Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for inviting us to provide your Mosquito & Tick Pest Control Program!
It is that time of year again when mosquitoes make it unbearable to be outside. Well, I am pleased to tell you that at Bugs Beware “we’ll take care of what bugs you!”
Bugs Beware begins the mosquito & tick pest control program in May and returns to your property on a 21-day cycle for a total of 5 treatments for the season. Remember: mosquitoes are generational; consequently, a single treatment only treats the current generation which can lay upwards of 300 eggs each every 21 days to produce the next generation.
Making and keeping your property as mosquito and tick-free as possible is a partnership arrangement and we really need your help to maintain the best possible outcomes. Here are some very important and useful tips to do just that.
How to eliminate mosquito breeding sources on your property:
- Even a cap full of water can breed mosquitoes, so it is very important to eliminate as much standing water as possible in your outdoor spaces, particularly in:
- Children's plastic toys
- Areas underneath downspouts
- Pet bowls
- Flat roofs
- Old tires
- Avoid having standing water on your property by:
- Cleaning gutters
- Making sure downspouts are adequately attached
- Keeping the grass cut low
- Checking irrigation systems for leaks
- Before treatment, please be sure to bring in children's toys, dog dishes, dog toys, & like objects
- Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood, and grass clippings from your yard
- Turn over larger yard items that could hold water, such as children's portable sandboxes, plastic toys, or birdbaths.
How to eliminate tick breeding sources on your property:
- Clear out areas where lawn or tree debris gathers
- Eliminate leaf litter
- Mow tall grass to keep your lawn short
- Keep wood away from your active living area or keep it covered to protect it from getting wet and soaking up water; mosquitoes and ticks love wet areas such as the bottom of the wood pile
- Wood kept next to an outdoor fireplace or pit will harbor mosquitoes under the bottom side of the wood.
Here are some questions we are frequently asked (the FAQs):
- It is safe for children and pets as soon as the product is completely dry, which may take longer on days when the level of humidity in the air is higher.
- If you have standing water that you cannot eliminate, such as in pools or ponds, we will be able to treat those waters with a special natural mosquito-killing bio-control agent to prevent the growth of mosquito larvae.
- For items that you are able to move, perhaps you can turn them over or move them for the time being.
- The pesticide is blown 30 feet with our equipment and works on any type of property (wooded, grassland, etc.). We can treat the entire yard. One thing you can do is keep your grass cut shorter.
- We treat all of the foliage and grass as we walk the property and the bushes along the side of the home.
- If you have a deck and deck furniture, we will treat both because mosquitoes love to hang out under decks.
- Trees, such as hickory nut trees, with rough bark will be treated, while other trees, such as red maples, will not need treatment. Mosquitoes love to hide within the bark of a tree.
- Notably, we take every precaution possible, but the wind may carry the product from time to time resulting in over-spray on windows or even the sides of a home.
- Our treatments do not eliminate any insects other than mosquitoes and ticks. However, like any other lawn treatment, insecticide, or pesticide, it is harmful to fish. The liver, kidney, brain, and gills of fish are exposed, leaving them vulnerable to chemical exposure. Our pesticide applicators are licensed and trained on how to treat near bodies of water containing fish inhabitants to eliminate exposure to fish. For example, we stay away from coy ponds.
- Many mosquito insecticides are harmful to bees. The worker bees venture outside of the hive to collect pollen and nectar. They can be exposed to pesticides that have been directly misted on the flowers and plants which they forage. With respect to honeybees, we are cautious when spraying with them present and avoid blooming flowers with which honeybees may come in contact.
- We stay away from flowering plants, gardens, any form of edible plant, or things of that nature. It is fine if you cover tomato plants and other such plants; in fact, we would encourage you to do so.
Are mosquito and tick treatments safe for children and pets?
What if there is standing water on my property that I cannot eliminate?
I live in an area surrounded by trees. Will the treatments work?
What items will you be treating on my property?
Is it harmful to fish such as those in coy ponds?
What about honeybees?
What about flowering plants?
Are you on the list for Spring, Summer, and Fall Treatments? Bugs Beware is offering a discount for full-season treatments. The promotion ends on May 31, 2023.
To sign up for treatments with Bugs Beware Pest Control, please visit our on-line form. To receive the discount, just be sure to select the Mosquito & Tick Program, plus the Spring Treatment and the Fall Treatment. We will be sure to apply your discount. If you prefer, you may email us or call us at 715-851-1543 for the Shawano Area, or 920-241-8220 for the Fox Valley area.
If you love your pest control services from Bugs Beware, we would greatly appreciate your referrals of family and friends!
A Few Facts About Mosquitoes:
- Mosquitoes are generational; consequently, a single treatment only treats the current general who then can lay upwards of 300 eggs to produce the next generation, and they can do that every 21 days.
- Mosquitoes carry several very dangerous diseases including Lyme disease, Zika virus, encephalitis, malaria, and the list goes on.
- Most people who test positive for diseases carried by mosquitoes aren't even aware they were bit.
- Mosquitoes can track people by the heat people emit and the carbon dioxide people exhale. They can smell carbon dioxide from 100' away and quickly find you with wings that beat 600 times per second.
- Male mosquitoes feed on nectar, but it is the female mosquitoes that need your blood to reproduce.
- Mosquitoes lay up to 300 eggs at one time and they do that every 21 days.