Mosquito treatment

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by fireman1173005, Nov 18, 2017.

  1. fireman1173005

    fireman1173005 LawnSite Member
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    Anyone treat for mosquitos? Thinking about adding this service next year. If so did you add a tank to your existing backpack blower or buy one already set up? Also suggestions any on pesticides that work best for you? Thanks.
  2. Marine03112

    Marine03112 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,911

    There are several ways to do this depending on how many you sell. Sthil backpack blower can do the trick if you don’t have a ton of them. Bifen works great but the proper PPE is a must or you are looking at literally dying young. Dealing with nerve agents on any level means be safe no matter how hot it is. You can make a ton of money doing flea and tick and barrier treatments.
  3. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Fanatic
    from nc
    Messages: 5,145

    Search for it. There are several threads discussing application methods and products used.
  4. walkinonwater27

    walkinonwater27 LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 347

  5. Trees Too

    Trees Too LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Started a Mosquito Control service line last year, applying with a Sthil backpack mist-blower using the insecticide Talstar.

    Found that we got poor residual control with Talstar. What we were told was to be a 30-day control period, in reality turned out to be more like 3 days! :eek:

    Ended up switching to POLYZONE Inseticide, which gave us a lot better control, but Polyzone is majorly expensive at $250+ for a gallon of the stuff! :cry:
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  6. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Gold Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 3,707

    Would a treatment for skeeters work in a urban small lot setting?
  7. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,408

    The best control for mosquitos is to find the breeding sites and use larvacides. Breeding sites that are right under your nose are often overlooked because everyone want to "spray".
    Look for clogged gutters, down spout extensions that don't drain all the way. Kiddie pools,wheel barrows, toys, trash cans, buckets, low spots in a yard or woods. Out door planter that can hold water. Pretty much any place that water can sit for more then a week.
  8. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Gold Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 3,707

    I guess what I'm asking is what is the common range of a mosquito? With the extremely small lot sizes here would you need to do the neighbors also to see results here or would treating just one lot be enough?
  9. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,408

    Often in urban settings mosquitoes are breeding on a property. Or very close by.
  10. Trees Too

    Trees Too LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,839

    You're essentially creating a defense barrier with the sprays. So mosquitoes flying over from an untreated neighbor would still die very soon once they got in the treated area.

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