Long Island is experiencing the worst Mosquito Infestation, in years. In Patchogue, many households are also having big problems with Mosquitoes. This year is the worst year for mosquitoes, that I have ever experienced! A two minute visit to my back yard would result in about Ten Mosquito bites; "Mosquitoes Are Everywhere!"
News Flash! Be advised that the Suffolk County Vector Control will address problems of Mosquito Infestation in abandoned Swimming Pools and Fish Ponds. Call 631 852 4270
Cleaning up locations that breed Mosquito Larva requires cooperation and involvement, of every member of our community. We must all inspect our own property for signs of Stagnant Water Pools, that will breed Mosquitoes! If every homeowner would inspect his property for Stagnant Water Pools, our infestation situation could improve. It only takes one inconsiderate neighbor to harbor enough Mosquito generating pools of stagnant water, to contaminate an entire neighborhood. So! Neighbors, we are in this together. As always, we are and have been, a family of friends; let's look out for each other!
One possible source of Mosquito Infestation has been identified on Cleveland Street, but the Village of Patchogue is powerless to take any action. A house has been abandoned, but the property has an abandoned swimming pool, and fish pond, which could breed Mosquitoes. Our Village does not have the authority to take any remedial action. The owner of an abandoned house is nowhere to be found; and the Bank who holds the Mortgage refuses to accept responsibility. I would guess that if someone dies because of West Nile Virus, their family lawyer will certainly sue both the Bank and the owner. Vector Control has been advised!
What should I look for? Mosquitoes breed in pools of stagnant water such as, abandoned Swimming Pools, Boats, Coffee Cups, abandoned Fish Ponds, Tin Cans, Flower Pots without a drain hole, and any container that could retain water. Also look for stagnant water in Flower Pot Water Catchers (see photo). I drill holes in Water Catchers, when used outdoors. look under the bushes for hidden containers. Want to know where the Mosquitoes hide; Mosquitoes hide in your lawn. Spray any commercial essential oil spray on a patch of grass on your lawn, and watch for escaping Mosquitoes. Try to be observant; even a piece of plastic could be a very good home for Mosquito Larva.
What can we do? The use of Vegetable oil has been identified as an effective way of killing Mosquito Larva. (see question Two on the link below.) I personally feel that Vegetable oil is a benign way of killing Mosquito Larva. Please check with your local health, environmental, and governmental authorities, to make sure that the use of vegetable oil is OK, for use in your location. If acceptable, Vegetable oil might be used in locations where draining the contaminated Water, is not an option. Oil may damage some materials and cause a slipping hazard, so please do not use or apply oil without seeking professional advice. Consult professionals to avoid property damage, environmental damage, and or physical damage, to people, property, and animals.
How to make a mosquito Spray? Instructions for making a mosquito Spray that is claimed to be non toxic, can be found on the link below. I do not personally approve of, recommend, or endorse these products. ( left click the link below.)
I am currently testing my own concoction of essential Oils to see if it can actually repel Mosquitoes. One part water, one part Vodka, Ten or Fifteen drops of Garlic Extract; add extract and look for a color change. Finally add a few drops of oil of Citronella. Do not drink this concoction!
Wow! This person says that Garlic juice will repel Mosquitoes for Four weeks!
What I do if I get a mosquito Bite! When I get a Mosquito Bite, I usually wet the affected area with Alcohol. I have no idea if this actually does any good, but it does make it feel better. I then coat the affected area with Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel. This works miracles, to stop the itch.
With our environment in mind it might be a good idea to buy a commercially available mosquito repellant that uses Essential Oils, instead of Deet. The chemical called Deet, is beyond a doubt the most effective Mosquito Repellant, but it may have some toxic effects, if not used in accordance with the directions on the box. Consult your Physician, local governmental, and local health agency.
Hopefully Suffolk County Vector Control will help our community. Call 631 852 4270
Neighbors, we are and have been, a "family of friends;" let's look out for each other! Police your property for Stagnant Mosquito laden pools of water.
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