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Top Target Markets for Your Mosquito Service

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If you are a pest control organization that would like to get in the game of mosquito management it can be tough to know where to start – that is why we compiled this list of top target markets for your mosquito service.  The key is to remember look beyond your usual current customer base.  There are some unique niches that are in need of mosquito control. Consider the following targets:

7 Top Target Markets for Your Mosquito Service

Residential Targets

  1. Residential, single family homes – upsell mosquito control to your current pest management contracts. A good target is a single-family home, with higher income and those with children or pets. Homes with a water feature like a small pond or lake nearby, pool or a hot tub. Be sure to also target those who use their outdoor spaces often.  In addition, consider customers that have a deck or patio.  They will be particularly vulnerable to mosquitoes.
  2. Communities with retention basins and ponds – apartment complexes, condo associations and homeowner associations often times have shared ponds or retention basins.  Communities with these features need mosquito control services. Contact the property manager or homeowner association to be considered for a proposal.
  3. Landscapers, pool companies and other outdoor service companies – consider targeting other service companies who do work on lawns and landscapes. Oftentimes they are asked to do mosquito work but will look to sub work out or recommend another local mosquito company. Consider targeting those types of companies and build a partnership.

Business Targets

  1. Businesses who offer outdoor venues – any business with an outdoor space for their clients to enjoy is in need of mosquito protection. Some businesses like local event halls and restaurants may want to protect their clients from the annoyance of mosquitoes.  In addition, schools, daycares, nursing homes and health-care facilities have medical reasons to protect their clients.
  2. Wedding and event planners – consider forming relationships with event planners. Attending wedding shows and networking with planners will help to keep your service top of mind when clients are considering mosquito control for their events.
  3. Municipal mosquito control – while mosquito control districts often do mosquito control work using licensed employees there may be times they will not be able to keep up with the need for treatment and may need support. Consider forming a relationship with the decision maker within the municipalities to be on-call for overflow work as needed.
  4. Tire retailers and auto shop – tires make for a perfect breeding spot for mosquitoes as they capture and hold rain and other water. These businesses are in need of your service.  In fact, they may even be mandated by law to control mosquitoes if nearby homes or businesses are experiencing a mosquito problem.

Top Target Markets for Your Mosquito Service - Fun Facts

As you can see the top target markets for your mosquito service can vary from your usual targets.  Remember to adapt your pitch to each market to make your offerings more personable and better address the needs of each target.

Bobby Kossowicz is a content creator for the Catchmaster® brand, learn more here: https://catchmasterpro.com/blog/bobby-kossowicz/

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Get in the Game of Mosquito Control with a Dynamic Mosquito Reduction Program

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Mosquito Reduction Program – Get in the game of mosquito control

A mosquito reduction program can be a key service for your pest control business.  Driven in part by fears over Zika, West Nile and other vector-borne diseases, mosquito control services are in increasingly high demand.  In fact, the rise in demand has corresponded with an increased presence from pest control organizations focused solely on mosquito control.  Yet, despite the opportunity, mosquito control is one of the most under-utilized revenue streams for established pest management companies.

Why is that?

There are several possible reasons for the hesitancy to add mosquito services:

  • Inability to fully eliminate mosquitoes on a property
  • Difficulty managing customer expectations
  • Available products on the market are limited
  • Products on the market may produce unpredictable results
  • Frustration with previous mosquito service protocols

Whatever the reason for staying on the mosquito control sideline, now is the time to get in the game!  For example, in the latest year available, PCT Magazine reported 78% of PMPs expected their mosquito revenue to grow in 2018.  PMPs can take advantage of this opportunity with an integrated mosquito management program from the Catchmaster® brand.  Our products are effective, eco-friendly and safe to use around people, pets and animals.  Most importantly, our products are backed by peer-reviewed, published science.

Mosquito Reduction Program – What products can help?

The Catchmaster® brand’s new mosquito bait, Final Feed™, attracts and kills. It is the first mosquito bait on the market and is classified as a 25B exempt minimum risk pesticide by the EPA.  In fact, the dual-action formula is made up of natural sugars that attract mosquitoes to the bait.  Once ingested, the micro-encapsulated active ingredient (garlic oil, 0.4%) reduces mosquitoes’ appetite for blood and then kills them. In fact, it’s a key component in a true integrated mosquito management program.  In fact, Final Feed™ mosquito bait stops the breeding cycle and reduces mosquito populations by over 90% within 2-3 weeks.

Final Feed™ mosquito bait joins the Catchmaster® brand’s expanding mosquito line which currently includes the Ovi-Catch™ mosquito trap.  Used together, both products offer the ability to “kill & catch” on a single property in an eco-friendly manner.

About Ovi-Catch

The Ovi-Catch™ mosquito trap uses mosquitoes’ breeding habits against them.  Research has shown that some of the most invasive mosquito species seek out containers to lay their eggs.  The Catchmaster® R&D team utilized this knowledge along with technology that was developed and tested at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory in Puerto Rico, to develop an economical, environmentally-safe and effective tool that works to catch female mosquitoes during their breeding cycle.

The Catchmaster® Ovi-Catch™ uses only organic matter, a container and a glueboard to attract and capture mosquitoes. The tool uses no pesticides, making it safe for use in everyday environments.  This includes areas like backyards and businesses where children and pets may be present.  For each female mosquito caught, up to 1,000 future mosquitoes may be prevented.

Bobby Kossowicz is a content creator for the Catchmaster® brand, learn more here: https://catchmasterpro.com/blog/bobby-kossowicz/

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Catchmaster Pestimonial – Sentry Pest Solutions

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Catchmaster Pestimonial – Sentry Pest Solutions

In this edition of our Catchmaster Pestimonial series, an Illinois PMP provides environmentally sensitive mosquito control service to a   client base devoted to “green” principles.

A More Natural Approach to Pest Control

Daniel Genty, owner of Sentry Pest Solutions, a one-man pest control operation serving the upscale communities of Homer Glen and New Lenox, Ill., a pastoral region 40 miles west of Chicago, had a specific vision for his business when he opened the doors in 2019.

“I wanted to bring a safer, more natural approach to pest control,” he said. “A lot of customers out here are affluent and they’re concerned about the environment. They don’t mind spending a few extra dollars for an IPM program or all-natural products that will protect the environment.”

The Village of Homer Glen is so committed to preserving its unique rural character and pursuing a “green vision” that its official website features the tagline, “Community and Nature … in Harmony.” The 23-square-mile village, which 25,000 people proudly call home, features ample green space, along with numerous wetlands and floodplains, attractive habitats for mosquito breeding, which can be a major problem for residents throughout the spring and summer.

Solutions for Accounts that Require Special Attention

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“Last year I had a number of problem properties requiring special attention since they backed up to wetlands or forested areas with heavy mosquito pressure,” Genty observed. “These were absolute nightmare jobs,” he added, with residents and pets being eaten alive by mosquitoes when they ventured outside in the early evening.

Despite the detrimental impact on the quality of life of community members, residents still demanded an environmentally sensitive approach to their mosquito problems. “These were dream customers you don’t want to lose, so I was honest with them,” Genty said. “I told them I have this new product (Final FeedTM from Catchmaster®) and I don’t know how well it will work, but if you’re willing to give it a try I’ll do the best I can to solve your problem.”

Genty, 39, learned about Final Feed Mosquito Bait from his Catchmaster sales representative, but he had never tried the product until last summer. Final Feed features a proprietary, dual-action formula that includes natural fruit juices that attract hungry mosquitoes, combined with a lethal dose of microencapsulated garlic (0.4%).

Genty was intrigued by the product because it is classified as a 25b minimum-risk pesticide by the EPA, an important attribute for his environmentally conscious customer base. Backed by peer-reviewed published science, Final Feed is applied to non-flowering plants and mosquito resting sites as a residual spray, using their feeding behavior against them.

Captain Stan (aka the Mosquito Man) & Final Feed

“Both male and female mosquitoes require multiple sugar meals each day for energy and survival,” observes Dr. Stan Cope, vice president of technical products and services for AP&G, manufacturer of the Catchmaster line of products. “They acquire these sugar meals from plants.”

The unique, non-toxic formulation suppresses blood feeding and collapses mosquito populations by more than 90% in two to three weeks. “The exact mode of action is unknown, but after ingestion, the majority of the mosquitoes die within one or two days,” Cope said. “Further, after ingesting the garlic, female mosquitoes lose their appetite for blood,” resulting in a dramatic decline in biting activity, critical to the success of any mosquito management program.

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Mosquito Problems

In Genty’s first “problem account,” a single-family home in close proximity to a landscape business with two large ponds, mosquito pressure was high, making it difficult for the homeowners to venture outside after dusk. Genty treated the property with Final Feed, spraying non-flowering plants with the bait. Upon calling the homeowner three days later, “She said her family was in the backyard the day after the treatment and they didn’t get bitten once,” according to Genty, and the treatment lasted 60 days.

A second property, which bordered a nearby tree line, proved equally as problematic. “There were some woods and a pretty decent-sized creek that went through the property,” Genty recalls, “but Final Feed performed the same. The customer was thrilled with the results.”

Genty acknowledges the product has a slight garlic odor, “but it’s not a bad smell and I haven’t received any complaints from customers.” It comes packaged in four pouches per case and has a shelf life of two years. No special storage requirements are necessary.

“I’ve been very pleased with the product and am looking forward to using it again this coming mosquito season,” Genty said.

Captain Stan Cope (aka the Mosquito Man) is our Vice President of Technical Services.  He is proud to be a part of this Catchmaster Pestimonial.  Learn more about him here: https://catchmasterpro.com/blog/stan-cope-phd/

From Technician to Owner

Daniel Genty, owner of Sentry Pest Solutions, didn’t intend to pursue a career in the pest control industry. He started working in the industrial engineering field, before an unexpected layoff prompted him to consider other career options.

“A gentleman who provided pest control services to my mom’s work said his company was hiring technicians,” Genty recalls. “I applied for a job, was hired, and absolutely fell in love with the industry. What I liked about the industry is my customers were happy to see the bug guy because I was actually solving peoples’ problems.”

After being called back to his engineering job, Genty began to miss his daily interactions with customers in the field, finding himself increasingly bored sitting at a desk in front of a computer all day. “I realized I missed it,” he said, so Genty did the necessary research and secured the required certifications to launch Sentry Pest Solutions in 2019.

“I’ve been working on my own a year now and absolutely love it!”

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Finally, learn more about mosquitoes from the NPMA here: https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/mosquitoes/

Catchmaster Pestimonial – J&J Pest Control

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Catchmaster Pestimonial – J&J Pest Control

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J&J Pest Control Takes a Bite Out of the Mosquito Market with Unique Sales Approach

In this edition of our Catchmaster Pestimonial series we talked with a partner in Texas.

Monica Malone, General Manager, for J&J Pest Control in Texas knows a good product when she sees it. So when her Catchmaster® rep introduced her to the Ovi-Catch™ Mosquito Trap she decided to test it around her own home. Malone believes testing a product on your own helps you to sell it. Having that personal experience with a product allows you to share your personal story with it and your enthusiasm shows through.

“It only took me two days to realize we were no longer being bitten by mosquitoes after installing the traps. It also helped us to uncover that our bass boat was what was attracting the mosquitoes to our yard. Everyone should try this in their own yard,” said Malone.

The testing phase

During the testing phase the benefits of the product really stood out. First, it was reassuring to not have to worry about the dog getting into the bucket, since it contains no pesticides and won’t harm him. Second, positioning of the containers and mosquito catch rates made her realize that her bass boat had accumulated water inside and was, therefore, the source of the mosquito breeding near her home.

Immediately after testing, Malone knew she had a winner. J&J Pest Control’s customer base is always inquiring about mosquito-borne diseases and has a strong interest in green offerings. Instead of simply selling the containers and relying on her customers to properly service them themselves each month she decided to give them an option.

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Catchmaster Pestimonial – A unique service model

J& J Pest Control treat the containers like a bait station install. They rent and service the containers on a monthly basis.  During the service the team removes the old organic matter and refill. They’ve had a lot of luck using leaf litter fill but noted this needed to be changed out fairly frequently to ensure it didn’t create an odor.

Malone has found uses for the Ovi-Catch™ Mosquito Trap outside of just residential homes. Commercial buildings are a great target as are retention ponds where chemical treatments are not possible. She believes so strongly in their new mosquito offering that they will now include it in their on-hold music during mosquito season and are expecting a great response.

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Finally, learn more about mosquitoes from the NPMA here: https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/mosquitoes/

10 Mosquito Prevention Tips for Your Yard

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Spring is in the air and the mosquitoes are sure to follow – here are 10 mosquito prevention tips to get your yard ready for mosquito season.

In short, containing the little biters comes down to eliminating some of the conditions that make your property so attractive in the first place.

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10 Mosquito Prevention Tips for Your Yard

  1. Search thoroughly for and remove or cover anything that can hold water.
  2. Remove, cover or drill holes in used tires.  Drill so that water completely drains.  Do the same if you have a tire swing.
  3. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers. Ensure that lids for garbage cans are in good repair.
  4. Beware of items such as buckets, wheelbarrows and recycling containers that have a ‘lip’ when flipped over. The lip will collect water and organic matter, enough to welcome a new generation of mosquitoes in just 5-7 days.
  5. Clean clogged gutters.
  6. Check that all windows, screens and doors are tight-fitting and in good repair.
  7. Scrub birdbaths thoroughly with a brush. This will remove mosquito eggs.
  8. Cover in-ground drains with hardware cloth to prevent mosquito breeding.
  9. Fill in low-lying areas where water regularly collects and remains.
  10. Inspect and remove water from tarps or plastic used to cover items.

Captain Stan Cope (aka the Mosquito Man) is the Vice President of Technical Services for the Catchmaster brand, learn more here: https://catchmasterpro.com/blog/stan-cope-phd/

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Finally, learn more about mosquitoes from the NPMA here: https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/mosquitoes/

Coronavirus and Mosquitoes

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Coronavirus and Mosquitoes – Do They Spread It?

The Novel Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, was first identified in Wuhan, China and has since spread rapidly, killing hundreds and sickening thousands.  This virus is newly identified and is not the same as the coronaviruses that circulate among humans and cause mild disease, such as the common cold.  Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which cause illness in humans while others circulate among animals such as cattle, cats, camels and bats.  SARS, a coronavirus that emerged to infect people, came from civet cats while another coronavirus, MERS, infected people from camels.

Although 2019-nCoV likely came from an animal, it now appears to be spreading person-to-person.  There is no evidence whatsoever that any coronavirus is spread by mosquito bite.  But what, exactly, is ‘person-to-person’ transmission?  This occurs mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and common colds are spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or may even be inhaled into the lungs.  Usually this happens within about 6 feet.  Also, note that some viruses are highly contagious (such as measles) while others are less so.  We still have much to learn about just how contagious 2019-nCoV is as well as many other aspects of its epidemiology.

Coronavirus and Mosquitoes - Fun Facts

Now, if a mosquito bites a person who has Zika virus in the bloodstream, that mosquito may then be able to transmit the virus to another person in about 10 days or so.  However, this is NOT considered ‘person-to-person’ transmission.  In this case, the virus is ‘vector borne’, meaning transmitted by a biting arthropod such as a mosquito or tick.

5 Facts from the CDC

  1. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory viruses.
  2. Coronaviruses are poor survivors on exposed surfaces. Therefore, there is likely a very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures.
  3. There is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection for 2019-nCoV.
  4. There is currently no vaccine for 2019-nCoV and no specific antiviral treatment.
  5. One of the most effective preventive measures is to wash your hands often, with soap, for at least 20 seconds especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

1Not only is Captain Stan The Mosquito Man, he also holds a PhD in Public Health, with emphasis in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases.  This makes him uniquely qualified to discuss Coronavirus and mosquitoes.  Learn more about Stan here: https://catchmaster.com/introducing-captain-stan-the-mosquito-man/

2This information was adapted primarily from www.cdc.gov, the official website of the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention.  The 2019-nCoV situation is changing daily so please consult this website for update.

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Finally, learn more about mosquitoes from the NPMA here: https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/mosquitoes/

Intelligent Pest Management

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AP&G Co., Inc. = Intelligent Pest Management (IPM)

The pillars of our approach are grounded in a multi-step process to dealing with pests.

The 4 Steps of Intelligent Pest Management

  1. Inspection – spend as much time as it takes to do an excellent inspection to get a thorough understanding of the unique situations and problem areas that are present in your account.
  2. Plan – habitat manipulation to remove conducive conditions is critical – making sanitation and exclusion the cornerstones of any IPM plan.  Special consideration needs to be paid to sanitation and structural issues that are creating conducive conditions, attracting pests to your account and allowing them to thrive.  Your IPM Plan must take exact species identification and problem areas identified in your initial inspection consideration to identify the most prudent and effective means of removing the existing infestation.
  3. Execute – mitigate all conducive conditions, incorporate any sanitary or exclusion requirements where necessary and remove remaining pests from your account based on your comprehensive IPM plan.
  4. Monitor – install monitors or schedule repeat visits to evaluate the results of your plan and to identify new or recurring problems.

Working together, each of the steps in Intelligent Pest Management provide a holistic system for protecting your client’s “turf”.

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Stan Cope, PhD

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You may know our Captain Stan Cope (aka the Mostquito Man) from our online content.  Each month he publishes a new article covering everything mosquito.  But how did Stan become such a mosquito management expert?  Read on for some background on our Vice President of Technical Services.

Stan Cope – Educational Background

Stan was born and raised in Huntington, Indiana.   He was graduated in 1976 from Swarthmore (PA) College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology.  In 1980, he completed a Masters in Entomology at the University of Delaware, with emphasis on medical entomology.  In 1988, Stan was awarded a PhD in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he focused on medical entomology, tropical medicine and infectious diseases.

Military Career

In 1988, Stan was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy, where he served as a Medical Entomologist for the next 23+ years, retiring with the rank of Captain (same as a full-bird Colonel).  He held a wide variety of assignments, conducting operational and research entomology in 18 countries.  The pinnacle of his career in the Navy was serving as Director, Armed Forces Pest Management Board and Director, Defense Pest Management in Washington, DC, where he had responsibility for all aspects of pest management for the United States Department of Defense.

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He also directed a $5 million/year federal research program targeted at product development for arthropod control.  In this capacity, Stan fostered numerous global industry agreements, resulting in licensing, production and availability of several new tools including traps, attractants, baits and spray equipment.

Stan was awarded 24 ribbons and medals, including the Defense Superior Service Medal.  He retired from the Navy on September 1, 2012 and joined Terminix International two weeks later as Manager and then Director, Entomology and Regulatory Services.  Stan left Terminix in December of 2016 and joined Atlantic Paste and Glue (Catchmaster) in May of 2017.

Publications & Professional Stewardship

Dr. Cope has authored or co-authored over 80 scientific and technical publications.  A highly sought-after speaker, he has delivered over 150 presentations at scientific, technical and certification meetings and has given numerous lectures to community groups, school children and civic organizations.  He is a recognized expert on the history of medical entomology and yellow fever.

From 2008-2012, Stan served as a Regional Director for the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) and was instrumental in launching AMCA’s Young Professionals group, designed to recruit a younger and more diverse membership interested in entomology, mosquito control and pest management.  He was elected Vice President of AMCA in 2014 and served as President in 2015-16, during the Zika crisis.  He also worked closely with Bayer to establish the Kelly Labell Travel Award, which funds a mosquito researcher, usually a student, to attend the AMCA annual meeting.  Kelly’s young life was tragically cut short by Eastern equine encephalomyelitis.

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Catchmaster & Leadership

Since joining the pest control industry, Stan has become the ‘go to’ person for all things mosquitoes.  Whether conducting site visits, providing field training or giving one of his highly popular lectures, he is always full of enthusiasm and passion for his subject.  He has been a crusader to encourage private industry to increase its commitment to Integrated Mosquito Management.  Additionally, Stan has developed a three-hour recertification class on mosquitoes, which he customizes depending on what audience and geographic region is targeted.  And check out his highly successful blog, ‘Captain Stan The Mosquito Man’ on the Catchmaster PRO website.

Stan has been very active in the National Pest Management Association.  Besides giving several presentations at NPMA events, he has served on the Technical Committee as a member and correspondent, served on the Commercial Committee, and served on the Pest Management Foundation’s research advisory group.    Also, he is a ‘Founding Father’, along with Marty Overline of Aardvark Pest Control, of NPMA’s PestVets Committee.

Finally, Stan is a regular contributor to Pest Control Technology (PCT) magazine and has written some pieces for Pest Management Professional (PMP).

Personal

In his ‘spare time’, Stan enjoys gardening, Civil War history, book collecting, sports, reading and family time.  Oh, and he also pitched three no-hitters in his baseball career; one in Little League, one in high school and one in college.

Stan Cope – Additional Resources

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Mosquito Management 2019 Review

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Oh! What a Year it has been in Mosquito Management!  What did we Learn?

2019 was a very unusual year for mosquito management and mosquito-transmitted in the United States.  The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reported the information below as of the first week of December.

2019 Disease prevalence

For the past two years, there have been no locally transmitted cases of Zika virus reported in the US.  The yearly average since 1999 has been about 2,500 cases.  Conversely, we had a frightening year with Eastern equine encephalitis.  Normally, the US averages about 7 cases per year but in 2019, there were 37 cases and 15 deaths.  Cases occurred in 9 states, with Massachusetts leading the way with 12.

Also, there were 14 locally acquired cases of dengue; 12 of these in Florida, 1 in North Carolina, and 1 questionable case in the District of Columbia.  The local cases in Florida are not surprising, as a whopping 32% (321) of the travel-related cases occurred there!

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So, what can we learn from this – 3 lessons learned from mosquito Season 2019

  1. The threat from mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States is very real.
  2. The threat varies each year geographically as well as by disease and by type of mosquito.
  3. Diseases that have not occurred in an area for several years can suddenly reappear, bringing significant morbidity and mortality.

Remain vigilant, especially if you are traveling to warmer climates (either within or outside the United States) over the holiday season and beyond.

Captain Stan Cope (aka the Mosquito Man) is our Vice President of Technical Services.  Learn more about Stan here:  https://catchmaster.com/introducing-captain-stan-the-mosquito-man/

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Summary of Integrated Mosquito Management in Southern California Schools

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Integrated Mosquito Management – Background

Invasive mosquitoes, especially the Yellow Fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti and the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus, are spreading rapidly in the United States and California is no exception.  These species prefer to breed in artificial containers such as tires, cans and bottles, children’s toys, plant drainage saucers, clogged gutters – basically, anything that will hold water.  Also, they bite primarily during the daytime so school children are at increased risk.  Not only are they a biting nuisance, but they can also spread serious diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika virus and yellow fever.

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Successful Control in Schools Using Integrated Pest Management

In Southern California, school districts deal with large numbers of complaints about mosquitoes.  These complaints come from students, teachers, staff and parents.  With current restrictions on treatments in sensitive areas like schools, hospitals, child-care, etc. the integrated pest management teams were frustrated because they had almost no tools to address these mosquito issues.  The IPM staff were limited to inspecting to remove breeding sites and treating with contact insecticides made from essential oils.

Our installation of Ovi-Catch at the Anaheim Union School District and the Los Angeles Unified School District provided excellent results.  The IPM Technicians were delighted to have “some options” to actually impact the mosquito population and satisfy the concerns of staff, students and parents.  The Ovi-Catch traps were installed in discreet and/or locked areas and had no issues with tampering.  The staff noted less mosquito activity and were very happy with the reduction of mosquito issues.

This success was enhanced with the introduction of Final Feed mosquito spray.  Final Feed improved results and offered a treatment method that lasted for 30 days or more.  One of the major issues in schools is the surrounding properties.  IPM Technicians frequently expressed that they had thoroughly inspected the school properties and removed breeding sources.  However, they have no control over the surrounding properties and standing water located there.  Final Feed provides a method of mitigating mosquitoes moving onto school property from adjacent areas.

The Final Feed applications and Ovi-Catch installations provided vital “leave behind” products that help to mitigate mosquitos that are originating off the property and are making their way onto the campus. “Ovi-Catch and Final Feed are an important part of our mosquito management program.  If you can use these valuable tools, you should” said Rich Kravetz, IPM Technician, Anaheim Union School District.

In general, we are having excellent results.  However, as is the case with most devices and materials, training is key. Results have been strongly supported by the management and staff in the IPM programs who are motivated and very willing to accept training on the proper application of Final Feed and placement of Ovi-Catch.

Information compiled by:

Stanton E. Cope, PhD, VP, Technical Products and Services, AP&G

Past President, American Mosquito Control Association

scope@catchmaster.com  Tel: (551) 689-8073

Jim Shaver, Western Regional Manager, AP&G

jshaver@catchmasterpro.com  Tel: (480) 760-5874

Additional Resources

For help with your upcoming mosquito season, discover Catchmaster® mosquito management tools:  https://catchmasterpro.com/collection/mosquito-management-tools/

Learn more about mosquitoes from the NPMA here: https://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/mosquitoes/

Discover more efforts in mosquito management with the American Mosquito Control Association here: www.mosquito.org