Experts share mosquito control dos and don’ts


April 16, 2021

Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) PHOTO: ISTOCK.COM/IMNATURE

Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus). PHOTO: IMNATURE/ISTOCK/GETTY IMAGES PLUS/GETTY IMAGES

Mosquito management professionals share their tips:

John Barnett

John Barnett

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.
Buddy Herring, Owner, Summit Pest Solutions, Mills River, N.C.

Buddy Herring

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

Nathan Curran

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

Nathan Vogt

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.

About the Author

Diane Sofranec

Diane Sofranec is the senior editor for PMP magazine. She can be reached at or 216-706-3793.

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