Mosquitoes and Mosquito Control
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.
|Mosquito Bits||Altosid Pro-G|
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 (Talstar and Bifen are the same formulations), or Mavrik Perimeter.
Each of these insecticides are safe, effective, affordable options when applied according to the label. Mavrik Perimeter has an added benefit of not being harmful to bees.
Mixing an Insect Growth Regulator like Pivot 10 would be ideal as a tank mix to these insecticides. 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. 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.
Mix Bifen IT at the rate of 1 oz per gallon per 1,000 square feet. If you tank mix the Pivot IGR, use 4 ml of Pivot to that gallon. We have it in a combination product, Bifen IT and Pivot 10 Combo for greater savings. For higher density of vegetation, spray at the rate of 1 gallon per 500 square feet. Repeat applications monthly. Chapin's Mosquito Poly Sprayer, #2014 has an unique fogging/misting nozzle that gives professional results has it provides maximum coverage of foliage for the best in mosquito control.
ECO Via is an organic, botanical insecticide that is labeled for mosquito control if you prefer an organic option.
|Bifen IT||Bifen IT-Pivot Combo|
|Chapin Mosquito Srayer||Mavrik Perimeter|
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.
Use a combination of Bifen IT, Mosquito Bits, Mosquito Repelling Granules and Ben's 100 Deet for complete mosquito control