I am hoping someone can offer some useful *CHEAP* advice.
Quite often on hot summer nights, if someone opens the door at home
for more than a split second, the house ends up literally swarming
with moths and mosquitoes. Whole squadrons of these damn pests. I have
read a little bit online about these insects recently, since it has
become such a nuisance.
I am sick and tired of going into battle time and again, armed with
fly spray. I was hoping that there might be some sort of cheap simple
traps that can be built for luring and killing moths and mosquitoes
indoors. I am definitely not at all interested in spending big dollars
on some fancy device. No chance at all. Zero. Forget it.
Surely there must be something that can be rigged up to attract and
trap moths and mosquitoes? Since it's an indoor problem, it doesn't
need to attract insects from miles around.
The thing to keep in mind is, *repelling* these moths and mosquitoes
defeats the whole purpose, since they are already indoors and simply
swarm about. I have read that the U.V. Light bug zappers generally do
not attract mosquitoes.
:) I am hoping someone can offer some useful *CHEAP* advice.
:) Quite often on hot summer nights, if someone opens the door at home
:) for more than a split second, the house ends up literally swarming
:) with moths and mosquitoes. Whole squadrons of these damn pests. I have
:) read a little bit online about these insects recently, since it has
:) become such a nuisance.
:) I am sick and tired of going into battle time and again, armed with
:) fly spray. I was hoping that there might be some sort of cheap simple
:) traps that can be built for luring and killing moths and mosquitoes
:) indoors. I am definitely not at all interested in spending big dollars
:) on some fancy device. No chance at all. Zero. Forget it.
:) Surely there must be something that can be rigged up to attract and
:) trap moths and mosquitoes? Since it's an indoor problem, it doesn't
:) need to attract insects from miles around.
:) The thing to keep in mind is, *repelling* these moths and mosquitoes
:) defeats the whole purpose, since they are already indoors and simply
:) swarm about. I have read that the U.V. Light bug zappers generally do
:) not attract mosquitoes.
If the moths are small and are always inside look for them in food products
and get rid of the source. If they are nickle sized ones coming from the
outdoors they are probably accumulating around the porch lights then
entering around the doors. Spray a pyrethroid insecticide in areas they would
accumulate, cypermethrin will be one of the better that also repels. Treat
the shady spots, damp areas, shrubbery with cypermethrin to help reduce the
amount of mosquitos hanging around the property.
I have a "decoy" light away from the door. I turn the porch light out and
that one on. Moths head thataway and very few things follow us in.
On 12/2/03 8:23 AM, in article
email@example.com, "crows firstname.lastname@example.org"
Try turning the light off outside before entering the house. We have a similar
problem, year round. We use yellow bug bulb and when we enter or exit the
house, have access to turn it off for the door opening.
On 2 Dec 2003 05:23:44 -0800, crows email@example.com opined:
On 2 Dec 2003 05:23:44 -0800, crows firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Get an electric bug racket off Ebay. It's about $10-14.
It's shapped like a small badmington racket and theres this button
that you press with your thumb and you wave it on flying insects and
... adios buggos. I've never met a bug it couldn't kill or take out of
commission (burns their wings and legs).
It runs of 2 AA batteries (which last pretty long) so it's not
dangerous. But it's not a good idea to use it on people unless you are
into S&M stuff which some people buy these rackets for btw.
1) Cedarcide. Sprayed with a hose attachment, you can spray the door and
around it. Another option of the same ilk is a garlic extract based spray
such as Mosquito Barrier. The former is relatively inexpensive and seems to
do a decent job against skeeters -- considering it's contents it may well
work on other insects as well (the packaging claims it does at least).
Mosquito Barrier is highly touted however it's a bit more expensive (really
only available online so shipping factors in) so I have not given it a
2) The Mosquito Deleto Inhibitor. These look kind of like little lamps and
they spread a sort of citrus scent about the area. They work pretty well.
In addition to the above, Cutter has a candle based repellent (candle heats
a tab at the top of a lamp) that works well in a yard area and there are any
of a number of other burning sticks/coils/etc. that are touted as helping.
The above two are the ones that I have found most effective with my mosquito
issues. I also run a Mosquito Deleto in the back yard where their breeding
areas are heaviest. The Mosquito Deleto isn't too bad -- we bought ours a
couple of years back for about $80 although the newer models have a few more
bells and whistles coming in around $125-$150 or so.
If you have Mosquito problems as bad as you describe, then it might just be
time to sock away the money for a Mosquito Magnet. The price really stinks
IMHO, but one thing you can't argue is their effectiveness. I'm afraid
we'll likely suck it up and buy one next summer ourselves.
Additionally, the standard/sub-standard applies -- empty standing water,
find any damp spaces and sprinkle BT pellets about liberally, place mosquito
dunks (also BT) in ponds and such, and so forth. If it weren't for the fact
my neighbor started clearing out his swampland that adjoins my property
(little 50x50 area that is low lying and just a huge bog) I was going to
start tossing BT pellets over there myself.
Invariably, we'll find a spider who has made his way into our house. We'll
either give him a friendly escort outside or to a place where a web is out
of the way, such as over the doorway in our foyer. There, he can build a
big web without our worrying about walking through it. It's high enough off
the ground that it's of no concern to us. Big light up there, as well as a
huge window. You wouldn't believe the amount of bugs caught each summer in
that web alone.
I'd rather have one spider than many flying things. :)
Genericly, get yourself the Australian equivalent of bat or gecko.
Certain carnivorous plants may help as well. But specifically, it would
help to know if there is a particular species of moth or mosquito you are
targeting. Particularly, if what you are calling a mosquito is really a
mosquito and not some other type(s) of biting flies (not that I really
know if it makes a difference, bait-wise).
To keep insects away from the door (so they don't get in when you enter),
you might want to try citronella candles. You'll probably have to burn
them continously, though (my experience is they don't have immediate
he he, I guess you won't me shipping me to Au (see other message).
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