We want your days to be full of outdoor enjoyment and safety this year.
The key to more outdoor time is winning the battle with the all so annoying, potential Zika, and West Nile Virus carrying mosquito.
Hall | Stewart believes in an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to mosquito control. Success is the result of focusing on prevention and reduction.
What you can do to win the battle
Mosquito control is everyone’s responsibility when it comes to removing and eliminating larval breeding sites. Standing water is a desirable breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes spend 3 of their 4 stages of life dependent on standing water. This makes anywhere water accumulates from bird baths, flower pots, toys, poor draining gutters, a perfect playground for the insect.
Mosquito eggs won’t hatch without water. The newly hatched larva live in water and develop into pupae all before they emerge as an adult. Simply reducing standing water around your residence will have a significant impact on mosquito population. Even pet bowls can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Any object containing 5-7 day old water during the summer and fall is a potential playground for the pest. Drain and refill pet bowls and bird baths every 5 days at the minimum.
Adult females are the only mosquitoes that bite. They typically attack in the evening, but occasionally are out during the day. Most afternoons you will find them resting in shrubs, trees and other shady areas. After they obtain blood meal from a person or animal they lay their eggs in water or a place where it will get wet. They prefer dark colored containers and shaded areas for egg laying.
The entire life cycle of the mosquito takes only 4-5 weeks.
What Hall | Stewart can do to help you win the battle
Barrier treatments are the most effective and proven method for managing the pest. A barrier can be made by treating all vegetation, shrubs and trees, from the ground up to a height of 10 feet.
Insecticides must be applied to both the top and bottom of plant leaves which is difficult to achieve with a traditional pump-up, handheld spray can.
Power backpack misters are the ideal equipment for barrier treatments as they force droplets into the vegetation and underneath leaves. Other common resting sites, such as under decks, gutters, and other moist shady areas are included in the treatment areas.
Hall | Stewart uses the Syngenta mosquito management program Secure Choice Assurance. The program uses two control methods:
· Demand CS is used to provide an initial quick kill and residual control of adult mosquitoes.
· Archer, a growth regulator, adversely affects the reproductive cycle of the mosquitoes by preventing larval development resulting in fewer adult mosquitoes.
Due to the short life cycle of mosquitoes, regularly scheduled monthly barrier treatments will provide significant reduction in the number of insects.
The battle is a team effort. You can win by reducing the breeding grounds for mosquitoes and by subscribing to the Hall | Stewart Mosquito Control Program.
We want you to have peace of mind when it comes to outdoor enjoyment this summer.
If you have not already subscribed to our mosquito control program, call or respond to this email.
Now is the time to start!
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