Vector Control To Make More Air Assaults Against Pests
Flying pests in Williston will have a target on their backs this week with Vector Control taking advantage of favorable weather to spray parts of the area.
The Williston Vector Control District is tentatively scheduled to conduct a ground adulticide treatment for Williston spray blocks 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10 between Wednesday, June 7 and Friday, June 9. Treatment will take place near sunset, weather and conditions permitting. Updates will be posted on this page.
Williston Vector Control uses Zenivex E20 for adult mosquito control treatments (adulticides), which contains the active ingredient Etofenprox. Zenivex E20 is a product approved for use in residential areas by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Here are some ways that you can help keep mosquitos away from your home.
1. Don’t Let Mosquitoes Breed
Mosquitoes only need a few drops of water to reproduce. If you have an ongoing problem with mosquitoes, look for areas of standing water in the house.
Check your plants, flower vases, bathroom and shower areas for pockets of standing water that might be harboring the next generation of mosquitoes. For areas where water is necessary, such as a flower vase or dog bowl, completely change the water daily.
2. Keep Porch Lights Off
Porch lights and door lights draw in mosquitoes, and they can quickly get into the house when the door opens. Avoid attracting them by keeping the lights off or dim, or by replacing white lights with yellow ones.
These are just a few of many ways of how to repel mosquitoes. Depending on the type of mosquito different scents might work.
3. Use Citronella
Citronella oil is a natural mosquito repellent that will kill mosquitoes and drive them out of your house. Look for citronella candles or use citronella essential oil in your vaporizer or oil diffuser.
4. Use Mosquito Traps
A very simple mosquito trap can solve your indoor mosquito problem quickly. Mosquitoes are attracted to water; it is necessary to breed the next generation.
Mosquito Trap Water:
Water (1 Pint)
Dishwashing/Liquid Soap (5 or 6 Drops)
While you should normally get rid of all standing water that might attract them, you can also use it to trap them. Place a small bowl of soapy water in a discrete location in each room. The water will attract them, and the soap will trap them, drown them, and prevent the next generation.
5. Skip the Perfume
Many perfumes attract mosquitoes to you. If you seem to be eaten alive by mosquitoes, it may be your perfume. Stop wearing it for a few days to see if it helps.
If you feel you must wear scent, try an essential oil blend that contains the oils of plants that mosquitoes hate, such as lavender.
6. Use Mosquito Nets
Mosquito nets are an old but practical solution to the mosquito problem. Use mosquito nets to surround your bed and keep mosquitoes away.
Don’t forget to cover your baby’s crib with mosquito netting also. Netting is a good solution in areas with a high mosquito population. Hang the nets from the ceiling or the bed canopy and surround the bed. Raise the net to get into bed, then replace it with a barrier and a good night’s sleep.
7. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an extremely versatile oil with many benefits for your skin. It is a powerful antifungal and antibacterial agent that helps skin heal. It also repels mosquitoes.
You can place a few drops of tea tree oil into your vaporizer to keep mosquitoes out of your house, or use a few drops on your skin as a mosquito repellent.
Unlike many mosquito repellents, lavender has a sweet smell, which makes it the perfect choice for regular use to keep mosquitoes at bay. Lavender has been reported to bother mosquitoes and prevent them from biting.
Use lavender oil as a room freshener to keep mosquitoes away or apply it to your skin for a pleasant mosquito repellent. Mix a drop or two of lavender essential oil into your usual moisturizer or body lotion and use as usual.
How to Keep Mosquitoes Away from the Patio
9. Use Natural Mosquito Repellent Plants on the Patio
Fill containers with plants that naturally repel mosquitoes to keep them away from your patio and indoor spaces. There are many plants that mosquitoes hate, so you can choose the plants that best suit your decor. We’ve talked about the essential oils of some of these plants already, but if you have a green thumb, the plants themselves could be your answer.
Plants that Repel Mosquitoes
Marigolds or Calendula
Citronella plants: Citronella winterianus or Cymbopogon nardus
Beebalm or Horsemint
Ageratum or Flossflowers