mosquitoes don't travel more than 100yards from point of
origin, so the first thing you need to do is get rid of any
standing water. if water puddles under your deck (or in your
gutters) for 4 days or longer, you're breeding mosquitoes.
those mosquito magnet things that run on propane do work for
small yards. put it as far from the deck as you can so you
don't bring the mosquitoes to you.
i have over 20 acres of marsh & wetlands, but since i'm a
fanatic about standing water & we got the chickens, we have no
mosquitoes near the house. the mosquitoes in the swamp don't
fly up to the house. go down there & you get eaten alive
There are an awful lot of mosquito varieties in Texas,
and they all behave differently.
The texas cooperative extension has this to
say about controlling them:
GOOD JOB Lee! treat the source origin of the problem by removing
the mosquitoes ability to breed in an area where we really don't
want to have mosquitoes.
my 4 acres of marsh & wetlands is recently redefined by the county
tax office as waste land. I asked, is that because the mosquitoes
are in charge down there? county tax agent LOL and gave me a nice
tax break on this Farm as a result of being made aware of what the
county soil and water agent already knew. looks like the county
tax agent and the county soil and water agent would have talked
this over during one of their governmental guy-type trips to europe
or hawaii before I got my new tax bill and began the protest... sure
was nice of the county soil and water agent to help me out at that
point by explaining to the county tax agent how he'd never be able to
put a yankee house down there in that swamp. it was then 4 acres of
marsh & wetlands got redefined as waste land. I'm guessing if the tax
agent can't see a future revenue from a relocated yankee then it's waste
land and with that idea, next I'm going to attempt to have my entire Farm
redefined as waste land. can't hurt to try..
my advice to the original poster would be to inspect their entire
1/4 acre estate for inconspicuously placed cat food cans filled
with water, like LOOK under the deck or all through the hedge.
turn over a little mulch in that hedge :)
Have you considered sneaking some of those bats from under that bridge
All kidding aside. After we successfully evicted the bat colony from
our attic, we began to notice the mosquitoes as an annoyance. In the
succeeding 2 years, the external bat house acquired tenants, there is
evidence that they're present in some of the outbuildings, (but nothing
like what it was like when the breeding colony was in the house) and
the mosquito population has fallen back below the annoyance threshold.
Or you could try attracting Purple Martins
And if all else fails, see if you can locate one of those "Yard Fogger"
type aerosol cans and fog the living daylights out of the holly bushes.
The biggest problem with our bounty of coal is not what it does
to our mountains or the atmosphere, but what it does to our minds.
I just read in another group the way to limit skeeters in living areas.
Take a white plate and fill with water. Add a couple drops of Lemon
Fresh Joy dishwashing detergent. Set it away from where people sit.
The skeeters will be attracted to the white dish or the lemon smell or
whatever, drink the soapy solution, and die within 10 feet of the plate.
Pretty easy and cheap to try. Let us know how it works on them Texas
If *I* ran the world, we'd all face different challenges! ;>
I've used this product, and do find that it helps for a few days. I spray
the house, deck, shrubs, trees, and anything else within hose distance.
I don't think this product kills the critters. I think it just drives them
The best way to control mosquitoes is to control standing water in your
area, like ponds, lakes, and little things like that. Well, lakes
aren't so little. But there are some insecticides you can spray around
your house and introduce into areas of standing water that aren't
terribly dangerous. I'm at a lack for an example right now, but here's
a page about how to get rid of mosquitoes:
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