Mosquitoes and what have you

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Found this website today: Making a Mosquito Trap | ThriftyFun Lots of interesting stuff in there. I was looking for something to relieve the itching of mossie bites (the oil that they sell in little bottles in the F/E that is supposed to cure all ills works, but you have to use it immediately you are bitten).

Anyway I found the home made mosquito trap very interesting - and it works too.
 
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#2
I notice that there are no equivalent instructions for 'Making a Snatch Trap', but to be fair, it would have to exude money instead of CO2, which is a big ask.
 
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I was back in India for a few months back in 2005 and mosquitoes were a ******* bastard, I look at my pics and my face was bitten all over as well as body, mind you are a few weeks my body had "acclimatized" so wasn't much a problem, I will be taking repellant when I go next, I will try that trap out however
 
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Resurection.

I rub Ben@dryl (antihistamine cream) on the bite - seem's to help reduce swelling, itching and clears it up quicker. They apparently have cases of Dengue Fever in Tex@s so best to be careful. In Florida I used to put on a lemon smelling repellant liquid - apparently mossy's don't like lemon smell.

I have seen a couple of the electronic mossy repellers in the shops and may give one a go.

Slightly different tack for a moment: I watched a rodent bloke clearing out an old place here and always willing to learn I chatted with him. He was there to mainly get rid of snakes* which were attracted in by the tasty rats. Anyway,.....he has this huge bag of mothballs and starts wandering around the property throwing them under the raised porch decking and up into the loft. "Whyforyoudothat"? Snakes do not like mothballs and do a rapid exit pdq when in their vicinity. I asked a couple of other people and they confirmed it. So if any of you end up in a jungley place take some mothballs and lay them down around your open air bed (bivvy) to keep sid away.

Note* By snakes I mean anything from garden (rat) snakes to rattlers and cottonmouths.
 
#7
I've dropped mothballs around the house in the flower beds - about one every 18 inches which is what the rodent bloke did. They seem to keep quite a bit away and I haven't had a snake on the back patio again recently either.
 
#9
Any increase in the rat population?
Not yet......keeping my eyes open.

Edit: Just to add; when I lived in the sub-tropical, steamy hot far east as a pad brat it was made clear to me that no one with half a brain has plants up alongside their house. You leave a clear path width minimum between house and plantlife to discourage rodents and crawly things from entering the property. We didn't even have glass in the windows there only security mesh and storm shutters to close at night - and we use to get no visitors.

Here the dim twonks whinge about bugs, rodents and snakes and pay someone to come and spray every couple of months. They have ivy like stuff growing up the houses, plants and trees touching the houses, flower beds next to the houses.......seriously! I cleared back in Florida and I am going through the same process here. If there is no cover the chance of visitors reduces.

What really gripped my poop though was the fact that the weep holes in between the bricks had no covers on them. So you have a nice half inch hole, at ground level, for Mr. Rat or Sid to get into the house through. I am covering all those up - nearly done now.
 
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#10
Found this website today: Making a Mosquito Trap | ThriftyFun Lots of interesting stuff in there. I was looking for something to relieve the itching of mossie bites (the oil that they sell in little bottles in the F/E that is supposed to cure all ills works, but you have to use it immediately you are bitten).

Anyway I found the home made mosquito trap very interesting - and it works too.
Teaspoon in boiling water then apply hot spoon to afflicted area.
 
#11
I've dropped mothballs around the house in the flower beds - about one every 18 inches which is what the rodent bloke did. They seem to keep quite a bit away and I haven't had a snake on the back patio again recently either.
Is that a euphemism? A complaint?
Sorry, just found that really funny :D
It has been a tough day at work :oops:
 
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Mucker of mine used to work out in the cane fields in Queensland and drove around in an old Hilux. One day yer man gets sent to pick up some gear from the farm sheds. He gets there, and opens the cabin door when he is told to stay in the cab and not move. Que blokes with long sticks poking about behind the cabin where a venemous snake had ma de an appearance . They got it and he was gleefully informed that he'd have karked it before they could get to hospital had he been bitten.
He always did a walk around with a torch after that.
 
#15
Resurection.

I rub Ben@dryl (antihistamine cream) on the bite - seem's to help reduce swelling, itching and clears it up quicker. They apparently have cases of Dengue Fever in Tex@s so best to be careful. In Florida I used to put on a lemon smelling repellant liquid - apparently mossy's don't like lemon smell.

I have seen a couple of the electronic mossy repellers in the shops and may give one a go.

Slightly different tack for a moment: I watched a rodent bloke clearing out an old place here and always willing to learn I chatted with him. He was there to mainly get rid of snakes* which were attracted in by the tasty rats. Anyway,.....he has this huge bag of mothballs and starts wandering around the property throwing them under the raised porch decking and up into the loft. "Whyforyoudothat"? Snakes do not like mothballs and do a rapid exit pdq when in their vicinity. I asked a couple of other people and they confirmed it. So if any of you end up in a jungley place take some mothballs and lay them down around your open air bed (bivvy) to keep sid away.

Note* By snakes I mean anything from garden (rat) snakes to rattlers and cottonmouths.
Lemons really do have an effect on mosquitoes.
I had a house in Crete, built in a valley full of citrus trees. My garden alone had 70 lemon, orange, tangerine trees.
Virtually zero mozzie hassle.

Behind my house the land rose steeply into hills, 95% of the trees olives. A friend had a villa up a couple of hundred feet.
Full of vicious little bastards at certain times of the year.

Lemons work and smell nice.
 
#17
No. Its a relief.

To my untrained, panicky eye a local rat snake looks a lot like a rattler.
Load the first two chambers in the cylinder with shot cartridges; worked for me in Arizona. :)
 
#19
Load the first two chambers in the cylinder with shot cartridges; worked for me in Arizona. :)
Saw a documentary about some researchers in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area who study reptiles. They get called in by the Sheriff to deal with infestations of rattlers as they seem to like to move into empty houses (mainly holiday and repo'ed homes) and nest up when the weather gets chilly. They showed one place where there must have been a dozen of them in a wardrobe ....... the owner arrived to spend a couple of weeks there and was met with a huge surprise.

I do not like slithery or small crawly things so I did a mornings course at the local zoo in Florida to face my fear. Interesting experience - they still put the #@$%'s up me. The snakeologist demonstrated that a rattler will do everything possible to avoid biting people, you can even push them around with your foot and they try to get away and move on. However, stand on one and it is a different story.
 
#20
Two snakes sunning themselves - one says - 'ere, are we poisonous type snakes or constricting type snakes?

The other one thought for a moment and replied - we're constrictors. Why do you ask?

Aw, I just bit my lip ...
 

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