FAQ

How does the mosquito treatment work?

The treatments will kill any adult mosquitoes that are currently on your property. It will also leave a residue on the foliage that will give you up to three weeks of protection from mosquitoes that attempt to fly onto your property.

What is included with each treatment?

Each treatment includes four steps. First the technician will assess your environment and identify the pests that need to be treated. Second, the technician will identify and deal with any potential breeding sites (address standing water on your property). Third, he will apply larvicide to standing water that cannot be addressed by emptying it. Fourth, he will apply an effective barrier spray treatment to the areas where mosquitoes seek harborage including the lower canopy, bushes and turf as needed. The undergrowth, dense areas of native vegetation and wood lines are also sprayed.

Do I need to schedule an inspection before treatment?

There is no need to schedule an inspection before the treatment, but you can schedule a free inspection at the same time as your first scheduled treatment.

How do you address standing water?

First, we eliminate any standing water that we can by emptying it from pots or buckets around your yard. Then we treat any standing water that is left with BTI Briquets or Altosid Pro-G treatments.

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How long should I schedule for each treatment?

Most of the treatments will take about thirty minutes to complete. However, if you have large yard, it may take up to an hour or longer.

Do I need to be home during a treatment?

You do not need to be home during a treatment. Our technicians will need access to the backyard and pets will need to put up so they are not outside during the treatment. If you are not home during the treatment, our technician will leave a note that states the date and time of the treatment to your property.

How often are the treatments applied?

The conventional treatments are very effective and will last up to 21 days, so the treatment will be applied every three weeks. The organic products are effective at eliminating mosquitoes for up to fourteen days and the treatments will be applied bi-weekly.

What products are you using?

The products that we use are based on the type of treatment that you choose, as well as the type of treatment that your property needs. The conventional spray will be effective for up to three weeks while the organic treatment is effective for up to two weeks that is safe to use on your organic garden.

What is NOP and organic compliant?

NOP means the national organic program. Products that are NOP or organic compliant meet a rigorous set of safety standards that make it safe to use on food and in water. Our organic products have no aquatic setback and will not harm plants or other wildlife in your yard.

Is the organic treatment as effective as the conventional treatment option?

The organic treatment is just as effective as eliminating mosquitoes. It does not last as long, and the residue will wear off in fourteen days, which means that it needs to be applied more often. The conventional treatment will last up to three weeks.

Do you offer a hybrid program?

We do offer a hybrid program, where we apply the organic treatment close to your home and in areas where you spend time, while we use the conventional treatment in the wooded areas that people visit less often.

Can I have my vegetable garden treated?

The organic compliant treatment is safe to use on your garden, but many people also find that treating around the perimeter of the garden can eliminate the mosquitoes in the area.

Will the treatments harm any of my landscaping, plants, trees or other ornamentals in my yard?

Both the conventional and organic treatments are completely safe for any plants that you have in your yard. Our technicians will not spray anything that is currently blooming, or flowering perennials and annuals because they attract beneficial insects and pollinators to your yard.

Are the products safe for my family, pets or other wildlife?

The organic and conventional products are safe for your family, pets and other wildlife. You will need to remain inside for about an hour after the treatment to allow it to dry completely. Your pets will need to be inside as well. Once it is dry, it is safe for you and your pets to enjoy the outdoors again.

Will the treatment affect my neighbors at all?

Since the spray is water-based, it will not drift over to your neighbor’s yard and affect them or their pets.

Will I be able to smell the treatment?

The conventional treatment has no smell. There is minty smell with organic treatment, but it will dissipate within a day.

Will the treatment treat other types of pests?

Our mosquito control treatments also include flea and tick treatments. If you are interested in treating for other pests, we are licenses to treat both in and around your property. Contact us for a free inspection and consultation.

Can you apply the treatment if it rains?

If it rains, we will reschedule your treatment. Our office will contact you to let you know when your new appointment will be.

What if I still see mosquitoes?

At Mosquito Tek, we pride ourselves on our quality service and effective treatments. If you are not happy with the service or how well the treatment works, we can re-spray for you. If you are still not happy with the service, we can refund the money owed. There are never any contracts or commitments or Mosquito Tek Service Agreement.

Do you service commercial accounts, common areas, pool areas and day cares?

We do service a variety of commercial accounts. Our organic treatments are a good option for restaurants, day care centers and public spaces. Contact Mosquito Tek to learn more about how we can help you.

How much does each treatment costs?

Our services start at $5=$9 per application. We do offer neighborhood discounts. Contact Mosquito Tek for a quote and more information.

How do I make payments?

We offer a variety of payment options including an online option through the Intuit Payment link on your invoice. You can pay with a credit card over the phone. You can also mail in a check or pay with cash or check in person.

Mosquito Control Questions

What are the best ways to prevent mosquito bites?

The best way to prevent mosquito bites is to wear insect repellent when you go outside. DEET is the most effective at repelling both mosquitoes and ticks. Picaridin is another option but you will need to apply it more frequently. If you dress in light colored clothing, you may attract fewer mosquitoes.

Can I prevent mosquitoes inside of my house?

The best way to prevent mosquitoes inside of your home is to prevent them from breeding in your yard. A mosquito control treatment can help do that, as can eliminating any standing water outside of your home. Be sure you regularly empty vases inside and that any inside potted plants drain properly.

Can I catch the Zika virus in Virginia?

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can also be sexually transmitted. While there are cases of Zika inside of the United States, all are a result of travel outside of the United States. However, it is possible for an epidemic to break out. For most people the symptoms are mild and will clear without treatment, but it can cause serious harm to the fetuses of pregnant women.

How can I tell if I’ve contracted the West Nile virus?

The initial signs of West Nile virus include a fever and headache. Many people are able to cope with this, but in some cases the headache will become severe with a high fever. This is a sign that it has turned into encephalitis and that you should seek medical attention right away. There is not a cure for West Nile virus, but the doctors can help control the symptoms while your body recovers which can help prevent complications.

Do mosquitoes prefer to bite some people over other people?

Unfortunately, there are some people who tend to attract mosquitoes more than others. If you have been exercising or you just a had a beer to drink, you may attract mosquitoes. If you have a higher metabolic rate or you are overweight or pregnant you may attract more mosquitoes.

Is there a list of diseases that mosquitoes carry?

Mosquitoes carry quite a few serious diseases including West Nile virus, the Zika virus and malaria. They can also spread Saint Louis encephalitis, dengue and Chikungunya. Most of these diseases do not currently have outbreaks in the United States. However, outbreaks are possible if someone who is infected with the diseases comes to the United States and is bitten by a mosquito.

Do mosquito control programs actually work?

Mosquito control programs can help stop the spread of mosquito borne-illnesses and they can reduce the number of mosquitoes in an area. Throughout the United States, cities and counties are enacting these programs and working to reduce the number of mosquitoes in public places. You can extend that same protection to your yard and help control the mosquito population.

Is there any way to stop mosquito bites from itching?

There are several things that you can do to stop a mosquito bite from itching. You can apply aloe vera gel or ice to the bite. Rubbing alcohol can also reduce the itchiness. Finally, you can apply a steroid cream or take an antihistamine to help relieve the itchiness.

When are mosquitoes the most active?

Most mosquitoes tend to be more active at dawn and again at dusk. This also seems to be the best time to be outside to garden or exercise. If you plan on being outside during this time be sure to wear insect repellent to prevent begin bitten.

How many different species of mosquitoes are there?

There are more than 3500 different mosquito species throughout the world. There are only 175 in the United States. The most common mosquitoes are the house mosquitoes and southern mosquitoes.

Can a mosquito really breed in just a capful of water?

Yes. A mosquito just needs a small capful of water to breed. This is why it is so important to empty containers that are around your home and to make sure your yard is draining properly. Mosquitoes can also breed inside of your home in flower vases or potted plants that do not drain properly.

Flea Control Questions

Do fleas carry diseases?

Fleas carry many diseases that affect your pets such as cat scratch fever, tape worms and haemobartonellosis. Pets can also become anemic from a flea infestation or develop sores from scratching.

Can fleas carry disease that make people sick?

Yes, fleas can carry and spread a variety of illnesses that make people sick. One of the most well-known illnesses is the plague. They can also spread tularemia and typhus. Although these diseases are less common than they once were, they can still make you sick.

Do fleas fly?

Fleas cannot fly. They are great jumpers and can jump up to seven inches high and just over a foot away from their original spot. This is quite impressive if you think about their small size. Fleas do not have wings and so their primary means of transportation is jumping.

How do fleas get inside my house?

Fleas usually come in on the back of a pet or animal. However, they can catch a ride in on you or inside of laundry. If you visit a place infested with fleas, you may run the risk of bringing them home with you. You can take steps to avoid this by changing your clothes and washing them in hot water as soon as you get home.

Do fleas live on humans?

Fleas do not live on humans in the same way that they live on your pets. They may hop on to have a meal, but they will hop off after they are finished. The bites can be itchy and annoying, but you do not need to worry about treating family members if there is a flea infestation at your home.

Can my pet catch fleas from just going outside?

Yes. Fleas tend to live outside and will hop onto your pet when given the opportunity. Wild animals may bring fleas into your yard. You can prevent your pet from getting fleas in your yard by keeping the grass cut short and by applying a flea barrier spray around your property.

Do the flea eggs stay on my pets?

Flea eggs are not sticky and so they will fall off your pet and land in your carpet or upholstery. This is one of the reasons why treating fleas can be difficult. Many products will only treat the adult fleas and leave the eggs to hatch and then a new infestation will start again.

How long can fleas go without eating?

It depends on the stage that fleas are in. Adult fleas need to eat every four days. The fleas that are in the cocoon stage can last as long as 155 days. This long period of time makes it essential for you to thoroughly clean your home to make sure that you prevent future infestations.

How do I tell if I have a flea infestation?

One of the first places to look is your pet. They may be more miserable than usual and scratching more frequently. You may also see fleas on your pet. If the infestation is severe, you may notice flea bites around the ankles of your family members.

Tick Control Questions

What are common tick-borne illnesses?

Along the east coast, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease are the most common illnesses. Each region throughout the United states has a different risk factor for various illnesses. For example, the Gulf coast region has a higher incidence of rickettsiosis or Gulf Coast fever.

Can I pick up a tick in my yard?

Ticks can be found throughout the United States and even inside of cities and suburbs. They can be brought into your yard on the back of a wild animal, like a squirrel or they may breed in your yard and hatch there. Ticks prefer areas with bushes or long grasses that they can crawl on to find a victim.

When are tick bites the most common?

Ticks will bite you throughout the year. However, the seed ticks (very small ticks) will bite the most in the spring. Adult female ticks are most likely to bite in the fall. Areas with overgrown grass are more likely to have ticks and you will increase your chance of being bitten.

How can I tell if I have a tick-borne disease?

Generally, a tick borne-illness will begin with a fever, muscle aches and a headache. After a few days a rash may present which can determine the type of illness that it is. Often the symptoms will worsen if not treated. If you experience these symptoms and were recently bitten by a tick, then you should seek medical attention.

What are the signs of Rocky Mountain spotted fever?

The first sign is a high fever that will last for several days. A spotted rash will appear on the wrists and ankles that may spread up the arms and legs. Rocky Mountain spotted fever will not resolve on its own, and you will need to take antibiotics to recover from it.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

The most well-known symptom is the bull’s eye rash that may appear on your body. The rash only appears in 80% of cases. Other symptoms include muscle and joint aches that steadily get worse and a mild fever. If you are not getting better from a minor illness and you were bitten by a tick, you should ask your doctor to test you. Lyme disease can be treated effectively if caught early, but may be difficult to treat if not treated right away.

What can I do to prevent tick bites?

The best way to prevent tick bites is to wear insect repellent that contains DEET. If you are going into a tick prone area, you should wear long sleeves and pants. Be sure to tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your socks. Be sure to check yourself for ticks when you get home.

Can ticks make my pets sick?

Pets can get sick from diseases that ticks carry. Dogs can also contract Lyme disease, tularemia and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The symptoms are similar to that of humans. If your dog starts running a fever and you have found a tick on him, you should take him to the vet.

Do ticks need to eat blood to survive?

Ticks need a blood meal in order to move through the stages to adulthood as well as to molt. The female tick also needs blood in order to lay eggs. Ticks will feed on both animals and humans. Some will stick to one specific type of animal, while others will jump from species to species.

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