mosquito control

Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00

Time To Plant Mosquito-Repelling Plants

List of pest-repelling plants

From Wikipedia

There are 23 days until the official start of Spring.  Spring means many things to many people, but one of the unfortunate features of spring and summer are the increase and activity of biting mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests.  It is never too early to start thinking about mosquito control, and one of the best ways is to have mosquito-repelling plants surrounding the green areas of your home.  This list from Wikipedia will give you a jump start on planning your bug-free green space this Spring and Summer.

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This list of pest-repelling plants includes plants known for their ability to repel insects, nematodes, and other pests. They may be used in companion planting for pest control in agricultural and garden situations, and in households.

The essential oils of many plants are also well known for their pest-repellent properties. Oils from the families Lamiaceae (mints), Poaceae (true grasses), and Pinaceae (pines) are common insect repellents worldwide.[1]

Plants that can be planted or used fresh to deter pests include:

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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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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

Natural Mosquito Control On A Budget

Mosquitoes in Your Garden? Try Planting These!

From The Frugal Life

The frugal life isnt being cheap, it's making the most of living with what you already have.  Just because you are being frugal, doesn't mean that you are any less attractive to biting and disease-carrying mosquitoes.  What is a frugal one to do?  This post from The Frugal Life gives you some highly effective plants and flowers that one can plant in their garden that actually repel these pests.  The best part about this post is that the frugally inclined can do this themselves for very little cost!

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If you are a serious gardener, you spend lots of time outdoors. And, for sure, you would rather be tending your plants than swatting mosquitoes.

While there are many things you can do to keep mosquitoes away, there are some plants that will beautify your yard and help repel mosquitoes.

As one more way to keep mosquitoes away from you and your yard, try planting these attractive plants.

Horsemint has a scent similar to citronella. Horsemint grows wild in most of the Eastern United States, from Mexico, Texas up to Minnesota to Vermont. It is partial to sandy soils and will grow in USDA Zones 5-10. Native Americans used it as a treatment for colds and flu. It has natural fungicidal and bacterial retardant properties because it's essential oils are high in thymol.

This wonderful herb we use for seasoning is also a great, natural mosquito repellant. It has been used for centuries to keep pesky mosquitoes away. Rosemary is a native of the Mediterranean, so it likes hot, dry weather and well-drained soil. It is hardy in USDA zones 8-10, and must be grown as a pot plant in colder climates. If you happen to live in a part of the country where rosemary does not grow, you can get a good quality rosemary essential oil; mix 4 drops with 1⁄4 cup olive oil. Store in a cool, dry place. When it comes to fresh plant oils as natural mosquito repellants, there is every reason to have the plant in your yard, if they will grow in your area. It is an inexpensive and attractive way to boost the appearance of the landscape and have natural mosquito repellants on hand as well.

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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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Finding Smells That Repel


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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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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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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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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