Award-Winning Mosquito Treatments
All-Inclusive UltraGuard Mosquito Program
Successful Mosquito Treatment in Massachusetts require a well thought out plan of attack. Mosquitoes are annoying and often dangerous pests. Besides delivering itchy, sometimes painful bites and ruining outdoor activities, mosquitoes are known vectors of very serious and potentially deadly diseases. A quality Mosquito Program can help prevent the spread of serious disease.
Mosquito Treatment Methods
These proven methods significantly reduce local mosquito breeding populations by exploiting the individual biology and habits of the mosquito species commonly found in Massachusetts.
Our UltraGuard Mosquito Program targets Vector Species known to carry and spread disease to people, domestic animals and pets.
Inspecting the property will help determine pest population levels, species present, breeding sites and day-time resting areas. This information will help determine a comprehensive mosquito treatment plan.
Adult Mosquito Spraying
Our experts recommend Mosquito Spraying the active and high-risk areas of the property, every three to four weeks (May-September). The treatments Involve Mist-Blowing active ingredients into the daytime resting areas of adult mosquitoes. These areas include Vegetation, Rock Walls, Leaf Litter, Landscape Beds and other shaded areas where mosquitoes rest before and after feeding.
Mosquito Larviciding (IGR)
Ultra Safe experts hold advanced Mosquito Licenses that permit us to apply mosquito treatment to active breeding sites through the use of specialized products and materials. Applying Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) material which kills larvae or pupae in their water habitats provide excellent results because it breaks the reproductive cycle of mosquitoes. When applied correctly, these products are safe for non-target and other aquatic species.
Introducing In2Care® IGR Mosquito Treatment System In Massachusetts!
One Free In2Care® Mosquito Trap Is Included With Our UltraGuard Mosquito Protection Program!
Developed using a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the In2Care Mosquito System has become an important tool for controlling the disease spreading Aedes Mosquito.
Learn How The In2Care® Mosquito Treatment System Works in Massachusetts.
The In2Care® Mosquito Trap is made of durable plastic and uses water with an odor lure to attract egg-laying Aedes mosquitoes. Once inside, mosquitoes contact the specially treated gauze near the water surface and get contaminated with a larvicide and a fungus. We exploit the fact that Aedes like to divide their eggs over multiple sites; by letting them fly out of the Trap whilst carrying larvicide on their legs. They transport the larvicide and contaminate several breeding sites around the Trap. In this way, we can kill larvae in small and hard to find breeding sources. The mosquito also gets infected with an insect-specific fungus that kills her before she can spread disease.
Mosquito Reproductive Cycles
Mosquito Eggs are laid in or near water. Not all mosquitoes lay eggs on stagnant water. Asian Tiger Mosquitoes and their relatives (Aedes or Ochlerotatus spp.) lay single eggs either in or on moist organic matter (like old leaves) or mud at or near the normal surface of some water body or standing water.
House Mosquitoes and their relatives (Culex spp.) lay their eggs stuck together in “rafts” on the surface of standing water.
Malaria Mosquitoes and their relatives (Anopheles spp.) lay single eggs directly on the surface of standing water.
Larvae of nearly all mosquito species feed on tiny bits of organic matter they strain out of the water, using brushes on their mouths. They usually move by jerking their body, end-for-end, in a sideways whipping
motion. Nearly all species must come to the water surface fairly often, where they breathe atmospheric air through a special tube (siphon) or plate at their back end.
Pupae are a non-feeding, but active stage that must stay in the water to live. They also must breathe air at the water’s surface through special tubes (trumpets) on their backs.
Adult Mosquitoes emerge from pupae in the water. If water is not calm enough, they may not emerge normally; and may get stuck or drown. They have to sit on top of the water until their body and wings dry and harden.
They fly to nearby plants and feed on nectar or juices, getting energy from the sugars in those.
Male Mosquitoes need about 24 hours after they emerge before they can mate. After mating, females find vertebrate hosts and take a blood meal which provides protein for their eggs. Each full blood meal usually provides enough protein and energy for the female to produce about 100 eggs.
*Please Note – The biology of mosquitoes may prevent complete eradication. The program will certainly reduce populations, but a 100% mosquito-free environment is not generally possible. Strong winds may blow mosquitoes in from untreated areas.
The elimination of breeding sites is important: dumping water-filled containers; removing trash, tires, or other containers which can hold water; draining or filling surface puddles; and cleaning out gutters. Bird baths should be emptied, brushed out, rinsed and refilled at least once weekly.