mosquito control

How to keep mosquitoes away


Mosquitoes can be an indoor problem as well as an outdoor problem.  Mosquitoes can penetrate the home through ventilation systems, and spread harmful diseases like Dengue Fever into the home.  This video from KGNS TV gives some common areas that mosquitoes breed, such as empty tires and areas of standing water, and also talks about the warning signs of Dengue Fever.

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LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - It's a time of year when Laredo Health staff want you to know how to keep mosquitoes away.

The Laredo Health Department say mosquito bites increase the risk of dengue fever and similar diseases.

They say to make sure to check your ventilation system and filters inside your home so that mosquitoes don't get sucked in.

The easiest thing to do is go out into your yard to remove standing water and any objects that don't need to be there.

Especially keep an eye out for tires.

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Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00

5 Inexpensive and Easy Ways To Repel Mosquitoes

Five Easy (and Mostly Inexpensive) Ways to Control Mosquitoes

From Quicken Loans

When it comes to battling the annoying and potentially harmful mosquitoes that are buzzing around your home and yard, there are several methods that you can use.  This battle can take time, and unfortunately, a good deal of money before victory can be claimed.  This post from Quicken Loans gives you some practical, inexpensive, and easy techniques that the smart money person can use to battle this ugly situation.  The post even makes a suggestion for a more costly method, should you be someone who doesn't pinch pennies.

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It's summertime! The weather is warm and the sun's shining. It's time to break out the grills and invite all your friends and family over for summer parties.

Unfortunately, along with friends and family come those pesky uninvited guests that you wish would just go away – forever! No I'm not talking about your crazy Aunt Geraldine or that neighbor who shows up with empty hands and stays way too long. No, I'm talking about mosquitoes. Although it's almost impossible to get rid of all mosquitoes from your property, here are a few steps you can take to greatly help limit the amount of mosquitoes that will show to party with you and your guests.

Limit still water on your property to reduce mosquito larvae

The first thing you should do to cut back on mosquitoes is to eliminate their breeding grounds. Mosquitoes need water to breed. Stagnant water or moist soil is where adult mosquitoes lay eggs. By limiting water on your property, you'll be less likely to be bothered by these pests. After a heavy ran walk around your property and make sure there isn't any obvious standing water. If you have an area with standing water (more than a day or so after it rains) consider leveling off that area so the water drains.

Clean up places where water can build up and you'll clean up mosquitoes

Keep all containers, such as recycling bins, garbage cans and other storage containers dry. Make sure to put holes on the bottom of the containers for drainage and not on the sides. Check your gutters to make sure they are free from debris so water does not build up in them. Also make sure the gutter drain is free from debris and standing water cannot build up around the drain. Check flower pot bases; water sitting in the bases is an often overlooked mosquito paradise. Change water in animal dishes outside and birdbaths at least once a day.

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6 Ways to Naturally Keep Mosquitoes Away

From Everyday Family

There is no shortage of oils, gels, sprays, and other gimmicks to repel mosquitoes.  Do any of these chemically-laden methods actually work?  Some homeowners may have experienced intermittent or varying degrees of success with some or all of these, but eventually the mosquitoes keep coming back.  In fact, this post from Everyday Family points out, a child dies every 30 seconds from Malaria, which is transmitted by Mosquito bites.  Further, the chemicals that are utilized in these store-bought mosquito control methods often contain DEET or other potentially harmful chemicals that can have long term effects on your family and pets.  This post gives some little-known natural methods that are readily available to combat this scourge, and lets you know how effective each of them can be.

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BuzzEnder Mosquito Repellent Patches
These are citronella-infused patches for your clothing. Many reviewers for this product love the fact that nothing ever touches their child's skin, and that they seem to do the trick for repelling mosquitoes in any normal environment (not including the deep woods). The qualms for this product? They are a bit pricey, and you may need more than one patch in order to get optimal coverage. Another tip from reviewers is to make sure the patches are used on the backside of your children, so they don't pick at them, because skin contact is not recommended.

{ MORE: Bug Bites and Stings }

BugBand Mosquito Repelling Wristband
There are very mixed reviews on this product. At about $5 a pop, they're certainly not the cheapest option. Those who love them really love them and rave about how well they work (each getting up to 120 hours of usage, if sealed between usages). And for those who don't like them, they are very angry about it!
For my kids, these were a bust because they wouldn't keep the wristbands on! I should've known. My daughter, who loves all things Hello Kitty (by the way, can we all agree to help end this obsession?), won't even keep any Hello Kitty jewelry on. Perhaps they may have been effective if my children had kept the wristbands on, because the bands sure stink like they should work.
The wristbands are also DEET free.

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How To REALLY Keep Mosquitoes Away All Summer! This Is SO Easy And Cheap, I Need To Try This!

From PetFlow

Lifehacks are simple little tricks that anyone can do, usually with materials that are laying around the house, that can improve one's life for the better.  This particular Lifehack is a way to build one's own Mosquito Magnet, or Mosquito Trap.  This is an all natural, chemical free way to attract moquitoes to their eventual demise, and has the potential to help decrease the mosquito populations around your yard quickly and easily.  

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he summer is such a wonderful time to be outside enjoying life, but if you live anywhere near trees, you know that mosquitoes can sometimes get the best of you! Nothing drives a person inside faster than a horde of hungry mosquitoes that just won't quit!

I'm also not a big fan of chemical bug spray – I don't like the idea of spraying that stuff on myself, my kids, or even my pets! I've always wondered if there was an effective way to keep the bugs away without the possibility of chemicals seeping our clothes and skin – and you know what? I think I've found it!

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Keep Mosquitoes Away... Without Bug Repellent!

From RV Geeks

Tired of trying to deal with the mosquito scourge with smelly and potentially harmful DEET-based sprays, gels, and wristbands?  There is a simple, cost-effective and easy to use solution that is right under your nose.  This post from RV Geeks presents the most ingenoius method for dealing with these flying and biting pests, and you won't believe how simple this is!  While this technique won't protect you when you are out and about exploring the wilderness, it will definitely make for mosquito-free nights on the patio, deck, or by the pool.

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Like most RVers, we love the outdoors. But when the mosquitoes fly, we hate having to cover ourselves with slimy, smelly, or even toxic (for products containing DEET) insect repellent. Citronella candles and other repellents don't seem to work much better and those expensive mosquito magnets seem to draw them in from all over the place. Summer dinners on the patio can be a real pain sometimes. When it gets bad enough, it's easier to just give up and head inside.

When we're out and about, hiking, canoeing, or other outdoor activities, this technique won't help. But for relaxing on the patio, especially around dinner time, when the mosquitoes are most active, this 100% non-toxic little trick works surprisingly well.

Since we learned this technique for keeping mosquitoes mostly at bay, we've been enjoying summer dinners outside more often, even when the air is still. Since the little buggers are lousy aviators — they can only fly at about 1 to 1.5 MPH — all it takes is a little wind to keep them away. If it doesn't happen to be windy on the day of your picnic, you can easily make a little wind of your own.

Hope this tip helps you enjoy your summer more too!

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Try it Today! 8 Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes Away

From The Survival Mom

When it comes to keeping biting and disease-transmitting mosquitoes at bay and away from your family and pets, there exists no shortage of methods.  Most people are familiar with the sprays, gels, bracelets, and candles available at the local drugstore.  This post from The Survival Mom presents those, plus a list of others that may be useful for you to try to solve this increasingly disturbing issue.  Why not employ multiple methods to attempt to keep mosqutioes away?  Sometimes layers of protection can be the homeowner's best bet.

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Many are carriers of extremely harmful human and livestock diseases, such as malaria and yellow fever. Only female mosquitoes bite, and suck blood, injecting their prey with saliva that makes the blood flow easily, and causes a bite to itch.

8 Tips for Keeping Mosquitoes Away
Here are some tips to help defend, and keep the whole family protected this summer from those blood sucking nuisances. If you're plagued with mosquitoes, try one or more of these today!

1. Sprays, bracelets, and patches. There are many options out there when it comes to sprays, bracelets, and patches. Some have natural ingredients, and others have a few added chemicals. If you select a product with the active ingredient, Deet, it is recommended to select one that contains no more than 30%. As overexposure to Deet can cause side effects. Going with a 15% deet spray, and reapplying it after the recommended application time will work fine for a long term bug protection. Also apply sparingly to exposed skin and mostly to clothing.

2. Candles, torches, and smoke. Citronella candles and infused torch oil help combat the pests. There are also incense coils that smolder and give off a fume that repels mosquitoes. If you want to keep it even more natural, try making your own dried herb bundles and burning them.

3. Electronics. There are plug-ins that you can buy for indoor use. Add one to each main living space. These work incredibly well if you live in an area where mosquitoes are overwhelming in population. Try changing outdoor light bulbs to special yellow bulbs that are less likely to attract bugs. Also turn on a fan. With the slight breeze it makes it harder for mosquitoes to navigate and land for that bite. I've also found a "Personal Pest Control Appliance" you may want to check out.

4. Repelling Plants. Add a few of these plants around the garden and they will help discourage mosquitoes: citronella grass, catnip, marigolds, horse mint, lemon balm, and ageratum.

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Tips to keep mosquitoes away

From Fox News

With the temperatures steadily dropping and the nights getting shorter, its easy to forget how troublesome and dangerous the burgeoning mosquito populations have been.  The diseases that are being spread by mosquitoes are increasing in frequency and potency, and controlling mosquitoes has become increasingly more important for homeowners to consider.  This post from Fox News gives you some great tips to start planning around and thinking about for keeping your family safe from mosquito vector diseases when the weather breaks again in a few short months.

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If you are one of 10 people who may be "extremely attractive" to biting mosquitoes, listen up. In these cases there may be differences in body chemistry, scents and even changes in carbon dioxide you exhale that may lead to more bites.

Remember, this is no joke: We are seeing near-record epidemic levels in more than a dozen states associated with recent outbreaks of West Nile Virus, due to "infected" mosquitoes each year. In some individuals, particularly those older than 50, as well as those with compromised immune systems, this illness can pose real danger and cause severe illness. We are seeing a greater increase in neuro-invasive disease, such as encephalitis that can lead to paralysis and even death.

Here are some ways to help reduce the bite:

• Reduce standing water and fix broken screen doors/windows

• Use enough of insect repellent and reapply according to label [] to cover exposed skin

• Wash insect repellent off when you come inside after exposure

• Never spray directly to your face; apply to hands and then facial areas

• Always apply to repellent to yourself first, and then to your child. Do not apply to your child's fingers, hands or near the mouth

• Choose the correct concentration of DEET for your outdoor activity

• The higher concentrations of active "repellent" will provide longer duration of protection, and products with ≤10 percent active ingredient may offer only short and limited protection/

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How To Keep Mosquitoes Away

From One Minute Astronomer

You don't have to be an astronomer to realize that stargazing on a lovely summer night can be a harrowing experience when dealing with biting mosquitoes.  Not only are they a nuisance, their bites spread potentially fatal diseases to humans and pets.  Whether you are an amateur astronomer trying to make observations in the summer night sky, or just a regular homeowner trying to enjoy a warm summer night outside with your family, mosquitoes can be an unwelcome accompaniment to your evening.  This post from One Minute Astronomer outlines the travails of a stargazer dealing with this pesky problem, including a little-known fact about mosquito repellents effects on the sophisticated and expensive optics that are utilized by astronomers.

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Once I get going on a night's observations, not much can stop me. The cold doesn't bother me. I don't mind the fatigue, the eyestrain, or the strange noises in the night.

But I cannot stand mosquitoes.

My exasperation with mosquitoes comes from my younger days. As a kid in northern Ontario, I'd head out on a dark summer night to sweep the stars of Sagittarius or Scorpius. But in mosquito season, I never lasted long. The critters would attack every inch of exposed skin, flying up my nose and in my eyes and ears, and generally drive me as crazy as a lab rat. Some mornings I'd wake with a face swollen from the toxin of dozens of bug bites.

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Tuesday, 04 November 2014 00:00

The All Natural Way To Ward Off Mosquitoes

How to fight mosquitoes the all natural way


Tired of resorting to caustic DEET based sprays from the grocery or drug store to ward off the moquitoes?  Those sprays are not only expensive, they are potentially harmful to your family and pets.  Additionally, are you noticing any difference in the mosquito poplulation while using these products?  Do you think you have fewer mosquitoes in your yard that can potentially harm your family and pets?  This post from WISH TV offers some unique natural remedies to the mosquito scourge that don't involve any expensive or potentially harmful chemicals and are inexpensive to buy and use.

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A lot of people usually run to the store and stock up on products that contain deet to keep mosquitoes away. But you really don't have to do that — certain types of herbs and plants can do the job too.

"I never use any chemicals. I usually use natural products," said Norma Mendoza.

Mendoza said she's been attacked by mosquitoes so much she created her own remedy to fight back. Her product of choice: green tea and eucalyptus.

Rick Habig of Habig's Garden Shops agrees with the all natural way to keep the mosquitoes away. He said scented geraniums or a lemon grass plant will also do the job.

"All you've got to do is stir it up a little bit. It puts off, it activates the aroma to ward off mosquitoes," Habig said. "One plant is not going to solve the problem, but it does definitely help."

Many people buy citronella candles to keep the pest away, but did you know sprigs of sage and rosemary can also do the trick? Habig said toss the two herbs together over hot coals and the pests will go away.

"When you burn that, that emits an odor to keep mosquitoes away from your patio," he said.

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Neighborhood Abuzz, Bat Houses Keeping Mosquitoes Away

From CBS Dallas

File this under a natural, if not unusual method for eliminating pesky and potentially harmful mosquitoes from your yard.  A family in Dallas tried everything, according to this post from CBS Dallas, including "sprays, candles, even an expensive propane-powered mosquito trap to keep mosquitoes away".  Nothing was working for this homeowner, so he decided to install a bat house.  You may have heard that bats can eat 1,000 or more mosquitoes per hour.  This particular homeowner says that his bat house is home to a bat colony consisting of 70-80 bats, with room for expansion if they want to bring more of their friends and family.  Taking out 80,000 mosquitoes in a single hour won't solve the problem, but it will certainly improve the situation naturally.  If you can deal with the squealing and screeching, and aren't squeamish about having bats flying around your yard at night, this might be an easy, inexpensive way to attack the mosquito problem in your yard.

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Homeowner Larry McCoy tried sprays, candles, even an expensive propane-powered mosquito trap to keep mosquitoes away. But nothing seemed to keep the pesky insects away from his Dallas home.
That is until he hung a bat house on the side of his house.
"Works like a champ," he said. "We can tell the difference walking down the street. The further we get away from this thing, the more we get bit."
At Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop on Mockingbird Lane, owner Ron Mills said he points his customers, who come in concerned about the West Nile Virus, to the bat houses.
While mosquitoes make up less than 5 percent of a typical Mexican free-tailed bat's diet, Mills said each bat doesn't need to eat many if you have a lot of bats.
His three chamber bat house can hold as many as 250 bats.
McCoy said the colony that lives at his bat house is made up of 70 – 80 bats.

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