Controlling Pests that Pester You. Part 7: Mosquitoes

Mosquito (culex pipiens)
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You told us the pests that most pester you, so we, in turn, are providing a hub of information for control of those top pests. Simply review the short write up on each article or video and click the link for more information.

The pests that pestered even worse than these were:

  1. Rodents
  2. Flies
  3. Ants
  4. Spiders
  5. Cockroaches
  6. Termites or Carpenter Ants

This seventh article in the series focuses on your #7 concern: Mosquitoes.

7% of responders said they have or have had a problem with mosquitoes in their homes.

All About Mosquitoes
Did you know ... Female mosquitoes are usually larger than males, and are the only ones that "bite" humans? Did you know ... mosquitoes are not only a great annoyance and irritant during outdoor activities in the spring and summer, they can be vectors of serious disease, including encephalitis, West Nile virus, and yellow fever. Did you know ... Mosquitoes have poor vision, using receptors on their antennae to sense the presence of a blood meal. Find out more about this pesty bug and protection from it.

Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Some People?
There is no question that mosquitoes are more attracted to some people than others, and it seems, to some parts of the body over others. But who is really most susceptible and why? The topic is, and has been, the subject of a great deal of government, university and private research for years.

Although there is still much that is unknown about mosquito attraction, and each mosquito species can be attracted to different things, things article helps to explain what is fact and what is fallacy in mosquito attraction.

Keep Mosquitoes Away
During the warm months, most retailers have shelves filled with sprays and lotions designed to be applied directly to the body and clothing to repel mosquitoes and prevent bites.

When products with effective active ingredients are used correctly, this can be the best means of protection. But what ingredients are most effective and how should they be used. Find out in this article which includes recommendations from experts.

Control Mosquitoes with Environmental Modifications
Mosquitoes thrive in moist areas, and in fact, need them to thrive and breed. Their eggs are laid and hatch in or at the edge of standing or slow waters. The larvae then lives in the water until emerging as adults. Even a small amount of water left in a bucket, sandbox toy, bird bath, or planter, or created by pooling water from a leaky hose, can provide breeding ground for hundreds of mosquitoes. It is because of this that reducing moisture around your home – and neighborhood – can help keep mosquito populations down. This article tells you how.

Mosquito Control: What Really Works?
A vast array of devices are marketed as attracting, repelling, trapping or killing mosquitoes, but what really works? This article discusses some of the most common control methods, what they are, how they work, and if they work, including: Citronella, carbon dioxide traps, light traps, timed sprays, and ultrasonic devices.

Attract, Trap, and Zap Flying Insects
Insect light traps (ILTs), also called insect electrocutors or bug zappers, can be very effective forms of attracting, trapping, and zapping flying insects. However, it is important to realize that that is exactly what the insect light trap is doing: Attracting the insects in order to trap or zap them. This article provides information about types of traps, proper placement, maintenance and effectiveness.

Next in the series ... Bed bugs