Decatur Mosquito & Tick Control Services
Mosquito Squad of Central Illinois is Here – (217) 516-3141
Summers in Decatur are made for making memories. Bonfires, barbecues, and simply hanging out in your backyard shouldn’t have to be interrupted by the annoying buzzing and itchy bites from mosquitoes. But more often than not, they are. Sometimes, it’s so bad that they chase you back into the house!
The bites and the buzzing are bad enough, but recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report stating that diseases from mosquitoes and ticks have more than tripled since 2004. That’s pretty frightening to think about, but the worst part about it is that the report blatantly said that about 80% of vector control organizations need improvement in at least one or more of five core competencies, such as testing for pesticide resistance or even having an action plan to kill mosquitoes and ticks at every life stage.
Dr. Lyle Peterson, one of the authors of the CDC report, stated to CNBC: “Our nation is not fully prepared to deal with this new onslaught of vector-borne diseases. We need better tools to control them and we need to strengthen health departments and vector-control organizations to deal with them as well.” One of those vector-control organizations includes the Macon Mosquito Abatement District (MMAD), which is responsible for Greater Decatur IL mosquito control. While well-intentioned, the MMAD is more focused on doing larval control in swamps and other large mosquito breeding areas, and they do a lot of surveillance in that they monitor whether or not diseases are being carried by mosquitoes in the area. But they don’t actually protect you on your private property.
The mosquitoes you need to worry about biting you are the ones that are born in and around your own place of residence. Simply put, relying on a municipal program like MMAD is not going to protect you, your family, and friends from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry, nor will a program like that help you enjoy your own backyard. Mosquito Squad’s main focus is protecting people on their own properties, not public areas. That’s why we’re here. Our barrier treatment is guaranteed to eliminate up to 90% of mosquitoes on your property for up to three weeks.
How Our Mosquito Control Works for Your Decatur Home
What does Mosquito Squad of Central Illinois do take out that many mosquitoes and keep the rest away for such along time? It all boils down to our advanced industry methods backed by real pest control sciences.
We begin by eliminating and treating standing water, which mosquitoes use as a breeding ground. Our team is equipped with larvicide similar to what MMAD uses, only it permanently disrupts that breeding ground so mosquitoes can’t just use it next year.
Afterwards, we patrol your property to spray our EPA-registered barrier treatment spray that forms a perimeter mosquitoes won’t want to cross. Our trained, licensed, and safety-first-minded technicians are careful not to spray sensitive gardens and flowers with the chemical formula, though. We are especially mindful of keeping cute and friendly bees safe while still targeting those dastardly mosquitoes. Assuming you’ve got an average-sized yard, a single service might take less than half an hour, covering any part of your property where mosquitoes might want to wander, including below your deck!
Our barrier treatment will take another half hour to dry, and after that you’re free to enjoy your yard again. But after it’s dry is where the science kicks things up a notch! The barrier treatment spray we use is microencapsulated, which is how it’s able to keep working. It forms a thin “barrier” on surfaces to combat mosquitoes by slowly releasing its active ingredients over time. We have formulated our treatment spray to be completely odorless and colorless so it doesn’t bug you while it really bugs those pesky mosquitoes. The moment a mosquito lands on a treated surface within 21 days or 3 weeks after a treatment, the spray gets to work to eliminate it right away. For continuous protection, we offer seasonal plans so that you’ll have worry-free, uninterrupted summers at home outside. We know it’s easy to forget when we’re coming, so we’ll always call a day in advance and remind you, but you don’t even need to be home. We’ll leave a confirmation of service on your door when we leave.
Handling Your Greater Decatur Tick Control Services, Too
As mentioned earlier, mosquito- and tick-borne diseases have more than tripled since 2004. You’re likely aware of Lyme disease, but there are other tick-borne diseases to worry about. Ticks also transmit illnesses like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Babesiosis, two diseases which are arguably worse than Lyme and on the rise in Illinois. The bottom line is this: Ticks are everywhere, and they can cause a lot of damage to a person or their loved ones if the wrong one takes a bite.
While we can’t stop ticks from hitching a ride on you or your loved ones while you’re out in the woods, we can definitely make your feel safer in your own yard. Our traditional barrier treatment solution that we use to eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes in your yard is equally effective on the tick population in your yard. As an extra measure, Mosquito Squad also implements tick tubes, which are small tubes stuffed with permethrin-treated cotton. We place these strategically around your yard to entice mice, which are usually the source of the blood meal for ticks in their nymph stage. Mice love to cozy up their burrows with this cotton, and the permethrin rubs off on their fur. When a tick tries to make a meal out of the mouse, it is shortly eliminated. With this extra step in our Decatur IL tick control service, Mosquito Squad can stops the life cycle of ticks and they don’t come anywhere near you or your family.