Frio Nature Conservancy
YOU AND MOSQUITO CONTROL
Our vector control authorities expend a multitude of funds to keep us from being bitten
by the dreaded mosquito, however, they do not come onto our property. This is where
we need to work in harmony with Vector Control to protect ourselves and family from
the mosquito and possibly coming in contact with the West Nile Virus and other
mosquito-borne illnesses.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO FIGHT THE MOSQUITO
We know that the mosquito has a very short life span,approximately 3 weeks, and that
only the female bites (the males die within a couple of days after mating, and that they
are aquatic, so they must have water to produce. The best defense we can provide is
preventing the mosquito from ever becoming an adult, by eliminating their breeding
sites. Even a couple of tablespoons of standing water can produce hundreds of
mosquitoes. Take the steps outlined, below, on your property and if we all do our part;
Together we can stamp out the mosquito !!
We know that the bat will eat approximately 1,200 mosquitoes an hour, making it the
foremost predator of the live mosquito. So, wouldn't we like to have them around? Try
erecting a bat house to lure them to your place, you'll be glad you did. Oh, and don't
worry about the old myth that bats are harmful to us, they are not! Facts are, that you
have a better chance of winning a lottery than being bitten by a bat.
See our section on
Bat Facts.

TO DECREASE YOUR EXPOSURE TO MOSQUITOES AND THE DISEASES  THEY
                                                          CARRY:


Drain all standing water on private property, no matter how small an amount. Remember, it
only takes a couple of tablespoons of water can breed the mosquito.

Stock permanent ponds or fountains with fish that eat mosquito larvae,such a gold fish,
guppies and the mosquito fish. Use precautions when using this method and never
introduce these fish to running streams, they will also eat other fish.
Click here to see how
one vector control district uses the mosquito fish.

Change water in birdbaths or wading pools and empty flowerpot saucers of standing
water at least once a week.

Check around faucets and air conditioner units and repair leaks or puddles that remain
for several days.

Make sure roof gutters drain properly and remove any standing water under or around
structures or on flat roofs.

Remove items that could collect water such as old tires, buckets, empty cans, and food
and beverage containers.

Eliminate seepage and standing water from cisterns, cesspools, septic tanks, and
animal watering tanks.

Do not over-water lawns and gardens to prevent standing water.



Limit outside activity around dawn and dusk when the Culex mosquitoes feed. This is
particularly important for elderly adults and small children, who happenS to be more
vulnerable.

Wear protective clothing such as lightweight long pants and long sleeve shirts when
outside, particularly light colored clothing as studies have shown that the mosquitoes are
more attracted to dark colored items.

Apply insect repellant to exposed skin when outside. Repellents with DEET are effective,
but should be applied sparingly. Products with 10% or less of DEET are recommended for
children.

Make sure that doors and windows have tight- fitting screens. Repair or replace
screens that have tears or holes in them.
BATS  BATS  BATS !!!
IT'S NOT PRACTICAL TO BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE WILL CHIP IN, SO THE
NEXT STEP IS TO PREVENT BEING BITTEN OURSELVES.
OUR BEST APPROACH TO A NATURAL DEFENSE SYSTEM IS: