The Truth Behind the Lies of Natural Mosquito Control

Pest professionals today are faced with more and more requests to control mosquito populations on their customer’s property using “natural” or “green” control methods. Perhaps your customers have inquired about some of the following natural methods to control mosquitoes. Find out why some of the most popular green recommendations to control mosquitoes are indeed ineffective and why.

 

Lie #1: Placing bat houses in an area will attract more bats that in turn will eat the mosquitoes and control populations.

Truth: Many bat species are indeed insectivores that will eat mosquitoes. However, bats will eat many other species of insects as well such as beetles and moths. Studies have shown that when bats were caught in the wild their gut contents were made up of less than 1% of mosquitoes. Bat houses are not an effective means of mosquito control as this WebMD article explains.

 

Lie #2: Bug Zappers are an effective means of controlling mosquitoes.

Truth: Bug zappers are a popular summer time purchase by the homeowner who prefers to avoid chemical applications to control mosquitoes in their yard or on the patio or deck where they sit. The black light electrocution devices attract and electrocute pests that come into contact with the device. The problem is bug zappers cannot tell the difference between mosquitoes and other insects and therefore kill lots of beneficial insects as well. And, as the American Mosquito Control Association reported, one study found there was no significant difference in mosquito populations in yards that used bug zappers and those that did not.

 

Lie #3: Landscaping choices can repel mosquitoes

Truth: It would certainly make a homeowner’s life easy if they could simply purchase a few types of plants with mosquito repelling properties, place them in the outdoors spaces they use most and instantly repel mosquitoes from the area. This often talked about gardening tip is simply untrue. While certain plants may contain citronella, garlic or other mosquito repelling scents the plants on their own have no way in which to send these smells into the air to magically chase mosquitoes away.

 

Lie #4: Green Mosquito Control Is Not As Effective As Traditional Pesticides

Truth: One of the more unfortunate myths that even a pest professional may believe is that if a homeowner requests a green approach to mosquito control that the current natural insecticide choices available are ineffective. ER-3 by EcoRaider is a plant based bio-insecticide which is a triple-action, breakthrough formula that knocks down adult mosquito populations, offers spatial repellency to keep mosquitoes from the area and kills larvae to prevent future generations. Click here to learn more about why ER-3 by EcoRaider is high performing and yet safe for sensitive accounts.

 

Consider Green Mosquito Control This National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Summer is officially here! That means pool parties and backyard BBQs, of course, but for the homeowner it also means the dreaded mosquito season has arrived. The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared this week of June 23-29, 2019 as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Mosquito-borne diseases are more prevalent than ever before and the height of mosquito season is fast approaching. There are numerous ways for you to help your customers declare independence from hungry mosquitos who want nothing more than our blood for their next meal. As a pest professional, be sure to reach out to your community and customers to educate them on mosquito prevention.

As you treat your customers homes take a look around their property making recommendations to help them create a mosquito-free zone:

1. Dispose of any tires – Mosquitos lay eggs in the standing water that often collects in tires. It is a safer place as the water in the tires can withstand heavy storms and acts as an insulation.
2. Drill holes in the bottom of trash and recycling containers – We don’t always realize it, but water can collect in our trash cans. Drilling holes keeps water from collecting in these common areas.
3. Clear roof gutters of debris – Mosquitos don’t need much water in which to lay their eggs. Even the small amount that collects in roof gutters can be the perfect place for eggs to hatch.
4. Clean pet water dishes regularly – If you leave water outside for your pet, be sure to change it daily. This is not only a good idea for the health of your pet, but also to keep mosquitos from laying eggs and spreading in your backyard.
5. Empty children’s toys – Beach buckets, pint-size toy trucks, and tea party sets left outside in the rain should be checked and cleaned regularly. Mosquitos could be preparing to hatch inside these often forgotten items.
6. Repair leaky outdoor faucets – The water from these faucets quickly collects and is just enough.
7. Change the water in bird baths at least once a week – A bird bath is great for the birds and perfect for mosquito breeding. Clean out baths each week to avoid problems.

The goal of pest control professionals should be to prevent the spread of mosquitos throughout our public health landscape. One of the best ways is with green mosquito control such as ER-3 by EcoRaider. ER-3 is a green, triple-action breakthrough mosquito formula that knocks down adult mosquito populations, kills adults, kills larvae to prevent future generations and acts as a barrier by spatial repellency to keep mosquitoes from the area. ER-3 is ideal for all mosquito and general pest control needs: affordable, reduces treatment time and has no restrictions.  ER-3 is complete mosquito control with one single product.

In a crowded market, EcoRaider ER-3 stands out above the rest with a solution that can increase mosquito program revenues with a green, 25b exempt product that does not require spray notifications. Click here for more information, request a free product test run, or visit your local pest supplies distributor to buy today.

A breakthrough green product for treating mosquitoes efficiently and effectively, EcoRaider hosts webinar on the new triple action ER-3 formula

North Bergen, NJ, APRIL 9, 2019 – Mosquito control services are in demand like never before. But requests are very specific: control the mosquitoes on the property but maintain a safe and green environment for the people and pets inhabiting the space. Mosquito control professionals are in a quandary, one that has even kept many firms from offering mosquito control services.

 

That is, until now, ER-3 by EcoRaider is the answer for mosquito control professionals to finding a balance between effectiveness and efficiency while at the same time maintaining a safe and green environment. EcoRaider Technical Director, Dennis Judy, hosts a one-hour webinar on the next generation mosquito and pest control product. View the recorded webinar at your convenience and learn:

 

  • What every professional needs to know about mosquito biology
  • Mosquito inspections, treatment protocols and education
  • Mosquito source reduction
  • Mosquito reduction inspection report
  • The one product every mosquito professional needs this summer – no spray notifications required!

 

Now, mosquito control professionals can offer home and owners and as well as municipalities a safe and eco-friendly mosquito treatment solution that is green and non-toxic for children, pets and wildlife.

 

Watch the full post-webinar recording on ER-3 by EcoRaider at ecoradierpmp.com/er3.

ER-3 by EcoRaider is a green, triple-action breakthrough mosquito formula that knocks down adult mosquito populations, offering barrier by spatial repellency to keep mosquitoes from the area and kills larvae to prevent future generations. ER-3 is ideal for all mosquito and general pest control needs: affordable, reduces treatment time and has no restrictions.  ER-3 is a great way for pest professionals to increase mosquito program revenues with a green, 25b exempt product that does not require spray notifications. ER-3 terminates adult mosquito populations, while offering barrier by spatial repellency to keep mosquitoes from the area and kills larvae to prevent future generations. This triple action formula replaces other larvicide treatments, saving on product costs and service time.

ER-3 by EcoRaider is available at all major pest management distributors. Visit www. ecoraiderpmp.com to learn more.

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EcoRaider ER-3 reveals the next generation of mosquito and general pest control with triple action, breakthrough formula

North Bergen, NJ, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 – With mosquito-borne diseases in the United States at an all-time high and their impact widespread, EcoRaider emerges with timely announcement of ER-3, their next generation mosquito and pest control product. This affordable pest treatment is the easiest and most cost-effective way for pest control professionals to increase mosquito program revenues with a green, 25b exempt product that does not require spray notifications. In a crowded market, EcoRaider ER-3 stands out above the rest with a solution that not only terminates adult mosquito populations, but offers spatial repellency to keep mosquitoes from the area and kills larvae to prevent future generations. This triple action formula replaces other larvicide treatments, saving you on product costs and service time.

 

“EcoRaider ER-3 worked well. I liked being able to treat drains and plantings with one product.”

-Randy Martin, Manager, Hometec Exterminating, Alpharetta,GA

 

Mosquitos are the deadliest creatures globally by annual number of human deaths and birth defects. In an effort to keep homeowners and their families safe while remaining eco-friendly, this triple action breakthrough formula is effective, yet green and non-toxic for children, pets and wildlife.

When it comes to increasing revenue and reducing treatment times, EcoRaider ER-3 is the clear solution. It can be diluted down by 4-8 oz per finished gallon and used for triple action mosquito treatment as well as other dilution ratios for general pest control purposes. Safe and efficient, this treatment can be used for more than residential neighborhoods. Pest professionals can now grow their businesses beyond backyards by expanding their offerings to include special events such as outdoor parties, weddings, festivals and more. As a triple action formula, EcoRaider ER-3 reduces treatment times, delivers lasting spatial repellency, and provides cost-efficient results in one treatment.

EcoRaider ER-3 is a 25b minimum risk pest control product and can be used with fewer restrictions yet delivers high effectiveness that can outperform traditional pesticides.

EcoRaider ER-3 will be available at a distributor near you starting Nov, 2018. For more information visit ecoraiderpmp.com/er3.

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Top Tips for PMPs to Treating Sensitive Accounts for Bed Bugs

 

Just as the name implies bed bugs prefer to live near their host, and so, can be found living on or near beds or sleeping areas. This creates a unique enough challenge for the pest professional but when an account has young, sick or elderly people, the best course of treatment may be a green one that does not include the use of pesticides.

Bed bugs can be controlled in a fast, effective, lasting and green manner with these tips:

  1. Vacuum – Begin by reducing the number of bugs with a good HEPA bed bug vacuum with a self contained HEPA filter. It is highly recommended that you use a vacuum made specifically for bed bugs that comes complete with a crevice tool to reach cracks and crevices where bed bugs can hide. Vacuum the mattress, box spring, baseboards and all cracks and crevices where bed bugs and their eggs can hide.
  2. Use steam or heat – Vacuuming alone will not completely eliminate all bed bugs and their eggs from a room. Therefore a chemical-free method to kill off bed bugs missed during Step #1 is to use heat or steam. Bed bugs will die at temperatures above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow your heat or steam company recommendations and safety steps prior to and during treatment.
  3. Choose an effective green product with residual – Choose a minimum risk pest control product preferably one that carries no signal words or cautions. EcoRaider is an ideal choice for sensitive accounts. It has no label restrictions or precautions on usage and may be used alone or as part of an IPM program in a variety of settings from schools and healthcare facilities to public spaces. EcoRaider kills bed bugs at all life stages: eggs, nymphs and adults. It has a lab reported 14-day residual with low-odor and non-staining.

Every pest management professional is asked at one time or another to respond to a pest problem in a green manner. EcoRaider provides the performance and quick kill that pest professionals have come to rely on with traditional pesticides. It is an essential tool in the pest management toolbox.

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

Missed Dennis Judy’s March 14 Webinar on Bed Bug Resistance? Watch it Here!

If you missed it, check out the March 14 webinar on bed bug resistance by Dennis Judy. In the webinar, Judy examined all aspects of resistance as well as how to combat it.

Resistance is the issue of synthetic pesticides becoming less effective over time in killing or controlling various pests. As species of pests evolve, they become more resistant to existing chemicals and harder to control. Judy, a longtime industry expert, discussed resistance overall, how it came to occur, best practices for resistance management, and the products that are experiencing issues with bed bug resistance.

Here’s a link to the recording!

https://www.gotostage.com/channel/b598dfa9867946d79b96efa9388c27ea

Register Now for the March 14th Webinar that Sheds Light on the Resistance Issue – and Explains Why EcoRaider is a tool for Combating It

Registration is now open for the free EcoRaider webinar “Pesticide Resistance,” being given by industry expert Dennis Judy on March 14th from 3-4 pm ET. Resistance is likely the most important issue facing pest control as an industry, and Judy will examine all aspects of resistance as well as how to combat it. To register, click here.

Resistance is the issue of synthetic pesticides becoming less effective over time in killing or controlling various pests. As species of pests evolve, they become more resistant to existing chemicals and harder to control. Judy, a longtime industry expert, will discuss resistance overall, how it came to occur, best practices for resistance management, and the products that are experiencing issues with bed bug resistance.

Judy, who started his career with Orkin, is a member of the Georgia Pest Control Association’s Hall of Fame. He serves as the technical consultant for EcoRaider, assisting in the development and presentation of training materials and webinars for Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) and distributor representatives.

The webinar will be approximately 30 minutes of presentation followed by question and answer. Also, PMPs or distributor reps can submit questions online during the webinar. Click here to register for the March 14th webinar.

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

For more information, visit https://ecoraiderpmp.com/ or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Why Performance Should Never Be Overlooked when Comparing Pest Control Products

Think about the word performance and what it means in every day society. It’s an expected level of achievement or effort from a person or a product. When you purchase a phone, television, new car – you name it – you have expectations for performance.

If it doesn’t work correctly, meaning it’s not performing up to promoted standards … you return it. Because the basic benchmark for any product is that it needs to perform – it needs to do what it’s supposed to do.

Pest control is no different. For many years there were green products that did not perform nearly as well as their synthetic counterparts, and the result – pest management professionals (PMPs) stopped relying on them. The same thing has happened to synthetic chemicals thanks to bed bugs developing a resistance to them – PMPs have had to change products or use multiple products in an IPM approach in order to continue to perform at satisfactory levels for their customers.

EcoRaider was designed to perform, both immediately and as a residual product. In studies performed by Rutgers University, EcoRaider killed 90 percent of bed bugs on contact within one hour, including adults, nymphs, and eggs.
But EcoRaider performs by delivering more than just a quick kill – it leaves behind a residual that Rutgers proved still kills 100 percent of bed bugs after only five minutes of contact even 14 days after application. So, brief exposure to EcoRaider’s high residual efficacy is enough to kill bed bugs of even resistant strains.

Beyond the performance of EcoRaider, it also has no issues with resistance. EcoRaider has shown to flourish against all strains of bed bugs, even the most resistant, because bed bugs have zero resistance to the product’s natural ingredients.

As you explore the many products available in the professional pest control market, remember to try EcoRaider knowing it performs at the highest level.

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

For more information, visit https://ecoraiderpmp.com/ or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

How Resistance Does or Doesn’t Affect the Use of Green Pest Control Products

Resistance is one of the most important issues facing pest control. It’s not a hot-button topic, it’s a true concern for all of professional pest management because it really does have an effect on everyone in the industry.

Manufacturers make products that are designed to eliminate pests and provide answers to real-world problems. Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) are focused on making their customers happy by providing solutions to their pest issues that work. Distributors are in the business of selling products but most, if not all, want the products to do what they are supposed to do.

Bed bugs building up a resistance to synthetic chemicals has changed all of that – not being able to rely on solutions doesn’t eliminate the pest problems and leaves the end customer seeking an alternative or in worst case, a new PMP. But with certain green products, the PMP, manufacturer, distributor, and end user can all count on solutions being delivered because resistance does not affect the product’s performance.

From the early to mid-1950s until now, there have been hundreds of insect species that have grown resistant to traditional synthetic pesticides. From DDT to organophosphates to carbamates, man-made solutions have been broken down by bed bugs and other insects. A 2007 study in the Journal of Medical Entomology showed that bed bug resistance increased 10,000-fold against bed bugs.

One of the study’s overviews summed up the resistance issue in succinct fashion: “Infestations of the bed bug …. are increasing around the world at an alarming rate and have become a major public health concern. The evolution of insect resistance could be a primary factor in explaining this resurgence.”

But while pesticides have suffered the fate of resistance, some green products have been affected in the opposite manner. EcoRaider, for example, has shown to flourish against all strains of bed bugs, even the most resistant, because bed bugs have zero resistance to the product’s natural ingredients.

So, resistance does affect the use of green pest control products – it helps promote the benefits of products like EcoRaider! There’s tremendous data from Rutgers University studies to prove the performance of EcoRaider, but the ability to withstand resistance is a tremendous benefit.

Every PMP needs to have products that contribute to their IPM approach and EcoRaider does just that – but it also provides the performance and quick kill of bed bugs that all professionals can rely on.

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

For more information, visit https://ecoraiderpmp.com/ or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Testimonial: “Why EcoRaider Works in Public Housing Facilities”

Geffry Gorman works in the heart of Orlando providing 100 percent green pest control solutions, mostly to rentals, homeowners and public housing. In his 25 years, he’s seen the worst bed bug infestations you could imagine and he’s treated them successfully with EcoRaider.

“Generally there are a lot of people who don’t like synthetic chemicals in Florida because they care about the environment, and health and safety is important to them,” said Gorman, president of Green Flag Services. “I like EcoRaider because it has a quick kill, I know I’m getting control using it. Then I go in 14 days later for a follow-up inspection and I’ve never once had a call back. EcoRaider really works.”

Gorman suggests public housing officials should not only use EcoRaider, but provide residents with two-ounce travel size bottles for when traveling or simply between inspections. “You never see any resistance with EcoRaider and you’d be surprised how happy people are when I give out the two-ounce bottles,” he said. For more about EcoRaider, visit www.ecoraiderpmp.com.

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

For more information, visit https://ecoraiderpmp.com/ or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.