9 plants that bug bugs — including mosquitoes

From USA Today

For those of us that are struggling with swarms of bugs, especially disease-carrying mosquitoes, there aren't enough sprays, lotions, fogs, mists, and bracelets to keep them away from our family.  It seems as though no matter how hard we try, we just can't seem to catch up with the pest populations.  Even those of us who have hired professionals to spray or fog our yards find ourselves vulnerable after a few short days when the insecticides wash way or lose efficacy.  This post from USA Today presents 9 plants that naturally will repel bugs, including the dangerous mosquito, naturally and without harsh pesticides or chemicals.  It takes some planning, but the Summer is young and these plants may yet still bloom this year to protect your family.

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Zika May Be Transmitted by Oral Sex, Scientists Find

From NY Times

The scariest mosquito-borne virus to come along in a long time is the Zika Virus.  Unfortunately, this scary virus may have gotten just a little scarier.  According to this post from the NY Times, scientists have just submitted  a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine describing a case in which the Zika Virus was transmitted as a result of sexual relations.  Since there are documented cases of the virus in 10 countries where no mosquitoes carry the virus, this news is particularly troubling for disease epidemiologists studying the virus.

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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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No need to get fancy battling mosquitoes

from Chron

Experts contend the tried-and-true ways to ward off pests are still best

Technology has met the mosquito scourge with a vengeance.  In the ongoing battle to ward of mosquitoes and the diseases that they carry, no shortage of gadgets, creams, sprays, fogs, mists, and devices have proliferated to combat these buzzing pests.  This post from posits that there are old tried and true methods of mosquito control that are still superior than most of the latest technology.

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Pregnant Women in US With Zika Spikes on New Counting Method

From NBC Chicago

As if going through a pregnancy wasn't scary enough, those expecting mothers now have a new issue with which to be gravely concerned.  According to this post from NBC Chicago, the documented cases of Zika Virus in Pregnant mothers has reached a new high in the U.S. and surrounding territories.  There are now 157 cases in the us, which is up from 48 cases that were reported under an older definition of the virus.  The new definition now includes all women who tested positive, regardless of symptoms.  In the old reporting method, only positive blood tests coupled with positive blood tests were reported.   This is a frightening development for those expecting mothers, as Zika virus has been associated with certian birth defects like Microencephaly. 

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Mosquitoes in the Yard

Top Tips for Backyard Mosquito Control

From Western Pest Services

Mosquitoes require water to breed, and unfortunately there is water in everyone's backyard.  Whether it is a puddle, retainage ditch, plant bed, garden, bird bath, swimming pool, fountain, downspout catcher, etc., the ideal medium for creating more mosquitoes is very likely in your backyard or adjacent to your backyard.  This post form Western Pest Services discusses the best means and methods for controlling not only the wet areas, but the adult mosquitoes once they are able to hatch.

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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.

The Lowdown | Spraying for Mosquitoes

From The Wall Street Journal

Mosquitoes that invade your outdoor personal space every single year are not only a nuisance, they can seriously alter your quality of life.  Beyond annoying bites and irritation, mosquitoes can carry and transmit potentially harmful diseases to humans and pets.  There are many options at one's fingertips these days in terms of attempting to control mosquitoes, as well as municipal efforts to cull the populations of mosquitoes.  You may ask yourself, however, am I undertaking the most efficient and effective means for protecting my family?  This post from the Wall Street Journal explains everything that one should know about mosquito spraying like are the effective, what are the costs, and will there be collateral damage to other animals and plants?

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