How to keep mosquitoes away

Popular Science | 4/24/2019 | Staff
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The most-common disease-carrying mosquitoes in the U.S. are members of the Aedes genus, particularly Aedes aegypti (the “yellow fever mosquito”) and Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito). They’re known for their relatively large size and white markings, which can be either dots or stripes.

They’re also invasive species, so don’t feel bad about wiping them out—you’re just making room for the bugs that actually belong in your ecosystem.

Access - Liquids - Mosquitoes - Place - Females

Limiting access to the liquids mosquitoes need to survive—blood and water— is a good place to start. Females need to draw blood to lay eggs because their reproductive cycle shuts down without protein and iron. They also need standing water to lay eggs in, as mosquito larvae feed on floating organic material.

Begin by clearing out eggs and larvae. Get rid of any source of stagnant water you can, down to that persistent puddle in your driveway and your dog’s outdoor water dish. Any water-filled container left sitting for two or more days should be dumped and thoroughly scrubbed to get rid of any mosquito eggs stuck inside. Also remove any obstacles blocking flowing water on your property, such as leaves in your gutter.

Source - Water - Bacillus - Thuringiensis - Bt

If you can’t dump, drain, or fully scrub a man-made source of standing water, spike it with Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, a bacteria that kills mosquito eggs. If there’s no fish or other life in the...
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