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Home mosquito spraying: The Real Deal

We’ve all heard of Central New York counties spraying for mosquitoes in swampy areas, but a local company says it'll come to your home and spray them away for you – guaranteed. Some of you have seen signs advertising “Mosquito Authority’s” services and have contacted NewsChannel 9 to find out what they're all about.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- We’ve all heard of Central New York counties spraying for mosquitoes in swampy areas, but a local company says it'll come to your home and spray them away for you – guaranteed.

Some of you have seen signs advertising “Mosquito Authority’s” services and have contacted NewsChannel 9 to find out what they're all about.

Mosquito Authority is a relatively new company to Central New York. It’s a franchise that’s big down south. The two biggest questions one might ask: Does their spraying around your home work? And is it safe?

Mosquito Authority owner Carolyn Postell told NewsChannel 9, “The spray that we use kills all adult mosquitoes that are present and then it repels them from coming back onto your property for about three weeks and we come back and treat.”

Trees, shrubs and the area around your home are sprayed at a cost of $69 per acre. All live mosquitoes and ticks are killed, but their eggs aren’t, which is why the company recommends at least two to three treatments. While it may work for people who live away from mosquito breeding areas, a SUNY ESF entomologist says it may only be a very quick fix for others.

“If you live in the Brewerton area around Oneida Lake where they got all those big swamps, you would have to do what the county does to get it controlled,” said SUNY ESF Entomologist, Larry Abrahamson.

The spray contains what’s called pyrethrods, which are known to be found in other insecticides. While families and their pets must stay inside for the spraying and allow it to dry for 20 minutes, Mosquito Authority says it’s safe.

“It’s also in a lot of lice shampoos that people use for their children and dogs, and ticks shampoos that people can use on their pets, so that gives you a reality of where it is safety wise,” Postell said.

According to the warning label, the product can cause moderate eye irritation and can be harmful if ingested in large amounts. Entomologists say it’s also been known to cause some skin irritation, but in most cases it’s okay.

“Pyrethroids are relatively safe for mammals, like humans and dogs and cats,” Abrahamson said.

Mosquito Authority does have a guarantee and will spray for free after treatments if a customer isn’t satisfied. We checked with the DEC and the company is registered as a pesticide business with the state and is licensed to spray.
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