mosquito control

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, 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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Find the Insect Repellent that is Right for You

From United States Environmental Protection Agency

Wouldn't it be great to know which mosquito repellent gives you the perfect amount of protection based on the type of insect, the time that protection is needed to last, what active ingredients are desired and which are to be avoided, and other product-specific information?  This post from the U.S. EPA had created an easy to use tool right on their website that will factor in these considerations based on the user's choices and present the ideal repellent for each individual.  This tool can take the guesswork out of shopping for the proper repellent, and can save you time and money, as well as preserving your health and enjoyment of your own backyard outdoor living space.

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Friday, 11 September 2015 00:00

The Best Mosquito Insecticide For Your Family

How do I Choose the Best Mosquito Insecticide?

From Wise Geek

This post from Wise Geek discusses mosquito insecticides, which is not to be confused with mosquito repellents.  Sprays, candles, or devices that are store purchased are by and large repellents, which do not kill mosquitoes.  The post also mentions that foggers that are professionally applied don't work at killing mosquitoes, and can lead to frustration as well as disease.  Delivering the proper insecticide in an effective manner requires knowlege, timing, and in most cases, professional guidance.

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The Best Mosquito Repellent for a Yard

From Home Guides via SF Gate

When shopping for a mosquito spray, fogger, candle, service, or other means to rid one's yard of disease-spreading mosquiotes, it is easy for one to get very confused.  Will fogging for a few minutes really rid one's yard of these pests, and for how long?  Will putting a candle out during one's party really protect my guests from getting bitten?  This post from Home Guides reviews the current methods and products for short-term and long-term effects on mosquito control, and also discusses some common sense things that every homeowner can do to lessen the burden on the insecticide or mosquito control method.

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Mosquito-proof your yard

From Fox News

Most homeowners that like to enjoy their backyard, or outdoor living space, realize that just spraying chemical mosquito repellents on their skin won't keep mosquitoes away from them or their family.  Taking a more macro approach to keeping mosquioes away is the only proven method to reclaiming one's yard from these disease-spreading pests.  This post from Fox News discusses some great big-picture methods for mosquito proofing one's yard by attacking the mosquitoes where they breed, killing the adult mosquitoes by using insecticides with a misting system, or utilizing newer smart-phone based technology.

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Mosquito-Free Backyards Require Long-Term Pest Solutions: Which Is Best for You?  

From Mosquito Magnet

Trying to control mosquitoes by utilizing only a spray can of DEET or relying on just a backpack service is tantamount to bringing a knife to a gun fight.  As this post from Mosquito Magnet thoroughly explains:  Mosquito control takes a comprehensive and vigilant approach.  Multiple methods are required to solve the mosquito issue, which according to this post claims over 7,000,000 lives every year.  The article also focuses on long-term methods for controlling mosquitoes like mosquito traps, larval control, air curtains, misting systems and mosquito nets.

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Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Mosquitoes

From Tractor Supply

Let's face it:  Trying to battle mosquitoes in your backyard is exasperating.  Fogging, Spraying, wearing bracelets, calling the backpack spray person only to have to wait three weeks for treatment;  There has to be a more effective way to control the disease-spreading mosquitoes from harming your family and pets.  This post from Tractor Supply presents some unusual methods of mosquito control that you may not have tried or even ever heard of.  Some of these include Burning Pinion Wood, using coffee grounds, and using dry ice.

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Ultrasound mosquito repellents: Zapping the myth

From BBC

There is no shortage of gadgets, gizmos, and apps that claim to control mosquitoes.  Those that are tired of and concerned about the possible long-term effects of DEET based and other chemical sprays, lotions, gels, and devices, have turned to these electronic devices and apps to repel mosquitoes.  While the ever-present threat of mosquito vector diseases is growing daily, will the people that rely on the aforementioned electronic solutions really be protected?  This post from the BBC gives you the surprising answer.

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How to keep your yard mosquito-free this summer

From Newsnet 5

Not everyone has the meanst to have professional yard services spray for mosquitoes, or can afford to constantly purchase chemicals to keep these pests away.  Those that have a DIY bent, and want to save money are hard-pressed to keep their yard free from mosquitoes and consequently are held hostage by these pests.  This post from Newsnet 5 presents some common-sense, low-cost ways to fight the mosquitoes, and re-claim one's backyard living space without spending a fortune.

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