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Mosquito control

By John Fulton          Send a link to a friend

[JUNE 21, 2004]  The weather this past weekend was beautiful. So was everything else for working outside -- except for the mosquitoes and a little bit of excess dampness. Mosquito populations are among the highest that we have seen in recent years, and they don't look to diminish any time soon. Mosquito populations may be managed, but total control is next to impossible.

Preventing mosquitoes is a first step. Homeowners can best accomplish this by eliminating standing water. Tires and old containers are obvious places to start. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers, clean clogged gutters, don't allow stagnant water in anything such as birdbaths, change landscape slopes to eliminate standing water, and use larvicides in standing water that can't be eliminated. Bt israelensis is the strain that is effective against mosquito larvae -- not the Bt variety commonly used on trees and gardens!

Also protect yourself from bites. Mosquitoes can travel up to three miles from their breeding sites! Make sure that screens and doors are tight, use proper outside lighting such as fluorescent lights, stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, wear long-sleeved shirt and long pants when you must go outside, and use insect repellents properly applied. Exposed skin should be sparingly treated with a repellent containing up to 30 percent DEET (up to 10 percent for children), and make sure to treat thin clothing as well (since mosquitoes can bite through the thin clothing). The higher DEET percentages can work for four to six hours. The lower concentrations will work for about two hours. Mild products such as the active ingredient in cosmetic company non-DEET formulas may work for 15-30 minutes.

For that special occasion outside, you can reduce populations by spraying large areas with insecticides such as malathion or permethrin that are effective against flying insects. Don't expect miracles, but you can greatly reduce populations for a few hours. Concentrate sprays in shrubbery, tall grass and tree areas.

Elimination of mosquito breeding sites, treatment of larvae and proper protection for people will go a long way in reducing the incidence of mosquito populations in our area this summer.


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Master Gardener garden walk

The "Thru the Garden Gate" garden walk, sponsored by the Logan County Master Gardeners, will be this Saturday. Hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There are 10 gardens on the tour, and the cost is $8 in advance or $10 the day of the garden walk. You may begin the walk at any site listed on the ticket, or stop at the Extension office to purchase a ticket and begin the walk. The walk will take place rain or shine. The gardens are all of premium quality and should provide ideas and inspiration for any gardener.

Information on the various gardens is available on the tickets or may be previewed at this Web address: http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/

Advance ticket sales are available at the Extension office, 980 N. Postville Drive in Lincoln. Funds generated from the walk are used for projects, additional training and help subsidize the cost of future Master Gardener training sessions.

[John Fulton,
Logan County Extension office]

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