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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 Spring More Tips

Wood to soil contact. Keep soil from touching wood to reduce pest access. If there must be wood to soil contact (on a porch or deck) use pressure-treated wood or material which is insect resistant. Eliminate hollow porch post and columns.

Ventilation and high moisture conditions. Eliminating damp conditions, increasing ventilation and replacing decayed wood, aids carpenter ant management and helps prevent future infestations by the ants and wood destroying fungi. This may include your cellar, crawl spaces or under dirt filled porches.

Flower and shrubbery beds. Adding crushed rock around the foundation instead of mulch will eliminate a food and harborage source for sow bugs, centipedes, millipedes and many other insects. Crushed rock is also a rodent and snake deterrent.

Leaking gutters and roof lines. Keep gutters and roof lines in good repair and free of debris to reduce wood rot. This reduces breeding areas for wood destroying insects. Satellite carpenter ant colonies are usually in areas of moisture damaged wood.

Openings at plumbing, electrical, and telephone line entrances into your home. Sealing openings around these entries reduces access for carpenter ants, stinging insects, and many occasional invaders.

Excessive plant cover around the foundation. Leaves and other debris under decks, in window wells, and behind bushes should be removed to eliminate decaying organic matter which may provide a food source or harborage for insects such as sow bugs, centipedes and millipedes.