The expected result of Saturday's heavy rains arrived today - SKEETERS - incoming! Drinking coffee on the gallery with a flyswatter in hand, I was positively swarmed this morning. These guys are like the cartoon variety that dive bomb ya pointy end first and stick like velcro. Stock up on bug juice.
The other expected result from the rains is that my lawn is starting to look awesome again. There are still large browned out areas from the extended dry period but they will fill in quickly. The grass here is amazing. It grows more than 1 inch/day - seriously! I mow about every 4 days and cut about 5 inches of new growth. It's the thickest, most lush, weed-free lawn I've ever had the pleasure to cut.
Haven't been sucked dry yet but my newbie day is a comin! Might have thwarted some of them by cutting the grass her (up about a foot until me and the implements of destruction 'made hay while the sun shone)... Blood type is A- in case anyone finds my limp body lying on the ground... Bought plenty of bug juice and one of those coils as suggested in an earlier post. Darn! Can't use them inside without permanent brain damage, or worse... Might be worth the trip if they get too bad...
Asked Dan about those little red dots around my ankles. Yep, he said, those are noseeums! Looks like I have measles! Said they'd go away in a few day to make room for the new ones. Can't wait!
PS; Betty, don't worry. I'm NOT one of those cute garden boys. More along the lines of an old, overweight iguana...
LOL...Betty...do you issue those cute garden boys a gold-sequined g-string to use as a uniform? 😀
I love a freshly mown lawn! It's one of the things I missed most on St Thomas. I used to take the car ferry over to St John just to watch the deer graze on the grass at Caneel Bay.
A net over the bed is a must! Nothing worse than buzzing in your ear while you try to sleep, knowing you'll wake up with welts.
Ain't no bugs on me,....ain't no bugs on meeee.....may be bugs on the rest of you mugs but there ain't no bugs on me.
St. Croix resident since 2000
Okay, I will be permanently living on ST Thomas in 3 weeks. What are bug coils, where do I get them, and where do I need to hang them. Please tell me that they don't do the zap thing......annoying..but I'm sure I can live with it. I do know a little about the skeeter nets over the bed.
Any words of wisdom would be much appreciated
getting there, Christina
Good afternoon Christina,
The coils mentioned are made by Off, and you burn them like incense in a small terra cotta smoke-diffuser thingy (sorry for being so technical). You can get them in pretty much any supermarket.
The zapper Anita posted about is my favorite weapon in this neverending battle. That and Avon Skin-So-Soft spray repellent (I find it smells better and hopefully is not as bad for you as the DEET sprays -- but who knows).
Good luck with the move!
The coils really shouldn't be burned inside the house. If the breezes blow all of the smoke out the windows, they're not doing much good. If they're working, then you're breathing that stuff with all the resulting dain bramage.
The hanging bug zappers are not recommended. They'll attract and kill a lot of bugs but they don't do much to reduce the ones you're after. They kill a lot of beneficial moths.
I bought a product called the Green Mosquito Motel Trap for the bedroom. It worked but it only lasted for about 1 year. Here's a link:
What works best for me is to spray the outside of the doorframe about 3 times a day with deet. They were stacking up by the door before I started doing it. Every time I opened the door I'd let in a dozen of them or so.
The best thing I've found is to use coils to those similar to the link below, close up the room a few hours before bedtime & the mosquitoes are gone.
Oh, I have alot to learn, I really thought that was a tennis racket.
I do have skin so soft, it has always worked for me.
Some one once told me, by taken garlic pills it keeps the mosquito's away,
but I really don't think anyone else would want to be around you either.
I will try the coils.
Thank you, this forum has been quite helpful.
getting there, Christina
The racquets can be bought most anywhere on island ... from Cost U Less to Food Center. Prices vary. I've picked up some at Cash N Carry in STT cheap and they have "points" posted for the different kinds of insects you kill. 0 points for skeeters to 5 points for house flies and so on. Lovely fun when the power is off. Not a problem with my pets as they back off the minute they hear me turn it on.
Coils also come in different varieties ... my faves are the cobra ... a lot less $$ than Off and just as good. And yes it is not good to use them inside but it is also not good to get Dengue so I do burn them inside. Seems to keep them away and well, I don't know but think, I have not suffered any long term damage.
Skin So Soft has never worked for me personally. Citronella mixed with a little gin rubbed on the skin is good but some nights nothing works like some good old fashioned Deet. Of course, I was one of the kids in the states who chased the fogging trucks on my bike so I could ride in the "smoke" so brain damage may not be detectable at this advanced age.
Since someone mentioned pets, also keep the babies on the tick medication. The last few months with the hot, hot weather has brought us a tick infestation that is hard to deal with. Try to stop the cycle in the very beginning. It is impossible to fence our babies in so they have the free run of an acre and are/were constantly coming home covered in them. So take care with that.
As far as fleas are concerned, brewers yeast works very well in the food for the babies. It does not however have any affect on the ticks.
Best of luck,
Fair winds and following seas.
Bounce drier sheets help. I just cut them in half and tie them on the dogs collars. It helps keep the mosquitos away from their faces and isn't harmful to them. Right now I even have one tied onto the strap of my shirt. Just finished lighting bug buckets, tiki torches with citronella oil in them and spraying Yard Guard. Man, they're bad all of a sudden. I'm sure it was all the rain we had last weekend. Little devils are hatching like crazy.
Lots of moving air. We sleep with a ceiling fan and at least one floor fan, two, if necessary. Just blow them away, no chemicals and not too much electricity. It usually gets really cool before morning, which is a great perk, too.
We live with our house wide open, without a screen on the slider, until we go to bed, and people are always asking if we have mosquito problems. We don't, and I think it may be because, since we are so open, we have tons of lizards (Our one cat can't keep up.) They help keep the mosquito pop. down, and we don't see too much in the way of lizard droppings.
We did have to spray OFF on Saturday night, sitting out on the deck, but that doesn't happen often.