Frequently Asked Questions
Do Bats Eat Mosquitoes?
A. Bats do not eat mosquitoes, not on purpose. That is a myth that has since been found to be false. Biologists have been analyzing bat guano for years, in order to determine diet, and no species of bat has been found with much, if any, mosquito parts in their feces.
When a bat feeds, it does so in order to store up fat for the upcoming winter hibernation. A mosquito is tiny and has no sustenance to it at all- why would a bat waste energy for such an insignificant meal? It would have to consume thousands, or more, of mosquitoes per night to even make the effort worth it. When bats hunt they are going after moths and beetles, and any mosquitoes they consume are eaten accidentally.
Do Bug Zappers Kill Mosquitoes?
A. While zappers do kill a large number of insects, studies have found that most of them are moths and beetles, and less than 7 percents are mosquitoes. In fact, yards with zappers typically have no fewer mosquitoes than yards without zappers.
Do electronic Mosquito repellers work?
A. Researchers have consistently found that these devices have absolutely no effect on mosquitoes at all. They don't repel, attract or in any way change mosquito behavior or effect the number in a given area.
Do Citrosa plants repeal mosquitoes?
A. These hybrids, sold as “mosquito plants,” have been engineered to add citronella oil to regular geraniums. Citronella oil does have some mosquito-repelling qualities, but just the aroma coming from the plant is not enough. The leaves have to be crushed to release the oil, and even then it must be rubbed on skin to do any good.
Are Purple martins voracious mosquito predators?
A. This is another scientific observation taken out of context. A researcher initially estimated that a purple martin would need to eat its body weight in mosquitoes, about 14,000 insects, every day in order to survive. However, like bats, purple martins actually prefer other prey, including dragonflies, which are mosquito predators. Mosquitoes make up less than 3 percent of the birds' diets.
Do Mosquitoes bite in the day time?
A. Mosquitoes bite day and night. Some species, like the Aedes are daytime biters, while others, like Culex, start biting at dusk and continue a few hours into dark.
What is the deadliest pest in the world?
A. Mosquitoes are considered the deadliest pest in the world. The Anopheles mosquito, in particular, is dangerous because it transmits malaria, which kills more than one million people every year, primarily in Africa. Alexander the Great is believed to have died of malaria in 323 B.C.
Will Deet kill mosquitoes?
A. No. DEET is considered the 'gold standard' of mosquito repellents but does not kill them or stop them from breeding. Endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), DEET doesn't mask the smell of the host or jam the insect's senses - mosquitoes simply don't like it because it smells bad to them. A product containing 10 percent DEET can protect you for up to 90 minutes. Two other repellents, picaridin and lemon-eucalyptus oil, have also proven effective and are now recommended by the CDC.
What are the mosquitoes natural predators?
A. The two main mosquito predators are fish and dragonflies. Gambusia, or mosquitofish, feed on mosquito larvae and are used all over the world to help control mosquito populations. Dragonfly larvae, called nymphs, eat mosquito larvae, and adult dragonflies prey on adult mosquitoes. Some towns in Maine release dragonflies every summer as a natural form of mosquito control.
How fast and how far can a mosquito fly?
A. Mosquitoes can't fly very far or very fast. Most mosquitoes can fly no more than about one to three miles, and often stay within several hundred feet of where they were hatched. However, a few salt marsh species can travel up to 40 miles. The top speed for a mosquito is about 1.5 miles per hour.
How long does the Barrier Spray last?
A. Our Barrier Spray kills mosquitoes for 21 days. The spray kills adult mosquitoes, fleas and ticks immediately. The spray stays on your foliage and continues to kill pests for 21 days.
The residual effect of our 21-Day Barrier Spray will kill pests as they feed or breed and kill pests from surrounding properties that stop to rest on your vegetation. It is possible that mosquitoes can come into your outdoor area and not land on a treated area and bite; however, mosquito population will be tremendously reduced.
How long does the application process take? Does anyone need to be home?
A. Most treatments are completed in 20 minutes.
People and pets can safely return to the yard 30 minutes after treatment.
Rain and water should not affect the dried 21-Day Barrier Spray, if you feel a heavy rainfall has affected the performance, contact Mosquito Platoon for another application.
No one is needed to be present at the time of the application of your 21-Day barrier Spray.
Does Mosquito Platoon offer Commercial Services?
A. Yes! Check out our Commercial Services page for more information.
How does the 21-Day Barrier Spray affect the honey bees?
A. Dried residues of our 21-day Barrier Spray is non-toxic and non-repellent to honey bees.
The same product is used to control Varroa Mites and Beetles in honey bee colonies. Beekeepers hang treated cloth strips in the bee hives for the control of Mites and Beetles.
The 21-Day Barrier Spray will control predator bees like wasps, hornets and yellow jackets.
Mosquito Platoon does do Bee Hive removals and will guarantee for 90 days against re-infestation of the same location.