Richard  Fagerlund

Mosquitoes will be out with the recent rains. Here is some info on how to deal with them without using toxic pesticides and hopefully, local government agencies won’t spray pesticides all over the place which will do more damage to the ecosystem, then control mosquitoes.

You need to reduce standing water where mosquitoes can breed. Some species of mosquitoes only need a half inch of standing water and eggs of some species can hatch in a week or so.

Make sure you change any pets drinking water and birdbath water.

Keep grass cut and shrubbery trimmed to minimize hiding places for adult mosquitoes.

Make sure there are no old tires on your property. If they have to have some, drill holes in them so water will drain.

Any plastic or metal containers should be upside down so they can't collect water.

If you have plastic tarps or plastic on the ground anywhere, folds in the plastic can gather water. Check frequently.

Check plants with large leaves that may collect water in axils, where the leaves join the stem. Tip the plant over if in a pot or flush it at least weekly to disrupt any mosquito breeding.

Check water in bottom of plant containers, including hanging plants.

Check holes in trees or stumps that may collect water.

You can add food grade diatomaceous earth to any standing water to kill mosquito larvae.

It wouldn't hurt to build a bat house and encourage bats. A single bat can eat several thousand mosquitoes in one night.

Make sure all screens on doors, windows and vents are functional.

If they have cots or picnic tables outside that they may use in the evening, mosquito netting will help.

When you go outside, wear a good Non-DEET mosquito repellent. DEET.

What is DEET. DEET is short for N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide (also known as N,N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide).In 1998, the EPA made it illegal for any product containing DEET to make any child safety claims. Products with DEET are required to carry instructions that they should not be used at all for children under 6 months. Additional required warnings state that for children 6 months to 2 years, only concentrations of less than 10% DEET should be used, and only once a day. For children from 2 -12 years old, only concentrations under 10% should be used, and repellents should not be applied more than 3 times a day. Some people who are exposed to DEET have experienced negative health effects, including rashes, skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, headaches, dizziness and difficulty concentrating. Considering the damage it can do to children and some adults, why use it?

Here is a recipe for a very good repellent.

Combine in a 16 oz bottle:

15 drops lavender oil

3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract

1/4 Cup lemon juice.

Fill bottle with water. Shake. Ready to use.

Plants that repel mosquitoes: Rosemary, Lemongrass, Marigold, Lemon Balm, Lemon Thyme, Catnip, Garlic, Lavender, and Basil.

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