Wondering if anyone has had any luck getting rid of mosquitoes, that doesn't require spraying?
I don't want to use pyrethroids, because of the kids, bees & butterflies.
We tried some zappers, in the past, that were 'supposed' to be for mosquitoes, but of course they were worthless.
We don't have standing water & don't want to cut down trees & shrubs in the 'landscape', but they're really bad this year - the local birds & bats can't keep up.
I'm glad we have a screened-in enclosure, but the kids can't play outside with this hoard. Even with lotion or spray, they still manage to get big welts - plus, mosquitoes carry too many diseases for me not to be worried.
thermacells. they work well
Hey Thanx - appreciate the info!
Jeez, I think I remember you telling me about this before. Looks like they have more products, now!
We've had so much rain this year, and also all the smoke from the Northern & Canadian fires - no one really wanted to spend a lot of time outside, but there's still a month to go before expected frost.
Gets pretty expensive for a large area, I'll have to sit down & figure out the best way to do this. 😊
Don't know about mosquitos but I could do with something to keep away wasps, been stung twice in the last 3 weeks, one on the arm, and it came up like a football, and then on the leg which made it swell so much could only just get my pants on, never known stings like them, don't know if they are some new breed of wasp or something
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Here in central Georgia, we’ve got lots of mosquitoes (and other bugs)--I do a few things to keep them away.
Talstar-Pro (Talstar P – bifenthrin) – I spray this around the outside of my house, around the perimeter of my property (I have a lot of woods behind my property), bushes & trees. From Spring to the beginning of Fall, I spray once a month for mosquitoes. I’ll also spot spray ants if I see them—but it’s also good for a bunch of other insects. You mix it ~1oz/gallon of water in a sprayer.
I’ve been very happy using it the way that I do; however, I suggest caution when using it. Read about Bifenthrin before using it to understand how and why to apply it. I wouldn’t use this indoors, or around ponds (bad for fish), or if you’re growing flowers where you’re concerned about bees or butterflies—not good for them. Also, some areas restrict its usage.
Advion Ant Gel – I’ve used this for ants, both indoor & outside. I haven’t had ants indoors for at least 10 years, though, since I’ve used the Talstar Pro outside. When I’ve used it, I’ve put it down where the ants are running back & forth—in about a day, they’re gone (it’s bait they take back to their “home” and kills them there).
Peppermint – I have a large container on my patio that I grow peppermint in—it’s a deterrent for mosquitoes.
Peppermint Oil – because of all the hummingbirds I have from July thru September (and gallons of sugar water), I have had to deal with yellow jackets getting at the feeders (I avoid spraying Talstar-Pro around the feeders). Up until a few weeks ago, I just killed them by hand—there were only a few at a time, and so it’s been manageable.
I had read that wasps & bees do not like peppermint, so I put some springs of peppermint from my plants around the feeders—but it had no effect on the yellow jacket activity.
So, I thought would try some peppermint oil since it is more concentrated.
It works. I haven’t killed a yellow jacket in 2 weeks—I’ve seen a couple, but they don’t hang around—they don’t like it. I put a dropper full of the oil on a cotton ball I’ve got strapped to the feeder “station” – I re-apply it every 2-3 days.
@stringy If you don't mind smelling like candy canes, maybe peppermint is the answer for you 😉
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@SharonC & @stringy -
I'll look into the bifenthrin!
I had checked out the Allethrin & Metofluthrin used in the Thermacell products - they seem to be safer for fish, but can't find any way to protect bees & butterflies, unless using products at night makes a difference. I want Kevin to be careful, he got very sick early in the 2000's (04 or 07) when they we not only making soldiers douse their uniforms in Pyrethroids on deployments, but there was the Anthrax vaccine controversy & then the burnpits - hard telling if one or all were responsible (according to his Doctors).
I really like the idea of the Peppermint oil! Think it might help near my birdseed/suet feeders, too.
I was aware of many plants that are 'supposed' to repel mosquitoes. Had Peppermint & Spearmint growing rampant for many years around my back deck (you are very smart to keep it in a container), lots of Monarda, Marigold, Fennel, Thyme, Floss flower & Geraniums (had read that scented geraniums are more effective than citronella). Now I just have a large patch of some really potent Cat nip, still have Monarda & some Geraniums - but it's because I never really noticed any deterrence of mosquitoes. Notice less mosquitoes in 'drier' years, but then again, there are wetlands in the vicinity.
I've read that some folks have luck using an oscillating fan - think I'd need a pretty big one, an army of fans! 🤣
Kevin does have to spray the outside base of our house for ants each year - REALLY appreciate the info on the Ant gel!
Every year we've lived in this house I've had a problem with wasps in the area (seemed at least 1/day would get into the house) - until this year, they're just gone & I don't know why, but I'M SO HAPPY! I never had a bad reaction to any bee or wasp sting until 10-15 years ago, swelled up like you said - first happened with a Bumble bee (happened upon a nest gardening), then a yellow jacket. Not only was my arm twice it's normal size, it STAYED swelled up for 2 weeks! I've done what I can to avoid them since then, been concerned that the next time might be much worse.