Kill Mosquitoes in Standing Water

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Kill mosquitoes in standing water by using a few drops of horticultural spray oil on the top of the oil. Changing water in bird baths and ponds will also prevent mosquito larva from hatching. Keep standing water from forming in a yard or garden with... View Video Transcript

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Mark Govan

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Hi friends, I'm Mark Govan here with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida. A lot of people want to know how we kill mosquito larva in standing water. Well mosquitoes which are actually born on little rafts. They float on the water and then as they hatch out into the larva or the wiggler stage they actually swim within the water and they come to the surface to breath and they breath through a little tube that they insert through the top of the water. Now by eliminating their ability to breath through that little tube you can go ahead and kill the mosquito larva. Now we can do that through the use of a highly refined horticultural spray oil. Now it only takes a couple of drops of horticultural spray oil on top of a little pond or bird bath to eliminate the wiggler's ability to breath and therefore eliminating the little mosquito larva from inside the pond or bird bath. Another way to do this is to go ahead and just change the water on a regular basis, remember mosquitoes have to have that still water in order for them to live. Other areas that have still water such as a tire swing, if you drill holes in the bottom of a tire the water will drain out so you can eliminate that there or by plants, certain plants actually hold water like Bromeliads hold water and if you eliminate the watering above the Bromeliads and only water below them you won't have the standing water in there for the mosquitoes to develop either so these are several ways that you can eliminate mosquitoes and the mosquito larva through just cultural methods. I'm Mark Govan with ABC Pest Control in Largo, Florida hoping you have a pest free day.