Insect Growth Regulators
Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites
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.
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.
Remove Standing Water
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 neighbours yard, or further down the street. Adult mosquitoes are likely to invade your yard regardless of the breeding suitability of the area.
Get rid of Adult Mosquitoes
Adult mosquitoes are commonly found in bushes and shrubs because they feed on plant nectar. Females need a blood meal in order to produce new eggs. They feed on people by following the scent of our exhaled carbon dioxide, our body heat, and a complex blend of scents found on human skin.
To get rid of adult mosquitoes spray the foliage of bushes and shrubs with a residual insecticide. Residual insecticides that work well against mosquitoes include: Bifen IT, Talstar Pro, or LambdaStar 9.7. Each of these insecticides are safe, effective, affordable options. ECO Via and Essentria IC-3 are two organic insecticides in the market that are labeled for mosquitoes if you prefer an organic option.
When applying insecticides to plants, try to avoid spraying the flowers and blooms. This 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.
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.
Professional Mossquito Services
If you don't want to take the do it yourself route for mosquito control, look into a company named the Mosquito Authority. We are not affiliated with them, but they are a well respected professional Mosquito control company.