mosquito control

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 00:00

Is Mosquito Control A Losing Proposition?

Why Researchers Can't Control Mosquitoes

From ABC News

According to this post from ABC News, there are around 3,000 different mosquito species around the world, and around 50-60 species that transmit serious diseases to humans.  This as much as anything else explains why erradicating them can seem like an uphill battle.  Mosquitoes are adaptable, and grow resistant to human methods for erasing them.  The post goes on to posit some potential methods for success, but recognizes that this is a battle that will require vigilance.

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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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Information on Mosquito Control


For most homeowners, the idea of mosquito control doesn't extend beyond relying on their municipality to spray and to apply store bought mosquito repellent.  This method doesn't reduce the likelihood of contracting one of the many harmful diseases that can be spread to humans via mosquito bites such as west nile virus, chikunguna and zika.  This post from the State of California discusses all aspects of mosquito control, including what the homeowner is actually doing unwittingly to make the problem worse.  This is a comprehensive look at mosquitoes, their habits, and how to do one's part in keeping the populations at bay to protect one's family.

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



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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Possible Mosquito-Breeding Sources in Your Yard

From Santa Clara County Vector Control District

Are you one of the many people who have tried to control the rampant mosquito population in your backyard, only to realize that you are fighting a losing battle?  It seems as though no matter how much you spray, fog, and apply repellent, the mosquitoes not only keep coming back in waves, but they seem to keep multiplying.  It could be that you are overlooking the secret and hidden areas of your property that are actually providing an ideal breeding ground for the mosquito population.  This post from Santa Clara County in California gives a great chart that illustrates the areas of your property that are likely ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.  Paying attention to and correcting the issues in these areas will help cut the mosquito population in your backyard greatly, and will help you be able to get ahead of the swarm once and for all.

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Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

Plant a Mosquito-Proof Outdoor Living Space

Grow Safe, Natural Mosquito Repellents

From Mother Earth News

These natural mosquito repellents, such as mosquito-repellent plants and homemade mosquito traps, will help you have a less buggy summer.

Trying to keep mosquitoes at bay can seem like a losing battle.  Most people will simply head to the store and pick up a mosquito repellent, most of which are based on a chemical known as DEET.  Unfortunately, studies are now appearing that show this ubiquitous mosquito repellent that is readily purchased in over-the-counter mosquito sprays is potentially very harmful to humans.  People that want to solve this pressing problem in a more natural way are looking for alternatives to chemical pesticides.  This post from Mother Earth News helps these people steer clear of land mines by exposing some natural mosquito control myths, as well as some proven methods for actually keeping mosquitoes at bay.

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The Best, Safest All Natural Mosquito Repellents

From Healthy Living

When it has been wet and humid, mosquitoes are rampant.  These are the ideal conditions for the mosquito to perpetuate their species, and they do so with abandon.  If you want to enjoy the last few weeks of summer, you will have to deal with these biting, disease-spreading pests.  The method which you choose, however, could be as important as the act of choosing.  Recent research has linked DEET to potential health risks for humans and pets, and most over the counter mosquito repellents contain DEET or other harmful chemicals.  This post from Healthy Living shares some great natural methods for controlling mosquitoes in your backyard without resorting to potentially harmful chemicals.

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From Elk Grove Village, IL

Most urban municipalities have programs and resources in place for mosquito control.  The overwhelming majority of residents in any commmunity rely on these methods as their sole means of mosquito control.  This is a mistake, as is illustrated in this post by Elk Grove Village, IL's municipal website.  The homeowner must take steps to control mosquitoes in and around their home, as macro control methods like those employed by municipalities don't account for standing water, rain barrels, junk or old toys, old playsets, swimming pools, wading pools, leaky pipes, pet bowls, vegetation, etc.  Being an active participant in killing and controlling mosquito populations by taking control of your own propery makes one part of the solution.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 00:00

Mosquito Control Tips For Gardeners

Backyard Mosquito Control – Mosquito Repellent & Other Methods Of Mosquito Control

From Gardening Know How

Who would need mosquito control more than a gardener?  The gardener is not only outside for long periods of time where mosquitoes can easily prey on them, but they are constantly in wet, stagnant, grassy areas where mosqutioes like to breed and live.  This post from Gardening Know How identifies some areas that are often overlooked where mosquitoes prefer to breed, and gives some great mosquito control information on how to keep them away from the gardener as well as the outdoor enthusiast.

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