I haven't read all the posts you received on this but one trick you may want
to try is "Bounce" - the sheets that you place in your dryer. When I was
working out west I used to spend the weekends hiking the Sawtooth mountains
and there were plenty of mosquitoes and other free-loaders that would take a
bit when they could.
We would wipe any exposed skin with one of those sheets and then wrap one
around each ankle under the sock. Worked like a charm and didn't need any
messy, oily sprays.
Now other products may be the same but I tried a local "house-brand" and it
did not work. I've heard others say the same thing so whatever is in Bounce
is what keeps the critters away.
AVON Skin So Soft has yet another use. It cleans old (motorcycle
drive-chain) grease off your hands better than some of the 'speciality'
cleaners such as Swarfega and some of those citrus cleaners.
From Shovel Head to pecker head in one motion of a lotion. A quick rinse
and your good to go to macramee class. Yessirreee, from pot-belly to
potpourri.... (WTF *is* 'pourri'??.... never mind..*you* DAGS it...)
(note: my spell checker refuses to acknowledge the existence of both
'pecker' and 'macramee')
We Canadians have a sure cure for your mosquitoes problem. Spend a few weeks
in our Northern forests where horseflies as big as sparrows go after you and
then you'll laugh the next time a swarm of mosquitoes eye your exposed skin.
You need to find where the little bastards are hiding. We've had a lot of rain
the last couple of months and the mosquitoes can be fierce. I bought a Mosquito
Magnet and didn't catch a single mosquito with it. What I've had excellent luck
with is Cutter's... not the repellent... the stuff you hook up to a garden hose
and spray the bushes with. Go out and spray all the plants and under the decks,
etc. Mosquitoes like to hang out in low areas. Spray the shit out of them. Do
it again a few days after it rains or when you start to notice them again. When
you've thinned the herd around your house, you should find the garage habitable
On Fri, 26 Aug 2005 01:15:49 GMT, "Mortimer Schnerd, RN"
Mortimer, I think you are in the RTP area also? I live in Chapel Hill
and like you, I had no luck with the Mosquito Magnet - tried it for
about nine months and I think I trapped about 20 mosquitoes. Our
local breed just isn't interested. Fortunately the unit had a one
year warranty and I got my money back on it.
I have tried the Cutter's and it seemed to work but also seemed
expensive (about 1/2 bottle per application plus the time to do it).
It was effective but only for a few days. Maybe I should have done
multiple passes to get the population down to a manageable level. I
have looked into the misters that another poster had mentioned - it
uses the same chemical (Pyrethrum) as the Cutter's. If you recommend
the Cutter's maybe I'll try that approach again, just more thoroughly
Through total disgust, I just ate the money on mine. I guess I'll use it for
target practice. And you're not far off: I'm in Charlotte.
Cutter's isn't perfect but it sure gets me some relief at least until the next
series of heavy rains. Then the little beggars regenerate. But every time I
spray, there is a remarkable reduction in their numbers. Just remember to hit
the low areas the heaviest.
Yes. I lived outside Nelson, Wis. on the edge of the Nelson Bottoms,
where the Chippewa River joins the Mississippi. Misquitoes 24 hrs. a
day from May to October. At night the woods actually hummed. We bought
the large cans of OFF by the case, you couldn't go outside without it.
( We found a tennis racket worked good, as you could get 2 or 3 at a
time. Usually it just stunned them and then you had to run them over
with the car or finish them off with an axe. ;))
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