Best Mosquito Control Companies of 2023 – Forbes Home
Chemicals or natural sprays
Most mosquito spray companies use “pyrethrin” or “pyrethroids”. The first is a chemical insecticide derived from chrysanthemum flowers that are toxic to insects. The latter is a synthetic version of the same. Unfortunately, whether a mosquito control company uses naturally derived pyrethrins or synthetic pyrethroids, these sprays are toxic not only to mosquitoes but to a wide variety of insects including beneficial insects such as butterflies, beetles, bees, and other pollinators.
The EPA itself acknowledges that those insecticides approved by the agency for use are still highly toxic to bees—killing them on contact and for several days after initial spray treatment. It is widely understood that killing bees is a disaster for the environment. Forbes Advisor does not recommend using any chemical compound to kill bees.
Many mosquito spray companies now offer alternative “organic” or “natural” spray options that are marketed as less dangerous to the lives of other beneficial insects. Please note that the marketing term “organic” is heavily regulated by the USDA and unless the “Certified USDA Organic” seal is present, no product labeled “organic” is subject to government – or any other – regulation. Chemicals and pesticides approved for use on products labeled “Certified USDA Organic” are on OMRI’s list as such, but even that is no guarantee that these chemicals won’t harm beneficial life forms.
Garlic is one of the safer alternatives, along with some vegetable oils. Companies that offer alternative sprays also tend to spray later in the day when mosquitoes are most active as opposed to in the middle of the day when bees and other beneficial insects are outside. More research is needed to determine how harmful these alternative sprays are, but they are likely less harmful, especially when not sprayed in direct contact with the good bugs.
Knowing what type of spray your mosquito control company uses, and how and when to apply that spray, is an important factor when choosing the right company for you.
Other ways to control mosquitoes
Since chemical sprays should never be used to perfectly kill bees, the two most important alternative mosquito control methods to consider are source reduction and early intervention. Mosquitoes need standing water in order to develop, so identifying and removing sources of standing water such as fountains, birdbaths, gutters, and litter boxes will stop mosquito larvae from growing.
For fountains, ponds, or other water sources that cannot drain, early intervention can be done by homeowners (or pest control companies) by putting mosquitoes in the water. These tiny discs contain bacteria that feed on mosquito larvae but are relatively harmless to other wildlife and humans. Ponds can also be stocked with koi fish, turtles, frogs, or crayfish, all of which are voracious eaters of mosquitoes and their larvae.
Many mosquito control companies will also offer evaluation and advice on how you can landscape your garden to reduce mosquito breeding areas without sacrificing your beautiful lawn. Companies that offer a package of “integrated pest management,” a combination of several methods designed to work seamlessly together both retroactively and preventatively, will likely be your best bet. Choosing those companies that focus not only on chemical or natural sprays, but also on alternative control methods, will ensure that the vital natural ecosystem around your home is not damaged.
Whole house pest control packaging
Many companies offer mosquito control as one of many other pest control services. Most of the companies on our list also offer pest control for a wide range of insect species, as well as rodents, birds, lizards, rats, and other common household pests. If you have problems with other pests in your home or want to make sure you never do, look for a company that offers pool or bulk pest management. This will often save you thousands of dollars and hours of time annually as companies can send the same technician abroad to provide mosquito control and other services your home may need.
Free estimates and examinations
All five companies on our list offer free estimates, but not all of them offer free inspections. Saving money while deciding what types of services you might need, or finding the best company for you is especially important, so look for companies with no obligation, free inspections and free estimates.
Qualified technicians, licenses and reputation
Finally, you’ll want to do some research on the mosquito control company’s reputation and make sure they have qualified and licensed technicians. These technicians will walk around your property, and if they offer additional pest control services, investigate every nook and cranny of your home, so finding reputable companies and qualified people is a must. We’ve included five excellent companies in our list above but be sure to read company reviews on sites like Google, Facebook or Yelp, especially when doing business with these national companies that have specific franchise operations in your state.