Monday, October 13, 2008
Medical Reports: Spray the way
All the rain we've gotten recently has created a breeding ground for blood-sucking mosquitoes. Now there's a new product that claims to help homeowners get rid of the pests just like the pros. Seven's Richard Lemus shows us how to Spray the Way to a mosquito-free yard.
WSVN -- From hurricanes to our normal rainy season, South Florida's taken a beating from downpours. All the rain has left behind standing water and plenty of places for blood-sucking mosquitoes to thrive.
Danny Ordenes: "With the water comes the mosquitoes."
Danny Ordenes lives in a neighborhood near the Falls Shopping Center.
Danny Ordenes: "We have a big mosquito problem. The reason being is the grass is in abundance in this neighborhood, and everyone has a pool."
Danny's biggest concern, his young daughter. She's constantly getting bit, and he's worried she'll contract one of the diseases mosquitoes can carry.
Danny Ordenes: "She just swells up with mosquito bites. Mosquitoes just love her to death."
In hopes of getting rid of the bugs, Danny tried a new at-home spray system called Mosquito 86. You attach the tank to your leaf blower and it sprays a common pesticide that's EPA approved. To get the best results, you're instructed to spray right after dusk and use the product once a week or after it rains.
Gary Goode: "Essentially, these products are miniature versions of the same products we use in mosquito control, and as long as they are used in accordance with the instructions, they are effective tools for the homeowners to use."
Gary Goode from the Palm Beach Mosquito Control can't endorse a product, but he has a few recommendations for people who take mosquito-control into their own hands.
Gary Goode: "It's a barrier spray, so one of the things that you need to be concerned about is not to over apply. Even when the ground is wet, they recommend you don't use the material right after the rain, to let it dry. If it's windy, be cautious of where wind is blowing it. Spray downwind, so it's not blowing back on you."
Keep in mind these sprays not only kill the bad bugs, but it can kill the good ones too, like butterflies, and just because you spray your yard doesn't mean it will totally eliminate the problem.
Gary Goode: "If it's a problem that's big enough to affect your whole neighborhood, it might be something their local mosquito control can handle."
Danny found Mosquito 86 was easy to use and it worked.
Danny Ordenes: "For the most part, I did get rid of the mosquitoes, like 90 percent gone."
And for the first time in weeks, he gets to enjoy being outside again with his daughter.
Danny Ordenes: "With the machine we come out and play more often than we did before."
The price to be bug free? About $70 if you already have a leaf blower. It will be around $200 for the complete kit .
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Customers can call a customer support line at 877-639-8686.