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Mosquitoes: Tp spray or not to spray?

  • Spray, spray, spray, as often as necessary!

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  • Absolutely no spraying, just wear 'OFF' or protective clothing

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I don't know about the rest of you across the country, but last night we took the dog for a walk (here in Calgary) and the mosquitoes were worse than I have ever seen them. They were swarming around us in droves and today I am covered from head to toe with bites, despite wearing suitable protective clothing. I was thinking if they are going to remain this thick throughout summer, I'll be forced to stay inside. That's hard news to accept when you only get about two months of summer per year (and the rest is snow :mad: ).

So, what do you think? Should they spray? Should we just suck it up? Should we douse ourselves down with DEET before leaving our homes?
 
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Do everything you can to rid your neighbourhood of ANY and ALL pools of standing water...


Put up a "Bat House" (Like a bird house, but more leathery) and encourage your neighbours to do the same


I think there are times of day when mosquitoes are more active than others... Wiki might help there...
Start here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito#Mosquitoes_and_humans
and do further research from there... avoid the "Woo" ish...

More good info here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insect_repellent
(Check the sources)
 
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There's a pithy old piece of Aunt May-esque advice that says

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

If you're into tired old cliches like that
 

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I don't know about the rest of you across the country, but last night we took the dog for a walk (here in Calgary) and the mosquitoes were worse than I have ever seen them. They were swarming around us in droves and today I am covered from head to toe with bites, despite wearing suitable protective clothing. I was thinking if they are going to remain this thick throughout summer, I'll be forced to stay inside. That's hard news to accept when you only get about two months of summer per year (and the rest is snow :mad: ).

So, what do you think? Should they spray? Should we just suck it up? Should we douse ourselves down with DEET before leaving our homes?
I don't think I've ever been bitten by a mosquito in Calgary.

Back in northen Saskatchewan is a different story. You don't need to walk they carry you away.
 

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My brother lives in a property surrounded by cedar trees so you can imagine the mosquitoes over at his place. This thing has worked for the last couple of years. You might want to look into them. They got it at CT. It consumes a tank of propane a month, from what I remember him telling me.

 

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I've hardly seen a mosquito since moving to Toronto five years ago. In New Brunswick, some of the guys who work in the woods swear by an Avon product called Skin So Soft. It doesn't have that nasty DEET stuff and who cares if you smell "pretty" if you're working in the woods?

The time of day mosquitos are the worst are between dusk and dusk the next day. Personally, I wear light colors, smoke alot, and keep moving. Oh, and don't breathe, they are attracted by carbon dioxide.
 

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The last few years the mosquitos have gotten worse in Calgary. I used to go fishing every day. I would be on the river at dawn and dusk every single day and never get bit. Now I can't open my front door without a mosquito flying in. I don't think spraying is the answer. I've heard really good things about the bat houses though. I also noticed a mesh bug jacket at a store for $5 yesterday so I think I'll pick up one of them.
 

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god.. i hate bug repellent... they have this strong cheap purfume like smell...
so id rather real protective clothing
 

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After reading this thread last night I googled bat houses and I can't believe how ridiculously simple they appear to be. I'm going to build a few this week and put one up for me and give a couple to neighbours to put up. Can't hurt, right? I should be able to build three or four for about $20.
 

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The problem I have with spraying is that once a chemical has been released to the environment you don't know where it will wind up. :eek: Substances designed to kill pests can also adversely affect human health and the environment.

I'm lucky in that I inherited the mother of all electric bug zappers (its huge) when I bought my current house. It has become something of a sport around our house to listen to the zapper work its magic in the evening...especially when a big bugger hits. Its kind of like going to a fireworks display every night. oooohh! aaawww! yeahhhh!
 

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One odd thing about the digital mosquito thing it has setting to repell dragonflies ?? Dragonflies eat mosquitos so why would you want to scare them off. Bat houses sound good as long as they don't move into yours.. I think Lester has the key.... just don't breathe.. :D
 

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From having spent alot of time in the bush and up in the territories, I've come across somethings that work good. The Avon skin-so-soft is good. Amway D-15 is a great bug repellent (works great on tick and no-seeums). Garlic pills (I know it sounds goofy but the garlic smell does seem to keep them away). Keep the perfumes and smelly goodies to a minimum. Get a good bug jacket, put it in a big freezer baggie and spray liberally with your repellent of choice, seal the bag and the jacket is ready anytime you are and you haven't put the spray directly on your skin.

If you're out camping, fogging yourself with woodsmoke also helps.

I hear bear grease works really well, but not really a viable option these days :D

The skeeters here are okay this year (I've seen them worse) but they are half the size of sparrows.
 

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Purple Martins are a great alternative to bats. They have voracious appetites and feed virtually all day, moreso during the pre-dusk evening hours obviously. Bats are pretty rare on the
prairies, except the Northern areas, so Purple Martin houses are a viable natural solution that many folks take advantage of in mosquito-prone areas.
 

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I hate wearing bug repellent. I hate mosquitoes even more so I always have Muskol on hand. I wash it off when I go back in the house. I used to do lots of fishing back in NB and I've found it's the best of the bunch.
 

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:p let me express a caviat to the Skin So Soft stories. I was at a BBQ and the skeeters were buggin me. The marm at the BBQ pulls the bottle out and I deffer. Politely. She say blah blah and I blah back at her. Then I acquiesced on condition I have the chance to prove my blah. I put out one hand, and let her put the skin so soft on it. We two waited and in 5 mins I got 6 bites on the hand with the skin so soft and none on the hand untouched. :) Needless to say, it is a product I do not use.
 

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Deet on the skin works. I'd rather not have the city spray to kill en masse though, that cure is worse than the disease IMHO. Birds, bats and other insects depend on mosquitoes for their food source this time of year. I'd hate to see us kill a nusence pest and ruin other species in the process.
 
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