Mosquito control for dogs?

Question:
I’ve read about the possible bad side effects regarding using any DEET products on some dogs, but was wondering if there are any less expensive products out there that really work that you can spray on dogs to repel mosquitos? Anything over the counter? Everything I find at the local stores are DEET products.

Answer:
-Try 50% apple cider vinegar and water spray. Not 100% effective and they smell like a pickle, but worth a on the most vulnerable areas – ears, face, hocks, wherever the hair is thin.

-Have you tried that avon skin so soft stuff? I’ve never used it but know people who use it on their dogs, they also make stuff for little kids, which should be safe for a dog? I always used “Off”, dogs all lived to ripe old ages. The only place I really put the stuff was on thier ears, they couldn’t lick them so maybe that was fine? Let us know what you find.

-Health food stores sell DEET-free repellants. Perhaps they’re something to take a look at.

Need mosquito control safe for cats

Question:
I have a small ornamental pond (500 gallons) and there are mosquito larvae in it. I DO NOT want to use fish as larvae control so need to know about chemical treatments. The pond serves as a large water dish for my six cats so I need something which kills the mosquitos, but is safe for cats. Any proven suggestions?

Answer:
-Mosquito Dunks are safe and can be found almost everywhere.

-Sorry to be dumb, but what please, is a mosquito dunk?

– you can find them at most stores that carry insect control stuff, but I have never seen a brand “Mosquito Dunks” – you will have to look for a treatment for standing water that will kill mosquito larvae – the one I saw was granular, but I decided to stay with the “a couple(or a few or more) of goldfish” solution – it wasn’t cheap and had to be re-applied every few weeks, as well the goldfish thing took care of it and that is all they got to eat – as well, they got to come indoors to the acquarium for the winter before I put them up for adoption the following summer to some lucky ponder

Outdoor fish

Question:
After reading the latest Aquarium Fish Magazine, my daughter wants to try an outdoor fish tub. (for anyone who hasn’t read it, the author uses

plastic laundry type tubs outdoors in the summer months for raising fish. He’s had great success with spawning and just maintaining healthy fish, apparently)

Has anyone here tried it? Suggestions on things to do and/or avoid? I found plastic type bins (Rubbermaid and similar) in a variety of sizes at the store, we were thinking about a 20 or 35 g. one, for the new Dwarf Croaking (AKA “sparkling”) Gourami. I’d like to buy the tub this week, fill it up with water before we leave town for a long weekend, add

fish when we get back. The article suggests allowing time for some “food” to grow in it before adding fish.

How about cycling? I can add a sponge fro one of our existing tanks as well.

Answer:
I haven’t tried anything similar with gourami (much too cold here except for about 2 months every year and even then questionable) but I have had goldfish/koi ponds all my life. I have a few questions… what kind of food, and are you planing any sort of aeration?

Again speaking from experience with goldfish and koi, I have never personally cycled an outdoor pond, although I can’t see any reason why this wouldn’t be beneficial. So adding the sponge should be helpful. Most pond fish are also fed in addition to whatever grows in the water (mosquito larve, daphnia, etc) so this would probably also be good practice. Also if you aren’t planning any other form of aeration, I highly recomend plants to help with water quality. Also avoid placing the tub in full sun, as this causes almost uncontrolable algea blooms and over heating.

My boyfriend just brought up an interesting point… We live in BC (that’s canada guys) and even now it’s still to cold to have tropical fish outside, however, he is from florida and brought up the point that outside even in the shade in south florida you will end up with poached fish… great for entertaining, bad for breeding So get a good reading on the temperature ranges before adding the fish. Other than that as long as you have somewhere to keep the fish when it gets colder and moving them won’t cause excess stress, I see no reason why this won’t work.

My father just set up a outdoor pool that is working wonderfully and looks quite attractive as well, he used a childs pool (about 5 feet across and 12 inches deep) that he has set into the lawn. He built up a pile of rocks (slate mostly) that he is using a small pump coming from the pool with the water flowing out from under the top rock down over the other rocks and back into the pool. this provides aeration and in a pinch if he needs to filtre the water all he has to do is add some media between the rocks.

Mosquito larva control

Question:
I placed a rain barrel near the hives to keep bees from bothering neighbors. Now I have mosquito larva in the water. There are products on the market that kill mosquito larva in water. I am not sure if the bacteria in these tablets will hurt bee larva.

Would it be better to add chlorine to water? Any suggestions?

Answer:
-Get some fish for the barrel. In California, they use Gambusia Minnows (That’s probably spelled incorrectly). I’m pretty sure most any small fish will work. A dozen minnows or some feeder gold fish will only cost a dollar or two.

-The native gambusia is the way to go. You may even be able to save time and money by calling your local Vector Control office. In my county, one phone call and they are delivered to you and even put in the water. I have them in a pond and they must be effective. I would hate to imagine the mosquito population in this state where so much rice is grown were it not for this fish.

Organic mosquito control?

Question:
I’m looking for ideas for controlling my massive mosquito population, preferably without spraying chemicals. I have no standing water, but I’m in zone 8, and have massive amounts of shade and lots of ivy. We’ve been in a bit of a drought lately, but I’ve been watering regularly and it seems like every mosquito in the neighborhood has moved over here. I’m planning to put up some bat houses, but there must be other ideas out there. Companion plants? Animal-safe sprays I can make up here at home?

My first frost is still two or three months away–any suggestions appreciated.

Answer:
We asked pest control Mississauga professionals for some advice:

– Bats and swallows will eat an remarkable number of insects. The swallows get them during the day, and the bats at night. I have also heard of an electric mosquito catcher. It emits CO2 and a bit of heat.

-I’ve heard of these too, and I’ve heard of CO2 dispensers as attachments for regular UV Bug zappers, but I’ve never seen one advertised, or in any store. If anyone knows of a source for these please post it.

I have thought about suspending dry ice inside my bug zapper, and turning off the lamp so I didn’t attract beneficials, but never set up the experiment. (Minimum order for Dry Ice is something like 10 lbs. and I don’t have a way to store it)

Effective Mosquito Control Devices

Question:
does anyone have any experience with a reasonably priced mosquito control device for the back yard / garden?

I’ve seen ones from $50-500 or so, such as Mosquito Deleto, etc.

Was wondering if anyone had good results with anything, what the ongoing expenses are, etc.

I believe one of our neighbors has one of these devices, and I think they’re chasing all their mosquitoes to our yard!

Want to avoid foggers due to pets and garden animals.

Answer:
-I’ve wondered the same thing and have been watching the thread to see what the response was. The only thing I have read was about the ultrasonic devices and that they do not work. I’ve wondered about the ones that run on propane but haven’t seen anything written about them.

-the ultrasonic devices do work, but it’s hard to prove, the mosquitos here in Plano are normally very timid. wrt the propane hi$ gizzy, i dunno, they don’t seem economic. when was the last time you got bit while doing BBQ outside? me? never. the smoke or carbon dioxide keeps them at bay.

Mosquito Control – Please Help

Question:
I’m trying to control/kill mosquitos so people on my deck don’t get bitten. Ideally I’d prefer to buy something that works and does not require re-application or serious work. Any ideas?

Answer:
– Dealing with flying insects there won’t be a long term solution. You can apply pyrethroid based products in the shady areas of the yard and around/under the deck. You will be treating the areas they accumulate in during the day, thus reducing the numbers you begin with. The pyrethroids will have a repelling action to them. Depending on the product you try, the amount and concentration used you might get anywhere from just a days worth to weeks worth of satisfaction.

-Mosquito control can be lots of work. We do it here in WV and it is not something that we tell people is going to last much more than two weeks if even that. There are all of those “machines” on the market, but if you really want to get rid of them it takes dedication to application, re-application and them some more re-application. Then with all of this done it still will not stop those that may fly in from your neighbors yard. If you treat your yard and do it regularly you will be happy with the results. If you only treat it once and think it is taken care of, you will be very disappointed. Sorry to give you the news like this but at least you know what you need to do……I hope!

-For a small area like you are talking about, the Mosquito Magnet works well, albeit expensive. You can use it only when you want to and get good protection from what I have been told.

-We use them, they are called Mosquito Dunks. They are a great product but are only a portion of a mosquito treatment.

-We tried two of these, two different kind..They suck down here in Texas..The big expensive one, I think the one that is called “mosquito magnet” trapped about a dozen in two weeks..Not bad for a four hundred dollar gadget, huh? We took it back to home depot where we got a refund and then bought a different brand that was sold thru Costco..It didn’t trap any in two weeks time..That one went back too and the store said they got almost every one they sold back..Now I guess they might work in some parts of the country depending on your skeeters but the tigers don’t even notice them…Hope this helps!

Wanted: Reviews of mosquito trapping devices

Question:
I have seen many brands of mosquito trapping devices (such as Mosquito Magnet) this year. The devices cost several hundred to over a thousand dollars. The common response I hear from dozens of people I’ve asked about it (who do not own one) is: It’s expensive, but if it worked it would be worth it.

Consumer’s reports said they do work. Reviews on the Internet say they work or don’t work. A co-worker’s friend has a Mosquito Magnet Pro and says it works great. The reviews I’ve seen on television say those devices do not work.

If anyone has direct experience with the mosquito traps, could you post a response here if they work, or do not work?

Answer:
-If you go to groups.google.com and do a search there, you should find an old thread about this subject.

-Based on my research the answer is…sometimes.

There are a number of devices out there. I’ve focused on two — the Mosquito Magnet line and the Mosquito Deleto.

The concepts are basically the same — create heat and carbon dioxide, couple it with octenol, then capture the mosquitoes. The Mosquito Magnet uses a vacuum whereas the Mosquito Deleto uses the rough equivalent of fly paper.

Since I don’t have the bucks to get a Mosquito Magnet (although it would have been my first pick) I went with a Mosquito Deleto. To date the performance has been impressive.

We had not gotten around to picking up a canister of propane this year until about a month ago. Any time we took a step in the back yard we were instantly under attack. We hooked up the Mosquito Deleto and I think I’ve been bitten twice since. The one thing commonly noted about this device though is that there are never any mosquitoes on the sticky paper. I don’t know where they get all those skeeters in the commercials, but I never see any on there. I had a garter snake get on there once though.

Simple fact of the matter — without that thing going we’re eaten alive, with it running they leave us alone. That’s good enough for me.

Coleman also makes a Mosquito Inibitor. This gives off a citrousy scent and uses little foam inserts soaked in an oil repellant. FWIW, these things are great for patios to drive away any others — we have one in the front yard and never get bitten when we have it out. Only down side is that the cost of refills is nearly the same as the whole unit.

Pond Mosquito Control

Question:
This morning I stepped out to get the paper (luckily I was already dressed), to see 2 guys in blue shirts walking off my property with a mosquito dipper in their hands. “WHAT THE H*LL?” I think & note their truck is parked 3 houses up. “WHAT THE H*LL?” I think again, I’m ticked.

Now… many of the old rec.ponders will remember my troubles with neighbors who don’t appreciate nature, in particular tree frogs mating.

So I headed up to where their truck is parked, they see me, and it’s like, “Oops, we’re caught.” So they walk back towards me. I ask, “So you guys don’t come knock when you come on private property?”

“Well, ah, we were just checking the area and noticed and took a quick check.” To which I said there was no way they could have “noticed” from the street. So I told them what I thought, that they got a complaint and rather than come talk to me, thinking they were avoiding a confrontation, they got one anyway. Had they come knocked I would have showed them the whole yard and that there are more water holding receptacles on my property than my lily pond to be worried about. Of course they’re all safe, between fish, taddies, or Bt. That’s when the one guy mentioned it was a yellow tub, the one I set up to quarantine a T.lily, that got their attention. The yellow tub can only be seen if you walk right up to the fence, so much for “just noticed.” I think what they did was use the dipper over the fence, BECAUSE the gate is LOCKED. Who’d of thought I’d be keeping out ADULTS!!!!

Needless to say, they didn’t find anything! Now that would have been embarrassing?

When I came inside I was still upset, and I had yet to remember my LOCKS, so was wondering where else had these guys put their little dipper?

So I decided to call the Mosquito District and talk to the Manager. I discussed the situation with him, and he told me they should have knocked. He also said they had gotten a complaint in the area, so they were checking the whole neighborhood. I mentioned the situation with my neighbor (I wish I would have added if there are more mosquitos it is because I had to remove 37 frogs!). He said that my address didn’t stick out as one being on the list. I also mentioned the dipper and that I assumed they didn’t sterilize that between tests? He knew right away I was concerned about cross contamination. So the tub is being drained (no T.lily yet) and sun dried.

I guess I’ll have to add that to my neighborhood frog letter next year, how I keep the mosquito larva controlled around here. GRRRR!!! I’m even being so careful as to put dunks in my filter barrels. I don’t think the water moves enough, for my comfort, the surface looks way too calm. Afterall, I don’t want to be bit either!

The manager asked how I would rate the mosquitoes, and I said they haven’t been bad at all this year. Both DH & I have been bit once so far, the boys not at all. I usually put tons of spray or lotion on, and I haven’t even been doing that. I’ve used some, but I tend to have to get bit a few times before I’m real good about it. ~ jan www.jjspond.us

Answer:
You have a mosquito district manager? We don’t even have a mosquito district. Come to think of it, we don’t even have a mosquito this year, the heavy rains haven’t given them a chance to breed. Mosquito inspectors with special nets. I’ve never heard of such a thing. I wonder if they feed the mosquito larvae to their fish. I guess guys with nets is better than trucks with monster poison sprayers. I hear they use those in some communities.

Mosquito Control – What Works?

Question:
I’m trying to control/kill mosquitos so people on my deck don’t get bitten. Ideally I’d prefer to buy something that works and does not require re-application or serious work. Any ideas.

Answer:
-The only “permanent” solution is a screened in area. There are screened rooms that attach to the side of your house and cover most of the deck and you take it down in the winter. All other chemical or natural deterrents require re-application. Even things like the mosquito magnet requires periodic maintenance.

-Here’s the basic concept (found by a Google search) http://www.sunporch.com/ (semi-permanent) http://www.sunsetter.com (retractable awning) http://www.screen-house.com/gp_add_a_room.htm (these have vinyl tops) http://www.screen-house.com/vj_3_sides.htm