mosquito control

Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

Mosquito Control

Fight the Bite

From Metro Fight the Bite

Keeping mosquitoes away from you and your family seems like a never-ending battle.  Part of the reason for this relative lack of success is the fact that most mosquito treatments only attack adult airborne mosquitoes, and not the larvae.  This post from Metro Fight the Bite presents a comprehensive approach to mosquito control that every homeowner should read, as larval control is a key component to keeping the adult mosquitoes away as well.

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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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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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Natural Insect Pest Control

From Eartheasy

It's tought to think about, but let's face facts:  we share our world with ants, dust mites, cockroaches, mosquitoes, spiders, and many other biting pests.  The common methods of trying to deal with them usually involved pesticides and chemicals, which we are starting to realize can have potentially harmful effects on our family and our pets.  There are, as this post from Eartheasy explains, natural methods of insect control that can actually be quite effective.  Using natural substances that won't harm humans or pets, but repel and kill these biting insects is a safe, effective way to approach our shared existence.

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Thursday, 13 August 2015 00:00

Mosquito Control Tips That Hit Close To Home

Mosquito Control In and Around the House

From Rutgers University

Mosquito control at one's home requires a vigilant, comprehensive approach.  Understanding the life cycle of the mosquito will help one understand that just spraying one's skin or just fogging the yard every couple of weeks will not prevent mosquito populations from flourishing.  This post from Rutgers University explains the life cycle, how it applies to mosquito control, and what specific steps that a homeowner can take to start getting ahead of the mosquito problem.

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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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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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