Have you ever had grand plans of a backyard barbecue only to have your party crashed by a swarm of mosquitoes? Yeah us, too. Or, this used to be us, before we learned of Mosquito Monster, a Paulding-originated company that was founded within our community to answer this exact issue.
In 2016, we started having our yard treated by Mosquito Monster, and – hallelujah! – our backyard parties are now virtually pest free! Even better, my kids can play outside without welts (another previous norm). And our dog can snuffle around in the weeds (yep, we have them) without getting bit.
To give you the scoop on resurrecting your backyard party plans, too, we interviewed Jerry Accettura, Director of Operations at Mosquito Monster, asking him how their treatments work and why they’re safe. (Bonus: At the end, he offers a discount for LBD | LRW readers!)
LBD | LRW: What pesticides are effective on mosquitoes but safe for animals and people?
Jerry: All of Mosquito Monster’s insecticides follow EPA guidelines for safety, presenting the lowest possible risk. We offer three very safe treatment options: a botanical misting system installed into clients’ yards; an organic backpack application spray utilizing essential oils; and a plant-inspired synthetic backpack application spray that is designed to mimic Pyrethrum, nature’s natural mosquito repellent that originates in Chrysanthemum flowers. Our treatment schedules – when we apply the treatments – also further eliminate risk to people and animals because we apply during times of day when pests are out, but people typically are not. And once the treatment is dry, exposure to mammals is extremely limited.
LBD | LRW: Mosquitoes also pose real health risks like viruses and heartworm, correct?
Jerry: Yes, mosquito-borne viruses include West Nile, Zika, Yellow Fever and more. While those outbreaks tend to be fairly limited in Georgia, heartworm is the biggest risk in our area. Most people don’t know that mosquitoes are the number one way cats and dogs contract heartworm, and Atlanta is one of the top cities in the country for outbreaks. Georgia, as a whole, is number eight in the country in terms of heartworm incidents. Only about a third of pet owners consistently have their pet treated with monthly preventative heartworm meds, but with Mosquito Monster, we virtually eliminate the cause of heartworm by reducing mosquitoes.
LBD | LRW: How do you ensure that the spray doesn’t also kill helpful flying insects, like honeybees?
Jerry: We do applications or set misting systems for times of day when mosquitoes are active, but bees normally are not — such as early mornings and late evenings. For automatic misting systems, which we install in clients’ yards, they can even spray in the middle of the night, to ensure the compounds are dry by morning.
LBD | LRW: How can Mosquito Monster’s barrier spray continue to kill mosquitoes for such a long period of time between treatments?
Jerry: Mosquitoes rest within the foliage of plants, in the shade. All Mosquito Monster barrier treatments are applied to these foliage areas where they dry, forming a long-lasting barrier. If the mosquito lands on the treated foliage, it will die. The botanical ingredients are safe to mammals and the environment; they are also biodegradable, hence the need for reapplication.
LBD | LRW: What made you decide to start Mosquito Monster?
Jerry: Our own families were getting eaten up outside. So, after personally seeing the need and then researching the need, we decided to become licensed and insured, offering mosquito services that are extremely effective and safe. Our mission became to help families reclaim the outdoors. When the risk of mosquito bites is reduced, children can play outside and families can enjoy a much more active lifestyle.
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