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Mosquito Proof Your Swimming Pool

iStock pool cA clean pool isn’t inviting to mosquitoes.  However if they’re not properly maintained, swimming pools can quickly become mosquito breeding sites, creating a nuisance for both yourself and your neighbors. Here’s some tips on how to keep mosquitoes away:

  • Run the filter on a regular basis – a timer can be used to allow the filter to operate around 3-4 hours each day.
  • Don’t turn the filter off during winter or periods when the pool is not in use. By maintaining the pool during these periods it will take much less time, effort and money to adjust the pool water correctly for the next use.
  • When not in use, i.e. at night, place a cover over the swimming pool to prevent chemicals evaporating and bugs getting in. During rainy periods make sure that any water found ponding on the surface of the cover is removed.
  • Regularly chlorinate your swimming pool and maintain disinfection levels.  Chlorine alone will not kill mosquito larvae but will help in maintaining the pool’s health and, along with the other steps, hinder the growth of mosquito larvae.
  • Use a skimmer to remove any surface debris.
  • The swimming pool should be cleaned regularly including vacuuming and scrubbing the walls. Backwashing should be undertaken at least weekly. 

The proper use of swimming pool grade chemicals and good management of the disinfection, filtration and re-circulation system will keep your swimming pool in a clean, safe and healthy condition all season long.

While chlorine has long been the industry standard and most popular swimming pool disinfectant, consumer demand for alternatives has prompted the emergence of new technologies and the number of systems in use continues to grow.  Nature2 from Zodiac Pool Systems in Vista, Calif., dissolves traces of silver and copper into the water to disinfect it and prevent algae. The system, approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, allows pools to operate using just 0.5 part per million of chlorine, compared with the recommended 1 to 4 ppm for conventional pools.


The Complete Mosquito Solution – Mega-Catch™ 4-Step TRAP Program

Looking for the complete Mosquito Solution?  For long-term results follow our simple 4-Step TRAP Program. mozzie-control32

1.   T – Trap  

The use of mosquito traps in outdoor areas is probably your first and best line of defense.  Mosquito traps interrupt the breeding cycle, reducing mosquito numbers; which in turn reduces biting incidences and the potential for disease transmission. The capture of only a few mosquitoes daily can have a substantial impact on current and future mosquito populations, because just one female mosquito is capable of laying up to 250 eggs at a time and as many as 3000 eggs during her lifetime.

2.   R  – Repel

Repellents don’t actually kill mosquitoes and do nothing to reduce your mosquito population the way traps do.  However they are effective at preventing bites and many experts consider them to be the number one weapon against mosquitoes.  The CDC recommends a variety of safe and effective repellents containing these active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, OLE (Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus) or IR3535. However when using any repellent chemicals it is important to follow label directions and precautions; these are strong chemicals and some should not be used on infants and young children.

3.  A – Avoid

The best way to avoid getting bitten is to avoid going outdoors during periods of peak mosquito activity – typically dawn and dusk (some but not all mosquito species). When you are outside, be sure to wear repellents and protective clothing i.e. loose-fitting, light-colored, long sleeved shirts and pants. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so avoid wearing black and navy.

4.   P – Prevent 

Prevent mosquitoes breeding.  Do a ‘water collection’ inspection: empty wheel barrows, boat tarps, buckets, barrels – in fact any and all water-collecting objects.  Clean out clogged gutters (THE most neglected breeding site); and change the water in bird baths twice weekly.

With our simple 4-Step Program you too can reduce biting incidences and the risk from mosquito-borne diseases – all season long.

Mega-Catch™ Promoting National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Join Mega-Catch™ in recognizing and promoting the AMCA’s 15th annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week June 26 through to July 2.

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Mosquito Week – a chance for everyone to make a contribution by introducing a comprehensive DIY mosquito control program that incorporates not only a proven trapping system like Mega-Catch’s™ to reduce mosquito numbers but other sensible control measures as well.

  • Eliminate standing water in low spots, ditches and similar areas
  • Empty receptacles that collect water (e.g. bird baths, pot plant saucers)
  • Reduce breeding sites by keeping grass mown and gutters free of debris
  • When outdoors wear light colored clothing which is less attractive to some mosquito species
  • Use insect repellents.  The most effective repellents according the CDC contain one of the following EPA registered active ingredients; DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.


Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Traps for DIY Mosquito Control


Trap Placement:
In one study trap location made up to a four-fold difference in catch rates.  So the first thing we recommend is to check out the ‘battle-ground’.  Walk around your yard and try and identify the areas where mosquitoes are most bothersome i.e. ‘the source’.   Then set up your trap between the source of the mosquitoes and where people gather i.e. decks and patios.  Position upwind and in a shaded area because most mosquito species are poor flyers and avoid the sun.

Your Mega-Catch™ trap will act like a decoy in a sense; attracting mosquitoes towards it and away from humans.  Never put mosquito traps near people (20-30 feet is the recommended distance) because given the choice most mosquitoes will go for real rather than replica any day! (more…)

Implement Some DIY Mosquito Control to Mark World Mosquito Day With Mega-Catch™

World Mosquito Day has become an ‘awareness day’ to remind the public about the continuing threat of malaria and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, but it actually marks the anniversary of one of the most important scientific discoveries in the battle against malaria and was originated by the man who made that discovery. On August 20 1897, British army doctor Ronald Ross was working in Secunderabad in India, dissecting the stomach tissue of an Anopheline mosquito known to have fed on a patient with malaria.  Ross discovered the malaria parasite and established the role of the Anopheles mosquitoes in the transmission of malaria parasites in humans.  Through further research using malarious birds, he was able to ascertain the entire life cycle of the malaria parasite, including its presence in the mosquito’s salivary glands.  Ross, credited with the discovery of the transmission of malaria by mosquitoes was honoured with a Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1902 and a knighthood in 1911. (more…)

Mega-Catch™ Promoting National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared June 20-26  this year’s ‘National Mosquito Control Awareness Week’.  Founded in 1935, the AMCA is a scientific/educational, not-for-profit public service association dedicated to preserving the public’s health and well-being through safe, environmentally sound mosquito control programs.

While not every kind of mosquito carries every kind of disease, a single bite from the right mosquito at the right time, and you’re infected.  At Mega-Catch™ we actively promote prevention as the best protection.  And in addition to giving tips and advice on source reduction; how to easily identify and eliminate mosquito breeding sites, we also encourage homeowners to use mosquito nets, screens, and insect repellents as well as mosquito traps.  While traps won’t permanently eliminate mosquitoes in the area, most experts agree on their use in conjunction with other traditional precautions, as a way to reduce nuisance mosquitoes and biting incidences. (more…)

Mega-Catch™ For Mom

If you’re a multi-tasking, over-worked, miracle-worker, MOM for short, then you want Mosquito Control to be easy, and with Mega-Catch™ it is; as easy as One, Two, Trap!

Source Reduction
Effective mosquito control starts with a thorough inspection of the potential battlefield; your yard! Check for and eliminate any standing water anywhere, in both the obvious and not so obvious places.

Personal Protection
When you do go outside, try to keep as much of your skin covered as possible, avoid bright colors that will attract the attention of mosquitoes, and use an effective insect repellent.

Border Patrol
Mega-Catch™ mosquito traps function best when set up around the perimeter of a yard, attracting mosquitoes towards them, and away from human activity.

Trusted, proven, tested and used by thousands of US households since 1997. MegaCatch™ PREMIER Mosquito Traps are simple to operate and are a highly effective product to reduce the mosquito problem in your backyard.

Find out how you can win a Mega-Catch™ PREMIER for your mom in this year’s giveaway, exclusively for MommyPR readers @

Mega-Catch™ Predicting Mosquito Invasion

The series of storms that pelted the South County in early March may go a long way toward breaking the three-year drought, but they also created perfect conditions for mosquitoes and the spread of West Nile Virus.

Standing water on the ground or containers like bird baths, pot plant bases and old tires, can help breed millions of mosquitoes in less than 10 days as the weather warms up.

So in addition to a keeping grass mown, bushes trimmed and debris out of the gutters, it’s essential to eliminate any potential mosquito breeding sites as well.   Remember anything that can hold water for more than a few days is a potential mosquito nursery.  Just one mosquito can produce 1,200 young and a five-gallon bucket of water has the potential to produce enough mosquitoes to invade an entire city block in a residential community.

We recommend you set up your Mega-Catch™ trap at the first sign of mosquito activity.   And to ensure you get the best capture rates this season, follow our simple step by step ‘Top 10 Tips” in the start up guide.

2010 Season Start Up Guide:

  1. Clean out catch bags and liquid containers (Ultra & Premier) and replace any ripped or torn mesh bags.
  2. Replace UV light tubes (Ultra & Premier) to optimize catch rates.  UV tubes dim over time, attracting less mosquitoes.
  3. Clean any build-up off the fan blades and internal casing using warm soapy water and wipe away any spider webs, dust, pollen or other debris.
  4. Leave the trap to dry out for at least 24 hours before starting
  5. Re-attach skirt (Premier & Ultra) and replace if necessary
  6. Re-charge the timer battery (Ultra & Premier) by plugging the trap in for at least 24 hrs
  7. Refill CO2 cylinder then reconnect to the gas regulator (Ultra)
  8. Replace attractants. Choose from either our standard Octenol, or Mega-Catch™ 3000 Combo Lure which is specially formulated to attract a wider range of mosquito species including the hard to catch Asian Tiger (Aedes albopictus).
  9. Place your trap away from people areas and as close to known breeding sites (bushes, shrubs and wet areas) as possible.
  10. Connect power cord, switch on and complete the standard start-up procedure as outlined in the trap manual. Available for download at

Mega-Catch™ Tips for Effective Winter Mosquito Control

Believe it or not, Mosquito Control agencies, unlike (some) mosquito species don’t hibernate over winter.  In addition to recording what took place during the active season and planning/preparing for the next, their duties often include cleaning public ditches and streams. This allows the water to flow and can discourage and eliminate mosquitoes breeding in those areas for extended periods of time.  

DIY Mosquito Control
Mosquitoes need still, stagnant water to breed.  By draining containers around your home – it doesn’t take much, an inch or two that has collected in a child’s toy, a flowerpot, an old tire – you too can disrupt the process as well as reducing the potential for disease transmission.

Where do Mosquitoes go over winter?
Not all mosquitoes die from the cold but over-winter in various guises:

mosquito life cycleSome species of mosquitoes overwinter as adult females in a state of diapause (a hibernation-like state of arrested development), hiding out in barns, tree holes, basements, attics, etc. anywhere they can get out of the wind. 
Typically, the female mosquito mates before the onset of winter, refusing to take a blood meal, instead feeding only on sugar.  Their ovaries stop working, so their eggs will not mature.  And they store plenty of fat to sustain them over winter. In spring when the temperatures rise, the female emerges from hibernation, seeks out a blood meal and lays the eggs that produce the next generation of adults.

Certain mosquito species lay winter hardy eggs able to survive extreme weather, such as cold, ice, and drought.  Typically in late summer or fall, the female lays her eggs in areas where the ground is moist.  In spring, when temperatures begin to rise and moisture is produced by spring rains and melting snow and ice, these eggs will hatch, progressing through larval, pupal, and finally adult stages to begin the cycle all over again.

And other species of mosquitoes can survive winter in the larval stage.  All mosquito larvae require water, even in winter.  As the water temperature drops, it induces a state of diapause in the mosquito larvae. Development only resumes when the water warms up again.

Winterize Your Mosquito Trap
In the warm and humid climates of the Southeast and Gulf Coast, mosquitoes can thrive all year round, making ongoing precautions essential.  The Mosquito Activity Forecast from is a useful tool, as it predicts just how active mosquitoes in your area are, based on a variety of weather and time-related factors.

However, once temperatures in your area begin averaging below 50°F it’s safe to store your Mega-Catch™ trap away for the winter. 


  1. Turn off your Mega-Catch™ Trap and disconnect the power cable
  2. Turn off and disconnect the regulator from the C02 cylinder. (Ultra)  To ensure that insects don’t nest in your C02 system during the off-season place the regulator in a sealed bag, and place some electrical tape or similar over the end of the gas line (attached to the rear of the trap)
  3. Remove the skirt (Ultra & Premier) and wipe down the outside of the trap with clean soapy water and a damp cloth. 
  4. Open your trap (Ultra & Premier) and again, using warm soapy water, clean the internal plates, heated reflective surface and fan, then allow todry thoroughly.  (step by step guide in the Operation manual or download from
  5. Using a small sponge or toothbrush and warm soapy water, reach into the trap (Alpha) and carefully clean the inside casing of the fan and fan blades
  6. Remove and discard any opened attractant lures – they’re only effective for 30 days
  7. Remove and clean the mesh catch bag – pollen, dust and dirt can prohibit airflow and prevent your trap from working efficiently.  If the catch bag is torn or damaged in any way, remove and discard. Start next season with a fresh mesh bag
  8. To extend the life of your trap, store it in a garage or shed, protected from the elements and extreme cold
  9. Mid-way through winter, turn on your trap and let it run for a day.  This will keep the timer battery charged (Ultra & Premier) and the fan moving  (Alpha, Ultra & Premier)

With a little bit of maintenance now, you can ensure a trouble-free start to the next mosquito season.  Because mosquitoes that were infected with say West Nile Virus before they went into ‘hibernation’ will still have the virus when they emerge the following spring – all loaded up and ready to go!

Mega-Catch™ Mosquito Traps For All Seasons

One in every 100 Americans have been infected with West Nile Virus whether they know it or not!    And that number has grown according to a study in the journal “Emerging Infectious Diseases“.  The few weeks surrounding Labor Day are the most active for the virus in Washington.  Mosquitoes remain active until temperatures drop below 50 degrees; which isn’t until late fall in most regions of the U.S.

Asian-Tiger-USA-Map-WebIn Fact, mosquitoes, generally regarded as a summertime pest, are also known to thrive in the fall, continuing to transmit a multitude of diseases including Dengue fever, various strains of Encephalitis and West Nile Virus in the process.   Just one bite is all it takes to transmit disease, so ongoing precautions are essential, especially in the fall.

Bite Prevention the Best Protection

West Nile Virus can cause serious illness, including encephalitis (inflamation of the brain) or meningitis (inflamation of the lining of the spinal cord and brain), and can be fatal.   Symptoms can range from mild (fever, headache, body aches and stiff neck) to severe (tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma).   WNV is carried by birds and spread by infected mosquitoes, and has thus far killed hundreds of millions of birds and infected more than 29,000 people in the U.S. since the first reported outbreak there in 1999.

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites

Getting rid of breeding sites around the home will reduce the health risks associated with mosquitoes.  They don’t need much to breed; an inch or two of water that has collected in a child’s toy, a flowerpot, or an old tire.  Stagnant pools, birdbaths and fountains are another mosquito favorite.  Ensure gutters are cleaned out too so they don’t hold standing water.

Interrupt the Breeding Cycle

Minimize your mosquito problem; this season and the next, by devising an effective mosquito control plan using the best available strategies, including mosquito traps.  However, the effectiveness of mosquito traps does vary from brand to brand and location to location.   The aim of the trap is to interrupt the breeding cycle and decrease mosquito populations that way.  It typically takes about 2 months to kill enough female mosquitoes to make a population collapse.  Mega-Catch™ traps have been independently and scientifically tested and are one of the best at doing what they claim – effectively attracting and killing mosquitoes…. by the hundreds!

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