What Does The Mosquito Say?

There’s a song title, “She (expletive)Hates Me” by the band Puddle Of Mud. That’s a fair assessment of how I feel about mosquitoes.

That puddle of mud in the yard is all about holding onto its water. There are mosquitoes hovering near it. I’m sure they are laying eggs. Probably staring in my direction, thinking “Ha, Ha. Whatcha gonna do about it?” That nuisance, disease vectoring insect buzzing by my head, and biting on my neck and arms has got to go.

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It’s going to be tough to drain the puddle, but I’ll try to get some fill dirt. In the mean time, I will grab some insect growth regulator (IGR) an treat that mud hole.

There are several IGR choices. Some liquids, some solids. There is even a bacterial treatment that has proven effective on these blood suckers. A new type of container treatment and mist blowing are good choices, too.

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We can expect to have mosquitoes in the spring, summer, and early fall. The onset of these insects comes when standing water, caused by rainy weather, or your sprinklers, is left alone. Some instances would be water not drained from flower pots, or toys, clogged gutters, your favorite bird bath, even a swimming pool that hasn’t been chemically treated.

These important, 4-stage life cycle, health related insects should be controlled throughout the sunny seasons, and sometimes, year round. They can transmit malaria, encephalitis, yellow fever, Zika, and others. Your pets can be at risk, as they can cause heart worm in dogs.

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It’s summer. We all want to enjoy our backyard barbecue. We DON’T want that mosquito messing things up. So….. let’s help ourselves. Take a look around. What objects are still holding water from those spring rains? How about getting exercise with some “tire flipping”? It’s OK to have those pesky mosquitoes hear you singing, really loud,“ I (&@!?) Hate You”.

Published by Melisa Arnold, A.C.E.

My career in pest management began while working in a flour mill as the “in-house” technician in 2008. I am certified in multiple states including a DOT CDL/HazMat. I began working full time as a fumigation-pest control tech in 2010. I achieved my Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) in 2018. I have a Master Tech certification from Kansas State University/Kansas Pest Control Association. I hold a Bat Management certification from NWCOA. Every day, I realize how much I DON’T KNOW. My goal for this blog is to share my every day experiences from the field and to make us all think outside the box for solutions to make pest control make sense.

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