mosquito control

An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it.

From WFLA

You've literally scoured the shelves of the store looking for products that keep mosquitoes away from you and your family.  You've worn the bracelets, sprayed mosquito spray all over yourself, your family, and your furniture.  You've had your yard sprayed, and you've tried bug zappers.  Exasperated, you are willing to try anything, aren't you?  A new smartphone app called the Sonic Repeller claims to keep mosquitoes away utilizing only your smartphone, so obviously you are game to give it a try, right?  This post from WFLA thought the same thing, and gave it a test run.  

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Nothing beats spending time outdoors but mosquitoes can make things miserable.
Related story: 3rd case of Chikungunya in Pinellas

"Oh they're real bad, like especially around this hole right next to the mangroves, it gets pretty bad," said Jake Kevorkian while golfing on Tuesday at Feather Sound in Pinellas County.

His partner on the course, agreed. "I think it draws me away a lot of times , a lot of times, once it rains, I really don't feel like coming back out," said Jack Maguire.

Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.

8 On Your Side wanted to know: does it really work? We went to the experts at Pinellas County Mosquito control.

I put my arms in a container full of mosquitoes with the app off, they dug in.

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Published in Mosquito Control
Monday, 08 December 2014 00:00

Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally

10 Natural ways to avoid mosquitoes this summer

From Amelia Island Mosquito Control

It won't be long, believe it or not, when swarming and biting mosquitoes are invading your yard, and carrying with them potentially deadly diseases.  Why use potentially harmful DEET-based insecticides, or even stronger and even more potentially harmful insecticides from backpack sprayers, when mother nature has already figured out how to repel these pests?  This post from Amelia Island Mosquito Control gives you a great list of natural remedies that actually work to repel and control mosquitoes.

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1. Oil of Lemon Euca­lyp­tus: Oil of lemon euca­lyp­tus is said to be one of the most effec­tive nat­ural mos­quito repel­lents on the mar­ket and is rec­om­mended by the Cen­ters of Dis­ease Con­trol. The active ingre­di­ent in oil of lemon euca­lyp­tus is cine­ole, which has sev­eral anti­sep­tic and insect repel­lent prop­er­ties when applied to the skin. Oil of lemon euca­lyp­tus also pro­vides com­pa­ra­ble pro­tec­tion to low con­cen­tra­tions of DEET.

2. Wear Light-Colored and Tightly– Woven Cloth­ing: In the heat of the summer,wearing light-colored cloth­ing not only keeps you cooler, but it also repels mos­qui­toes. These blood­suck­ing insects are attracted to dark-colores and they can eas­ily find you if you don't dress accord­ingly. In addi­tion to dress­ing lightly, be sure to pay atten­tion to how much of your skin is exposed. If you are going to be out­doors for a long period of time, you'll want to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks that cover your skin. Another tip for block­ing mos­qui­toes is to wear clothes made of tightly– woven materials

3. Oil of Cit­ronella: The cit­ronella oil that's found in out­door can­dles, torches and lanterns, and skin prod­ucts pro­vide a nat­ural and fra­grant way to keep skeeters away. Cit­ronella oil is an essen­tial oil that comes from cit­ronella grass, which can be planted for extra mosquito-repelling power. Accord­ing to the EPA, oil of cit­ronella poses lit­tle or no tox­i­c­ity risks to humans, wildlife and envi­ron­ment. How­ever, this is lit­tle chance that cit­ronella prod­ucts can cause skin irri­ta­tions in chil­dren and peo­ple with sesi­tive skin, espe­cially if applied incorrectly.

4. Soy­bean Oil: Soy­bean oil is a veg­etable oil that has been extracted from the seeds of a soy­bean. Although soy­bean oil is pre­dom­i­nately used in cook­ing, it does have an awe­some mosquito-repelling pow­ers. Soybean-oil-based repel­lents pro­tected against mos­quito bites for an aver­age of 94.6 min­utes, which is more than all other botan­i­cal repel­lents used.

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Mr. Fix-It has tips to keep the mosquitoes away all summer long

From WGN TV

With every warm and wet spring and summer comes millions and millions of biting, disease-carrying mosquitoes.  If you are one of those people who believe that consumer products can be effective in combatting these pests, then this video is for you.  In this video from WGN TV, Lou Manfredini, otherwise known as Mr. Fix it for his home improvement advice, offers a compendium of the commercially-available products for combatting mosquitoes.  From Larvacides, to candles, to foggers, to topical sprays, this will give you a pretty good idea of what is available over the counter to combat this issue.  As Mr. Fix It states in the video, a combination of these efforts will be the best way to give yourself a fighting chance in the ongoing war against mosquitoes.

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Published in Mosquito Control
Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

Eat These Foods And Ward Away Mosquito Bites

8 Foods to Defend Against Bug Bites
These common foods can be used to naturally protect against bug bites.

From Reader's Digest

The fight against biting mosquitoes seems to be a losing battle.  No matter how many sprays, gels, wristbands, or yard sprayings take place, the mosquitoes keep swarming around your family, carrying harmful and potentially deadly diseases.  News reports are riddled with information that states how certain people's blood types may actually attract mosquitoes, as well as how those who consume certain foods and beverages such as alcohol make themselves irrestistible to mosquitoes.  This post from Reader's Digest has some welcome news on this front: consume the foods in this list and actually repel these pests away!

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1. Garlic
Several days before you take a camping or hiking trip into bug-filled territory, start eating garlic. Have a clove or two every day. As you sweat out the garlic odor, it repels many insects. Maybe this is where the myth of garlic repelling bloodsuckers came from!

2. Milk
If your skin feels like it's burning up from too much sun exposure or if itchy bug bites are driving you crazy, try using a little milk paste for soothing relief. Mix one part powdered milk with two parts water and add a pinch or two of salt. Dab it on the burn or bite. The enzymes in the milk powder will help neutralize the insect-bite venom and help relieve sunburn pain.

3. Salt
For relief from the itching of mosquito and chigger bites, soak the area in salt water, then apply a coating of lard or vegetable oil.

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Keeping Mosquitoes Away

From R and C Pest Control

With multiple reports having surfaced regarding the potentially long-term harm that may be caused by the use of DEET-based insecticides, many people are searching for a more natural approach.  People are increasingly becoming aware of the fact that mother nature has already created some things that can actually repel these harmful pests, and these things can be acquired inexpensively and easily.  This post from R and C pest control gives a good rundown of some things that Humans can use and ingest that can help keep those disease-carrying pests away from you and your family.

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Nobody likes the redness, swelling, and uncontrollable itchiness that comes with a mosquito bite. Because of this, many people turn to store bought insect repellents to keep the mosquitoes away, but these repellents often contain a toxic pesticide that is dangerous to health. This pesticide is known as DEET. Heavy exposure to DEET has been linked to many health problems, and is particularly toxic to children. Read on to find out more about controlling mosquitoes in a natural way.

Homemade citronella candles

Citronella essential oil is one of the most effective natural mosquito repellents in the world, and one of the best ways to take advantage of this wonderful oil is in candles. These candles are easy to make, all natural and will release an aroma that keeps mosquitoes away. Place a few candles around your patio or garden and create a mosquito proof barrier.

Lavender

Lavender is loved by humans all over the world, but mosquitoes are not fans. To keep mosquitoes out of your home, add a drop of lavender to some ribbon and place it around open windows. The mosquitoes will think twice about entering.

Lavender body oil

Adding 30 drops of lavender essential oil to two tablespoons of vegetable oil or olive oil will help if you rub it on exposed skin. Not only will you smell great, but mosquitoes will not land on you.

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TOP EIGHT WAYS TO KEEP MOSQUITOES AWAY THIS SUMMER

From Catseye

It is never too early to start thinking about the summer, as most people experiencing the frigid winter can attest.  With the wet springs, and then the warm late Spring and Summer, the one thing that you can count on are increasing mosquito populations.  Why wait until it is too late to deal with these disease-transmitting pests?  Planning your mosquito abatement and mosquito control strategy takes time, a good plan, and the willingness to combat the mosquitoes at every turn.  That's what this post from Catseye Pest Control posits, and they give you some great strategies to help put this plan into place.

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If you live in a place where there are lots of mosquitoes or if there is lots of breeding ground for mosquitoes you definitely need to know ways to keep mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes not only cause unbearable inconvenience by stinging constantly, they can also cause fatal ailments like malaria and dengue. In fact mosquitoes are classified as the deadliest creatures on the planet because millions die of malaria all over the world every year. You should make an effort to keep mosquitoes away from you as well as your loved ones

Here are the top eight ways to keep mosquitoes away this summer:

  1. Empty any standing water that has collected on your property
  2. Make sure cisterns, cesspools, septic tanks, fire barrels, rain barrels and trash containers are covered tightly with a lid or with 16-mesh screen.
  3. Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store indoors when not in use.

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Published in Mosquito Control
Monday, 24 November 2014 00:00

Keeping Mosquitoes Away Naturally

8 Natural Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Far, Far Away

From Ecorazzi

Grandmothers and mothers have known for centuries that there are natural compounds that can heal, improve health, and solve all sorts of issues that modern science and chemistry are attempting to solve.  One of the problems that mother nature seems to have a leg up on happens to be mosquito control.  In this post by Ecorazzi, 8 of the compounds found in nature are presented for their unique ability to repel biting and harmful mosquitoes.

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Before you grab that DEET-based mosquito repellent, consider using a natural option instead. DEET, also known as diethyl-meta-toluamide, by any other name still stinks. And research proves that the main ingredient in commercial mosquito repellents leaves more than a bad odor. According to a Duke University study, it damages brain cells, can cause behavioural changes, and can have harmful interactions with some medications. The scientists also observed that it caused brain cell death in animals frequently exposed to or after prolonged use of DEET.

Additional research found that up to 15 percent of DEET is absorbed through the skin directly into the bloodstream. According to safety data sheets on diethyl-meta-toluaminde, the toxic effects of this chemical include: reproductive disturbances, genetic material mutations, and central nervous system disorders.

There's no need to suffer long-term and serious health consequences to ward off pesky mosquitoes. Choose a natural alternative that's proven to work as effectively as DEET or in some case, MORE effectively than DEET.

Here are some natural options:

1. Catnip—You can drive cats wild and make mosquitoes run in terror, according to research at Iowa State University which found that the essential oil found in the herb catnip is about 10 times more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes.

2. Citronella—the old standby. Use only pure essential oil of citronella—not fragrance oil. Oils purchased in bulk for burning are not adequate for applying topically to your skin. For your skin it is best to get a high quality citronella essential oil from a natural food store. While it's not as effective as catnip, it's still a good option.

3. Garlic—eat lots of fresh garlic—mosquitoes can't stand the stuff.

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LG mosquito-repelling air conditioner aims to help reduce malaria cases in Africa

From Gizmag

It's a noble cause, to be sure:  Attempting to ameliorate the suffering of Africans suffering from Malaria, EEE, Dengue Fever, and other mosquito vector diseases.  The electronics manufacturer LG has devised a system that purports to deter mosqutioes utilzing ultrasound technology.  The system also doubles as an air conditioner, which solves two problems in the third world.  This post from Gizmag examines the product.

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While promising vaccines and genetically-engineered mosquitoes are providing hope in the fight against malaria, it currently remains a major and potentially life-threatening problem in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. These regions are also hot and sticky, making LG's introduction of an air conditioner that it claims actively repels mosquitoes as it keeps the house cool a seemingly obvious blending of technologies.

The "Anti-Mosquito" air conditioner repels mosquitoes using ultrasonic wave technology. Pressing the "anti-mosquito button" on the unit's remote control will see a speaker within the air conditioner generate inaudible ultrasonic waves at a frequency of 30 kHz to 100 kHz.

According to LG, in tests conducted in a World Health Organization (WHO) standard 1.9 m3 Peet-Grady Chamber, the air conditioner knocked down 64 percent of malaria-transmitting female Anopheles mosquitoes within 24 hours, and eliminated 82 percent of female Anopheles mosquitoes overall.

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Snow Mosquito (Aedes communis)

From Insect Identification

When we think of biting, disease-transmitting mosquitoes, we typically think of hot, wet, muggy summer evenings.  Typically, the mosquito is a summer beast, and when the first freeze happens we think that we are out of the woods, so to speak, until at least the rainy springtime.  Enter the Snow Mosquito.  Indiginous to the Northern portions of the United States, and using melted snow puddles in which to breed and sustain themselves throughout the cold winter months, this species of mosquito presents a threat to humans for the entire year.  

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Published in Mosquito Control
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Mosquito Control In the Great White North

How Canadians keep mosquitoes at bay

From CTV News

No matter where you live, mosquito populations are vast and growing.  The mosquito problem can be even more pronounced in Canada, where woods and wet areas provide the ideal breeding grounds for these disease-carrying pests.  This post from CTV News gives some Canadian flavor to mosquito control, and explains how some Canadian locals are dealing with the problem in their own unique way.

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Mosquito season has begun, and the pesky little bugs likely won't be buzzing off until September.
Thanks to an over-abundance of water from the spring melt coupled with rising temperatures, mosquito populations have been exploding across Canada in recent weeks.
And that's inspired many to get creative in their ways of dealing with the pests.

Thanks to an over-abundance of water from the spring melt coupled with rising temperatures, mosquito populations have been exploding across Canada in recent weeks.
Stephanie Spiess and her family have experimented with mosquito coils, electric bug zappers, and most recently, a citronella plant.
"It's some kind of citronella plant," Spiess told CTV Ottawa. "I'm not sure exactly what kind it is, but it's supposed to keep the mosquitoes away."
Fellow Ottawa resident Steve Dowser usually relies on burning mosquito coils. This year, however, he's trying something new -- a home-brewed insect repellent he applies to his skin.
"Half a litre of rubbing alcohol, a hundred grams of cloves, and a hundred millilitres of baby oil," Dowser told CTV Ottawa, revealing his recipe.
His wife has an even more interesting and decidedly Canadian solution she learned from her mother.
To keep mosquitoes at bay, she burns a Tim Hortons drink tray in her backyard.
"You cut them in four," she said. "You burn a piece in each corner of your patio and they repel the mosquitoes as well."
None of these solutions have been proven to be effective, however, and Health Canada actually advises people to stay away from electric bug zappers and other electronic devices.
"Bug zappers (electrocutor traps) placed outside have not been proven effective in reducing or eliminating mosquito populations," Health Canada writes on its website.
In fact, according to Health Canada, devices designed to trap and kill mosquitoes, or repellents besides those applied directly to skin, have not been proven effective at reducing mosquito populations, even if they manage to kill many of them.

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