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SkysTheLimit
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It's been a long time since we've had the skeeter problem we're having this week.
Voracious little devils!

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Topic starter Posted : July 30, 2010 10:49 am
chefnoah
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I had been holding off, but I'm going to buy one of the tennis racquet zappers. Fun and lethal!

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Posted : July 30, 2010 12:13 pm
IslandHops
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Buy the good one from GBH ("Jolt" I think). It really zaps those little buggers with a nice loud crack. Much better and more satisfying than the cheaper rackets. We're on our second set of batteries with many confirmed kills 😎

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Posted : July 30, 2010 1:31 pm
STXjill
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Buy the good one from GBH ("Jolt" I think). It really zaps those little buggers with a nice loud crack. Much better and more satisfying than the cheaper rackets. We're on our second set of batteries with many confirmed kills 😎

I agree ... get the "Jolt" if you can find it, we bought ours at GBH. We have 4 of them: "his & hers" in the living room and another in two of our bathrooms. I LOVE swatting those little buggers and hearing the 'snap, crackle, pop' and seeing the flame/flash of the dead little monster. I'm a mosquito magnet, if there's a mosquito in the room, it'll be targeting me! Those little buggers are fast, it seems like they see when I pick up my weapon they start flying faster and seem to go into stealth mode! 😉

We've also recently purchased a mosquito trap, called a "Dynatrap" and set it up in our living room. Not sure yet how well it's going to eliminate the mosquitoes, so far it's catching a lot of little moths. We'll see how well it works in a few days.

I read an article a couple of weeks ago regarding the epidemic of dengue in the Caribbean :

Dengue epidemic threatens Caribbean, kills dozens

Good reminder to get rid of any standing water and eliminate them before they hatch!

~Jill~

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Posted : July 30, 2010 2:20 pm
chefnoah
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I'm buying mine after work today.

I'm an avid tennis player, would the mosquitos appreciate topspin? What about a backhand slice?

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Posted : July 30, 2010 2:31 pm
Bombi
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I love my Jolt.
It will slow down a cock roach or a jack Spaniard too but it just pisses off centipedes.

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Posted : July 30, 2010 3:23 pm
SkysTheLimit
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I love my Jolt.
It will slow down a cock roach or a jack Spaniard too but it just pisses off centipedes.

LOL

I agree that you should buy the "good" zapper. I had a few cheapies that quit working. Guess I need a Jolt.

Skeeter traps will catch a few but mostly moths if it has a light in it. I've had 2 different ones and was disappointed in performance.

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Topic starter Posted : July 30, 2010 7:08 pm
DUN
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what about http://www.mymosquitodeleter.com/ ? does it work or is it BS?

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Posted : July 30, 2010 11:12 pm
piperamber
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I've been curious about the deleter - I'd love opinions. It makes sense, but with the breeze wouldn't all of your neighbors need them too?

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Posted : July 30, 2010 11:23 pm
Bombi
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from the site

Tim M. wrote:
It really works everyone in the Virgin Islands should have one!

Tim M.
US Virgin Islands

there you go. Tim likes it

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Posted : July 31, 2010 12:23 am
Novanut
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I have limited success while at the computer with opposing fans blowing on me but the noise sometimes gets to me before the skeeters do...

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Posted : July 31, 2010 12:47 am
rhstoo
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We'll find out for ourselves soon enough but just out if curiosity, are they any less bad up in the hills than closer to the beaches?

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Posted : July 31, 2010 4:01 am
vasecs
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Gallows Bay Hardware is out of Jolts, I bought the last one and they are in the Garden Center.

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Posted : July 31, 2010 3:36 pm
Bombi
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they had some at Schooner Bay Market

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Posted : July 31, 2010 4:10 pm
Jumbie
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We'll find out for ourselves soon enough but just out if curiosity, are they any less bad up in the hills than closer to the beaches?

We live 2/10 mile from Off The Wall & Cane Bay, up the hill. The skeeters are as bad at Off The Wall as they are at our house. Just bought some mosquito coils to burn to keep them out of the freaking house.

Jumbie -STX

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Posted : July 31, 2010 9:32 pm
LuckyGirl56
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We live up in the hills above LaValle at approx. 600 feet elevation. They are horrendous. Keeping all the doors closed, spraying Yard Guard on the galleries, spraying Raid Flying Insect Killer EVERYWHERE inside the house, burning citronella bug buckets and tiki torches, spraying ourselves with OFF and using Avon Skin-So-Soft, and sleeping with a mosquito net over the bed. They're still in the house. I'm even rubbing Skin-So-Soft on the dogs faces to keep the little buggers away from their eyes. Sheesh! When will it end?

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Posted : July 31, 2010 10:04 pm
aussie
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I looked at the results of a university study a while ago. It showed that Skin-So-Soft works but that it was only effective for 5 or 10 minutes - something like that. I'll look it up later if I have a chance.

The skeeters outside my house are thick but inside they're not a problem any more. I was bathing in DEET and now I only use it if I'm working outside. Here's what I did and it's made a HUGE difference. I started spraying the door frame where I enter and exit the house. Just that simple. They were building up outside the door. Every time I opened the door, I'd let in a dozen or more. They still ride in under my dog's coat so I have to dust him off before I let him in but he likes that! Of course, good screens are a must!

Now if I can just get them off my doggie when he's outside. Nope, Pamela, I still haven't ordered the Pink Stuff.

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Posted : July 31, 2010 10:28 pm
LuckyGirl56
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aussie, what are you spraying your door frames with? Deet?

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Posted : July 31, 2010 10:40 pm
aussie
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Yup. Deep Woods Off. I only use about 1/4 of what I was spraying on myself. I sprayed the door frame about every 4 hours when I'm home. It works!

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Posted : July 31, 2010 11:10 pm
LuckyGirl56
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Tks aussie. I'll try that next. Gotta' keep doing something to keep those peskly skeeters out of the house.

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Posted : August 1, 2010 12:03 am
aussie
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My pleasure. Let us know if it works for you. On the gallery, my weapon of choice is a racket. For the ones that still get inside, I prefer a flyswatter. Let 'em land and take 'em out...LOL

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Posted : August 1, 2010 12:29 am
roadrunner
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Yep, the door frame spraying method worked for me in the jungle in Honduras. I haven't tried it here... actually forgot about it until you mentioned it, Aussie, so thanks for the reminder!

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Posted : August 1, 2010 12:59 am
STXBob
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DEET is a good solvent on all kinds of surfaces. You may have to re-paint your door frame later. Maybe you can temporarily cover the door frame with something, and spray it on that instead.

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Posted : August 3, 2010 12:51 pm
aussie
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Yup, true, Bob. I guess I shoulda included that info. It's taken the paint off of my steel door frame. To me, a quick touch up with paint every 6 months or so is a small price to pay to keep these buggers outa the house!

Edited to say that it's kind of a trade off. Spraying DEET on my arms and legs quickly took out my office chair.

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Posted : August 3, 2010 1:33 pm
diverdude
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Yes! The jolt is the ultimate, but I suggest that you get it form Gannet hardware, because it is much easier to find (in the front of the store) and is slightly cheaper than GBH.
Cheers!

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Posted : August 20, 2010 3:00 am
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