Organic products can help with mosquito control and now is time to use them | Community News

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Ol’Boy, my beloved pound hound, went to where all dogs go – heaven. When he was just a puppy Dec. 12, 2002, I gave him the name Ol’Boy, and by April 4, 2022, he was truly an Ol’Boy. His veterinarian said he was their oldest canine patient and so did the emergency veterinarian.

I guess in human terms that would be like my doctor saying I was his oldest patient, then the doctor sending me to a local hospital that sees patients from all over the Lowcountry and beyond and them saying I was their oldest patient. Someone joked that now someone else has a chance to win Possum’s “Employee of the Month” award. I think after about 232 months of consecutive wins for Ol’Boy, I’m going to retire that award with Ol’Boy. RIP buddy!

The dry windy spring kept the mosquitoes at bay, but after that little bit of rain, they are out in full force now looking for that blood meal.

Malaria, Chikungunya, Dengue (still in the tropics), Zika, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis … now it is time to wage war against the mosquito! Worldwide mosquitoes are the number one killer of humans.

First, I’m going to give you a shopping list. Pick up these items then wage war on the mosquitoes and their breeding places in your yard. Mosquitoes & Gnats Are Gone, Cyonara Lawn and Garden, Mosquito Beater, Mosquito Dunks, and Altosid Pro G are some of the basic weapons that you will need to wage war against these blood suckers.

Apply the Mosquitoes & Gnats Are Gone to yourself. This product is organic and does an unbelievable job against mosquitoes, gnats, no-see-ums, ticks and other biting insects. Mosquitoes & Gnats Are Gone is non-greasy, DEET-free, and safe for the whole family.

If you would rather go old school, Sprayon Insect Repellent II (23.75% Deet) or our 95% Deet Mosquito Repellent should do the trick. Now you are protected and ready for the yard.

Scout around the yard for anything that holds water. Old tires, saucers under potted plants, bird baths, old flower containers or pots stacked in a corner, dog toys, kids’ toys, a container by the grill you use to soak wood chips in, a cooler, an old fountain, an upside down 5-gallon bucket that has a lip that holds water, a trash can lid with a dent, brick work that needs repointing, a hole in a tree and a dog’s water bowl all make great places for mosquitoes to breed.

Empty the water out of these areas (refill the dog bowl and the bird bath daily). A tarp covering a boat or wood pile can have many pockets that hold water. Sagging gutters hold water. A few empty bottles or cans can end up being thousands of mosquitoes. A bottle cap can be a breeding area. Many mosquitoes can breed in just an ounce of water.

I was at a seminar and the speaker was encouraging people to limb up Magnolias (every horticulturalist gasped) so you could easily rake up the leaves because the big leaves held water and therefore were a breeding spot for mosquitoes.

If you have bigger areas of water like a ditch or a low area of ​​the yard that holds water, apply the Mosquito Dunks or the Altosid Pro G. The Mosquito Dunks are an organic Bt product that kill larvae and the Altosid Pro G is a growth regulator product that contains the same active ingredient that is used in the Precor products for controlling fleas.

Although Altosid is not organic, it is considered to be very safe and labeled to be used in very sensitive areas like marshes. Turn off your irrigation when you can and correct any drainage problems.

Any pruning you can do to increase air movement and sunlight penetration will also help. Mosquitoes like moist stagnant areas, so it is more important to treat bed areas than it is to treat lawn areas. Many mosquito products work on lawn pest also, so many folks treat their lawn too while they are spraying.

Mosquitoes are very weak fliers, so they do not like wind or air movement (big fans for parties or by your grill helps with flies too). Mosquitoes are a public health issue, so you might be able to get some help from a government agency if you have a big ditch or pond.

Next, you want to mow your lawn then spray the lawn, shrubs, trees, and mulched areas with Cyonara Lawn and Garden. This product not only kills mosquitoes but also kills chiggers, fleas, ants, ticks, spittlebugs and roaches just to name a few other problem insects out right now. If you include a growth regulator like Pivot or Nyguard, your control will last much longer. DuraFlex and ProFlex are two products with growth regulators ‘built in’ that will increase your intervals between applications.

If you would like to stay organic apply Mosquito Swatter, Mosquito Beater or Mosquito Repelling Granules. These organic products really do a great job. They are university tested and has also come from itself in the Lowcountry. Many of our customers have reported control for over three weeks.

We sell these products to people putting on large fundraisers, event planners, weddings, other outdoor festivals, sporting events, and individuals. We always get positive feedback. If you would rather spray, try EcoVia EC. A natural product that works!

If this sounds like too much work, hire a professional. If you are do-it-yourself person, always read and follow product label.

Bill Lamson-Scribner can be reached during the week at Possum’s Landscape and Pest Control Supply in Mount Pleasant. The Horticulture Hotline is available 24/7 at possumsupply.com.

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