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Whether it's synthetic or a natural application, all of our products are EPA approved and non-toxic. All we ask is that if you are home, wait 30 minutes dry time for your lawn before going on it after treatment.
Once arrangements have been made, and a date is set up, you need not be present. All we ask is that if you are, to remain indoors for the time we are there. We also ask that gates be unlocked and dogs are in for everyone's safety.
Typically, to book an event spray we require the booking at least 2 to 3 weeks ahead of the function. If we're not booked, we can spray 2 to 3 days prior or very early the day of your event. (if it's a last-minute booking) we will accommodate as much as possible, we're the Alliance! ( we want your function pest free, we just need lead time to coordinate the application.
TO RECEIVE THE COMPLETE MOSQUITO CONTROL THAT YOUR EVENT DESERVES, CALL THE ALLIANCE TODAY! 978 340 4806, Mitch will provide pricing and dates to accommodate, NEED IT IN HURRY? As mentioned reservations are needed, but WE GET IT! Things happen. Call and we can work something out. We're here to provide exceptional service, we can always accommodate
Ticks like to hang out on every area of your property, including grass under leaves, waiting for a mammal to come along so they can hitch a ride and have lunch. Did you know that a deer tick the size of the tip of your pen could potentially cause Lyme Disease? The entire Mitchell family was diagnosed with Lyme Disease a few years back. That’s why we started The Alliance. We don’t take ticks lightly. The Alliance can help protect your family and pets from these pests.
With the purchase of one of our tick control packages, our licensed applicators will come to your home and barrier spray your yard. Our programs below not only knock these pests dead on contact, but our backpack sprayers get deep into the foliage in your yard and coat leaves and bushes, leaving a protective barrier that repels these pests.
Our company offers two basic barrier spray services to protect your family from ticks, mosquitos, and more.
Tick Tunnels are a must for a complete tick control plan! While The Alliance barrier sprays effectively kill ticks on contact and provide invisible protection that lasts up to three weeks, no tick reduction/eradication program is complete without adding Tick Tunnels. These tubes kill deer ticks! Tick Tunnels are recycled, biodegradable tubes stuffed with cotton balls that have been treated with our tick-killing solution. Our licensed tech will strategically place Tick Tunnels that kill deer ticks around your yard in all the locations where mice and other rodents frequent, making every effort to hide them. Sometimes our techs do such a great job hiding them you might not actually be able to see them.
Tick Tunnels are designed so that the white-footed mouse and other rodents enter the tube and take the cotton balls back to their den. Here’s why that’s important; Most people think that since the tick that carries Lyme Disease is called a deer tick, these ticks get Lyme disease from deer. Not true. Deer are one of the few animals that are actually immune to Lyme. Deer are just an easy target for the ticks. Each deer can have up to 1000 ticks on it, and each female can lay up to 18,000 eggs per study. When you do the math, that’s a lot of ticks in your yard. And deer ticks can be found on all animals, including squirrels and birds, too. So if you have any type of animals roaming your yard, you likely have deer ticks. The life cycle of the deer tick is about two years. In one of the phases of their life cycle, they live with the white-footed mouse and other rodents.
It’s interesting to note that up to 90% of the cases of Lyme disease are not caused by adult deer ticks that we’ve all seen and pulled off our kids and pets, but rather the nymph tick. The nymph is the size of the tip of a pen or a poppy seed. If it gets in your child’s hair or on your dog, how can you see it? The white-footed mouse gets Lyme disease in one of two ways. They either get it from their parent, which means they are born with it, or they get it from the white-footed mouse. Barrier spray treatments and Tick Tunnels effectively help to break the life cycle of deer ticks in and around your yard. Offers the safest, most effective way to rid your yard of these disease-carrying mosquito pests. We offer two proven mosquito-killing solutions.
In addition, we believe that we have the best customer service in the pest control industry. Don’t forget your wedding or other special events. We can make sure that unwanted guests don’t show up for the party.
We also treat public pools, municipalities, and other commercial properties for mosquitos.
Mosquitos are responsible for more human deaths than any other living creature. Every year, mosquitos cause more than a million deaths worldwide. They are a threat to public health not only all over the planet but especially here in the Metro DC area too. In the US, mosquitos cause West Nile Virus, Heart Worm in dogs, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, not to mention a few cases each year of Malaria and Dengue Fever.
There are over 150 different mosquitos in the US. Most generally stay within 1 to 3 miles of where they were born, with the Asian Tiger Mosquito not going more than 300 yards from its birthplace. To lay the eggs, the female mosquito needs a blood meal. After biting you, she doesn’t actually eat the blood. She uses blood protein to develop her eggs. What mosquitoes eat is the glucose found in plants. So when they aren’t busy sucking your blood, they generally hang out under leaves and other foliage, feeding on plants. That’s where we come in. cool place on the underside of leaves and wait for the evenings, although they may still bite if disturbed. Some species, like the Asian Tiger Mosquito, are known to fly and feed during the daytime.
Carbon Dioxide attracts mosquitoes from as far away as 35 feet. Also, it seems that dark clothing attracts them more than light-colored clothing; interestingly enough, people drinking beer attract mosquitoes greater than not.
West Nile Virus
The West Nile Virus (WNV) is transmitted by mosquitoes. Shockingly, in 2010 almost 10% of all deaths in the United States from West Nile Virus occurred in the DMV and metro VA and MD. WNV is cycled between birds and mosquitoes and transmitted to mammals and humans by infected mosquitoes. Symptoms of WNV include fever, headache, and fatigue with aches or a rash. Similar to the flu. It can last a few days or a few weeks. WNV first showed up in the US in 1999. Since then, it has traveled across the country.
According to the American Mosquito Control Association, as of 2010, there have been 30,491 cases of WNV reported to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Of these, 12650 have resulted in meningitis/encephalitis, and 1196 were fatal. CDC estimates that there have been at least 1.5 million infections (82% are asymptomatic) and 341,000 cases of West Nile Fever, but the disease is grossly under-reported due to its similarity to other viral infections and lack of knowledge regarding protection.
Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes and can also affect cats too. In either case, it can be deadly for your pet.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Spread by mosquitoes to both people and horses, Eastern Equine Encephalitis can affect the central nervous system and can cause severe complications and even death. Survivors can be left brain-damaged.
According to the American Mosquito Control Association:
- Women are usually more attractive to mosquitoes than men because of the difference in hormones produced by the sexes.
- Blondes tend to be more attractive to mosquitos than brunettes.
- Smelly feet are attractive to mosquitos, as is Limburger Cheese.
- Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes.
- Movement increased mosquito biting by up to 50% in some research tests.
- A full moon increased mosquito activity by 500% in one study