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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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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Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00

Reviews Of The Top 10 Mosquito Killers

Top 10 Best Mosquito Killers 2015 Reviews

From Products Review

If you are a tech savvy individual and like to go about controlling the rampant mosquito population in your backyard without harmful chemicals, this post is definitely for you.  Mosquito traps, zappers, and devices to control mosquitoes are all over the marketplace, but do they actuall work to control the disease-spreading mosquitoes and keep them from harming your family and pets?  This post from Products Review gives you the straight skinny on the top 10 mosquito-killing devices and rates them for efficacy.

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Life scientists streamline cutting-edge technique to edit mosquito genome

From Phys.org

We've all heard of Dolly, the cloned sheep.  Dolly was most people's introduction into the world of genomics, or the study and manipulation of DNA, the basic building blocks of life.  While scientists are studying the different chromosomes that make up the genetic chain to help identify myriad areas of pathology in humans and animals, they are also studying how to manipulate the genes to achieve desired outcomes.  In this post from Phys.org, scientists are making strides in an effort to catalogue and possible alter Mosquito DNA, which could eventually be the most effective form of mosquito disease control ever realized.

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Writing in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers revealed an improved way to study genes in mosquitoes using a genome-editing method known as CRISPR-Cas9, which exploded onto the life science scene in 2012.
Editing the genome of an organism allows scientists to study it by deleting certain genes to observe how the organism is affected, or even to add new genes. The new technique makes the editing process more efficient and may accelerate efforts to develop novel mosquito-control or disease-prevention strategies.

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Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

Time To Plant Mosquito-Repelling Plants

List of pest-repelling plants

From Wikipedia

There are 23 days until the official start of Spring.  Spring means many things to many people, but one of the unfortunate features of spring and summer are the increase and activity of biting mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests.  It is never too early to start thinking about mosquito control, and one of the best ways is to have mosquito-repelling plants surrounding the green areas of your home.  This list from Wikipedia will give you a jump start on planning your bug-free green space this Spring and Summer.

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This list of pest-repelling plants includes plants known for their ability to repel insects, nematodes, and other pests. They may be used in companion planting for pest control in agricultural and garden situations, and in households.

The essential oils of many plants are also well known for their pest-repellent properties. Oils from the families Lamiaceae (mints), Poaceae (true grasses), and Pinaceae (pines) are common insect repellents worldwide.[1]

Plants that can be planted or used fresh to deter pests include:

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5 Ways To Keep Mosquitoes Away

From Allwomenstalk

It's easy to forget about mosquitoes and biting insects when the weather is below zero and all you can see out your window is a whitewash of snow.  Spring is officially just over 3 weeks away, however, and if last year is any indication, mosquito activity can start as early as April.  Increases in diseases that were spread by biting mosquitoes and ticks such as West Nile, Lyme Disease, and Chikungunya were staggering last year.  The best way to protect your family is to have a mosquito abatement plan, or better yet, an automatic on-demand system from Bug Off Mister.  This post from Allwomenstalk gives you 5 ways to avoid the mosquito problem this year.  Try these methods for yourself and see if they help protect your family.

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There's nothing more frustrating than trying to spend some quality #time outside in the yard and being bombarded by mosquitoes. Numerous ways exist for repelling mosquitoes and I've listed 5 of them #below. See if any of these 5 ways to keep mosquitoes away will work for you. If you've already found something that works well, then please feel free to share it.

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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
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.

ROSEMARY
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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Prevent Mosquito and Tick Bites

From U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

With the proliferation of mosquito populations worldwide and the associated diseases that they invariably carry and spread, there exists no shortage of information on mosquito control and prevention of bites.  Some of the information can be conflicting, so who can you trust?  This post from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services answers that question definitively: The U.S. Government!

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The Basics

Take steps to avoid bites from mosquitoes and ticks.

Get rid of standing (still) water around your home to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs nearby.
Cut back brush and tall grasses around your home and rake up fallen leaves to keep ticks away.
Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks.
Use bug repellent (also called bug spray or insect repellent) on your skin and clothing.
Check everyone for ticks after spending time outside.
Take a shower after going back inside to help wash away ticks.
Use a veterinarian-approved tick collar or spot-on repellent on your pets. And remember to check your pets for ticks.

Use bug (insect) repellent.
Bug repellent makes it harder for mosquitoes and ticks to find you.

What type of repellent do I need?

To avoid tick and mosquito bites, use a spray or lotion with 20 to 30% DEET. Check the label.
You can also look for repellents with 20 to 30% picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 to avoid mosquito bites.
It's a good idea to use sunscreen when you are outside, but get a separate sunscreen lotion. Don't use bug repellent that has sunscreen already mixed in.
Use a spray with permethrin on your clothes, shoes, and camping gear to repel and kill ticks. Never use permethrin directly on your skin.

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