By Nicky Gallagher, Technical Services Manager, Syngenta Professional Pest Management
Mosquitoes can be an annoyance to homeowners and prevent them from fully enjoying their yards. These insects can also carry diseases such as West Nile virus, Dengue and Chikungunya virus. Although complete mosquito eradication is not viable, it is possible to reduce mosquito populations to a level that can allow homeowners to enjoy their backyards. Additionally, with few pest management companies offering mosquito services, you can differentiate your business with a practical option for increasing your company’s revenue.
Homeowner education is key
With the proper guidance and education, homeowners can be capable of taking the right precautionary steps to reduce mosquitoes around their homes. Backyards provide multiple locations for mosquitoes to breed, and by removing these sources, homeowners can have a more successful management program.
The American Mosquito Control Association recommends following the three D’s of mosquito protection:
• Drain: empty water-filled containers on a weekly basis to prevent and remove mosquito eggs and larvae.
• Defend: select a mosquito repellent that is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have minimal risk.
• Dress: choose to wear long sleeves and pants that are light in color and loose fitting as studies have proven mosquitoes are more attracted to dark, fitted clothing.
Effective mosquito management programs require a true integrated approach to effectively suppress mosquito populations. Having a clear agreement between PMPs and their customers regarding the goals of the treatment and the responsibilities of both parties is an important part of any mosquito program. Be sure to engage your customers by providing educational resources, showing examples of mosquito breeding sites on their property and how to properly remove them. Avoid any claims of complete mosquito control or disease prevention claims.
Supplement education with effective products
PMPs now have a new mosquito control option available to them, exclusively from Syngenta Professional Pest Management (PPM). The SecureChoice™ Mosquito Assurance Program can provide superior mosquito control on a 60-day treatment cycle with the combination of Demand® CS insecticide, which can provide immediate and residual control of adult mosquitoes, and Archer® insect growth regulator, which can interrupt the reproduction cycle of mosquitoes. The SecureChoice Mosquito Assurance Program also includes brochures for homeowners that include tips and diagrams about how to reduce mosquitoes around their homes.
The SecureChoice Mosquito Assurance Program provides mosquito control for up to 60 days on customer accounts, compared to the market average offering of 21 days of mosquito control. If homeowners request a retreatment any point in the 60-day treatment cycle, Syngenta PPM will supply the appropriate amount of the products to cover the retreatment. This can help free up technician time while reducing mosquito populations around your customers’ homes. For complete terms and conditions, please visit www.SyngentaPMP.com/Mosquito and download the program sheet.
Syngenta PPM is committed to keeping you informed about the latest developments and how to best manage mosquitoes around your customers’ homes. For more information about mosquitoes and how you can control them, please visit www.SyngentaPMP.com/Mosquito or contact your local Syngenta sales representative.
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