Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2003 02:06 am
I'm going crazy with all of the mosquitos in my back yard. It's shady, so even in the middle of the day it's infested with the little buggers. I've sprayed with at least three different types of mosquito spray, I've sprayed myself with several types of repellant, I even rubbed garlic on my skin (having read somewhere on the web that garlic repells mosquitos), all to no avail. Is there anyone out there who knows of something I can do about this problem? It's maddening! There are still two months left of humid summer where I live and it's utterly unbearable and I think I'm going to go nuts if I don't figure out how to kill all of them! Any advice?
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Jim
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2003 02:19 am
I finally found a way to get back at the little bastards when we lived in SE Texas. We had a tropical aquarium set up inside, and I read in a fish book that much of their diet in the wild comes from insects that land in the water. So, when doing the yardwork, when I squished one of the little bastards I saved the bug instead of brushing it off. We all had great fun feeding them to the angelfish in the aquarium, one at a time.
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SealPoet
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2003 05:47 am
BT: Baccilus thuringiensis. Kills mosquito larvae and (almost) nothing else. The almost... it kills a few other types of bug larvae, but those are also nasty types...

But! You gotta do this before the little critters hatch, so if you're being bit now, it's too late.
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LibertyD
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2003 10:57 am
Jim-- I must get an aquarium. I wonder if I could just disable them enough where they see the fish coming before they're swallowed?

SealPoet -- I'll definately look into that for next year. I tried to avoid poisons so that I wouldn't kill any other bugs, but I've ended up using it. It seems that this year's mosquitos are resistant to everything. Thanks for the info!
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Eva
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2003 09:23 pm
They're really awful, aren't they, LibertyD? I keep spray cans of OFF by both doors and douse myself everytime I step outdoors. They don't seem to bother my son & husband, but I swear sometimes I think they are buzzing around the doors, watching for me, and salivating. God, I hate those things.
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LibertyD
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2003 10:34 pm
lol...Eva, maybe you and I are just so sweet that no amount of repellant will work?
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Eva
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2003 09:42 am
Yeah, that's it. Laughing

Read an article not too long ago...seems there is a scientific reason why mosquitos always zero in on one person in a group (I forget the exact explanation.) Estrogen seems to be a powerful magnet, and pale skin is also favored. Flowery-scented perfumes, soaps & deodorants attract them, too. So naturally, women are targeted far more often than men. Don't know what to do about it, though. Just keep spraying the OFF, I guess.
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LibertyD
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2003 06:53 pm
Estrogen? That's interesting...haven't heard about that one.

How's your back feeling, by the way?
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Eva
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2003 10:54 pm
lalalalalalalalalalalalala......Smile

Doesn't hurt so much, but the meds are making me drowsy & incapable of concentration, so no serious writing for awhile. Also, I am not to lift anything over 10 lbs. for 2 wks. Thanks for asking!
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Wy
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2003 11:02 pm
Eva, I don't know you well but I'm glad you don't hurt so much. Drift away -- it's summer and you need time to heal. And -- after three broken legs and three abdominal surgeries -- I have learned that you should FOLLOW THE DOCTOR'S ADVICE -- so don't lift nine-and-a-half-pounds in a week and a half! Confine yourself! You'll feel better sooner.

to the topic -- I haven't been bitten by a mosquito since I moved to the Northwest 15 years ago. Other people complain about them, and I'm just as female/perfumed/deodorized as anyone else, so I can't explain it. All I can do is tell you what I used to do in the Midwest -- when the smegger bites (thanks, deb) pinch the skin on both sides. It traps the "snout" and she (all the biters are shes) can't pull out. She will swell and burst. You will still have a mosquito bite, but it's exquisite revenge! (two Qs in one sentence! a record!) Smile
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LibertyD
 
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Reply Mon 28 Jul, 2003 12:04 pm
So they're all female? I wonder if they get some benefit from sucking all the estrogen out of us?

Part of me thinks that it would be extremely satisfying to watch the little wenches explode, but the other part of me might need to borrow some of Eva's drugs to get any real enjoyment out of it. I guess it couldn't be any worse than smashing them all over my arm, huh?
hehehe I'll have to give it a try.

I called the health department today and asked them if they would spray -- I tried one more round of the stuff I bought at the hardware store a few nights ago, and then last night they were back and stronger than ever.
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