Mosquito management professionals share their tips:
John Barnett, ACE, President of Service, Frontline Pest Professionals, Baltimore, Md.
- Do inspect thoroughly and attempt to correct potential problems.
- Don’t forget to thank the customer.
Chad Highley, ACE, Owner, Environmental Pest Control, Lawton, Okla.
- Do use top-quality products.
- Don’t push one-size-fits-all service plans.
Ty Costin, Owner, EcoMosquito, North Reading, Mass.
- Do practice extreme caution/safety while on site.
- Don’t treat around edible plants and gardens.
Ken Smith, VP of Operations, Palmetto Exterminators and Mosquito Control, Charleston, S.C.
- Do document conducive conditions.
- Do not cut corners on treatments.
Nathan Curran, President, Home and Business Pest Control, Auburn, Mass.
- Do use larvicide treatments in areas with standing water.
- Don’t rely only on pesticide treatments; eliminate conducive conditions.
Buddy Herring, Owner, Summit Pest Solutions, Mills River, N.C.
- Do educate customers on the need to correct drainage issues.
- Don’t treat near areas of pollinator or aquatic activity.
Nathan Vogt, President, Arrest-A-Pest by PMP Inc., Wichita, Kan.
- Do assume customers will want mosquito control service next year. Set reminders to notify them of your intentions to begin service again, instead of trying to resell the service every year.
- Don’t be afraid to walk away from a site you will not be able to control. Adjacent properties with large harborage areas or lots of ground moisture are a problem (mosquitoes fly, you know). Customers who want to have a say in your control method and products are red flags.