mosquito control

Mosquito Repellent or Mosquito Killer?

From Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District

Its similar to the age old question of the chicken or the egg:  Is it better to repel mosquitoes so they never get to you, or to kill them before they have a chance to get to anyone?  Is there really a big difference?  What are the different means and methods for both of these approaches, and how difficult are they?  These questions and more are answered in this post by Compton Creek MAD, so you will be better prepared to win the war against mosquitoes.

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Monday, 10 August 2015 00:00

How To Build Your Very Own Mosquito Trap

MOSQUITO KILLER TRAP

From Instructables

If you are the type of person that not only likes to do things yourself, but also like to preserve the environment, then this post by Instructables is definitely for you.  Using DEET based mosquito repellents can be harmful, expensive, and ineffective.  Additionally, they don't fulfill your need to craft somethiing with your own hands rather than go the "store bought" route.  

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Friday, 07 August 2015 00:00

33 Amazing Facts About Mosquitoes

Mosquito Facts - 33 Things You Didn't Know About Mosquitoes

From Megacatch

Mosquitoes are very unusual creatures.  They seem to have no real purpose in life other than to procreate and spread diseases to humans.  This post from megacatch presents some very strange facts about them that will actually make them seem even weirder.  For example, did you know that mosquitoes can drink up to three times their own weight in blood?  Did you know that mosquitoes hibernate, not unlike a grizzly bear?  The post also presents some chilling facts about mosquitoes, as well as some proven ways to keep them away from you and your family.

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How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes: Testing 11 Homemade Remedies

From Huffington Post

Ever wondered if your grandmothers natural method for repelling and controlling mosquitoes really works?  Maybe you heard of a method somewhere and never had the opportunity to try it?  This post from Huffington Post puts these wifes tales and urban legends to the test.  See if the natural mosquito control remedy that you have always wanted to try actually stands up to the test!

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How to kill mosquitoes naturally

From Mother Nature Network

DEET, the ingredient most commonly associated with Mosquito control, could potentially be harmful to humans and pets long-term.  Most people who actually attempt to win the war against mosquitoes come around to learning this fact.  Are there any alternatives to this potentially harmful chemical?  Mosquitoes aren't going away, and aren't going to stop sucking human blood to propagate their species.  This post from MNN talks about proven, natural methods to control and repel mosquitoes.  The post talks about larval control, and utilizing easy control techniques without harmful chemicals to help win the war against this pest.

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What Attracts Mosquitoes and How to Repel Them

From Mercola

Have you ever wondered why the pesky and deadly mosquito is compelled to bite you?  These blood-sucking pests are clearly a nuisance, but why do they act like robotic vampires and try to ruin your summer?  In order to combat mosquito populations in your backyard, it is always helpful to understand why they want to attack you.  This post from Mercola outlines what motivates the mosquito, why they need your blood, and what you can do to thwart their efforts.

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Summertime calls most of us to spend time outdoors, but this means we must share our space with mosquitoes. Scientists say that about one in five people are especially appetizing targets for the little bloodsuckers... are you one of them?

Of the 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world, roughly 200 can be found in the US, which all differ in their persistence, biting habits, and ability to transmit disease.

Protecting yourself from mosquito bites not only prevents that horrid itching but can also lessen your chances of contracting several mosquito-borne illnesses, such as encephalitis, yellow fever, malaria, West Nile virus, or dengue.

It is estimated that between one and two million people worldwide die each year from mosquito-borne illnesses, the most common being malaria.1

Most commercial insect repellants contain a chemical called DEET, which should be used with caution, if at all. Many studies have found DEET to have harmful effects.

Fortunately, there are plenty of tricks for keeping biting bugs at bay, and they don't involve applying toxic chemicals to your skin. There are also several natural remedies that can help take the sting out of your insect bites, should your preventative efforts fail.

Although the above video is highly informative, it is dangerously wrong at the end as it states that insect repellants with DEET are the only ones that work. That is simply untrue as there are many safer and effective alternatives, like the bug spray we have in our store.

Mosquitoes Plan Their Attack from Behind the 50-Yard-Line

Mosquitoes are attracted to a number of chemical compounds that they can detect from an impressive 50 yards away. The males are not interested in your blood, but the females are a different story, thirsting after the protein and iron in your blood to produce their eggs.

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Friday, 24 July 2015 00:00

How To Build A Mosquito-Killing Pond

Mosquito Killing Pond - FAST & CHEAP!

From Instructables

There are many different approaches to controlling and killing mosquito populations in your yard.  Most people opt for some form of insecticide or larvacide either through a fogging, misting, or backpack spraying service or service.  Those with an aversion to chemicals, or have a desire to be as natural and environmentally friendly as possible will love this post from Instructables, however.  This post is a DIY guide to building a mosqutio-killing pond environment cheaply, easily, and quickly.  You won't believe what the active agent is!

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Mosquito Killers

From Snopes.com

Its not surprising that in the ongoing struggle between humans and mosquitoes, the humans are forever looking for an effective, natural, and inexpensive solution.  It is this very motivation, says this post from Snopes.com, that may have spawned the idea that store bought dish soap or a commonly-used agent to combat bad breath and gum disease can kill mosquitoes and help keep them away from one's family.  Check out this post from Snopes that gives the definitive answer as to whether these apocryphal methods are actually effective, or folly.

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Origins: The ongoing war between man and bug prompts in many people a continual search for an inexpensive and effective weapon against mosquitoes, preferably something "natural" (or at least something that isn't specifically a pesticide and therefore poses less danger of harming or killing humans and their pets). The perennial struggle often leaves warriors confused about the difference between substances that kill mosquitoes, substances that merely repel them, and substances that do neither.

The good news in the mosquito wars is that one need only worry about the females of the species, because male mosquitoes don't bite. Male and female mosquitoes both feed on nectar for sustenance; the female, however, requires blood to lay her eggs. It matters not how many male mosquitoes she's been with; without the blood she draws from her victims she will not gain entry into the ranks of mosquito motherhood, so instinct drives her to take a piece out of someone. (That's the bad news, of course: mosquito bites signify that more batches of little skeeters are on the way.)


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Homemade Mosquito Trap & Indoor Mosquito Killer

From Propane Mosquito Trap

Killing and controlling mosquito populations in one's yard basically can be distilled into two major categories:  Spraying or Trapping.  There are other subcategories like larval control, misting, repellents, etc., but in order to attack the swarm from the top down to begin the control process it requires a macro approach at first.  Under the trapping category, one can look to propane traps, bug zapper, and the like;  or they can use plain old ingenuity to build a DIY mosquito trap.  This post from Propane Mosquito Trap provides information on both of these fronts, providing a guide to a DIY mosquito trap as well as providing reviews for the store-bought trap varieties.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 00:00

Control Mosquitoes The Natural Way

Natural Backyard Mosquito Control

From The Dollar Stretcher

Ever thought about putting in a Bat House for mosquito control?  That simple act of inviting bats into your yard can actually make a huge difference in the safety of your family and pets because mosquitoes eat tens of thousands of mosquitoes every evening.  What about planting Lemongrass plants, or wearing a "Bounce" brand dryer sheet in your pocket when you are in the backyard?  These and many more natural mosquito control methods are presented in this informative post from The Dollar Stretcher, and, as the name of the website intimates, they are inexpensive as well!

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