Backyard Mosquito Control
I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July celebrating our Independence. Were you as pestered by mosquitos as we were? It’s too late to make your fireworks mosquito free, but here is some info from Barb Ogg one of my colleagues in Lincoln.
The first step is to eliminate any mosquito breeding areas from around your property. Look for anything that might catch and hold rain and drain out the water from these containers. Check for leaf-clogged gutters, bird baths, old tires, cans, bottles, children’s wading pools and construction debris. Try to spot as many breeding places near your home as possible.
Still water in birdbaths or ponds may be treated with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) in the form of biscuits, available at garden and hardware stores. These products specifically attack mosquito larvae and will not harm fish or birds or wildlife that drink the water. Make sure you follow the directions.
Then, for bug-free barbecuing treat flower borders, smaller trees and shrubs around the patio with either malathion or Sevin about three hours before your outdoor event. Mosquito foggers are available and aerosol “fogs” are reasonably effective. These pyrethroid insecticides are short-term insecticides that have repellent properties so you should not expect long-term control. Check the label to verify uses and plants to avoid possible plant sensitivity and injury.
Of course, always do all you can to prevent mosquito bites. West Nile virus is not something you want. It is best to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when working outside. You should also use an insect repellent while outdoors. Insect repellents can be the most important way to prevent mosquito bites. We have a good NebGuide available called Residential Mosquito Control.
4-H Update, several signup deadlines are coming soon
I want to change gears and remind you about a few 4-H dates. County Fair clothing day and special foods contest entry form deadline is today. There is a Clover Kid Day Camp on Wednesday. Please sign up for that by today as well. The last horsemanship levels testing day is Thursday. Please let us know by tomorrow if you plan to attend the levels test day. Finally, please sign up by next Monday if you would like to participate in the Woodworking Skill Day on July 18.
We have a lot more going on if 4-H, watch your Cherry County 4-H Alerts for all of the information.
As always, you can call the extension office at 402-376-1850.