Are you taking the bite out of your events?

13 09 2010

One option that we provide that many people don’t think about is spraying to rid your yard of mosquitoes before any special events that you might be hosting.  Birthdays, weddings, baby showers, etc… are things that are often enjoyed outside during the months of September and October because of the milder temperatures. However, mosquitoes are only more than eager to take advantage of these opportunities to prey on your guests.

Mosquitoes are often unwanted guests

We have one customer who is holding her daughter’s wedding at her house in early October, and she has already started spraying her yard ahead of time.  She wants to make sure that she is controlling her mosquito population well in advance of the wedding.  What’s her reasoning in this? She told me that earlier this year she was at an outdoor wedding and the mosquitoes were so bad that nobody wanted to stay for the reception.  She said that she would be crushed if she would work so hard to prepare the perfect outdoor reception and then had no guests to enjoy it simply because of mosquitoes. The success of her daughter’s wedding and reception more than outweighs the cost of the spray in her mind, and she is even able to enjoy preparing the yard before the wedding without being bit by mosquitoes.

We know that you want your guests to be focused on enjoying themselves and not protecting themselves from mosquitoes, so let us spray your yard a couple of days before your event.

Marc LeDuc

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More rain = More mosquitoes

31 08 2010

It is interesting to note that even the local newspaper is writing stories now about the rise in mosquito populations this year in comparison to last year. (Click here for the article) They even quote a mosquito control manager as saying that it is up to 30% worse this year!

Heavy rains this year has been cited as the main reason for the increase in mosquito populations, as standing water is the easiest place for mosquitoes to breed.  Generally 4-7 days after a rain, mosquitoes are ready to hatch and attack  your yard.

On another note, in case you read the newspaper article including the comments at the bottom, you might have noticed that one reader did not approve of Mosquito Squad’s use of garlic to repel mosquitoes.  This reader says that they would like to have mosquitoes killed and not just repelled into their neighbor’s yards.  This does seem like a very understandable desire, but ultimately this reader just doesn’t know enough about our spray.

Our mosquito barrier garlic spray DOES kill the mosquitoes that are in a person’s yard during the spray by suffocating them.  The only mosquitoes that are repelled are the mosquitoes that are currently in the neighbor’s yards.  Our barrier spray causes the NEIGHBOR’S mosquitoes to not want to enter into a customer’s yard, so the neighbor is simply left with the same problem that he had before we ever sprayed – his own mosquito population.  Our spray just keeps the neighbor’s mosquitoes from entering the newly mosquito free yard of our customer.

Marc LeDuc





What about carpenter bees?

4 08 2010

Oftentimes our mosquito barrier spray works so well at killing mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks that customers begin asking whether our product works on other pests as well.  One of the big questions we get in the south is if our spray might kill or deter carpenter bees, since these critters have a real potential for damaging people’s houses.

Unfortunately, our product can not help with carpenter bees, because it was specifically designed to not harm bees in order that it might be a quality product for people interested in vegetable or flower gardens.  These people really want bees to pollinate their flowers and vegetables, and so killing them or driving them away would be a huge detractor for many of our customers. Yes, this means that our product isn’t an all encompassing wonder spray for all pests, but it is really good at doing what it was designed to do – killing mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks while keeping good insects like bees and butterflies alive.

Better looking, more expensive bee trap

If you are reading this blog, though, and do have a carpenter bee problem, one product that I have researched and heard a lot of good things about (though I haven’t ever used it myself) is the Carpenter Bee Chamber. It is a bee trap that you place over existing carpenter bee holes, while not diminishing the appearance of the exterior of your house.

More noticeable, less expensive bee trap

If you are not as concerned with the exterior appearance, then this is a different bee trap that is about half the price. This trap hangs from your house like a bird house, or you can nail it into a section of your fascia that is being infested with carpenter bees.  This trap definitely looks a little more like a build-it-yourself trap, but the customer reviews on this product have been good on many different sites and blogs that I was able to google.

Marc LeDuc





A defined mosquito barrier is a reality

15 07 2010

Many people wonder how effective our mosquito spraying will be if their neighbors have a lot of mosquitoes as well.  The conversation goes something like this.

Customer: “I know your spray kills the mosquitoes in my yard, but my neighbors have mosquito problems too and they aren’t spraying to kill their mosquitoes.

OR

Customer: “”I know your spray kills the mosquitoes in my yard, but there is a large creek or pond in the woods behind my house that isn’t being sprayed.

Well, the answer to their question is always that our all natural product produces a barrier that mosquitoes from outside of your property do not want to penetrate.  There are plenty of other better options for them to fly to than your yard.

It's not quite the great wall of China, but our barrier works pretty well.

Now, though, I have a pretty cool example to share with you of how our mosquito control spray creates a barrier around your yard.  There is a yard in Aiken, SC that I have been spraying for a solid month and a half, and this customer has never had any complaints about mosquitoes reappearing after I have sprayed.  However, this last weekend he cut down a lot of small trees, bushes and weeds in the back of his property that he never had me spraying before.  He succeeded in expanding his usable landscape, but he also succeeded in being attacked by mosquitoes.  This customer said that he sees no evidence of mosquitoes in the part of his yard that I have regularly sprayed, but when he goes into this new section of his yard, he gets eaten very quickly.

The reality that he is experiencing is that there is a mosquito barrier now that is splitting his backyard in half.  I sprayed this new section of his yard July 13th, and he hasn’t had any problems since then.  The barrier has been moved back farther and thus the mosquitoes have been pushed back farther.

Marc LeDuc





Do I use Mosquito Squad?

24 06 2010

Oftentimes people naturally ask me whether or not I use Mosquito Barrier at my house to keep my own yard free of mosquitoes.  Up until about a week ago, I would have to somewhat embarrassingly reply that I didn’t use it.  I was telling my boss about this, and so he just told me to start spraying my house regularly when I have extra product at the end of the work day.

Providing fun for my little friends!

This was super exciting for me, because my yard has been full of mosquitoes for several months now.  The mosquitoes have been particularly troublesome to my wife and I, since we love have kids at our new house for sleepovers and they were just getting bit up all over whenever they would be outside. Needless to say, we didn’t feel like great hosts when these children were getting attacked by mosquitoes so much at our house.

The point of this whole post, though, is that I sprayed my yard last week before our latest sleepover with five boys from ages 4-7, and we played tag in the sprinkler system, had a crab apple fight, and ate hot dogs and popsicles outside without anyone complaining about mosquitoes.  It was tons of fun, and that is what Mosquito Squad is all about – giving people their lives back!

Marc LeDuc





More good vibes…

23 06 2010

The more and more that I am spraying yards this mosquito season, the more good reports that I am receiving.  People’s yards are being reclaimed one by one, as they are being freed up from the annoyance of mosquitoes in their yard.  All the while, I am coming to realize something new – most people don’t worry about potential diseases that mosquitoes or ticks carry, but instead, they call me because their fun is being impeded.

Take the woman in Aiken that I was spraying the other week for example, as she was so excited about the results of our mosquito barrier spray since she said that it was the first time that she was able to enjoy a glass of wine in the evening with her husband in their backyard.  Mosquitoes HAD being keeping them from enjoying life to the full, but now she believes she has found the solution.  Just another successful story, and each satisfied customer makes me a little more excited about spraying the next yard in hopes that another family is moved forward in their enjoyment of life.

Marc LeDuc





I’m not the only cured skeptic…

9 06 2010

If you have read any of my previous posts, you would know that by nature I tend to doubt the effectiveness of things until they are proven to me.  Mosquito Squad has been no different for me.  I have doubted many of the abilities of our product only to be corrected in my beliefs.

Now there is one less person worried about going outside

Well, the other day I was spraying a yard for the 2nd time at Clark’s Hill Lake (Lake Thurmond), and I got into a conversation with the homeowner.  She was expressing to me how surprised she was that our product worked so well.  She said, “I didn’t think that spraying some stuff into the air would really work on my pest problem, but I am pleasantly surprised.”  She has

now signed on for our seasonal spray program, and she has told me to keep one of our Mosquito Squad yard signs in her front yard at all times since she has been so pleased with our product.

There is now one less skeptic about Mosquito Squad in the world, and simultaneously it is one more person enjoying their yard to the fullest!

Marc LeDuc