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Waterlogged
06-19-2012, 06:24 PM
Well, we just got our second report of a mosquito that tested positive for West Nile virus in our area. Have to start being careful. Cities will probably start spraying for them, but we still need to be aware of areas with heavy mosquito populations.
Heat, mosquitoes, hail, alligators, ticks, armadillos, coyotes -it's crowded out there:laugh:

DanaMac
06-19-2012, 06:32 PM
Coincidentally, I was just reading this article on West Nile (http://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/Mosquitoes_With_West_Nile_Found_In_Colorado_159600525.html) here in CO as well. First report this year so far. We don't have any damn water though for them to breed. Hot, dry, windy, and the state has multiple fires.

Kiril
06-19-2012, 06:45 PM
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/Mapsactivity/surv&control12MapsAnybyState.htm

1idejim
06-19-2012, 06:57 PM
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/Mapsactivity/surv&control12MapsAnybyState.htm

and here's the symptoms

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/symptoms.htm

KrayzKajun
06-19-2012, 07:00 PM
The state of louisiana is heavily populated with Mosquitoes. And customers wonder why I stress to them to address any standing water issues on their property. Nuthing like having a drainage system that holds water and becomes a breeding ground.
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greenmonster304
06-19-2012, 07:57 PM
A few years back they were spraying for west Nile around LI. As it turns out the pesticide that they use f__k with the molting of the mosquitos. It also does the same for Lobsters and it decimated the lobster population in the long island sound.
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agrostis
06-19-2012, 08:18 PM
The state of louisiana is heavily populated with Mosquitoes. And customers wonder why I stress to them to address any standing water issues on their property. Nuthing like having a drainage system that holds water and becomes a breeding ground.
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People in the deep south are forgetting about how important it is not to have standing water around. I guess it will take a serious outbreak of malaria to remind them.

CAPT Stream Rotar
06-19-2012, 08:20 PM
I remind everyone who tells me to throw water on hardscapes/ roads/in woods ect they are giving breading grounds.
Standing water bad.
Lime disease bad

irrig8r
06-19-2012, 08:24 PM
Peter knows something about this...

We had dead crows show up near a seasonal creek a couple of years ago that tested positive...

Don't know how his year has compared, or how many human cases show up.

FIMCO-MEISTER
06-19-2012, 08:24 PM
Use repellant and stay hydrated. A mosquito has a range of 1.5 miles. As someone who had his irrigation career wrecked by west nile I can assure you it is worth every precaution. In most cases it will barely affect somebody but it can be deadly as well. No harm in getting checked to see if you already have the antibodies for west nile in your system then you don't have to worry about it.

irrig8r
06-19-2012, 08:27 PM
and here's the symptoms

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/symptoms.htm

And more detailed distribution in California: http://www.westnile.ca.gov/


CDPH recommends that individuals prevent exposure to mosquito bites and West Nile virus by practicing the "Three Ds":

DEET - Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older.

DAWN AND DUSK - Mosquitoes bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.

DRAIN - Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. If you know of a swimming pool that is not being properly maintained, please contact your local mosquito and vector control agency.

irrig8r
06-19-2012, 08:33 PM
Use repellant and stay hydrated. A mosquito has a range of 1.5 miles. As someone who had his irrigation career wrecked by west nile I can assure you it is worth every precaution. In most cases it will barely affect somebody but it can be deadly as well. No harm in getting checked to see if you already have the antibodies for west nile in your system then you don't have to worry about it.

So does testing positive mean that you've already had it and that your body can resist any future infection?
And do they reject you for donating blood if you've had it?

FIMCO-MEISTER
06-19-2012, 08:37 PM
So does testing positive mean that you've already had it and that your body can resist any future infection?
And do they reject you for donating blood if you've had it?

Yes to the first.

not likely to the second but don't know for sure. If its not listed on the who should not donate pamphlet then I wouldn't worry about it.

FIMCO-MEISTER
06-19-2012, 08:39 PM
Impatiens and St Augustine are the two plant combinations I can guarantee you will deal with mosquitos.

Stuttering Stan
06-19-2012, 09:44 PM
Not to get off topic...... but does anyone have experience with the mosquito mist systems?

Something similar to this? http://www.automist.com/

Kiril
06-19-2012, 10:55 PM
And more detailed distribution in California: http://www.westnile.ca.gov/

Just great. For some reason mosquito's find me appetizing.

1idejim
06-19-2012, 11:04 PM
Just great. For some reason mosquito's find me appetizing.

great, looks like they have to examine your brain to be accurate whether you have it or not.

if anyone's taking my brain out and playing with it, it's me :laugh:

Kiril
06-19-2012, 11:35 PM
Well, if I start posting nonsense, like some of the stuff that comes out of boots mouth (and others), you will know what happened. :laugh:

irrig8r
06-20-2012, 10:00 AM
Just great. For some reason mosquito's find me appetizing.

They're attracted to CO2 right? So just stop exhaling.
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Kiril
06-20-2012, 10:24 AM
They're attracted to CO2 right? So just stop exhaling.

Dan (and others) would like that.

There is something especially juicy about me. Not too long ago I was outside at dusk with a friend, the blood suckers weren't bothering him at all, but they were swarming around me .... little blood sucking f'kers.

Wet_Boots
06-20-2012, 10:26 AM
for mosquitoes, Kiril has a magnetic personality

FIMCO-MEISTER
06-20-2012, 10:52 AM
And he's thin skinned.

Kiril
06-20-2012, 11:35 AM
And he's thin skinned.

Better than being thick headed.

agrostis
06-20-2012, 06:35 PM
Just great. For some reason mosquito's find me appetizing.

The bar soap you use can be a reason, less likely is shampoo or laundry detergent. Body temperature has a lot to do with mosquito attraction, 2/10s of a degree can make a difference.

Wet_Boots
06-20-2012, 06:50 PM
his Mighty Brain radiates heat

irrig8r
06-20-2012, 09:29 PM
Better than being thick headed.

That's not what she said.

Kiril
06-20-2012, 09:33 PM
The bar soap you use can be a reason, less likely is shampoo or laundry detergent. Body temperature has a lot to do with mosquito attraction, 2/10s of a degree can make a difference.

Don't know what it is, but come dusk it is like a bath salts induced feeding frenzy and I'm the main course.

jvanvliet
06-21-2012, 06:17 AM
Dan (and others) would like that.

There is something especially juicy about me. Not too long ago I was outside at dusk with a friend, the blood suckers weren't bothering him at all, but they were swarming around me .... little blood sucking f'kers.

They are blood suckers right? Birds of a feather...

Mike Leary
06-21-2012, 12:52 PM
Don't know what it is, but come dusk it is like a bath salts induced feeding frenzy and I'm the main course.

To avoid biting critters, you do exactly what's needed to avoid a lengthy IRS audit; eat plenty of garlic.

Without A Drought
06-21-2012, 07:10 PM
Don't know what it is, but come dusk it is like a bath salts induced feeding frenzy and I'm the main course.

i'm pretty sure these will bring on the zombie apocalypse, once someone weaponizes it.

i'm stocking up on ammo and fuel.

as far as bug bites go, i don't get bit too often. don't know about zombies though

Duekster
06-21-2012, 07:12 PM
I just wasted 30 seconds reading these

agrostis
06-21-2012, 08:05 PM
Impatiens and St Augustine are the two plant combinations I can guarantee you will deal with mosquitos.

Tell me more about this.

grassman177
06-21-2012, 08:34 PM
To avoid biting critters, you do exactly what's needed to avoid a lengthy IRS audit; eat plenty of garlic.

maybe that is why they dont mite me:drinkup:

and here i thought the west nile thing was gone. crap

Mike Leary
06-21-2012, 08:38 PM
I just wasted 30 seconds reading these

Apply to LawnSite for a refund. :waving::drinkup:

FIMCO-MEISTER
06-21-2012, 09:15 PM
Tell me more about this.

The mosquitos nest in the moistest areas they can find. Impatiens and St Augustine at least in Dallas TX gets lots of water and tends to be the most moist areas of the landscape. If it's in the shade it's a double whammy. When the county investigator came out to my house to interview me due to the hospital being required to report west nile patients she walked up to my front door passing by a lawn of St Aug, huge masses of impatiens, humongous elephant ears, and giant azalea bushes and told me your yard is beautiful but it's also the best harbor for mosquitos on this entire block. Mosquitos just need a moist environment. Eliminating standing water does not eliminate mosquitos.

agrostis
06-21-2012, 09:30 PM
That make's total sense to me, thank's.

Duekster
06-22-2012, 01:15 PM
The mosquito's nest in the moistest areas they can find. Impatiens and St Augustine at least in Dallas TX gets lots of water and tends to be the most moist areas of the landscape. If it's in the shade it's a double whammy. When the county investigator came out to my house to interview me due to the hospital being required to report west nile patients she walked up to my front door passing by a lawn of St Aug, huge masses of impatiens, humongous elephant ears, and giant azalea bushes and told me your yard is beautiful but it's also the best harbor for mosquitos on this entire block. Mosquito's just need a moist environment. Eliminating standing water does not eliminate mosquito's.

I would say this is also a great argument for not watering the turf daily.

There are some discussions about mosquito traps. Damp moist areas used as breeding grounds that dry out every 24 to 36 hours

Mark Oomkes
06-22-2012, 01:28 PM
maybe that is why they dont mite me:drinkup:

and here i thought the west nile thing was gone. crap

It will never go away Ralph.

I didn't worry much about it when it came into the states and I have a weakened immune system.

Now I don't worry about it at all, I am sure I was infected the first year and fortunately fought it off.

I would worry just as much about putting all sorts of chemicals on your skin that don't belong there.