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jeff heck
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Re: Mosquitos new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #6078802 - 09/13/13 01:55 PM

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.


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csrlice12
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Re: Mosquitos new [Re: Qwickdraw]
      #6078820 - 09/13/13 02:07 PM

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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.




To mosquitos, WE are no more then a buffet....those aliens with the cookbook on that "Twilight Zone" episode....skeeter people.....


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Susan H
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Re: Mosquitos new [Re: csrlice12]
      #6078846 - 09/13/13 02:28 PM

We use OFF clipons. The skeeters buzz us, but don't lite. Before we start observing we light a citronella candle then blow it out when we are ready to start viewing.

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Kfrank
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Re: Mosquitos new [Re: jeff heck]
      #6078974 - 09/13/13 03:44 PM

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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.




Personally, I'd rather avoid any kind of solution that requires applying a layer or film of pesticide on ME.

I'v e used Thermacells with no problems and great success, as have many others. I'll stick with it.

As a point of interest, I don't observe in a closed box ( it obstructs the view of the sky ) so the test you propose would prove nothing.


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obin robinson
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Re: Mosquitos new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #6079086 - 09/13/13 05:01 PM

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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!)




I've seen those trucks spraying for mosquitos at night. It sounds like a mini dirt bike driving around. For the plants check this out:

http://wwwhibiscusandmore.blogspot.com.es/2009/07/mosquito-repellent-plants.html

We have catnip, rosemary, and basil plants in the backyard. Our cats LOVE the natural catnip too. We make pesto with the basil, and the rosemary gets used with grilled chicken.

To mitigate mosquito egglaying we dug around the base of the plants in our side yard. We then threw some bricks into the ground, tossed mulch on top of it, then sodded over it. It helped with the drainage A LOT. After that we sprayed the lawn with a natural mosquito repellant. I won't say we eliminated them but we have significantly less than last year. The fact that we can eat the herbs is a bonus. I think we spent a grand total of $100 on absolutely everything. Big Lots was the source for the plant pots and potting soil.

For the outdoor cats make sure they get fresh water often. Empty the bowls and clean them every day or so. This will also force you to monitor for mosquitos that may lay eggs in the water.

Good luck!

obin


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jeff heck
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Re: Mosquitos *DELETED* *DELETED* new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6079122 - 09/13/13 05:41 PM

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Re: Mosquitos new [Re: jeff heck]
      #6079164 - 09/13/13 06:01 PM

Does a freeze or frost kill them? Fall is on the way and going in the 40's at night. Does anyone know what temperatures they stop being active and also humidify? Like if the dew point is in the 40's do they still come out?

BTW...where are they, grass, bushes, trees ect?

Bob


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obin robinson
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Re: Mosquitos new [Re: REC]
      #6079169 - 09/13/13 06:08 PM

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BTW...where are they, grass, bushes, trees ect?

Bob




They lay their eggs in water. They live in spots that have moisture. Extreme cold will kill them and their eggs. By keeping the grass short and the areas below our shrubs clear we have managed to get rid of a lot of the ones around our house.

obin


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Starlon
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Re: Mosquitos new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6079405 - 09/13/13 08:50 PM

It was great out last night. Used 2 Thermacells in the observatory and one near the door into house. They really work!

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ADW
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Loc: Penticton, BC, Canada
Re: Mosquitos new [Re: vahe]
      #6080709 - 09/14/13 04:24 PM

In this semi-arid area of British Columbia (the southern Okanagan Valley), mosquitoes are rare. I get buzzed by perhaps six to 10 mosquitoes a year -- just one of the many reasons that I chose this area to retire to pursue my hobby. The air is dry enough that the water in places like eave-troughs evaporates long before larvae can mature and the ground is porous enough that puddles drain away within minutes after a rain shower.

We have lived in other parts of Canada where the mosquitoes were in clouds and you had to run from the car to the house -- just one of the many reasons that I moved from the Atlantic coast (New Brunswick) to the far west.

We sometimes have mosquito problems at our high altitude observing sites in the surrounding mountains, another reason why I usually observe from my dark valley floor backyard observatory. It is much easier to concentrate at the eyepiece without that buzzing!

Consider moving west.

Alan Whitman


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Re: Mosquitos new [Re: ADW]
      #6081937 - 09/15/13 11:59 AM

Thermacell is the heat.

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Michael Rapp
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Re: Mosquitos new [Re: Raginar]
      #6082007 - 09/15/13 12:40 PM

Here's my Themacell oops from last night...

Last night I was out observing the Moon. I have a TV-tray that I put my charts and stuff and Themacell on. One of my charts is AstronomyLogs.com's Lunar Field Atlas , which I have in a three-ring binder.

Well, stupid me put the binder down open to a chart and laid the cover right on top of the Themacell. It must have been there for about fifteen minutes.

I realized what I had done when I noticed I wasn't smelling any of the Themacell scent anymore. Well, nothing caught on fire (I don't think it gets that hot anyway), but the plastic cover of the binder was rippled and a little melted and quite hot. Oops.

My only complaint about the Themacell is that it is very easy to forget it is there and you're wasting butane when the chemical is exhausted (mine seem to last just an hour).


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