The mosquito treatment plan begins with conducting a thorough property inspection.
Mosquito treatment is usually an integrated effort involving source reduction plus the use of chemical control products when needed. Since mosquitoes develop in water, source reduction targets and eliminates water sources favorable for mosquito breeding. Mosquito develop sites are normally identified as a natural or man-made site that will collect water. Some examples are low areas on the property that are prone to collecting water after rain, clogged rain gutters, flooded crawl spaces, water that pools around downspouts, water that collects in cans, child swimming pools, uncovered boats, tree holes or rubbish and debris that hold water.
Some chemical product uses that may be needed for mosquito treatment include:
Applying insecticides to vegetation that adult mosquitoes use for sheltered resting sites.
Applying insect growth regulators that prevent mosquito development in their water environments.
Applying microbial insecticide products that cause mosquito mortality in their water environments.
Integrated pest management for ticks, may involve the use of landscape practices to reduce tick and host animal habitat adjacent to the home, management or treatment of host animals, targeted applications of least-toxic pesticides to high-risk tick habitat – all in conjunction with tick checks and other personal protective measures to either reduce the number of infected ticks and number of tick bites. The ultimate goal, of course, is to reduce the number of human cases of disease as much as possible with the resources available. integrated management approach does not necessarily preclude the use of pesticides, for example, but seeks to use chemicals effectively and responsibly in order to minimize and reduce exposure and use.
The tick control plan also identifies locations where tick control products can be used effectively to help create zones on the property of minimal or no ticks.