Terminix Service, Inc. provides a safe, comprehensive mosquito management program that targets the adult mosquitoes and their larvae. We also provide information on mosquitoes and ways to help further prevent the chances of getting bitten. Below are some answers to our most frequently asked questions:
- Are professional mosquito services really worth the money? How are they better than a DIY option?
There are several do-it-yourself options available, and the products we use are not exclusive and can be obtained by anyone. When you hire us to provide mosquito management services you’re not only paying for the product, you’re paying for the knowledge and expertise we have on how to properly use those products, along with identifying problem areas that need to be addressed. Our highly trained mosquito management experts know what needs to be done to provide the best results throughout the season. We have had some customers that decided they could do their own mosquito treatments that eventually hire us back because they couldn’t achieve the results we provide.
- What effect does the mosquito service have on the bee population?
Many people have great concern for honey bees especially with so many news stories reporting on the decline in their numbers over the past few years. We also share this concern as honey bees are extremely important pollinators. The truth is no pesticide formulation is safe for bees. They are extremely sensitive creatures and a simple soap and water formulation can kill bees should they come in contact with it. The stigma, however, that the structural pest management industry is playing a major role in the declining honeybee population is simply unfair. We get lumped into the category containing agricultural treatments done by farmers to protect their crops which have a much larger impact on honeybees than the residential pest control industry. Regardless, the risk of killing honey bees is real and is exactly why our company has taken steps to educate all of our employees concerning bees and other pollinators. We believe our mosquito treatment policies and procedures concerning technique and time of day will greatly reduce the impact on actively foraging pollinators, but still provide adequate knockdown of the mosquito population. We instruct technicians not to treat areas where honeybees are actively foraging as our intent is to minimize effects on anything other than mosquitoes.
- Are mosquito sprays safe for pets?
Yes, as long as pets are kept out of treated areas until the pesticides have dried. The products we use to kill the adult mosquitoes contain pyrethoids as the active ingredient. They are applied at very low rates which typically does not harm pets like cats and dogs. If pets are allowed to contact treated areas before the product has dried it might cause skin irritations to occur. It usually only takes about 15 to 20 minutes for the product to dry, but we ask that pets not be present during the application and to wait at least 30 minutes before allowing them to return. The product we use to kill the larvae is specific to mosquitoes and will not have any effect on other animals.
- How long do you have to wait before going outside after treatment?
The products we use, and the concentration of which they are applied, generally have low toxicity to people and pets. However, if treated areas are contacted before the product dries, skin irritations might occur. To make sure this doesn’t happen, we ask that people and pets stay out of treated areas for at least 30 minutes to allow the products to dry. Once the product has dried it is safe to interact with treated areas.