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Monday, August 01, 2011

The Buena Vista Garden, by Yarddawg

In a Fog

Suddenly and remarkably, over the past few months there has been an explosion of "companies" using various nifty names, all promising to eliminate mosquitoes in your yard for 21 days. Yeah, right. I did not know mosquitoes observed border lines between spayed and non-sprayed properties.

I checked out the website for a popular company being used this year by many Boovees touting their "All Natural" spray. Might I also remind you that plutonium and arsenic are both all natural too. I looked around the website for a copy of the product label being used and the material-safety data sheet (if, upon request this is not provided I would not use the company period) for all the safety precautions and found this:
Mosquito XXXX uses pyrethroids, a synthetic copy of pyrethrin. Pyrethrins, insecticides derived from an extract of chrysanthemum flowers, typically break down around four to six hours after application. In contrast, pyrethroids break down around 21 days after application. 
What do these companies do if your neighbor is being fogged and your children and pets are outside? Honestly I'm confused about the products being used. In one place it states all natural, in another it says synthetic. Can it be both? Does it matter?

I also found information on franchise opportunities and a free PDF downloadable coloring book. If there are enough of Esbee's readers interested in this service, let me know and I'll get me a franchise for Mosquito Assassins. All it takes is a $600 backpack sprayer, less than $100 worth of chemical ,and a few "believers", and BOOM I'm in business. Two contracts will more than pay for the equipment.

Insecticides, whether synthetic, organic, or natural, all have one small issue if applied according to label directions. All should be handled and applied with caution. All will kill some adult mosquitoes (the flyers) but none will kill the 1,000,000 or more mosquitoes in waiting, the egg and larvae stage. All can be potentially harmful even if used according to the label directions.

Spraying does have its place in certain situations as a temporary measure, but the best advice I can offer comes from Cooperative Extension and NC State, free of charge. Prime breeding sites are going to be all of those small, inconspicuous water sources that you can "tip and toss" or rinse with treated water every four days: bird baths, water bowls, outdoor flower pots with a tray beneath, built-up debris in gutters, corrugated pipe connected to downspouts, tarps covering boats/cars, grill covers, grooves in truck beds, kiddie pools, and closed swimming pools. To be effective, whole neighborhoods need to get involved with mosquito management. 

One last point to remember about any wild creature: They do not have any concept of property lines.

My advice is buyer beware. In my humble opinion P.T. Barnum would be pleased to know that until this very day, a sucker is STILL born every minute.
- Yarddawg
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