In our last post we talked about mosquito misting systems and how they can help you take back your back yard. These systems rely on Pyrethrum, a daisy-based mosquito repellent.
Though Pyrethrum is EPA-rated for safe use around the home, there are plenty of people who have concerns about using it. So we thought we’d take a moment to discuss a few alternatives.
If you’re not into chemical warfare then you might try biological warfare instead. To do this, reach for Btis.
“Bti,” bacillus thuringienis ssp. israelensis are bacteria which infect and kill mosquito larvae. These bacteria are highly selective, killing only mosquitoes and their close relatives like gnats and black flies. Formulations of Bti will only kill these types of insects and do not harm other kinds of insects, fish, birds, worms, or any mammals.
When Bti are eaten by mosquito larvae they damage the gut cells and quickly paralyze them, then kill the larvae quickly and efficiently. A moderate-to-heavy dose has been shown to reduce the mosquito population by one half in 15 minutes, and the rest within one hour.”
Source: Arbico Organics.
These bright yellow traps provide 20-25 weeks of mosquito protection. The color attracts mosquitoes and other pests.
The sticky plastic tape catches mosquitoes and kills them because they starve or dehydrate, unable to escape.
Add the Right Plants
Some people repel mosquitoes by introducing the right plants into their landscape. You would need generous portions of multiple types of plants to really get a lot of relief, but it’s certainly worth thinking about.
- Lemon balm
- Lemon thyme
- Lemon grass
- Pyrethrum daisies
Fortunately these are all quite enjoyable plants. 🙂
Remove Breeding Grounds
While removing standing water won’t kill mosquitoes directly it at least ensures that you’re not actively encouraging them. Be especially vigilant after a storm, since water can collect in children’s toys or other containers spread around your yard.
And, of course, we’ll say it again – there is no better breeding ground for mosquitoes than clogged gutters. If you live in Brandon or elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area just contact us for a free quote. Why should you get eaten alive trying to clean your own gutters when you can get us to do it for you?