Key pretreatment steps for IPM mosquito program


November 15, 2017

Tommy Powell, Technical Services, MGK

The pretreatment step is an important part of an integrated pest management (IPM) program for mosquito control — yet it’s often overlooked. Key steps include:

  • Walk around and survey the property.
  • Check the wind direction and potential drift issues, including a quick assessment of neighboring properties.
  • Remove all items from the yard that have people and/or pet contact, such as toys, lawn furniture, pet food bowls, etc.
  • Look for and identify areas of concern such as gardens, fish ponds, flowering plants, etc.

Once you’ve done a thorough review of the property, you can properly determine equipment and product needs. Equipment examples include a backpack mist blower, truck-mounted power sprayer or a compressed air sprayer for smaller areas. Products that could be used include adulticides, larvicides/insect growth regulators (IGRs), and more. Always review the product label to ensure proper use.

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