mosquito control

Mosquito Control Methods

From The National Pesticide Information Center

Losing the war against Mosquitoes in your backyard? You're not alone.  Mosquitoes are everywhere, lurking in flower pots, grass, pet dishes, gutters, etc. etc.  They have taken over your yard, and they are just waiting to transmit a host of diseases to your family and pets that can be debilitating or even fatal.  What can you do about this scourge?  This post from the National Pesticide Information Center gives you an exhaustive treatise on what to do with the areas that are prone to mosquito breeding, the methods of control with links to learn more, as well as links to a bunch of additonal useful mosquito control information.

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4 Good ways to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard

From Fox News

What are the lastest and greatest ways to keep disease-transmitting mosquitoes at bay and away from your family?  This post from Fox News gives 4 new-age mosquito products that can actually help you win the war against mosquitoes.  Relying on some DEET spray on your skin or your kid's clothing is not enough to protect them, so consider a mosquito misting system, air curtains, portable traps and systems, or some tried and true traditional methods.

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Mosquito-proof your yard

From Fox News

One of the unfortunate consequences of gorgeous Summer days and nights are the inevitable arrival of mosquito populations.  Are you prepared to try and secure your barriers and keep the mosquitoes away from your family?  Taking a can of off to the backyard to fight these swarming blood suckers is like bringing a knife to a gun fight.  This post from Fox News presents some newer technologies like mosquito misting systems and ultrasonic phone apps that can help you win the war.

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DIY Mosquito Misting System

Pinterest

If you've decided that you are fed up with the scourge of swarming, disease-carrying mosquitoes in your backyard, and the backpack sprayers with their interval treatments aren't getting the job done, then a mosquito misting system is the perfect solution.  Some folks are do-it-yourselfers, however, and don't want to let someone else do the job that they are perfectly capable of doing themselves.  Well then, intrepid DIY'er, this Pinterest board is definitely in your wheelhouse.  Pins featured on this board include how to avoid mosquito bites, how to build mosquito traps, and how to build your very own mosquito misting system at home.  With 190 pins giving tips and techniques about mosquito misting for the DIY'er, this board will give you everything that you need to build and maintan your very own automatic, perimeter misting system designed to solve the pressing mosquito problem after all.

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00

Mosquito Misting Systems Really Work

THE TRUTH ABOUT MOSQUITO MISTING SYSTEMS AND MOSQUITO CONTROL

From Bugdefence.com

The ongoing war between Humans and Mosquitoes has been waged for centuries.  Who is winning?  Well, Mosquitoes kill an estimated 1,000,000 people every year worldwide.  With that kind of opponent, shouldn't you equip yourself with the latest knowledge and technology in order to have a fighting chance?  This post from Bugdefence.com gives a great, succinct explanation about the differences between repellents and insecticides, and the best ways to employ them for maximum effectiveness.

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THE WEAPONS:
For REPELLANTS the most common weapon used is a small-sized aerosol or mist pump, or a tube of cream or lotion.
These repellants are applied "as needed" and vary in effectiveness due to many variables. They are best used "on the
go" due to their convenient size and portability. A relatively new weapon to disperse repellants is a permanently
installed misting system (this will be covered in detail when discussing insecticides).
For dispersing INSECTICIDES to control mosquitoes and biting insects, the choice of weapons is much smaller
than for repellantssince they are sprayed directly onto surfaces or via mist into the air. Also, the most effective
mosquito-killing insecticides should only be purchased and handled by properly licensed technicians. There are
many products on the market in retail stores that are sold to "kill mosquitoes"; however, they are often
"repellants". Many effective insecticides for killing insects are generally not available for retail consumers.
Dispensing an insecticide into the air to protect a specified area is, by far, the most effective way to control biting
insects. This method is referred to as a "misting system". A misting system has 4 components:
A tank containing the insecticide
An automated control system with a pump and a timer.
Tubing that is permanently attached around the perimeter of the area to be protected.
Mist headsthat are spaced along the tubing to disperse the insecticide.
A mosquito misting system is designed to "go off' at least 3 times a day: dawn, dusk and early night. These are the
times mosquitoes are most active and, by the way, are times when the "good insects" (the pollinators) are NOT active.
Generally, the misting cycle will be activated for only 30 to 40 seconds at each time setting. The key to the
effectiveness of a mosquito misting system is that it is automatic and consistent which kills on contact and continues
to interrupt the mosquito's life cycle. This why an insecticide dispersed by a misting system is referred as a permanent
solution to a mosquito problem.
As mentioned, mosquito REPELLANTS can also be dispersed via a misting system. The difference is that a repellant
must be programmed to "go off' many times throughout the day and evening hours since it is a deterrent It can also
be activated on an "as needed" basis. Remember, using a repellant is a temporary solution, regardless of how it is
dispensed or applied.
A mosquito misting system is primarily used in residential settings to protect back yards, entertainment areas, pools,
etc. As with any purchase, an educated shopper makes better buying decisions. Here are some of the important
things to consider before purchasing a system:

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Mosquito Misting Systems

From EPA.gov

Timed-release, or automatic mosquito misting systems are a relatively new phenomenon.  Understanding the differences and benefits to such a system are the keys to having success with them.  According to this very informative post from the EPA, one must:

  1. decide if residential pesticide misting systems are appropriate for their home
  2. understand safety precautions about using outdoor misting systems
  3. find related information on Integrated Pest Management -- using a variety of methods for mosquito control
  4. understand the role of the EPA and state agencies in regulating misters.

before they can make an informed decision about whether mosquito misting is right for them. 

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Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

Time To Plant Mosquito-Repelling Plants

List of pest-repelling plants

From Wikipedia

There are 23 days until the official start of Spring.  Spring means many things to many people, but one of the unfortunate features of spring and summer are the increase and activity of biting mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests.  It is never too early to start thinking about mosquito control, and one of the best ways is to have mosquito-repelling plants surrounding the green areas of your home.  This list from Wikipedia will give you a jump start on planning your bug-free green space this Spring and Summer.

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This list of pest-repelling plants includes plants known for their ability to repel insects, nematodes, and other pests. They may be used in companion planting for pest control in agricultural and garden situations, and in households.

The essential oils of many plants are also well known for their pest-repellent properties. Oils from the families Lamiaceae (mints), Poaceae (true grasses), and Pinaceae (pines) are common insect repellents worldwide.[1]

Plants that can be planted or used fresh to deter pests include:

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5 Ways To Keep Mosquitoes Away

From Allwomenstalk

It's easy to forget about mosquitoes and biting insects when the weather is below zero and all you can see out your window is a whitewash of snow.  Spring is officially just over 3 weeks away, however, and if last year is any indication, mosquito activity can start as early as April.  Increases in diseases that were spread by biting mosquitoes and ticks such as West Nile, Lyme Disease, and Chikungunya were staggering last year.  The best way to protect your family is to have a mosquito abatement plan, or better yet, an automatic on-demand system from Bug Off Mister.  This post from Allwomenstalk gives you 5 ways to avoid the mosquito problem this year.  Try these methods for yourself and see if they help protect your family.

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There's nothing more frustrating than trying to spend some quality #time outside in the yard and being bombarded by mosquitoes. Numerous ways exist for repelling mosquitoes and I've listed 5 of them #below. See if any of these 5 ways to keep mosquitoes away will work for you. If you've already found something that works well, then please feel free to share it.

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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

Natural Mosquito Control On A Budget

Mosquitoes in Your Garden? Try Planting These!

From The Frugal Life

The frugal life isnt being cheap, it's making the most of living with what you already have.  Just because you are being frugal, doesn't mean that you are any less attractive to biting and disease-carrying mosquitoes.  What is a frugal one to do?  This post from The Frugal Life gives you some highly effective plants and flowers that one can plant in their garden that actually repel these pests.  The best part about this post is that the frugally inclined can do this themselves for very little cost!

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If you are a serious gardener, you spend lots of time outdoors. And, for sure, you would rather be tending your plants than swatting mosquitoes.

While there are many things you can do to keep mosquitoes away, there are some plants that will beautify your yard and help repel mosquitoes.

As one more way to keep mosquitoes away from you and your yard, try planting these attractive plants.

HORSEMINT
Horsemint has a scent similar to citronella. Horsemint grows wild in most of the Eastern United States, from Mexico, Texas up to Minnesota to Vermont. It is partial to sandy soils and will grow in USDA Zones 5-10. Native Americans used it as a treatment for colds and flu. It has natural fungicidal and bacterial retardant properties because it's essential oils are high in thymol.

ROSEMARY
This wonderful herb we use for seasoning is also a great, natural mosquito repellant. It has been used for centuries to keep pesky mosquitoes away. Rosemary is a native of the Mediterranean, so it likes hot, dry weather and well-drained soil. It is hardy in USDA zones 8-10, and must be grown as a pot plant in colder climates. If you happen to live in a part of the country where rosemary does not grow, you can get a good quality rosemary essential oil; mix 4 drops with 1⁄4 cup olive oil. Store in a cool, dry place. When it comes to fresh plant oils as natural mosquito repellants, there is every reason to have the plant in your yard, if they will grow in your area. It is an inexpensive and attractive way to boost the appearance of the landscape and have natural mosquito repellants on hand as well.

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Prevent Mosquito and Tick Bites

From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

With the proliferation of mosquito populations worldwide and the associated diseases that they invariably carry and spread, there exists no shortage of information on mosquito control and prevention of bites.  Some of the information can be conflicting, so who can you trust?  This post from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services answers that question definitively: The U.S. Government!

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The Basics

Take steps to avoid bites from mosquitoes and ticks.

Get rid of standing (still) water around your home to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs nearby.
Cut back brush and tall grasses around your home and rake up fallen leaves to keep ticks away.
Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks.
Use bug repellent (also called bug spray or insect repellent) on your skin and clothing.
Check everyone for ticks after spending time outside.
Take a shower after going back inside to help wash away ticks.
Use a veterinarian-approved tick collar or spot-on repellent on your pets. And remember to check your pets for ticks.

Use bug (insect) repellent.
Bug repellent makes it harder for mosquitoes and ticks to find you.

What type of repellent do I need?

To avoid tick and mosquito bites, use a spray or lotion with 20 to 30% DEET. Check the label.
You can also look for repellents with 20 to 30% picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 to avoid mosquito bites.
It's a good idea to use sunscreen when you are outside, but get a separate sunscreen lotion. Don't use bug repellent that has sunscreen already mixed in.
Use a spray with permethrin on your clothes, shoes, and camping gear to repel and kill ticks. Never use permethrin directly on your skin.

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