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Skeeters!
deadeyedick Online
#1 Posted:
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As someone who came close to death last year due to these vector carrying little bastids, I am looking at options for combat. I spend about 2-3 hours each day on the patio with a cigar or two and just started seeing some this summer. AZ is not exactly a hot spot but seems to be getting worse and the monsoon months are coming soon.

Not interested in installing a screen room but I wonder how useful the electric bug zappers or other contraptions might work. I never have a problem in the pool as I think they avoid the chlorine water.

Any advise from you folks from the Midwest, South, etc?
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Wow. Skeeters in AZ? Who'da thunk it?

I've been in the high desert for 22+ years and even by the bodies of fresh water never been got by a skeeter.

Already aware that is one thing I am going to dislike about the move.
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Yeah, like I said this is not a hot spot but Phx metro area is now over 3 million and with the influx of snow birds came their desire to make it look like home. One skeeter is too much for me.

Growing up here we were more worried about a scorpion sting than skeeters. Scottsdale was then known as "the west's most western town" but now the joke is the west's most mid-western town.
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Bug zappers are good.

A fan to move the air is good like a ceiling fan is good.

Citronella candles are so-so but cute.

Screened porch: best!



Spray on you (if you don’t mind the stink)

lemon eucalyptus sprays

DEET
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Bug zappers and citronella candles are completely useless.

DEET is always your best bet. But also, they make those Off lanterns and those work well too. I've tried some of the botanical repellents and have had some success with them, but they don't last as long.
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Bug Zappers are good, however, they actually attract mosquitoes so they are much more effective in your neighboor's yards, time for a friendly gift, just saying.

Coleman makes a device that is supposed to be good too, but I do not have any experience with it. Coleman 2910A100 Mosquito Deleto 1.5D System.

Here in South Carolina we have a screened porch. There is even a layer of fiberglass screen under the decking floor od the porch.
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TW whacks them off... Mellow
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Thermacell units works good for me down here in Ga.
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I use the Deep Woods Off on my ankles but hate to cover all exposed skin with the stuff. Also have an overhead fan but prolly need to run it on a higher setting. Gonna check out the Coleman Off and Thermacell devices.
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Gene363 wrote:
Bug Zappers are good, however, they actually attract mosquitoes so they are much more effective in your neighboor's yards, time for a friendly gift, just saying.

Coleman makes a device that is supposed to be good too, but I do not have any experience with it. Coleman 2910A100 Mosquito Deleto 1.5D System.

Here in South Carolina we have a screened porch. There is even a layer of fiberglass screen under the decking floor od the porch.


In Tampa I used to smoke cigars in the evenings all the time on a non-screened in porch. Had a ceiling fan overhead and a bug zapper about 20’ away. Never had a mosquito issue. Watching the bug zapper was kinda like seeing lightning off in the distance.
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HockeyDad wrote:
In Tampa I used to smoke cigars in the evenings all the time on a non-screened in porch. Had a ceiling fan overhead and a bug zapper about 20’ away. Never had a mosquito issue. Watching the bug zapper was kinda like seeing lightning off in the distance.


Watching the demise of a mosquito is rather satisfying.
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Sometimes you get those really big bugs in there….it kinda like an electric chair
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The mosquito deleto works. I have used them for many years. For a patio you would only need 1. They are individually good for about 1/4 of an acre. At first you may need to empty the trap daily. As you decrease the population you will need to empty the trap less often. Run it 24/7. If you garage store it you will need to clean the jet in the spring. Spider webs from small spiders. I have no idea why.
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corey sellers wrote:
Thermacell units works good for me down here in Ga.

yup.
I have a little lantern Thermacell that edin508 recommended a few years back.
Covers a 15 foot radius and is odorless. Works well.

Have a friend or two who use the mosquito vacuum things, run on propane to emit CO2 and when the skeeters come near they get sucked into the bag...might be what Spey was talking about. One friend on the Cape had a beautiful pool overlooking an estuary and that machine kept his quarter acre skeeter free.

In recent years I have used a monthly service that sprays the property (no fruit/veggie/flowering plants though). Start in April and end in October, the idea is preventive rather than situational. Gotta get a generation ahead of them bastids.

I keep one of those battery powered tennis racket zappers nearby though when having an evening cigar...
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I spray Bifenthrin on all verttical surfaces and the underside of all horizontal surfaces (including bushes/treesh/shrubs) monthly. Seems to help a lot.
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Misspost. See HD's commentary for detail.
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8trackdisco wrote:
Learned performance cars don't do great in rain. A heavy touch on the pedal could put it into a spin.

My boss has accused me of driving like an old lady. Today he was moving to a home he recently purchased.

I got to drive this vehicle ...... in the rain.

https://www.lamborghini.com/en-en/models/huracan

Was supposed to follow him home. Instead, I blew by him on the right at a higher rate of speed.

He didn't say much until he made a common of the smoke/vapor/something rose from the floor.

How's that for driving like an old lady.



Where there mosquitoes in the car?
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HockeyDad wrote:
Where there mosquitoes in the car?


The roof was off, so they blew faster than Celtic Bomber @ a Menudo concert.
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My apologies.

On topic.

DEET is the best, the downside being (alleged) having subpar medical outcomes.

Citronella candles work reasonably well. If you don't mind the smell of waxy, cheap vanilla. Any breeze nullifies its impact.

Got a blue insect zapper light from Costco. Kills mosquitos. But just the dumb ones.

Couple of larger gauged cigars help.

There is another wildcard. There is a subversive banana talk going about.
One faction say bananas draw mosquitoes.
The other group swears eating two bananas before going outside ward them off.

Or, eat three, learn the real answer, and get a side order of All Regular.

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8 track prefers the MALE HUMAN BANANNA IN FIRM FORM
Mr. Jones Offline
#21 Posted:
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I hate banannas

Hence

I dislike 8 track...

J/k

Bwuhahahaha!!!!😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
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Mr. Jones wrote:
I hate banannas

Hence

I dislike 8 track...

J/k

Bwuhahahaha!!!!😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣


How can a guy who lives in a HuT not like bananas? You’d love me today. Blended this concoction this morning.

Avocado
Two bananas
Strawberries
Spinach
Honey
Water

Not sure how the skeeters 🦟 will react.
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My brother has skeeters BAD in his back yard. He's tried several different solutions over the years. He finally has settled on Bifen I/T. Apparently this is what a lot of commercial control services use. He sprays it after each mowing.
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clintCigar wrote:
My brother has skeeters BAD in his back yard. He's tried several different solutions over the years. He finally has settled on Bifen I/T. Apparently this is what a lot of commercial control services use. He sprays it after each mowing.


See post #15 above. That's the stuff, the active ingredient is Bifenthrin and it rocks...

This is the stuff I use: https://www.domyown.com/talstar-professional-insecticide-p-97.html

The problem in AZ (and I suspect in DED's neighborhood) is that you can spray all you want, if your neighbor on either side doesn't also do so, you get a lot of overlap of skeeters since yards here are pretty close together.
deadeyedick Online
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Yup, and different varieties fly different distances but all of them cover hundreds of yards. Some many miles.
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I have a table top Thermacell lantern that works great as long as there is little or no breeze.
Added a small "Big Ass Fan" on the outside deck and it works great at keeping the bugs away - but have to turn it off while grilling as it keeps the smoke from rising and escaping. I can usually set it on a low or mid speed and it works wonders.

If you put a ceiling fan outdoors, make sure it is exterior/outdoors rated - sealed motor housing, exterior blades - or it will not last more than a year before motor issues and blades sag from moisture.
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bat house... Mellow
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Wanna get rid of skeeters? Move in with Drafter. Whenever he's on the Vherf it sounds like they are holding electric chair executions behind him. It's really his industrial sized bug zapper... or he's playing with his cattle prods again. Either or. Maybe both?
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Dyna trap will kill the whole neighborhoods mosquito problem but I do get concerned about overkill with that thing. As I love my bats!
Thermacell is perfect for the deck, by the pool, the herf shed or strapped to your belt while you move around the yard. works great! Can't live without it in Jersey
New Jersey mosquitos have to be the worst!

Elon Musk made one safe for indoors called Fuze bug I think?
Curious about that one as I believe it doesn't emit any Co2 or Pyrethrins?

For me it's
Thermacell & bats. If there's a big party I'll run the dyna trap

Clean your gutters! The frogs, toads & tadpoles Can't get up there to eat larvae
Whistlebritches Offline
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Take Garlique daily or eat garlic.......lots of it daily.Works like a charm
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Dg west deptford wrote:

New Jersey mosquitos have to be the worst!


Can’t speak to NJ Skeeters. Generally, I don’t say much about Green Bay mosquitoes. Once you get 90 minutes north of here, it gets serious.

Have seen skeeters in the UP of Michigan the size of newborn hummingbirds. Jurrasic Park chit. Once, the combo of those and biting flies just about drove me mad. Had seven or eight bloody sting marks on my head from Horse and Deer flies.

🦟
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Dg west deptford wrote:
Dyna trap will kill the whole neighborhoods mosquito problem but I do get concerned about overkill with that thing. As I love my bats!

Bats were all well and good until we discovered around 50 of them living in our attic at the old house.

No mosquito problem though, so there's that.
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8trackdisco wrote:
Can’t speak to NJ Skeeters.



I can. They're awful. They have the worst accents and they all wind up on reality TV shows.

Actually, in New Jersey it's the biting flies. You get near a salt water marsh or near the beach and you need armor. They really hurt!
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Whistlebritches wrote:
Take Garlique daily or eat garlic.......lots of it daily.Works like a charm

but the downside is you get to live alone...
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CelticBomber wrote:
I can. They're awful. They have the worst accents and they all wind up on reality TV shows.

Actually, in New Jersey it's the biting flies. You get near a salt water marsh or near the beach and you need armor. They really hurt!


Do the NJ mosquitos all have long nails, permanent painted eyebrows, bow down to “Bruce”?
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frankj1 wrote:
but the downside is you get to live alone...



Actually with Garlique that isn't an issue.

Otherwise trade your existing model for an Italian gal...........they love big old garlic flavored tripods
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loli
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Whistlebritches wrote:
Actually with Garlique that isn't an issue.

Otherwise trade your existing model for an Italian gal...........they love big old garlic flavored tripods

big old garlic flavored tripods?

HA!!!
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I live in a swamp in the midwest.

Even if I don't sit outside I get mosquito bites.

Spray is always on hand. 30% is enough. I used to think the 100% deet was best but it melts polymers and isn't anymore effective beyond that.

I have a lil handheld propane fueled hot fogger that I use around all the landscaping and stuff near my outdoor seating and it definitely helps, but still need spray.

I bought a propane machine with a net that claimed mosquito eradication up to an acre. I set it about 50ft from my deck and would catch mosquitos by the pound. Didn't notice a difference in bites. It's an attractant like the zappers so it draws em in. Taking out 10k when there's 10m in the area.

Bought a thermacell for camping and I think that is the best zone protection for small spots. No bug spray on my body and as long as I'm within a few feet of the thing they mostly leave me alone. If I use the fogger first and then fire up the thermacell I've got a skeeter free night.
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ya can't beat Off
RMAN4443 Offline
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I've got a skeeter on my Peter, whack it off...Blink
MACS Offline
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RMAN4443 wrote:
I've got a skeeter on my Peter, whack it off...Blink


I was wondering how long it would take until someone posted this.
MACS Offline
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frankj1 wrote:
ya can't beat Off


Punctuation and capitalization matters, man... Mellow
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MACS wrote:
Punctuation and capitalization matters, man... Mellow


Yeah, I had to read it couple times before it sunk in.

Then it was.... Applause nice one.
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MACS wrote:
Punctuation and capitalization matters, man... Mellow

I'm calling the punctuation hilariously correct, other than the lack of period at the end. Nobody wants a missed period.

In speaking the phrase aloud, there's no call for a pause or separation such as you would do with a list. Neither is there an independent nor introductory clause to separate.

One could try to rearrange the sentence structure along the lines of, "Off, ya can't beat it." However, that would do little to assuage our base interpretation of the wording.
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But you could beat off with Off.... often
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deadeyedick wrote:
But you could beat off with Off.... often

thus keeping the skeeters Off your peter...
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MACS wrote:
I was wondering how long it would take until someone posted this.

Never let it be said, that I didn't do the least I could do...
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Rick,

The pest control company deployed these and there was a major curtailing of mosquitoes at the taproom within a week. They basically poison the female, and she takes the poison around to breeding sites, killing the larvae, then it kills her.

https://www.in2care.org/mosquito-trap/
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RMAN4443 wrote:
Never let it be said, that I didn't do the least I could do...

I would never say that about you
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