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What about the rain? Doesn’t it make the barrier treatment less effective?

Seems like this year, April showers only gave way to . . . more May showers. While the flowers may be blooming now, there’s always another chance for rain in the forecast. Here at Mosquito Squad, we’ve received questions about how well our signature barrier treatment works when there’s a lot of rainfall.

The answer? The same nearly 90% reduction in mosquitoes and ticks in your yard, just as well as it does in the sunshine!

When we apply our barrier treatment, our formula immediately knocks down mosquitoes and ticks on contact, essentially eliminating them completely upon our first treatment. As it dries, it forms an odorless, colorless film onto everything on which it was applied, including (but not limited to), leaves (the tops and bottoms of them), bushes, brush piles, and other landscaping. It only takes 30 minutes to dry, and after it’s dry, rain makes very little difference in its effectiveness.

The micro encapsulation of our specially developed formula ensures that it’s time-released, much like how an “extended release” prescription works. This is not to say that our treatment is impenetrable, however — we still recommend treatment every three weeks for maximum effectiveness. If at any time between your treatment and the next scheduled one you notice more mosquitos or ticks than you think you should, just let us know and we’ll re-evaluate your property and treat as needed at no extra charge.

Remember, though, that mosquito elimination in your yard is a team effort. When we come for treatments, the first thing we do is eliminate standing water we can or treat the water with larvicide to eliminate any mosquitoes in their larval or egg state, which halts their life cycle on your property, but it only takes a thimble of water for a mosquito to lay a batch of approximately 300 eggs, and these eggs turn into adult mosquitoes in about 3-7 days. So if it rains at any time between barrier treatments, it’s up to you as a homeowner to make sure there is as little standing water as possible in your yard. It’s imperative that you follow the 7Ts to make sure your yard isn’t a mosquito breeding ground.

  • TIP – Tip over anything in your yard that may have caught rainwater. This includes children’s toys, bird baths, play sets with tire swings, drain pipes near gutters, etc.
  • TOSS – Toss grass clippings, leaves, firewood, and piles of mulch that are yard trash.
  • TURN – Turn over items in your yard that could hold water. Things like dog bowls, plant saucers, garbage and recycle bins, anything that can possible hold standing water.
  • TARPS – If tarps stretched over firewood, boats or sports equipment are not taut, they will hold water and become a breeding area for mosquitoes. This one goes overlooked quite a bit, but make sure that there aren’t any “pockets” of water in any tarps, because the mosquitoes will find them and decide they’re a nice place to start a family.
  • TREAT – By combining these tips with our professional barrier treatment plans you should be able to eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on your property, reducing the need to apply DEET and other chemicals to your skin. We’re all in this fight against the bite together.
  • TAKE CARE – Take care of home and lawn maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water, including cleaning out gutters and making sure downspouts are attached properly, keeping your grass mowed and beds pruned, and check irrigation systems for leaks.
  • TEAM UP -Despite taking all precautions in your own home, the condition of neighboring properties can influence how many mosquitoes are taking refuge in your yard, and affect your control and prevention efforts. Talking with neighbors is a key component to the success of your mosquito, and tick control efforts. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property. Communication and caring is key!

MS of Chester & Delaware Counties makes it a point to keep up with all the latest innovations in our field of outdoor pest control, and we apply only the best products on the market to ensure the best possible bug elimination solutions for our clients. Along with our traditional barrier treatment, we also offer an all-natural, essential oil-based mosquito and tick repellant solution, as well as convenient misting systems for automatic treatment and push-button control. Call us at (610) 624-8441 to discuss your home mosquito and tick control needs, or email us at [email protected] to learn more. We look forward to helping you take back your yard!

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