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Mosquito season is just around the corner, and mosquito-borne
diseases will soon be resurfacing. The Centers for Disease Control
documented over 34,000 cases of equine West Nile virus in the United
States since 2001, with a 25 percent mortality rate. Eastern Equine
Encephalitis is not as prevalent as West Nile virus, but it is
predicted to spread to other states this year and the fatality rate
is 90 percent.
To protect horses, the mosquito populations around stables and
pens must be reduced. Traditional methods of control, however, are
not sufficient. Keeping horses stabled during heavy mosquito
activity, insecticide fogging, and topical mosquito repellents are
not adequate safeguards. Even vaccinations do not ensure protection.
"No vaccine has a 100 percent guarantee of preventing an illness,"
said Dr. Marcia Hillard, DVM, with the Northeast Arkansas Equine
Center in Jonesboro. "Some horses do not respond favorably to
vaccinations. As a result, they are susceptible to mosquito-borne
diseases. Plus, a large number of horses will not get vaccinated and
others will not get their boosters."
Dr. Hillard recommends a safe and effective way to reduce
mosquitoes in target areas. "The Mosquito Killing System is the most
efficient method of mosquito control we have found. And we've tried
everything," she said.
Developed with technical assistance from NASA, the Mosquito
Killing System is the result of 16 years of research and testing.
This Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Listed device attracts mosquitoes
by mimicking body temperatures and breathing patterns of warm-blooded
mammals through thermal imagery and carbon dioxide.
The Mosquito Killing System reduces the mosquito population in a
one-acre area without pesticides or chemicals. It is quiet, odorless
and does not use a propane tank. This technology is used at
government facilities, health clinics, amusement parks, universities,
stables and horse racetracks.
The Mosquito Killing System has six unique features. First, it
uses electricity because propane cannot produce the proper airflow or
heat to mimic body temperatures. Second, scientific measurements are
applied for the heat source and carbon dioxide release. Third,
controlled and measured releases of carbon dioxide cycle every
several minutes producing body heat signatures of humans, horses,
etc. Fourth, mosquitoes detect no air turbulence, but the airflow
sufficiently vacuums them in. Fifth, the machine is self cleaning.
Sixth, the unit's surface simulates skin texture.
"I bought my first system five years ago, and I've purchased over
a dozen since," said Dr. Hillard. "I gave some to friends, sold
several to clients and kept a few. The only alternative is to put
horses inside from dusk to dawn and position big fans on them. Using
fans doesn't eliminate mosquitoes, it just helps keep them off the
horses at night."
Whether you have 20 acres or 220 acres, you don't need to protect
the entire property. You only need to protect the area near the
stables and pens. This can easily be accomplished with the MKS units,
depending on the size and layout of the pens and stables. Horses
usually come to this area at dusk and stay until dawn, which is peak
mosquito activity. You will notice within a few weeks after using the
machines that your horses will seem much more comfortable in the
protected area. The mosquito population in the vicinity of these
machines will be drastically reduced compared to the mosquitoes in
the unprotected areas.
In actual tests, most machines catch 50-100 mosquitoes daily. The
Mosquito Killing System in the same test area, however, consistently
captures from a few hundred to several thousand per night, greatly
reducing mosquito populations. Each mosquito caught is a female that
can lay a raft of 300 eggs. So, for every 1,000 mosquitoes eliminated
the mosquito population is actually reduced by 300,000 in that area.
Mosquitoes stay very near their hatching source. To reduce an area
of mosquitoes requires at least two weeks. Occasionally, it takes
longer to capture enough generations of female mosquitoes to
eliminate new eggs from hatching in the vicinity of the device. It is
recommended that all stagnant water and roosting sites, such as tall
grass, be eliminated in conjunction with using the machine.
Now is the time to prepare for mosquitoes. Don't wait for a
full-blown infestation. According to the Centers for Disease Control,
over 9,100 documented human cases of West Nile virus were reported
nationwide last year and 228 people died. It is much easier to
protect horses, people and pets when a mosquito control program is in
place at the beginning of mosquito season.
"If you think anything of your horses, this is a good investment
and definitely worth the money," said Dr. Hillard. "I even encourage
owners with vaccinated horses to buy one or two systems. Your horses
will be a lot more comfortable."