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Last year was our first in a new home. And our new house included a beautiful backyard. But we quickly discovered that spending time out there during the spring and summer months just wasn’t possible. Mosquitoes, out of control after heavy spring rains, buzzed around our faces, seeming to swarm at times. It was unbearable and spraying OFF and even natural mosquito repellents on our bodies seemed to have no effect on the blood-sucking creatures. But then a friend told me about the success she’d had with Mosquito Squad in her own San Antonio backyard. We decided to give it a try.
We signed up and paid for service with our local franchise (Northeast and Central San Antonio) and began having our yard sprayed once every three weeks. The results were nothing short of amazing. Gone were the swarms of mosquitoes, even at dusk, and we began to spend nearly every day and night outside, making the most of our new backyard and enjoying time together as a family. Were all mosquitoes gone forever? No. A couple of stragglers could occasionally be seen (see below ** for tips on controlling the mosquito population in your yard). But those mosquitoes were far and few between and nothing like the overwhelming masses of them we’d been dealing with.
Since last summer, I knew we’d sign up with Mosquito Squad again so we can spend this summer outdoors while at home as much as possible. One of the things I love about this local franchise is that they’re a local, family-owned business. Melissa and Patrick Goebel and their three kids had the same experience my family did: they had a mosquito problem and they needed to solve it. But when they looked around for a solution in San Antonio, they didn’t find one. So, they bought a Mosquito Squad franchise to bring these effective services to San Antonio. Another thing I love? They offer a guarantee! (See * below to learn about Mosquito Squad’s money-back guarantee.)
Before I signed on for the service last year, I had a ton of questions. I’m a parent and a dog-owner, as well as a nature lover, so I needed to know: are their products safe? Melissa took time to answer my questions and I’m sharing them here with you because I’m sure as much as you’d like to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard, you probably have lots of questions too.
Q & A with Melissa Goebel with NE and Central San Antonio Mosquito Squad
What is the product Mosquito Squad uses and how does it work?
While an array of formulations is available for specific situations, the active ingredient most commonly used is a synthetic reproduction of a substance derived from chrysanthemums. This same basic ingredient can be found in a variety of household products.
Our licensed technicians will come to your home every two or three weeks during mosquito season to treat in the front and back of your property, all your foliage, natural areas, on and under any deck…basically any place a mosquito would harbor, hide or breed to eliminate the mosquitoes that are there and through our micro-encapsulated residual, continue eliminating mosquitoes for UP TO 21 days.
Is it safe for people, kids, pets, other insects, and birds?
Mosquito Squad products are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and we adhere to all local, state, and federal licensing guidelines. While we are at your home, we ask that all people and pets stay inside while we treat, and then for up to 30 minutes, allowing time for the product to dry, which in the Texas heat, really only takes about five to 10 minutes.
When/how often should I use it?
Every two to three weeks during mosquito season which begins in March or April and goes all the way through the end of October.
What about rain and/or sprinklers? Do they make the treatments less effective? Do you come back to respray after either?
Though rain and water do not easily wash away the treatment, if it begins raining before your treatment has dried, and you notice a diminished effectiveness, please call us and we will retreat at no cost to you.
Should I mow my lawn before or after treatment?
Mowing the lawn before a treatment is good, however, it is not necessary as long as your lawn height is not too high. Mosquitoes do not usually hang out in the grass, however, if you grass is high, they will be drawn to it because it provides a dark, shady area that they love.
Are these treatments effective against the spread of the Zika virus?
We are not health experts, however, our treatments are effective against the mosquitoes that are known to carry the Zika virus.
Do you offer any guarantees?*
Your complete satisfaction is important to us. If you are not completely satisfied your Mosquito Squad barrier treatment, contact us within 21 days of application for a retreatment at no addition charge or a refund of 100% of your application cost.
How long does the treatment last? How long between treatments do you recommend?
A treatment will last up to 21 days, however, with all of the rain that we’ve had these last two years and the mild winter, the mosquito population is out of control. Therefore, we recommend treatments every two weeks if you have a severe mosquito population on your property or a mosquito magnet in your family.
What other services do you provide?
We provide treatments for ticks and fleas.
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Seven Ts from Mosquito Squad for lowering the mosquito population in your yard**
TIP over anything that holds or collects water.
A bottle cap filled with water holds enough water for mosquitoes to breed. Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, the elimination of standing water decreases a mosquito’s breeding ground. Bird baths, play sets with tire swings, tree houses, portable fireplaces and pits and catch basins are the biggest offenders.
TOSS any yard trash including clippings, leaves and twigs.
Even the smallest items can provide a haven for mosquitoes to breed and increase the population.
TURN over items that could hold water and trash.
Look for children’s portable sandboxes, slides or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts; in plant saucers, empty pots, light fixtures and dog water bowls. Eliminate these items or keep them turned over until used.
REMOVE TARPS that can catch water.
Many homeowners have tarps or covers on items residing in their outdoor spaces. If not stretched taut, they are holding water. Check tarps over firewood piles, portable fire places, recycling cans, boats, sports equipment and grills. Use bungee cords to secure tarps in the yard.
TAKE CARE of your home.
Proper maintenance can be a deciding factor in property values and mosquito bites. Regularly clean out gutters and make sure downspouts are attached properly. Re-grading areas where water stands more than a few hours, and to regularly check irrigation systems to ensure that they aren’t leaking and causing a breeding haven. Keep lawn height low and areas weed-free.
Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.
Utilize a professional mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on both humans and pets.
Individuals who want a more comprehensive mosquito control treatment can utilize Mosquito Squad, which uses the latest EPA-registered mosquito control barrier treatments, larvicide and all-natural substances to eliminate mosquitoes from yards and outdoor spaces.
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