As we all know, there is a growing concern about the decline in bee populations around the world. Many theories about bee loss exist including disease, mites, loss of habitat and pesticides. We have had customers and friends ask us about how Mosquito Squad avoids impacting the bees when we treat a customer’s backyard with our product. There are a couple of different ways we actively work to protect the bees while also protecting your family and pets from the illnesses mosquitoes spread.
Flowering Plants vs Leafy Green
Understanding how our barrier treatment works is key to understanding how we do our best to avoid harming bees. Our barrier treatments are specifically targeted towards the lifestyle of mosquitoes focusing on where they feed and rest. Female mosquitoes munch on humans to get protein to lay eggs, but they feed on the leaves of plants which is where our treatment is applied. We spray the leaves of plants and shady, moist areas around the property-places mosquitoes like to rest. We actively avoid treating flowering plants in our customers’ yards where bees are often found foraging. Along with avoiding flowering plants, we also make sure not to spray vegetable, herb and fruit gardens and annuals in pots which bees love!
Just like there are different formulations and levels of strength for the cleaning products in your home, there are differing levels and categories of pesticides. A pesticide is a pesticide is a pesticide. Not true! The EPA created pesticide categories that reflect the potency of the product. The EPA approved product that Mosquito Squad uses ranks in the lowest, less potent classification. Pesticides associated with widely spread bee loss are mainly neonicotinoids, which are in the highest classification. In addition, our product is specifically mixed for the weight of a mosquito, and those guys are tiny – much smaller than bees. We carefully follow all guidelines according to the manufacturer’s label and take great care to make sure our technicians are properly trained on mixing and applying our product.
Just last year we were excited to hear from a long time customer who had a naturally-created active beehive spring up in her backyard. Also, a Mosquito Squad franchise owner in Maryland is an active beekeeper and has not seen a decrease in his bees while spraying his yard. His hives are full of activity! All of this goes back to our firm policies of keeping a watchful eye during treatment application. We want all of our customers and neighbors to know that we understand the importance of the bee population, and that they can be assured that we will do what it takes to prevent any impact from our services.
For families who still prefer a different approach to mosquito control, no worries, we offer an all natural option too!