Mosquitoes are some of the most deadly creatures to inhabit our planet, not to mention one of the most annoying. According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes are responsible for over 1 million human deaths each year, and cause somewhere between 300 and 500 million malaria infections each year. While mosquitoes by themselves are not that dangerous, they are notorious for carrying all sorts of infectious diseases and parasites that they like to leave behind with each meal.
Malaria and other mosquito borne diseases are not as much of a threat in the USA as they are in some other countries, but it is still important to protect yourself, your pets, your friends, and your family from these blood-sucking disease-ridden parasites. While not as effective as staying indoors and living in fear for the rest of your life, Second Nature’s mosquito control program can significantly reduce the amount of mosquitoes in and around your lawn, making it much safer to be outside around your house.
Controlling 100% of the mosquito population isn’t possible, but we can control a large portion of the population by sending our technicians out to your property every 4-6 weeks (5 times a year) before and during the mosquitoes’ most active seasons to reapply insecticide that will keep the population low enough to barely be noticed.
Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about our mosquito control program:
- How does this treatment work?
- Our trained technicians will use a special blend of insecticides designed to target both adult pests as well as their eggs. This insecticide will then be applied to your property with a misting system. The mist will be sprayed throughout your landscaping, trees (up to twenty feet in height) and across the entire lawn.
- How long does will this treatment remain effective?
- Our mosquito control treatments will provide you with protection for up to 21 days. With our unlimited spray package, a technician will visit your home every three weeks to ensure that the mosquito barrier never has time to break down. That way you can consistently enjoy your outdoor space all season long.
- Can I get a one-time treatment to protect guests for a party or special event?
- Yes! We do require that you call our office a few days in advance to schedule a visit. For maximum effectiveness, we will need to treat the property 48-72 hours prior to your event.
- Will this treatment kill all of the mosquitoes and ticks on my property?
- No service can guarantee 100% insect control on your property. We can, however, guarantee a reduction of 85%-90% of the biting insects on your property within as little as two treatments.
- Is this treatment harmful to children or pets?
- No, but we do recommend that you stay off of the treated areas for a minimum of 30 minutes after treatment. This will ensure that the products have had time to dry. Once the treatment has dried, your property is once again available for your enjoyment.
- How long will it take to treat my property?
- Most properties will take between 20-30 minutes from start to finish. Of course, larger properties will take longer depending upon their size and landscaped areas.
- Do I need to be home during treatment?
- No, you do not need to be home at the time of treatment. However, we do require you to ensure all windows are closed during the treatment process and any gates you have are unlocked so that the technician may treat the entire property.
- What other insects are controlled with this treatment?
- Though we target mostly the mosquito population, many other insects are controlled with the same application. Dog ticks, Deer ticks, Fleas, Japanese beetles, ants, mole crickets, billbugs, centipedes, earwigs, sod webworms and mites are some of the other pests that will be controlled with your insect treatments.
- What if it rains after treatment?
- Our insecticide treatments are combined with a “sticker” that helps to bind the treatment to plant surfaces. Once the treatment has had thirty minutes to dry, it is nearly impossible for rain to wash it away. If you feel that the treatment has been washed away, please contact our office and we will gladly reapply your mosquito control.
- How will I know the technician has been at my house?
- Once the treatment has been completed, your technician will leave an invoice on your door. This invoice will include information such as: date and time of treatment (This will help you know how long to wait until treatment has dried.), product amounts used, and any other notes from our technician that are specific to your property. Additionally, a flag will be left on your property by our technician, similar to the ones left
- Why should treatments continue through October?
- Continuing treatments every 21 days not only reduces the interactions you have with these pests, but it also is a proactive step in keeping your property from being a suitable place for these insects to inhabit and/or lay eggs. Fewer eggs laid in the fall means there will be fewer hatching pests in the spring.
- Do you spray inside of the house?
- Our outdoor treatments will greatly reduce the number of insects on your property. This in turn, will reduce the number of pests attempting to enter your home. For indoor pest control, please contact your local exterminator.
- Will this treatment harm any fish or frogs in my pond?
- Fish can be harmed by improperly applied insecticides. Which is why our technicians are trained in the proper application practices for these treatments and will not spray in or around pond areas.
- Will this treatment harm my plants?
- This treatment will not harm your landscape plants in any way.
- Will this application harm the bees or butterflies?
- The insecticides used for this application can be harmful to both bees and butterflies. This is why we train our applicators to not apply to any flowering plants. As long as the bees and butterflies are not landing on treated surfaces, no harm will come to them. If there are particular plants that you do not want treated, please inform the office prior to treatment or let the technician know when they arrive on your property