Mosquitoes are a bane to Austinites existence!!  We like to give recommendations rather than treat, as unless you are having a party and we can treat on that day, it is pretty much a never ending task  However, we have quite a few recommendations that help control those pesky pests.

Mosquito Barrier (not Garlic Barrier – it is quite a bit weaker) helps for a while. It repels and kills mosquitoes and can last 2 – 4 weeks depending on the weather.  I read online that if you mix oil & soap with it, it sticks better and lasts longer.  I don’t know exactly how to mix it, but we are going to experiment with it. It is a garlic concentrate that you can purchase locally at The Natural Gardener (8648 Old Bee Caves Rd. 78735) and EcoWise (110 W. Elizabeth 78704). More info is at http://www.mosquitobarrier.com/.

BTI dunks can be useful in eradicating larvae from standing water that cannot be drained but since mosquitos can travel several miles from where they develop, you may still have issues.  They are totally safe to use and I put bits of the dunks in buckets of water around my house.  The mosquito larvae eats the BT and die within days. I do think they cut down on the population around the house.  You can put them in any pond with no worries.  More info at http://www.summitchemical.com/mosquito/mosquito-dunks/.

My personal favorite is the mosquito zapper…it looks like a badminton racket – there are batteries in the handle and there is a metal grid that holds a charge.  When you swat a mosquito with it, the mosquito is electrocuted and dies…very satisfying experience.  I walk behind my grandchildren murdering mosquitoes!

I also have an electronic insect killer (an ultraviolet light that attracts insects with a cage around it) that I think does quite a bit.  I have read they don’t attract mosquitoes, but many think they help a lot.  Mine looks like the Flowtron on Amazon…the one for an acre would be more than adequate if you want to try it.

We are wary of misting systems, even ones that claim to be non toxic or safe for people and pets. These solutions are not selective and will eliminate beneficial insects in your yard including bees, butterflies and lady bugs. Here is a write-up by Texas A&M regarding the ineffectiveness of most mosquito “treatments”: http://texashelp.tamu.edu/004-natural/pdfs/mosquito-control-options-and-gimmicks.pdf