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Our yard is filled with songbirds and hummingbirds. The mosquitoes are very bad, and we need to use a product to get rid of them. What should we use which will not harm the birds? We are next to water and do not want to harm the fish. Which product do we use and which fogger do we use? Would the Essentria IC3 be a good choice? Which fogger does it work with?

I too have a yard filled with songbirds and hummingbirds. In fact I have several feeders for both and they’re filled daily with hundreds of hummingbirds, woodpeckers, cardinals, blue birds and others. I also live on a large river. Suffice to say I also have a nasty problem with gnats, mosquitoes and other biting pests. To combat them, I use BIFEN and my BACK PACK MISTER.

Bifen IT:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/bifen

Back Pack Mister: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/solo-mistblower-backpack

With that being said, I’m 100% sure you could use this set up and not put your birds or water in jeopardy of any kind. The key is making proper, controlled placements and not over doing it. And of course, I don’t get close to the water. I stay a good 150 feet away.

So if you too can stay at least 100 feet away from whatever water is close by, the Bifen would be okay to use. But if you want to be extra cautious or if the water is real close to where you need to treat, the ESSENTRIA IC would be the best choice. Let me point out it works just as good as the Bifen. As I see it, the only trade off is cost because it does run a bit more compared to the Bifen but not by much.

Essentria IC3: http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/liquid/eco-excempt-gal

As for what fogger to get? That’s really dependent on how much you have to treat. I’m covering 3/4 of an acre which is why I like using the back pack mister. But the FM6309 is a good choice and can handle up to an acre no problem.

FM6309:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/fogmaster-6309-120-v

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Hi,

We live in a Decatur, Ga. neighborhood with lots of trees. I’m a gardener & water frequently to keep plants alive during the summer though we try to eliminate standing water. I grow lots of herbs & some veggies, which we eat, so I’m looking for an eco-friendly choice. Mainly we have lots of the Asian tiger mosquitos that are out biting all day long. Advice?

We’re right down the road from you in Lilburn GA and know the tiger mosquitoes well. In fact we sell many products for this pest. You can read up on all these products as well as the equipment we carry here:

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

As for your situation, there are two things I’d suggest. The first is get a fogger. Depending on the size of the lot you’ll be treating, either the MINI FOGGER or the FM6208 will do the job.

Fogmaster Mini Fogger: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/fogmaster-5330-120-volt

FM6309:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/fogmaster-6309-120-v

Personally I prefer the MIST BLOWER but that’s because I’m treating an acre with a lot of leafy brush so I need something versatile and mobile. The back pack mister makes fast work of my lot and lets me go anywhere without the restraint of an electric cord.

Back Pack Mister: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/solo-mistblower-backpack

Now since I’m not growing anything I eat, I mostly mist with BIFEN. It’s odorless, won’t hurt any plant, easy to mix and works well on all pests.

Bifen IT:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/bifen

But since you’re growing plants which will yield edible fruit or vegetables, I recommend going with the EVERGREEN PYRETHRIN. It can be sprayed on edible crops and will work just as well as the Bifen for the short term.

Now what I mean by the “short term” is that side by side, both products will kill most everything within a day of being applied. From there the difference in the two is that the Bifen will last a good 1-2 weeks. Maybe even longer.

But the Evergreen will be gone within just a day. Evergreen uses a “pyrethrin”active so it won’t provide any type of lasting residual. This is mostly for safety reasons since you’ll be spraying edible crops.

Evergreen: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/exciter-16-oz

Now don’t think you’re sacrificing much using the Evergreen in place of the Bifen. Remember, when you treat with either you’ll be killing most everything in the area. And that means you’ll be pest free for awhile since it will take some time before the local pests come back to the treated area and re establish themselves.

Just how long that takes will vary from yard to yard. But if you can get a couple of weeks without pests, then the tradeoff would be non existent. But obviously if the pests come back in a day or two, you might want to opt for using the Bifen in the “non edible plant” area and the Evergreen on the vegetable garden only.

Good luck!

Jonathan
Customer Care

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I live on a river in Jacksonville Florida and have been using a mosquito trap for mosquito control. The trap uses propane and bait to lure mosquitoes to meet their doom either stuck to fly paper or trapped by a small fan that sucks them into a death chamber. I have never tried fogging, so I wish to know which you recommend and why. Please advise and thanks.

If you read through our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE, you’ll see we don’t even list mosquito traps. There are many reasons for this and here are just a few.

First, mosquito traps do not control local populations. No doubt they can catch some. Maybe even a lot. But you’ll still have mosquitoes throughout the property and in our experience, the mosquitoes caught do not impact the local population enough to make a difference.

Second, it only takes a few mosquitoes to ruin the day. One can bite several times and will no doubt do so once it finds food. Since using traps will leave a significantly higher population of mosquitoes on the property where they’re installed compared to fogging, there is simply not enough of a reduction to make a difference and in the end, the bites will continue.

Third, fogging is so effective, easy to do and way more practical, why wouldn’t you do it? In fact you can continue to use as many traps as you wish because the two can be used simultaneously. So if you love your mosquito trap but want to take out more local mosquitoes, keep it. Just realize that if you’re fogging properly, you won’t be finding nearly as many trapped and eventually, you will get to the point where you’re just not catching any. This is when you’ll know you’re fogging correctly because you really can eliminate mosquitoes from any normal sized, average home lot of land.

Lastly, since mosquitoes can breed in so many areas around most any home, it’s not possible to strategically locate enough traps for them to intercept every  mosquito that will fly on your property. In fact when you take this into consideration, what we find on most lots is that a single trap can really only affect 10-20 % of the areas where mosquitoes will live and breed. And if they have to pass by you to get to a trap, it won’t happen. They’ll stop first where they find people every time. This means in order to use traps effectively, you’ll need a bunch placed out working around the clock. Besides the inordinate cost, they’ll be a bit of an eyesore. Fogging will enable you to deal with any mosquito hot spot with immediate results and no unsightly devices littering the landscape.

If you haven’t read through our article, I suggest you take the time to review it in detail. We’ve got several sized foggers all of which can do the job and once you’re armed with the right piece of equipment, the mosquitoes that forage on your property won’t stand a chance.

Here is a direct link to our article:

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

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I’m exploring options for controlling mosquitoes around our home. We live on 3 acres of woods. We have a wetland behind the house that holds water thru mid summer. We have been using a mosquito magnet with some success, but i’m thinking i would like to use a fogger a few times a season to really knock them down. I’d like a recommendation please. Thanks. Erik

Based on the area you want to treat, I’d go with the BACK PACK FOGGER. These have been out of stock for awhile but we’re about to be receiving a big order. Ideally suited for 1/2+  acre lots, you’ll be both mobile and independent while using it. I use one for my 1 acre lot but have gone about treating various areas of my subdivision from time to time with the total area in the 2-3 acre range by the time I was through.

As for what to use in the mister; I say start with nothing but the BIFEN. It covers a wide range of pests and works great on flying insects. Plus it’s odorless and easy to mix up.

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

Back Pack Fogger:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/solo-mistblower-backpack

Bifen:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/bifen

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

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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 have lot of mosquitos in my home and i have babies, what should i do?

As you know, mosquitoes in the home present a direct threat to you and your babies. I suggest you start treating with one of the aerosol products we have featured in our MOSQUITO CONTROL ARTICLE.

The METERED AEROSOL option can be set up in a few locations around the home where mosquitoes have been found to enter. You get to control when the AEROSOL MACHINES go off and since they will be automatic, there won’t be any need for you to worry about when to treat. Just remember to replace the refills when they run dry.

If you prefer to spray at your own leisure, get some AQUACIDE AEROSOL which you’ll be able to control manually as needed. Most people find treating in the evening will get most any flying pest problem they might have inside.

Lastly, we also have the organic FLYING INSECT KILLER which would be used exactly the same way as the Aquacide. Just spray a little bit as needed in rooms where the mosquitoes are active and you should be able to keep them under control throughout the summer months.

Here are direct links to the products mentioned above:

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

Metered Aerosol:  http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page1976.html

Aerosol Machine:  http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page1926.html

Aquacide Aerosol: http://www.bugspray.com/item/aquacide_aerosol.html

Organic Flying Insect Killer:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/aerosols/flying-insect-killer-14-oz

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I seem to have mosquitoes taking over my property in the last month. We’ve had more rain than ever and I think they’re breeding somewhere in my yard. What do you you have that I can use to either fog or spray?

Mosquitoes will move into yards where moisture is prevalent and able to to keep them both happy and protected. Shady, damp landscape will suffice since they don’t need a lake or pond to reproduce. Most all such locations can be kept minimized as explained in our MOSQUITOES article and this will really help will local populations so your effort will pay rewards for sure.

Also in our article you will find both MOSQUITOE SPRAY and MOSQUITOE FOGGING solutions. Both are very effective and as a general rule, spraying is best for yards 5,000 sq/ft or less with fogging being the better solution for larger sized properties. Both control methods will work when using the MOSQUITOES PRODUCTS we have listed in the article and if you treat every 2-3 weeks, you’ll be able to keep this pest under control.

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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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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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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.