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Mosquito Control - Protect Your Customers, Make Money

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Here are a couple of recent PCT articles on mosquito control I hope you will find valuable.

Mosquito Control: Important to Customers and Your Business

Ridding customers’ yards of these health risk-associated pests can be lucrative for PCOs.

“As pest management professionals it’s our responsibility to look out for our customers, their pets and the environment from the impact of mosquitoes,” Chris Swain, technical services manager, MGK Insect Control Solutions, told attendees at this year’s MGK Mosquito Conference in Houston.

The goal of mosquito control is to allow homeowners to enjoy their yards without the annoyance or health risks associated with mosquitoes, including the Zika and West Nile viruses. Mosquitoes, compared to any other animal, pose the greatest health risk to humans, of which the U.S. population has become increasingly aware. “Customers are thinking about a lot of things when they pick up the phone and call you for mosquito control,” said Swain.

Mosquito control has obvious advantages for customers and it can also be a good revenue source. “Year-over-year, mosquito control is continuously going up,” said Swain. “More and more people are looking for mosquito control.” It has the elements needed for increased revenue: low equipment maintenance, minimal product costs and it isn’t labor intensive. Mosquito control article

Infectious Mosquitoes Expanding Range, NY Times Reports

More citations on a disease-tracking website suggest mosquitoes may be moving into new ecological niches with greater frequency.  

A mounting number of citations on a popular disease-tracking website suggests that mosquitoes may be moving into new ecological niches with greater frequency, NY Times reported.

The website, ProMED mail, has carried more than a dozen such reports since June, all involving mosquito species known to transmit human diseases.

Most reports have concerned the United States, where, for example, Aedes aegypti — the yellow fever mosquito, which also spreads Zika, dengue and chikungunya — has been turning up in counties in California and Nevada where it had never, or only rarely, been seen.

Andrew's comment:  Fear is a great sales tool.  This is not taking advantage of customers; it is helping them understand the risks.  

When selecting a fogger, it is important to consider droplet size. The smaller the droplet size the longer it will remain airborne and the more likely it will contact the target pest. Examples:

Aerosol Spray: 50 microns

ULV Fogger: 20 microns

Thermal Fogger: 5 microns

Droplet size must be large enough to contain a lethal dose to kill the target pest. For example, mosquitos have a much lower lethal dose than house flies.

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