May 23rd, 2009 Archives

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We have a bad problem with tiger mosquitoes in our yard and my kids are getting bites on the legs. What do you recommend I can put on them to treat the sore?

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are active most of the day and can be a nuisance. Their bite not only itches but it can swell and be uncomfortable even if it’s not itchy. We have two ointments that we’ve found have worked well over the years at treating mosquito bites. The STING RELIEF SWABS are the preferred option for adults but they work great on anyone. STINGER STOPPER seems to be more acceptable by kids. It’s distinct yellow color seems to make them more tolerant of having it applied and less likely that they’ll rub it off since it’s highly visible. Both do a great job at relieving the discomfort.

Ultimately, you should consider doing some mosquito control around the property to reduce local numbers. We have several ways to treat this pest which are very effective and carefully explained in our on line MOSQUITO CONTROL article.

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I HAVE A HUGE YARD IT LIKE 2 TO  3 ACRES. I NEED TO GET SOMETHING I CAN PUT ON MY SPRAYER AND SPRAY IT. MY TANK IS 25 GAL. I WILL BE SPRAYING MY MOTHERS YARD TO AND IT IS ALSO LARGE. I HAVE A POOL AND MY YARD HOLD WATER. WHAT CAN I GET EVEN IF I HAVE TO SPRAY EVER OTHER MOTH. I JUST HATE THE MOSQUITOS.

We have several concentrates that could work for your situation. Based on the size of the sprayer you have, I would say the ESFENVALERATE would be a good option. It only needs a little bit to go long way when treating the turf for  mosquitoes. We also have some other “spray” options that can be seen in our MOSQUITO CONTROL article on line. My only concern is that spraying such a large area will take some time. Furthermore, it will not be as efficient compared to fogging.

I strongly recommend you read through our article to see the other options. Once you learn about other treatment options – specifically fogging – I think you might consider getting a fogger to do the work. Fogging is very effective, much easier to do and uses a lot less chemical over time. I can treat my 1/2 acre yard in 5-10 minutes using our BACK PACK FOGGER. It’s very efficient and totally portable. And it saves on chemical usage as well. But it’s not the only fogger that can do the job; we have several featured in our MOSQUITO FOGGING section.

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I’ve got lots of standing water on my property and I’m hoping you’ve got something I can use to kill them before they become biting adults. My property has drainage ditches and several low points that don’t drain. With all this rain we’ve been getting I know they’ve been laying eggs in several of these pools because I can see them swimming around. The humidity has been so high I just don’t think the areas will dry out enough to kill them so I want to do something if I can. What can I use?

There are two or three products that can be applied to standing water which work well. It’s not clear how big of an area you want to treat but for small pools, the MOSQUITO DUNKS or MOSQUITO GRANULES would work well. Both use BT as the active and are considered to be organic so they’re very safe. They can actually be used in rain barrels used to collect drinking water.

There is also a chemical growth regulator that you can get in our METHOPRENE GRANULES. This is very effective and cost efficient too. Either product should help and we have other options listed in our MOSQUITO CONTROL article.

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It seems like there are a lot of mosquitoes nesting in my grass. I water it a lot since I use well water and I notice when I go out there mosquitoes are everywhere. I thought they need water like a pond or lake to breed but now I’m thinking they might be living in the grass. Is this possible?

Absolutely. There are several mosquitoes that commonly lay eggs above lakes or ponds. There are others that lay eggs on the ground. The key is that most all do need some amount of water but the amount produced by watering your grass just once a week could be enough. If you are watering 2 or more times a week, there definitely is enough to allow several of the species listed in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE to both live and reproduce in your grass.

If you suspect this is the problem area, you’ll need to either spray or fog as explained in our article to get the infestation under control. Mosquitoes breeding in these open areas can be controlled with the right coverage so be sure to treat all your grass and mulch in order to reach their nests. MOSQUITO SPRAYING can be done efficiently if the yard is fairly small. For any yard 1/2 acre or larger, you’ll do a much better job doing some MOSQUITO FOGGING. It just uses chemicals more efficiently and over time will save both time and money. That being said, both options are very productive on mosquitoes.