Fighting The Bite This Summer

May 19, 2005 -- Posted at 11:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- The signs of summer are here---you've got the heat, humidity, and living in Region 8----you've got mosquitos.

Since you can't beat em'--you gotta find a way to live with em'.

"This is a propane insect fogger. It's attached actually to this propane tank. It does have a little dial on the side that adjust the amount of propane that is going through there. It has an ignitor switch on the side. That ignites the coil once the propane is in there, and this allows the fog to come out in a very fine fog," said Larry Vickers.

Vickers works at Southlawn Nursery.

Vickers say the best time to use it is 30 minutes before an outdoor event, or every seven days to keep the mosquito's under control.

"They congregate in the shrubs, behind the shutters, or in any dark areas where they can just hide out through the day," said Vickers.

Up next--the mosquito beater.

Vickers says using it every seven days will make a big difference.--the price on this--15.99.

Both of these products are, of course, effected by the weather.

The more rain, Vickers says, the more often you may need to apply.

"Both of the products I have been talking about will not stain or damage what they are sprayed on.....your plants, siding, woodwork, whatever," said Vickers.

Last, but certainly not least, the Mosquito Magnet.

It defends a half acre lot against mosquitos.

Set this up wind at least 100 feet away from you're porch or front door--and in 4 to 6 weeks, you'll start to see results. You hook a propane tank up, and watch it work.

You can find this product at Barton's.

When it blows out the carbon dioxide it blows out the lurex which attracts the mosquitos.

There is a vacuum system all around the outside, which vacuums it up in through here into the filter.

When the filter gets full you have to dump it. It vacuums it up in there and dehydrates them.

It's a little more pricey, at just under $200.00, but it comes with a one year warranty.

Like the other harmful emissions. While there is no product that will kill all of the mosquitos, these are a few tools to help keep you from battling the bite.

H&H Mosquito Control uses garlic as their secret weapon against mosquitos.

It's over 99% garlic juice.

For an average size yard, it would cost you between 35 and 40 dollars to have your yard sprayed with the garlic repellent.

It's most effective if your yard is sprayed every 3 to 4 weeks.

Not only is the environmentally safe repellent effective on mosquitos, it works on fleas and ticks as well.

The garlic smell will linger for a day or so, but will soon go away.

H&H Mosquito Control will spray your yard for you, or, it's easy enough to do on your own.