Safety Spray for Ticks and Mosquitoes first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.
Scientists are continuously working on improving methods to rid us of disease spreading pests such as mosquitoes and ticks. Recent reports have revealed that a new class of safer, more selective, insecticide could be on the horizon. Here’s an article with more information.
Known as dopamine receptor antagonists, the chemicals beat out the neurotransmitter dopamine to lock into protein receptors that span the mosquito cell membrane. Disrupting the mechanics of dopamine – which plays important roles in cell signalling, movement, development and complex behaviors – eventually leads to the insect’s death.
Although this is of course focused on mosquitoes, there is constant development when it comes to all defence against pests and making control of them safe. There are many questions circulating, for example “are mosquito yard sprays safe?” Here’s an article with your answer.
One of the most common questions I get asked every day about our yard sprays for ticks and mosquitos is, “Is it safe for my children and pets?”
I hear stories from people interested in our service about how their kids are getting eaten alive in their backyards, how after playing in the yard for an afternoon they are covered with itchy, swollen welts all over their body. They ask if we can help with mosquito problems, but want to be sure that it’s safe for the kids.
Ensuring that your home is protected is the first step in a safer tick and mosquito free environment, for your family and your pets. Here’s a great little safety video when it comes to protecting yourself.
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