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Mosquito's:  We Do Not Exterminate Mosquito's!

 

Why Don’t we offer Mosquito spraying as a control option for customers?  As pest control specialists, it is the pest technician's job to provide a safe, livable environment for our customers while protecting the environment.  

With the breakouts of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and the Zika Virus, and the media’s sensationalism, there has been an enormous demand for Mosquito control.  And much money to be made.  Businesses have popped up all over the country with the sole purpose of spraying yards with pesticides to control Mosquito's. Lawn-care companies now offer the service as a side business. While landscape workers may know grass and weeds, they likely have no experience with insects.  Do it yourself; mosquito control kits can be bought on the internet. The CDC claims; Adulticides are safe for the environment, pets, and humans, as long as the label is followed.  How many homeowners will read and follow the product label?

The most common insecticides used by these companies and sold on the internet are bifenthrin and permethrin.  These insecticides do not just kill mosquitoes; they kill many insects, such as Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, Pollen Wasps, Ants, Butterflies, all of which are essential insects needed for pollination.  Even mosquitoes are pollinators! Does it make environmental sense to harm all these insects?  After all, we consistently hear on the news about the decline of honey bees worldwide.

 

The CDC reports that:

 

Since 2018 and there have been no reported cases of Zika Virus in the Continental United States.  In 2020 there were 4 cases, but all four were related to traveling outside the United States.

 

2010-2019 there were 17 reported cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Michigan.

 

In 2019 there were 12 cases of West Nile Virus in Michigan.

 

We believe that a better solution is to reduce the breeding sites for mosquitoes, limit insecticide use, and possible trapping may be a  better solution for reducing mosquitoes in your living area.

 

Remove Standing Water Where Mosquitoes Lay Eggs

 

  • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, flowerpot saucers, or trash containers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.

  • Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets, cisterns, rain barrels) so mosquitoes cannot get inside to lay eggs.

  • For containers without lids, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

 

  • Suppose you have a septic tank, repair cracks or gaps: cover the open vent or plumbing pipes. Use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

 

Kill Mosquito Larvae Outside Your Home

  • Use larvicides to treat large bodies of water that will not be used for drinking and cannot be covered or dumped out.

  • When using larvicides, always follow label instructions.