We've already established the fact that mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world.
They spread serious diseases like Dengue, Malaria, West Nile, and Encephalitis with just one bite and they number by the millions especially in regions with warm and humid climates.
Furthermore, mosquitoes are a nuisance to our everyday lives. They can ruin your afternoon siesta by the porch or your family picnic by the lake. Nevertheless, mosquitoes are our everyday archenemy.
Why Should You Focus On Mosquito Larvae?
Adult mosquitoes are great aviators and they can sense your presence in the dark. And before you know it, they've already had their fill of your blood.
Although swatting these annoying insects seems to be the most satisfying way to get back at them, it still won't do enough damage to the entire population hovering within and around your residence.
And so, your best chance of getting a good shot at blowing their population into oblivion would be to hit them when they're most vulnerable - in their larval stage.
Where Should You Look For Mosquito Larvae?
Adult female mosquitoes lay their eggs on the surface of any standing water or on moist soil that will later on be flooded by rain or the rising tide. These eggs require minimal amount of water to hatch into larvae.
Breeding grounds could be as small as water collected on small unattended buckets, discarded tires, and holes inside trees to as large as creeks, ponds, and lakes.
Are Mosquito Dunks Effective To Kill Larvae?
Mosquito dunks are perhaps the simplest and easiest to get rid of mosquito larvae on target areas.
The shape of a mosquito dunk resemble that of a donut's and is basically made of Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis also known as BTI. The BTI is a special type of bacteria that is lethal only to mosquito larvae.
It is safe to humans and animals that you can place one in your swimming pool or strategically placing a few on the pond without risking the lives of its inhabitants such as fishes and frogs. Dunks are very effective in the sense that each piece can provide protection on up to 100 square feet of surface water for more than a month and can kill larvae within hours.
Can You Suffocate Mosquito Larvae To Kill Them?
Mosquito larvae hang themselves upside down near the surface of the water. Their bottom ends have siphons to which they breathe.
Basically, you have two options to choose from if you want to suffocate the life out of these nasty wrigglers. One is garlic juice and the other is olive oil or vegetable oil.
You can secure a good amount of garlic juice by crushing some cloves using a blender. Squeeze out the juice from its mash using a cheesecloth and mix appropriately with water.
Pouring garlic juice or vegetable/olive oil on infested bodies of water will suffocate the wrigglers.
The video below will show another option in killing mosquito larvae.
How About Mosquito Bits For Larvae?
Mosquito bits are pretty much the same with dunks - they're also made up of BTI. The only difference (obviously) is that the bits are in pellet form.
The advantage in using mosquito bits is that they can be efficiently applied over small pockets of standing water. Simply sprinkle an ample amount of bits over target areas and that should do the trick.
Is Bleach Safe To Use To Kill Mosquito Larvae?
Bleach is an effective alternative in killing mosquito larvae but quite risky. Since there are many types of bleaches available in the market, make sure that you use one with at least 5.25% sodium hypochlorite.
This solution can guarantee a lethal dose against wrigglers but also poses risk to pets and other animals. Therefore, this option is not advisable to be used on ponds or creeks.
Final Thoughts About Killing Mosquito Larvae
Killing wrigglers is the best and most effective way to deal with mosquito infestation. There are lots of effective options to choose from but it is also important to consider some risk assessments especially on the welfare or safety of your children, pets, and other animals.