Common Scenario – You have been planning an outdoor event for some time now and the big day is finally here and now you got the problem of uninvited pests. You guessed it, those annoying mosquitoes. Guests are starting to get bit up and the party is ruined. Tired of wasting money on all those retail mosquito control solutions such as citronella candles that never seem to work and spray repellents that leave you almost as miserable as getting bit up?
Our solution to the above scenario – we provide a combination of barrier spray and fogging applications for your lawn and landscape bushes with a commercial grade pesticide that will allow you and your invited guests to enjoy the outdoors free from mosquitoes. Our Mosquito Control Program consist of 4 applications to keep your yard mosquito free all summer long. Each application will provide a treatment of all areas that mosquitoes would seek shelter from the heat of the day. While no one can control mosquitoes that may fly into your property, these treatments will control any and all adult mosquitoes seeking refuge on your property.
Note: The mosquito is the most dangerous creature on earth as the diseases they spread have been responsible for killing more people than all the wars in history. Even today, mosquitoes transmitting malaria kill 2 million to 3 million people around the world and infect another 200 million every year.
The Pest Guys use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach for our pest control services. For more information, please click on the link, Principals of IPM.
Mosquito Control – FAQ’s
- Mosquito Control
- 1. How many different mosquito species are there?
There are over 170 mosquito species in the United States, however locally there are 5 common species in Illinois which are:
Northern House Mosquito (Culex Pipiens)
Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes Albopictus)
Inland Floodwater Mosquito (Aedes Vexans)
Tree-Hole Mosquito (Andes Triseriatus)
Malaria Mosquito (Anopheles Quadrimaculatus)
- 2. Do all mosquitoes transmit diseases?
No, mosquitoes are classified as “Pest Mosquitoes” which are a nuisance to outdoor activities of humans and then there are “Vector Mosquitoes” which are carriers of diseases.
- 3. Which of the most common species in Illinois carry diseases and which diseases do they carry?
The most common species in Illinois and the diseases they transmit are:
Northern House Mosquito (Culex Pipiens) – St. Louis Encephalitis and West Nile Virus
Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes Albopictus) – Dengue, La Crosse Encephalitis and the Zika Virus
Inland Floodwater Mosquito (Aedes Vexans) – None known for Illinois
Tree-Hole Mosquito (Andes Triseriatus) – La Crosse Encephalitis
Malaria Mosquito (Anopheles Quadrimaculatus) – Malaria (See below question)
- 4. Is Malaria still a threat as is was in the past?
In the 1800’s, Illinois was called “The Graveyard of the Nation” because of the large number of deaths of settlers from the malaria disease. While the disease is still responsible for killing millions of people each year around the world, there are only rare occasions of the disease today within the United States.
- 5. Do all mosquitoes bite animals & humans?
No, only females bite as they use the protein from red blood cells to produce eggs. Males feed on nectar and other plant juices.
- 6. In reference to available pesticides, what is the difference between larviciding and adulticiding?
Larviciding is the control of mosquito larvae and this should always be the primary approach in controlling mosquito populations in their breeding life cycle stage. Adulticiding is the control of mosquitoes in their adult stage and is targeted with barrier spraying of their resting places during the day, such as vegetation areas.
- 7. How long is the residual control for a Mosquito Control treatment?
On average we see approximately 1 week of good residual control for a barrier spray mosquito control treatment. However, we have had customers experience a full month of mosquito control in their yards.
- 8. When can I return to my yard following a Mosquito Control treatment?
As with any treatment it is best to wait until the product is dried which is usually within 2 hours after the application. Mosquito pesticides have very low toxicity levels.
- 9. Is my lawn safe for my pets immediately following a Mosquito Control treatment?
Please allow 2 hours for the pesticide/insecticide products to dry before pets return to the lawn. Mosquito pesticides have very low toxicity levels.
- 10. Are there any natural or organic methods for Mosquito Control?
Yes, there are many natural or organic methods and products available. At TurfGator, we have had more success with broad spectrum pesticides that control 180+ insects as opposed to a specific natural or organic method that works on a few insects and not at all on others. In addition, residual control can be less than 20 minutes for some “natural” mosquito spray products.