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Old 09-03-2012, 06:52 PM
 
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Yes, I know there are bugs around and they are expected, especially in the season. but where I live (behind Barton Creek Mall area) - its just nasty and I cant step into my backyard (or frontyard) without getting many bites within minutes. I've been around other places in Austin and Round Rock and it doesnt seem that bad. So the question is - what makes this area so bug infested and what are the remedies (tried many of the obvious ones - outside of spraying yourself with deet, nothing really seems to make much of a difference) ?

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Photobuddy
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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Hi

Yes, I know there are bugs around and they are expected, especially in the season. but where I live (behind Barton Creek Mall area) - its just nasty and I cant step into my backyard (or frontyard) without getting many bites within minutes. I've been around other places in Austin and Round Rock and it doesnt seem that bad. So the question is - what makes this area so bug infested and what are the remedies (tried many of the obvious ones - outside of spraying yourself with deet, nothing really seems to make much of a difference) ?

Thanks
Photobuddy
I attract mosquitos like crazy, but in our area (great hills) Ill get a few bites, but then it kind of levels off. This year is worse than most because of the rain. I dont know the answer to your question but wanted to let you know that you arent crazy. The mosquitos in our area arent bad
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:55 PM
 
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The mosquitoes sit in the grass, so I have noticed that if I go out into the yard, I get bitten a lot, if I stay on the deck, I get bitten less, and if I take a walk on the side walk, I get no bites at all. There are natural repellent granules that you can spread on the grass. I haven't tried them, but I may. They say you need to put them out maybe 30 minutes before you are going to be out there. So it might be something to try if you are planning a gardening session or having people over into your yard. I'm wondering if it gets worse when you grass is long, as opposed to closely clipped. Just a thought.
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:04 PM
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Have you tried the Cutter's yard spray? The one that goes on the end of your hose? It works better than anything else we tried - citronella candles, torches, those coil things, Mosquite Deleto, etc.

Any standing water at all will attract them, whether it's in pots or in the grass.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies folks. I havent tried Cutter's yard spray but will. For this area, the mosquitoes bite you bad even in the non-grassy areas (e.g. my patio). One of my nbrs told me that Barton Creek Mall has drains that drain somewhere close - so maybe there is a breeding area closeby and I've been trying to see if that is really true and if I can get city officials to take a look. With West Nile and all, its scary.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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Have you tried the Cutter's yard spray? The one that goes on the end of your hose? It works better than anything else we tried - citronella candles, torches, those coil things, Mosquite Deleto, etc.

Any standing water at all will attract them, whether it's in pots or in the grass.
I tried it, and it didn't do any good in my lard :-(
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Hi

Yes, I know there are bugs around and they are expected, especially in the season. but where I live (behind Barton Creek Mall area) - its just nasty and I cant step into my backyard (or frontyard) without getting many bites within minutes. I've been around other places in Austin and Round Rock and it doesnt seem that bad. So the question is - what makes this area so bug infested and what are the remedies (tried many of the obvious ones - outside of spraying yourself with deet, nothing really seems to make much of a difference) ?

Thanks
Photobuddy

Let me google that for you
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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Try lemon oil on yourself.
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