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  • The only proven way of reducing the size of a mosquito population is (a) killing the unborn, and (b) killing the born. It's why the Americans succeeded in building the Panama Canal (and why the French failed).

    The best way of killing the unborn is to either drain the area and completely remove all standing water, or spray larvacide in any standing water that you can't remove. Given your description, larvacide may be your best strategy. Fortunately, an organism like BTI [state.pa.us] is lethal to the larvae, but safe on
    • That's the thing - we don't have ANY standing water. We do live close to a sewage works though - but I heard that mosquitos don't fly further than 400 yards from where they were born which would rule that out as the birthing grounds. We do have a deck, and I hear they breed under them.

      Part of the problem is we had such a mild winter and early spring that none of the garden centres have mosquito stuff in stock yet. Yet we're infested. You can literally see clouds of them out back just looking out the window
      • by ziggy (25) on 2006.04.27 15:10 (#47459) Journal
        If they're swarming like that in the open, maybe a flame thrower would help?

        Seriously though, if they're that bad in April, then bats may be one of the best things to look into. Pesticide can kill only so many before they develop a resistance, if you can't kill them all. But it's much more difficult to develop a resistance to a voracious predator. :-)

        The problem may not be the sewage works, but the sewers. In the summer, most municipalities in the US where West Nile is present have mosquito control programs that involve tossing larvacide down sewer grates, manholes and the like. There's lots of standing water in those overflow drains. I think mosquito control visits them a couple times a week in heavily populated areas, just to drop BTI tablets.