May 22nd, 2013 — Mosquito Diseases, Mosquito News
The West Nile Virus season starts around April to the end of May. This year cities around the Metroplex have run traps and found mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. “So that means that we need to be alert and encourage our citizens to make sure that they are not contributing to the mosquito population by allowing mosquitoes to breed on their property,” Waxahachie Director of Environmental Health Sonny Wilson said.
Currently members of the health department are conducting larvicide treatments throughout the city in areas of standing water. Larvicide is an environmentally friendly insecticide that affects the digestive system of mosquito larval causing them to die. The health department staff is setting out mosquito traps this week to see if any mosquitoes captured are carrying the West Nile Virus.
Wilson said if any trapped mosquitoes come back positive for the West Nile Virus spraying operations would begin. If spraying does occur residents will be notified 10 days in advance. Source
April 29th, 2013 — Mosquito News
The Netherland’s Wageningen University is leading a project to install 4,000 solar powered mosquito traps on the Kenyan island of Rusinga.
The initiative started on April 25, World Malaria Day; marking the beginning of a four year endeavour to eradicate malaria from the island without the use of insecticides.
A “suna” (local word for “mosquito”) trap, a locally produced solar panel, two light fixtures and a mobile phone charging point will be installed at each residence at a rate of fifty houses a week.
The traps contain a natural attractant and once inside the mosquitos are killed by dehydration. The power for the trap ventilators is provided by the solar panel. source
April 16th, 2013 — Mosquito control, Mosquito News
As a homeowner, there are many ways you can help keep mosquito populations lower in your area. Eliminating their habitat will keep mosquitoes from laying larvae that will eventually hatch into biting pests. Since moisture is a key element in mosquito breeding, it is important to reduce all sources of standing water around your home. Throw away unused swimming pools, tin cans, flower pots and old tires that can collect water. If you have a birdbath, be sure to change the water once a week and check for areas where water may collect in your yard.
A variety of trapping devices designed to lure mosquitoes are available for purchase by homeowners. These traps work by generating carbon dioxide that draws mosquitoes in and traps them inside. Source
March 20th, 2013 — Uncategorized
A fleet of trucks with sprayers, four kinds of mosquito traps, lab tests for West Nile and Hantavirus, and even a hovercraft are among the disease-fighting tools that could be at Riverside residents’ disposal if an effort to annex the city into a special pest control district is successful
March 4th, 2013 — Mosquito control, Mosquito News, Mosquito Traps
Mosquitoes are not typically welcomed into a school.
But on Wednesday, they were special guests at the Pennsylvania Avenue School in Atlantic City, where members of the American Mosquito Control Association taught students about the insects and how to control them in their own backyards.
Mike Romanowski and Joe Schmidt, of the Ocean County Mosquito Extermination Commission in Barnegat Township, demonstrated how mosquito traps catch mosquitoes alive. He said if there is a concern about mosquitoes spreading disease, scientists want to test them while they are alive.
The traps are relatively small and easily portable so they can be set up anywhere they are needed, even in a backyard.
August 8th, 2012 — Mosquito control, Mosquito News
Irving city now has ten human cases of West Nile and that makes residents worried.
The city says it sprays around Irving often, but also offers personal mosquito traps as peace of mind for residents. If a resident wants a trap they have to call the city’s mosquito hotline at 972-721-3755.
The stinky trap is meant to mimic stagnant water and attract female mosquitoes in the area. The trap has a fan which is supposed to suck up the mosquitoes and keep them in the net.
July 17th, 2012 — Mosquito News
A fire at the Wakeda Campground on Exeter Road burned a camper in the seasonal park “down to the rails,” Fire Chief Jay Lord said.
The most probable cause of the fire, he said, was lack of maintenance to a propane mosquito trap.
“It’s still under investigation but that is what we are leaning towards,” Lord said. “There is some maintenance requirement to the (mosquito trap) and that was most likely not done this year.”
Fire crews responded to the campground at about 8:30 p.m. for a reported structure fire. Lord said first responders found a large camper fully engulfed in flames. The fire caused a valve on a propane tank to let go, releasing a “huge amount” of propane, Lord said. He said it looked like a “blow torch.”
June 27th, 2012 — Uncategorized
A cup, stick of wood and pellets dropped into water make a simple mosquito trap that can help prevent dengue.
The device is being distributed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to public elementary and high schools in Cebu.
Distribution of the ovicidal/ larvicidal (OL) mosquito traps to schools nationwide started last June 13 to prevent the spread of the deadly mosquito-born disease.
The target is to have one OL mosquito trap per classroom, said Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo. The DOST will distribute 435,000 units nationwide. Read more
May 24th, 2012 — Mosquito control, Mosquito News
Due to the warm dry spring we should be expecting an increased amount of mosquitoes. Traps will be set throughout area parks and forest preserves.
Director of Environmental Health Will Hayes for Illinois says, ” What it does is allows us to know areas where we have concern so that we can put information out and say that we do have positive mosquito pools in certain areas of the county. We can give information to residents in that area whether it be we go door to door or we do some press releases.”
The Health Department is also working with some new testing equipment this year. The equipment will give it more accuracy when examining the insects. source
May 9th, 2012 — Uncategorized
The Dynatrap® DT1100 features a new, sleek look and comes in a range of designer colors including bronze, blue, and green ( only while stocks last). Offering 3-way protection; a UV fluorescent bulb generates a warm light, attracting insects. Then a second lure, an exclusive Ti02 titanium dioxide-coated surface, produces CO2 that’s irresistible to mosquitoes. Third, a powerful yet whisper-quiet vacuum fan sucks insects into a retaining cage where they will dehydrate and die (usually within 24 hours). Source