mosquito problem


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cornytheclown

Having a bad problem with mosquitos this year. My yard has no standing
water but a lot of ornamental vegetation, terraced walls and fruit
trees. With all the heavy rains we have been having this year certain
areas of my yard have held puddles of water but not for long and there
are many damp areas around the terraced walls.

I am wondering if I could safely use something like malathion to spray
in around the heavy vegetation and along the bottoms of the terraced
walls where the ground remains damp. I also have squirrels, rabbits,
and the occasional groundhog who hang around here...along with the
birds and I would not want to harm them. No children or other humans
to worry about.

Is this malathion safe to us under my conditions and is it effective.

Any replies or suggestions would be appreciated.
 
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Art Todesco

I used Cutter Bug Free Backyard which seemed to work very well.
I sprayed it on everything except the veggies. They claim it
lasts 4 weeks. It comes in a hose-end bottle and covers (per
the label) 4000 square feet. I even sprayed the paver bricks
and the areas around the back porch.
 
L

Lar

:) I am wondering if I could safely use something like malathion to spray
:) in around the heavy vegetation and along the bottoms of the terraced
:) walls where the ground remains damp. I also have squirrels, rabbits,
:) and the occasional groundhog who hang around here...along with the
:) birds and I would not want to harm them. No children or other humans
:) to worry about.
:)
:) Is this malathion safe to us under my conditions and is it effective.
:)
:)
Any general insecticide would work for what you are
wanting. Malathion would not be first choice do to it
will kill what is there and and maybe help for just a
couple of more days. The pyrethroids will have more of a
repellency to them. The most common one you will find is
permethrin. Will last longer than the malathion but not
more than a couple of days longer. Bifenthrin will last
even longer and still be easy enough to find.
Cypermethrin will be the best. I am using it now and
getting enough positive feedback that I will probably
come up with a mosquito plan with a warranty next year.
The amounts of cypermethrin that you get can only be
mixed in the hand sprayers while the others you are able
to put out more with a hose end applicator. But the
cypermethrin is strong enough repellant that you can
have success in an average sized yard with just a couple
of gallons. The mixture you find at hardware stores will
make two gallons at .1%. You can dilute it down to .025%
(same bottle will make 8 gallons) and see results, but
the strength that I am using now for mosquitos is .05%
(4 gallons). I am getting reports of three to four weeks
of relief in yards the customer said they were unable to
use this Summer because of the mosquitos. Try to wet the
underside of the plants and shady areas of fences and
walls. No matter what you use cover any flowers with a
cheap drop cloth to not poison the butterflies and bees.
You will see no harm in the reptile/bird populations and
just wait for the spray to dry if your pets or kids will
be prone to get into the treated zones.
 
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Phisherman

I have a slow running stream that runs through my property and the
mosquitoes are awful. Cutter Backyard Guard was the only thing I found that
controlled these pesky insects for the whole summer.
It was an awesome 4th this year.
not 1 person saw or felt a mosquito or any other insect.

buy stocks in this company....it will pay off handsomely.
especially with the "west niles disease" going around.
people will be lining up to buy this stuff.
We have a pond and a stream in the backyard. The pond is loaded with
goldfish and rosy reds which feed on the mosquito larvae. The stream
has shiner minnows, but it runs too fast for mosquitoes. When ground
is soggy-damp for two weeks you have to expect mosquitoes. We use
DEET, and you'll quickly find out where you missed spraying your skin.
The nasty buggers bite in full sunlight. Clogged gutters can breed
lots of mosquitoes. They don't seem to bother me when I'm running a
lawn mower, string trimmer, or other gasoline-powered engine (not sure
why).
 

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