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MOSQUITOES
12.11.2017

What’s mosquito control worth to your business?

The long, hot days of summer are finally at our doorstep, which means the Australian mosquito season is upon us.

As urban pests, mosquitoes cause significant headaches for commercial businesses and residents alike – not to mention the health risk they pose as carriers of diseases such as the Ross River virus, or dengue fever in the north of Australia.

When the problem becomes too hard to solve with a dose of citronella, many start searching the market for an effective solution. Research shows there’s a demand for mosquito control, as a US study found home-owners who experienced a 73% reduction in mosquito exposure through treatment were willing to pay for that service on a regular basis. For managers of public spaces – for example, councils in charge of amenities and landscaped public areas – the need to eradicate mosquitoes is even greater. Pest managers who can offer high quality, long-lasting control are worth their weight in gold.

The value of insecticide treatments

Including a barrier insecticide as part of your control program is ideal, given mosquitoes like to rest in shaded areas created by ornamental plants and outdoor furniture.

One highly effective treatment on the market is DEMAND, Syngenta’s residual barrier insecticide spray.

Thanks to a new label extension approved by the APVMA, DEMAND can now be used on ornamental plants and shrubs, as well as DEMAND’s existing applications on hard surfaces, outdoor furniture, under decks and in plant pots.  

DEMAND’s wide range of uses has two benefits: it can improve your service to existing customers, and it can help you grow new business – whether it’s homes, residential complexes, council-owned parks, or restaurants with alfresco dining.

Technology brings increased residual properties

Another crucial factor in any mosquito control program is its residual properties: how long it delivers results.

Syngenta uses iCap technology to extend DEMAND’s residual effect. iCap packages DEMAND’s active ingredient, lambda-cyhalothrin, in dual-walled, multi-sized microcaps. When a surface is treated, more than 64,000 microcaps per square metre stick to the treated surface. As insects land, the microcaps attach to their waxy cuticles and spread to other insects. The smaller microcaps release the active ingredient quickly, resulting in fast knockdown. The larger microcaps remain intact longer, releasing the active ingredient for up to 90 days. This is what gives DEMAND its long-lasting effect. If used correctly, you can control mosquitoes and other insect pests with reapplication intervals of no more than 10 weeks.

These qualities – a wider range of uses that includes ornamental foliage and long-lasting results – make DEMAND an ideal solution to the problem of mosquitoes. Your customers will be able to enjoy their summer and get on with life uninterrupted, while you build a pest control business that is known for delivering results.