Infestation Control by Mosquito Squad of Southern Maine
Although browntail moth season is typically June through August, the time
to control infestation and prevent poisonous hair encounters is now. The
best time to remove nests is winter or early-spring, when the larvae are
dormant. Removal of the cocoons, which are full of the toxic hair, can
be done to infested trees and structures through careful, expert handling.
Our team of skilled Scarborough pest control specialists at Mosquito Squad of Southern Maine
can help to control the browntail moth population on your property, so
that you have a front line of defense when larvae begin to hatch.
Why Take Steps to Control Infestation?
Maine is home to many insect species as well as many health issues. Browntail
moths cause damage to trees in the adult stage. It is when they are in
the caterpillar stage that causes health issues. In Maine, browntail moths
will spin filaments that will fold leaves and give their eggs shelter
as they move into the next life stage. As they emerge as caterpillars,
they have brown fur that can cause Poison Ivy type rashes and respiratory
issues. Even after they complete metamorphosis into the adult stages,
the fur can remain. It is recommended to treat as the trees begin to bud.
Mosquito Squad of Southern Maine is now providing treatment for browntail
moths as well as education on the species. The mid-coast area of Maine
is where we see the most activity. Areas of Yarmouth, Freeport, Brunswick
and Bath have shown the highest populations as well as our Downeast region.
Apple and oak trees are the most common trees affected by browntail moths.
There are other trees not native to Maine that can be affected as well.
This is the time of year to check. If you see curled leaves, chances are
your tree is infested. You can remove the leaves and place them in a bucket
of soapy water for 24 hours to kill them. For areas you cannot reach,
it is best to seek treatment from professionals. There are different ways
to treat for browntail moths. Each professional will have their own methods.
We at Mosquito Squad of Southern Maine have done our research and will
use the most effective treatments that are the most environmentally friendly
as we do with all of our applications for ticks and mosquitoes. We traditionally
use injectable capsules to treat. This allows us to treat close to water
and avoid affecting any off-target insects that benefit tree health.
Maine has its challenges in terms of weather and pests. But as well all
know, we have the blessing to live where many come to vacation because
of the natural beauty. Mosquito Squad of Southern Maine is here to help
you enjoy your yard!
Actions to reduce exposure and prevent skin or respiratory response include:
Cover exposed areas of skin and wear a respirator if you have asthma.
Clean lawn and patio furniture before use.
Avoid infested areas when driving or keep windows closed.
Dampen areas of your yard if you must do yardwork or do outdoor work when
the air is moist.
Wash clothes and do not sit or lay on indoor furniture in clothes that
may have hair on them.
Shower in cool water if you believe you were exposed.
Your best prevention is to proactively remove or treat cocoons and nests
before the hundreds of larvae are born from them. Our team can help you
combat the browntail moth. Let us keep you and your family safe this season.