Do It Yourself Pest Control with Mosquitoes is a must. Using control measures to restrict the breeding sites, and harborage sites. You can do this with out using and pesticides. The Use a Larvicides and other products labeled for the adults will help you get control.
Mosquitoes are one of the most widespread insect pests known to man. In fact, one type or another can be found on every continent except Antarctica. Mosquito bites can cause severe skin irritation through an allergic reaction to the mosquito's saliva-this is what causes the red bump and itching. A more serious consequence of some mosquito bites may be the transmission of serious diseases. Some of the diseases Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus and parasites that birds, dogs and houses are very susceptible to. Over 200 different species of mosquitoes live in the United States, all of which live in specific habitats, exhibit unique behaviors and bite different types of animals. All mosquitoes share some common traits, such as a four-stage live cycle. After the female mosquito obtains a blood meal (male mosquitoes do not bite), she lays her eggs directly on the surface of stagnant water. The eggs hatch in two to three days and mosquito larvae emerges. The larvae live in the water, feed and after four to ten days, develop into the third stage of the life cycle called a pupal (like a cocoon). The pupal also stays in the water, for another day or two. Finally, the mosquito emerges from the pupal case and leaves the water as a fully developed adult, ready to bite as the female needs a blood meal to start the cycle all over again. While mosquitoes can probably never be completely eliminated, they can be effectively controlled. Here are ways to minimize mosquitoes in your home and garden:
Eliminate breeding spots. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. The eggs hatch into small "wiggler larvae" which are visible to the naked eye. The larvae pupate into flying adults, usually within 10 to 14 days. In many lakes, ponds and streams, predators like fish and other insects feed on the larvae and keep mosquito populations to a minimum. But around your home and neighborhood, even the smallest puddle or container of standing water (a thimble full of water) can be a serious breeding ground for mosquitoes. So do everything you can to empty them. Look for water in old tires, small toys, tarps or pieces of plastic, clogged rain gutters, low spots, and in trays under potted plants. If possible, rearrange or move items so water won't recollect, or check again after it rains. Fill low spots with soil. Change water in birdbaths or fountains once a week or use a nontoxic form of Bt (a bacteria), which also kills the larvae. We have Sentry Granules (contains Bt) and Pre Strike Mosquito Torpedo (contains Methoprene Insect Growth Regulator). Both of these products are safe for other fish, humans, animals and vegetation, when used as directed.
Control larvae. There are several ways to control mosquito larvae in small ponds, water gardens and other places where the water can't be emptied regularly. They include introducing mosquito fish (resembles a guppy on steroids). We have Pre Strike Mosquito Larvicide (contains Methoprene Insect Growth Regulator). This product is safe for other fish, humans, animals and vegetation, when used as directed. For more information, contact your local mosquito control district or health department.
Keep pools and spas chlorinated. Also, don't allow water to collect on pool or spa covers.
Use mosquito repellents or protective clothing when necessary. Be sure to read and follow label directions.
Install yellow "bug lights" outdoors. Some mosquitoes are attracted to light.
The use of fans and ceiling fans can help. Mosquitoes don't like flying in a strong breeze, so the use of fans on the deck and other outside areas can help.
Double-check screens. Make sure all doors and windows are sealed tightly so mosquitoes can't get indoors.
Treat lawns and gardens. Use Mavrik Perimeter on paving, tall grass or weeds, along foundations and beneath shrubs, Mavrik Perimeter will kill adult mosquitoes when they land (Mavrik Perimeter, when dry will not kill your Honey Bees in your area). Follow label instructions carefully and don't spray on water. You'll get best results if you spray during cooler parts of the day, such as evening or early morning.
As the Do It Yourself Pest Control Person you are the one responsible for any Drift of Pesticide or contamination of waters in the area. So please read and follow the label very carefully.
Other good products labeled for Mosquitoes are Bifen IT, Cy-Kick CS, Cynoff WP, Demand CS, Demon WP, Suspend sc, and Talstar P. Only the females bite.
If mosquitoes continue to be a problem, contact your local mosquito control district or health department.