mosquito control seeks to control the population of pesky mosquitoes in order to minimize their destruction to economic interests, health, and pleasure. Mosquito management is an essential public-health practice around the world and particularly in the tropics since mosquitoes transmit many dreaded diseases, like the dengue fever and malaria. Without mosquito control, these diseases would have a much greater impact on the global community. It is imperative that efforts to control mosquitoes are widespread throughout the tropics. Areas that suffer from excessive population of these pests should be mosquito-free.
The key to mosquito control is to identify where mosquitoes are found and what exactly attracts them. Areas with thick vegetation growing high up in the mountains will be more likely to attract mosquitoes, as will areas with water or standing water in which water collects and mosquito larvae are nourished. These conditions provide an ideal environment for the breeding and survival of mosquito species. Areas that are stagnant or muddy will also be an area of greatest opportunity for mosquito control. Areas that are used by people regularly, such as pools, ditches, or waterways should be mosquito-control friendly.
A great option for mosquito control is to use mosquito repellents. Mosquito repellent will repel mosquitoes from biting you, but they also repel other flying insects from touching you. Mosquitoes don’t fly! They leap from branch to bite you, so anything that will repel other flying insects from touching you will also repel mosquitoes from touching you. Mosquito repellents are generally safe, effective, and are available in various applications methods.
Another option for mosquito control is to use local mosquito control. Using mosquito control is easier than using insecticides. Simply apply a mosquito repellent or mosquito spray to the breeding grounds at night, before you leave home. Continue using the product every night until the eggs hatch and then cover all cracks and corners where mosquito larvae are likely to seek shelter.
Some mosquito control crews prefer to bait trucks with treated bait and to apply pesticides to mosquito breeding grounds. These methods have been successful in keeping mosquitoes away from homes, gardens, and businesses. But these methods can pose serious health risks, especially if used in a way that does not follow strict guidelines and can be dangerous. Pesticides can cause skin irritation, nausea, vomiting, and more. Keep in mind that certain pesticides can be toxic in large amounts.
A new product being developed by a New Zealand company will use a highly selective process called fractional distillation to kill adult mosquitoes, larvae, and eggs. This process also causes minimal skin irritation and does not present a risk of exposure to a harmful carcinogen (based on research). Other companies are working on similar mosquito control and vector control technology, including an implantable mosquito control device that would attach to the body similar to a Band-Aid.