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magpie
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i will be living on saint croix. anyone have any tips about mosquito management?
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Topic starter Posted : August 7, 2009 1:36 pm
islandtyme
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burn coils & lather up in bug spray

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Posted : August 7, 2009 2:13 pm
Trade
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Good screens. Also, light coils in your bedroom a few hours before you go to bed & close the doors. When you go to bed, there won't be mosquitos.

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Posted : August 7, 2009 2:25 pm
saucey
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And then there is the ultimate fun gadget....the Jolt! It just sounds so good to hear that zap-crackle-sizzle...:@)

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Posted : August 7, 2009 4:36 pm
mminstx
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I really found that after the first six months, the bugs didn't attack me as much. I had awful bites at first. Maybe I lost the Midwestern smell. I do highly recommend The Jolt, which looks like a tennis racket and when you press a button and waive it around, fries whatever it comes in contact with in the air.

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Posted : August 7, 2009 8:29 pm
DUN
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Trades idea sound effective & easy.
The mosquito's will move on to another area instead!
Logical & effective!

But yeah, those tennis racket electrical grids let off allot of steam when you just wanna kill `em!
I don`t think lathering up in poison is good in the long haul...

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Posted : August 8, 2009 12:19 am
magpie
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thanksfor all the info :o)

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Topic starter Posted : August 8, 2009 1:26 am
Best Friend
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The Mosquito magnet works terrific but $$$ I've seen it used quite a bit on Freeport Bahama.
It kills a couple thousand a night until the population thins out.

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Posted : August 13, 2009 2:33 pm
ChefDave
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I tried a citronella candle but it didn't seem to work as well as the coil. I'm a regular dessert buffet for mosquitos!

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Posted : August 14, 2009 10:28 pm
bethburnett70
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We have a huge problem where we are too... you walk into the bathroom and all you hear is the high pitched whine of thousands of mosquitos. I don''t like to use those coils because the warning labels are so dire... "If you stop breathing." 🙂

Someone told me that putting bleach and a little dish soap in the cistern would help... Anyone else heard that?

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Posted : August 15, 2009 12:37 am
LuckyGirl56
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Get a good mosquito net for over your bed. At least while you're sleeping, the little buggers won't be buzzing around you. I've tried the mosquito magnet machine and it really doesn't work. Rubbing Gin on yourself helps, as does pouring ammonia (yes ammonia) full strength into a bowl by the open doorways.

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Posted : August 15, 2009 2:55 am
eldove76
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If you're allergic to these oils, don't use 'em but I'm going to try this. I know my military friend told me to burn a match & put it in my mouth... The sulfur is distasteful to mosquitoes but then again it was distasteful to me... it seemed to work for a little relief. I found this on the internet...

Natural Mosquito Repellent Ingredients
If you are making large amounts of mosquito repellent, a good rule of thumb is to mix the repellent so it's 5-10% essential oil, so mix 1 part essential oil with 10-20 parts carrier oil or alcohol. For a smaller batch use:

* 10-25 drops (total) of essential oils
* 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil or alcohol

The essential oils that work well against mosquitoes are:

* cinnamon oil
* lemon eucalyptus oil
* citronella oil
* castor oil

Safe carrier oils and alcohols include:

* olive oil
* sunflower oil
* any other cooking oil
* witch hazel
* vodka

Natural Mosquito Repellent Recipe
Mix the essential oil with the carrier oil or alcohol. Rub or spray the natural insect repellent onto skin or clothing, using care to avoid the sensitive eye area. You'll need to re-apply the natural product after about an hour or after swimming or exercise. Unused natural insect repellent may be stored in a dark bottle, away from heat or sunlight.

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Posted : August 17, 2009 5:14 am
Best Friend
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Luckygirl56 you're a riot!
The Mosquito Magnet is not effective but rubbing gin on myself is?
I've actually seen the Magnet basket overflowing with dead mosquito carcasses.
Do you suppose they all just commited suicide?
Thanks for the humor.
😀

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Posted : August 17, 2009 5:52 pm
dntw8up
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"...Just about the only food or beverage that has been shown to have an effect on mosquitoes when ingested by humans is alcohol: it attracts them..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/24/health/24real.html

My spouse drinks alcohol, our son and I do not. Mosquitoes devour my spouse anywhere he isn't doused in DEET, our son and I never get a bite.

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Posted : August 17, 2009 6:23 pm
Novanut
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Great advice! I'll be there in a couple of weeks and the ones here in the desert just love me...

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Posted : August 17, 2009 7:20 pm
ChefDave
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Eldove76, have you tried any of those oils? If so, which work best for you?

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Posted : August 17, 2009 8:36 pm
eldove76
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lemon eucalyptus oil but I didn't mix it myself, I bought it in a mosquito repellent from Whole Foods in NYC. It works pretty well in the North East but I read different oils work for different regions. I'm going to try it with the vodka in about 2 weeks... I will repost then.

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Posted : August 17, 2009 10:00 pm
trw
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from the wall street journal http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204660604574378933761528214.html?mod=yhoofront

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Posted : September 2, 2009 12:01 am
terry
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Very intersting TRW, thanks for sharing.
I guess we need to stay stressed. Lol

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Posted : September 2, 2009 10:19 am
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