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By Sonya McDaniel
OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

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OSU Cooperative Extension has great tips for homeowners to make their house a safe, healthy and stress-free environment. Of course, the information provided is based on reliable research which is proven to be effective and safe.

Sonya McDaniel is the Family and Consumer Science Extension Educator for Pottawatomie County. Her job is to deliver information over basic home economic skills to the public. She has 15 years of experience in teaching basic family relations, nutrition and meal planning, family budgeting and household management through the OSU system.

She owns a small farming operation with her husband in southern Pottawatomie County where they raise hair sheep, goats and cattle. They are busy keeping up with an on-the-go child, 5 dogs and one giant cat. Sonya definitely understands that running a home and family takes thought, time and money which all seem to be in limited supply!

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service does not discriminate because of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran and is an equal opportunity employer.

Email: sonya.mcdaniel@okstate.edu

Website: www.oces.okstate.edu/pottawatomie

Facebook: Pottawatomie County OSU Extension
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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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