Well unfortunately, south Georgia is bug hell! I have never seen the amount or the variety of bugs in my life. Mosquitoes are out all day and night, deer flies that will eat you up, and chase you down the road, and then the sand gnats, that you don't ever even see, and they love to get in your hair, ears, eyes, and nose. Yuck! Heat won't keep me out of the yard, but the bugs sure will.
We always have them in Texas; some years worse than others. Not as bad as they have been this year because we have made steps to improve our odds, and drought helped. We put cedar mulch under the deck, dunks in the ponds, and bought a narrow mesh bug zapper (didn't want to kill the moths). I do see a marked improvement; but if I stay in one place too long they will find me!
They are horrible this year! Tropical Storm Beryl didn't help either… Last year there were several people diagnosed with the West Nile Virus right here in my area! A couple of them died. I'm doing all I can to keep them at bay…I'm quite sure that I'll be keeping the "Off" Company in business this year! Maybe I should buy stock in the company! :-)))
It's odd as I live on natural wetlands (swamp) and we've never had a problem with them yet my Mom lives a couple of blocks away and has tons. I'm guessing it might be the flocks of purple martins at dusk and loads of bats that keep them away? Been here over 6 years and have only seen mosquito control like twice.
It is horrible here. I used to get up and walk through the garden with coffee early in the morning with barely a bug. Now you can't even inhale safely. All kinds of bugs especially mosquitoes and dragonflies of all sizes. What is up with that! Our weather is about usual. Makes it all but impossible to go out early in the AM.
The drought had us nearly bug free until recently... we have had rain twice in the past two months and the insects are returning with a vengence. Mosquitos are also reappearing but not horrible yet. I crumble bits of dunks in my water collection containers which work wonderfully... I wish others were as considerate! I am a mosquito magnet and have always been... it is a curse since a single bite can swell up to several inches and itch for days or even weeks.
I forgot to mention that I am not positive but twice this year we lit the solid cintronella candles and that night or the next day I was aching all over like the flu and felt feverish. No more of those anywhere near me. I can use the liquid without problem but the best defense has been the Deep Woods Off. I am with you tlm...need to invest in that company!
We haven't had them too bad yet, but the season is really just getting started. Its funny we haven't had them worse as our new house has a basin to collect run off water and it stays pretty wet, so I'm wondering if we have some birds or bats helping out, I hope so.
We have them all year round 24 hours a day here, although this year they seem to be worse, I think it may be because of the extensive flooding last year. When I was in Europe say Spain or Greece I would react on my frst night's stay and then become immune, but here I react every time even after 6 years, never a day goes by without at least one bite and they can be very painful especially on your toes! Citronella works for a half hour or so and then they are back! I love my mosquito bats though they give me great pleasure! My partner says don't get bitten by the ones with striped bodies as they carry malaria! How?
P.S. freshly cut lemon grass is good until the scent fades, again about half an hour or so.
We are in the woods. Usually bad with mosquitos --but not so much this year TICKs are bad this year - real bad and seeing more of the lone star as compared to previous years.
I read in a local pharmacy column that some folks drink tonic water and after a week there is a huge reduction in the amount of bites they get. Most were skeptics to begin with but were pleasantly surprised. I am not much for spreading the skin so soft or any sprays if I can help it --so sticky and I think the sprays are not healthy. I do have to use the deep woods cutters for tick prevention --but don't want to use it for mosquitos.
We have them. They love me. My neighbor jokes that I'm bait for them. I've just been avoiding early mornings and late nights outside. Also I have a citrosa scented geranium that Sits on the porch with me, so I just brush past it a few times, seems to help. Biggest thing is staying out of any shady, damp areas...
I use the Deep Woods Off, and I hate it because it clogs the pores and makes you sweat like crazy! I cringe to think what chemicals are entering my pores...but, it's the only thing that keeps me alive when I'm out. I used to be the one in the crowd who sat back and watched everyone else getting eaten alive. Now, I'm the one getting eaten.
You're right about diet. Science has proven that something in certain diets repels mosquitoes. I used to eat a lot of bananas, and I think that was one of the food repellents.
Hi! Gymgirl, I found a product from "Off" that is called Botanicals….A plant based repellent, lotion form, that is really good. It doesn't stink the way most repellents do, and it soaks in so you don't have that sticky feel. :-)
it is not so bad here in colima (or at least where i live) and the rainy season started about a week ago. i keep thinking where are all the mosquitoes? every year at the beginning or just before the rainy season starts, the swallows show up in my yard for mosquito eating and lots of swooping back and forth in the early evening. it is lovely when they arrive and i am thinking they must have done an especially good job this year...so far. i am also careful about cleaning up standing water so i suppose that helps as well.
flbob...invite some swallows to your house and garden. a search of the web will provide information regarding how to build a house for swallows or where you can buy already built houses for swallows and other things you can do to entice them to your house and garden. swallows will fly in the mornings and evenings for the sole purpose of eating as many mosquitoes as they can.
Has anyone usse that new repellanat. The one you clip of you belt or waist and it forms a barrier around you. The ad on TV sounds so good, but I wonder if it really works. Guess when I get to KY I'll get one and give it a try.
I won't use deep woods off on skin ~ only on shirt or pants.
I always wonder why folks want their garden or edibles to be organic yet are willing to spray those chemicals on their body. Not me!!! Kristi
Put some listerine in a spray bottle.. you can dilute it a little with water if needed but not too much... it will stain wood or other things so be careful of what you spray it on... It works to repel mosquitoes! I use the mint and have literally watched them hover over my arm where I have sprayed. I kept a bottle around my patio and one in my garage where they loved to hide. I need to refill it. I had forgotten about it... l used it last year and never got bitten.
The mosquitoes aren't bothering me but oh my GOODNESS the no-see-ums are EATING me up, Day and NIGHT!!! I think I'm gonna try the Listerine and see if that helps. I've heard of that before but never got around to trying it.
In spite of being in an area with many lakes and swamps no mosquitos so far. Due to lack of rain, I'm sure. One downpour and they'll be out in droves. And when I'm outside, they call their friends for the buffet, they love me. Hate garlic...ha! I think they've develped a taste for it. Off works for me but I'd prefer not to have to use it at all.
I've only been bitten twice this year. I've been very careful about standing water and using mosquito dunks in my fountains and rain barrels. We've had enough rain that we're not in a drought for the first time in 2 years, so you'd think we would have them. Don't know why we don't and I don't care!
I was bitten several weeks ago on the temple while gardening (what else) . Did not bother me at the time, but I woke up the next morning looking like something out of a horror movie. My eye lid was all puffed up and was almost swollen shut. The swelling lasted a few days and seemed to work its way down under my eye. Did not itch,thank goodness, but I would have scared a small child. Spent the time continuing my gardening , but this wearing mosquito repellant. I give myself a little squirt every morning before heading out. It is such a delightful scent! Right up there on the list next to deer spray.! LOL!
No it was a mosquito as I kept swatting him/her away from my face.When I am in my gardening "zone" i don't like having interuptions. It was getting on my nerves! I guess it snuck in when I wasn't paying attention. I do get serious reactions to gnat bites with much swelling, but this was a first for this kind of reaction from a mosquito. That night I had a sore spot on the temple, but no swelling at all. It was a true shock to look into the mirror in the morning and see my face looking like that. Wierd. I have not heard of any deer's biting here in Oregon. There was a real problem with wild turkeys last year. I heard that they attacked an elderly woman and knocked her down. She moved to a retirement community after that. Poor lady!
We have just had the first case of West Nile diagnosed here in La. ( New Orleans). It is possible to reduce the immediate area population, but with so much wetland around, it is impossible to get a firm hand on control. We do have GAH-zillions of biting gnats at present. Shortly before sunset, you can see clouds of them swarming about.
Have seen a few in the morning early while doing chores in garden,one followed me in back door evening before last. With a drought going on though they are nowhere near as bad ,usually there are swarms.
I just posted about Mosquito's in another forum...
An effective natural repellent is Vitamin B1 (Thiamin). or getting a Vitamin B shot.
Many pest control professionals in this area get a B shot regularly to protect themselves from the deadly West Niles Virus.
A good source for B vitamins is TwinLabs B-100 Caps (vitamin B- complex).
Taken daily it supplies Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vit B6, Folic Acid, Vit B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, and more.
It's 7.00 am here and I have already killed a dozen mossies with my trusty bat! Here in Thailand burning citrus fruit peel especially Pomelo peel is quite popular it creates smoke like the mosquito coils,
thaidai...you kill mosquitoes with a bat? are you telling us that the mosquitoes are very large in Thailand? what do you do if a mosquito lands on a window? :-D do you have problems with dengue there or other types of mosquito-spread sickness?
Sorry for late reply, have only just seen your message. The mosquito bat looks like a tennis raquet but with electrified strings so it kills by electric shock, the mosquitoes quit with a satisfying crack and spark, you can also get a mild shock if you put your hand on it, so manufacturers put a warning on it for people with dodgy hearts!. Have never seen one in England (but we don't have mosquitoes only midges) so it may be illegal in some other countries.
There are problems with dengue fever and malaria in some parts of the country fortunately not where we live. But then dengue fever is more dangerous for people between the ages of 16 and 25 (if i remember correctly) so at my mature age that should not be a problem!
The mosquitoes swarmed me the other evening when I went outside.. they were almost a cloud! I grabbed my bottle of listerine as fast as I could.. guess I was fast enough because I only got one bite and was outside about 2 hours. I sprayed myself several times because I was watering the yard and was determined NOT to geet bitten. My skin was a little sticky in a couple places from so much listerine but at least I had no mosquito bites.. I saw them hovering over my arms a lot but none landed.
Just saw in this morning's paper that the count is now up to 33 cases with 4 of them the more dangerous form. The more it rains, the more they breed. We have had some form of shower/heavy rain here for 17 of the last 21 days.
Neighbors and I sit out every evening under the shade of my elm tree. Mosquitoes are bad, they love me soooo much. I have many bites on me now. They itch awful. Does anyone know what to apply to stop the itching?
I use Cortizone creams. Works pretty good for me. I usually average 4-5 bites within an hour each night and I put cream on it and the itching goes away after a few minutes usually unless I get a really bad one. Then it might be closer to an hour. lol
Have you tried the listerine to avoid the bites in the first place? It works very well for me. I buy bottles at dollar tree to use for spraying... just find something that has a good spray pattern you want to use.. I mix it about 50/50 with water. I keep the bottle handy because you do have to reapply to keep them off but to avoid bites, it is worth it. It is funny to see them hovering over your skin but not landing.
I found something that stops the itching of mosquito bites and chigger bites! It's called Mayan Oil. You can check out the website at http://mayanoil.com. It's made from tropical herbs and really works.