| Frequently Asked Questions
- What towns does Don't Bug Me Mosquito & Tick Control service?
Don't Bug Me services the following towns and communities:
- What should I do if my town is not listed under your service areas?
Don't worry! Just recruit three neighbors or friends and give us a call. Don't Bug Me will then assess the scenario and go from there.
- Do I need to be home when the service is being completed?
No. Our crews are instructed to check in with the customer, unless otherwise specified, and will leave a doorknocker or email verification upon completion. If you have any areas of concern, please leave a message attached to the door so that the technicians will be aware of your concerns.
- Is the spraying dangerous to me and my family?
This is a common question.The product used for mosquito spraying has a very low toxicity to mammals, as well as dogs, cats, birds and other organisms. The acute toxicity is very low compared to common substances that people are routinely exposed to, such as caffeine and nicotine, and even over-the-counter medications. Chronic toxicity should not be a concern due to the fact that this program is very targeted and limited - exposure cannot occur repeatedly due to our spraying policies. All products used by Don't Bug Me are registered for use by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the EPA. Our mosquito control techniques are endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Why control mosquitoes at all?
Mosquito control emerged at the beginning of this century once it was discovered that they can carry numerous viruses and bacterium, some fatal to man. Yellow Fever and Malaria were once endemic to this region, but are now either extremely rare or have been eliminated. Eastern Encephalitis, and now West Nile Virus, can also occur in Massachusetts, although more sporadically and without widespread human mortality. Mosquitoes have played an important role in the history of mankind - they have stopped wars, spread disease through entire populations, and altered human history in too many ways to count. It is estimated that mosquitoes have killed more human beings than all wars, famines and natural disasters combined - more humans than are alive today. 3-6 million people each year die from malaria alone, and up to 100 million are sickened annually. This is just from 1 disease transmitted by mosquitoes.
- Do those new propane mosquito traps I see in the stores work?
These devices will, indeed, trap and kill measurable numbers of mosquitoes. Whether this will produce a noticeable reduction in the mosquito population in your case will depend upon a number of factors, e.g. your tolerance level, absolute mosquito population size, proximity, size and type of breeding habitat producing re-infestation, wind velocity and direction, and species of mosquito present, among many other things. Depending upon their placement, wind direction, and trapping efficiency, traps may actually draw more mosquitoes into your area than they can possibly catch. Thus, the homeowner must still use repellents and practice source reduction methods as adjuncts to realize any measure of relief.