Pest control products come with a recommended approach to application. These guidelines are developed not only to protect you, but also to ensure that you or your service provider apply the product in such a way to maximize its effectiveness.
With our product TickKillz™, which is 100% All Natural, we recommend it be applied every 4-6 weeks for effective tick control and every 3 weeks for effective mosquito control. In studies TickKillz™ has been shown to reduce the tick population by 92% within 30 days of application. It is also safe for children, pets and the environment and won’t harm beneficial insects like honeybees and butterflies.
There are many factors to consider when determining the most efficient and effective pest control program for your property. Here are eight items to consider when assessing your property or talking to your local service provider.
You should spray or treat your property during the times of the year when the weather is consistently 35 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This is when ticks and mosquitoes can become active. Pay attention to the weather! An unseasonably warm winter or an early to non-existent spring may mean you need to treat your property sooner than you think and further past the summer months than you typically plan.
How often you spray depends on how severe the infestation is. If you are regularly finding ticks on your property and struggling with a large and growing mosquito population, you should increase the frequency with which you treat your property until that population declines!
All insects have different life and reproductive cycles. Depending on which insects you are targeting, you should time your product applications to best control those insect populations and match the nuances of their gestation cycles.
Mosquitoes specifically thrive in a warm and humid environment and lay their eggs in stagnant water. If you live in an area with a high average rainfall or you are experiencing unusually heavy amounts of rainfall, you should increase the frequency with which you spray.
How heavily you apply the product also impacts the frequency with which it should be applied. Clearly, a heavier application with thorough coverage will require less frequent spraying than a lighter spray.
Is your landscape neat? Do you keep your lawn carefully mowed? Have you created a perimeter of woodchips around your property? Do you have high grasses and brush anywhere? What kinds of plants do you have? Is your property wooded? The answers to these questions will help you determine how frequently you need to spray.
Do you have plants that attract deer and other wildlife animals? Do you come home to small herds of deer grazing in your yard? How often do you see rabbits running around your property? What about raccoons, groundhogs, mice, squirrels, chipmunks and other small rodents? All these animals, as well as pets like cats and dogs, attract and carry ticks and fleas. Understanding your animal population will help you understand how often you should spray to protect your property.
Standing stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Identify places on your property where water collects and doesn’t drain such as empty flower pots, a tire swing or a bird bath. Even relatively small amounts of stagnant water can house huge numbers of mosquito larvae.
To summarize, there are no hard and fast rules on how often you need to apply pest control sprays. There are many factors that impact your tick and mosquito population. You should take every step possible to control that population and treat your property as recommended by the manufacturer.
Visit www.tickkillz.com or contact your local lawn care or pest control professional to learn more about our 100% All Natural product and how it works to effectively and safely control the tick and mosquito populations on your property.