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blippio's avatar

What's the best way to create a mosquito free zone?

Asked by blippio (398points) March 18th, 2008 from iPhone

Getting ready for the warmer weather and would like to know any tricks to prevent mosquitos (and gnats) from hanging out in my small Brooklyn backyard (beyond a bug zapper)

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bulbatron9's avatar

Get rid of any standing water, because this is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and citronella candles work great! Just look at the percentages to make sure it’s not too weak.

Spargett's avatar

Eliminate all free standing water. This will only help cut them down. Not completely eliminate them. Mosquitos have the ability to track down something breathing from over half a mile away. Hopefully your neighbors are closer.

oneye1's avatar

cat tails (reeds)are a natural repellent

blippio's avatar

burning cattails or growing?

Thanks for the answers do far!

oneye1's avatar

growing or cutting tops and putting around area

ppcakes's avatar

bug spray! or a mosquito net, also if you do happen to get a bite you can put white vinegar on it and it will stop the itching immediately! but then of course you smell awfully gross!

blippio's avatar

any other natural ways? I’ve heard of this natural garlic spray solution… Anyone familiar w this?

Randy's avatar

@ ppcakes- you can also cut yourself and make the bite bleed and it won’t itch. That is as long as you don’t have a “cutting problem”.

@ blippio- just be glad you don’t live in Louisiana. I have a friend down there and when I went to visit I practacaly had to carry a gun so they didn’t carry me off!

ppcakes's avatar

i would much rather smell like a hoagie then have to cut myself. when i was younger i used to create a X in my mosquito bites using my fingernails, i swear it used to cure the itching!

riprock96's avatar

Open up a browser type in mosquito magnet. It works by coverting propane into carbon dioxide. Mosiquitos are attracted to what we exhale, so when they start to gather around the magnet there is a little vacuum that sucks them in… They use them at golf courses and outdoor establishments

boffin's avatar

Bat houses…
Build “Bat” houses…
Bats eat those things, by the ton…Love ‘em…..
Yeah that’s the answer….

blippio's avatar

@ riprock: oh, crap! I think that may mean that the patio heater (propane) actually attracts them?!

@ppcakes… the fingernail x thing works for me as well…

Randy's avatar

You don’t have to go deep with the cut. I would guess its similar to the x thing you guys are talking about.

gailcalled's avatar

@blippio; sorry to say that after all the citronella, blood-letting, cat tails, etc, the only success will be gained by a little screened-in gazebo, or head-to-toe netting suits from LLBean, which, ‘tho extremely attractive, make romance difficult.

gailcalled's avatar

Bats are, indeed, our friends, but will miss several mosquitoes inevitably, who will then zone-in on you.

gooch's avatar

@gail bats do eat the Mosquitos and do a great job. They don’t attack people that is a misconception from Dracula.

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