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We have a creek in our neighborhood where beavers have built a large damn. There are now some areas of pooled water that stand unless there has been a recent rain. We are concerned about mosquitoes becoming a problem and are looking for a solution that would be as friendly as possible to plant and animal life. Thanks so much for your help!

The best option for this scenario would be the BT DUNKS or BT GRANULES. This product uses naturally occuring bacteria which will kill off developing mosquito larvae. It’s safe enough to be used in most any water including a creek like you described and won’t impact the fish, birds or other wildlife.

Here is a direct link to the item in our cart:

Dunks:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/bacteria/mosquito-dunks

Granules:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/bacteria/mosquito-bt-granules

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Hello!
I’ve heard great things about your products, and am hoping you can give me some advice on which products might be best for me. I’m interested in killing the mosquitoes that plague our backyard… my kids won’t play out there because there are so many and I can’t blame them.
We live on a double lot in Wisconsin (near Milwaukee) that backs up to several hundred acres of woods. There is no stream or swamp that I know of or can see. We don’t have a pond, fountain or other water feature. We have a full basement, but they did add on to the house and the additions have a crawl space and a cement slab foundation.
I looked through the products that you offer, and I’m just not sure which would be best. Fogging seems effective, but we have so much woods, I’m wondering if it would really provide any relief or if more bugs would arrive after we fogged. The dunks and granules seem great, but we don’t have any standing water that I can see (we do have a garden and plenty of flower beds that I water). I’m most interested in the moquito pheromone trap and the bat houses, to be honest. I have 3 kids and a dog, and that seems the most inobtrusive way to get rid of the bugs…….. I don’t like putting sprays on the kids, particularly the 1-year-old.
Do you have any advice for me? Thanks so much for your time!

As explained in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE, there is no need for water to be present in order for mosquitos to be active in any given area. There are many locations where they can thrive with no visible water around and in most any yard, such locations are available. That being said, to get control of the ones on your property will probably be best obtained by going with either the Spray or the Fogging options we have listed.

As for repellents; they don’t really do anything to the local population and are really only suggested as a way to keep them off pets and children when you travel. Clearly the use of insect repellent is not a “control” and when it comes to infestations on the property, it’s not something we recommend.

Since you are receptive to the concept of having bats control your local population, I would say the installation of a BAT HOUSE would be a great way to start. Since it takes some time to get the house conditioned so that bats will move in, it’s never too early to set some out.

To help keep the mosquitos minimized until the bats start helping, you might consider the ORGANIC MOSQUITO SPRAY we have listed. It’s very safe and will pose no hazard to people, pets or the environment. No special equipment is needed to do the work and I’m sure you’ll obtain adequate results so that you and your family can go outside and not be eaten alive.

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I have an organic garden that is doing well. I don’t spray it with anything but instead have been hand picking off destructive pests. So far this is working but I can’t seem to stop the mosquito population using this method. Do you have anything I can spray around my vegetables that might help? Some kind of organic remedy?

We have several organic sprays that can be used for mosquito problems around your garden. The most effective is the ORGANIC MOSQUITO KILLER RTS . This spray comes in a ready-to-spray container that is simply hooked to your garden hose and ready to work. It’s great for all kinds of landscaping, grass and plants and the only thing I wouldn’t recommend it for would be the vegetables themselves.

For the organic vegetables, use either the GARDEN DEFENSE w/NEEM or the 3 IN ONE CONCENTRATE. Both work well, can be sprayed right on vegetables up to the day of harvest and will work on most any insect including the mosquito. One last option to consider is the HOUSEPLANT INSECT KILLER. It can be sprayed directly on any plant (organic vegetables too) and will provide quick control of common pests like the mosquito.

More information on how to best use all these products can be seen in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE where other options are explained in great detail. And remember, when done properly none of these treatments pose any danger or risk to people or pets as long as you follow the PRODUCT SAFETY GUIDELINES we have posted.

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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.

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I’ve had an ongoing battle with mosquitoes that are nesting or living in the ivy I have growing in my back yard. There is a lot of it and most is pretty thick too. Some is draped over a fence and some is on the ground. I estimate we have 3-4 thousand sq/ft and I’m wondering if the liquid treatments you have would be best because it’s so thick or if fogging would be a better solution?

Ground ivy is one of the best hiding locations for mosquitoes. Ivy can hold moisture well and provide all the ingredients needed to let mosquitoes both reproduce and stalk food.

Treating ivy is mostly dictated by where it is growing and how much of an area you need to treat. Based on what you listed above, you should be able to get good control using just a liquid concentrate that’s sprayed out with one of our Hose End Sprayers. If the ivy is on the side of a hill making it difficult to access, one of our Foggers might be the better option. You can see several models that could handle this task in our Mosquito Control Article.

Minimizing moisture in these areas could help a lot too so try and keep water to a minimum as this will certainly attract more to the area. Using Nylar with the tank mix will improve any performance of the treatment so be sure to include some to help reduce retreatments.