How long does it take to do a barrier treatment spray and how long does it last?
A typical treatment will take between 30-60 minutes, depending on the number of plants an foliage areas and the size of the property.
Our Synthetic insecticide treatments have a residual effect that will last up to 30 days.
Are your treatments safe for my family and pets?
We use two primary products with our mosquito and tick control programs.
With our barrier spray products, we use a synthetic form of the natural pyrethrums, better known as pyrethroids. Pyrethroids have a similar chemical structure to the natural pyrethrums, that is a by-product deriving from the white Chrysanthemum flower. These products are commonly used household products like pet shampoo to treat for lice and ticks.
We also use a 100% natural plant-based product that is completely safe to all plants, aquatic life forms, pollinators, humans and pets. Our products are water-based and biodegradable. These products carry an EPA Exempt sticker.
- Our products are less toxic than any household cleaners you use and even lower toxicity to humans and their animals.
- Our entire product range is water based.
- All our farmers use these products in the production of our foods.
- Safely use around all homes, schools and all commercial food businesses.
- We only use 100% natural products with all our misting systems.
- Our spray will not harm your plants.
- Furthermore, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) entirely approve the products we use to control all household and commercial applications indoors and outdoors.
Is the treatment effective against any other pests?
We primarily treat for mosquitoes and midges, however the treatment will be effective in keeping away ants, ticks, fleas, flies, spiders and some other pesky insects in your yard.
Unfortunately, the residual effect of our products is not useful for the long-term suppression of these insects.
Does anyone need to be at home for our treatments? How long after the treatment will it be safe to enter my property?
No, as long as your pets are indoors and your side gates unlocked, our technicians can treat your property.
We ask that you allow at least 30 minutes after we complete our spray before you, your pets or your family return to the yard. This allows sufficient time for our insecticide to dry out, allowing for a safe environment for all.
Are your treatments safe for my plants in the garden?
All your plants and flowers are 100% safe will all our sprays and will have no negative or harmful effects on them sort or long term.
How much will you pay for a treatment?
Each of our customer’s property is unique, and we customise each barrier spray to treat your mosquito or miege problem successfully. The size and density of foliage on your property and the amount of product we have to use will affect the final price.
Our average Mosquito & Midge Treatments start at $100-$140 per spray as part of a treatment program. You will see a 70-90% reduction in your mosquito & midge population right after our first treatment. This is money well spent as you and your family can start to enjoy your backyard again.
Do we treat indoor pests as well?
GreenFrog Misting only focuses on outdoor treatments. If you do experience mosquitoes and midges inside your home, our treatment efforts outside in your yard will eliminate your indoor problems as well.
Why do we have to re-treat your property every month?
All the products we use are fully biodegradable (brakes down with sunlight) and therefore will start to lose its residual qualities after four (4) weeks and therefore to maintain full protection against your mozzie, midges, ticks and fleas we need to do a re-spray after every four (4) weeks.
Our mosquito control treatment is on par with the very best of its type anywhere in the world, reducing mosquito numbers by more than 90%.
Will the treatment affect my fish pond or swimming pool?
Our technicians are trained not to spray near your pool or fishpond area when they do the barrier treatment using Pyrethroids, as it is deadly to any aquatic life forms.
However, we also have our 100% natural treatment option that will not harm any marine life other than to kill any mosquito larvae in the water.
How does the rain affect the treatment?
Rain has little or no effect on the products we use. Once the product dries out after our treatment spray, only a fraction of the product can physically remove other than the natural breakdown of the product. We will not spray in the rain and will rather reschedule when the weather clears up.
What are biting midges?
- Biting midges are tiny flies, about the size of a pinhead.
- They are well-known for the severe reaction that some people have to their bites
- Often they are incorrectly referred to as sandflies.
- More than 200 species of biting midges are found across Australia, but only a few cause a serious nuisance to humans.
- Biting midges may attack exposed skin in large numbers and their bites can be irritating and painful.
- Only the females bite, using the blood they obtain as a protein source to develop their eggs.
Where do biting midges breed?
Biting midges commonly breed around the edge of water bodies.
The adult female lays her eggs in places like:
- damp soil
- moist decaying leaf material
- muddy, sandy or vegetated substrates
The biting midge life cycle includes a worm-like (larval) and cocoon-like (pupal) stage before the adult emerges. This can take 3 to 22 weeks depending on the environmental conditions and the species of biting midge.
The emergence of adult biting midges is associated with the new and full moon phases.
The adults can live for several days to months depending on the species.
When are biting midges most active?
Biting midges are most active under calm conditions. They tend to bite around dawn and dusk, but may continue to bite through the night. On overcast days they are also known to bite throughout the day.
Where are biting midges found in South East Queensland?
Biting midges live in many coastal and inland areas of East and Western Australia. They are most commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical parts of the State near sandy estuarine and foreshore areas and mangrove swamps. They are very common in some coastal areas of north-west WA. Many species will only travel a few hundred metres from their breeding sites, while others may travel several kilometres.
What are the health impacts of biting midges?
Biting midges are not known to transmit any human diseases in Australia. However, bites often cause a severe local (allergic) reaction and can be painful and/or irritating for some people. The severity of the reaction varies from person to person. People who are regularly exposed to biting midges may become desensitised over time, eventually experiencing only a very mild reaction or no reaction at all.
Others, including tourists, may experience a severe reaction with red, swollen bites measuring several centimetres in diameter. Some people can be unaware they have been bitten as the itching may not commence for some hours. The bites are usually painful and itchy. They may also form blisters, become weepy and persist for days or weeks.
What treatments are available for biting midges?
Applying an ice pack or using a mild antihistamine may provide some relief. Secondary infections can result from scratching the bites and may require the application of antiseptic cream or antibiotics. In severe cases, medical advice may be required.
Can biting midges be controlled?
Biting midges are one of the most difficult groups of insects to control as no chemicals are currently registered in Australia to control their breeding sites. The large size of these sites also makes chemical control unrealistic. Adult midges can be temporarily controlled using insecticides (fogging), but once the chemical droplets have settled, midges can re-infest treated areas.
Residual chemical sprays can be applied to places where biting midges may rest, such as the walls of your house, shade-cloth awnings, insect screens and vegetation to help reduce adult numbers. Some residual spray products can control biting midges for up to 6 weeks, depending on environmental conditions. It is important to remember that repeated use of residual sprays can have a negative impact on other insect and spider populations.
How can I avoid being bitten?
Cover up and use repellents
Avoid being outside around dawn and dusk and at other times if biting midges are active.
Cover up with long, loose-fitting and preferably light-coloured clothing.
Insect repellents are an important way of protecting yourself against biting midges. When outdoors use an effective insect repellent if biting midges are active.
Insect repellents containing either diethyl toluamide (DEET) or picaridin are the most effective. As a general rule, the greater the percentage of DEET or picaridin, the longer the product will remain effective.
Always follow instructions on the label.
Choose a repellent with an appropriate concentration of DEET or picaridin to match the length of time you are outdoors.
Apply directly to skin (except face) and spread evenly with hands.
For face application, apply first to hands and then spread evenly on face, avoiding mouth and eyes.
Repellents will not be as effective if applied sparingly to the skin.
Repellents for children:
Under 12 months – repellents containing DEET or picaridin are not recommended.
From 12 months – repellents containing up to 10% DEET or picaridin can be used.
Application guidelines for children:
Do not allow children to apply repellent.
Apply repellent firstly to the hands of the carer and then spread evenly to exposed skin of child.
Avoid applying repellents to hands, near the eyes or mouth.
Do not apply repellent under clothing.
Lotion or gel repellents are the most effective. Always read the label. Apply and re-apply repellents in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
The best protection for babies and young children is protective clothing, fine mesh bed nets and other forms of insect screening.
Ceiling fans or other air circulation devices may discourage midges from biting.
Screen all doors and windows with a fine mesh. Biting midges are very small and can fit through standard fly screens.
Travelling and Camping
When planning holidays or outdoor activities choose locations well away from midge breeding sites.
Be aware of the phases of the moon. Adult biting midges often emerge during new and full moon phases.
Screen caravans, tents and other camping gear with a fine mesh.
Increase the effectiveness of insect screens and other biting midge resting areas by using residual surface spray insecticides.