MOSQUITO CONTROL PRODUCTS: INSIGHTS ON INSECTICIDES

MOSQUITO CONTROL PRODUCTS: INSIGHTS ON INSECTICIDES

Insecticides are a valuable source of mosquito control, but – more is not necessarily better. Here are a few reasons why.

First, overuse or misuse of an insecticide can cause insects to develop a resistance to the insecticide, resulting in bugs that available insecticides won’t kill. This applies to both indoor and outdoor insecticides. If you purchase a chemical to treat some type of insect in or around your home, it’s very important to follow the label. For example, if the label calls for “one ounce per gallon", don’t mix at higher concentrates. Often, our thought process is “more is better”. However, this approach instead encourages resistance.

Second, applying insecticides in inappropriate quantities can lead to overspray, meaning that chemicals land where you don’t want them in addition to where you do. If your landscape includes flowering plants that attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, overspray can be detrimental. Similarly, insecticides should not be applied haphazardly near koi ponds or other small bodies of water, because insecticides negatively impact aquatic life.

Third, certain insecticides are not safe for children or pets. As nice as it is to eliminate mosquitoes and other biting insects, it’s crucial to do your research prior to using any product in a yard used by children or pets, and, after choosing a product, follow all manufacturer’s directions to ensure proper application.

The technicians at Stokes Mosquito and Outdoor Pest Service can help rid your yard of mosquitoes and other biting insects safely. A technician develops a custom mosquito treatment plan for every yard, to ensure that appropriate amounts of insecticides are used to lessen the likelihood of resistance in an outdoor space. Stokes also rotates our chemical formulations so that mosquitoes specifically don't develop resistance. If a client has a pond or vegetable garden, the technician will customize your treatment plan to keep them safe. All treatments are sprayed on shrubs, low lying trees, your foundation, mulch beds, etc, with sensitivity toward pollinators, vegetables, and other wildlife. Any insecticides used at Stokes are EPA-approved based on extensive research. The Stokes team is committed helping you get rid of mosquitoes without having a negative impact on the rest of the environment. Children and pets will need to stay inside during treatment, but after 30 minutes, they can head back outside safely!

Say goodbye bugs and hello to spending time outside again. Stokes Mosquito and Outdoor Pest Service is a full-service outdoor pest control company, specializing in mosquito, fire ant, flea & tick control. Our custom treatment plans include all-natural, plant-based options and are bee and pollinator-friendly. We proudly serve the greater Augusta, GA, area, including Evans, Martinez, Grovetown, North Augusta, Edgefield and Aiken. Ask us about our 21-day mosquito “bite free” guarantee!