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Old 06-12-2008, 04:23 PM
 
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My toddler and I get devoured by mosquitoes every evening and it's driving me insane. I believe we have a particular problem in our backyard. What can we do? I do not want to put DEET products on my toddler, nor myself for that matter. Is this a year round phenomenon or just a summer thing? I just want to kill them all.
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Old 06-12-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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No DEET

AVON- Products
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Old 06-12-2008, 04:35 PM
 
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or those candles......citronella or something stuff...they smell good and work a lot of area......

Citronella Candles - Mosquito Repelling - Outdoor Candles Project

or you can zapp them, the old-fashioned way....
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Old 06-12-2008, 04:42 PM
 
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Look for standing water, and I mean any little bit. They must have that to make little skeeters. They also like to hang out in dense bushes. You can buy some mosquito spray at Lowe's and spray your bushes. Trust me, after you've been bitten a gazillion times, the bites won't even itch anymore. I grew up in Florida and the skeeters here are nothing compared to those. Of course, we did train them to go after any Yankee before feasting on us.

A lot of people swear by Avon's Skin So Soft moisturizer. The mosquitos supposedly don't like the smell. Of course, nobody else does either but it may be worth a try.
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Old 06-12-2008, 04:48 PM
 
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Costco has a mosquito vacuum for sale right now that is supposed to keep your yard clear of them. I can't vouch for how it works.
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Old 06-12-2008, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Whitehouse Texas
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Use the Avon Skin So Soft, just as they mentioned above, I used it when I lived up in North East Texas and it works great. I am amazed though, I just moved here to Austin in April and haven't been bitten at all yet, or even seen one
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Yeah..usually you get them when it's wet for a long time. It's pretty dry though so maybe you have a problem in your yard with dampness or puddles ?

I haven't been bitten at all either. Fire ants I got and with the dryness I'm hoping we don't get an abundance of chiggers soon.
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Haven't had a problem so far this year.. as mentioned, make sure there is no water sitting outside. None. We also use beneficial nematodes from the Natural Gardener:

The Natural Gardener: Helpful Information

They are good for preventing fleas and mosquitoes.
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Old 06-12-2008, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Texas
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burn some pinon wood in the chiminea in your backyard. pinon wood burning not only smells like the mountains of New Mexico, but is a great insect repellent.
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:05 PM
 
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I was going to mention about the chiminea, it definitely works with that wood! They sell it in my neck of the woods too. Another thing that you could try and believe me when I tell you this one, you're going to think I'm crazy when I say it; but USE BOUNCE fabric softener strips. You know those things you put in the dryer? Well they work to get the mosquitos & bugs away from you. For some strange reason, whatever is in that BOUNCE, the bugs & mosquitos HATE it and fly away. The environmentalists and the OSHA people don't want us spraying anything from bottles or cans in my office, so we all brought BOUNCE in one day and it's awesome, it does the trick and the OSHA people can't open their mouths now! Also a lot of people are using them now for jogging & running a long the marsh & wetlands around where I live. It can't be the other brands either, so remember that. It's got to be the BOUNCE fabric strips, it's whatever is in them that's doing the trick. Try them one of these days. Do not wipe them on yourself like a damp cloth either, just put one either in your shirt, around your bathing suit strap or whatever you have to do, keep one right with you at all times. You could even put a couple around the chairs where you're sitting out on your deck or patio. This will do the trick, I know you're thinking, what is this girl crazy? But it definitely works! We started using them all the time in my office because of all the paper we deal with that get "paper fleas", and the BOUNCE strips did the trick all winter for us!

Do me a favor, let me know if it works in your neck of the woods? If I move to Texas eventually, I want to make sure I get the boxes of BOUNCE up here on SALE!
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