Mosquito control?

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by KrazyKatLady, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. KrazyKatLady

    KrazyKatLady Out Of The Brooder

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    HELP! I am on a five acre piece of what should be paradise but has turned out to be a mosquito harboring marsh! While eliminating as much standing water as I can find and can actually do something about (marsh...swamp...more rain in one month than I've seen ino my lifetime), does anyone have any advice to offer. When I go out to care for my beasties I cover myself in a thick jacket, long pants and boots but my face neck and hands are SWARMED and in minutes I come back inside swollen, itchy and shoot myself miserable. Because I am doing all this while preparing to go to work, I can't very well use OFF. As it is, on the days I am not working, I am covering myself head to toe in DEET every 2 or 3 hours just to make it bearable.

    Willing to try anything I can afford that won't be harmful to my furry and feathered family.
     
  2. Trefoil

    Trefoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks and guineas do a good job on flies and skeeters.
     
  3. KrazyKatLady

    KrazyKatLady Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 2 ducks but they are free-loaders who are only interested in destroying my flower beds! I am working on getting guinea but i,have to expand my coop before I get more fowl.
     
  4. AllynTal

    AllynTal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll tell you what works for me and see if you can take anything away for your situation...

    I have to stay on top of cutting the grass. If the grass starts to get even a little bit long, it provides a haven for mosquitoes to hide in during the day out of the intense summer sun. When the grass is short, there is no place for the mosquitoes to get out of the sun.

    I have a lot of sub-irrigation planters that hold my garden plants. Each planter has a water reservoir in the bottom and vent holes plenty big enough for mosquitoes to get in and lay eggs. I put a mosquito-control liquid meant for ponds-- just a few drops per container -- in the SiPs and in the rain barrels to get rid of mosquito larvae. It's safe for humans, plants and animals. If you have bird baths, it works there, too.

    I am constantly on patrol for things holding water. A few weeks ago, I cleaned out some underbrush and found a stash of old cans. I guess the previous resident was saving them up to recycle them and then didn't. Half of them had some water in them.

    I think for me, the biggest thing is keeping the grass cut. If the yard gets long, I can't go outside without getting ate up.
     
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  5. Mini Meat

    Mini Meat Chillin' With My Peeps

    What Kind of ducks?

    I was just reading that Muscovy's are great for mosquitos AND flies.
     
  6. Fowlfellow

    Fowlfellow Out Of The Brooder

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    Muscovy ducks are great for bug control our flock destroys flys, we found Gold fish to be a great addition to the bug control around the homestead. Use a half barrel or something of similar size put 2 or 3 Gold fish in it; place it near your home in a shady area or partially cover it with a piece of plywood. It will be a perfect breeding ground for all the mosquitoes in the area; the fish will eat the eggs an or larva that are laid. The fish break the life cycle allowing you to enjoy your deck, yard or chicken run chemical free. If you have a large homestead place more barrels around the property. We have found the ducks and gold fish have solved our bug problems here in Louisiana.
     
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  7. ldawntaylor

    ldawntaylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A few years ago someone suggested vanilla in rubbing alcohol.

    I never tried it but she said that is what she uses and never gets bitten. My goats like vanilla too much, on the one hand I don't like mosquito bites. On the other, I don't like having the goats try to graze on me either. (Think of how they use their teeth to peel bark from a tree).
     
  8. AllynTal

    AllynTal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if it works for mosquitoes, but to keep biting midges (commonly called no-see-ums) from biting, you use natural vanilla extract that doesn't have sugar added. That's real vanilla, not imitation vanilla, which usually has sugar added. That's a very expensive insect repellent.
     
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  9. ldawntaylor

    ldawntaylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My goats were too interested in my clothes on baking days for me to even consider trying it. I mean, why intentionally add something to my person that I know the goats are going to try to taste? End result? I've never tried her suggestion. She did say it could be diluted in rubbing alcohol.

    But, I certainly agree it would be expensive - plus - the mosquitoes bothered me just as much on those days I baked cookies as they did on any other day.
     
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  10. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keeping grass mowed is huge in reducing the mosquito population!
    We bought a Mosquito Magnet at a rummage sale, it works great at reducing the mosquito population, but I can sure tell when we are getting behind on the mowing. Reminder about the Mosquito Magnet - it attracts the mosquitos to it, so place it away from the area that you want to be.
     
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