Does this work as a deer repellent?

5 08 2010

This is a question that many customers have asked us, as they feel like they have seen a lot less deer in their yards, and we are working feverishly to try to definitively answer this important question.  Originally, we kept telling people that it isn’t rated as being able to repel deer, but then we discovered in the fine print of our gallon jugs of concentrated garlic that it repels deer.  Now before you run to the phone and call us up as a guaranteed fix for getting rid of deer, let me give you a few helpful thoughts.

Hostas are like candy to foraging deer

  1. We don’t know how effective this product is as a deer repellent and whether it completely works every time.
  2. We have sprayed around our office property that backs up to 400 acres of woods.  It would not be unusual to see 7-8 deer a day, but we haven’t seen any deer since we started spraying for mosquitoes.
  3. We are testing with corn and hostas (a plant deer love) currently to see whether the deer will be deterred from even going after things that they love.
  4. If our before mentioned tests prove that the mosquito barrier spray is highly effective at repelling deer, then we will probably create an option to spray your yard all year round to keep deer at bay even when mosquito season ends.
  5. Our spray if effective would be MUCH cheaper than the other deer repellents that are on the market like liquid fence deer repellent.

Hopefully I’ll be able to write soon about some good news for all of you who have problems with deer eating your landscaping.  We are very excited about our tests and the potential to help you enjoy your yard all year long!

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

The Buzz about Bees

19 05 2010

Honey bee pollinating a flower

Many people worry about spraying their yards against harmful insects like mosquitoes, because they have heard that these sprays also kill or chase away helpful insects like butterflies and especially bees.  This is troublesome for people who have a lot of flowers, vegetable gardens or fruit trees, since bees are the main source of pollination for these plants.  This means less flowers, fruits, and vegetables in the long run.

Click here to learn more about the importance of bee pollination.

This fear is not unfounded, since most chemical sprays do effect bee populations in your yards.  However, Mosquito Squad’s barrier spray is an all natural organic product that doesn’t harm or scare away bees.  As a new employee with Mosquito Squad, I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about this claim, so the other day I decided to test the product on a grouping of bees that I saw.  I sprayed our fogger on high directly on the bees for at least 15-20 seconds, which is normally overkill for any mosquitoes, flies, ticks, or fleas (which I am trying to kill).  Nothing happened!  They didn’t drop dead, and they didn’t even fly away.  They stayed busy with their work as if nothing had ever happened!

Let’s just say that I am a believer now in the safety of this product for the populations of bees in Athens, Lake Oconee, Aiken, and North Augusta.  If you are a lover of flowers, vegetable gardens, or fruit trees AND want to rid yourself of mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas, then Mosquito Squad and our all natural organic product should be your first choice to enhance your outdoor living.

Marc LeDuc