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

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

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