mosquito control

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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Finding Smells That Repel

From WSJ.com

Research into why some people attract mosquitoes and some just aren't that attractive to mosquitoes is well documented.  Researchers at Rothamsted Research in the U.K., says this post from the Wall Street Journal, are now zeroing in on the actual chemicals that are emitted from the people to whom mosquitoes just aren't attracted.  It turns out that some of these people's stress level is directly associated with repelling mosquitoes.  This post goes on to say that perhaps this research might be the key to finding an all natural, highly effective mosquito repellent in the near future.

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The phenomenon that some people are more prone to mosquito bites than others is well documented. In the 1990s, chemist Ulrich Bernier, now at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, began looking for what he calls the "magic compounds" that attract mosquitoes. His research helped to show that mosquitoes are attracted to humans by blends of common chemicals such as carbon dioxide, released from the skin and by exhaling, and lactic acid, which is present on the skin, especially when we exercise. But none of the known attractant chemicals explained why mosquitoes preferred some people to others.

Rothamsted's Dr. Logan says the answer isn't to be found in attractant chemicals. He and colleagues observed that everyone produces chemicals that mosquitoes like, but those who are unattractive to mosquitoes produce more of certain chemicals that repel them.

Misguided Mosquitoes
"The repellents were what made the difference," says Dr. Logan, who is interested in the study of how animals communicate using smell. These chemicals may cloud or mask the attractive chemicals, or may disable mosquitoes from being able to detect those attractive odors, he suggests.


Besides delivering annoying bites, mosquitoes cause hundreds of millions of cases of disease each year. As many as 500 million cases of malaria are contracted globally each year, and more than one million people die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mosquitoes can also spread West Nile virus, dengue fever, yellow fever and other illnesses.

Currently the most effective repellents on the market often contain a chemical known as DEET, which has been associated in some studies with potential safety concerns, such as cancer and Gulf War syndrome. It also damages materials made of plastic. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has determined that DEET, when used as directed, is safe.

The Rothamsted team set out to get the mosquitoes' viewpoint. The researchers separated human volunteers into two groups—those who were attractive to mosquitoes and those who weren't. They then put each of the volunteers into body-size foil bags for two hours to collect their body odors. Using a machine known as a chromatograph, the scientists were able to separate the chemicals. They then tested each of them to see how the mosquitoes responded. By attaching microelectrodes to the insects' antennae, the researchers could measure the electrical impulses that are generated when mosquitoes recognize a chemical.

Dr. Logan and his team have found only a small number of body chemicals—seven or eight—that were present in significantly different quantities between those people who were attractive to mosquitoes and those who weren't. They then put their findings to the test. For this they used a so-called Y-tube olfactometer that allows mosquitoes to make a choice and fly toward or away from an individual's hand. After applying the chemicals thought to be repellant on the hands of individuals known to be attractive, Dr. Logan found that the bugs either flew in the opposite direction or weren't motivated by the person's smell to fly at all.

The chemicals were then tested to determine their impact on actual biting behavior. Volunteers put their arms in a box containing mosquitoes, one arm coated with repellent chemicals and the other without, to see if the arm without the coating got bitten more.

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6 Herbs That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes and Fleas

From Gerson Institute

Some people are just natural mosquito magnets.  Whether it is their blood type, their diet, or other unknown factors, some people just can't escape biting mosquitoes and fleas and the associated diseases that their bites can carry.  While there are many varied and sundry sprays, gels, bracelets, fogs, etc. available commerically to combat these flying pests, most carry chemicals that can be harmful to humans and pets, like DEET.  This post from Gerson Institute presents a list of 6 herbs and plants that actually repel these pests naturally.

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Summertime is full of fun stuff – sun, surf and big, silly blockbuster movies – but there's one part of summer that's not so fun: the BUGS. 'Tis the season for mosquitoes, fleas and other itch-inducing insects to come out in full force, leaving your skin covered in bites and your fingers frantically scratching away, desperate for a little relief.
I've always been a magnet for mosquitoes and other bite-happy bugs, and my skin is super-sensitive to bug bites. Once, when I was in elementary school, my dog Louie became the unwitting host to a pretty extraordinary number of fleas that arrived very suddenly one weekend. Unaware of his unwelcome visitors, I spent the weekend playing and snuggling with him as usual. By that Monday, I was so completely covered in angry, itchy red bites that my teacher sent me home thinking I had chicken pox!
So come summertime, I'm always on the lookout for new natural ways to repel those pesky little biters. Commercial bug repellents like Cutter and Off are full of nasty chemicals like DEET, so they're unwelcome anywhere near my skin. Call me crazy, but since I try my utmost to keep pesticides off my veggies and out of my diet, I'm not about to go rubbing pesticides on my skin!
How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Bugs and Love My Lemon Balm

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FLOWERS THAT KEEP MOSQUITOES AWAY

From Arrow Exterminating

Most people are exasperated with Mosquitoes that fly around their backyard and spread harmful and sometimes fatal diseases.  It seems as though no matter how much the backpack sprayer comes to bomb the yard, or how many candles are lit, the mosquitoes seem to multiply, almost in defiance of your efforts.  Luckily for you, mother nature has already figured out the best way to keep mosqutioes from attacking your family.  There are certain flowers, says this post from Arrow Exterminating, that when planted around your garden act as natural mosquito repellents.  These flowers will help you in your efforts to build a barrier around your family to keep the mosquitoes from attacking.  

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Mosquitoes don't pose the same health risk in the United States as they do in other countries, but they are still one of the most annoying pests in America. Fortunately, there are flowers and plants that help keep mosquitoes at bay. Lavender, peppermint, thyme, and lemongrass are just a few of the many flowers and plants that can be planted around your home to keep mosquitoes away.

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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?

From KFVS

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 later...no 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

From WTOP

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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