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Old 04-17-2008, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Hello Patty,
We live in a sub-division basically out in the country in Summerville and purchased our lot with the pond (the man made run-off pond) and of course have lots of mosquitoes. Our in-laws gave us a gift over a year ago - 'a mosquito catcher'. I honestly didn't think it would do any good at all, but i'll be darned if it didn't work, and it works great. we have it sitting on the ground patio cement by the back door and it's been okay if it gets rained on. we had it running the entire season last year 24/7 and then turned it off for the winter. we just turned it on again a couple of days ago, and it is still going. we can actually sit outside on the patio now with our shorts and flip-flops and not worry about getting eaten up...
too bad you have to put deet on your children, maybe you could try some organic creams? i know the Market downtown (Charleston) has some nice mosquito creams, or maybe you could try the health food stores? good luck
here is the link for the Mosquito Catcher, and the one we have is the 'Professional'
It is also great for keeping the pesky flies, no-see-ums, etc away:
Affordable, Safe and Effective Mosquito Control
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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Heard on the news this morning the first case of West Nile was found in a dead crow in Summerville. They are saying this is the earliest case on record.
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Old 04-17-2008, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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[quote=sissy2;3487281]Hello Patty,
We live in a sub-division basically out in the country in Summerville and purchased our lot with the pond (the man made run-off pond) and of course have lots of mosquitoes. Our in-laws gave us a gift over a year ago - 'a mosquito catcher'. I honestly didn't think it would do any good at all, but i'll be darned if it didn't work, and it works great. we have it sitting on the ground patio cement by the back door and it's been okay if it gets rained on. we had it running the entire season last year 24/7 and then turned it off for the winter. we just turned it on again a couple of days ago, and it is still going. we can actually sit outside on the patio now with our shorts and flip-flops and not worry about getting eaten up...
too bad you have to put deet on your children, maybe you could try some organic creams? i know the Market downtown (Charleston) has some nice mosquito creams, or maybe you could try the health food stores? go
here is the link for the Mosquito Catcher, and the one we have is the 'Professional'
It is also great for keeping the pesky flies, no-see-ums, etc away:
Affordable, Safe and Effective Mosquito Control[/quote

Sissy2
Thank you very much for the helpful information, I am definitely saving that link for the Mosquito Catcher. I would have been suspicious about it really working, but it's so good to know someone who has it and is happy with it. You know there are so many properties on ponds, lakes, marshes and with mosquitos multiplying in that environment I think I want a dry backyard with no water. Maybe riverfront wouldn't be so bad because the water has a current and is constantly moving. We are going to Charleston in 3 weeks to scope out the area and look at real estate so I'll have to make a decision if I want to even waste my time looking at property with water in the yard. Anyways, thanks for the advice and good info.
Patty
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Old 04-17-2008, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Cane-Bay Plantation
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Heard on the news this morning the first case of West Nile was found in a dead crow in Summerville. They are saying this is the earliest case on record.
Nah, I just got tired of him waking me up at 5AM, I took care of the problem
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Coastal South Carolina
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We live in the northern section of Summerville, next to Knightsville, and we really don't have a problem with them. Of course we don't live on or near a large body of water, so maybe that helps with the situation.

For instance, we were able to have dinner on our back patio a few days ago without a mosquito problem. And in our back yard we have a detached garage that is converted into an outdoor living room, with french doors that open outwardly onto our back patio. We keep the french doors open all the time, until the summer months become too hot. But even then, we sometimes use this outdoor living room as a summer sleeping porch, with windows and doors open for the breezes. We'd never be able to do this if we had them bothering us.

I should add that my husband spreads some sort of dry pesticide over our lawn and landscaping every year. This helps kill a lot of the nuisance bugs, especially fire ants. Maybe it's also helping to keep the mosquitos away.
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Old 04-19-2008, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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Wink have a wonderful and safe trip

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We are going to Charleston in 3 weeks to scope out the area and look at real estate so I'll have to make a decision if I want to even waste my time looking at property with water in the yard. Anyways, thanks for the advice and good info.
Patty
Good Luck hon, you will have a wonderful time!!
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Old 09-18-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Low Country South Carolina
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I have lived in central N.J. , Belgrade Lakes area Maine , High Desert C.A. and Low Country South Carolina. I am here to tell you the Mosquitoes are going to drive me out! I love the beach warm salt water, the country side is beautiful the people are friendly but the bugs chase me indoors and then fallow me inside and bite. The Fire Ants can be avoided somewhat by long pants tall socks and leather laced boots. Of course you wont want to ware all this because its summer. I don't know what the answer is I have heard Mosquitoes are not so bad inland , places like Columbia. I will have to check that out because, maybe it's just me but the bugs think I'm dinner.
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Old 09-18-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Summerville
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Get a thermocell, they are great for mosquito control....
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:03 PM
 
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the mosquitos are also much worse then i expected for us here on james island. we have spent alot of time in the north east, rocky mountains and alaska...and none of it compares. i hoestly feel like we stopped going outside at our place in june cause it got so bad. but they i drive to daniel island, mount p, charleston, johns island...and i mean they are there, but it doesn't seem nearly as bad as on james island for some reason!
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Old 09-19-2009, 08:05 AM
 
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Anyone who has lived in the true tropics knows that the big B-17 type mozzies we have hear in N. Am. (at least so far, GW will probably change that) are popguns compared to the little stealth fighter types seen in the Amazon and elsewhere.
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