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Mosquitos & wetlands. Any hope for us and our animals?

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  • Mosquitos & wetlands. Any hope for us and our animals?

    Our farm is very wet, even during dry spells we are surrounded by wetlands which means our farm is skeeter heaven.
    is there anything we can use to keep them at bay? Something we can use on our fields, barns, etc that would be safe for kids, dogs, cats, chickens, pigs and horses?

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    You mean a spray on the land or something to put on the critters and people?

    G.
    Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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      #3
      On land to kill the mosquitos

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chachie View Post
        ............
        is there anything we can use to keep them at bay? Something we can use on our fields, barns, etc that would be safe for kids, dogs, cats, chickens, pigs and horses?
        bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) pellets
        Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
        Alfred A. Montapert

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        • #5
          Mosquito dunks.
          Freeing worms from cans everywhere!

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            Yes I use the dunks in the water troughs but that only treats larvae. And since our property is surrounded by wetlands, I'm looking for something we can use to kill it trap adult mosquitos as well since we can't treat the surrounding water. L

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            • #7
              Contact your County Extension Agent. They will have information on what's effective, and legal, in your area.

              G.
              Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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              • #8
                How about lots of bat and bird boxes, to encourage mosquito-eating bats and birds to nest....and eat the mosquitoes?

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                • #9
                  As a resident of the mosquito heartland of Canada, I think you are kinda hooped. Spraying malathion works but it kills everything that flies (good and bad), only works for a few days and there are lots of reasons not to use it. There are some companies that spray a natural permethrin product that works pretty well...for a little while. If you are unable to control the standing water by draining, aerating or adding a soapy film, your best bet is working around it. Use window screens and screen drapes covering doors. Turn out after dawn and get them in the barn before dusk.. This is really important if the mosquitoes are bad, if you are bringing in horses after dusk and they are covered in mosquitoes, they will just bring them into the barn. Get them in before dusk and before you have to turn on barn lights. If you turn on lights at dusk they will literally swarm into your barn. There have been particularly bad years where I have done chores while wearing a bug shirt and head lamp. You are no doubt aware of this, but make sure you vaccinate for West Nile and consider a booster in the same year if your mosquito season is extended. Our is usually only 3-4 months but those months can be intensely annoying and can ruin an otherwise beautiful but short Canadian summer.

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                  • #10
                    We have a mosquito control district that sprays for larvae and do some work on controlling the adult population. www.mmcd.org I know they test our wetlands (we also have a pond) and then treat appropriately. Maybe you have a similar type organization in your area that could provide information on how to best fight the problem?

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                    • #11
                      Mosquito Barrier is all natural and works amazingly well, its just very strong garlic. Lasts at least a week, or more without heavy rainfall:

                      http://www.mosquitobarrier.com/

                      We've used it on our farm religiously for past couple of years. You can even spray the horses directly, although its not really labeled for that (but an insert from manufacturer has a separate mixture ratio for cattle).

                      Use the cheap sprayers from hardware store, they work well enough.

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                      • #12
                        If your horses are kept in a barn, screen it in. Its not as big a deal as you might think, and living without bugs in the barn is heaven.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ariel.damon View Post
                          Mosquito Barrier is all natural and works amazingly well, its just very strong garlic. Lasts at least a week, or more without heavy rainfall:

                          http://www.mosquitobarrier.com/

                          We've used it on our farm religiously for past couple of years. You can even spray the horses directly, although its not really labeled for that (but an insert from manufacturer has a separate mixture ratio for cattle).

                          Use the cheap sprayers from hardware store, they work well enough.
                          Ok, I assumed this wonderful product would not be available in Canada but I clicked the link and found the Canadian retailers...and one is across from a store I go to almost weekly! Going to try this for sure.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ariel.damon View Post
                            Mosquito Barrier is all natural and works amazingly well, its just very strong garlic. Lasts at least a week, or more without heavy rainfall:

                            http://www.mosquitobarrier.com/

                            We've used it on our farm religiously for past couple of years. You can even spray the horses directly, although its not really labeled for that (but an insert from manufacturer has a separate mixture ratio for cattle).

                            Use the cheap sprayers from hardware store, they work well enough.
                            I'm curious about this. Do you use it on pastures? I'm curious about spraying a pasture and then having the horses eat the garlic grass...

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                              I live in the same state (and the same town) as Kodidog763 and I normally see the helicopter about once a week spraying in our area. Does it help? I think so, they started spraying regularly shortly after West Nile hit MN and I think it's better now than it used to be.

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