We’re often asked about the effectiveness and safety of truck mounted mosquito fogging. BUGCO’s Darrell Mather talks about how BUGCO does truck mounted mosquito fogging in serving communities around Metro San Antonio. Call 210-340-2847 for more information.
Summary of the Truck Mounted Mosquito Fogging Effectiveness Video
San Antonio has been ranked as one of the worst 15 cities in the US for mosquito numbers.
- At BUGCO the label is the law, which means that we apply chemicals using truck mounted mosquito fogging according to instructions provided by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Department of Agriculture.
- We usually provide mosquito fogging services very early in the morning — most often between midnight and 2 am when people and pets are inside, beneficial insects are inactive and mosquitoes are most active.
- Our equipment does Ultra Low Volume or ULV fogging, which means that it generates extremely fine particles of chemical that suspend in the air and kill mosquitoes on contact. The ULV fogger puts out very small amounts of chemical that’s highly effective at killing the mosquito population. Once it settles it takes only a few moments to dry.
- BUGCO doesn’t apply chemical when it could be carried to ponds, streams or other bodies of water.
- Community associations hire BUGCO to supplement the fogging conducted by local cities. Last year one of the local county officials stated that they are not a pest control company and that they conduct mosquito fogging as a disease control strategy.
- We work hand-in-hand with communities, and community associations to reduce and control the mosquito population more frequently than the city treats so that you can actually enjoy your outdoor areas again.
- The effectiveness of truck mounted mosquito fogging is based on the frequency, and once or twice a week is normal. It’s very important for our pest control specialists to get out to your community and talk with your community association or home owners’s association about the best strategies to use.
- We also offer larvicides for ponds that kill the mosquitoes before they even hatch, at the source.
- BUGCO also offers homeowners a variety of mosquito control services, including the In2Care system, and mosquito misting systems, and also backpack fogging for homeowners, too, to kill and control the mosquitoes around your home. Our pest control inspections will also help you eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home.
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Transcription of the Truck Mounted Mosquito Fogging Video
– Hi, I’m Paul Sherland, and I’m with Darrell Mather of BUGCO Pest Control in San Antonio, and we’re going to be talking a little bit about truck-mounted mosquito fogging. Is it effective, is it safe?
– So, in regards to safety, let’s go ahead and start with that first. The Environmental Protection Agency, or the EPA, and the Texas Department of Agriculture dictate the chemical manufacturing and usage, so we have a saying at BUGCO, the label is the law. So the most effective way to apply chemical is as per the label, and so what we do with the mosquito fogging, or truck-mounted mosquito fogging, is when we apply it, we apply it during the midnight hour or so, you know, the middle of the night, when there’s the least animal and activity, and so say for instance, everyone’s inside, the kids are asleep, dogs are inside, but mosquitoes are most active at that time, and the reason that it’s safer than some other methods, it’s called an Ultra Low Volume fogging, and the reason that is more safe is because we break down that chemical into a very, very fine particulate that suspends in the air and kind of lowers over time. What that does is it kills those mosquitoes on contact. The benefit of the Ultra Low Volume fogging is that it’s exactly that. We’re putting out a very minuscule, very fine amount, it’s almost nothing. The reason that that’s beneficial is because just about any chemical is going to kill a mosquito, so in this situation, we’re putting out a very, very small amount, and it’s highly effective at killing the mosquito population. So once it settles, it only takes a few moments to dry. In regards to safety, we don’t apply it when it’s been raining, or when there’s dense fog out because it could carry that chemical over to places like bayous, streams, bodies of water, so we’re very conscientious of timing and environmental factors, so in regards to safety, we do everything in our power to ensure that we are reducing and controlling the mosquito population in accordance with the label, in accordance with the law, EPA, and Texas Department of Agriculture, these are all very important factors to us, so should you have any questions, you can always call BUGCO. We are mandated to hand out the SDS, or the Safety Data Sheets to any of the chemicals we use. If you ever had any concerns, we can always address those one on one, so–
– Okay. You know, Darrell, one of the things that you mentioned when we were talkin’ about this earlier is that cities monitor for mosquito-borne diseases, like West Nile, or the other ones like Dengue and Zika, they’re reactive. What you can offer instead of that is being proactive.
– Yeah, certainly. So something that was reported last year from one of the local county officials, they said that we are not a pest control company, we react to positive samples of West Nile virus, Dengue fever, so they approach it from the disease control aspect, and they have their frequency already set, unless there’s a positive response to disease, whereas community associations hire us as a supplement to the city foggings, because the concern with most communities is yes, there is disease, but also, these are nuisance pests, so you can’t even enjoy your backyard with the neighbors, or your kids can’t go out and play just due to the mosquito volume from time to time, so we work hand-in-hand with communities, and community associations to come reduce and control the mosquito population more frequently than the city treats so that you can actually enjoy your outdoor areas again. I know that’s highly important for me, and my children and wife. When they call us, it’s not because of the disease, while that’s a concern. It’s so that we can reduce the mosquito population overall, and I kind of touched on the effectiveness in that one topic, but just to kind of reemphasize that, when it’s applied, when it suspends in the air, the effectiveness is also dependent on weather, and with these, anytime we’ve had these flooding rains like we’ve had recently, it’s going to wear that chemical away. So the chemicals are designed to be considered environmentally-friendly, Paul, and what ends up happening, is like these recent flooding rains that we had, it does wash that chemical away. It’s not designed to stay there and last forever. The effectiveness is based on the frequency, so I’m not suggesting that you get it done every day, nor every, you know, twice a week is normal. Once a week, every other week is even okay, but that’s not going to reduce or control the mosquito population. Effectiveness of the applications, or effectiveness of the mosquito fogging is dependent on the frequency, and some environmental factors, Paul, so it’s very important for our specialists to get out there and get eyes on it, because not only do we offer the truck-mounted mosquito fogging, or ULV fogging, but we also offer larvicides that kill the mosquitoes before they even hatch, at the source. There are definitely a variety of factors that come into play.
– And the larvicides would be for ponds, and that sort of thing, is that right?
– Yeah, certainly. Bodies of water that are not flowing, so you’re talking ponds, lakes, and something that we talked about before is kind of on that micro-scale, makin’ sure that everyone’s takin’ care of things in their yard, but what we’re looking at from the community scale is the fogging, and in the standing bodies of water that aren’t running, so stagnant ponds, lakes, things like that.
– So we’re getting a lot of rain right now in Texas, and it doesn’t take that long for mosquito populations to rapidly increase after you get all this rain. Just a couple of days, is that right?
– Yeah, I mean, you’re going to see, we could have a drought, and these eggs can lay dormant for months, and as soon as a flooding rain hits, they wash ’em into basins, or places where the eggs can saturate, and start hatching. You’re talking about an immediate mosquito population in two days.
– So, they’re going to react to this rain in a really fast and aggressive manner, and you’re going to see mosquito populations increase immediately.
– It doesn’t take ’em long, I guess, to reestablish themselves?
– Well, not only that, but when we do the mosquito fogging, yes, the rains can wash it away, but it’s not meant to settle and last for long periods of time. It doesn’t have a long term residual to begin with, and it’s not meant to. It’s meant as a knockdown, and even if it did have a long term residual, ultraviolet sunlight, the sun itself breaks down chemicals really aggressively, so the frequency is very important. So, routine maintenance is the key to any type of pest control. Something that we were talking about was the effectiveness of the mosquito fogging, or the truck-mounted mosquito fogging. It is designed to knock down the population that is active when we spray. It’s not designed to sit in the environment for long periods of time. That would just be simply unsafe in regards to chemical application, so when we do the mosquito fogging, it is exactly that. The effectiveness is in the frequency. So if we treated on a Tuesday, we’re going to knock down the mosquito population that’s active on Tuesday in that area. Now, the entire city’s not getting treated at one time, so we’re not taking down the entire mosquito population of San Antonio, so what we’re doing is we’re treating for communities. What ends up happening is we treat on Tuesday, we knock down that mosquito population. We treat on Thursday, we’re knocking down the active mosquito population that has moved in from the surrounding communities, woods, lakes, anywhere that is going to be a breeding grounds for mosquitoes. So obviously we don’t have a magic wand, we’re not going to be able to exterminate all mosquitoes in the San Antonio area. So we’re going to come in, we’re going to knock down that population, and then we’re going to come in at a later date, whether it’s on a weekly basis, or twice a week, and we’re going to knock down the mosquito population that has entered since the last time we treated it, so that’s where, Paul, we like to talk about the frequency of service, and routine maintenance. It’s the same way with any other pest. You’re talking rats, mice, roaches, you can’t get rid of all of ’em, that’s just the fact of the matter, that’s the nature of pest control, so that’s why, some people like to call us exterminators, but we like to think of ourselves as pest control specialists. We’re trying to control the numbers. I would just encourage any community association or HOA to educate their homeowners on what they can do themselves to reduce the population, and also, use repellents. Use fans on the porch, mosquitoes do not fare very well against wind, so use your fans, use repellents, and make sure that you’re doing what you can as a homeowner or a tenant to remove the breeding grounds. I mean, you have that power over mosquitoes in that regard, but the mosquitoes are going to fly in over the fence, a stiff wind’s going to bring ’em over from the field next door, but whatever you can do on a local scale, very important. Go ahead and do whatever you can to reduce and control the numbers.
– BUGCO also offers a variety of mosquito control services, including the In2Care system, and mosquito misting, and also backpack fogging for homeowners, too, to kill and control the mosquitoes around your home.
– Yeah, with the In2Care trap, it’s kind of a misrepresentation, because we’re not trapping the mosquitoes, but that’s a great system, because we’re actually utilizing the mosquito to control the mosquito population, and that works in a very large area, and we turn their breeding sites into kill sites, and reduce them before they can even, reduce their numbers before they ever hatch.
– So that’s a really super effective method at controlling mosquitoes, and then as well as the backpack foggings, very similar in nature to the truck-mounted mosquito fogging, but it’s a little bit more targeted on a smaller scale, more for residents as opposed to a community, so that’s great if you’re having an event, and then mosquito misting systems are definitely the most effective method at knocking down the spider population, fly population, and mosquito population, as well as your common crawling insects on your property, so whether you’re talking about standard suburban lot, or you’re talking acreage, dog kennels, horse stables. There’s a variety of chemicals that can be used. Some are designed for residential facilities or residential structures. Other ones are specifically geared at horse stables and livestock, so it’s very dependent on the needs of the consumer, but based on your needs, we can get you that chemical that’s going to be most effective for your situation, your structure, and your environment.
– Okay. Okay, that’s great information, Darrell, I appreciate it very much.