After several years of extreme drought, some of us have forgotten about the annoyance of pesky mosquitos. In my family, we tend to get several bites, which then swell and itch for days! The main control for mosquitos is to eliminate standing water; however that isn’t possible for some households. Either due to water features in landscaping and gardens, or livestock troughs.
According to OSU Fact Sheet: Household Pest Control EEP-7312, only females bite, and immature stages of mosquitoes cannot develop without water in which to live. Eliminating standing water outside will help reduce mosquito problems. Repellents containing DEET (e.g., OFF, Metadelphene, Delphene,
Deepwoods, or Cutters) or ethyl hexanedial (Rutgers 612) are effective. NOTE: See OSU
Extension Facts No. 7012 for more information on mosquito control.
According to Pottawatomie County Horticulture Educator, George Driever, there is a biological product which can be used in areas where it is necessary to leave water – fish ponds, watering troughs, bird baths, etc. It is a tablet placed in the water which contains bacteria which kill mosquito larvae, but is safe for animals. It does not work for chlorinated water, however. He has provided an example of a label for this product.
George will discuss more about pesticide options in the Shawnee News Star Wednesday Q&A article, so look out for that information coming soon. If you are interested in other OSU Fact Sheets, or would like to read the Fact Sheets referenced please visit the OSU Extension Office or http://www.dasnr.okstate.edu/extension/extension-fact-sheets-2.