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    Mosquito Control ideas needed

    Okay, so we went swimming for the first time at night and we were getting bitten galore! Thankfully most of our bodies are submerged under water.

    How do you guys keep these bugs under control? Spray, plants, etc? Let me know! Would prefer a kid and pet friendly solution. Thanks in advance.



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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    We use Mosquito Squad which spray every three weeks. Works really well. Have used a Mosquito Magnet propane tank which traps them but the Mosquito Squad is working better for about the same cost as replacing the propane tanks and baits required for the M Magnet. Also use a bunch of citernella torches.
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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    We plan to use zappers and we're going to incorporate garlic, citronella, rosemary and a few other plants that mosquitos hate into our landscaping that surrounds the pool. Then before swimming you spray the plants with some water and it releases their natural scent into the air repelling the mosquitos. Can work really well! Everything else has chemicals that trigger my asthma and that I won't expose my kids to.


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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    Zappers won't do anything to control mosquitos. They are attracted to CO from your body. Zappers attract other bugs with light that the mosquitos don't look for.
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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    Gustafson, hate to say it but I've tried everything else and in my case, being near a river, forest, etc., the only thing that reliably works is having professional service every 20 days (and not a day longer

    The pros spray at a rate that targets the mass of a mosquito specifically, so impact on anything larger than a mosquito is debatable. (There does not, for example, appear to be an shortage of bees, bats, or other environmental signifiers on my property, but i am only treating the pool area out of 2.5 acres.)

    But fwiw, my vet friend up the river will not spray due to environmental impact. She also is completely unable to enjoy her yard at night (and will instead come here )

    So treatment is a tradeoff.
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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    We use a mosquito control company called barefoot mosquito. I was skeptical at first but the service works. Expensive though at 100 per month but it does control what was an uncontrollable problem before.

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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    Thanks guys! I kind of had a feeling my only option to really get rid of those buggers are to have a professional company to just spray.



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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    I do the spraying myself using a hose end sprayer and use Bifen XTS. It is important that the hose end sprayer be capable of giving the correct dilution ratio. A quart will last me a couple of summers. I usually go 4 to 6 weeks between spraying. I rarely see a single mosquito.
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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    Quote Originally Posted by danpik View Post
    Zappers won't do anything to control mosquitos. They are attracted to CO from your body. Zappers attract other bugs with light that the mosquitos don't look for.
    Sorry, not a zapper but a trap that emits carbon dioxide to attract them. Like this Viatek Mini Mosquito Trap MK02G at The Home Depot - Mobile or DynaTrap Half-Acre Insect and Mosquito Traps - Herrington Catalog.

    A friend has one and I was happy to hear it worked for them. We'll be reading some reviews and getting one or two.


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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    Quote Originally Posted by epro05 View Post
    I do the spraying myself using a hose end sprayer and use Bifen XTS. It is important that the hose end sprayer be capable of giving the correct dilution ratio. A quart will last me a couple of summers. I usually go 4 to 6 weeks between spraying. I rarely see a single mosquito.
    +1 for Bifen XTS ( 3 weeks between sprays and NO mosquitos )
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    Quote Originally Posted by rphpool View Post
    +1 for Bifen XTS ( 3 weeks between sprays and NO mosquitos )
    Totally buying this stuff today. What do you guys recommend as a sprayer? I discovered Temp SC Ultra for pest control around the house indoors earlier this year and have been using a solo 2 gallon sprayer I got at Home Depot to spray that. But i don't think that's the type of sprayer you need for this product. I also have little patience for crappy sprayers. So, does anyone know of a good hose end sprayer?

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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    Where do you spray the Bifen? Bushes, grass, fence, , trees, eaves of house? All of the above?
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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    Where do you get the Bifen XTS?



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    Where do you get the Bifen XTS?


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    Amazon. The original post mentioning it links to it. Here's a direct link.

    Amazon.com : Bifen XTS 25.1% Bifenthrin Oil Base Multi Use Pest Control Insecticide Concentrate 32 oz quart 753985 : Insect Repellents : Patio, Lawn Garden

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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    i use suspend sc on all my lawn/plants and nygard igr. the nygard actually kills larvae when a mosquito goes to land in water to create more. you can help control population around your home with a good igr. bifen is the same family as others like suspendsc or talstar.
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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    I use DoMyOwnPestControl.com prices are slightly better than Amazon and occasionally they have sales that make it even cheaper.
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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    Quote Originally Posted by camueller View Post
    Totally buying this stuff today. What do you guys recommend as a sprayer? I discovered Temp SC Ultra for pest control around the house indoors earlier this year and have been using a solo 2 gallon sprayer I got at Home Depot to spray that. But i don't think that's the type of sprayer you need for this product. I also have little patience for crappy sprayers. So, does anyone know of a good hose end sprayer?
    I've used many hose end sprayers over the years and hated them all, but now I have this one, and it is awesome. I highly recommend it. You can remove the stream deflector and it will shoot the stream up about 30 feet, which is great for getting the spray up into tree foliage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by epro05 View Post
    I've used many hose end sprayers over the years and hated them all, but now I have this one, and it is awesome. I highly recommend it. You can remove the stream deflector and it will shoot the stream up about 30 feet, which is great for getting the spray up into tree foliage.
    Every one I've seen for sale has got terrible reviews. The few I've tried were worse than the prepackaged bottles of WeedBGone and stuff I've bought that attach to the hose. I saw this one the other day and I swear it said it was nearly $50. $20 I can stomach.

    I was just looking on doyourownpestcontrol.com, as that's where I got my Tempo SC. They have a mosquito package that gives you the Bifen and something called Pivot for around $50. For another 18.99 I can add in a Chapin 2014, which is some kind of 1 gallon tank sprayer that supposedly has a special tip for fogging. I'm not sure which I'd prefer.

    Rural King also sells the Bifen stuff. I was going to go get some of that this weekend, but I may just order online.

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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    I just spray my BiFen XTS with a 1 gallon pump sprayer. Dose is 10cc per gallon, takes about 3 gallons to do my patio, front, and back yard.
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    Re: Mosquito Control ideas needed

    As of tomorrow we are trying those Thermacell devices for the first time. Granddaughter having a 15th birthday pool party from 6-9pm (prime skeeter eating time!) so I bought 4 to sit around the deck and pool and lots of refills.

    Keeping fingers crossed xx

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