Farnam Introduces Granular Larvacide for Mosquito Control

"The most important step any property owner can take to control mosquito populations is to remove all potential sources of stagnant water in which mosquitoes might breed," the USDA advises. Unfortunately, many necessary water sources cannot be eliminated such as livestock ponds and horse troughs. Farnam Companies has released a new weapon for the fight against mosquitoes in these water sources.

Bite Free Granular Larvicide for Mosquito Control controls mosquito larvae within 24 hours. The product is packaged in easy-to-use, pre-measured, water-soluble packets that you simply toss into any body of water. Each packet treats up to 2,500 gallons of water for up to 30 days. 

"Bite Free mosquito larvicide granules contain a microbial insecticide effective against mosquitoes in a variety of habitats," explains Laura Welch, marketing manager for Farnam premise pest control products. "This is a new level of protection against mosquitoes for animals and the people who care for them; by killing mosquitoes before they become breeding, biting adults, including those which may transmit West Nile virus (WNV) and heartworm disease to dogs and cats. Bite Free mosquito larvicide granule packets provide a convenient method for controlling mosquitoes that is effective, yet will not harm humans, horses, birds, fish, and other animals."

West Nile virus is particularly dangerous and often lethal to horses. The USDA recommends that horse owners implement safeguards to prevent animals’ exposure to mosquitoes.

"Given the severity of the diseases mosquitoes may carry, it is essential that horse owners provide protection against mosquitoes," said Tom Kennedy, PhD, vice president of new product development at Farnam. "Having your horse vaccinated against WNV is the first step, but it’s not enough to leave it at that. For further protection, it is best to treat standing water and use mosquito repellents all summer while the insects remain a threat."

As an additional precaution, a spray that protects against mosquitoes and other biting flies is available. Farnam’s Bite Free Biting Fly Repellent provides protection for horses against mosquitoes as well as biting stable flies, horn flies, horse flies, deer flies, gnats, and other nuisance flies. It also repels and kills deer ticks that can transmit Lyme Disease. Bite Free can be applied either as a spray or wipe. The ready-to-use, water-based formula is gentle and contains sunscreen for protection against harmful UV rays.

For information about Farnam Horse Products, call 800/234-2269, 602/285-1660, or visit www.farnamhorse.com.

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