We NEED to Reduce The Mosquito Population!

This is Dry Creek... Not so Dry!

This is Dry Creek… Not so Dry!

As you may have heard, we received an abundance of water here in Oklahoma. Several states got drenched as well.  Of course with all the water… we get mosquitoes!!!!!! I think we can safely say the drought is over in our corner of the state, but mosquito season is in full swing. All the flooding has toned down some from May storms, but as I write this we are due for more from “Bill”.

Water Water everywhere!!!

Here was my sister-in-laws lake… I mean pond!

100_5747 These water sports obstacle courses were just to get us to pavement one mile from our house.

Did you know A bottle cap filled with water holds enough water for mosquitoes to breed.

So again…with water comes mosquitoes… According to the Oklahoma Department of health…

  • The type of mosquitoes that hatch after severe flooding are primarily the species of mosquitoes classified as “nuisance mosquitoes”.  They bite aggressively and cause lots of itchy bites, but they are not typically involved with transmission of diseases.
  • Floodwater mosquito populations tend to die out 3 weeks after the rains stop and the sun dries out affected low lying areas

So I am happy the waters receded a little, but hate putting up with those annoying things that seem to think I have a sign saying “BITE ME” on my head. So what to do!!!
Now I can’t do much about the massive flooding event expected here in the next couple of days but I can do some things in my yard.
Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, the elimination of standing water decreases a mosquito’s breeding ground. That means I walk the yard to find even the smallest thing that may hold water like….

fireplaces and pits 

tarps

firewood

plastic toys

clean out gutters

These are just a few things to look out for!

The Oklahoma State Department of Health advises use of insect repellents—particularly those containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD), or IR 3535, BUT  there are many Natural repellents available on the market today.

Whether you are at home or traveling… Mosquitoes carry some scary and bad diseases…

mosquito So we will prepare for more flooding, along with arming ourselves against the hordes of mosquitoes that will follow.

Most important… if you are expecting flooding in your area…

Please stay SAFE!!!!!!

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39 Responses to We NEED to Reduce The Mosquito Population!

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    My town is ground zero for West Nile and EEE every single summer, so YES we need to get rid of mosquitoes.

  2. When I think of the dangers of flooding, I’ve never considered mosquitos as part of the aftermath! This is a really good point and hopefully people stay safe!
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  3. After a rain storm my husband goes outside and empty’s any standing water in flower pots, the outside decorations and anything that has standing water in it.
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  4. Jeanine says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I can’t stand mosquitoes. They are super bad here, already. I couldn’t imagine where there’s tons of water like that. We must eliminate them, IMMEDIATELY!
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  5. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says:

    Stay safe in all that flooding, and here’s hoping for successful elimination of those nasty little mosquitoes!

  6. Demetra says:

    I heard bout all the flooding and with more rain expected there are so many hazards. Mosquitoes are a danger and a nuisance, these are great tips.
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  7. melisasource says:

    Oh gosh I SO agree!!! The mosquito population is definitely getting way out of hand!! Can’t even enjoy outdoors anymore!
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  8. OMG, I live in Georgia, and it’s mosquito central. They’re like flying Volkswagons!
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  9. Tracey says:

    Mosquitoes are out of control and are spreading West Nile in our area. They need to be reduced in population.

  10. Lisa Nolan says:

    A very important message! We have to keep watch for standing water! Great tips, loved the infographic!
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  11. kristi says:

    Totally agree….we live in mn which has those nasty creatures every year. We try to also make sure we have no standing wafer and also try our best to keep the lawn short which seems to help.

  12. lisa says:

    I hate mosquitoes. We have already had West Nile found in some of them in our area as early as May! I dump out any standing water I can find in our yard.
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  13. Rachelle says:

    Living in the south this is something we deal with all summer long. And my poor daughter gets huge welts whenever she gets bit, it’s awful!! We always wear bug spray outside!

  14. Ida says:

    We are mosquito-central here in South Florida. It’s terrible. I make sure to not have any sitting water around and I bathe my kids in repellent!
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  15. They are so nasty! We have them bad here in Florida also. Our backyard is on a preserve and when it rains we cannot go on our patio for days because the mosquitoes are so bad.
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  16. Catherine S says:

    Mosquitos are horrible here is FL. We get rain almost every afternoon in the summer. I try to go out and make sure we have no standing water around the house.

  17. Heather says:

    I am freaked by west nile. I am very careful about sitting water.
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  18. Valerie says:

    That flooding is horrible. I hate mosquitos! They are truly the worst.
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  19. Liz Mays says:

    Living in a mosquito infested zone can be a nightmare. They’re resilient little things.
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  20. Marcie W. says:

    We have very few mosquitoes here since we are smack dab in the middle of the desert. I am super thankful because it seems like they can really cause some damage.
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  21. Yuck! Lots of good information there. Let’s get rid of those mosquitos!
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  22. Pam says:

    Wow, I had no idea that mosquitos require so little water to breed. No wonder they’re around right now with all the rainwater!

  23. Stefanie says:

    Mosquitoes are the worst! We tend to get a lot of them here in Florida.
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  24. Amanda says:

    I never thought about the after effect and all of the mosquitoes. Ugh, I had no idea they could cause so much damage.
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  25. Carol Bryant says:

    Thanks so much for getting the word out – we live near a river and are always telling folks to protect themselves and their pets. And to not have standing water.
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  26. Kiwi says:

    Im not gonna lie I am a little paranoid after reading the infographic! It was informative but I am scared now off mosquitos even more now…bug spray re-up!!
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  27. Crystal says:

    I adore summer but there are definitely some down sides to the season. Being eaten alive is one of them! Thanks for the tips & reminders.
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  28. I can’t stand mosquitos! I freak out when they’re around!
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  29. So scary! We’ve had West Nile Virus in our area due to mosquitoes which puts a whole different spin on the annoyance of them in the summer.
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  30. Latoicha says:

    This is such great advice! I am going to load up on insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites. They are rampant.
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  31. We have a lot of those pesky bugs here, too. It gets so bad they have mosquito control flying around dropping their sprays all the time. Lots of fields, lots of standing water.
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  32. Donna says:

    I HATE mosquitoes! They are dangerous and difficult to avoid, in a lot of cases. I really feel for everyone in Oklahoma and all the states affected by flooding because I know how bad the mosquitoes can get. Great tips/advice!
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  33. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    We have a ton of Mosquitoes here in Ontario. I hate them! I always have a reaction to the bites and they last for weeks. When the Mosquitoes are bad i just have to stay inside.

  34. PeneloPE says:

    I am not a fan of bugs in general, but mosquitos definitely are on my list. I appreciate the tips to get rid of some of them.

  35. Karen says:

    We had a pond in our front yard that the previous owners of the house built, It atracted mosquitos and other bugs so we filled it in. I am going to plant a flower bed there next year.
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  36. Lorane says:

    For such Tiny insignificant creatures .. they sure are annoying! They make Summer hard 🙁 I try not to have any open water stored outdoor
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  37. Oh my goodness… I knew mosquitoes carried west nile and malaria, but I did not know about the other two… What a great infographic. I shared it and I feel better prepared now for our trip! Thank you.
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  38. Christie says:

    The mosquitoes love me right now. I’m constantly getting bit! I agree we need to decrease the population
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  39. We could certainly use some of that water here in California. I’ll pass on the bugs though.
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