June 2009 Archives

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I have a small yard with grass that seems to have a mosquito problem. I also have an organic garden right along side my yard and don’t want to use any pesticides so close. Do you have anything organic I can spray that won’t be toxic to my garden?

There are now several organic sprays you could use for such an area. The most popular would be the MOSQUITO KILLER RTS. It simply hooks to your garden hose, the turn dial is turned on and the water flowing through the hose will use the compound to treat the grass without you having to mix anything. Mosquito Killer uses Pyrethrin and Soap as the active and is NOP certified and compliant so it’s Ok for use around organic gardens. You should be able to keep any flying pest under control with this material. And be sure to check out our other organic products all of which can be seen at NON TOXIC PEST CONTROL.

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I’ve been seeing mosquitoes in my lawn and it looks like they’re nesting in the grass. Is this possible? I do water the lawn every other night but i thought they needed water to breed?

They do need water to breed but it doesn’t have to be standing water like a lake or pond. In fact, the water which accumulates in the lawn following a good rain or water sprinkle cycle can many times be enough to make them happy. First they’ll move in for shelter and if the good conditions persist, they’ll start reproducing for sure.

Mosquito lawn treatment is easy since the area is wide open and usually accessible. We’ve got many methods detailed in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE including liquid spraying and fogging. ESFENVALERATE works well, is easy to apply and covers a large area. If you prefer something organic, go with the MOSQUITO KILLER RTS. It won’t last as long as the Esfenvalerate but it does work and it comes with it’s own hose end sprayer. Be sure to treat any ground cover which may be harboring mosquitoes as well. Mosquitoes will flock to anything moist and many species only need a drop of water to survive so there are a lot of plants which can serve as fertile areas for them to reproduce.

If you have a large area to treat, you’ll find one of the Fogging solutions mentioned in our artilce will prove to be more effective and efficient for lawn treating. In the long run, you’ll use a lot less chemical and save a bunch of time as well. Fogging will work on the structure, in the lawn or on any plant growth as well.

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I’ve noticed some big mosquitoes in my lawn and would like to do some spraying. I’ve also read about fogging which seems to be better. What do you recommend?

If you have a small lawn and don’t mind dragging a hose around each time you have to spray, using a product like CYONARA RTS or the organic counterpart MOSQUITO KILLER RTS are both good choices. They’re good for lawns which are smaller than 5000 sq/ft and should be applied weekly for the organic option; once every two weeks for the CYONARA. We also have the ESFENVALERATE CONCENTRATE which will go a lot further and prove to be more economical to apply but you will need to get one of our HOSE END SPRAYERS.

Alternatively, you could decide to fog. Using a fogger for controlling mosquitoes in the lawn would be easy to do but where the fogger really pays off is when you need to treat heavy or dense vegetation. This is explained well in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE. Such areas are prone to major infestations and are nearly impossible to effectively treat with a spray. Our line of FOGGERS are both easy to use and extremely effective. The end result when fogging is usually a time and chemical savings so in the long run, the equipment will pay for itself.

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The mosquitoes around my house have gotten so bad I need to do something. I’d like to know how to control mosquitoes using a fogger. There is a guy three houses down that walks around his yard with a little sprayer that seems to be emitting a fog. Do you have something like this and what do I use in it?

There are many ways to control mosquitoes around the house as explained in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE. The real key is identifying what system works best for you. In some cases simply spraying will work but fogging is actually the best method overall. It just does a great job of covering all the key locations mosquitoes like to hide and breed and since the machine uses chemical so efficiently, you’re able to get a large area covered with little to no chemical when treating properly.

As for which fogger will be best for you; that will largely depend on your property. After reading our Mosquito article, you should be able to figure out which unit will treat your yard most efficiently. Clearly the FM6208 or FM6309 are good choices but we have units that are both smaller and larger as needed. I personally use the BIFEN CONCENTRATE and nothing else but I don’t have much of a problem to speak of. If you have an established population now, you may want to add some of the NYLAR GROWTH REGULATOR to the tank mix to help break their cycle that much faster.

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I would like to know what you’re best mosquito killer is. We have a bad problem I want to treat.

There really isn’t a “best” mosquito killer. If you take a little time to review our online MOSQUITO CONTROL article, what you’ll learn is that we have many products available for many different situations. For some people, merely repelling them is an adequate form of control. For most people, either spraying or fogging will turn out to be the best method of reducing local populations.

At this point you should read the article. As you’ll learn, spraying a small yard with ESFENVALERATE or MOSQUITO KILLER RTS are viable options. If you have a large area to treat, one of the many fogging machines we have in the article should be the best choice overall as they will both save time and chemical usage.

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I would like to know if there is a difference between mosketos and musketos. Locally they call them musketos but when I was a kid we called mosketos. These are the little flying bugs that suck your blood.

Actually, I think you mean mosquitoes. Some people spell it mosquitos too but the proper spelling is with the “qu” and not the “k” as well as an “i” and not an “e”. I’m assuming you mean the one we feature in our MOSQUITO CONTROL article.

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What would be the best product to spray mosquitoes that seem to be nesting in mulch? I have 6 flower beds around my house and like to water them 2-3 times a week. The other day I noticed when I got close to one it was alive with mosquitoes that seem to come up out of the pine straw mulch I use. When I moved some of it I could tell the ground was soaking wet and they seem to like the shade and moisture. I don’t want to spray anything that might hurt my impatience, daylilys or iris flowers which are so healthy this year. The problem is when I get close to them the mosquitoes attack!!!

Water is very much needed by mosquitoes and they can find it where many times people don’t realize it’s even present. One would think watering the flower bed would mean the soil gets wet and that all the water would soak down to the dirt making it impossible for insects like mosquitoes to use such areas for reproduction. In fact there are several species of mosquitoes that can live in mulch as explained in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE. All it takes is a little for them to be attracted and they instinctively know if it’s moist enough for them to lay eggs or not. And even if the wet area dries, the eggs will simply lay dormant till they get enough moisture to complete their cycle at some point in the future so once such locations are discovered, they can become a regular mosquito factory if left untreated.

If the area is small, you could spray it with some CYONARA RTS for quick control. This ready-to-spray product is odorless and quite effective on mosquitoes. It covers a large area, is odorless and even labeled for use on vegetable gardens so it’s safe for your flowers too. Cyonara is ideal for small areas like flower beds and since it can be sprayed virtually anywhere, a good choice to make.

If you want to go completely organic, use the MOSQUITO KILLER RTS. It won’t be as long lasting as the Cyonara but it’s amongst the safest products we sell labeled for use on vegetable gardens with little to no long term residual. Both products are highly effective on mosquitoes and will quickly kill off any in the mulch following the treatment. With the Cyonara, you’ll find you an go a good 1-2 weeks without needing to spray again. With the Mosquito Killer expect to treat 2-3 times a week in season.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Cyonara RTS:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/cyonara-32-oz-rts

Organic Mosquito Killer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/liquid/mosquito-tick-killer-32-oz-rts

Mosquito Control:  http://www.mosquitoes.net/mosquito-control

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What do you have that I can use to control mosquitoes in my yard? We have a large deck we like to hang out on during the end of the day and lately the mosquitoes have been taking over. Within 3-4 minutes my wife gets bit then my daughter. They don’t seem to bother me for 15 minutes or so but this year even i have been attacked. I’ve got around 8,000 square ft of grass I keep cut low but I do water it all the time. I bet the water is attracting the mosquitoes but I don’t care. I just want something to spray.

Mosquitoes will definitely take advantage of yards that have moisture. This is especially true during the summer when it gets hot and dry. If it’s been dry and you’re watering the grass, chances are high there will be several types of bugs coming around looking to start living in your grass. The bottom line is that mosquitoes love moist, shady locations and most yards in urban America offer this exact environment.

To start, you should review our online MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE which will explain all you need to know about mosquitoes. In the article you’ll learn about mosquito spray like CYONARA RTS and ESFENVALERATE. Both of these products are good for spraying and based on the size of your yard, you could conceivably use them efficiently. However, over time you may find the time and chemical used is bit more than you’d like. As a general rule, we feel one of our MOSQUITO FOGGERS are best suited for people trying to treat yards that are in excess of 5,000 sq/ft. It will cost more initialy but over time you’ll be saving on both chemical consumption and time needed to spray so we’re sure you’ll love using any one of the foggers we have listed on the site.

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Mosquito Control Products are listed below in the following sections:

  1. MOSQUITO REPELLENTS FOR USE IN BIG AREAS
  2. MOSQUITO REPELLENTS FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION
  3. MOSQUITO TREATMENTS AND LOTIONS FOR MOSQUITO BITES
  4. MOSQUITO LARVICIDES AND GROWTH REGULATORS
  5. MOSQUITO SPRAY FOR THE YARD
  6. ORGANIC MOSQUITO SPRAYS FOR THE YARD
  7. MOSQUITO AEROSOLS FOR THE HOUSE AND YARD
  8. MOSQUITO FOGGING MACHINES
  9. MOSQUITO FOGGER CHEMICALS
  10. MOSQUITO FOGGER ORGANIC CHEMICAL CONCENTRATES
  11. MOSQUITO TRAPS AND KILLERS

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MOSQUITO REPELLENTS FOR USE IN BIG AREAS

MOSQUITO REPELLENTS FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION

MOSQUITO TREATMENTS AND LOTIONS FOR MOSQUITO BITES

MOSQUITO LARVICIDES AND GROWTH REGULATORS

MOSQUITO SPRAY FOR THE YARD

ORGANIC MOSQUITO SPRAYS FOR THE YARD

MOSQUITO AEROSOLS FOR THE HOUSE AND YARD

MOSQUITO FOGGING MACHINES

MOSQUITO FOGGER CHEMICALS

MOSQUITO FOGGER ORGANIC CHEMICAL CONCENTRATES

MOSQUITO TRAPS AND KILLERS

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I have a serious chigger and mosquito infestation in my yard. I have a wet backyard (I’m going to get someone to regrade/install french drains). But do you have a recommendation for something I can apply? I have a small child. We like crickets and bunnies. We just don’t like biting insects. Is there any product you would recommend?

Chiggers are ground dwelling and don’t fly so it will be easy to get them; mosquitoes can be a little tougher to control because they can migrate over to your property from surrounding landscapes. That being said, mosquito control is possible as explained in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE. In the ORGANIC MOSQUITO SECTION, you’ll see the MOSQUITO KILLER RTS product which is ideal for most any small yard. You’ll need to apply it once every week or so but it should work well on both these pests even though it won’t say chiggers on the label. It does say ticks and chiggers are closely related to ticks. The point is this one spray  solution would work well and it’s certified organic as explained in our sister site NON TOXIC PEST CONTROL.

If you wish to use something stronger, go with the CYONARAY RTS or the ESFENVALERATE CONCENTRATE. These products will last longer and probably only need to be applied 1-2 a month so over the course of the summer so they will be more efficient to use. And when used correctly, they won’t pose a hazard to your family, pets or the local environment.

Lastly, fogging would control both problems as well and if you have a large yard as explained in our Mosquito Control article, you might consider getting one to do the treatments. Fogging is the most effecient way to treat and is usually what we recommend when treating yards that are 7,500 sq/ft or larger. This doesn’t mean you have to fog if you have a large yard but based on the fact that this area is moist, fogging would be a big saver in both time and cost if the yard it large compared to spraying. That being said, any of the above listed methods can provide satisfactory results as long as you stick with the program. Good luck!

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I’d like to know what you recommend as a natural mosquito control for our yard. I have a log cabin in the mountains we like to visit in the summer and fall but the mosquito population is out of control. Is there some kind of plant or animals that eat mosquitoes? i don’t feel like spraying when we’re there on vacation so something low maintenance is what we’d consider.

Natural mosquito control can be accomplished by keeping shade and moisture levels minimized as explained in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE. But if you reside in a moist region which has significant rainfall, it’s not likely that mechanical control done on the property will have a profound impact. For such properties it might be better to consider another option.

A natural mosquito control option that we’ve found works well is the impact a local bat can have. Since bats love to eat mosquitoes, getting them to forage on your property can many times have a big impact. But getting them to forage on your land can be tough. One way  to increase the chance of this happening is to install some bat houses. Start with a SMALL CEDAR BAT HOUSE if you’re unsure any are around. But since bats exist in all lower 48 States of America, it’s likely they are somewhere close. Our MEDIUM BAT HOUSES can house 50-100 bats and our BAT HOUSE CONDO can fit hundreds. Since getting them to move in can take a year or two, don’t expect results overnight. But once they find the house, it’s likely they’ll come back year after year providing perfectly natural and safe mosquito control.

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The mosquito repellent I’ve been using isn’t working anymore. Deet used to be good but for some reason, it doesn’t seem to stop these guys from landing on me and sucking some blood. Do  you have anything different I might try? I like to work in my organic garden without being attacked but this year is really bad and I need some relief.

Mosquito repellent comes in many forms. We have found the MOSQUITO 100% DEET works well as does the MOSQUITO CITRONELLA LOTION. We also have the MOSQUITO REPELLENT WITH SUNBLOCK option is good for when you expect to be out in direct sunlight where mosquitoes are active. This seems to be a good product for regions of the United States like the Southeast where Asian Tiger mosquitoes come out during the day.

Additionally, we have many mosquito repellents that can be used around the yard to help keep them off your property all of which can be seen in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE. These mosquito repellents can offer some relief by chasing them away from your property before they ever arrive.

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I need some kind of mosquito repellent that I can use in a small back yard. I don’t want to spray, that’s just too much work for me. But if you have a liquid or granule that I can spread around as a repellent, I’d like to know if it works.

Mosquito repellent for the yard is available and will usually last 1-2 weeks depending on the local weather. The most common used is our MOSQUITO REPELLENT GRANULES. Simply sprinkle it out around the property edge to help keep them from foraging into your property. We have learned this product works best when applied to areas where they are not nesting or roosting. If the areas you want to repel mosquitoes from are really shady and moist, you’ll probably need to consider doing one of the control options listed in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE. But if you have a small open area which is only attracts mosquitoes when people are present, the Repellent Granules should really help keep them away.

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I need a small mosquito fogging machine for my yard. I used to have a little propane unit that worked ok but it was weak and required special chemical. Do you have one that will let me mix my own so I don’t have to buy anything special? my yard is about 3000 square feet rectangle with some bushes on one side where I think they are nesting.

We have several MOSQUITO FOGGING MACHINE options that can handle a small yard. The most common is our FM MINI FOGGER. It can handle a small yard of 5,000 sq/ft no problem. And it has a small tank on it where you can place whatever chemical you want to use. We have several concentrates which work in these foggers which you can see in our MOSQUITO FOGGER CHEMICAL section. Larger models are available as well along with some other control methods all of which are detailed in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE.

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We live in an area where we have been told that we have “salt water” mosquitoes. We have also been told that fogging the area with a bio-mist will not work to kill the salt water mosquito. Can you tell me if this is accurate and if so, what kind of treatment is recommended on a large scale to control the salt water mosquito?

There are many species of mosquitoes that can live in breed around or in salt water. Some species must have salt water; some are able to live in both fresh or salt water. That being established, most all warm climate regions which have salt water marshes or wetlands are subject to some species of mosquito as well as biting midges, biting flies, thrips, no seeums and a whole host of other biting pests that like to feed on people.

Controlling any of these pests is generally not a real viable option. There are simply too many places available for them to live and breed. When someone says “fogging will not work” what they probably mean is that in the long term, mosquitoes will return or continue to be active in any given area due to a host of reasons. So what they are saying is probably true. However, if you read through our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE, what you’ll learn is that even if you are surrounded by mosquito breeding sites, you can still create a buffer zone or safe area on your property where you can expect to be mosquito free for days and maybe even weeks. In other words, controlling them on your property is most definitely possible. And though they might return at some point, you can still get some length of control that can vary from 2-4 days up to 2-3 weeks depending on local breeding cycles, weather conditions and other factors.

So to answer your question, large scale salt water mosquito control can be obtained. Where the confusion lies is in how one “defines” mosquito control. To us, mosquito control means not having them on your property for a given period of time. For example, I reside on the Chattahoochee river. There is a great deal of wetlands close by along with thick vegetation, lots of moisture and lots of shade. Basically it’s a “mosquito coast” of sorts. I use a BACK PACK FOGGER and treat my plants, my lawn and my property every 2-3 weeks and I’m able to keep my ground pretty much mosquito free for 1-2 weeks following every treatment. Sometimes this window of having mosquito control is even longer; sometimes shorter. The point is I’m not really controlling them; I’m merely limiting the ones that are active on my property and in the end, that is OK for me and my family. I suggest you attempt the same.

To do this, you must first decide on just how much of any area you want to protect. Next, you must get the right MOSQUITO FOGGER to use for this given area. Third, choose a good MOSQUITO CONTROL CHEMICAL to apply and then lastly, employ a treatment program that will yield the kind of results you are willing to accept. But go into this deal understanding you will not be truly “controlling mosquitoes” but instead, you will be controlling just how many you allow on your property. This approach will make any type of pest management easy to comprehend.

For now, if you want to forward details about how big of an area you want to treat we can list equipment and products that can handle the job. Alternatively, you can give us a call on our toll free at 1.800.877.7290 to talk with a specialist. I’m sure we’ll be able to get a level of salt water mosquito control that will be acceptable once we know the area involved and to what degree the occupants are willing to treat.