Mosquitoes love me. Last weekend I was eaten alive while doing yard
work, so today got smart and sprayed repellent all over before going out. BUT, since I often open the door to let my dogs in and out, it seems that the little monsters (the mosquitoes, not my dogs) feel free to fly into the house. Big ones I can see and swat, but there are often TINY ones hovering around that are sly enough to evade discovery. What's the best way to keep them out or to eliminate them once they get inside? The tiny ones bite just like the big ones do. :-(
My bug spray I use is really Listerine (the golden one). I fill a spray bottle with it and then when I am weeding or mowing or working outside, I spray myself with it. It evaporates quickly and the scent of it keeps the mosquitos away. I don't mind smelling like mouthwash. It fades and its better than using DEET on your skin.
Hmmm. I'll try it when my Deet spray is gone. I'm also going to make some of those homemade mosquito traps from soda bottles that I've seen online. I don't drink soda, so am asking neighbors if they'll save theirs for me.
When we traveled abroad, we stayed at a friends house in an old part of Seoul. The windows did not have screens and we often left them open at night for a nice breeze. The mosquitoes came in with the breeze. Our friend popped a mosquito coil on the sill and voila, not a singe mosquito to bother us.
@Louise mosquito coil Here's a link to some coils. There are certain things to consider, just as you would with citronella candles, since it is something that you burn. You wouldn't want to burn them inside either. I'd recommend placing them just outside the open window, on a metal tray of some sort. This will ensure the area around your window is mosquito free. They are not for everyone though, and may not work for you.
Thanks. After seeing your message about the coil, I looked them up and see there are many of them. I'd really like something to use in the house, too, since some drift inside -- mainly tiny ones. And since, when I'm outside, I'm not in one area, I'm not sure if the coil would do the job I need. I guess I'm going to hope for a very early winter --- not that we really have much of a winter anymore :-( . Maybe THAT will knock out the little suckers. :-)
Fantastic suggestions none of which I knew and will try- but my major problem is flies!! Whenever my husband knows a fly is in the house- he simply waits near where I am and sure enough- it will come directly to me- I HATE FLIES We too have dogs in and out and resulting flies- gonna try!!
*Maybe this willwork Louise. I have not tried it. I do like using natural ingredients ratherthan chemicals on my skin. Super StrongInsect Repellent Recipe Fair warning: thisstuff stinks when it is wet, though the smell disappears as it dries. It worksincredibly well though, and this is the one I use when I’m going to be in thewoods or in tick infested areas. It is based on a recipe that was supposedly usedby thieves during the Black Plague to keep from getting sick. They used itinternally and externally to avoid catching the disease and to keep the fliesand other pests away. According to legend, it worked and they survived… but itdefinitely makes a great insect repellent these days! Its also very inexpensiveto make and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen! Vinegar of theFour Thieves Insect Repellent Ingredients: 1 32 ounce bottleof Apple Cider Vinegar 2 TBSP each ofdried Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme and Mint At least quartsize glass jar with airtight lid How to Make theVinegar of the Four Thieves Insect Repellent: Put the vinegarand dried herbs into large glass jar. Seal tightly andstore on counter or place you will see it daily. Shake well each day for 2-3weeks. After 2-3 weeks,strain the herbs out and store in spray bottles or tincture bottles, preferablyin fridge. To use on skin,dilute to half with water in a spray bottle and use as needed. Use whenever youneed serious bug control! Source:wellnessmama.com
Unbelievable but I buy on internet as it is not in our stores here. Made in Iowa City area called Bug Soother. At first I didn't believe it could work as there is no Deet, oily or any kind of residue, just a pleasant smell on your clothes, can be sprayed anywhere on body and clothes. Works 100%. Now I can garden in the evenings bugs are no longer a nuisance. Safe for kids too. . No other bug spray can be this good.. Works well on gnats too.
Plant citronella plants around the yard and also spearmint these work wonders for me in South Florida