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Pests We Treat Case Studies: Conducting a Mosquito Inspection in Ocean Township, NJ

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 by Carl Vogel

Challenge

A homeowner in Ocean Township, NJ was experiencing a severe mosquito problem around her property and wanted Cowleys to come out and treat. Once we arrived, we identified multiple sources of the mosquito infestation.

First, we noticed that the gutters were clogged and not draining properly, which was causing stagnant water to pool along the roofline. Believe it or not, mosquitoes only need enough water to fill a bottle cap to breed in. Anything from a bucket of water or plant pot to a pool or fountain can turn into a breeding ground if you're not careful.

Second, we noticed that, although the firewood had a tarp over it, the wood wasn't fully covered which was allowed moisture to seep into the firewood and attract the mosquitoes. Not only will the damp firewood attract mosquitoes, but other pests, such as ants and termites. Lastly, the backyard was located in a heavily wooded area that contained several standing bodies of water, which was also contributing to the mosquito problem.

Solution

First, we unclogged the gutters and advised the homeowner to properly cover the firewood and store it on a cement platform at least 5 inches up from the ground and approximately 15 feet from the home. Next, we sprayed around the entire exterior perimeter of the home and the high foliage areas with a micro-encapsulating application. This application is effective against both mosquitoes and ticks. This product will stick to the bottom of the leaves and once a mosquito or a tick comes in contact with the solution, they will be eliminated.

After spraying, we tossed briquets containing a larvicide into these areas of standing water to keep any mosquito eggs that may have been laid in this area from ever becoming an adult mosquito.