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[August 21st, 2017]
Quote:I observe from our backyard in Houston, the mosquito situation has essentially put a complete stop to astronomy, I can not stay outdoors for more than minute, they are eating me alive.Going beyond the sprays and long sleeve clothing, I have a question, I see that there are mosquito control devices for sale in $200 to $500 range with the claim that these devices clear up a good size area.Has anyone tried these devices, do they really work? Are they effective? Any recommendations?Unless I come up with a solution there will be no more astronomy for me.Vahe
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Quote:+1 on ThermaCell, you can get a lantern and refills at Home Depot. I used to get, no joke, 25-30 mosquito bites per session. Let the TermaCell burn for 10-15 minutes prior and you're good to go. It has no smell and is safe for animals and children. It creates a 15x15 foot "bubble" around you, given no wind. One of the best investments i've made in this hobby.
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Quote:So far this year, there have been 16 confirmed cases and two confirmed deaths blamed on the West Nile virus in Maricopa County.
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MANY a hearth upon our dark globe sighs after many a vanish’d face, Many a planet by many a sun may roll with a dust of a vanish’d race. Raving politics, never at rest—as this poor earth’s pale history runs,— What is it all but a trouble of ants in the gleam of a million million of suns?
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Quote:I'll give another Houston report. I'm about 20 miles from Galveston. Absolutely, late August and September mosquitos are crazy.
Quote:For your yard, nothing beats a propane powered fogger. I use a Black Flag fogger, about $60 at the home supply stores, as needed the day of or day before observing. Supplement the yard spray with a personal protection device and you should be good to go. Note, the fogger works the same way as the ones municipalities use and is very effective, but one trick to using it, make sure to run the fogger (by run I mean have it turned on and red hot) for three minutes before spraying and three minutes after finishing spraying, this is to keep the fogger nozzle from clogging up, for warmup and clean out faze, just let it sit on the ground, turned on for the three minutes. P.S. for personal protection, I use the OFF unit the one with a small fan and replaceable insecticide packs. Rex
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Quote:We planted herbs that the mosquitoes hate the scent of. We also removed most of the standing water and helped the drainage on the property as well. It made a huge difference.
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Quote:Maybe if we turn the tables and start eating mosquitos...maybe mash'em up into protein bars...
Quote:Quote:Maybe if we turn the tables and start eating mosquitos...maybe mash'em up into protein bars... As much as we hate the little critters they are a food source for many animals which we eat or one or two sources removed.
Quote:I have no problem using the Off Deep Woods product, they may buzz but will not land. I am hesitant on the using a Thermacell. I am worried it may leave a layer of film or haze on my mirrors and ep's. I realize many people love them and report no issues but there must be something hovering in the area. Maybe try putting a running unit in a box with a clear drinking glass for a few hours and see the results.
Quote: I had never thought of that! I'll look around for some of those plants. I've also tried to be mindful of the standing water. I've got a few bins that the outdoor cats use for beds, but when it rains they collect quite a bit of water. Don't know if you've seen this, but it gives the mosquito spray schedule for Galveston county. We're LC (League City) and WLC (West League City) on the calendar. http://www.co.galveston.tx.us/mosquito_control/sprayschedules2.htm(Yes, everyone, mosquitoes are so bad down here we have a government office dedicated to controlling them!)
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Quote:BTW...where are they, grass, bushes, trees ect?Bob