Will you kill all the mosquitoes on my property?
We wish we could say yes, but no treatment can make that claim. However, with Upstate Mosquito Service’s regular mosquito protection does establish a barrier that mosquitoes loathe. Our Barrier Mosquito Protection kills mosquitos on contact and continues to work in the areas where mosquitoes are likely to live, feed, and breed for up to one month. Be looking for a 90% reduction of mosquito activity with this program.
If you ever have a problem with mosquitoes returning while signed up for one of our Programs, we will retreat your property promptly and at no charge. We are committed to your safety and 100% satisfaction with our services.
What if I want you to come more often than monthly?
Great question, and, “No problem,” is the answer. It makes sense because the lifecycle of a mosquito is 21 days. While our chemicals do have a 30 day residual, coming every three weeks can achieve a mosquito reduction of 98%. This is particularly helpful in cases where properties are heavily shaded or damp, shrubs are manicured regularly, properties are regularly irrigated, and/or customers are extremely sensitive to mosquito bites.
How will I know when you are coming to treat my property?
The day before your service, we will send an email and a text message reminding you that we are coming.
How will I know that you have completed treatment on my property?
We will email you an invoice which includes a timestamp for our arrival and departure, the areas treated, the amount of and the chemical used. We will also place a 6″ x 6″ sign in your front yard.
Do I need to be at home for the treatments?
Not at all. You do, however, need to make sure that pets are inside on treatment day, and are not let out until our product is dry; typically 30 minutes. After that, the area is safe for people and pets. It is a good idea to pick up any pet toys, food bowls or water bowls, as well as any children’s toys that might be in the yard before our arrival.
Does it cost anything to get an estimate from you?
We gladly give free estimates so that we can answer any questions, explain our services in greater detail, and determine which program and service intervals are best for you.
How do I make payments?
At contract acceptance you may pay by credit or debit card via our online system, or mail a check directly. We do offer 10% discounts for season packages paid in full by March 31st and a 5% discount for season packages paid in full by April 30th. We do have a three payment plan option without a discount. Payments must be made in advance of service.
What do I do if I have mosquitoes between treatments?
Call us immediately. We will retreat your property promptly and at no charge. We are committed to your safety and 100% satisfaction with our services.
Other than a professional mosquito control service, are there other steps I can take to protect my family and pets from mosquito-borne diseases?
The American Mosquito Control Association recommends the following steps:
- Destroy or dispose of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools or other containers that collect and hold water. Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns or in pet dishes for more than 2 days.
- Clean debris from rain gutters and remove any standing water under or around structures, or on flat roofs. Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks or eliminate puddles that remain for several days.
- Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week and stock ornamental pools with top feeding predacious minnows.
- Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas, and either remove, drain or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar.
- Eliminate seepage from cisterns, cesspools, and septic tanks.
- Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats, pools, etc. Arrange the tarp to drain the water.
- Check around do-it-yourself improvements to ensure that proper backfilling and grading prevent drainage problems.
- Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.
- If ditches do not flow and contain stagnant water for one week or longer, they can produce large numbers of mosquitoes. Report such conditions to a Public Health Office. Do not attempt to clear these ditches because they may be protected by wetland regulations.
According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes are responsible for over 1,000,000 human deaths each year. That makes the mosquito the most deadly creature on the planet. Here are some of the mosquito-borne diseases in the United States:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. Recently, researches are studying a link between the virus and birth defects.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Dirofilariasis in humans is caused by Dirofilaria roundworms. The main natural hosts for the three Dirofilaria species that most frequently cause disease in humans are dogs and wild canids (such as wolves and foxes) and raccoons. Humans are infected with Dirofilaria larvae through mosquito bites.”
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Eastern equine encephalitis virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most cases occur in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast states…EEE is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States with approximately 33% mortality and significant brain damage in most survivors. There is no specific treatment for EEE; care is based on symptoms.”
West Nile Virus
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “West Nile virus is an arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes. West Nile virus can cause febrile illness, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord)…It was first detected in North America in 1999, and has since spread across the continental United States and Canada.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. In 2013 an estimated 198 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 500,000 people died, mostly children in the African Region. About 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States each year.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Chikungunya virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. There is a risk that the virus will be imported to new areas by infected travelers. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection.”
Other Mosquito Facts
According to the American Mosquito Control Association…
- There are about 2,700 species of mosquito.
- There are 176 species in the United States.
- Mosquitoes find hosts by sight (they observe movement); by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies; and by chemical signals (mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and lactic acid, among other chemicals) at distances of 25 to 35 meters.
- Active or fidgety people also produce more CO2 and lactic acid.
- Dark clothing has been shown to attract some species of mosquitoes more than lighter colored clothing.
- Movement increased mosquito biting up to 50% in some research tests.
- A full moon increased mosquito activity 500% in one study