Mosquito Invasion

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Some of you may have caught the Noah's Ark recreation currently being filmed in Houston.
This rain has actually been falling off and on for months.
The ground had become saturated and all it took for disaster were a few slow moving low pressure systems dumping buckets of rain (plus one totally failed dam and another leaking and in danger of breaking any min now)
Well that plus the fact that Houston was built on a swamp (think New Orleans without the Mississippi River).

Sorry drifting OT (one of my worst habits lol)
The mosquitos have been horrible!
The city is spraying twice per week (I know, I know ..... but the good outweighs the bad)
I police the yard a few times every day looking for standing water (swing set gets a toweling off as well) and using a pool dip net to check the koi pond ( between the frog and mosquito eggs those guys are getting a bit chubby lol).

Just walking from the house to the car produces at least two bites.
Doesn't matter how fast we open and close doors a few are able to get in and feast.
Speaking of feast, those suckers can bite thru blue jeans and long sleeve shirts!

Refuse to use the spray products and that thing you clip on your belt or wherever is totally useless!
Have been online and tried a few homeopathic "solutions" but I guess these pests have mutated .
Anyone out there wanna lend a girl a hand?

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@Luc_H  I might go ahead and try one or two of those apps anyway.

I am a glass half full kinda gal /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif  so why not?

@cheflayne  lol that's what we use when we are fishing the back bays and canals. Works great but does have one drawback.

Have to hold it between the teeth when wading as both hands are busy with casting and reeling.

Have rented a beach place for 5 weeks and can only imagine how horrible this problem will be around the marshes.

This is the first time in my life I have prayed for dry weather conditions lol.

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OMG!! We got another 3" last night in Dallas. I think that's 17" total, and it supposed to rain tonight and through the weekend.

The mosquitos are HORRENDOUS!!  We are also inundated with fire ants. We don't even let the dog on the lawn. The snakes came off the golf course and are all around.

@flipflopgirl

Last year we invested in a mosquito killing machine because the pool attracts so many. It runs on propane. They can be a little expensive. I opted for the one that has a plug-in wire instead of batteries because it was far less expensive. The machine produces CO2, heat and moisture. Everything those buggers are attracted to. They fly to the source and a fan catches them in a net. You can set it to run a different times or temperatures. I'm pretty sure it's called the Mosquito Magnet 4100?

A tank lasts all summer and there is electric saving settings. It is supposed to cover an acre of land. Not sure about that, but the 1/2 acre in the back is virtually mosquito free. It really works. We never sat out before the machine. I know there is probably cheaper machines and I would think they would do the same. Mine was about 300. but I know I saw many cheaper. I just wanted the guaranty. I can check my machine when I get home, it does break down for the car to travel
 

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Lemon Eucalyptus Oil (usually the Repel brand, though Cutter is making it now too).


CDC certifies it for repelling mosquitos. Scores well in testing, no DEET. Those I know with sensitive skin have had not difficulties with it. Smells good,  is a little oily residue on the skin. 
 
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Thanks phatch phatch have not seen this repellent before.
Added to my list of must try's.
I like the fact that the CDC recommends it (as well as the pump sprayer).

panini panini we were trapped in our neighborhood off and on for two days but I cannot complain at all.
Both my sister and brother are within walking distance of the Brazos river and are on alert to possibly evacuate if it gets much higher.

Your machine sounds like it is worth the $$....
Would love to have the brand name if you don't mind.
Mosquitos are an every summer occurrence down here but have never been bad enuf to invest in any sort of machine but have reached my breaking point!
Big plus if it travels well :)

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@flipflopgirl  Milady, we have learned that taking the B complex vitamin is awesome for repelling mosquitoes as they do not like the off gassing we give off when we take them. When we know rainy season is coming up we begin to take some three weeks before so that we are all set for the spring/summer. It really works!! We also use lemongrass/eucalyptus oil as backup.......just in case one of our 747 sized mosquitoes decides an emergency landing on our skin......hehe
 
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The machine is Mosquito Machine 4100 patriot.

You have to use lurex3 with it to do a really good job.

I haven't researched things, but I'm sure there are cheaper ones out there. 

We have also used Mosquito Sticks with great success. We just fill some flower pots with sand and stick the sticks in.

I call em thai sticks. I think there is citronella, rosemary, lemon and other stuff.

We have tried the B vitamin but did not notice anything. Oh, yea. I believe it is B1 is what you want.

It just started to rain again. We're supposed to get 1.5".  Most of the roads here are flooded.

I just can't get the energy to go to the lake to check the boat. My buddy called and saaid the water came up so high that some

of the boats deck lines kept the boats below the water level and sank.
 
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The machine is Mosquito Machine 4100 patriot.

You have to use lurex3 with it to do a really good job.

I haven't researched things, but I'm sure there are cheaper ones out there. 

We have also used Mosquito Sticks with great success. We just fill some flower pots with sand and stick the sticks in.

I call em thai sticks. I think there is citronella, rosemary, lemon and other stuff.

We have tried the B vitamin but did not notice anything. Oh, yea. I believe it is B1 is what you want.

It just started to rain again. We're supposed to get 1.5".  Most of the roads here are flooded.

I just can't get the energy to go to the lake to check the boat. My buddy called and saaid the water came up so high that some

of the boats deck lines kept the boats below the water level and sank.
Thanks p.

Which lake?

I remember wayyy back in the day when the Grapevine dam failed.

Quite the tourist attraction lol.

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Thanks for the second thumbs up re the oil combo @Fablesable.

Hope the shelves are not cleaned out.

Whenever the hurricane preppers hear of something that works they hit the stores and clear the shelves JUST IN CASE .

Had a spot of sunshine yesterday.

The fisherman has been keeping his eye on the long term forecasts for the Port O Conner area and it looks like we will be having a general drying out.

Maybe the swarms will thin out a bit.

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Oh my goodness you guys.....I really hope you get sunshine soon!!

@panini  that mosquito machine sounds amazing!! I am going to look it up and see where we can get one here. Thank you for the information!

PS: I hope your boat survives. /img/vbsmilies/smilies/redface.gif
 
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I'm up near Sneaky Pete's. The lake is up at least 7-8ft and 5 ft. from the top of the dam. They have had the gates open for a while. They just televised that the Army Corps. of Engineers

has deemed the dam as Very Risky. Great! If the dam were to breach it would probably take out our house or flood beyond repair. 

Hey! The sun is out!!

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We (you and I .. not the royal we lol) are on the water types, p.

Whether it be a lake with the threat of rising water and breeched dams or a beachfront place at the mercy of big blows with the huge storm surges....we take our chances.

If we can we clean up or rebuild.

I have been called crazy too many times to count and am sure you have too.

Mostly by those peeps who enjoy our hospitality during the fun times but are no place to be found when we need an extra chainsaw and the bodies to run it.

Currently having to rent (the other half of our share had to sell... needed the $$$) and we are seriously thinking of investing in an RV.

@durangojo  advised to try it out first so that is what we are doing....in exactly 2 days (lol cannot wait!).

mimi
 
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Catnip.

yes i was a bit special... but i planted it both sides of my back door...and not a mosquito in site.

It would seem that catnip oil is better the DEET. Ive not looked but ill bet there is a catnip spray mosquito repellant out there somewhere.
 CHICAGO, August 27 — Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET — the compound used in most commercial insect repellents.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010828075659.htm
 
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@Canele  I have done a bit of research on catnip and it seems this may be a good long term solution.

Will take a year or so to get a good stand of it established but as I don't plan on going anywhere in the near future have ordered a few.

Will move the current plants back a bit and name the new garden after you!

Thanks for the info.

mimi
 
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@Canele  I have done a bit of research on catnip and it seems this may be a good long term solution.

Will take a year or so to get a good stand of it established but as I don't plan on going anywhere in the near future have ordered a few.

Will move the current plants back a bit and name the new garden after you!

Thanks for the info.

mimi
any time.

I hate the little bastards too....   I was joking with my husband about boiling some into a tea an using it in a spray bottle when i go into the yard.... spread the smell around so to speak and all around me when i sit down.
 
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canele canele Egads woman! Did you torture defenseless animals during childhood? Not that I care one way or another.....think it is a marketable product and have some extra $$$ laying around if you plan to take it public lololol.

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DW just came home and said she just bought all the marigolds the nursery had. The lawn guy is planting them  tomorrow. The nursery guy told her they keep the mosquitos away. Anybody hear this before? or did I just waste a bunch of money. Also, I hate marigolds!! They call them Mexican Mint here.
 
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@Canele Egads woman! Did you torture defenseless animals during childhood? Not that I care one way or another.....think it is a marketable product and have some extra $$$ laying around if you plan to take it public lololol.

mimi
lmao... no no no no no... not boiling the mosquitos... the catnip.  lolololol.... omg just the thought cracks. But i sure would get my pound of blood back that way!!!!
 

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