In his article “Get Wind of this: Mosquitoes can’t fly near a blowing fan”, William J. Broad, of the New York Times reveals a novel method of mosquito control. A method approved by the American Mosquito Control Association, based in Mount Laurel, NJ. Since female mosquitoes in search of a blood meal can only fly at on to on and a half miles per hour, a oscillating household fan blowing across your next dinner party on the deck is all that’s necessary to blow them away. Also, it should be known that mosquitoes are repelled by the smoke from citronella candles not the pleasant lemon smell. And while using a fan blowing over sleeping children to protect them from mosquito bites in a screened in bedroom is a good idea. The use of insect repellent is necessary to protect the kids and outdoor workers from West Nile bearing mosquitoes when outside is still necessary.
Even so communities must still bait standing bodies of waters and spray as necessary to control West Nile disease bearing mosquitoes in their area.
The full article was published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on July 23, 2013; see http://www.cleveland.com/.