Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Landscaping & Lawn Care

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-17-2011, 05:58 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 59
Share |
Default

Mosquitoes


What is the best system or way to get rid of mosquitoes.Has anyone used the Mosquito Sentry
Natural Mosquito Repellent System

Don Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 12:20 AM   #2
Newbie
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Connecticut, USA
Posts: 12
Default

Mosquitoes


I have a swamp in my back yard, and definitely have much mosquito experience. Bats eat 1 million mosquitoes a night, and the kind in New England is not blood sucking vampires (probably not vampires where you live either). You can attract bats by putting up bat houses. They use sonar, so place them up high and away from branches or other obstacles that their sonar may direct them away from the bat house. You will know you are successful at attracting bats when you notice whitish ash below the bat house (from you-know-what).
For more immediate results, I bought two tiki torch lamps (from walmart, home depot, lowes, and such) with citronella lamp oil. Works better than I ever thought possible. I can be out at dusk rinsing dive gear, and not get bit once.
Hope this helps,
Linda

Linda135 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 12:40 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 59
Default

Mosquitoes


Quote:
Originally Posted by Linda135 View Post
I have a swamp in my back yard, and definitely have much mosquito experience. Bats eat 1 million mosquitoes a night, and the kind in New England is not blood sucking vampires (probably not vampires where you live either). You can attract bats by putting up bat houses. They use sonar, so place them up high and away from branches or other obstacles that their sonar may direct them away from the bat house. You will know you are successful at attracting bats when you notice whitish ash below the bat house (from you-know-what).
For more immediate results, I bought two tiki torch lamps (from walmart, home depot, lowes, and such) with citronella lamp oil. Works better than I ever thought possible. I can be out at dusk rinsing dive gear, and not get bit once.
Hope this helps, Yeah that's what I been using and it seems to be better but not great. Guess it's the price you pay for living in south Fla. Thanks
Linda
Yeah that's what I been using and it seems to be better but not great. Guess it's the price you pay for living in south Fla. Thanks
Linda[/quote]
Don Smith is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2011, 10:34 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 1,031
Default

Mosquitoes


Quote:
Originally Posted by Linda135 View Post
I have a swamp in my back yard, and definitely have much mosquito experience. Bats eat 1 million mosquitoes a night, and the kind in New England is not blood sucking vampires (probably not vampires where you live either). You can attract bats by putting up bat houses. They use sonar, so place them up high and away from branches or other obstacles that their sonar may direct them away from the bat house. You will know you are successful at attracting bats when you notice whitish ash below the bat house (from you-know-what).
For more immediate results, I bought two tiki torch lamps (from walmart, home depot, lowes, and such) with citronella lamp oil. Works better than I ever thought possible. I can be out at dusk rinsing dive gear, and not get bit once.
Hope this helps,
Linda
What kind of tiki torches did you buy that do not get mold after it rains?
dinosaur1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 08:02 AM   #5
Too Short? Cut it Again!
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 9,635
Default

Mosquitoes


Assuming you do not live in or on swamp land, getting rid of any bodies of standing water will help. Mosquitoes will breed in just thimbles full.
user1007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 08:10 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 331
Default

Mosquitoes


I leave my chimney uncapped. Every year I get Chimney Swifts that nest there. They are very neat birds, build a small nest and keep it clean. I even belong to an org that tracks them.

There are other ways to attract Swifts as well.

Their benefit is much like a bat. They eat 1/3 their body weight a day in small insects. I don't have a mosquito problem when they are nesting. But, when the Indian Summer rolls around and they are gone, I can tell.
Marty1Mc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2011, 12:12 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: North Alabama
Posts: 66
Default

Mosquitoes


Plant marigolds. I get eaten every year. Someone told us to plant them and I haven't been sucked once this year. They r in pots about 5 feet off my deck. Pretty amazing results
sippinjoes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2011, 08:49 AM   #8
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 4
Default

Mosquitoes


I purchased a mosquito magnet about 7 years ago due to a severe mosquito problem. I live in the east texas piney woods and the mosquitos kept us from going outside. It took about 6 weeks, but we have 0 mosquitos. It does not use pesticides, is fairly inexpensive to run and has been doing a jam up job ever since. We spend every evening outside and are never bothered by mosquitos. June bugs are a different story.
cunnyngham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2011, 12:01 PM   #9
Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 5
Default

Mosquitoes


Don - Citronella tiki torch fuel works well, and there's also fuel with Lemon Eucalyptus, which the Centers for Disease Control recommends for repelling mosquitoes. Also, if you have a lot of bromeliads in your yard, their water tanks are a great place for mosquitoes to breed, and can add to your problem!
KB36 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2011, 12:57 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Albany, GA
Posts: 295
Default

Mosquitoes


Quote:
Originally Posted by dinosaur1 View Post
What kind of tiki torches did you buy that do not get mold after it rains?
Get the ones with metal canisters and flat bottoms (the metal doesn't mold and the flat bottoms make them much easier to refill). Tiki torches are a central part of my backyard anti-skeeter arsenal.
clashley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2011, 08:20 PM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Near Philly
Posts: 1,990
Default

Mosquitoes


Read:
Comparative Efficacy of Insect Repellents against Mosquito Bites

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056...articleResults
"Until a better repellent becomes available, DEET-based repellents remain the gold standard of protection under circumstances in which it is crucial to be protected against arthropod bites that might transmit disease."

bob22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.