Mosquito Control, Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes and Mosquito Control
- 1 Mosquitoes and Mosquito Control
- 2 Mosquito Reproduction:
- 3 Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites
- 4 Get Rid of Adult Mosquitoes
- 5 Mosquito Types
- 6 What Really Works for Mosquito Control?
- 7 Do citronella candles really work?
- 8 Citronella Candle (and Other Citronella-Containing Devices)
- 9 CO2 Trap
- 10 Light Trap
- 11 Timed Sprays
- 12 Ultrasonic Devices
- 13 What Works to Control Mosquitoes?
- 14 Mosquito Repellents
- 15 Environmental Controls
Mosquitoes are frequently in the news because they are both a nuisance and a health threat. It is important to reduce mosquito populations around your home and other living and recreational areas.
Mosquito Control is accomplished by peforming the following:
Mosquitoes thrive in tropical weather, but are found throughout the USA. Many species (not all) rest during the day in dense vegetation such as tall grass, weeds, and shrubs. Any successful mosquito control program should target these areas.
Female mosquitoes ingest blood to lay eggs. They use the protein found in blood. They feed on humans by following the scent of our exhaled carbon dioxide, tracking our body heat, and detecting the complex blend of scents found on our skin. An average female mosquito will be 2.5x her unfed weight.
Some mosquitoes lay eggs in water, while others lay eggs in moist soil, waiting for flood water. All mosquitoes need water to breed and survive. Typical mosquito breeding sources include:
- stagnant water
- brackish swamps
- salt marshes
- old tires
- tree pots
- clogged gutters
Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites
Remove Standing Water
Mosquitoes can breed in any standing water, but they are particularly drawn to standing water with lots of organic debris. Nasty water is a common place to find mosquito larvae. During the summer months, you can verify a water source’s mosquito content by dipping a cup into the stagnant water. Look for mosquito larvae in the cup. The larvae are about the size of a fingernail and they squiggle around.
To eliminate mosquito breeding sites, begin with obvious areas and empty the water from them. These sites include old tires, buckets, wheel barrows, and clogged gutters. Flower pots and the saucers that they sit on are often over-looked so check these. In-ground pool drains remove water from the pool decking, and they are often full of water. The pool drains aren’t easily emptied, but they can be treated with Mosquito Bits or Altosid Pro-G Granules. Mosquito bits can also be placed anywhere that frequently collects water.
When looking for standing water remember that just a few ounces of water can produce a significant number of mosquitoes.
Removing standing water around your yard is a useful first step in reducing mosquito populations, but it does not solve the problem. Mosquitoes can easily breed next door in your neighbor’s yard, or further down the street. Adult mosquitoes are likely to invade your yard regardless of the breeding suitability of the area.
Click Here: Mosquito Elimination Tips for more information.
|Mosquito Bits||Altosid Pro-G|
Get Rid of Adult Mosquitoes
Adult mosquitoes are commonly found in bushes and shrubs because they feed on plant nectar.
Spray Residual Insecticides
Many types of adult mosquitoes are found resting in vegetation during the day time. Trim and get rid of overgrowth of weeds. To get rid of adult mosquitoes spray the foliage of bushes and shrubs, lower limbs of shade trees, tall grass, and shaded areas with a residual insecticide.
Residual insecticides that work well against mosquitoes include: Bifen IT, Proflex Encapsulated, or Mavrik Perimeter. Each of these insecticides is safe, effective, affordable options when applied according to the label. Mavrik Perimeter has an added benefit of not being harmful to bees. Proflex Encapsulated Solutions combines 2 insect growth regulators (Novaluron and Pyriproxyfen) , and an insecticide (lambda-Cyhalothrin) for superior insect control, lasting 30 days and is rainfast.
ECO Via is an organic, botanical insecticide that is labeled for mosquito control if you prefer an organic option.
Mixing an Insect Growth Regulator like Pivot 10 would be ideal as a tank mix to Bifen IT, Mavrik Perimeter or ECO Via. The Pivot would decrease the number of eggs laid by the adult mosquitoes. When applying insecticides to plants, try to avoid spraying the flowers and blooms if using Bifen IT or Proflex Encapsulated. Avoiding spraying on flowers in bloom will minimize the insecticides impact on pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies, and moths. After a proper application, you can expect to start seeing results within two to four weeks.
Professional mosquito companies are now using backpack foggers like the B&G Versa Fogger with products like Bifen IT for the best application in mosquito control. Unlike a conventional mistblower, the Versa Fogger provides a ULV spray in a particle range for proper control.
Proflex Encapsulated (Top Recommendation)
Small Mosquito Kit (Bifen IT-Pivot Combo)
Large Mosquito Kit (Bifen IT-Pivot Combo)
Complete Mosquito Kit (Bifen IT-Pivot + Mosquito Bits, Mosquito Repelling Granules)
Chapin Mosquito Srayer
Using Mosquito Repellents
For The Yard: A different method for dealing with mosquitoes is to use repellents. Most people are familiar with repellents that are sprayed on the skin, but there are also non-toxic repellents that can be spread in the yard. Dr. T’s Mosquito Repelling Granules work by masking your scent. This confuses the mosquitoes and they are unable to find you. Mosquito Yard Repellents typically work for about three to five days. This repellent is very popular to use before an outside event
For Your Skin: We carry Ben’s Deet 100, Ben’s 30% Deet, Natrapel-20% Picardin (DEET Free-equal to Deet’s efficiency and performance), and an all natural repellent, Mosquito Mojo with Rosmary and Peppermint essential oils.
Using Foggers and Misting System Compounds
We have both high end foggers and propane foggers to apply fogging compounds for mosquito control. Fogging enables you to coat the leaves and foliage more effectively.
Electric Cold Foggers