mosquito control

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 00:00

Is Mosquito Control A Losing Proposition?

Why Researchers Can't Control Mosquitoes

From ABC News

According to this post from ABC News, there are around 3,000 different mosquito species around the world, and around 50-60 species that transmit serious diseases to humans.  This as much as anything else explains why erradicating them can seem like an uphill battle.  Mosquitoes are adaptable, and grow resistant to human methods for erasing them.  The post goes on to posit some potential methods for success, but recognizes that this is a battle that will require vigilance.

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College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences
Cooperative Extension Service

Keeping mosquito populations at bay is an annual struggle for many municipalities and residential areas around the country.  Keeping mosquito populations and their associated diseases that they carry and spread to humans and pets can seem like an overwhelming task when you consider that only treating adult populations is futile.  A comprehensive approach is required that accounts for larvae, adult treatment, and mitigation of breeding areas.  According to this post from South Dakota University, homeowners can play a major role in mosquito control efforts.

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Stop Raising Mosquitoes in Your Yard!

From Colorado Mosquito Control

Everyone complains about the swarms of mosquitoes in their yard and property.  The annoying, biting, disease-carrying mosquitoes are everpresent, and they seem to be in endless supply.  What most people may not realize is that they are likely contributing to the problem by not addressing areas of standing water in and around their property.  This post from Colorado Mosquito Control points out the key areas in which standing water is actually facilitating the breeding of mosquitoes right in your own yard.

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Remember, standing water means mosquitoes. Any standing, stagnant water that remains for 7 to 10 days after a rain can, and usually will, produce mosquitoes. For example, one coffee can full of water has been shown to produce in excess of 10,000 mosquitoes over an entire summer season

Empty all water holding containers in your yard on a regular basis, at least once a week, children's wading pools, rain barrels, buckets, bird baths and stored boats are prime examples of mosquito breeding sites.

Over-watering and poor irrigation practices are common producers of mosquitoes around the home, in parks and on golf courses. Report standing water to appropriate maintenance personnel.

Clean out eaves troughs and down spouts of leaves and other debris that slows drainage.

Ditches must be kept free of vegetation and other debris to promote rapid drainage, and pond edges should be kept clean of cattails and other aquatic vegetation. This is where mosquito larvae develop and mature. To reduce the number of adult mosquitoes in your yard:

Keep your lawn mowed as short as is practical.

Keep all ornamental shrubs and bushes trimmed and pruned to open them up to light and air flow. This will not only give mosquitoes one less place to hide, but will promote growth and vigor in the plant.

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Information on Mosquito Control


For most homeowners, the idea of mosquito control doesn't extend beyond relying on their municipality to spray and to apply store bought mosquito repellent.  This method doesn't reduce the likelihood of contracting one of the many harmful diseases that can be spread to humans via mosquito bites such as west nile virus, chikunguna and zika.  This post from the State of California discusses all aspects of mosquito control, including what the homeowner is actually doing unwittingly to make the problem worse.  This is a comprehensive look at mosquitoes, their habits, and how to do one's part in keeping the populations at bay to protect one's family.

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Hybrid forms of the common house mosquito may serve as vectors between birds, humans

From Science Daily

Scientists have long suspected that mosquitoes that feed on both humans and birds are responsible for allowing diseases common only to birds to be transferred to humans.  The issue was that typically mosquitoes have a blood preference for either humans or mosquitoes, but not both.  Some common house mosquitoes in Austria are proving this theory incorrect, however, as researchers there have sampled 1,500 house mosquitoes and found that a hybrid mosquito exists, and may be responsible for disease transmission across species.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00

The Different Types of Mosquito Repellents

Mosquito Repellents: Types and Recommendations


If there is any place on Earth that would understand the mosquito problem, it is Mississippi.  With their swampy Delta, the scorching temperatures and opressive humidity, Mississippi is the ideal breeding land for the mosquito.  It just stands to reason that the Mississippi State Department of Health would have a clear understanding of the different types of mosquito repellents, both chemical and natural, and would be able to impart this knowledge to their state's residents properly.  This post does just that, and talks about the available mosquito repellents and insecticides, as well as makes recommendations about their appropriate usage.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015 00:00

Are You A Mosquito Magnet Looking For Relief?

A Mosquito Magnet Looks for Relief

From NY Times

If you are like a high percentage of the population, you attract mosquitoes, even when others around you don't.  As it turns out, many people have certain genes in their blood and skin that mosquitoes find irresistable.  The writer of this post in the New York Times is one of these unfortunate souls, and he writes about what one can do about it.  The post discusses the different mosquito repellents available, what chemicals they contain, and how effective they really are.  The post also discusses mosquito traps, bug zappers, and other more sophisticated mosquito control systems and their relative effectiveness at repelling mosquitoes and preventing diseases.

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Monday, 14 September 2015 00:00

Plant a Mosquito-Proof Outdoor Living Space

Grow Safe, Natural Mosquito Repellents

From Mother Earth News

These natural mosquito repellents, such as mosquito-repellent plants and homemade mosquito traps, will help you have a less buggy summer.

Trying to keep mosquitoes at bay can seem like a losing battle.  Most people will simply head to the store and pick up a mosquito repellent, most of which are based on a chemical known as DEET.  Unfortunately, studies are now appearing that show this ubiquitous mosquito repellent that is readily purchased in over-the-counter mosquito sprays is potentially very harmful to humans.  People that want to solve this pressing problem in a more natural way are looking for alternatives to chemical pesticides.  This post from Mother Earth News helps these people steer clear of land mines by exposing some natural mosquito control myths, as well as some proven methods for actually keeping mosquitoes at bay.

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From Elk Grove Village, IL

Most urban municipalities have programs and resources in place for mosquito control.  The overwhelming majority of residents in any commmunity rely on these methods as their sole means of mosquito control.  This is a mistake, as is illustrated in this post by Elk Grove Village, IL's municipal website.  The homeowner must take steps to control mosquitoes in and around their home, as macro control methods like those employed by municipalities don't account for standing water, rain barrels, junk or old toys, old playsets, swimming pools, wading pools, leaky pipes, pet bowls, vegetation, etc.  Being an active participant in killing and controlling mosquito populations by taking control of your own propery makes one part of the solution.

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Natural Insect Pest Control

From Eartheasy

It's tought to think about, but let's face facts:  we share our world with ants, dust mites, cockroaches, mosquitoes, spiders, and many other biting pests.  The common methods of trying to deal with them usually involved pesticides and chemicals, which we are starting to realize can have potentially harmful effects on our family and our pets.  There are, as this post from Eartheasy explains, natural methods of insect control that can actually be quite effective.  Using natural substances that won't harm humans or pets, but repel and kill these biting insects is a safe, effective way to approach our shared existence.

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