Mosquito Control ??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Kitty Cat, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. Kitty Cat

    Kitty Cat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the best way to control mosquitoes, other than clean water!

    I live out in the woods near four or five smallish ponds, not to mention all the unseen puddles in the woods, and a small creek that's typically stagnant 90% of the time.
    I've been having a lot of trouble with my chickens getting diseases and upon further examination and research I believe it is the massive population of mosquitoes in our area causing the problems.
    I'm not spending $200+ on a mosquito trap that may or may not work.

    I've heard of citronella, however upon researching it I've found that citronella plants sold for the purpose of mosquito repellant are a fraud, the cross breeding and such has killed any repellant properties the plant has.

    I know Mint Oil repels fleas on animals, and helps control inside population. I've never heard of it being used as a mosquito repellant though.

    The mint plant has many pesticide properties to it, but I'm not sure that applies for mosquitoes.

    Any ideas? [​IMG]
     
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Aren't there some varieties of fish that eat mosquito larvae? Could you stock your ponds with fish that eat the larvae, which will in return reduce the population?
     
  3. tjedd

    tjedd New Egg

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    I understand frogs and bats are good at Mosquito control also.
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Mosquito fish hands down. These guys eat so much larvae and eggs. They can defiantly help control the population.
     
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Also you can buy dragonfly nymphs. They eat the larvae while they're young and when they're adults they'll eat a lot of the adults.
     
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  6. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Stock mosquito-eating fish - The most common and effective naturalistic control of mosquitoes is offered by mosquito-eating fish. Mosquito Fish Mosquito fish, for example, can eat 100 to 500 mosquito larvae per day. They play an important role in mosquito control in ponds, canals, irrigated fields and some other freshwater sources. Small backyard ponds can be stocked with Koi, Sarasa Comets, or Shubunkins. Check with your fish & game department regarding local regulations before stocking.

    from http://www.liveaquaria.com/general/general.cfm?general_pagesid=253

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    states, like AZ, are even doing this to pools of foreclosed homes!
     
  7. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I live in NH where the bugs are outrageous. They have a short window of time in which to have their life, so they make the most of it. I have a multi-tiered approach to dealing with them.

    1. I have 2 propane mosquito eaters. I love these things. They have made such a difference. I keep my eye on Craigslist to pick them up for less than they go for in the stores. I cannot rave enough about these machines. They have made living here tolerable.
    2. I have stocked all the bodies of water around with fish. I even stocked all my neighbors' ponds (with their permission).
    3. I built bat houses and placed them randomly around my property. I also have a cave filled with bats on my property.
    4. Any body of water too small to have fish gets Mosquito Dunks which is a product that prevents mosquitoes from becoming female. This product has no effect on anything other than mosquitoes, so is safe to use in areas where there are fish, reptiles, amphibians and poultry.
    5. I encourage wild birds to nest near my house by having various types of housing available to them.

    I can now be comfortable during bug season while in my yard. If I leave my yard- that's a different story. A quarter mile down the road is just as intolerable as ever, but I can garden in relative peace.

    I hope this helps. Good luck.
     
  8. Kitty Cat

    Kitty Cat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We already have bats, fish, and purple martins among many other types of wild birds. The propane mosquito eaters are a little too much for my budget. I have thought about the mosquito dunks but didn't know if it would hurt the fish. I think I will invest in some of those! I have also thought of stocking our pond with Koi, for several reasons, but their mosquito diet has definitely upped my desire to have them. I have brim, bass, and catfish in my pond, as well as the neighbors pond.
     
  9. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built and put up a bat house....now have 200+ bats patrolling my farm. I don't have much of a mosquito problem now.
     
  10. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have mosquitofish in my pond and they do a great job controlling the mosquitoes.
     

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