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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Chrysanthemums.
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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Mosquitoes - aghhhhhh

mheredgemheredge TeacherHere and therePosts: 27,055 mod
edited April 18 in Home Life
As much a pick your brain as a discussion, I am curious what you do to discourage mosquitoes from feeding off your blood!

Unfortunately they are the most cosmopolitan of insects, living everywhere except Antarctica! (Apparently Iceland is relatively free of them, though I'm not sure I want to live here).

So what do you do to deter these irritating bugs?




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito

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  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 489 ✭✭✭
    edited April 19
    If at home - I have mosquito nets in the window frames and plug in electric evaporators. That's quite enough.

    While outdoors - I wear hard fabric clothes covering all the body and apply repellents from time to time. Head nets for the most infested places.

    If one goes camping, choosing a windy place away from bogs and the like has to be done. Smoky bonfires help a lot too.
  • maykmayk Posts: 156 ✭✭
    we buy a mosquito coil to draw away does killer mosquitos. we clean also our area so that the mosquitos no place to live.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,055 mod
    I wish I could do something about the garden, as though there are no pools of water, there's a lot of greenery that the mozzies must love @mayk.

    I bought another plug-in mosquito evaporator ( @Practical_Severard I haven't heard them called this before but it's the most apt name for these things). I have a mosquito net which I will only use if this isn't enough. My friend uses a tennis racquet which he uses to swat at oncoming mosquitoes. There is small electric charge which kills them. The only problem is that you have to be awake to hear them coming.
  • maykmayk Posts: 156 ✭✭
    all mosquito protection was good, but the best thing you can do is to find out where it came from. If you find out it needs a total destruction so that new population not grow well. It needs a root cause analysis.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,055 mod
    Mosquitoes seem to be everywhere though @mayk. They are very common right across the south of France so I'm not sure I can tackle this myself. Even when I live further down near the centre of town where there's next to no vegetation, they were there too.
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 489 ✭✭✭
    > @mheredge said:

    > I bought another plug-in mosquito evaporator ( @Practical_Severard I haven't heard them called this before but it's the most apt name for these things).
    I was also unsure about the proper name for the thing, but googling returns right pictures :smile: ) We've been using them all the time and have been satisfied so far. You can also experiment with the liquids.

    >I have a mosquito net which I will only use if this isn't enough.

    Probably the right name must have been "mosquito screens". They look like those https://images.click.in/classifieds/images/126/27_10_2010_02_27_2355_mosq_1_doorpicture.jpg OR http://www.peninsulamobilescreens.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MosquitoNetsforPlasticPVCWindows.jpg My window frames have click-in locks for them outside. Since the windows open inwards, the screens don't obstruct them. There are different designs of the screens, roll-up ones and etc.

    I can certainly recommend the screens for a house large enough, because an evaporator is good for a single room only.


    >My friend uses a tennis racquet which he uses to swat at oncoming mosquitoes. There is small electric charge which kills them. The only problem is that you have to be awake to hear them coming.
    I don't think one would be happy to do it at home.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 27,055 mod
    He takes fiendish pleasure in seeing them fry @Practical_Severard. I don't like killing any animal but mosquitoes (and flies) are exceptions to this.
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