mosquito control

Homemade Mosquito Repellant

From Pinterest

Those of us who are dedicated to doing things ourselves are accustomed to digging for information on the internet.  If one is looking to tackle the mosquito problem on one's own, where is one to turn?  Doing a Google search can be overwhelming, providing too much information.  Pinterest may just be the answer for which one is looking.  This post gives an entire board of Pinterest dedicated to the DIY mosquito soldier.  These handy pins give homemade recipies, techniques, and ideas to fight mosquitoes in one's yard without purchasing a ready-made product to do so.

Here is an example of one of the pins:

Published in Mosquito Control
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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Store-Bought and Homemade Natural Mosquito & Insect Repellents

From Good Housekeeping

Combatting mosquitoes requires an intelligent approach, and some good common sense.  In addition to knowing the enemy, its behaviors, and its preferences, it is smart to know what weapons are necessary to bring to the fight.  This post from Good Housekeeping gives some sound advice on all of these fronts, to help you take an intelligent approach to winning the war against Mosquitoes and the diseases that they spread to your family.

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Fleas, Ticks, Mosquitoes - Prevention and Treatment

From PAW Rescue

You are probably aware of the West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, Malaria, etc.  These diseases are transmitted to humans via mosquito bites.  What you may not realize is that some of these diseases can actually affect your pets as well.  Heartworm is transmitted to dogs by mosquitoes, and dogs have been known to contract West Nile Virus, although more infrequently than humans.  This post from PAW Rescue gives a comprehensive presentation on how to protect horses, dogs, cats, and all other pets from the dangers of biting mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects.

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Published in Mosquito Control
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 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.

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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From Full Service Aquatics

It's a relationship that has persisted as long as humankind itself.  The mosquito needs the human for his blood, and the human has no use whatsoever for this pestilent, disease-ridden pest.  Who among us actually likes the mosquito?  Recent diseases that have transferred from animals to humans via the mosquito vector have made this relationship even more strained, if that is even possible.  The good news is that there are some new technologies as well as old-school, natural, common-sense methods to help keep these blood-sucking beasts away from you and your family.  In this post from Full Service Aquatics, the history of this entomological nightmare is given, and some of the methods of killing them are given.

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Mosquitoes and man have had a bloody relationship since they first met; yet they just can't get away from each other. As mosquito and man battle for territory; who is really in control of whom is very debatable. But the battle for control rages on wherever there are wet environments. Pond and water garden keepers may not contribute to the mosquito population problem as much as many may think. It could even be possible that installing a pond or water garden can help in the battle for territory between man and fly being one of the best forms of mosquito control out there.  

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West Nile Virus

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

West Nile Virus is here , and it is scary.  Transmitted by biting female mosquitoes, the disease can be deadly.  How do you keep up with the latest news and information about this rapidly-spreading scourge?  The CDC has this handy informational website that has everything that you need to know about West Nile Virus in one place.  Features of the site include:

  1. Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Statistics & Maps
  3. Information on Mosquito Control and Disease Prevention
  4. Symptoms and Treatment

Here is the site description:

West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

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Published in Mosquito Control
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

Chikungunyna confirmed in Texas

Texas confirms first case of mosquito-borne virus


Many have heard about the scourge of West Nile Virus, the potentially fatal disease that is transmitted by female mosquitoes.  The newest disease to be spread to the animal world to humans via mosquito vectors is Chikungunya.  Chikungunya's symptoms include spiking fevers and extreme pain in joints and muscles, lasting up to two weeks.  The first case of Chikunguyna is now confirmed in Texas, as this post from informs us.

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Chikungunya is spread to people by Aedes mosquitoes. These type of mosquitoes are active and bite during the day, according to health officials.

Symptoms include high fever, severe joint pain, muscle aches, headaches and rashes but it is usually not fatal. Officials say the sickness lasts about a week before patients start feeling better. In some cases, people can develop long-term joint pain.

Chikungunya is not contagious from person to person contact. However, a person with the virus can become a source for a mosquito that can then spread it through bites.

The presence of chikungunya is expected to increase in the U.S. because of the number of travelers traveling to and from the Caribbean and the Pacific. There have also been outbreaks in Africa, Southern Europe, southeast Asia and island in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

The DSHS encourages people to prevent chikungunya by using the following precautions:

Use an approved insect repellent each time you go outside. Follow label instructions
Drain standing water so mosquitoes cannot breed
Wear long sleeves and pants when outside
Use air conditioning or make sure doors and windows are screened to keep mosquitoes outside

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Protection Against West Nile Virus Starts At Home

From CBS Dallas/Ft. Worth

West Nile Virus and Chikunguyna Virus are the mosquito-borne viruses that have hit the United States with a vengeance.  Originating in the Carribean, Chikungunya is the newest virus to appear in the U.S. that is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites.  While most likely not fatal, the symptoms of the virus are extreme pain and high fevers.  The best way to prevent infection is to avoid contact with mosquitoes.  While you could have your yard sprayed every two to three weeks to hopefully keep the mosquitoes away, the spray will not make contact with the mosquitoes at every stage of their life cycle.  The best way for permanent, continuous, automatic mosquito control is a misting system from Bug Off Mister.  Don't let these tropical viruses affect your family!

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The searing summer heat is still a few weeks away, but health officials say a perennial summer worry has already arrived: West Nile virus.
"Yeah, I heard that on the news," says Bruce Chrimes. His backyard garden and vegetable stand keeps him outdoors for much of the day, in a Cedar Hill neighborhood where Dallas County's first mosquito pool has tested positive for West Nile.

Health officials are, of course, encouraging residents to dump standing water, wear long sleeves and insect repellants. But, this this year the message is being expanded to urge residents to wear insect repellant anytime they're outdoors because of a new threat that's coming.
"Chikungunya is a new virus that they're predicting that we will see in 2-3 years," says Thompson. "The specific mosquito that will be carrying this new virus, it's going to be a daytime mosquito."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common symptoms of Chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash. Like West Nile fever, there is no vaccine to guard against the disease.
Outbreaks have been reported in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The Chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean in late 2013.
According to Thompson, there have been no reported cases in the United States, but the CDC and state health officials are urging local health departments to start working on changing behaviors, now.

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Prevention & Control

From CDC

West Nile Virus is making its way across the United States once again. Transmitted from Birds to Mosquitoes, and then to Humans, the West Nile Virus is a scourge that will not go away.  Taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites is the best way to avoid contracting the disease.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presents this post in an effort to educate the public about best practices to avoid contracting the disease.  Installing a permanent, automatic mosquito misting system from Bug Off Mister is the best, most efficient way to keep these harmful female mosquitoes away from your family.

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The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Be aware of the West Nile virus activity in your area and take action to protect yourself and your family.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions.
More information about insect repellents can be found here.

When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.

Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Use your air conditioning, if you have it.
Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

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