Our mosquito program runs from April-Sept, with October being an optional month depending on the temperatures. We have seasonal packages or 1 time treatments. We offer two types of treatments. Monthly treatments for homes with high pressure areas and bi-monthly treatments for preventative maintenance.
We focus on the elimination of water sources around the structure. This can be accomplished by simply removing the water (bird bath, kiddie pool, flower pot, etc) or by treating the fixed water source (ponds, continued condensation from HVAC units, irrigation systems). We treat fixed water sources with a larvicide. This specifically effects the larvae and prevents them from maturing. The elimination/control of water sources is critical in a successful mosquito program. After all water sources have been identified and treated, we apply an insecticide to the property to control the adults. This is accomplished by using a backpack blower and misting all resting areas for mosquitoes. We are conscious to avoid edible plants and blooming flowers (avoid harming honey bees). Our monthly treatments have a 30 day residual and the Bi-Monthly is applied at a slightly higher percentage and lasts up to 60 days.
How Does a Mosquito Treatment Work on My Property?
If the mosquitoes are coming from my neighbors? Most mosquitoes have a pretty good range to find a food source, so coming from a neighbor or adjoining property is common. However, mosquitoes do not leave their resting areas and fly directly onto a food source. Mosquitoes do a thing called "hopping". Let’s say you're enjoying the evening on your deck. A mosquito leaves your neighbor’s property and flies towards you. After a little bit it lands on a tree on your property. Then it moves closer to the deck and lands on adjacent shrubs. Then it moves to the deck and lands on deck railing. Then it moves closer to you and lands on the arm rest of your chair and eventually landing on you to bite. As the mosquito moves closer to you, from your neighbors, it's picking up cues in the air (CO2 and body aroma, not body odor, but general human odor. It's been proven some people give off a more intense aroma and therefor are bitten more frequently than others). The mosquito stops on resting sites to hone in on the cues, as it rests on your property and it comes in contact with our treatment. Only the females bite. After they do, they immediately find a nearby resting site to digest the blood meal. All these times, a mosquito rests on your property it is coming in contact with our treatment. In some case mosquito activity is halted completely, most often it is severely reduced.
The two main types of Mosquitoes are the Aedes & Culex Mosquitoes. The Aedes can transmit Yellow Fever, Dengue fever, Zika Virus and Dog Heartworm. Aedes are the main problem in E. Tennessee. Most mosquitoes that people see or are bitten by are the Aedes Mosquito. Aedes prefer to be close to the ground. They generally rest in areas that are 6 ft or lower. Aedes are very active during the day and become more intense in the early evening. Culex mosquitoes are responsible for the West Nile virus. They are a threat in E. Tennessee, but less so than the Aedes. Culex mosquitoes are active after the sun has gone down. They prefer resting areas above 6ft.