Mosquito Control

Our mosquito control program works to protect you and your family from dangerous and annoying mosquito bites. We schedule our treatments every 30 days beginning in May and going through September. By utilizing an ultra-low volume backpack mister, we are able to create a barrier around areas you spend your time outdoors. We are also able to treat landscape water features with insect growth inhibitors that will prevent larvae from undergoing metamorphosis to grown adult mosquitos.

West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Even a small bucket that has stagnant water in it for seven days can become home to up to 1,000 mosquitoes.

West Nile virus is transmitted to a human by a mosquito that has first bitten an infected bird. A person who is bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms from 3 to 15 days after the bite.

Culex mosquitoes, which can carry the West Nile virus, breed in places like ditches, open septic systems, discarded tires, unused wading pools, and other assorted containers, particularly if they are in the shade. In urban areas, many sewer catch basins can be found holding not only water but also thousands of Culex larvae and pupae.

Map of counties with West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes.

Additional Tips To Protect Your Home

While the treatments are very effective, there are some guidelines that we ask all customers to follow for the best results.

  • Keep all landscaping well maintained and trimmed to a reasonable height. Overgrown bushes or debris around your home create a great breeding ground and harborage for mosquitos.
  • Properly dispose of old tires or plastic bottles. Debris and trash can keep water even in the middle of a hot summer. These become dangerous breeding grounds for mosquitos.
  • Mow your lawn or property on a regular schedule.
  • Use an insect repellant containing DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide).
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
  • Make sure all windows and doors have screens, and that all screens are in good repair.
  • Cleaning clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains. Roof gutters are easily overlooked but can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
  • Aerating ornamental pools, or stocking them with predatory fish. Water gardens are fashionable but become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate.
  • Turning over plastic wading pools when not in use. A wading pool becomes a mosquito producer if it is not used on a regular basis.
  • Turning over wheelbarrows and not allowing water to stagnate in birdbaths. Both provide breeding habitat for domestic mosquitoes.
  • Cleaning and chlorinating swimming pools that are not being used. A swimming pool that is left untended by a family that goes on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.
  • Using landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes will develop in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.

For more information about mosquito safety and mosquito-borne diseases, visit https://www.in.gov/isdh/23592.htm.

Our mosquito control program is a great start to protecting your property from mosquito and mosquito-borne diseases. While we can guarantee our program works, we need to be very clear that west nile virus can still be contracted from other properties.

 

Services

We provide several services that will help you protect the investment in your home. Specially designed lawn care programs, pest control, termite control, and tree and shrub care, we can help provide programs for you to meet your specific needs.

To learn more about each of our services, click on the bold title above each description!

Please note that as an industry standard, all of our services automatically renew from year to year. Unless you contact us to change, add, or cancel your services, we will continue our work until we hear from you.

Lawn Care

No two lawns are the same! Our specially designed lawn program is tailored to meet your needs. Each treatment is specially designed for the time of year it is applied. Our program is known to produce lasting results.

Mosquito Control

Mosquitos are the Center for Disease Control’s biggest concern. In Indiana, almost every county has tested positive for mosquitos carrying the West Nile Virus. Every county in the Wabash Valley has had confirmed cases! We offer a complete mosquito control package for your property. Take back your backyard and enjoy being outdoors again!

Seeding & Core Aeration

Every year between August 15 and September 30, we offer seeding and core aeration. We know the best time to seed is during that small window in late summer and early fall.

Aeration provides benefits such as improved air and water flow, stronger root system, and less soil compaction. Consider aeration for healthier turf.

Liquid Aeration

Over the years, mechanical core aeration has been the preferred method to aerate lawns. While it does provide a needed benefit to the soil by opening the root system, it only is able to affect about 20% of the total lawn. We combine two products from the Green County Fertilizer Company to provide this organic solution to your lawn.

Tree, Shrub, and Bed Care

Our tree and shrub care program focuses on insect and disease control. Beautiful landscaping requires constant upkeep. If you notice insect damage or diseases attacking your plants, let us know!

Pest Control

You live inside and bugs live outside. We can help you keep it that way! Our perimeter pest control plan protects your home with a barrier to keep bugs outside. We apply either a liquid or granular insecticide around your home, windows, doors, and eaves to limit access of these pests to your home.

We also offer treatment for grubs.

Lab Testing

Sometimes we encounter scenarios where there is something unusual happening in either the lawn or landscaping. To provide a definitive answer, we will send plant samples to the Purdue University Plant Diagnostic Laboratory for testing. When lab testing is requested, a small charge may be added to your account to cover the cost of testing and shipping.

EPA Issues Final Glyphosate Mitigation

Every 15 years, pesticides go under review by the EPA to retain their registration. Glyphosate has been under review and the results have been posted by the EPA. Their conclusion was not a surprise to anyone in the industry.

Unfortunately, many people are falling for the adds on TV regarding the pending lawsuits to get your share of the pie.

In our business, glyphosate is probably one of the least used products in our inventory. Glyphosate plays a giant role in agriculture. Regulatory bans on glyphosate will change farming. Here are some things to understand when you hear about these issues.

-Both Agriculture and Turf professionals utilize the IPM principal when applying products. This stands for Integrated Pest Management. When following this method of chemical use, we do things culturally, environmentally, and chemically to get the best results. The end result is always the least amount of pesticides are used. EPCOT even has a ride all about this…

-When asked, “Are you spraying RoundUp on my lawn?” the answer is “no.” RoundUp is one of many products on the market.

– RoundUp is a brand name. RoundUp has many different formulations for different purposes.

-Glyphosate is not in every herbicide.

-Glyphosate is the active ingredient that has been targetted in the cases.

-Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in agriculture. It is formulated to target invasive species in farm fields, right of ways, utility lines, and so on.

-Glyphosate has very little residual toxicity after the product is applied. This means it does not stay in the soil for very long before breaking down.

-When used according to the label and law and with proper personal protection, a handler and applicator have nothing to fear.

– Other agencies in agreement with the EPA include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency, The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicines Authority, The European Food Safety Authority, and the Germon Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

We have read the EPA statement and dug a little deeper into their research. The agency that has listed glyphosate as a “probable cause of cancer” has only ever listed 1 product as “likely not to cause cancer.” Every other product, food item, or thing they have tested, according to them, will probably cause cancer. According to them, we should all have cancer by now from everything.

Here is the link to the press release. In this, you will find more information about the decision. Please read and click on the additional link. You will then find a 216-page document about the research that was conducted.

https://www.epa.gov/ingredients-used-pesticide-products/interim-registration-review-decision-and-responses-public