mosquitoes as predators

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by enola, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. Mosquitos are horrible here this year. I don't know how my chickens could possibly have any blood left !

    Do bug zappers attract mosquitoes ? I have never had one before, so I don't know....
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    I have to blow mine out every day or two, it gets so full it just shorts out, constantly "frying" till it burns out if I don't. I'm talking THOUSANDS.
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    So are you saying bug zappers do work on mosquitos? Because if they do, that will be first purchase tomorrow!

    Enola is right, they are truly horrendous this year in SC. [​IMG] I donate at least a pint daily.
  4. AmyJ

    AmyJ Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    Wallkill, NY
    They're terrible here in NY this year too!
  5. They are so bad at my house that they are even out in the daytime !

    My daughter and I were working on a chicken pen the other day. One of us would work on the pen while the other would swat mosquitoes. I am talking about 3 oclock in the afternoon.

    I don't have any standing water on my place, but I think the pond at the bottom of the hill doesn't have fish in it. I can see wigglers in the pond...... [​IMG] We are doomed.... [​IMG]

    So, I guess, my first purchase on pay day will be a bug zapper [​IMG]
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    See if you can find some little fish called "gambuzzis" or "mosquito eater fish"- they can be dumped in the pond and will eat the larvae. Around here you can sometimes find them in ditches after a hard rain.

    They are tough little black/silver fish and will survive most any conditions. I need some more- my one koi did eat them. [​IMG]
  7. I bought some last year to put in my fish pond in the front yard. They do a great job, that's for sure. But, I guess the winter killed them, they are not there this spring. I have been waiting for some more to come in with the gold fish at wal~mart but have not seen any yet !
  8. briana1975

    briana1975 Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    Ok. I am so tired of the darn things I am actually buying Deep Woods Off. Deet and all. I can not go outside to do anything if I don't. I have already gone through 2 whole cans of the stuff. Doesn't matter what time of day either.
  9. AnnieOakley379

    AnnieOakley379 Chirping

    Oct 1, 2008
    I got eaten alive working on the coop this weekend! I have bites on both my arms, neck, and even a few on my back & stomach.

    They seem to be worse this summer than previous years in MA...I need some OFF!
  10. I bought a zapper on pay day.....

    I hung it in the shed/chicken house as soon as I got home . . .

    It works like a charm !

    I went to the chicken house after dark and it sounded like someone was frying something. It was killing that many bugs !!

    I don't know if all the bugs were mosquitoes or not, but it doesn't make any difference to me. It is killing flies in the day time. They are also attracted to the light !

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