Monthly Archives: March 2015

Natural Enemies Of Mosquitoes – List Of Mosquito Predators

Mosquitoes are a dreadful nuisance to mankind. Not only do they bite people, they are vectors for some terrible diseases, such as malaria and yellow fever.

As such, mosquito control has become an important aspect of disease prevention; especially where mosquito-borne illnesses are endemic.

Mosquitoes are not without natural controls, which sometimes can be exploited by man to help reduce mosquito populations. Some of the natural enemies of mosquitoes are discussed below.

Western Mosquitofish


The western mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis, is a small fish whose native range mostly exists in the south-central United States. read more

How To Rid Your Yard Of Mosquitoes – Tips That Really Work

Mosquitoes can really take the fun out of spending time in the yard. Not only do they ruin summer days and evenings leaving everyone annoyed and itchy, in recent years they have become a real cause for health concerns due to mosquito-borne illness.

Depending on your situation you may not be able to get rid of the flying bugs completely but there’s a lot you can do to minimize the influx.

Here’s an overview of how to control mosquitoes in your home’s outdoor area. We have separated old wives tales from science-backed remedies, fiction from fact. The result,  16 tips that actually work. Based on research, pest experts, and user experiences. read more

The Best Mosquito Repelling Plants According To Studies

It is commonly believed that certain plant species repel mosquitoes and thus protect from bites.

Websites and other sources claim that mosquitoes and other bugs “can’t stand the pungent scent” a certain plant aerates thus making it “an excellent mosquito repellent”.

A friend of mine insists that growing lavender on his balcony under his bedroom window is the reason he never has the pesky bugs in his bedroom.

The truth is that omnipresent claims such as the following are often exaggerated or just nonsense. read more

Top 30 Most Common Bugs In Florida

Which are the most common bugs of Florida? Florida has at least 12,500 insect species. They all eat something, and whether humans call them “pests” depends on how they impact our lives.

Some of them eat the plants we consider important, and some of them bite, sting, or try to feed on us. Many insects are considered invasive species that arrived in Florida by accident or were intentionally introduced. Many of the invaders affect Florida residents and its environment in a negative way.

The following is a sampling of the 30 insect species most common to our state. read more

Do Peppers And Capsaicin Cream Offer Itch Relief?

You  may have heard about pepper and the substance that makes them spicy, capsaicin, being used for pain relief. For instance by arthritis sufferers.

By over-stimulating the nerves pepper is claimed to offer mosquito itch relief as well. We are wondering,  is this true? Can peppers really make mosquito itch go away. Let’s take a look at what studies say.

The claim

Rubbing peppers or applying capsaicin cream on your mosquito welt takes away the annoying itch.

The theory, pepper as an ancient medicine

Peppers have been known for their medicinal properties since the dawn of mankind. read more

Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

squirrels suffer from itch too
mosquitoes do not only bite people, they bite squirrels too

If you’ve ever experienced one, there’s a good chance that you’ve asked yourself why a mosquito bite itches so much.

Most of the time, the swelling and redness that are associated with a bite from a mosquito are minor annoyances when compared to the irresistible itching sensation that is another very common reaction.

But what causes the itch and why does it affect some people and not others? This in-depth exploration of the science behind an itchy mosquito bite should help to clear these questions right up for you. read more