Mosquito Control Continues to Protect Public Health During Coronavirus Outbreak
Mosquito-borne disease control increases in importance to reduce severity of COVID-19
Sacramento, CA – 23 March, 2020 – The current lockdowns in place meant to curtail spread of coronavirus will not preclude the performance of essential mosquito control activities in the United States. Despite emphasis on testing and treating COVID-19 patients, we can’t lose sight of the fact that other debilitating and potentially fatal diseases transmitted by mosquitoes may also potentially infect our citizens.
“Studies have shown that factors contributing to potentially serious or fatal outcomes attendant to COVID-19 infection involve underlying medical issues, such as neurologic conditions that weaken ability to cough or an already-stressed immune system due to concurrent infection by mosquito-borne viruses,” says Joseph Conlon, Technical Advisor to the American Mosquito Control Association. Mosquito-borne viruses such as West Nile virus and dengue have not disappeared as COVID-19 has usurped the media landscape. As potential contributors to severe outcomes, their prevention/control becomes even more critical. “Fortunately, mosquitoes have not been shown to transmit COVID-19” says Conlon, “However, mosquitoes can factor into the severity of the disease. Thus, it is crucial that we maintain robust measures to reduce their numbers.”
It’s important to remember that mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can spread diseases such as Zika and West Nile Virus – and more as yet to reach our shores in the future. “We already have the mosquitoes. We are continually importing the diseases they carry,” says Conlon. “We must be prepared to prevent their spread throughout our public health landscape – and this requires safe, effective, sustained mosquito control and awareness in the community.” It is even more critical now in light of the COVID-19 threat.
While organized mosquito control activities are vital to reducing human-mosquito contact, Conlon expresses the importance of public action. “We promote integrated, effective and sustainable mosquito control as the key to enhancing the public’s quality of life.” The general public can make substantial contributions to their own safety by following “the 3 D’s”:
About the American Mosquito Control Association
Celebrating 85 years of protecting public health in 2020, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) is an international not-for-profit public service professional association. With over 1,600 members worldwide in over 50 countries, AMCA is international in scope, and includes individuals and public agencies engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities. Please visit AMCA online at www.mosquito.org and follow AMCA on Twitter @AMCAupdates.
SERVICES OFFERED – 2020
Mosquito & Tick Sprays
We do a full property, mosquito and tick spray every time. We go around the boundaries performing a barrier spray to knock down mosquitoes and ticks in their natural habitat. Then we’ll cover the bushes and shrubbery around the house and other structures and top it off with a light skim of the lawn for complete coverage. And always your choice of synthetic or all-natural product!
We carry a full line of EPA Registered synthetic products as well as All-Natural minimal risk 25(b) Exempt products such as Cedarwood Oil, Rosemary Oil, Garlic, Thyme and other oils.
Every application is custom formulated at the homeowner’s property to insure the most effective treatment possible. And all our applicators are licensed and certified by the states of Massachusetts and New Hampshire and are fully insured.
Advanced Tick Control
We also offer an even more intense tick treatment designed to address severe cases. While our regular applications perform with 98% effectiveness, some properties need that little extra. This is a granular application, applied just around the perimeter of the property four times a season – April, May, August and September. Call for quote.
Tick Tubes are a great supplement to the regular sprays. Applied twice a season (spring and fall) these tubes are placed in areas where field mice would hang out (rock walls, foundations, logs, etc.). The mice take the permethrin treated cotton balls back to their lairs where ticks are exposed to the product and later die. $99 per application.
This biological control contains Bti, a natural mosquito larvicide, which kills mosquito larvae, but is harmless to birds, fish, wildlife, and pets. We place them in any standing water to control mosquito
larvae for up to 30 days. They are part of the overall Mosquito & Tick program listed above.
A regular spray by us is $69 for a property up to an acre in size. Larger properties will be assessed for a customized program and price. 95% of our customer base is under a full acre. But we have several accounts over 4 acres as well. So, we can handle any size – large or small.
We offer a Pre-Paid Full-Season Package – late April/early May thru the beginning of October - for those who want to save by paying upfront.
Synthetic or All-Natural Application: $450 for 7 sprays (1 spray every 3 weeks)
All-Natural Application: $615 for 10 sprays (1 spray every two weeks).
But you must pay by May 18, 2020. If not, the pay-per-spray is your option.
If you choose our Pay-Per-Spray program, we’ll set you up with automatic scheduling, billing and payment. Most customers choose to place a credit card on file with us; but we will also bill if that is your preference.
Weddings, graduation parties, family get-togethers and other outdoor special events require extra attention. Unlike other companies, we’ll treat your property twice before the big day to insure the best possible outcome. Example: An event occurring on a Saturday would have us spray on the Tuesday and Friday before the event. The cost is $129.
At Master Mosquito Control, we do not have contracts. We do, however, have a Satisfaction Guarantee which simply states that if the treatment isn’t as effective as you like – even a week after application – we will return and re-treat your property at no cost.
Your Own Customer Portal
When you sign up with Master Mosquito Control, whether for a season or just one spray, you’ll have your own personal, private portal on our website that you can access to make payments, track your treatments, leave a comment, etc. It is password protected so only you have access.