Pest type: Insects
There are more than 2,500 different species of mosquitoes in the world, 150 of which occur in the U.S. and a only small fraction of which actually transmit disease.
Mosquitoes are linked the spread of West Nile Virus and other dieseases. However, only a small percetage of people are affected. For More information read The Truth About West Nile Virus.
Trim back overgrown vegetation.
Wear long-sleeved, loose, light colored clothing. Mosquitoes can't bite what they can't reach!
Check ponds and sources of water for signs of mosquito larvae. Eggs can be laid either one at a time or in rafts and float on the surface of the water. Larve live in the water and come to the surface to breathe.
Use least-toxic repellents: picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or other essential oils. Reapply often.
Sit near a fan when outdoors. Mosquitoes can only fly about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour - so they sure don't like flying to 10 mph wind! Use an ocillating fan for the best results.
Screen yourself in. Screened in porches or outdoor pop-ups are a good way to keep mosquitoes out while you enjoy the nice summer weather.
Burn citronella candles. While not the most effective means to repel mosquitoes, outdoor citronella candles can play a role in keeping mosquitoes out of your immediate vicinity when there's no wind.
The Mosquito Magnet. A machine much like a gas grill burns propane gas that sends out a plume of carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide attracts mosquitoes, which are then sucked in and killed. One magnet can control adult mosquitoes over an acre of land, though different levels of success have been reported.
Stock closed, ornamental ponds with mosquito eating fish such as minnows or bluegills. Nuture natural mosquito predators such as bats(!), birds and dragonflies, beetles, frogs and snails. Pesticide use adversely impacts these beneficals species.
Look at your product labels and try to avoid products containing those chemicals listed below:
(A = acute health effects, C = chronic health effects, SW = surface water contaminant, GW = ground water contaminant, W = wildlife poison, B = bee poison, LT = long-range transport)
Piperonyl butoxide (PBO)