Mosquito control just got a lot easier! Listed below you'll find two products that can provide season-long protection from biting insects of all kinds and especially pesky mosquitos. There was a time when mosquito bite was just an annoyance but these days, with the emergence of west nile, getting a bite from one of these little monsters could be a big problem.
Researchers have shown that the very best way to control mosquitoes is to stop them in the larval stage as they're developing. To do this you'll want to eliminate all standing water by emptying containers that may provide a haven for the larva. For pond owners a safe option is to use Mosquito Bits which can be found on this page. Simply sprinkle them on the pond's surface and when the larvae eat it, they'll be knocked out quickly. It should be noted that this product is very targeted and safe and only larvae are affected.
For controlling adult, flying insects, the best option is to use some type of trap. The DynaTrap listed below is one of the very best. It uses no chemicals or propane and yet it works very well to attract and trap unwanted insects. It can be used inside or out.Finally for personal protection we use a product called Buzz Away which is a spray on insect repellent that contains all natural ingredients. It does a great job in protecting against mosquitoes and other biting insects. Buzz Away is DEET free.
Using these tools together will provide some of the most complete protection available.
DynaTrap DT1000 Mosquito Trap
Effectively reduce or eliminate biting insects indoors or outdoors. The DynaTrap™ DT1000 eliminates insects without chemicals being added to the environment or the surrounding areas of usage. With no expensive attractant refill or propane necessary, the DynaTrap™ Insect Eliminator offers a 3-way protection plan for effective insect eradication. The DynaTrap™ is easy to install and plugs into any standard outlet with the supplied 10' power cord.
Two UV fluorescent bulbs produce warm light to attract insects to the DynaTrap™. The TiO2 - titanium dioxide exclusive coated funnel produces CO2 which is irresistible to mosquitoes, luring the insects to the powerful yet whisper quiet vacuum fan. Insects are collected and trapped into the retaining cage, where the insects expire naturally. Providing you with safe pest protection and a comfortable living environment. The DynaTrap™ is ideal for use in backyards, patio areas, pond and gardens, and near swimming pools.
The DynaTrap™ Insect Eliminator has been proven effective against mosquitoes, flies, no-see-ums, moths, Asian beetles, wasps, and yellow jackets.
DynaTrap DT1000 Mosquito Trap - $99.95
DynaTrap DT1200 Mosquito Trap - $129.95
DynaTrap DT1200 Mosquito Trap w/ Stand
Effectively reduce or eliminate biting insects indoors or outdoors. The DynaTrap™ DT1200 is primarily designed for outdoor use and has several unique features for attracting and eliminating insects without chemicals being added to the environment or the surrounding areas of usage. The Dynatrap DT1200 now includes a water tray that collects rain water and attracts egg-laying insects like mosquitos. When insects get close enough to try to lay their eggs, the Dynatrap's powerful (yet quiet) fan draws them into the cage where they dehydrate and die.With no expensive attractant refill or propane necessary, the DynaTrap™ Insect Eliminator offers a 3-way protection plan for effective insect eradication. The DynaTrap™ is easy to install and plugs into any standard outlet with the supplied 10' power cord.
As pond owners we often spend a lot of time outside in the summer and no matter how hard you may try, mosquitos and other pesky insects can quickly ruin a tranquil and relaxing evening around the pond.
We recommend using mosquito larvae control products whenever possible but the fact is, some mosquito species fly quite a distance from their breeding grounds. And the only sure way to protect yourself from annoying bites and things like West Nile that can come with them, is to use an instect repellent.
The thing is, most of the one's that really work contain a product called DEET which actually does ward off mosquitos, however it's not considered the safest thing to put on your body.
With this in mind, we've been on a search for a Deet free insect repellent that actually worked and we're happy to report that we've finally found one. Buzz Away Extreme has not only fared well in labratory testing for effectiveness, it's also been tested first hand by us, and we've been quite happy with it.
Buzz Away has a pleasant scent and lasts for several hours before reapplication might be necessary. It works great with mosquitos, black flies, and gnats. More importantly we've found that it lives up to the claims of warding off ticks which we've come to view as vitally important after learning that several people in our local area were diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Here's a few testimonials that really impressed us...
"I recommend Buzz Away to everyone. It smells great, it's safe and it works".
Larry Clifford, Asst. Superintendent, Crowley's Ridge State Park, Walcott, AK
"Buzz Away works as well as DEET based repellents OFF and Skintastic."
CNBC-TV on-air test
"I replaced all of my DEET products with BuzzAway"
Terry Bolton, Director, Sunset Lake Summer Camp, Wilkeson, WA
Good Housekeeping Institute
"Buzz away is the most effective natural repellent tested"
Tested against Avon's Skin So Soft, Bite Block and others.
University of Guelph, Ontario Agricultural College
Field Study: "Buzz Away beat it's natural competitors Natrapel, Jungle Juice and tied with DEET based Skintastic for effectiveness".
We offer Buzz Away Natural Insect Repellent in a convenient 4oz spray bottle.
Here's an ingredient list just in case you were wondering "just what's in this stuff?"
Soybean Oil, Geranium Oil, Castor Oil, Purified Water, Coconut Oil, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Lecithin, Sodium Bicarbonate, Benzoic Acid. In a blend of Essential Oils of Wintergreen, Citronella, Cedarwood, Peppermint, and Lemongrass. (Patented base HOMS)
If you've been looking for an effective and SAFE insect repellent, give Buzz Away a try. We think you'll be pleased.
Buzz Away Natural Insect Repellent - 4oz spray bottle
Retail Price - $9.95
Now keeping mosquitos at bay around your pond or watergarden is easy and safe. With Mosquito Bits you simply add the formula to your pond every few weeks and it will stop mosquitos at the stage when treatments are most effective. Stop them in the larval stage and you'll have the greatest affect.
Mosquito Bits is safe for fish, plants, people and pets.
Mosquito Bits mosquito control 30oz. -- $19.99
Contact us if you require larger bulk sizes of Mosquito Bits mosquito control
Mosquito Bits is a highly selective microbial larvicide that kills mosquitoes before they ever take flight, including those which may transmit diseases. Mosquito Bits is produced from a naturally occurring strain of Bacillus thuringensis subspecies israelensis (BTI) bacteria. It produces a protein toxin (crystal) which, when ingested, kills mosquitoes while they’re still in the larval stage.
Death of larvae is rapid, often occurring within one hour at field use rates. Complete mortality occurs in the laboratory within 24 hours. Because the Mosquito Bits product must be ingested to be effective, the product does not affect pupae, adults or late larval stages when active feeding has ceased.
Mosquito Bits may be applied to any water sites except treated, finished water reservoirs or drinking water receptacles.
• Mosquito Bits granules should be applied at the rate of 1 teaspoon per 25 square feet and 1 tablespoon per 75 square feet.
• When larval populations are high, or water is heavily polluted and/or algae are prevalent, use a slightly heavier dose.
• Mosquito Bits should be applied uniformly in the shallow water depths around the circumference of the pond.
• Mosquito Bits should be applied every 7 to 14 days. Longer intervals may be possible where sufficient numbers of species which feed off mosquitoes are present, since these are not affected by Healthy Ponds MOSQUITO CONTROL and contribute to mosquito reduction.
• Mosquito Bits is available as a granule in a 2 lb jar with shaker top.
Effect on Non-Target Organisms:
• Mosquito Bits is naturally occurring and has no adverse effects on the environment when used as directed. It shows no cross resistance to chemical larvicides and is especially well suited for use in areas where there is demonstrated resistance to chemical pesticides.
• Mosquito Bits does not persist in soil or water. The protein crystals separate from the aquatic environment and settle to the bottom, becoming food for other microorganisms, absorbed into the soil or deactivated by other
• Mosquito Bits has no toxic effects on beneficial insects such as ladybird beetles, honeybees, mayflies, dragonflies, damselflies, stoneflies, caddis flies and true bugs. In addition, no toxicity was observed against crustaceans including copepod species, gambusia fish, oysters, shrimp, crabs, mollusks, flatworms and amphibians when used as directed.
Factors Affecting Performance:
Water conditions such as temperature, pH, free chlorine and some inorganic salts may affect performance of Mosquito Bits. High levels of organic matter and algae provide alternative food sources for mosquito larvae, which mean the higher labeled rates of Mosquito Bits are required to assure control. Water habitats containing high levels of mosquito larvae require a greater dose of Mosquito Bits for effective larval control.