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Old 09-18-2017, 03:33 PM
 
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fine, maybe the rabies thing is overblown but there's no denying that bats and vampires are closely associated with each other
???? You are joking right? Other than foraging at night, there's no connection.
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Old 09-18-2017, 04:52 PM
 
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Old 09-20-2017, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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No. Bats will have no significant impact on the overall mosquito population. They eat all kinds of different bugs, not enough to reduce overall population to where you will not be bothered.

If permitted you can fog your entire area. You need to do this three or four times a season and use specific chemicals for the time. You need to fog everywhere within a least a quarter mile to make and difference, and realistically a two mile radius is most effective. Helicopters help.

You can put on bug spray with DEET. I recently learned the higher percentages do not keep bugs away better, just last longer. You can use low percentages of DEET if you replenish it every hour or two. Catnip oil also works, but it is hard to find. Those Off fan things that go on your belt can work if there is no breeze and you do not move around too much. You can reduce the population some if you get everyone around you to dump out any standing water on their property, keep their grass short, and put "dunks" in any water they cannot remove. That will reduce them, it will not eliminate them.

That is about the limit of it. None of the other gimicks and gizmos work other than working to collect your money.

You can find more or less unbiased university studies that will tell you that nothing really works. It is disappointing and people tend to believe what they want to hear instead, so there are lots of studies by manufacturers of zappers and CO2 traps and even candle sellers and people believe them because they want o believe. They will even say they never got bitten again after buying snake oil product X or Y, but the sad fact is, they do not work enough to change anything. YEs, you may trap 1,000 mosquitoes a week and that can be impressive, but it is not enough to make any difference.

Our primary solution is to just not go outside during the "witching hours" about an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. That is the time they are the most active. What time that is, depends on the time of year. Sometimes it is a bit more than an hour (even two). If you stay inside during those times, they will not bother you much.

Alternately, completely soak yourself in deep woods off. I have wlaked through clouds of them without a bite if I am soaked in off.
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