mosquito control

TRAP-N-KILL™
MOSQUITO TRAP

From Mosquito Science

Fighting the scourge of disease-spreading mosquitoes can be an expensive and labor intensive undertaking.  This post from Mosquito Science presents an economical, simple, and effective means for controlling the species of mosquitoes that spread Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, West Nile and Yellow Fever.  Could this simple yet effective device be the answer to the third world mosquito disease epidemic?

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Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

Want To Know How To Get Rid of Mosquitoes?

How To Get Rid of Mosquitoes

From Pest How

If the average American saw a close up of a mosquito piercing their skin with their razor sharp needle and then drawing the human blood into their bellies, they might never go outside ever again.  The process is frightening on a microscopic level, and can leave the host human with a variety of issues beyond a little red bump.  The mosquito, while acquiring human blood to perpetuate their species, can transmit a variety of harmful and potentially fatal diseases.  This post from Pest How explains how to prevent this bite from ever happening by executing mosquito control.

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Published in Mosquito Control
Thursday, 08 September 2016 00:00

Mosquito Manifesto

THE MOSQUITO MANIFESTO

From Mosquitoes Must Die

Artist Dennis Ashbaugh became personally familiar with mosquitoes in the late 1980's while painting in Maine.  29 wounds later, and the artist turned into a researcher, activist and crusader against the deadliest animal in the world.  This post is his Manifesto, a well-written treatise about what needs to be done, and what is being done to erradicate this scourge from the planet.  His artwork has incorporated this crusade into making artistic mosquito trap devices that are grossly exaggerated items made from reclaimed materials,  which are a marvel to see and are meant to draw attention to the cause.

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Human beings do one thing very, very well. We kill stuff. We are very good at killing other humans. Pretty damn good at killing other species, killing our own supportive, life-sustaining planet. So what's up with our blind spot about our humiliating failure to kill mosquitoes. To fix this disaster has to be the ultimate, maybe even the terminal task of art today.

Mosquitoes kill more people annually than people do (including wars). Google comes up with an extraordinary of what these deadly insects can infect us with: malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, hemorraeghic dengue fever, West Nile fever, encephalitis and open-wound staph. Dogs, when bitten, can succumb to canine heartworms. 2000 people die each day from malaria in Africa alone. That's one death every thirty seconds, that adds up to 1,000,000 (one million) dead people – all preventable deaths each year on a single continent.

Each mosquito "bite" is a very personal event and a true risk with potentially deadly effect. So why do we call them "skeeters", "pests", "annoyances" when they can be killers. By using euphemisms we attempt to marginalize their lethal powers. And, for the record, they do not bite, they inject, they penetrate, they enter the bloodstream like a bullet from a rifle shot and just as deadly.

The Gates Foundation, with Buffett, Bono and Clinton have made and are making great and admirable progress in the fight against mosquitoes. My role as an artist is simply to advocate focused creative attention to all mosquito eradication. Can an artist do anything less? What good are we when mosquitoes rule?

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CONTROLLING MOSQUITOES
 From :SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences
Cooperative Extension Service
 

Keeping mosquito populations at bay is an annual struggle for many municipalities and residential areas around the country.  Keeping mosquito populations and their associated diseases that they carry and spread to humans and pets can seem like an overwhelming task when you consider that only treating adult populations is futile.  A comprehensive approach is required that accounts for larvae, adult treatment, and mitigation of breeding areas.  According to this post from South Dakota University, homeowners can play a major role in mosquito control efforts.

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Stop Raising Mosquitoes in Your Yard!

From Colorado Mosquito Control

Everyone complains about the swarms of mosquitoes in their yard and property.  The annoying, biting, disease-carrying mosquitoes are everpresent, and they seem to be in endless supply.  What most people may not realize is that they are likely contributing to the problem by not addressing areas of standing water in and around their property.  This post from Colorado Mosquito Control points out the key areas in which standing water is actually facilitating the breeding of mosquitoes right in your own yard.

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Remember, standing water means mosquitoes. Any standing, stagnant water that remains for 7 to 10 days after a rain can, and usually will, produce mosquitoes. For example, one coffee can full of water has been shown to produce in excess of 10,000 mosquitoes over an entire summer season

Empty all water holding containers in your yard on a regular basis, at least once a week, children's wading pools, rain barrels, buckets, bird baths and stored boats are prime examples of mosquito breeding sites.

Over-watering and poor irrigation practices are common producers of mosquitoes around the home, in parks and on golf courses. Report standing water to appropriate maintenance personnel.

Clean out eaves troughs and down spouts of leaves and other debris that slows drainage.

Ditches must be kept free of vegetation and other debris to promote rapid drainage, and pond edges should be kept clean of cattails and other aquatic vegetation. This is where mosquito larvae develop and mature. To reduce the number of adult mosquitoes in your yard:


Keep your lawn mowed as short as is practical.


Keep all ornamental shrubs and bushes trimmed and pruned to open them up to light and air flow. This will not only give mosquitoes one less place to hide, but will promote growth and vigor in the plant.

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Hybrid forms of the common house mosquito may serve as vectors between birds, humans

From Science Daily

Scientists have long suspected that mosquitoes that feed on both humans and birds are responsible for allowing diseases common only to birds to be transferred to humans.  The issue was that typically mosquitoes have a blood preference for either humans or mosquitoes, but not both.  Some common house mosquitoes in Austria are proving this theory incorrect, however, as researchers there have sampled 1,500 house mosquitoes and found that a hybrid mosquito exists, and may be responsible for disease transmission across species.

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Backyard Mosquito Management

From Beyond Pesticides

Practices that do not poison you or the environment

Insecticides and Pesticides will help control mosquitoes to a certain degree, but these is a cost.  Pesticides and Insecticides can have detrimental effects on human health, as well as the ecosystem.  This post from Beyond Pesticides presents different ways to combat the disease-spreading mosquito without resorting to potentially harmful chemicals and insecticides.

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Published in Mosquito Control
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 00:00

Recipe For Homemade Mosquito Repellent

Homemade Basil Mosquito Repellent

From Mommypotamus

Sometimes, it is instructive to return to the past in order to solve a problem.  Fighting against mosquitoes is no exception, says this post from Mommypotamus.  This post says that Basil has long been used to keep blood-sucking mosquitoes at bay.  This recipe, which includes a secret surprise ingredient (hint:  Russian Spirit), supposedly will protect you from swarming and biting mosquitoes.  Why not give it a try?

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How To Rid Your Yard Of Mosquitoes – Tips That Really Work

From BugOfff.com

 

When it comes to trying to keep mosquitoes out of one's yard, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.  Some remedies and methods are backed with good science, and some are simply old wife's tales, passed down through the generations.  This post from Bug Offf presents some real, scientifically backed tips and methods that are proven, and not based on myth.  Attacking the mosquitoes where they breed, removing their potential breeding areas, using the right insecticides and larvacides, and avoiding some potential pitfalls represent the substance of this informative post.

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Bug Off!

Which mosquito repellents work best?

From Slate.com

While most people automatically reach for a DEET-based mosquito repellent when necessary, recent research suggests that DEET can be harmful.  Wouldn't it be great if someone were to test the commercially-available, DEET alternative mosquito repellents to see if they actually work?  This post from Slate.com tests out two categories of personal repellents:  Chemical Agents and natural treatments, to see if any of these actually provide the protection from mosquito vector diseases that is required.

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