At Mosquito Squad of Southeastern Massachusetts, we’ve always been happy to offer an all-natural mosquito control program. While our synthetic treatment meets all local and federal regulations and is EPA registered, we understand that some prefer a natural alternative. All-natural mosquito control is not new at Mosquito Squad, but we are excited to tell you why it’s getting better.
New Cedarwood Oil Treatment
In the past, our natural treatment spray was effective for up to 14 days. However, our newest version contains cedarwood oil and a compound that helps the treatment stick to leaves. It eliminates adult ticks on contact and once dry, continues to repel mosquitoes for up to 21 days! Continually adding value for our clients is something that Mosquito Squad strives for.
Explaining the Science
Mosquitoes are dependent on their sense of smell. It’s because of this that the cedarwood oil works. The oil can actually mask or even alter the way the insect smells. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene notes cedar as one of the long-used substances for culicide, an agent to kill mosquitoes. There has been extensive and continuing research in the use of these oils and their larvicidal effect. Our cedarwood oil product works much in the same way that other companies have used garlic. However, our application process and our unique formulation that sticks to vegetation, makes our product superior.
Repelling the Mosquitoes Not the Bees
As we discuss the use of masking smell to repel mosquitoes, you may become concerned about the effects on your much-needed pollinators. Rest assured, we understand the importance of bees. First, our Mosquito Squad technicians are certified, carefully trained, and take great care not to spray open flowers. Second, bees are much more complex than you might think, using more than simply smell to seek out flowers.
Flowers create weak electric fields that bumblebees pick up with the hairs on their bodies. Gregory Sutton, a Royal Society University Research Fellow, tells NPR that the bees can actually feel their hairs bend, and that is how they tell the difference in flowers. Color is a second indicator for bees as to what flowers exist and where. According to a Q&A in the New York Times, bees are able to see “ultraviolet color patterns in flowers that are invisible to people.” Bees are so smart; it’s no wonder that they are so crucial to the food chain.
At Mosquito Squad of Southeastern Massachusetts, we are pleased to be able to provide our clients all-natural mosquito control. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our treatment options. Call today for a free estimate.