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Old 04-30-2015, 03:51 PM   #1
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Mosquitos suck...

We are infested, badly.. Last year we spent about $600 on pesticides that didn't really work. Besides neighborhood swimming pool, and my clogged gutter, there is a creek that runs through our subdivision, but its about 500 yards away.

Before I spend any more money, I need your help.. What works? There was a product that was on kickstarter that was supposed to mess with mosquito co2 sensor.. what ever happened to it?
  • Spray-On Repellents (DEET) - Tried it, they don't work.
  • Monthly Pesticides - Tried it, they don't work.
  • Burning Incense - Tried it, they don't work.
  • Hourly Misting
  • Propane Mosquito Trap
  • ... other method?
  • Coexistence?
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Old 04-30-2015, 04:16 PM   #2
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Does Citronella work?
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Old 04-30-2015, 04:22 PM   #3
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I've heard that if you put some olive oil in the standing water it messes with the surface tension of the water and then the can't lay eggs. Don't know if it's true or not. Google it..................
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Old 04-30-2015, 04:34 PM   #4
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Does Citronella work?
Not very effective. These are the Tiger stripped mosquitoes.
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Old 04-30-2015, 04:37 PM   #5
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Not very effective. These are the Tiger stripped mosquitoes.
Those are the motherfuckers that bite all day. They showed up here two summers ago in force. Fuck those things. Nothing I have tried has worked. I miss the days of only getting bit in the evenings.
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Old 04-30-2015, 04:40 PM   #6
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These are the Tiger stripped mosquitoes.
Gotta move.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:19 PM   #7
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GI bug dope.

98% Deet

Use copiously. It works.

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Old 04-30-2015, 05:26 PM   #8
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:26 PM   #9
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GI bug dope.

98% Deet

Use copiously. It works.
Can sometimes be found in the hunting section of you local (non-franchise) sporting store.

Don't get it on paint. Don't leave it on your skin for more than 1 day.

But.... it DOES work.
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:31 PM   #10
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:16 PM   #11
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Can sometimes be found in the hunting section of you local (non-franchise) sporting store.

Don't get it on paint. Don't leave it on your skin for more than 1 day.

But.... it DOES work.
Don't get it on anything rubber (handles, golf clubs, plastics, etc.) DAMHIK.
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:24 PM   #12
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DEET is very toxic. I also have 1.5 year old, and one more on the way.
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:28 PM   #13
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You have standing water somewhere nearby, either on your own property or at the neighbors. Dry out the standing water and your problems should diminish greatly.

Whatever happened to the UV zappers? Those worked great, as long as you weren't downwind of them to inhale vaporized bug guts.
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:39 PM   #14
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Befriending a forest of frogs and bats? Stocking the creek with native mosquito eaters?

Deet isn't a sustainable answer...at least if you like your skin. Those mosquito treatments are just as effective at rendering the area sterile of just about every other insect too, including bees. The kicker is that mosquitos will be the last to leave, and the first to come back, guaranteeing business for the treatment services, and a suck-ass experience for you unless you continue the treatment. I use the mosquito donuts for standing water and gutters. For temporary "close air support" when I've got a known timeframe when I want to be left alone, I've started to use the citronella-based sawdust powder. It doesn't last long, but does a decent job for the hour or two after I use it. And then I use air movement...we have a fan we use on our deck to keep the air moving. They can't deal well with air movement faster than say 5mph. The sawdust helps keep them out of the grass. The propane items are remarkably effective, but you need to run it all the friggin time to make a dent. Placement takes a bit of thought. Close enough to make an impact near you...but you want to be drawing the kill zone *near* you...not right on top of you.

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Old 04-30-2015, 08:48 PM   #15
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For small area gatherings (dinner on the backporch, hanging out in the yard) - I use a oscillating fan (or a few stationry ones). They can't fly against that strong of a breeze.

Beyond that, I have nothing beyond waht was aready said...
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