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#1 Michael Rapp

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 08:43 PM

The mosquitos are getting fairly bad this time of year down here so I thought I was being snazzy by spraying a ring of OFF around my scope's tripod last night.

This afternoon I came home to a ring of dead grass in the backyard.

I call it my new, and hopefully temporary, "put scope here" marker. :crazy:

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Posted 28 July 2014 - 09:05 PM

Thanks for the heads up Michael. Glad to know we're not the only ones with skeeter problems.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 06:21 AM

Let's see here... it kills grass... and we cover our bodies with it. Maybe the mosquitos know something that we don't. Food for thought.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 06:42 AM

DEET can also ruin plastic and rubber on things. It's a big threat to binoculars. Beware.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 06:57 AM

It also ruins car paint, so don't go leaning on your roof to steady yer binocs, like I did one time.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:10 AM

Try a Thermacell or two. I hang one from the tripod and place the other on my field table. They work great.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:15 AM

The Thermacell works well for me in Southeast GA.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:24 AM

I am in League City only a few miles up the road from you. We made major changes to our yard and we no longer have a mosquito problem. The changes include:

1) Planting a Citronella plant.
2) Planting Catnip and other plants which mosquitos hate.
3) Planting trees with soak up extra moisture.
4) Increasing drainage to get rid of standing water quicker.
5) Mowing the lawn often and making sure the grass stays short.

We hardly have any mosquitos in our yard now. For the ones that persist in coming over from neighbor's yards I use a fan to blow them away from the telescopes. No poisons and no chemicals are necessary.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:44 AM

Just accept the fact we're just cattle being raised by mosquitos as food......
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#10 Michael Rapp

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:22 PM

DEET can also ruin plastic and rubber on things. It's a big threat to binoculars. Beware.


Always worth restating that. DEET destroyed the outer covering of my old Orion Vista 7x50s. My fingerprints are etched into the back of my iPhone's cover and the sides and back of my Autostar controller. (I'm amazed I've been able to keep them away from the LCD display.)

#11 Michael Rapp

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 12:26 PM

1) Planting a Citronella plant.
2) Planting Catnip and other plants which mosquitos hate.
3) Planting trees with soak up extra moisture.
4) Increasing drainage to get rid of standing water quicker.
5) Mowing the lawn often and making sure the grass stays short.


I need to try the catnip....my colony of outdoor cats would be happy, too. Of course I'll need to work on some metal cages for the planets. :)

Funny you should mention point five about the grass. My lawn guys skipped last week so my grass is higher than normal. When I stepped out onto it a cloud of mosquitos rose up. It totally surprised me.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 03:31 PM

+3 Thermacell works!

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 03:39 PM

How does Thermocell work?

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 03:39 PM

I like the natural remedies, especially catnip and citronella ideas above I plan on trying.
I put up a bat house and a purple martin (swallows) house that has also worked well.
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Posted 29 July 2014 - 03:42 PM

I prefer the picaridin based repellants over DEET.

REI repellant comparison

My own personal experience with picaridin vs DEET is that picaridin has a mild stink that disappears in a few minutes whereas DEET feels like you just rubbed gasoline on yourself and it feels like that for a much longer time.

The picaridin seems to be just as effective as deet on mosquitons but it also seems like you need to reapply it a little sooner. It also may be that it is so much less objectionable than applying deet that I am simply more likely to reapply at the first sign of mosquitoes reappearing.

It does not melt stuff like deet does.

I live in La Porte, just up 146 from you on Galveston Bay.

The city mosquitoe trucks have driven down my driveway with no objections from me.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 04:13 PM

Funny you should mention point five about the grass. My lawn guys skipped last week so my grass is higher than normal. When I stepped out onto it a cloud of mosquitos rose up. It totally surprised me.


I have a few other plants back there which mosquitos hate. I basically looked at this list and planted as many as I could find:

http://eartheasy.com...pelling-plants/

I have been noticing that once I've started keeping the grass short it dries out quicker. The quicker it dries the less there is a chance of mosquitos finding moisture to lay their eggs in. My backyard has so few mosquitos in it that I forget I'm in the Houston area.

I did happen to forget one more thing to add to my list:

6) Added a bird feeder, bird bath, and gazing ball to backyard.

The bird bath also attracts little lizards that eat bugs as well. Between the birds and lizards they eat what few bugs dare to fly in the backyard.

The best part about all these natural treatments is that they are inexpensive. I don't spray chemicals on the lawn and I can eat the hot peppers and herbs we grow alongside the catnip and other mosquito repelling plants. It's a win-win situation.

obin :D

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 04:36 PM

I'm still using a box fan on medium setting to confound mosquitoes here. Seems to diffuse my CO2 and heat signature. Also reduces dewing/fogging issues in our high humidity environment here. (Stratford, CT is actually a big marshland!)

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 04:59 PM

I've had good experiences with Thermacell and Clip-ons. The box fan trick works great when I'm set up on my patio. I use DEET as a last resort and then only on an over-sized white long-sleeve shirt that I bought specifically to help keep the mosquitos off of me while I set up my remote observing kit.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:24 PM

Hmmmm, just a thought, DEETs cheaper then Triox.......... :lol:

+1 on the Thermacell, just got one this skeeter season, and it really makes a difference.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:31 PM

"6) Added a bird feeder, bird bath, and gazing ball to backyard.

The bird bath also attracts little lizards that eat bugs as well. Between the birds and lizards they eat what few bugs dare to fly in the backyard."

uh oh, 6 is out....wife says skeeters win over lizards..... :lol: and I figured I just wont tell her about the bats I've seen around lately.......

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 06:16 PM

I need to try the catnip....my colony of outdoor cats would be happy, too. Of course I'll need to work on some metal cages for the planets. :)


If the cats get too much of the catnip, you might need a cage for them too! :lol:

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:04 PM

The catnip does indeed attract some cats from the neighborhood. They stop by, nibble, roll in it, then stroll away. It is quite a bit of amusement to our house cats that watch these "yard intruders" from the comfort of a window sill.

obin :)

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 07:38 PM

Maybe I'm just lucky but I use skin so soft here in Florida. We do mow the lawn weekly in summer also. The mosquito control sprays often and we are always warned to look for standing water.

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 08:19 PM

How does Thermocell work?

There have been some good threads here on CN about Thermocell,but here is something from Thermocell: http://r.search.yaho...MTEzZjBrcmdp...

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 07:11 PM

The mosquitos are getting fairly bad this time of year down here so I thought I was being snazzy by spraying a ring of OFF around my scope's tripod last night.

This afternoon I came home to a ring of dead grass in the backyard.

I call it my new, and hopefully temporary, "put scope here" marker. :crazy:

How much did you apply?






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