every year, most of them children, but together we can stop it. Malaria No More has an aggressive plan to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015, but we need your help to do it.

Your gift will help fund programs such as delivering life-saving mosquito nets to at-risk families in Africa and providing education and support for malaria prevention.

Please help us make the end of malaria deaths our generation’s greatest humanitarian achievement.

Please visit the Malaria No More website to make a donation.

Product Information

Our EPA registered barrier spray products are specifically designed to effectively control mosquitoes and ticks while posing minimum risk to people and pets. They have undergone extensive testing and have been proven effective at over 80 Mosquito Squad locations nationwide.

All of our traditional barrier spray products are synthetic reproductions of natural pyrethrum, which is derived from the chrysanthemum flower. They have been modified to resist degradation by sunlight and rainfall for about 3 weeks and then breakdown naturally into harmless byproducts.

In addition to mosquito and tick control, these products are also commonly used in flea treatments for dogs, head lice medications, and scabies treatments. They are also the most commonly used residential insecticides in the world.

Our proprietary, time-released blend ensures that you are getting only the legendary protection that only Mosquito Squad can offer. Each application is backed by our free retreatment guarantee meaning that you can rest assured with being protected by the best – Mosquito Squad Chicago.

Tick 101


Tick Protection for Your Home and Family

Ticks are both dangerous and annoying. To reduce the number ticks on your property, Mosquito Squad recommends following the 6-C’s of tick control:


Ticks thrive in damp, shaded environments and tend to die in sunny, dry areas. Clear out areas where lawn and tree debris gather and relocate compost piles away from high traffic areas. Separate those areas with wood chips or gravel. And avoid positioning playground equipment, decks, or patios near wooded areas.



Eliminate leaf litter and brush by cleaning it up around the house and lawn edges, mow tall grasses and keep your lawn short. This reduces the number pf places that ticks can hide.



Select plants and shrubs that are not attractive to deer and/or install physical barriers to keep deer out of your yard. Check with your local nursery to determine the best choices for your area.


Familiarize yourself with the most likely tick hiding places on your property and check them frequently. Fences, brick walls, and patio retaining walls are all common hiding places.



Family pets are prime targets for ticks and can carry infected ticks into your home. Talk to your veterinarian about using tick collars or sprays. As with all pest control products, be sure to only use as directed and to always use caution.



MosquitoSquad utilizes a combination of barrier sprays that eliminate adult ticks on contact, and strategically placed tick tubes. Tick tubes prompt field mice to incorporate tick-killing material into their bedding, effectively eliminating hundreds of tick nymphs found in each mouse nest before they can grow into full adults.

Tick Diseases


Disease-infected ticks can also be a major health concern, as they can carry deadly diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The spread of Lyme disease in recent years has also added
to the dangers of tick borne disease. Our barrier spray eliminates mature ticks on contact; however let a Mosquito Squad representative know if any of the following apply to your family or property:

– Your yard is adjacent to woods, fields or tall grasses.
– Your yard has a wall fence.
– You or someone in the family are frequent gardeners.
– Your children enjoy playing in or near fields, trees or tall grass.
– You have a lot of trees, shrubbery or dense groundcover plantings on your property.
– You have a brush, wood, leaf litter, or a compost pile on or near your yard.
– You have pets that love the outdoors.
– Join the Mosquito Squad’s Fight against Malaria!


Lyme Disease

Named after the town in Connecticut in which it was first found, Lyme disease is the most prevalent tick-borne disease in the United States, being diagnosed in all states except Hawaii. There are nearly 30,000 cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control each year. If caught early, Lyme disease responds well to a variety of antibiotics. Unfortunately, Lyme is not the easiest disease to diagnose. The telltale bull’s eye rash is only one of the many symptoms of Lyme, which also includes fever, fatigue and joint pain.



Although it does affect humans, ehrlichiosis is most commonly found in deer and dogs. The bacteria kills white blood cells causing headaches, fatigue and aches. Luckily, ehrlichiosis is treated with a series of antibiotics.

Tick Facts

Quick Facts About Ticks

– Although commonly referred to as insects, ticks are technically arachnids.

– Ticks are classified as parasites since they all feed on the blood of host animals.

– Tick species number in the hundreds, but only a handful typically transmits disease to humans.

– The ticks of greatest concern in the US are the blackegged tick (also known as the deer tick in the eastern US), the Lone Star tick, and the dog tick.

– Ticks do not jump or fly. Typically, they transfer to hosts by waiting on tall grass and crawling aboard when a mammal happens by.

– Ticks can be active when the ground temperature is above 45 degrees Farenheit.

– Ticks that endanger humans also choose deer hosts and are usually prevalent wherever deer are found.

– Tick bites often go undetected because they do not hurt or itch.

– Ticks that enter your home can live there for extended periods.

– There are two families of ticks: hard ticks (Ixodidae) and soft ticks (Argasidae).

– Hard ticks have three distinct life stages: larva, nymph and adult.

– Soft ticks may go through a number of nymph stages before reaching adult status.

– Tick larvae are not believed to carry pathogens. The pathogens are received from the host when the larvae take their first blood meal. They will not feed again until nymph stage.

– The nymph stage is believed to be most responsible for infecting humans as nymphs are small and can more easily go undetected on the skin.