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MOSQUITO CONTROL

The threat of West Nile virus is real, and so are other viruses mosquitoes can carry.
Beyond mosquito repellent for protecting you and your family, Bug Busters offers a mosquito reduction program. Our focus is the reduction of existing mosquito larvae developing in standing water and managing them before they become breeding, biting adults. Bug Busters offers a dual approach to reducing mosquito populations. The goal of our program is to reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property that may carry diseases such as West Nile virus, encephalitis, dengue, malaria and canine heartworm.

Unfortunately, not all of the mosquitoes you encounter on your property originate there. This means an ongoing treatment program is your best option to help protect you and your family, so you can continue to enjoy to the enjoy your outdoor activities.

Mosquito Biology:
Successful mosquito management requires a knowledge of where and how they develop. All mosquitoes pass through four life stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. The first three stages must have water for development. The number of days from egg to adult varies. Some mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in less than a week, or development can be extended to several months, depending on species and temperature.

In our area, there are two major groups of mosquitoes, Culex sp. and Aedes sp. which have markedly different egg-laying habits. The Culex group lay their eggs on the surface of water. The Aedes group deposit their eggs at the base of vegetation near water, above the water line in artificial containers or in tree holes that hold water.

How do you know if mosquitoes are carrying a disease?
It is impossible to tell. Personal precautions such as store bought repellents are recommended. Professional management methods include two distinct control agents: adulticides, which kill adult mosquitoes, and larvicides, which prevent larval mosquitoes from becoming breeding, biting adults.

How do the products we use reduce mosquito populations?
We will treat the landscaping and foundation around the property with a residual adulticide to help reduce the population of mosquitoes in their resting sites. When necessary, we will treat mosquito breeding sites on the property to help prevent mosquito larvae from developing into adults.

Will treatments totally eliminate the mosquitoes on my property?
While treatment is intended to help reduce the mosquito population on your property, our program will not totally eliminate mosquitoes. Bug Busters, Mosquito Management Program is intended to help reduce the breeding and resting sites of mosquitoes around your property thus reducing, but not eliminating the opportunity of being bitten by mosquitoes.

The Bug Busters, Mosquito Management Program is a proactive approach rather than a reactive approach in the reduction of mosquito breeding and resting sites.

Besides ponds and streams, where else do mosquitoes breed?

  • Over-watered landscaping
  • Water gardens
  • Bird baths
  • Old tires
  • Flower pots
  • Tree holes
  • Pool covers
  • Urns
  • Rain barrels
  • Roof gutters
  • Ornamental fountains
  • Abandoned swimming pools
  • Water troughs
  • Retention ponds
  • Any other water-holding receptacles, especially after rainfall

Tips for avoiding mosquito bites:

  1. Stay indoors during dawn, dusk and early evening when mosquitoes are more likely to bite.
  2. Wear light-colored clothing, plus long-sleeved shirts and long pants for extra protection.
  3. Use personal repellents on skin and clothing.
  4. Protect your dog or cat with a product made especially for pets that repels mosquitoes.

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PestQuest
Tips for Winter More Tips

Prolonged storage of garments/fabrics. To prevent carpet beetle, cloth moth and other fabric insect damage, avoid prolonged storage of unused garments, bedding, any fur or animal pelts, old wool rugs, or upholstered furniture.

Food storage areas. Keep kitchen cabinets, pantry areas and other food storage areas clean and remove crumbs or food particles, as exposed food attracts insects. Use older products before newer ones, and opened packages first.

When purchasing packaged food, be certain containers are sealed. Check the packaging date. Packages with clear plastic or wax paper coverings should be checked for food-infesting moth larva and other insects.

Improper food storage practices. Store dried foods in insect proof containers such as screw top glass, heavy plastic, or metal containers. This prevents entry or escape of Indian Meal Moths and other pantry pests.

Purchase dried food in packages that can be used up in a short time. With families of our own, we realize the benefits to purchasing in bulk, however, whenever possible keep foods in dry storage less than 2 to 4 months.

Broken basement windows, warped doors, holes in the foundation, or unscreened vents. These are invasion routes for mice, rats and even squirrels. Close bulkhead doors tightly. Cover vents with metal grillwork, backed by rust resistant screening.

Trash containers clean, covered, and lined with plastic trash bags. Keep trash containers clean, covered, and lined with plastic trash bags to reduce this food source for cockroaches and rodents.

Pet food unsealed or left out overnight. Indian Meal Moths and other pantry pests will infest pet and bird food if left accessible. Keep pet and bird food sealed and unavailable to these pests. Rats and Mice will also feed on pet and bird foods.