Mosquito Joe Shares Ways Homeowners Can Protect Their Family and Pollinators
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Mosquito Joe Shares Ways Homeowners Can Protect Their Family and Pollinators

In Honor of National Honey Bee Day & World Mosquito Day (August 20), Silver Tier Member within the EPA's Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program Sheds Light on Risk Reduction

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Aug. 15, 2022 // PRNewswire // -- Mosquito Joe®, a Neighborly® company, was recently awarded the Silver Tier by the EPA's Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) for its work on emphasizing integrated pest management (IPM), education, pollinator protection, and stewardship of the environment. The national brand is committed to educating homeowners on how to protect themselves and pets from diseases that mosquitoes and ticks present while also caring for pollinators on their property.

As members of PESP, Mosquito Joe has made the commitment to use low-risk, environmentally conscious processes and products. The PESP advocates for Integrated Pest Management, which takes an inclusive approach to the pest lifecycle and their interactions with the environment, placing importance on minimizing the hazard to people, property and pollinators.

Here are some ways homeowners can protect their family from mosquito, tick and flea bites while also caring for pollinators:

  • Know the Area before Treatment: Service providers should take inventory of outdoor areas prior to treatment. Most mosquitoes thrive and reproduce where water is present, so every effort should be made to tip and toss away standing water.  Ticks thrive in humid, dense vegetation and under low brush and leaf litter, so keep the grass trimmed and remove fallen foliage and debris.  In addition, providers should identify flowering bushes, gardens and plants that attract pollinators, reported beekeepers and bee boxes in the area. The area determines the application procedures and not making an application within 10 feet of specific flowering bushes, gardens and plants that attract pollinators. Additionally, service providers should consider wind direction and drift management techniques.
  • Ask about the Product: Always ask what treatment options are available to you and your family. There are products that are friendly to pollinators and different applications available. Mosquito Joe only uses EPA-registered products which includes a variety of solutions applied by our service professionals. 
    • While specific options may vary by location, Mosquito Joe has a few natural solution options. One option consists of an essential oil blend that continues to repel and eliminate adult mosquitoes even when dried. The repellent is strongest when wet and may repel pollinators until dried. This solution can leave an odor of essential oils in your yard for one to two hours after application.
    • Mosquito Joe also uses a natural garlic spray, similar to the garlic in your kitchen but stronger and more potent. The company uses this product around ponds, vegetable gardens, flowering shrubs and flowers to not harm aquatic life and pollinators (e.g., honeybees). The products themselves are water-based, mixed in water and will not harm plants.  
    • Mosquito Joe also offers a synthetic form of pyrethrins called pyrethroids. Pyrethrins are the natural byproduct of the Chrysanthemum flower. Synthetic pyrethroids have a similar chemical structure as the pyrethrins and are used in numerous commercial products such as household insecticides, pet shampoos and sprays, and even lice shampoos.

"We are committed to being environmental stewards through pesticide risk reduction and providing consumers peace of mind that Mosquito Joe is taking every precaution necessary when handling, applying, and disposing of our products," said David Price, Associate Certified Entomologist for Mosquito Joe. "We believe our continued action in specified risk reduction and educational goals will bring us one step closer in our next application to be accepted into the Gold Tier."

Mosquito Joe has certified technicians who are all trained on their Mosquito Joe Pollinator Protection Management Program which incorporates three key focus areas: deep familiarity with each customer's property, professional application procedures and the type of products used.

SOURCE Mosquito Joe



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