mosquito control

The Best Way to Control Mosquitoes
Integrated Mosquito Management Explained

From The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

There is no denying that mosquitoes present a ubiquitous and serious threat to the health of human beings.  The fact that mosquitoes require blood to perpetuate their species, while at the same time exposing humans to serious and potentially life-threatening diseases makes us at war with these pests.  While the perfect control for mosquitoes doesn't exist, according to this post from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, it would ideally include immediate protection from mosquito bites and the associated diseases while being simple, inexpensive, and environmentally safe.  Communities and individuals can approach this ideal, however, by utilizing an integrated approach which includes community management, adult control, and larval control.

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Mosquito-Free Backyards Require Long-Term Pest Solutions: Which Is Best for You?  

From Mosquito Magnet

Trying to control mosquitoes by utilizing only a spray can of DEET or relying on just a backpack service is tantamount to bringing a knife to a gun fight.  As this post from Mosquito Magnet thoroughly explains:  Mosquito control takes a comprehensive and vigilant approach.  Multiple methods are required to solve the mosquito issue, which according to this post claims over 7,000,000 lives every year.  The article also focuses on long-term methods for controlling mosquitoes like mosquito traps, larval control, air curtains, misting systems and mosquito nets.

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Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Mosquitoes

From Tractor Supply

Let's face it:  Trying to battle mosquitoes in your backyard is exasperating.  Fogging, Spraying, wearing bracelets, calling the backpack spray person only to have to wait three weeks for treatment;  There has to be a more effective way to control the disease-spreading mosquitoes from harming your family and pets.  This post from Tractor Supply presents some unusual methods of mosquito control that you may not have tried or even ever heard of.  Some of these include Burning Pinion Wood, using coffee grounds, and using dry ice.

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Ultrasound mosquito repellents: Zapping the myth

From BBC

There is no shortage of gadgets, gizmos, and apps that claim to control mosquitoes.  Those that are tired of and concerned about the possible long-term effects of DEET based and other chemical sprays, lotions, gels, and devices, have turned to these electronic devices and apps to repel mosquitoes.  While the ever-present threat of mosquito vector diseases is growing daily, will the people that rely on the aforementioned electronic solutions really be protected?  This post from the BBC gives you the surprising answer.

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How to keep your yard mosquito-free this summer

From Newsnet 5

Not everyone has the meanst to have professional yard services spray for mosquitoes, or can afford to constantly purchase chemicals to keep these pests away.  Those that have a DIY bent, and want to save money are hard-pressed to keep their yard free from mosquitoes and consequently are held hostage by these pests.  This post from Newsnet 5 presents some common-sense, low-cost ways to fight the mosquitoes, and re-claim one's backyard living space without spending a fortune.

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Pesticides Used in Mosquito Control

From The National Pesticide Information Center

The world of Pesticides and Insecticides can be a confusing and murky place.  Looking for information on brand names of insecticides and pesticides, if one even knows what the brand name is, can be difficult and contradictory.  Should one put their trust in a company to treat their backyard without knowing if the pesticides that they employ can be harmful to one's family and pets?  The best consumer is an infromed one, and thats where this post from the NPIC comes in.  This post breaks down the Pesticides into three categories:  Adult (flying) mosquitoes, Larval Mosquitoes, and Synergists.  Additionally, there are handy links to Fact sheets on the chemicals, reports from Governments agencies like the EPA, and Methodologies for employment of these chemicals.  

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There are a variety of products available on the market for the public and for professionals when it comes to mosquito control. Larvicides are chemicals designed to be applied directly to water to control mosquito larvae. Adulticides are used in fogging and spraying to control adult mosquitoes. Synergists are not toxic to the mosquitoes themselves, but they make adulticides more effective. Some communities provide mosquito control as a service to the public and may apply pesticides from trucks or planes. To find out whether or not your community sprays for mosquitoes, try contacting your local health department or local mosquito control district.

If you decide to use a pesticide for mosquito control, always remember to read and follow the label instructions carefully.

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Use Do-It-Yourself Tips for Natural Backyard Mosquito Control Systems

From Natural News

There is no question that advances in chemistry have made the battle against mosqitoes a little more of a fair one.   However, using pesticides can have long term toxcity on humans and pets, and their effects are not fully understood at this time.  This post from Natural News presents a handful of all natural, common sense ways to combat mosquitoes without the use of harmful pesticides.  Interestingly, one of the recommendations of this post is to use a spray with pyrethrins, which is the natural compound that is used in Bug Off Mister's automatic mosquito misting systems.

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Spraying for Mosquitoes in the Backyard

From Iowa State University Horticulture

With all of the wet weather that has plagued the Midwest this Spring season, the demand for mosquito yard treatments are booming.  What most people don't realize is that there is a great difference between store-bought fogging systems, mosquito backpack sprayers, aerosols, and repellents.  These products and services vary in chemical composition, application techniques, and effectiveness.  This post from the Iowa State University Horticulture department goes into great detail about all the various methods and techniques for effective mosquito yard spraying.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

Are Mosquitoes Necessary?

Why Would God Create Mosquitoes?

From Reasons to Believe

There are certain paradoxical questions pertaining to the area of faith and theology that both believers and non-believers use to argue their case.  One of the most recent and famous appeared in a 2014 book, authored by Jesuit Priests that Run the Astrological Observatory at the Vatican in Rome, entitled "Would You Babtize An Extraterrestrial?".  Just ruminating over the title gets the intellectual juices flowing, doesn't it?  This post from Reasons To Believe posts a very similar question about one of our favorite topics, Mosquitoes: "Why Would God Create Mosquitoes?".  It is widely recognized that mosquiotes account for more deaths worldwide than anything else; so do mosquitoes have any redeeming qualities whatsoever, or any conceivable reason to exist at all?  The answer may surprise you...

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Friday, 12 June 2015 00:00

West Nile Virus is Here in Chicago

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Cook County

From My Fox Chicago

It's that time of year again:  Time to live in fear of acquiring one of the many mosquito vector diseases that are present and detected in your area.  Yesterday, it was confirmed that batches of mosquitoes collected in two Chicago suburbs have tested positive for West Nile Virus.  This post from My Fox Chicago tells you about the story, and reminds all of us that we need to formulate a plan to keep mosquitoes away from our family, pets, and friends before this disease and others spread like wildfire this summer.

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