Best Mosquito Control Company – Forbes Advisor
Chemicals or natural sprays
Most mosquito repellent manufacturers use “pyrethrins” or “pyrethroids”. The former is a chemical insecticide made from chrysanthemum flowers, which are poisonous to insects. The latter is a synthetic version of the same. Regardless of whether the company uses the naturally-derived pyrethrin or the synthetic pyrethroid to control mosquitos, unfortunately, these sprays are poisonous not just to mosquitoes, but to a wide variety of insects, including beneficial insects such as butterflies, ladybugs, bees, and other pollinators.
The EPA itself recognizes that even the pesticides the agency has approved for use are still highly toxic to bees – they kill them on contact and for several days after the initial spray treatment. The killing of bees is widely recognized as being catastrophic to the environment. Forbes Advisor does not recommend the use of chemical compounds that kill bees.
Many mosquito spray companies are now offering alternative “organic” or “natural” spray options that are marketed as being less dangerous to other beneficial insects. Please note that the marketing term “organic” is heavily regulated by the USDA and that no product labeled “organic” is subject to state or other regulation unless it has a “USDA Certified Organic” seal. Chemicals and pesticides approved for use in USDA Certified Organic products are OMRI listed as such, but even this does not guarantee that these chemicals will not harm beneficial life forms.
Garlic is a safer alternative, as are certain vegetable oils. Companies that offer alternative sprays also tend to spray later in the day when mosquitoes are more active than in the middle of the day when bees and other beneficial insects are outside. More research is needed to determine how harmful these alternative sprays can be, but they are most likely less harmful, especially if not sprayed on good insects in direct contact.
Knowing what type of spray your mosquito control company is using and how and when to use that spray is an important factor in choosing the right company for you.
Other methods of combating mosquitoes
Since bee-killing chemical sprays ideally should never be used, the two main alternative mosquito control methods that should be considered are reducing the source and acting early. Mosquitoes need stagnant water to develop, so detecting and removing stagnant water sources such as fountains, bird baths, gutters, and garbage cans will prevent mosquito larvae from developing.
For fountains, ponds, or other sources of water that won’t drain, homeowners (or pest control companies) can take early action by putting mosquito dunking in the water. These small tablets contain bacteria that feed on mosquito larvae but are relatively harmless to other wildlife and humans. Ponds can also be stocked with koi fish, turtles, frogs or crabs, all of which are voracious eaters of mosquitoes and their larvae.
Many mosquito control companies also offer reviews and advice on how to design your garden to minimize mosquito breeding areas without sacrificing a beautiful lawn. Companies that offer an “integrated pest management” package, a combination of many methods designed to work seamlessly together, both responsive and preventive, are likely to be the best choice. By choosing companies that focus not only on chemical or natural sprays but also on alternative control methods, make sure that you are not harming the vital natural ecosystem around your home.
Packaged pest control for the whole house
Many companies offer mosquito control as one of many other pest control services. Most of the companies on our list also provide pest control for a wide variety of insect species, as well as rodents, birds, lizards, rats, and other common household pests. If you are having issues with other pests in your home or want to make sure you never do, find a company that offers bundled or packaged pest control. This often saves you thousands of dollars and hours of time per year as companies can send the same technician to provide mosquito control and other services your home may need.
Free estimates and inspections
The five companies on our list all offer free appraisals, but not all offer free inspections. It is especially important to save money while you still determine the types of services you might need or the company that works best for you. So look for no-obligation companies, free inspections, and free estimates.
Qualified technicians, licenses and reputation
Finally, you should research the mosquito repellent company’s reputation and make sure they have licensed, skilled technicians. These technicians will be walking around your property and if they offer additional pest control services they will examine every corner of your home. It is therefore a must to find companies with reputable, qualified employees. We’ve included five excellent companies in our list above, but be sure to check out the company reviews on sites like Google, Facebook, or Yelp, especially if you’re dealing with these statewide companies that have specialized franchises in your state.