Insect Control

Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes

July 18th, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Teach customers about mosquitoes

By Austin M. Frishman, Ph.D|  June 19, 2017

Professional pest management services expand based on the need and desire of the public. In recent years, the need for mosquito management has grown because of new emerging diseases transmitted by these insects.

With increased travel and movement of cargo, especially live plants, the frequency at which mosquitoes — and the disease organisms associated with them — shift to a higher probability.

Interestingly enough, many pest management professionals (PMPs) do not prepare for this event. They may lack knowledge on what to do. Perhaps it does not fit into their comfort zone. Or perhaps they just do not think it will occur in their market. They wait for the public to scream for service, with no planned program in place. But the public will not ask for assistance until struck with fear that a loved one can get sick from a mosquito bite.

Once a single person is stricken and the local media gets wind of it, word spreads like wildfire. Zika, chikungunya and dengue fever all have emerged on a global basis. All three diseases are contracted via mosquitoes that breed nearby, often on the premises of existing customers. Health officials are too often short-staffed to adequately provide the valuable services of inspecting, treating and training the public on how to best cooperate.

Photo: ©

Photo: ©

With all that in mind, here is a list of eight suggestions for you to share with the public.

  1. When going outdoors, wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes. Black attracts mosquitoes, and it is easier for the mosquito to bite through tight-fitting garments.
  2. When walking around outside, do not wear open sandals. The smell of human sweat attracts mosquitoes.
  3. Repair screening. Ensure that exterior screens on windows, doors and patios are not torn or loose.
  4. Rig planter saucers. When using saucers to catch excess water from potted plants, place beach sand in the saucer almost to the top. It will catch water, but will not let the water become deep enough for mosquito larvae to develop.
  5. Treat bromeliads with mineral oil. Place a few drops of mineral oil in each leaf base. The oil will cover whatever water accumulates in the plant. The mosquito larvae cannot survive in the oil. Add new oil about once a month.
  6. Keep an adequate concentrate of chlorine in your swimming pool. If you are leaving for vacation, you can add mosquito dunks to the water.
  7. Pay attention to sources of standing water near your home. Change the water every week or so. In some cases, just flip the containers over so no water can accumulate. More than once, I have found upside-down garbage can lids teeming with mosquito larvae.
  8. Consider the unusual water containers. Examples include the interior of a dead snail shell, holes in trees, and hoofprints left by horses in mud. More common, but often overlooked examples include stagnating water in sump pump pits, drip pans from air conditioners and refrigerators, plugged rain gutters, neglected pet dishes, and toys and dishes left outdoors.

Become a resource

In my community of Boca Raton, Fla., neighbors are asking me what to do to protect themselves — and any family and friends who come to visit — from Zika and other mosquito-borne disease. I have five friends whose adult children simply refused to come from their homes up north to visit over the winter holidays. That’s just within my social circle; the broader negative economic impact for South Florida was significant this year.

Although emotion trumps science, you can provide valuable information to your customers, and be ready with an integrated pest management (IPM) program for mosquitoes when the need arises. Seek guidance from your local manufacturer and distributor representatives on how to best implement this. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Pest Management Association also have resources available.

Buzz kill

June 28th, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Fight the Bite

June 6th, 2017 by ifiadmin

Now that warmer weather is here, it’s important to take precautions against mosquito and tick bites. While we, in Michigan, are at a low risk for Zika, Michigan mosquitoes can carry illnesses such as West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and ticks can carry illnesses such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Those with the highest risk of illness caused by WNV are adults 50 years of age and older, but we’re not just talking people. Horses and other animals can be targets for mosquito-borne viruses such as EEE and our dogs and cats are susceptible to tick-borne diseases like Lyme Disease. Mosquitoes could also carry the heartworm larvae.

The easy answer is to avoid these little miscreants, but we love our outdoor activities. Avoiding ticks is a bit easier than mosquitoes. During May, June, and July, if you are in tick infested areas, walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass, brush, and leaf litter at trail edges.

Tuff Turf Molebusters helps you ‘fight the bite’ with our professional mosquito spraying and treating your lawn against fleas and ticks (free with our mosquito program).

Mosquito Service in Ada

June 5th, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations to Chris Harper of Ada for winning this month’s Facebook drawing for a free mosquito misting.  Each month we give away a free service to one of our Facebook likes.  No purchase is necessary and you don’t have to be an active client.

Caught in the act

May 4th, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

One of our technicians was captured by a security camera providing bug barrier at a client’s house.  Sorry about hitting the camera, but the camera was a good nesting spot.


Mosquito Repelling Chickens?

May 4th, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

A major species of malaria carrying mosquito avoids the smell of chickens, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, published in Malaria Journal.

The study suggests that living in close proximity to chickens may help protect against malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses.


Stihl Mosquito Misters

April 21st, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters


We bought the last 3 mosquito misters from the local Stihl dealer and have already put them to use killing mosquitoes.


Congress approves $1.1B for Zika Virus

October 6th, 2016 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Mosquito Misting Winner in Grand Rapids

September 2nd, 2016 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations Matthew Kind for winning this month’s drawing on Facebook for a free mosquito misting.  Each month we give away a free service to one of our “likes”.  No purchase is necessary and you don’t have to be a current client.

Bee stings close path in Grand Rapids

August 25th, 2016 by Tuff Turf Molebusters