mosquito control

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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Natural Ways to Keep Fleas, Ticks and Mosquitos Away This Summer

From homesessive

Fighting airborne, biting insects can be an exasperating battle.  You can use harmful chemicals, have your yard sprayed every 2 weeks, but they still keep coming back and keep your family at risk of disease.  This post from homesessive points out that there are ways you can help your cause, without utilizing potentially harmful chemicals.  Why not let Mother Nature help you win this battle?

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When it comes to summer time, there's usually one place we all want to be ... outside! Nothing beats hanging outdoors with friends and enjoying the nice, warm weather. Yet, unfortunately with the warm weather comes some not so welcome creatures. Whether it be mosquitos, ticks or fleas, we've got you covered to help keep them away. Gone are the days of lathering yourself with gallons of chemical sprays! Instead, try these natural ways to keep you, your friends and your pets free from these icky insects.

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

These Mosquito Myths Will Surprise You

Mosquito myths

From Mosquito World

You've probably heard that bats are voracious mosquito eaters.  It has become a popular sentiment that bats can eat so many mosquitoes that installing a bat house in your backyard can actually clear your yard of mosquiotes.  Is this really the case?  How about the fact that dryer sheets actually repel mosquitoes?  Installing a bug zapper will rid your yard of buzzing pests, right?  This post from Mosquito World debunks these popular urban legends, among many others surrounding mosquitoes. 

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Bats eat up to 600 mosquitoes an hour. This one may have gotten started with a study in which mosquitoes were released into a room full of bats while researchers counted how many they ate. The bats consumed about 10 per minute, or 600 per hour. But mosquitoes were the only insects in the room for the hungry bats to eat. Since then, studies have found that mosquitoes make up less than 1 percent of bat diets.

Purple martins are voracious mosquito predators. This is another scientific observation taken out of context. A researcher initially estimated that a purple martin would need to eat its body weight in mosquitoes, about 14,000 insects, every day in order to survive. However, like bats, purple martins actually prefer other prey, including dragonflies, which are mosquito predators. Mosquitoes make up less than 3 percent of the birds' diets.

Dryer sheets make good mosquito repellents. Several other household items are also supposed to be repellents, including banana peels and Vicks VapoRub. But repeated studies have shown that DEET is the only one that is consistently effective in blocking mosquito bites over extended periods of time. While picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus also been shown to repel mosquitoes, neither provides the same level of protection as DEET.

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5 Mosquito Repellents: Does it Work?


Ever wonder if all of the mosquito repellents that are on the shelves actually work?  That's what this post from KFVS aims to find out.  Looking at all of the commercially-available options can be daunting, to say the least.  Should you use the spray with DEET, or the other spray on the same shelf?  Should you wear the bracelet or light the candle?  This post tests 5 popular commercially-available repellents to find out what works and what doesnt.

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This week's Does it Work test features five of the newest moquito repellents, including one at-home remedy. I asked the Ziegler family of Kelso, Missouri to help.

"Smells good! We'll see if it keeps the bugs away!" says Kim, mom of three active girls.

The Zieglers of Kelso have each been trying five different mosquito-repelling products over the last few weeks. They've also worn each product at different times of the day and night to help us with our unofficial test. Hold on everybody---I'm going to hand out the grades right now!

First, we start with the newest bug spray on the market called Repel. Ten-year-old Anne used this product the most. She thinks it even smells better than most bug sprays.

"With Repel, all you gotta do is spray it on and it works!" she says.

Several weeks bites, each time Anne wore Repel.

"I like Repel the best," says Anne.

Repel easily gets an 'A' but how does it stack up to the Ziegler family favorite?

"That's our favorite product every summer---no complaints!" says Kim.

Kim's talking about Avon Skin So Soft with Picaridin. It's Deet free, which Kim really likes for her youngest daughter, Ali. Kim is also a registered nurse.

As predicted, the family says no bites with Avon Skin So Soft with Picardin. The Zieglers still grade their stand-by with an A+.

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Tips to keep those pesky mosquitoes away


When you read a garden-variety post about how to keep mosquitoes away, you probably pay attention with varying degrees of interest.  As this post states, everyone knows about bug spray, but if you really want to know how to combat mosquitoes, you ask an entomologist.  This post about Mike Raupp, A University of Maryland Entomologist aka "The Bug Guy" shows how to take a bite out of mosquitoes! By using the right clothing, cleaning out standing water and other techniques, you too can keep your mosquito population down and your house pest free..  

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WASHINGTON -- Everyone knows about bug spray, but if you're serious about keeping that bite count down, there are more ways to prepare for those mosquitoes descending upon the D.C. area.

Looking at the backyard bucket where he collects his local mosquito specimens, University of Maryland entomology professor Mike Raupp says simply, "I think there will be blood."

He told WTOP Monday morning that the oversize mosquitoes witnessed across the area today are "awesome" but they aren't biters. It's the next week that the region has to watch out for, thanks to last month's rains and current hot weather.

"Personal protection is your best bet," he said, and there are myriad ways to do it.

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First, Raupp says, eliminate any standing water in the yard. That would include bird feeders, wheelbarrows and drains that were collecting water over the last month's rain.

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5 Amazing Tips to Keep Mosquitoes Away From You

From Health MeUP

Some people are very fortunate:  They really aren't that attractive to mosquitoes.  Others aren't so fortunate.  What you eat can affect your attractiveness to biting and disease-carrying mosquitoes, but some blood types have been shown to be more enticing to these pesky varmits.  While most people automatically turn to the grocery or drug store shelves to buy repellents, this may not be the best solution.  Commercially-available sprays and gels have potentially harmful chemicals, and could actually do more harm to you in the long run than the mosquito.  This post from Health Me Up presents 5 easy and inexpensive ways to build a force-field around you that mosquitoes will find difficult to penetrate.

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Don't you just despise those pesky mosquitoes that hound you all the time? Mosquitoes suck on your blood and leave behind red itchy bumps. Even though these bumps disappear quickly, beware as some mosquitoes can also leave behind fatal illnesses like dengue and malaria.

In such conditions, commercial mosquito repellents serve as a good remedy. But then again these repellents are chemical based and can do you more harm in the long run.

Luckily there are quite a few things you can do to keep these pesky bugs away from you. Here are a few tips that will help keep mosquitoes at bay.

Use lavender essential oil
Mosquitoes cannot stand the smell of lavender. Therefore you can use lavender essential oil to keep them away from you. Add a few drops of this essential oil to a ribbon and tie it around an open window. Mosquitoes will surely be repelled by the smell and will not enter your home.

Plant some mosquito repellent plants
There are many plants that naturally repel mosquitoes. If you have a garden you can plant several of these plants to keep the mosquitoes away from your house. You can even keep some of these plants inside your home to banish away the mosquitoes. Try plants like citronella, lemon balm, marigolds, basil, lavender, peppermint, rosemary etc. as these are well known for their mosquito repelling properties.

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Ways To Keep Those Pesky Mosquitoes Away

From WLTX 19 

We can all make time for someone to impart some handy tips on how to keep mosquitoes away from you family, don't you think?  Whether it is herbs, or certain flowers to plant, essential oils that either mask your scent or throw off the mosquitoes' senses, there are great natural and easy ways to ward off mosquitoes.  This news story from WLTX 19 gives a great, short vignette on how to ward of mosquitoes using some of these varied techniques.  Take a moment and perhaps save your family from potentially harmful diseases this summer!

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Every summer mosquitoes invade your yards and just about any place you go that's outdoors.

The constant rain this month has left a lot of standing water, resulting in more breeding grounds for mosquitoes to grow.

Many people just buy sprays and candles to keep the mosquitoes off but gardeners say there is a green way to keep them out of your yards.

"There are a lot of plants that do repel mosquitoes and other insects," said Robin Klein.

Klein at Woddley's Garden in Columbia says just simply adding certain plants to your yard will help keep mosquitoes from chasing you back inside.

"Because of the strong smell that they have some are mosquito repellant or they have compounds in the leaves is equivalent to things like deet and things like that."

Klein says plants like Citronella are mosquito repellants and are inexpensive.

"This is what they use in Citronella scented candles this is also a lemon sent and the smell is so strong it makes the mosquitoes smell this more than they smell us humans."

Also, flowers like Marigolds and Lemongrass work. And for something you can use later on in your kitchen, herbs like Rose Marry and Basil will keep the bloodsuckers at bay.

"Rosemary is a great herb to be used for mosquito repellent and is also great to use in cooking or making soap. Basil is not lemon scented but its strong and it confuses them and makes them stay away from you and basil also makes great spaghetti and other things."

But if planting isn't your thing.. Donnie Wheelis at Ace Hardware in Cayce says there are a lot of products that are flying off their shelves.

"Cutter makes products that you can spray your whole backyard with and it will last for like 72 hours and that's good if you have a gathering so you can keep the pest off your guest," said Wheelis.

Here are a few home remedies to keep mosquitoes away:

--go to our website to see how to build a mosquito trap using only a 2 liter soda bottle
--eating garlic, whether it's capsules or cloves, you might chase away more people than mosquitoes, but does work
--Fabric softener sheets-rubbed on the skin, sometimes put under ball caps or tucked into pockets, this works-

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From Going Green Today

If you are tired of going to the store and picking up sprays, gels, bracelets, and foggers, then this post is definitely for you.  Who would have thought that some simple behavioral tasks could actually make you less attractive to mosquitoes?  This post from Going Green Today gives you these simple things that you can easily and readily do, without altering your lifestyle, that can help you be less attractive to the biting, disease-carrying mosquito.

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Spring is here, and that means that more bugs are coming out of hiding to feast on the trash and other delights which are now available. Mosquitoes rank as some of the most aggravating pests that one can contend with, since they thrive on campers, outdoorsmen, and backyard barbequers. Nobody likes getting stung, so here are several natural bug repellents for keeping you and your loved ones bite free.

What to Eat

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to repel mosquitoes from your body. It makes your blood is too acidic for their tastes, and they go in search for other, tastier, targets. Cover yourself up to protect your skin from being stung.

Bathe Frequently

Certain soaps don't smell good to certain bugs. Use soap with oils like lavender and lemon balm to send those bugs packing. Washing yourself before and after time spent outdoors can be crucial in keeping the mosquitoes and other "tiny friends" away.

Cover Yourself

Covering yourself with long sleeved shirts that wick away moisture will also diminish the impact of bugs. Keep your head safe by wearing a hat—not only will it keep away the sun, it will keep away the bugs. Make sure your baby stroller has a screen on it so the little ones are protected from the mosquitoes, too.

When visiting tick-infested areas, make sure you wear light-colored long-sleeved shirts and pants. Tuck pant legs into your socks and boots and your shirt into your pants and wear a hat (this makes it harder for the tick to find your skin. Take a bath or shower afterward, as any ticks on you will drown; otherwise, make sure you check yourself thoroughly and then throw those clothes into the washing machine!

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An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it.


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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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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