Blood Sucking Disease Carrying….

The mosquito is the worst pest of all. It carries numerous diseases including malaria (which kills over one million people each year), and the West Nile Virus. It is also the vector in the spread of deadly heartworms.

Mosquito Control

Controlling mosquitoes is difficult. They can breed profusely in even small amounts of standing water. The female mosquito, the one that does the feeding on our blood, lays her eggs in standing water. These eggs hatch into larva which then develops into adult blood–sucking mosquitoes. Reducing the number of mosquitoes in your area therefore is as simple as reducing the mosquito’s opportunities to breed by removing standing water and encouraging your neighbors to do the same.

Standing Water

Removal of standing water includes removing litter and other objects in which water can pool. Some objects often neglected are buckets, empty plant pots, tarps, old cars and machinery, clogged gutters, bird baths, pot holes, and other low-lying ground.

More difficult to remove standing water such as marshy areas, small pond, and ditches should be dealt with in other creative ways.

Marsh and swamp areas are extremely important to wildlife so should not be drained. However, in these areas there are usually natural components that limit mosquito population such as bats, fish, and different types of bacteria. We can encourage these handy creatures by making our homes more suitable and friendly to them, or by introducing them directly.

Mosquito-Eating Fish

In decorative ponds Gold Fish are not only a wonderful aesthetic addition, they also feed on the mosquito larva. Minnows are also an option and will also serve as a food source for other wild life in larger pond.

A fish particularly suited for the task of reducing mosquito larva is the Gambusia affinis, or “Mosquito Fish.” The Gambusi is indigenous to the Mississippi river areas but has been introduced around the US for mosquito control. This fish ravenously feeds on mosquito larva, reproduces well under a variety of conditions, and is also quite handsome.

However, care should be taken when introducing any new species into an ecosystem. The Gambusi, for example, also feeds on water mollusks. Mollusks in many ecosystems are responsible for water clarity by filtering it for their food, so an improper introduction of the Gambusi could reduce water clarity.

Before making a decision about introducing elements such as the Gambusi into your local ecosystem it is important to contact your local environmental or wildlife experts for advice. These people are also eager to control the mosquito population so will likely be of great assistance. They may know of local species that will suit your needs better and require less effort on your part.

Anti-Mosquito Bacteria

A bacterial insecticide called Bacillus thuringiensis has been successful in controlling mosquito populations in water areas where fish are not suitable. The kurstaki strain of Bacillus thuringiensis is commercially available in granules or bricks which are easily added to water sources during mosquito breeding seasons.

Bates - Mosquito Control Experts

This bacterium is specific to flies such as the mosquito so will not harm other creatures. It also does not affect creatures that prey on the mosquito and the bacteria is not harmful in humans.

Another good way to control insects including the mosquito, and is also beneficial to your local ecosystem, is to attract bats. Insect eating bats each night consume thousands of insects and cause no harm to other wildlife or humans.

If water sources such as pond and stream are close to your property, your situation is already ideal. Building an appropriately constructed bat house will eventually attract a colony of mosquito hungry bats. These delightful little creatures are having their natural roosts reduced every day by human development and deserve our support and protection.

Short-Term Mosquito Control - Chemicals

The use of chemicals in mosquito control is harmful to our Dobermans and to us, and is not an effective long term solution. Other control agents newly introduced include a mosquito trap. This device runs on propane. It burns the propane to produce carbon dioxide which attracts the mosquito and traps them in a net.

Expensive Mosquito Control - Mosquito Catching Machine

Using this device is expensive, it burns a resource better used for other purposes, is not very creative, and doesn’t work as well as a colony of bats. Building a bat house is simple, responsible, and something a land owner and Doberman owner can be proud of.