‘Tis the season to feel the wrath of those pesky mosquitoes that thrive in humidity. One word can describe how we all feel about them: ugh! It may be hot & humid, but that is simply par for the course of a typical August in Alabama – don’t let them rule your roost (or sanity) because we have a few tricks up our sleeve that might just teach them to visit elsewhere!
We all hate having to practically bathe ourselves in any sort of spray, oil or lotion to repel pests – nor should we have to. Here are a few alternatives to warding off mosquitoes (& other flying insects):
Bonide’s Mosquito Beater
Mosquito Beater is an all-natural, non-toxic, biodegradable area mosquito repellent (5oz per 1,000 sq ft) which makes enjoying your lawn, patio & pool areas much easier without the threat of mosquitoes. One application can last up to three weeks (effective one hour after applied) too – however, just like most products the weather conditions (rain, temperature and wind) may have a bearing on their effectiveness.
Mosquito Beater is quick and easy to apply – ready to use with no mixing and no water involved. Simply broadcast the granules on the ground directly from the container, with a lawn spreader, dust gun or hand crank duster. Best results are when applied in the evening when the air is at it’s most still – and the area will not be disturbed by people – allowing maximum effectiveness.
Bonide’s Mosquito Beater Fog
Talk about an effective fog to eliminate mosquitoes and their buddies! Mosquito Beater Fog is great treatment against mosquitoes, flies, gnats, small flying moths, hornets and yellow jackets. For use outdoors, stand 4-6ft away and simply aim the nozzle towards bushes and grass – give special attention to breeding areas such as garbage cans and compost piles (one man’s trash is another mosquitoes heaven!).
To treat indoors, first make sure area is void of people and pets. Next, close all doors and windows and direct the spray nozzle directly up in the center of the room (spray 5-10 seconds for the average room) with a slow sweeping motion. Concentrate spraying areas where light is available (like windows) where insects are attracted. After applying the fog, leave the room and close the door for 15 minutes – ventilate room thoroughly before entering to utilize. Don’t forget to then sweep up any fallen insects. This method will take care of mosquitoes, cluster flies, houseflies, fruit flies, gnats, wasps, hornets, bees, black flies, skipper flies, blow flies and small flying moths.
Want to nail the really creepy pests such as cockroaches, waterbugs, palmetto bugs, silverfish, firebrats, crickets, scorpions, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, sowbugs and pillbugs? Simply spray the Mosquito Beater Fog into hiding places like cracks, crevices, behind sinks, cabinets, along baseboards/floors, around drains, and plumbing. See one? Go ahead and spray them on contact whenever possible.
Oak Stump Farms Mosquito & Flying Insect Trap
This trap is a certified green product and is pesticide-free. The trap is a simply, long-term population control system. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and use an invisible pheromone marker to tag the best egg-laying sites so they can find their way back again. This mosquito trap works as a breeding site that has the exact same egg-laying phermone that attracts female mosquitoes looking for a spot to lay eggs. Mosquitoes and other flying insects can not escape from the trap and drown.
To get started, pick up one of the coordinating bait packs and follow the directions on the reverse side of the packaging to mix. Simply add the bait mixture to the trap itself and rest assured that in a matter of days (& sometimes 1-2 weeks) the trap will be a huge success!