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Mosquito Hordes Won't Let Me Out The Door!
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Arasay    Posted 07-29-2003 at 09:16:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OH MY GOSH!!! We have mosquitoes so thick this summer, I can't be outside for more than a few minutes ANY time of day - it's HORRIBLE!!! So much for enjoying my "country life." We've had so much rain here in N.IL this month, I feel like I live in the rain forest. I'm feeling discouraged. I just love sitting out on my deck, but not this summer, I guess. My 1 year old is too small to wear the repellent with alot of DEET, & I'm preg. with my 2nd, & don't want the stuff on me either. Guess we'll be waitin' till next year. #@%&!!!


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 07-29-2003 at 12:48:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mexican vanilla works great and smells good too. I like to put it in a spray mist bottel and spray it all around. You can also rub it on your skin. Careful though it will make you want to get some icecream and make milk shakes as stuff like that.


Maggie/TX    Posted 07-29-2003 at 11:52:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Living in southeast Texas, we know mosquitoes. In addition to all the other suggestions, I've got a couple more to try:

If you don't want to use the DEET stuff on yourself and your child, (good idea) get yourself a big bottle of Skin-So-Soft Bath Oil from your local AVON lady. Use it FULL STRENGTH on you and the child as a bug repellant. It works great and is not harmful like chemicals! You can get a spray bottle and put it in that for ease of application. You will be bite-free and smell good at the same time.

Also, you can get a good yard fogger at most garden supply places like Wal-Mart, Home Depot, most feed stores, etc. They cost around $60 here. You can get a bottle of the bug juice to refill it for under $20 and it lasts a long time. Fog your yard real good at dawn and dusk and you will notice a big difference in the bug population. We have an electric one and a long extension cord and for places to far to reach, just unplug and go. It'll stay hot enough to keep fogging for about 5 minutes longer.


Rickstir    Posted 07-29-2003 at 09:53:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our Purple Martins have had two litters of babies and have now left our yard for the riverbanks. The mosquitos are starting to get real bad. My wife heard a plate with Joy Lemon dishwashing soap would attrack and kill them, we are going to try that next.


Rickstir    Posted 07-29-2003 at 11:23:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Do you really benefit from the martins? I have been considering putting up houses for them but I did some research and found out that a very minimal part of their diet includes mosquitos. That they don't eat any more mosquitos than any other bird. I would love to hear you say that is wrong. Then I can go ahead and get my houses!


Rickstir    Posted 07-29-2003 at 12:57:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
All I know is we can tell when they leave. The houses are about 40 feet from our bar-b-que patio, between us and the chicken house. They border on the west side of the garden, one on each corner. One house has 12 holes the other 18. At times there are 40 Martins swopeing through the yard. Between them and the barn swallows they hit the bugs pretty hard. We have a few bats too, but have not been able to get them to use the bat house we put up.
We like the Martins, their song is pleasant to listen to and we like to watch them fly around the yard and make a bee line for the lake and swope down to skim the water and drink. They really dive bomb the cats when they have babies in the yard!


a SCREEN    Posted 07-29-2003 at 09:49:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
PORCH werks great....


Herbswoman    Posted 08-16-2003 at 06:40:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, there are alternatives and don't believe it when some people tell you that poison DEET is the only thing that works! What you don't hear on the news is that "six girls, ranging in age from 17 months to 8 years, developed behavioral changes, ataxia, encephalopathy, seizures, and/or coma after repeated exposure to DEET; three died."! Though it is said that many of these persons had a history of long-term, excessive, or inappropriate use of DEET repellents. Can there be an appropriate use of POISON?
Nature's Herbal Natural Mosquito and Insect spray is 100% natural and safe to use on humans and animals of all ages. It contains no pesticides or insecticides. It repels mosquitoes and many other insects, however it does not kill them. Trying to kill mosquitoes, even by natural means, is not only futile but very damaging to our entire ecological system. It is my believe that everything on this earth has its purpose and the best we can do is to learn to live in harmony, yes even with mosquitoes. Go to www.naturesherbal .com read my story, email me and I will send you a FREE bottle!


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