Mosquitoes and Mosquito Control
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. Some types of species of mosquitoes can be found throughout the USA, even as far north as the Artic. They particularly thrive in tropical-like weather. Many species (not all) rest during the day in dense vegetation like tall grass and weeds. Some mosquitoes lay eggs in water, and some mosquitoes lay eggs in moist soil, waiting for the floods to come. But all mosquitoes need water to breed and survive. You can find mosquitoes in such places as, stagnant water, fresh water, ponds, lakes, brackish swamps, ditches, salt marshes, brackish swamps, old tires, tree pots, puddles, depending on the preference of the type of mosquito species.
Mosquitoes are flies of the order: Diptera, family: Culicidae. They differ from other flies with their long proboscis that is used to probe skin of animals and humans to suck blood. Most, but not all female mosquitoes ingest blood to lay eggs. They use the protein found in blood. An average female mosquito will be 2.5 x her unfed weight. That is like an average person eating 400 lbs of meat! Female mosquitoes live from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. The male counterparts live only about a week.
Click Here: Mosquito Types and Biology for more information on the major mosquito types, biology and habitats in the USA.
- Mosquitoes may transmit organisms that cause such diseases as West Nile virus, Zika virus, Dengue virus, malaria and yellow fever.
- The infected Aedes species mosquito's bite is the main culprit of spreading the Zika virus.
- Click Here: Diseases Mosquitoes Carry
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.
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Get Rid of Adult Mosquitoes
Adult mosquitoes are commonly found in bushes and shrubs because they feed on plant nectar. Female mosquitoes 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.
Spraying 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, Talstar Pro (Talstar and Bifen are the same formulations), 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. 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 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. 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.
- 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 products, Mosquito Kits (see below) for greater savings. For higher density of vegetation, spray at the rate of 1 gallon per 500 square feet. Repeat applications monthly.
- Sprayers: 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.
- Back Pack Sprayers:
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.
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
Pros and Cons
Backpack FoggerBackpack Fogger B&G Versa Backpack Fogger
This is a true ULV fogger (micron size 24 to 40) verse Stihl or Solo back pack at over 100 microns.
Pros and Cons
Thermal foggers work with oil based insecticides only
Pros and Cons
Water Only Based Insecticides-Use in ULV Cold Foggers or Misting Systems
Mosquito Barrier-All natural repellent made of garlic; may be sprayed or fogged. Repels mosquitoes from one day to a month. Mix with water. May be sprayed or fogged.
Stryker 5-25, is the same formulation (Pyrethrin 5.0% and Piperonyl Butoxide 25.0%) as the popular Riptide, but more economical. One 64 oz bottle makes 55 gallons for mosquito misting systems. May be used with cold electric foggers to fog rooms, or residential and barn misting systems.
Riptide-Same as Stryker 5-25
Sector Misting Concentrate-combines permethrin and PBO for both residual and quick kill of flying insects. May be used in cold electric foggers, misting systems or compressed air sprayers.
VamPyre Misting Concentrate-formulated with a 3% Pyrethrum and 30% PBO mixture; used for a quick knockdown and flushing needs. May be used in ulv cold foggers or misting sytems.
Hyperion Advanced Mist Concentrate-With it Sumithrin and PBO combination, it offers a three day residual and may be applied with handheld sprayers, backpack sprayers, ulv foggers and misting systems
Vector Ban Plus-alternative for misting systems and mosquito control to the expensive pyrethrum based products such as Riptide. Vector Ban Plus contains 10% Permethrin plus10% Piperonyl Butoxide (PBO) and is a water-based insecticide
Oil Only Based Insecticides-Use only in Thermal Foggers (May be diluted with white mineral oil or an odorless light petroleum)
Pyronyl UL-100 -1% pyrethrin with a 4.94% dual synergist (Use 3 parts oil to 1 part Pyronyl Oil 1% for mosquito control
Pyronyl UL-300-Pyrethrins 3.00%, Piperonyl Butoxide Technical 6.00%
Pyrocide 100 Pyrethrin Concentrate-1% pryethrin with 4.9 dual synergist-can be diluted with oil or used undiluted
Pyrocide 300 Pyrethrin Concentrate-3% pyrethrum and 16% PBO combination
Oil or Water Based Insecticides (May be used in thermal , cold UlV Foggers, or misting systems)
Mosquito Mist Ultra- A synthetic pyrethrin, with a residual (Permethrin 20.6%, Piperonyl Butoxide 20.6%). May be sprayed, fogged or use in a misting system. Will work with cold foggers as well as mixed with water.
CSI 4-4 Insecticide-Combines mosquito fogging solution (4.6% Permethrin and 4.6% Piperonyl Butoxide) for a residual and quick knockdown.
CSI 30-30 Insecticide- Compare to Kontrol 30-30, with (30.0% Permethrin and 30.0 % Piperonyl Butoxide) for a residual and quick knockdown.
For More Information: Mosquito Types, Biology and Habitats
Most Common Mosquitoes Found in USA
The house mosquito, the southern house mosquito, the Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquitoes are commonly found in United States. House mosquitoes transmit various diseases. The are brown with white markings. They mostly bite at dusk or after dark. They rest during the daytime hours.