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Sonya McDaniel I have been an OSU Extension Educator for over 10 years providing individuals and families with information about healthy cooking and eating, simple money management tips, steps to making housework and daily routines easier and how ...
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Sonya McDaniel I have been an OSU Extension Educator for over 10 years providing individuals and families with information about healthy cooking and eating, simple money management tips, steps to making housework and daily routines easier and how to deal with daily life issues. I live on a small working ranch in Pottawatomie County with my husband, dogs, cat, sheep and cows. We enjoy growing a small garden and turning the produce into yummy treats for the rest of the year. Although I grew up a city girl from Missouri, I enjoy the simpler life of country living with the suburban flare of Shawnee. My joys in life are: watching young kids learn new skills and be successful, singing at church every Sunday, watching things grow (other than weeds!), and hanging out with my friends and family.
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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.      

 

http://www.summitchemical.com/wp-content/themes/SUMCHM/images/Dunks_Front_NEW_out-12-7-08.pdf

 

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.

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