After all this rain, it’s time to wage war on mosquitoes
Prevention with mosquitoes is always a good idea. With the rainfall we have had, there is a lot of breeding sites for the mosquitoes.
Try to do your part in your yard to eliminate breeding areas, unfortunately, one used tire in a vacant lot or a ditch that holds water can produce a whole lot of mosquitoes.
First, I’m going to give you a shopping list. Pick up these items and then wage war on the mosquitoes and their breeding places in your yard.
Liquid Net (the Ultimate Insect Repellent by The Liquid Fence Company), Cyonara Lawn and Garden, Mosquito Repelling Granules or IC3, Mosquito Dunks and Altosid Pro G are some of the basic weapons that you will need to wage war against these blood suckers.
Apply the Liquid Net to yourself. This product is organic and does an unbelievable job against mosquitoes, gnats, no-see-ums, ticks and other biting insects. Liquid Net is non-greasy, DEET-free and safe for the whole family. It also has a 100 percent guarantee from the manufacturer. Last year, I had one of my customers from Possum’s wanting to travel around to the various ball field complexes and sell this stuff because it worked so well, was organic and would not harm her small children.
Now you are ready for the yard.
Scout around the yard for anything that holds water. Old tires, saucers under potted plants, bird baths, old flower containers or pots stacked in a corner, dog toys, kids toys, a container by the grill you use to soak wood chips in, a cooler, an old fountain, a hole in a tree and a dog’s water bowl all make great places for mosquitoes to breed.
Empty the water out these areas (refill the dog bowl and the bird bath daily). Many mosquitoes can breed in just an ounce of water.
If you have bigger areas of water like a ditch or a low area of the yard that holds water, apply the Mosquito Dunks or the Altosid Pro G. The Mosquito Dunks are an organic Bt product that kill larvae and the Altosid Pro G is a growth regulator product that contains the same active ingredient that is used in the Precor products for controlling fleas.
Although Altosid is not organic, it is considered to be very safe and labeled to be used in very sensitive areas like marshes.
Turn off your irrigation when you can and correct any drainage problems.
Any pruning you can do to increase air movement and sunlight penetration will also help.
Mosquitoes like moist stagnant areas. Overgrown shrubs and trees will favor fungus, certain plant insects as well as mosquitoes. Regular mowing will help the lawn dry.
Mosquitoes are a public health issue, so if neighborhood is not being maintained, you might be able to get some help from a government agency.
Next, you want to mow your lawn then spray the lawn, shrubs, trees and mulched areas with Cyonara Lawn and Garden. This product not only kills mosquitoes but also kills chiggers, fleas, ants, ticks, spittlebugs and roaches, just to name a few other problem insects out right now.
If you would like a more organic approach, apply Mosquito Repelling Granules. Check the weather (I know it is hard to do around here) because this product likes to be dry for 48 hours after application. This organic product really does a great job.
It is university-tested and has also proven itself in the Lowcountry.
Many of our customers at Possum’s have reported control for over three weeks. We sell it to people putting on large fundraisers, other outdoor festivals, weddings, sporting events and individuals and we always get positive feedback.
IC3 is another organic option. It is a spray that also gets a lot of other yard pest.
If this sounds like too much work, hire a professional.
Always read, understand and follow product label. The product label is a federal law.
Bill Lamson-Scribner can be reached during the week at Possum’s Landscape and Pest Control Supply. Possum’s has three locations, including one at 481 Long Point Rd. in Mount Pleasant (971-9601). Bring your questions to a Possum’s location, or visit us at http://www.possumsupply.com.