When it comes to ridding private properties of mosquitoes, Benton County residents have their hands tied. The state’s Department of Ecology has drafted new permit restrictions that, if passed, would prohibit the spraying of insecticides on mosquito populations near bodies of water.
These restrictions while aimed at protecting the environment from harmful chemicals could lead to an increase in adult mosquito populations as a result. While the merits of spraying restrictions are debated homeowners faced with the prospect of a mosquito invasion are looking at alternative ways of keeping their backyards safe.
One type of mosquito killer being touted – the mosquito magnet – seems like the answer to a prayer. These devices mimic humans by releasing CO2 to attract mosquitoes. Combined with other attractants, mosquitoes are then lured to the trap and drawn into a net where they subsequently dehydrate and die. These mosquito machines disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle without the use of harmful pesticides.
In places like Benton County, mosquito killers like these may well prove to be the most effective way to reduce mosquito populations and help combat the spread of diseases like dengue fever and West Nile virus.