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Old 04-25-2011, 04:26 PM
 
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Has anyone tried professional mosquito control? I am thinking of using a company that uses organic spray (the rosemary oil stuff) every two weeks. It's expensive (800), but last year the tiger mosquitoes were so bad that I hated to step outside my house for any reason. I just don't want to pay it if it doesn't work. If anyone has successfully reduced the mosquitoes in their yard, please tell me how. Company recs also welcome.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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If you are in Fairfax County, the County Health Department has a Disease Carrying Insects Program (DCIP) that is concerned about Tiger Mosquitoes and their potential for transmitting West Nile Virus. I don't think they treat homes and they probably don't recommend vendors, but they may have some helpful suggestions. Take a look here: Disease Carrying Insects Program Information*- Fairfax County, Virginia
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:34 PM
 
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Default How about a bat house

Consider setting up a bat house to attract bats.

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Old 04-26-2011, 07:00 PM
 
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Consider setting up a bat house to attract bats.

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My neighbor has one. I'm not sure bats would be effective for tiger mosquitoes though, because they are out during the day instead of at night. That's why I hate them so much.
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:12 PM
 
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Bat-houses are a wonderful idea, but you'd need an awful lot of bats to eat all the mosquitos -- or even a decent number of them. Sprays tend to scare mosquitos off for a while, but once the mist settles, they come right back again. The only real way to control them is to deny them breeding space. That means getting rid of as many potential outdoor water-catchers as you can. Tiger mosquitos have a range of about half a mile, so it might be something to get together with the neighbors on. Maybe form a patrol and go yard to yard one weekend. Mosquitos will lay eggs in anything that CAN catch water. It doesn't have to be there yet, so think like a mosquito while walking around. Cleaning your gutters or having them cleaned once all the oak tassles have fallen down would be good, for instance. Meanwhile, all mosquitos do hate DEET. Wear long pants and shirts outside and spray them with the stuff. Should help to minimize the biting quite noticably.
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