Mosquitos

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Mosquitos

Postby rasputinluv » Mon 10 Sep 2012 18:46

Since temperature has cooled a little and fan is off during night, I have been under attack. Mysteriously have not seen or heard a single mosquito but waking up in the morning with loads of bites.
Bought something today which you plug in and it exudes chemicals in air that drives the invisible ones away. unfortunately it has european plug , so have to find an adaptor.
Any other non chemical practical solution for mosquitos or any mosquito free place in Malta ? :)
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Postby Red » Tue 11 Sep 2012 16:42

Last year I suffered the same plight. This year I have gathered tips from locals and researched one of my own as follows:-

Make sure the bedroom is kept pitch black ( the mosquitoes are attracted to light)

Keep the window closed

One person's tip was: one hour before bedtime, spray the bedroom with Pippaf, put the light off and close the door - I tried this but didn't like the idea of sleeping in a room full of chemicals.

This Spring I bought a window box in which I planted 3 lavender plants, I placed it between the fly net and the window, the plants are now about 18" high and quite bushy. Touch wood I haven't had any trouble this yea. I just hope it continues and that I haven't jinxed it, because last year it was hellish.
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Postby gozomark » Tue 11 Sep 2012 20:14

yep, lavender is good, as are lemon scented plants
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Postby rasputinluv » Wed 12 Sep 2012 06:03

I heard similar effect with Basil plant , which drives the flies away as well. Where is a shop to buy these ?
I haven't had the luck to see any yet , though was not looking specifically for any until now.
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Postby chris green » Wed 12 Sep 2012 07:09

rasputinluv wrote:I heard similar effect with Basil plant , which drives the flies away as well. Where is a shop to buy these ?
I haven't had the luck to see any yet , though was not looking specifically for any until now.


Some supermarkets will sell herbs in pots. You also have two large garden centres nearby at Burmarrad.

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Postby dave dee » Wed 12 Sep 2012 08:33

Chemical free solution, If you pull thier wings off and put them on the naughty step it will be a good while before they nip you again.
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Postby rasputinluv » Wed 12 Sep 2012 10:26

Home remedy for an itchy inflamed mosquito bite:
Apply some fresh lemon juice on the affected area and let it dry.
It works !
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Postby john07900 » Wed 12 Sep 2012 16:03

no-see-ums

They infiltrate even the closest of wire mesh screens

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceratopogonidae
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Postby Red » Fri 14 Sep 2012 07:40

Two more home remedies:

Strong toothpaste (not Sensodyne)

Vinegar
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Postby dave dee » Fri 14 Sep 2012 08:26

Red wrote:Two more home remedies:

Strong toothpaste (not Sensodyne)

Vinegar


How do you manage to brush the mosquito's teeth ?
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Postby Red » Fri 14 Sep 2012 10:01

I'm a female, we are very resourceful, but surely you knew that?
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Postby dave dee » Fri 14 Sep 2012 11:16

My wife is too, that's why i'm sat here with time to imagine silly scenarios. :roll:
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Postby Rachy » Tue 18 Sep 2012 07:43

Thank you Dave that made me laugh this morning - good to start the day with a smile. :crackup:
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Postby rasputinluv » Tue 18 Sep 2012 17:10

Update on war on mosquitoes : Bought some Lavender,Mint and Rosemary plants from Piscopo Garden Centre in Burmarrad. Bought some Lavender seeds also which were an import from UK and selling at twice the price. Advice is to plant in spring , but I have planted some anyway around the Lavender plant which are not bushy enough for my liking. Have already devoured half of Mint plants in my delicious mint tea.
So far no new bite ! Apart from its effect on mosquitoes, I also have some visual-olfactory upgrade of my home interiors !
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Postby gozomark » Tue 18 Sep 2012 17:44

"Bought some Lavender seeds also which were an import from UK and selling at twice the price. " - there are two types of lavender - French and English - the English has a life twice that of the French - maybe linked to that ??
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