Tuesday, July 2, 2013

True Facts About Mosquitos And How To Reduce Population

 We all hate those dreaded Mosquitoes and wish they would just go away! In this blog post I will discuss mosquito facts and how you can reduce their population on your property, and the best bug repellent for your family. I hope you find this post informative and useful!

  •   Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water such as, an old tire, bucket of water, puddles, and anything sitting in your yard that has standing water in it. 
  • Some species can develop from egg to adult in as little as 5 days.
  • Females need to feed on blood to produce eggs.
  • Only female mosquitoes suck blood, the males mouth isn't equipped to suck blood.
  • Mosquito eggs can lay dormant for years until covered by water.
  • An adult mosquito can live up to about 5 months.
  • Mosquitoes can transmit diseases to humans like Malaria, Yellow Fever, Filariasis, and West Nile.
  • Mosquitoes can fly from 1 to 1.5 miles an hour.
  • We could possibly eradicate them without any major ecological effects.
  • They were around when the dinosaurs walked the earth.
  • Dark clothing may attract more mosquitoes than like clothing.
  • They use carbon dioxide, body odors, and movement to sense their prey (US!)
Now we need to get rid of as many of the blood suckers that we can. I have compiled a list of ways you can reduce the mosquito population on your property.

  • Empty any standing water reservoirs such as, old buckets, tires (discard these), rain gutters (clean regularly to keep free flowing), kiddie pools, bird baths..........
  • Turn unused items over that may collect rain water.
  • Repair leaks that may cause standing water.
  • Aerate pools or ornamental ponds, mosquitoes prefer, quiet stagnant water to lay eggs.
  • Fill in ditches, and swampy areas to prevent water accumulation.
  • Remove all tall weeds and over growth so they have fewer places to hide.
  • You can use citronella candles but they aren't much more effective than any other candle that produces smoke. 
  • Allot of people swear by bug zappers. We have one and it can be quite entertaining to watch.
What are the best bug repellents for us and our children? Allot of people say that DEET is bad for you skin and I agree, but I also hate the way it feels. It makes your skin feel sticky and just plain nasty at times. I love the insect repellent that Avon has come out with. It's Deet free, and doesn't feel sticky on your skin like the others on the market. It is called Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus, and also contains sunscreen SPF 28. Repels mosquitoes, gnats, no-seeums, sand flies, and biting midges. DEET-free, dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic
Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition Insect Repellent
You can check out my Avon store at www.youravon.com/jphendrix1983  for this insect repellent along with the others in this line. There is also another one that Avon carries that is great on the go. Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridan Bonus Size Towelettes

Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of this post. I am new in the blogging world and am learning. So I need your feedback to set me in the right direction. Also comment and let me know other ways that we can reduce these buggers!