Will Alternative Earthcare kill all the mosquitoes and ticks on my property?
No service can offer 100% protection from every mosquito and tick. As you might imagine, a mosquito from a neighboring property could wander into your yard and bite you before feeding on the treated foliage. However, you’ll find that the presence of mosquitoes and ticks is enormously reduced. Our garlic sprays will help to repel the mosquitoes for weeks.
Does the 100% organic spray kill mosquitoes and ticks?
Not necessarily. The all-natural product, is designed to kill insects through dehydration leading to death. The garlic oil is the same garlic you use in your kitchen. The spray is a mixture of garlic agent (assylum) which causes a repugnant smell to the insects and diatomaceous earth which dehydrates the insect.
Will the smell of the all-natural spray repel me?
You’ll be able to sense a garlic smell after the application that will dissipate soon after. However, the insects will continue to be repelled for weeks.
Should I rely on the information on this site determine whether I have a vector-borne disease?
Definitely not. We do not purport to be a medical authority, nor do we claim to have complete lists of symptoms, diagnostic data or treatment information. You should contact a health care professional immediately if you suspect a vector-borne disease.
You certainly have a lot of facts and statistics on your website. Where did you get them all?
As pest control professionals, we stay current on rules, regulations, and facts regarding insect life, diseases and control. The information on this website has been gathered from our professional experience and from credible sources such as state agricultural and health departments.. However, much of the science on vector-borne disease and pest management is continually developing.
How can the spray continue to kill mosquitoes for 3 to 4 weeks?
Mosquitoes will feed on plant juices. When they attempt to feed on sprayed leaves, the residual from the spray will kill and/or repel them.
Does Alternative Earthcare provide any other treatments besides the sprays?
Yes. Treatment will depend on the needs of you particular property. You may need a larvacide (tick tubes) or other preventive measures. Your Alternative Earthcare representative will make specific recommendations.
Does Alternative Earthcare service commercial accounts?
Definitely! We service restaurants with outdoor seating, parks, recreational facilities, and many other outdoor spaces. We are happy to serve businesses, organizations, municipalities and government agencies.
Can I just get a one-time treatment for a special outdoor party?
Yes. We have a special event spraying available for everything from a small birthday party to a huge wedding reception. Special event treatment is provided 24-48 hours before the event and will remain effective even if it rains.
How do Ticks spread disease?
Ticks transmit pathogens that cause disease through the process of feeding.
- Depending on the tick species and its stage of life, preparing to feed can take from 10 minutes to 2 hours. When the tick finds a feeding spot, it grasps the skin and cuts into the surface.
- The tick then inserts its feeding tube. Many species also secrete a cement-like substance that keeps them firmly attached during the meal. The feeding tube can have barbs which help keep the tick in place.
- Ticks also can secrete small amounts of saliva with anesthetic properties so that the animal or person can’t feel that the tick has attached itself. If the tick is in a sheltered spot, it can go unnoticed.
- A tick will suck the blood slowly for several days. If the host animal has a bloodborne infection, the tick will ingest the pathogens with the blood.
- Small amounts of saliva from the tick may also enter the skin of the host animal during the feeding process. If the tick contains a pathogen, the organism may be transmitted to the host animal in this way.
- After feeding, most ticks will drop off and prepare for the next life stage. At its next feeding, it can then transmit an acquired disease to the new host.