Mosquito - Control that Works Newsletter
Mosquito Control that Works
After the toxic aerial spraying, we are receiving reports that mosquitoes are more prevalent in the targeted areas. Toxic airplane spraying doesn’t work; mosquitoes can be controlled and it doesn't have to be dangerous. We recommend a preventative program that works.
Picture of the foreclosed house next door after two days of aerial spraying.
As you can see, it did not work. Jason - Rowlett,TX
The effective and non-toxic site management program for mosquito control is:
1. Drain standing water where possible and clean up all trash. Even small containers such as pot saucers, old tires, soda bottles and cans hold enough water for mosquito breeding. So can bottle caps and plastic bags.
2. Treat water that cannot be emptied such as drain lines, sewers and stagnant ponds with (Bti - Bacillus thuringiensis 'Israelensis') products such as Mosquito Dunks or Mosquito Bits. Surface standing water can be treated the same way or with gambusia mosquito fish. Treating bird baths and other containers of water at home might work to attract and kill mosquitoes - plus Bti is completely harmless to pets, birds and other wildlife.
3. If necessary, you can spray to kill adult mosquitoes with plant oil pesticides such as EcoSMART. Pest control operators can use EcoEXEMPT Essentria. Garlic sprays work well to repel the insects for up to 20 days. Even better, broadcast dry minced garlic to the site at 1lb. per 1000 square feet. Bonide Mosquito Beater Granules is another good commercial dry product.
4. Use natural organic landscape management to encourage birds, bats, fish, dragonflies and other beneficial insects.
5. Instead of DEET, use skin repellents that contain natural repellent herbs such as aloe vera, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, lavender, vanilla, citronella and lemon eucalyptus. Taking garlic pills and/or vitamin B complex daily also seems to help greatly.
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