Why do we see a lot of mosquitoes after a heavy rainfall?
Aedes mosquitos can lay many eggs around a yard that can remain dormant for many months while waiting for water. Once the rains come, you can get a blooming effect in that many of the dormant eggs will hatch and lead to biting adults. In2Care Traps can control this population increase, however because of its delayed effect, it may take a couple of weeks to again reduce the population. A one-time chemical application may be needed as well as some customer education of the process
Will a lot of rain reduce efficacy?
Rain will not reduce efficacy. PPF is very potent and active at concentrations of only 10 ppb. The water in the trap will contain enough PPF to kill mosquitoes even when rain dilutes the content: results show it to still be effective at 2000-fold lower concentrations. It is very important to keep the gauze dry
How come I still see mosquitoes?
Besides the delayed effect of the Mosquito Defense Stations, there may be mosquitoes that fly into the control zone from other areas. This is especially true of Aedes mosquitoes, which can travel over 200 yards to find a blood meal and breeding place. If they enter the station, they will die within 8-10 days and will also spread the growth regulator.
I have dogs. Does it need to be anchored?
In most instances the station is heavy enough where this will not be a problem. In the event this becomes an issue we can anchor the stations down in various way. Please contact us if this is the issue and we will send out your Mosquito Technician to remedy this problem.
Can the product be used indoors?
NO. Our product is EPA approved for outdoor use only.
Additionally, the Aedes mosquito will most likely not often seek for breeding sites indoors. Since there are less standing water sources available and the environment is often cooler due to air conditioning.
Will Active Ingredients in the stations affect non-target insects, pets or people?
The active ingredients in our Stations are not toxic to birds or mammals. We make use of a biological fungus that is only toxic to insects. This larvicide is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be used on drinking water and specifically targets mosquito larvae. In the low concentrations used, this product is practically not toxic.
What about fish such as in Coy ponds?
The growth regulator portion of the active ingredients can be toxic to fish in high doses. However, it is almost impossible to have mosquitoes transfer enough product to a typical pond to harm fish such as coy. The only way such an exposure could happen is if the contents the entire bucket were to be emptied in the pond. Even then, the harm to fish is remote.
Will it get into ponds/lakes?
If by any chance, water or runoff from the Mosquito Defense Station were to end in a pond or lake, the active ingredients will not cause any effect on the local wildlife or flora.
Is there any effect on toads or frogs that might jump into the trap?
There is no effect on frogs or toads that jump into the trap, as the actives are not toxic against them. We have experienced before that frogs that jumped into the station and have saturated the treated gauze on the floater while trying to jump out, disrupting the transfer of the biocide to the mosquitoes. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution to prevent frogs from entering the stations. The stations were designed so that the opening between the trap lid and container can obtain optimal mosquito entry. If the opening was smaller or material was added to block frogs etc, we would also limit how many mosquitoes will get attracted and enter the station. In case there is a problem with frogs getting in, perhaps we can try placing the traps in locations with fewer frogs present? For example, in more elevated places to try avoid animals entering the traps. We monitor this during our monthly maintenance visits.
Where can I buy this system online
The Mosquito Defense System is not available online. This technology has only received EPA approval for Professional Use Application only. Only a Licensed Pest Control Professional can offer this technology to consumers at this time.
DO the stations Trap the Mosquitoes?
No, this system does not trap mosquitoes. It acts as a dissemination unit. Mosquitoes will lay their eggs inside the water-filled units when sitting on the powdered gauze. They will be contaminated by the larvicide and fungus powder. They will fly out of the Station and spread the larvicide that sticks to their body to surrounding breeding sites when laying more eggs. The fungus will kill the mosquitoes after a few days.
How OFTEN do the STAtIONs need to be checked/MAINTAINED?
The stations should be maintained every 4 to 6 weeks to insure proper water levels and viable active biocide is still present on the landing gauze. The Station is designed so that rainwater automatically fills it in the period between maintenance visits.
Will a sprinkler system Affect the stations?
Generally, sprinklers are not an issue as it aids in keeping the Stations at the recommended water level. However, sprinklers pointed directly at the trap (almost horizontal spray) may get the gauze inside the trap wet, which will reduce efficacy. Vertical rainfall/sprinkler water entry into the station is not an issue.
How long will it take to work?
The stations will take approximately 2-3 weeks for results to be seen, as the next generation of mosquitoes are affected. That is why in our Mosquito Defense System we include a Mosquito Mist Spraying treatment that will provide an immediate relief from adult mosquitoes
Is it organic?
Will a lot of rain dilute the Station's content and reduce efficacy?
Rain will not reduce the Station's efficacy. PPF is very potent and active at concentrations of only 10 ppb. The water in the trap will contain enough PPF to kill mosquitoes even when rain dilutes the content: results show it to still be effective even at 2000-fold lower concentrations. We place the stations in shaded, vegetated areas, where mosquitoes like to breed and no heavy rain input is expected.