Help...... mosquitoes?????

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by nsmith83083, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. nsmith83083

    nsmith83083 Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Florida, so heat+water=mosquitoes. My birds are in the coop and neither of them like using the roost anymore, ?????? Beats me??????, but the mosquitoes are swarming them inside ? Is there anything I can do to keep the mosquitoes off of them. I hate being swarmed so I can't imagine it doesn't bother them. Is there Anything I can do to prevent them from getting eaten alive???
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Put a fan in the coop blowing towards one end of the roost. You will likely see your birds seek this area out to avoid the mosquitoes.
     
  3. ConPollos

    ConPollos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fans are good, and window screen mesh. I want to get an electronic zapper, but you have to place them away from the coop bc they attract the mosquitos. Some people think bat boxes and purple martins reduce the mosquito population, but I'm not sure they really do.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Bats definately have a huge impact on mosquito populations, if you are fortunate enough to have them around. Bug zappers do not work for mosquitoes, they are not attracted to light, but to carbon dioxide and the color black among other things. I also wonder if placing traps may just attract more bugs to the area, but maybe if they were placed far enough away it would help.
     
  5. ConPollos

    ConPollos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen bat boxes at TSC before, I'd like to try one. I was thinking of building bat boxes to sell years ago. I read a study that a bat in a room full of mosquitos will eat a lot of them, but in the wild prefers to eat other things instead, so that discouraged me from making bat boxes. But, I should have taken that study with a grain of salt and just tried the boxes anyway.
     

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