Texas has been hard hit by the mosquito-borne West Nile Disease. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirms one-third of all cases nationwide, and one-third of deaths from the disease nationwide in 2012 occurred in Texas.
Mosquito Safe® owner Tim Taylor created his company out of frustration with these facts. He had been spraying his own yard because his wife was a favorite target of mosquitoes, and his idea was to help protect not only his own family from the nuisance and danger of mosquitoes but other families as well.
The company uses high-powered backpack misters that coat all sides of the plants with a light chemical that is fatal to mosquitoes but does not harm people or animals. What differentiates these misters from pump or hose sprayers is that the latter cannot reach the undersides of plants or foliage, where mosquitoes often hide during the hot daylight hours.
“We believe the best mosquito is one that’s never born,” says Mosquito Safe® founder Tim Taylor. “Mosquito Safe® offers both natural and synthetic spray treatments. Each treatment kills adult mosquitoes in the air and ones that land on treated foliage, and the number of mosquitoes and the risk of infection decrease with each treatment.”
Depending on which treatment is desired, the application can last up to a month between treatments. For those who prefer natural products, the natural treatment uses rosemary oil, complies with the National Organic Program and is registered as organic.
Taylor sees his company’s treatment as preventative. He suggests treating before mosquitoes are out biting, and he says that treating unborn mosquitoes is best.
“Most people think mosquitoes are only out during the summer months,” says Taylor. “Mosquitoes are in fact active anytime the weather is above 50 degrees.” Because the temperature gets above 50 every month of the year in Texas, he suggests treating for mosquitos year-round.
Besides affecting humans, mosquitoes attack pets, birds and other animals. Dogs can contract heart worm from mosquitoes, and horses are susceptible to West Nile disease. An estimated two percent of unvaccinated horses in Texas will die from West Nile infection, and 117 cases of West Nile virus were reported in horses during 2012.
Taylor is so confident that his treatments work, he backs them up with a pledge that if any homeowner is threatened by mosquitoes between treatments, he will retreat their property at no additional cost. “Our goal,” he says, “is to protect families, not to kill mosquitoes.”
In 2012, there was an outcry among North Texas communities to do just that, to protect families. Cities were slow to respond and were usually unable to treat for mosquitoes before the numbers of reported West Nile cases had risen to dangerous levels.
A look at West Nile Virus in North Texas: 2012 by the Numbers
Source: Texas Department of Health.
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About Mosquito Safe®
Founded in 2012, Mosquito Safe® is a licensed structural pest control company with a dual concentration: