Have you heard about mosquito bits for plants? Controlling mosquitos in SWFL is an ongoing battle. Pest control of mosquitos and their larvae is something we’ll always have to deal with because the alternative is not being able to comfortably use our outdoor spaces. Mosquito populations also subject us to dangerous illnesses that they frequently carry and can pass on with just a single bite.
What Are Mosquito Bits?
Mosquito sprays can help kill or repel those pesky insects, but sometimes a more aggressive approach is needed to control of mosquito larvae to prevent the mosquitos from returning. Finding a way to reduce the population and reproduction of mosquitos is the key to long-term control.
Mosquito bits are small pellets containing the active ingredient Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis or BTI. BTI is a naturally occurring bacterium or biological larvicide found in soil and while it isn’t harmful to humans, plants, or other beneficial insects, it’s highly effective at killing large populations of mosquito larvae.
The pellets work by dissolving in water and releasing a toxin. That toxin affects mosquito larvae, fungus gnat larvae, and black flies. It only takes a sprinkle of mosquito bits in soil or standing water, the places mosquitos breed, and BTI starts killing the developing larvae of these pest insects within only minutes of application.
Since mosquito bits are a highly selective biopesticide, they are a safe and eco-friendly form of mosquito control.
Should You Use Mosquito Bits For Plants?
Mosquito bits are totally safe for plants and have also been shown safe to be used in container plants, including vegetables and herbs. They are an effective way to control a larval population and can even be used for indoor plants if necessary for fungus gnat control. Fungus gnat infestations are common and frustrating in indoor plants. Mosquito bits may be the best long term control solution for adult fungus gnats or even a possible mosquito issue indoors where other specific control solutions can’t be used, like a mosquito misting system.
How To Use Mosquito Bits
Mosquito bits should be used in areas around your property that would be prime mosquito breeding sites. Any marshy swampy areas in your yards that tend to flood or hold water after a rain, pools, fountains, rain barrels, bird baths, potted plant trays, empty flower pots, moist potting mix, roof gutters, tree holes, and other areas like these.
Application is simple, you just have to sprinkle mosquito bits evenly across standing water or the soils surface and follow the container’s instructions as to amounts for application. The granular mosquito bits dissolve into the water or soil. It only takes a small amount, less than tablespoons of mosquito bits per 25 square foot of soil or water to do the job of controlling mosquitos as well as pesky gnats and fungus gnat maggots in a short time.
While this pesticide offers effective control, its downfall is how frequently it needs to be applied in order to continue to be effective. Mosquito bits should be applied every 7 days during peak mosquito season or anytime there is a lot of standing water in your outdoor spaces and yard. Especially in SWFL where mosquito season lasts a long time.
Other Effective Mosquito Control
For many of us, reapplying mosquito control weekly is not a feasible option. Busy lives and many family and homeowner responsibilities make this a daunting task to remember to check off the list of things to do. A good alternative to mosquito bits is having a mosquito misting system installed in your outdoor spaces and yard.
A mosquito misting system is a reliable and hands-free system for controlling mosquitoes year-round. This system is pre-set on a schedule that you don’t have to think about on a weekly or even bi-weekly basis because it handles all the work for you. If you’re interested in learning more about this carefree system for controlling mosquitos, contact BuzzOFF Southwest Florida!