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Back to School: Mosquito Control for Schools and Daycare Facilities

It’s almost time for another school year to begin, making now the perfect time to establish a mosquito management program for schools and daycare facilities. While most mosquitoes do not pose a threat to human health beyond itchy, red bites, several species can transmit serious diseases including zika, West Nile virus, malaria, several types of encephalitis, yellow fever, dengue fever, and chikungunya virus.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) System
To protect children, teachers, and workers who spend a significant portion of their days at schools and daycare facilities, it is important to implement an integrated pest management (IPM) system. An IPM system is a common sense, environmentally friendly approach to controlling pests by focusing on pest prevention, integrating multiple control methods, and using pesticides as needed on school and daycare grounds. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that schools use IPM systems as a Smart, Sensible and Sustainable approach to pest control:
¥ Smart: “creates a safer and healthier learning environment by managing pests and reducing children’s exposure to pests and pesticides.”
¥ Sensible: “practical strategies are used to reduce sources of food, water and shelter for pests in school buildings and grounds.”
¥ Sustainable: “emphasis is on prevention, which makes it an economically advantageous approach.”

The Mosquito Squad Green Formula
Mosquito Squad will survey and point out area conditions that are attractive to mosquitoes (standing or runoff water, decaying or overgrown vegetation, etc.), use larvacide in any low areas or standing water to prevent new mosquitoes from emerging, and apply pesticide as needed. Many pest control companies claim to be “green” or “all natural” by using pyrethrum (a spray derived from flowers). At Mosquito Squad we use the more effective synthetic version of pyrethrum (called both a pyrethroid and a pyrethrin) that works better but doesn’t break down as fast. Unlike other companies we also use a combination of both bifenthrin and cyfluthrin. Most other companies don’t use a combination of these because while bifenthrin costs around $25-30 a gallon and quickly eliminates mosquitoes, cyfluthrin costs about $200 a gallon, but will keep working long after our application.

If you have questions about the Mosquito Squad formula or are interested in establishing an integrated pest management system for mosquitoes near your school or daycare facility, call us today! We offer the latest and safest technology in mosquito control. Plus, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

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