Mosquito Control & Facts
Mosquitoes can be found throughout the world. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 200 different species.
Mosquitoes can surely ruin any outdoor event and their painful bites can leave lumps on your skin. Using a product such as Safer® Brand Mosquito, Flea & Tick Killer spray, you will be able to eliminate these annoying pests and enjoy your outdoor activity.
So... What's a Mosquito?
Adult mosquitoes are small, slim insects with long legs. They vary in size with the largest mosquito being about 1/2 inch. Pupa, also known as "tumblers," are shaped like a comma and seem to "tumble" through the water when moving.
Larvae, also known as "wigglers," live in the water where they hatched. They swim in movements resembling the letter S. The mosquitoes' eggs are blackish in color and long in shape. They can be found in areas of standing water.
Reproduction Patterns of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes may overwinter in one of three stages: as eggs, larvae, or adult females. Eggs hatch in water and emerging larvae feed on vegetative or organic materials in the water for approximately seven days or so.
They then progress through several instars, or moltings, into the next stage of development, the pupal stage, a very short stage of about two days. They have then reached the final stage of their development as they emerge as adults. After a few days, these adults will be able to fly and female mosquitoes will be able to bite.
Mosquitoes can be found throughout the world. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 200 different species. Mosquitoes prefer to be near standing water because the female lays her eggs in the water, and the larval and pupal stages of its life cycle take place in the water.
Any place that contains standing water is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes including swamps and marshes, buckets and toys, old tires, and puddles. This is important to consider when attempting to control mosquito populations in a particular area.
Dengue fever, West Nile Virus and several types of encephalitis are serious illnesses transmitted by mosquitoes in the US. Medical help will be required for anyone who has been infected with any of these diseases.
Mosquitoes can carry and transmit heart worm to your family pet. Using products such as Safer® Brand Mosquito, Flea & Tick Killer or Safer® Brand Yard and Garden spray can prevent the effects of mosquitoes and keep your family safe while enjoying the outdoors. Using pesticides and an insect killer, you will quickly control mosquito infestations.
Products such as Safer® Brand Mosquito, Flea & Tick Killer and Safer® Brand Yard and Garden sprays are the equivalent of a 1-2 knock down punch. The soap will penetrate the insect's shell enough to weaken and dehydrate the insect and allow the pyrethrin to absorb in to the insect and do its job.
Pyrethrin is a nerve agent and will paralyze and kill the insect on contact. Keep in mind this soap is not like dish detergent, it's a base from a blend of plant sources and pyrethrin oils and comes from the chrysanthemum flower. A great combination...
Spray either Safer® Brand Mosquito, Flea & Tick Killer or Safer® Brand Yard and Garden spray as a contact killer for your entire lawn area. Use in accordance with directions on the product's label.
If you are concerned about your lawn or unsure of how it will react to these solutions, test an inconspicuous area and wait 24 hours before applying full coverage. As a general rule, much like watering, do not use any liquid insecticides in the peak of the day or when temperatures exceed 90°F.
Fish, dragonflies, birds, bats and diving beetles all prey on adult mosquitoes or mosquito larvae.
Fish, diving beetles, and dragonfly nymphs feed on the larvae of the mosquitoes. Birds, bats, and adult dragonflies feed on adult mosquitoes.
Before releasing any fish, contact your Fish and Game Commission or Wildlife authority to find out the rules regarding the fish.
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