Mosquito & Tick Services
These services typically go together. We provide treatment every 3-4 weeks, May-September for optimal management. When applying the products we are careful to consider weather and wind conditions to ensure minimal drift and minimal impact on the surrounding environment.
We highly recommend the service-not a one-time treatment- for optimal suppression. The timing of the service takes into account the insects' life cycle and management is improved over time.
Ticks are parasitic mites that attack a wide variety of mammals, birds, and other animals. Lyme Disease (transmitted by the Black Legged Tick) is the most well known tick-borne disease, but there are others that are also important. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States. Infections predominantly occur in the Northeast and north-central portions of the United States.
A pest control professional will identify tick harborage areas unique to an individual property, formulate a service plan that maximizes effectiveness by understanding the tick life cycle and will identify environmental issues that may contribute to an increased tick population.
Ticks typically congregate where grassy areas meet shrubbery or wooded areas. Ticks rest on the tips of grasses and shrubs waiting for a human or animal host to walk by. Ticks can't fly or jump, but many tick species wait in a position known as “questing” which means waving their front legs.
Tick Life Cycle
Most ticks go through four life stages: egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph, and adult. After hatching from the eggs, ticks must eat blood at every stage to survive. Ticks that require this many hosts can take up to 3 years to complete their full life cycle, and most will die because they don’t find a host for their next feeding. (URI)
To achieve optimal management of a tick population, a service (not a one-time treatment) is recommended. Improved control is appreciated over time.
It is important to identify rodent infestations because this will increase the tick population. We will treat the rodent infestation in a home with a combination of strategies. Some strategies even include using fluffy materials coated with permethrin which rodents will use for bedding and will eliminate ticks.
Female mosquitoes require a blood meal in order to lay eggs. In the process of biting a host, mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), West Nile Virus and the Zika virus.
Furthermore, the presence of mosquitoes considerably decreases the enjoyment of being outside. Downes Pest uses a combination of product application, mosquito traps, and biologic agents (in standing water) to suppress the mosquito population.
Risk of Mosquito-Borne Diseases by County
We also make integrated pest management recommendations individual to each property including but not limited to: elimination of standing water and use of bat houses to attract bats (bats can eat 6,000-8,000 mosquitoes per night!)