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Do you have a strategy for repelling mosquitoes?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 11, 2009

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“Yes. Eat garlic”

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“I would actually rub garlic on my skin”

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notajayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

I walk around reading aloud from the award-winning LJW message boards. Seems to keep them away.

(Unfortunately it doesn't work for illegal-alien mosquitoes - I need to learn to read aloud in Spanish.)

BTW, is it 'mosquitoes' or 'mosquitos?' Should we ask Dan Quayle?

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Bucker00 4 years, 11 months ago

Purple martin quality? I meant colony. I plead pre-coffee jitters,

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Bucker00 4 years, 11 months ago

Blue73harley beat me too it. Put in a purple martin quality or two and let nature take care of nature. They're gorgeous birds too, although you have to be vigilante with your colony lest sparrows and starlings take them over.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

You know, I've had a really long, you might say rough day. And Jaylee gave me this nice laugh when I read the 12:19 comment. A good end to the day.

Then I read prospector's 3:48. Now I''ve got tears rolling down my cheeks and my sides ache. Bat guano crazy. Focus.(Can I get that on a hat?)

It's inevitable. If you look on here long enough. One of you snarkers will brighten most any day sooner or later.

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fourkitties 4 years, 11 months ago

chemotherapy works real well. Had cancer back in 97' had chemo all summer long, not one bite the entire time. I was just too icky.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 11 months ago

Make sure the dogs have Ivermectin and the humans stay indoors?

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GardenMomma 4 years, 11 months ago

I remember my cousins telling my sister and I that if we let the mosquito bite us without swatting at it, we wouldn't get the itchy, red bumps.

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George_Braziller 4 years, 11 months ago

I don't really have mosquitoes in my yard and I only live two blocks from the Kaw. There are enough birds, bats, toads, and dragonflys to take care of them because I've created a garden environment where there is a balance of predators and prey.

You do however HAVE to dump still, standing water. A couple of inches of rainwater sitting in a bucket for a couple of weeks is a nursery for them.

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bronze 4 years, 11 months ago

eat garlic & burn those candles

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jonas_opines 4 years, 11 months ago

"Speaking of bat houses..I've seen plans and thought about making some. Do the bats just show up later…as in build it and they will come?"

The bats are no problem, but if you get enough of them then eventually you start getting the Batboys, then the Batmen, and it's all downhill from there.

As for the question, I just dodge. I are faster than they.

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Easy and Bob, ya'll made me wonder, could the traveling nurse be the vehicle for the designer's consumption of garlic?

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Bob, have you gone bat guano crazy!!! Mosquitoes will be the least of your problems come summer. Focus.

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jrlii 4 years, 11 months ago

Population control: Buy dragonfly nymphs to get a population established in the pond. Purple martins and red-wing blackbirds help a lot too. Not to mention mosquito fish, though they croak and have to be replaced when the pond drys up and refills a couple or three times over a summer.

B-12 vitamins help.

When all else fails, DEET.

BTW: Bug Zappers do NOT work on mosquitoes. Moths, yes, and maybe flys, but not mosquitoes. There are mosquito trapswhich work, but they use CO2 from burning propane rather than UV light. The CO2 lures 'em in, then they get sucked up. Those work, but they go through a lot of propane over a summer.

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Machiavelli_mania 4 years, 11 months ago

I like skinsosoft too, and it works great. It is bitter-sweet that they pulled the ambergris out of it.

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gphawk89 4 years, 11 months ago

3M Ultrathon Cutter Bug Free backyard

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mommyof1angel 4 years, 11 months ago

Skin So Soft by Avon is the best stuff for repelling mosquitoes. My daughter swells up terribly if she's bitten, but if I spray that on her before she plays outside or goes to school her skin is nice and conditioned, and she stays free of ant, chigger and mosquito bites.

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Tony Kisner 4 years, 11 months ago

Architectural lighting must pay pretty well. Looks like Cody from LA is able to travel with his own travel nurse. Kind of a nod to the days of rail road and steel barrons.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Looks like I'm building a bathouse. Sounds cool.

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Machiavelli_mania 4 years, 11 months ago

Apply Mexican Vanilla to the skin. It is cheap. It can be found in town at the Mex. Grocery store, tho I have never bought it here. It can be ordered online. It is harmless (unless there is lead in it as with some Mexican foods). It smells good. And the bugs don't like it.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

Lycopene... Smother yourself in ketchup, make sure its not catsup, that nasty stuff will draw them to you.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

Turn off the AC inside and set up a fan to blow on the body.

Notice mosquitos are not around on windy days so create some wind and enjoy yourself.

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Jaylee 4 years, 11 months ago

RRRRRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!

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kmat 4 years, 11 months ago

There are some really good natural sprays out now that work a lot better than the deet sprays. They're available at most regular stores. They smell a lot better too than the chemical sprays.

If you have any standing water that you can't do anything about, pour a little bit of veggie oil in it. It creates a oil layer on the top of the water and it suffocates any mosquito larva.

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 11 months ago

B vitamins seem to work for me.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

blue, like I say,open the flood gates, we never know which way the tide of science will swing. They just found all those unknown orangutans, all those new frogs and things. Your place could be proof that with the absence of close by higher vegetation the birds do feed lower, which is probably what the pioneers knew all along but the scientists haven't put their finger on yet. Much like them saying, "Oh yes, fish can feel pain!" Doh!

OK, I've got stuff to do. Later. (take notes for me in case something great gets an administrative forking) ;)

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ohjayhawk 4 years, 11 months ago

The Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.

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blue73harley 4 years, 11 months ago

Multi-D- Well, all I know is the purple martins I see around my place seem to buzz around fairly low most of the time. Especially when I am out mowing on the tractor. (Which seems to be about twice a week these days...I am ready for a drought!)
And we don't have many skeeters.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

MD, other than having wild foxes follow me around, my life is pretty solitary.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

snap, I just have to ask..how that little dab working with your dating life?

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

ok ok ok..I guess I have to. You people know purple martins feed high up in the air, and mosquitos don't go up there. They've proved that..google it. People have posted this stuff every year. It's one of those "that's what people used to think, like the earth was flat' issues.

Of course, it could turn out to be like coffee or wine. good or bad from one year to the next.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 11 months ago

Autie, I also have a serious mole problem due to the terrain around me, so I have to fight them year-round with stuff. As far as the bat box, I think it is like that, put it up and they take up residence. It was here when we bought the place seven years ago. Honestly, it's tucked away so inconspicuously on this enormous white oak tree (the box is weathered gray and matches the bark) that it took my x bro-in-law pointing it out to me while we were playing catch one day. I guess they just sorta "hang out", pun intended, when you put them up. They go "bat****" in the evenings going after the bloodsuckers. Fast as hell! Blue Harley with the purple martin house is an even better deterent for the little pesks.

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50YearResident 4 years, 11 months ago

At sundown I retire to my screened in porch, they can't get me there.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Yeah, Tom. You're dumping poison all over the place and killing everything. Get some more bat houses. Speaking of bat houses..I've seen plans and thought about making some. Do the bats just show up later...as in build it and they will come?

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

There you go blue, somebody had to open the flood gates.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 11 months ago

(help me out..is tom being snarky or serious? the lots of water sources line...) I'm still not awake, don't worry. I'm not posting on any threads where anybody got hurt or anything, learned my lesson the other day. :(

And why isn't anyone countering his insecticide weapons of mass destruction with "a mosquitoes are great just like dandelions!" comeback?

Gain weight people.Eat more BBQ and drink more beer. Heard they don't like fat people, harder to hit a vein. My disabled son that had no body fat at all, they would swarm him in broad daylight he was such an easy meal. I just had to keep him in and keep a very vigilante eye at all other times, etc.

I myself can feel them land so I've got no problem with bites.Anybody still use Cutters?

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blue73harley 4 years, 11 months ago

I put up a purple martin house some years ago. They return every year to eat bugs.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Flashback to Ft. Riley: I recall being warned not to get Army-issue mosquito repellant on the stock on my rifle because it would dissolve the finish.....

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

I have to be cautious in September. Early Teal season can be interesting when the marsh is infected with clouds of these little demons. The only relief was to wade out into the middle. You could not stand in one place on the edge for more than a couple of minutes..in your ears, eyes, hair..swarming everywhere. hell on earth.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 11 months ago

If you want to see serious mosquitoes, go to AK in the summer. Wow! I was there years ago in June/July and to this day, still remember mosquitoes----lots and lots of mosquitoes. Well, then there was Wally Niktun, an old and very crusty Eskimo who used his hands as serving spoons at the 4th of July BBQ, effectively ruling out the potato and macaroni salads. Oh, well, then I think about Dianne the linewoman, and Skyler, the fire jumper. That was a summer to remember.

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 11 months ago

Autie!

I don't know what it is, but mosquitos, chiggers, and such don't bother me. To go along with what RI said, I went backpacking in Zion NP for a few days several years ago. Holy Moses! I swear the damn flies had little knives. Hurt like hell and nothing would repel them. I cowered in my tent for three days when I wasn't hiking.

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autie 4 years, 11 months ago

Massive dose of B-12. Then strive to cut off the accessible trade routes to my yard.

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classclown 4 years, 11 months ago

Drain and pave over swamps.

Someone had to say it.

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BABBOY 4 years, 11 months ago

Not something I spend a lot of time thinking about.

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KSChick1 4 years, 11 months ago

yep, keep a dryer sheet on or near me. sometimes stuff part of one into my pocket. you can't even tell it's there but the mosquitos stay away

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number3of5 4 years, 11 months ago

I rub an ointment made from stinky chamomile on my skin when I have to be outside for a long period of time and this repels the mosquitos. If I do get bit by one, I use an ointment made from olive oil, parafin, and plantain to relieve the itch.

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 11 months ago

We live deep in the woods, by many water sources. I granulize my yard a couple times during warm weather and buy those Ortho spray bottles you hook up to your hose and spray shrubs and as high up in all the trees as I can get and between those two things, it really helps---with all pesky insects. We also have a bat box right by the back yard on a huge white oak tree. They zip around in the evening and gobble up alot of mosquitos.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 11 months ago

Mosquitoes and chiggers don't seem to bother me, deerflies are what I want to repel.

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Snap. does that work on lemurs also or just make them randy?

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Fox urine, a little dab will do ya.

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Chris Ogle 4 years, 11 months ago

I must stink.... they don't bother me..

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prospector 4 years, 11 months ago

Smack, then lift hand slowly. He won't have the guts to do that again.

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Crossfire 4 years, 11 months ago

I cover bowling pins with blood and when the 'skeeters land on them I throw the ball at them. This really confuses the little buggers and they fly off to Topeka.

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Donnuts 4 years, 11 months ago

citronella soap and yes, eat garlic. Off is always a good thing too.

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