The Truth About Gallinippers and Other Mosquito Control Tips

The media has made much ado about “gallinipper” mosquitoes, but according to University of Florida’s Dr. Phil Kaufman, only a small percentage of Floridians will come in contact with them, and even then, the pests will not require any treatment. “The gallinipper is produced in low lying natural areas that flood intermittently, not containers, tires, garbage cans, gutters or even in ponds,” says Dr. Kaufman. “Only people in rural areas will encounter them, and usually just from June to October.” According to Kaufman, mosquito control should instead concentrate on species like Aedes albopictus and Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus that have the potential to transmit disease-causing pathogens like the West Nile virus. As a refresher for mosquito season, Dr. Dina Richman of FMC Professional Solutions offers the following mosquito control tips:   Time it right. Repeat sprays are necessary because mosquitoes complete their life cycle—eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults—in 10-14 days. Most pest, as well as turf professionals, feel that spraying every three to four weeks will keep populations low, but always follow integrated pest management principles and product label requirements for your state.     Think management, not just control. Inspect for current or future breeding sites, including old tires, flower pots, garbage cans, poorly drained gutters, toys, poor grade slope or soil depressions, tree holes/cavities, bird baths, non-functioning fountains, watering cans, sump-pump discharge, and air conditioner and related discharge. Work with customers to drain or remove any breeding sites, fix windows or door screens, and, if necessary, contact a mosquito-abatement agency to address large breeding sites such as ponds.     Treat. Create a barrier with adulticide treatments of...
West Nile is Hitting Dallas Hard – Fight Back with Talstar® Professional Insecticide.

West Nile is Hitting Dallas Hard – Fight Back with Talstar® Professional Insecticide.

As of August 15, 2012, Dallas has seen 207 illnesses and 10 deaths due to the West Nile virus. Carried and transmitted by mosquitoes, West Nile symptoms include headaches, fever, tremors and convulsions. For some, West Nile can be fatal. Residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as those in other southern states are looking to pest management professionals for help. Many of these pest pros are turning to Talstar® Professional insecticide for impressive knockdown and lasting residual against mosquitoes. Research has shown that Talstar Professional delivers longer-lasting residual protection than competitive pyrethroids and is less affected by light and soil degradation. To control adult mosquitoes, use Talstar Professional as a perimeter treatment around homes and other outdoor areas where people gather. This includes foliage, decks, pools and patios. Apply Talstar Professional using a power sprayer or mist blower (with a droplet diameter greater than 50 um) in a treatment area approximately 30 to 50 feet wide and up to 20 feet high.* To control mosquito larvae in stagnant water like ponds or birdbaths, try Bacillus thuringiensis or insect growth regulators. Encourage homeowners to eliminate water sources where West Nile-carrying mosquitoes thrive. Finally, check old tires, clogged roof gutters, yard debris, birdbaths and other areas where puddles form. Talstar Professional achieves lasting control of over 75 pests, including ants, termites, cockroaches, spiders, bed bugs, fleas and ticks. What’s more, Talstar Professional is approved for multiple use sites indoors and out, including industrial, commercial and food-handling areas. For more information on how Talstar Professional insecticide can help you control mosquitoes and halt the spread of the West Nile virus,...
Mosquitoes: the Ultimate Wedding Crashers

Mosquitoes: the Ultimate Wedding Crashers

When Molly Patton Marsh was called on to provide preventative mosquito control for an outdoor wedding in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, she was a little nervous. As a former technician, Patton Marsh is used to making mosquito treatments on residential properties, but this particular job posed certain challenges. “The wedding was being held on June 30 in the backyard of a huge undeveloped property in a fairly rural setting,” said Patton Marsh, now Chief Operating Officer of Patton Pest Control in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. “The ceremony took place near the house but the reception was in a large open field a quarter of a mile from the tree line and near a slightly stagnant pond. As an added complication, the dinner would take place in the middle of the woods at 5 p.m. – prime mosquito time!” Knowing the challenges the situation would present, Patton Marsh visited the location ahead of time to create a map for her technicians. She noted where the tent and tables would sit as well as the location of leaf clutter, standing water, tall grass and other places mosquitoes were likely to be found. “You have to think like a mosquito to do this,” Patton Marsh said. “We also planned to treat the parking area. You don’t want folks getting eaten alive on their way to the tent!” For the treatment itself, Patton Marsh turned to Talstar® Professional insecticide from FMC Professional Solutions. “Talstar Professional works extremely well and provides a residual effect for at least a month and a half – usually longer for mosquitoes. For stinging insects the residual will last 90 days.”...