Trad’s Pest Control Helps Battle Mosquitoes


ZONE. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY OF COURSE TO WIN TICKETS TO HIS SHOW.>>>IF YOU SPEND ANY TIME AT ALL OUTSIDE, MOSQUITOS ARE A REAL PROBLEM. MARK WENT OVER TO THE GARDEN CENTER TO MEET WITH THE PEST CONTROL FOLKS TO FIND OUT ABOUT SOLUTIONS.>>REPORTER: WITH THE ZIKA VIRUS SPREADING ALL OVER THE WORLD AND NOW IN THE BACKYARD, IT’S IMPORTANT TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND FAMILY. ONE OF THE CULPRITS IS MOSQUITOS. YOU’RE PART OF TRAB AND PART OF THE PEST CONTROL DIVISION.>>THAT’S CORRECT. A TYPICAL DAY FOR ME IS GET IN AT 7:00, MAKE SURE THE GUYS HAVE ALL THE MATERIALS THEY NEED FOR THE WORK THEY’RE GOING TO BE DOING DURING THE DAY TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR SERVICE CALLS. ONCE I GET THEM OUT THE DOOR, START RETURNING PHONE CALLS MYSELF AND UNLESS I’M RIDING WITH THEM OUT IN THE FIELD.>>YOU’RE OUT IN THE FIELD A LOT. YOU’RE THE GO TO GUY.>>MORE OR LESS.>>LET’S START WITH WHAT TYPE OF DISEASES DO MOSQUITOS SPREAD?>>A LOT OF DIFFERENT DISEASES. THE MOST COMMON THAT WE HAVE HERE IN FLORIDA ARE THE ENCEPHALITIS. ST. LOUIS ENCEPHALITIS. WESTERN AND WEST NILE ENCIPH LITIS.>>WHAT ARE SIDE EFFECTS?>>THEY CAN BE PRETTY SERIOUS. WHAT ENCIPH LITIS MEANS IS SWELLING OF THE BRAIN. PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR SIGHT. PEOPLE HAVE DIED GENERALLY IT’S THE ELDERLY THAT ARE AT GREATEST RISK OF DIES OR THE EXTREMELY YOUNG.>>WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SERIOUS STUFF HERE. IS IT A SEASONAL THING? I FEEL LIKE IN NORTH FLORIDA IT’S NO THERE ARE YEARS HERE WHEN JANUARY IS WARM ENOUGH TO HAVE MOSQUITO ACTIVITY. WHILE THERE ARE PEAKS, THERE IS NOT A MONTH OF THE YEAR THAT IS COMPLETELY SAFE.>>WHERE DO YOU ENCOUNTER MOSQUITOS THE MOST?>>TYPICALLY YOU’LL ENCOUNTER THEM AROUND VEGETATION OUT DURING THE DAY TIME. DUSK OR EVENING JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE. AND THAT’S WHAT THEY SEE. THE BLOOD OF MAMMALS AND IT VARIES FROM SPECIES TO SPECIES. WE HAVE A FEW VARIETIES HERE IN THE NORTH FLORIDA AREA AND EACH HAS THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL HABITS. IT USED TO BE THAT MOSQUITO RPZ ONLY — MOSQUITOS WERE ONLY A DANGER IN THE EVENINGS. NOW SOME FEED DURING THE DAY TIME.>>WOW. WOW. THAT’S SCARY. HERE WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF TRAFFIC. ALL THESE PLANTS. THERE ARE CERTAIN PLANTS THAT ACTUALLY HELP MOSQUITOS.>>TO A CERTAIN EXTENT. MARIGOLDS GIVE OFF A SCENT REPELLENT TO MOSQUITOS. CITRONELLA CANDLES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. AND MOST OF THE PLANTS, IT’S NOT THE MRAPT ITSELF BUT — PLANT ITSELF BUT SOMETHING TO CREATE THE REPELLENCY. LIKE MINT LEAVES. TAKE MINT LEAVES AND RUB THEM ON YOUR SKIN TO GIVE YOU A CERTAIN DEGREE OF REPELLENCY.>>INTERESTING. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO WARD OFF MOSQUITOS?>>THE BEST WAY TO WARD OFF MOSQUITOS IS TO TREAT FOR THEM. BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IS ADULT MOSQUITOS WILL REST DURING THE DAY TIME. THE BEST WAY TO TAKE CARE OF THAT IS TREAT THE FOLIAGE SO THAT WHEN MOSQUITOS RELEASE THERE, IT WILL FILL THEM AND GET RID OF THEM. I’M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU THERE WILL NOT BE ANY MOSQUITOS IN THE AREA BUT THE NUMBERS WILL BE REDUCED.>>WHAT IS THAT PROCESS?>>WE USE A GAS POWERED FOGGER AND A MICRO INCAPSULATED PRODUCT TO TREAT ON THERE AND THAT WILL HAVE A LONG LASTING EFFECT AS FAR AS KILLING MESQUIT OSQUIT MOSQUITOS. AND AN INSECT GROWTH REGIALATOR.>>AND HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET YOUR PROPERTY TREATED?>>50 TO 60 DAYS.>>AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU RECOMMEND?>>5 TO 6. BECAUSE THERE REALLY IS NOT A TIME OF YEAR WHERE MOSQUITOS ARE AN IMPOSSIBILITY HERE IN FLORIDA.>>YOU GAVE US SO MUCH INFORMATION. IT’S KIND OF OVERWHELMING. ALL YEAR ROUND TO PROTECT YOURSELF. I STRONGLY SUNG THAT YOU COME — SUGGEST THAT YOU COME DOWN HERE TO THE GARDEN CENTER TO STOP BY, LEARN ABOUT THE DIFFERENT PLANTS HERE AND ALSO

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