Ah, summer time …. What a great time to spend outdoors in the Ogden and Northern Utah areas!! We look forward to this all winter and now that it’s here, we have to share it with MOSQUITOES!!!
You need a blood transfusion every time you step outside in the Morning or evening. Should you spray? Splash yourself with Skin so soft, vanilla, absorbine jr., OFF or wear dryer sheets? Are you a mosquito magnet?
For such a little insect, it is sure a big and costly problem.
How can you eliminate backyard breeding grounds?
- Prevent items such as buckets, cans, pool covers, flower pots, and tires from holding standing water
- Empty and refill birdbaths and your pet’s outdoor water bowl daily
- Swimming pools and fishponds with circulating water generally are not a problem. “As long as the water is moving the larvae can’t grow,” Maytubby says.
Other sources suggest:
- Remove any and all standing water including drill holes in the bottom of any outside container. Clean and unclog gutters making sure all drain spouts are free to drain and not pool water.
- Swimming pools need to be clean and chlorinated even if unused. If you leave for a few days and leave your pool un-chlorinated, you’ve just become a haven for mosquito larva.
- Turn your wading pool over when not in use to prevent rainwater to collect.
- Dump birdbaths twice a week, empty your “saucers” under your potted plants. Who knew? AND don’t leave outside pet water in bowls for more than two days …. Those little mosquitos will make new mosquitos EVRY and ANYWHERE!!
- So, if you have your yard all mosquito proofed, what else can you do to prevent these little blood suckers from eating you alive?
- Invest in yellow bulbs, tiki torches, citronella candles and lanterns when you’re entertaining outside – if you’re brave enough.
And as I mentioned before …. “Skin so Soft”, Vanilla spray, Absorbine Jr. and Bounce ® drier sheets. If you put bounce in both pockets, it is supposed to ward off mosquitos. HOWEVER, according to Wayne J. Crans, Associate Research Professor in Entomology at Rutgers University, these often-touted mosquito solutions are not worth your time or money.
Things that also don’t work? Bug zappers (but are fun to watch), citrosa plants – even those grown to fend off mosquitos, bats, purple martins (as good as they are, mosquitos aren’t their only diet), or electronic devises that send out sounds.
But what is a magnet for mosquitos? Or a repellant?
Repels – Peppermint oil and catnip. In fact catnip is 10 times more powerful than DEET.
Doesn’t repel – garlic, citronella, vitamin B, bug zappers or bats
Attracts – blond hair, perfume, dark colors, larger humans attract more than smaller humans because of their greater relative heat or carbon dioxide.
If you DO douse yourself with repellent, which stays on longer?
Skeeter Defeater Ammo Spray 2 weeks.
(Pyrethrin A Botanical Insecticide)
OFF! Deep Woods (23.8% DEET) 5 hours
Sawyer Controlled Release (20% DEET) 4 hours
OFF! Skintastic (6.65% DEET) 2 hours
Repel Mosquito Stop (.5% permothrin) 2 hours
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellant 2 hours
Bite blocker for kids (2% soybean oil) 1. 5 hours
OFF! Skintastic for Kids (4.75% DEET) 1.5 hours
Skin-so-Soft Bug Guard Plus (7.5 IR3535) 23 minutes
Natrapel (10% citronella) 20 minutes
Skin-so-Soft Bug Guard (.1% citronella) 10 minutes
Skin-so-Soft Bath Oil 10 minutes
Gone Original Wristband (9.5% DEET) 0 minutes
**Information partially from http://www.bug-spray.org/4Comparison.html
According to Mosquito.org, “repellents containing ingredients such as diethyl phthalate, diethyl carbate; N, N-Diethyl-3-Methylbenzamide (DEET), metofluthrin, oil of lemon-eucalyptus, picaridin and ethyl hexanediol. DEET is the most effective in repelling mosquitos.” They also report, “The American Academy of Pediatrics says products containing up to and including 30 percent DEET can be used on children. The AAP says DEET-based repellents can be used on children two months of age and older.”