The Products We Use…
The Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project relies mainly on four different products for biological/chemical mosquito control as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Two are for larval control, two are used for larvae and pupae, and two are for adult mosquito control. Many factors were involved in choosing these products; environmental concerns, public opinion, cost analysis, and product efficacy. We feel these products present the lowest risk to the public at large and non-target species that are on the market today while maintaining good control against mosquitoes. The links below will explain each product in use by CMMCP; product labels and MSDS sheets are included at each link.
LARVAL MOSQUITO CONTROL PRODUCTS:
Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis) – a naturally occurring, non-reproducing bacterium (used in wetlands)
Altosid® WSP (methoprene) – an insect growth regulator (IGR) specific to mosquito larvae (used in catch basins)
FourStarTM Microbial briquets – a 45 day, sustained-release briquet with a combination of Bacillus sphaericus & Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (used in catch basins)
VectoLex® WSP (Bacillus sphaericus) – a naturally occurring, non-reproducing bacterium (used in abandoned swimming pools)
LARVAL/PUPAL MOSQUITO CONTROL PRODUCT:
Agnique® MMF – an ethoxylated alcohol surface film (used anywhere mosquito pupae are found)
ADULT MOSQUITO CONTROL PRODUCTS:
Anvil® 10+10 (sumithrin) – used for ULV (Ultra Low Volume) applications
Suspend® SC (deltamethrin) – used for barrier treatments (*new in 2008)
Anvil® and Suspend® are synthetic pyrethroids (pyrethrums are found in chrysanthemums, and pyrethroids are a synthetic copy of pyrethrums, and have a lower risk to humans and other non-target organisms).
Some common pyrethroid products use by consumers include pesticides for common household pests such as ants and wasps; flea and tick shampoos/collars for pets; lice and scabies treatments (shampoos, etc.) for humans; insect repellent clothing, etc.