Stephenson County Illinois – There’s nothing quite as annoying as the whine of a mosquito next to your ear, and the knowledge that in a few minutes you’ll have a fresh bug bite where your skin is exposed. Mosquitoes plague areas with high humidity, and in many parts of the world they’re responsible for spreading disease. Whether you’re determined to stay bite-free on your next camping trip or you want to keep the mosquito population down in your yard, or you’d just like to know more about Freeport’s Mosquito Abatement this article has numerous methods and home remedies that can help.
With Summer on the way mosquitoes will be out in full force looking for barbecues and parties to ruin. Mosquitoes can hatch and begin looking for prey in less than a week. Take a few tips from these home remedies and you might just make it through Summer without the calamine lotion.
Burn Pinion Wood
You can use a chiminea or other outdoor patio fireplace to burn pinion wood. This pungent species of wood has been known to keep mosquito’s at bay.
Fans & Air Circulation
Bring a fan to the party! Mosquitoes don’t really like breezes as it can throw off their infrared senses and make it difficult to fly. Sometimes getting rid of a problem is as simple as a cool breeze in Summer.
The Mosquito Plant
The Lemon-scented Geranium is also commonly known as the “Mosquito Plant”. This particular member of the Germanium family is known to repel mosquitoes and replace them with a hint of lemon. If you know a good deal when you see one, try out a lemon scented germanium to get rid of those pesky insects.
Garden Feeder Solution
If you have an old garden feeder lying around along with a few household liquids, you can drive mosquitoes out using this technique.
- 1/3 stale beer (any kind),
- 1/3 epsom salt
- 1/3 mouth wash (with alcohol)
Put the mixture in your garden feeder and spray down your lawn, bushes, patios and areas that look suspicious for breeding insects. Do this at the beginning of the year and in the middle. This solution could smell a little funny at first, but quickly dissipates, leaving your out door areas mosquito free!
Lemon Joy Dish Detergent
Simply add a few drops onto paper plates in the areas you will be sitting. Mosquitoes become more interested in the lemon freshness, than they are in your BBQ guests.
Used Coffee Grounds
This method of mosquito repellent attacks the insects at the source. Take used coffee grounds and sprinkle them in standing water where mosquitoes are the most likely to breed. The coffee grounds forces the eggs to the surface and deprive them of oxygen. This in turn will kill the mosquitoes before they ever hatch. This method is also completely safe for the environment.
Red Cedar Mulch
You can ward off Mosquitoes as well as improve the look of your yard with red cedar mulch or chips. Use the chips as you normally would in the yard and garden areas. Then, make a brew out of the chips by boiling them in water like a tea. Put the liquid in a garden sprayer and spray areas and walk ways wear you can’t place the cedar chips themselves.
Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale out of our mouths. You can create a much more enticing target for the insects by placing dry ice in a bucket close to your gathering area. dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and as it melts it will send thick clouds of carbon dioxide around the bucket that the Mosquitoes will swarm to for the duration of your party.
In Freeport, The Property Owner Is Responsibile
Your responsibility as a property owner.
To clear your property of any potential breeding sites.
To prevent any problem areas from reoccurring.
Mosquitoes are an all too familiar summer nuisance. They are not only annoying, but they can be transmitters of West Nile Virus, St. Louis encephalitis, malria and yellow fever to humans, and heartworms to pets.
Yard & Home Checklist
Get rid of old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or any water holding containers.
Fill in or drain any low places (pebbles, ruts) in the yard.
Clean gutters periodically.
Keep drains, ditches, and culverts clean of weeds and trash so water can drain properly.
Cover trash containers to keep out rain water.
Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets.
Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week and store them indoors when not in use.
Make sure your backyard pool is properly cared for while on vacation.
Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
Change the water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least one a week.
Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
Freeport Mosquito Abatement District (FMAD)
Call the Mosquito Control Hotline @ 1-800-942-2555
To be notified prior to a Mosquito Control application.
To report possible mosquito breeding areas, such as standing water or stagnant water or unkempt swimming pools.
To report any mosquito annoyances in your area.
For further information regarding the Clarke Mosquito Control Program and what products are being utilized.
Freeport Mosquito Abatement District Boundary Map (PDF Map of District)
The Freeport District has a contractual mosquito control arrangement with Clarke, a global environment products and services company.
To watch an overview of Clarke’s Integrated Mosquito Control Program:
Clarke’s Municipal Responsibility
To protect public health and comfort.
To prevent new breeding sites so residents can use and enjoy their backyards and other municipal recreational facilities.
To abate existing mosquito breeding sources.
Breeding sources we control are created by standing water, which may be found in street catch-basins, subdivision drains, roadside ditches, flood channels, ravines and other public rights-of-way. Routine larviciding done as necessary throughout the season, will keep these areas mosquito free. It is our responsibility to work with whatever local, state, or federal agencies may be involved to keep these areas abated.
Important Links Regarding the West Nile Virus:
For general information about mosquitoes and what you can do, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health Website.
For more information regarding the West Nile Virus:
Yes, mosquitoes can present health risks. They can spread yellow fever, encephalitis, malaria, West Nile, and a slew of other maladies; however, of the over 3,000 species of mosquito, relatively few transmit disease, and even fewer do so in the United States. Some people would love it if we just eradicated these vampiric pests, but we do need mosquitoes. First of all, they are an essential food source to many forms of life. Mosquito larva and pupae are absolutely essential to aquatic food chains. Mosquitoes are also prolific, underrated pollinators. In the end, barring a deadly outbreak, we can and should tolerate some mosquitoes.