Frequently Asked Questions

What do you use to treat for ticks and mosquitoes?

We use proprietary blends for both the Organic or the Synthetic options. We implement an integrated pest management system which controls pests by removing the three things they need to survive - food, water and shelter. An educated homeowner is our best customer and we will review and make suggestions to you to help control measures to ensure the most effective control.

How does it work?

The organic option will kill and continue to repel mosquitos and ticks. With the synthetic option, existing mosquitoes and ticks are killed by the spray immediately and the remaining residue on plant foliage will kill them when they come into contact with the sprayed leaves.

How often should my property be treated and why?

For the organic option, we treat approximately every 3 weeks – sometimes more frequently when needed. For the synthetic option, we treat every 4 weeks. Each subsequent treatment strengthens the barrier and results in a better reduction.

Will all the ticks and mosquitoes be gone? (Respray Guarantee with our Tick and Mosquito Control)

Does this mean we guarantee you will never see another tick or mosquito on your property? Of course not. The service is called tick and mosquito control because complete eradication is not possible. But we are confident the number of mosquitoes and ticks in your yard will decline drastically! Nobody can promise that you will never see one of these pests again, but we will promise that you will see a drastic reduction. We are so confident in our results; we have backed it with our Respray Guarantee. With us, you never have to sign a contract and we will always work to earn your trust and your business. If you're not happy with the results after your first visit, simply notify us within 7 days and we will provide a complimentary retreat.

More Commonly Asked Questions

We spend a lot of time thinking about ticks and mosquitoes so that you don’t have to. Our understanding of tick and mosquito life-cycle and behavior, and the impact that climate and environmental factors have on them, allows us to choose our control strategy wisely. Our highly trained, licensed and insured technicians combine expertise, specialized equipment and precision spraying techniques to deliver consistently excellent results. As experienced tick and mosquito control specialists, we have developed a highly effective treatment to reduce populations, while remaining eco-friendly for your family and pets.

No, you do not need to be home; however, all pets – and humans – must be brought inside during the treatment and may return to the yard after the spray has dried which is about 30 minutes. If you have pets that are frequently out during the day or have a gate that needs to be unlocked for access to your yard, please notify us and we will place you on our call-ahead program. Otherwise, there is nothing you need to do and we will magically appear every 3 to 4 weeks depending on your program.

Treatments can take as little as 5 minutes for small properties or 2 hours for large estates. But it's not only the size of the property, it's the complexity. Property requirements will vary even within the same neighborhood. For instance, does your property back up to the woods? Is it very shady? Do you have dense shrubbery/plantings? Perhaps you have an issue with standing water or have water features? These are all examples of areas that may have more ticks and mosquitoes which may take additional time to treat.

Effective control is based on lot size, plus also the density of landscaping (bushes, shrubs, mulch beds, etc), which need treatment. Using a backpack power mist blower designed for accurate and precise application, our fully licensed and trained technicians will treat all vegetation, including but not limited to trees, shrubbery and mulched beds from ground level up to a height of 15-20 feet. We will be sure to emphasize treating the underside of leaves, foliage and brush where ticks amd mosquitoes live and hide. This also includes a thorough spraying of the perimeter of your yard to create a barrier effect. 30 minutes after spraying, your yard is ready for all your family members - 2 and 4 legged - to come out and enjoy!

Additionally, we will identify and treat other common areas typically used as mosquito and tick resting sites, including under decks, rock walls, leaf piles, near drainage spouts and other shady, moist areas. We will look for active larvae populations and treat them accordingly. After inspection and application, our technician will identify any potential breeding grounds in or around your yard and make their recommendations on a post visit email.

No, you do not need to schedule an appointment. When you sign-up, you will be automatically scheduled for the season on either a 3 week or 4 week scheduled based upon your product selection. Although there is nothing else you need "to do", you can help achieve the best results by cleaning up debris and/or removing standing water. Ticks love to live and breed in piles of composting plant material and other moist, shady areas. Mosquitoes only need a capful of water to breed. So by removing leaf litter and objects that hold water (kids toys, tarps, old tires, etc), you help us to help you!

No. We add something called a surfactant to all of our sprays which helps the spray "stick" to the leaf tissue even better. As long as the treatment has sufficient time to dry before the rain (approximately 30 minutes), your treatment will last the projected 3 to 4 weeks depending on the product.

 

Not typically. Ticks and mosquitoes do not live in the grass as it is too hot and too dry for their survival. The most common areas to find ticks and mosquitoes during the day include the underside of leaves, in the damp, shady areas of your property and under decks and sheds. These are the areas that we focus on, along with the perimeter. We do recommend you keep grass on the short side during the season. The only time we typically consider spraying the grass is in special cases and special events such as outdoor parties. In these situations we will spray the grass where your guests will be.

No, because our chemicals are derived from plants and formulated to target pests, your plants will not be harmed. Additionally, our experienced technicians are trained to avoid spraying flowering plants to further protect the pollinators.

Regarding the organic option, we use a proprietary blend (tea) with Food Grade Cedar Oil and peppermint as the primary ingredients. It is an all-natural product made with 100% organic ingredients that will repel ticks and mosquitoes. It is administered in a barrier spray program and applied where these nuisance insects breed and dwell. The average residual repellent benefit against these insects is an average of 21 days. This product is safe to use around children, pets and wildlife.

Since this all natural blend will knock down the existing population and act as a repellant to deter new mosquitoes and ticks for a shorter period of time compared to a synthetic, spraying is required on a 21-day cycle to ensure adequate protection. Although this option doesn't offer the same results as our synthetic spray, we do endorse it's effectiveness and guarantee your satisfaction. Depending on your own yard and family needs, it may the right solution for you!!

Our Synthetic option is a pyrethroid. A pyrethroid is an man-made compound similar to the natural pyrethrins produced by the flowers of chrysanthemums. It is approved by the EPA and utilizes the same primary ingredient that is found in lice shampoo, flea and tick shampoos and collars. A Risk vs. Benefit analysis saw the advantage of treating with a pyrethroid product dramatically outweighing the risk associated with non-treatment.

This treatment is administered in a barrier spray program and applied where ticks and mosquitoes live and breed. Existing mosquitoes and ticks are killed by the spray immediately and the remaining residue on plant foliage will continue to provide protection when they come into contact with the sprayed leaves. Treatment cycle is every 30 days.

We do recommend staying out of the treated area until it fully dries, which is usually about 30 minutes.

Yes! We have special event spraying available and pricing as well. We treat 5-7 days prior to the event and then will return 24 hours prior to the event to inspect for pests and retreat to reinforce the barrier.

When you sign up for service, our staff will take your credit card information. If you are on our pay as you go program, your card will be billed after each service and your receipt will be emailed to you. If you pre-pay for the season to receive our discount, your receipt will be emailed to you and no further charges will be incurred.

Our commitment to quality goes beyond your backyard. We have earned our outstanding reputation by providing exceptional customer service. If you ever have a question or a concern, please call the office. Your call will be answered by a "real person" and not Press 1 for this and Press 2 for that. Our commitment is to provide the best quality service in your backyard and in our office.

Well, like I said, I was on a mission. My research sources were primarily the CDC, The NJ Department of Health on Communicable Disease Service, The American Mosquito Control Association, PestWorld.org and many conversations/discussions with a board member of the NJ Pest Management Association. However, information is always changing and we will do our best to keep this website accurate. Please do not rely solely on our information especially when it comes to your health. Please consult your healthcare provider if you have any specific bite concerns.