Mosquitoes are arguably one of, if not the most, annoying insect on the planet. A mosquito’s bite can and usually does ruin all outdoor functions during the spring and summer months. I’m not going to bore you with the biology of mosquitoes, but what I will do is provide you with the knowledge and the tools you’ll need to control mosquitoes.
1. Mechanical Control – This is where you should always start. Mechanical control is when you eliminate the mosquito’s source of breeding. If there are no places for mosquito larvae to hatch and become adults, you’ve just eliminated most of the problem. Old tires, flower pots, swimming pools, bird baths, clogged gutters and impressions in the ground are all ideal mosquito breeding havens. Remove water after rains from anything the can and will hold moisture. Repairing screen doors, door sweeps, etc also will eliminate entry points into the house.
2.Mosquito Repellent – There are numerous mosquito repellents on the market. DEET is usually the main ingredient, but anything over 20% is a waste. So read the label carefully before buying. Lotions like Skin so Soft, and various brands of Citronella products like Tiki torches and bucket candles are also very popular.
Unlike other insect repellents, the MosquitoPatch is non-toxic and completely safe for use. Delivering only 100% thiamine directly to the bloodstream, the MosquitoPatch avoids the potential harmful side effects on the intestine and liver of attempting to ingest enough vitamin B1, as well as the other health side-effects attributed to other forms of mosquito repellent.
3. Mosquito dunks – Mosquito dunks are a larvicide which kills the mosquito larvae by preventing them from growing into adults, and or contaminating the larvae’s food source (bacteria, algae etc). Some mosquito dunks can be quite costly. Only use dunks in standing stagnant water that doesn’t go away. Please read the LABEL before applying, because it’s not intended for large bodies of water.
4. Mosquito Trap / Magnet – The mosquito magnet (also known as a mosquito trap) is the Cadillac of all mosquito control systems.
Mosquito magnets are propane operated and require the use of Octenol or Lurex (depending on what types of mosquitoes are in the area you live). The combination of CO2 and Octenol mimic a human breath, which in turn attracts mosquitoes to the location of the trap. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you should seriously consider one of these. The Skeetervac mosquito trap is also very effective.