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danf_fl 01-21-2014 10:04 AM

What is best for skeeters?
I am looking at the upcoming summer already.

I want to set up something for mosquitoes and looking at the possibilities.

What's your opinion?

John_Deer 01-21-2014 10:52 AM

Purple Martins are bug catching machines. The problem is their house needs to be in an open area where the martins can see for a long way. They also need at least 7 or 8 feet of metal flashing on the post to keep out snakes and other predators.

Bats are very easy to provide a home for. You can build a bat house and put it on the gable of your house. You need to do a little research on how to find the right place to put the bat house, it's not as simple as putting the bat house on the south side of the house. I have an active bat house. I gave up on books and other sources of information. I put up three houses. The bats live in house on the north side of my house. A friend had the same experience. The bats can't handle 100 degree heat in a south facing house.

Donn 01-21-2014 11:00 AM

Dan, I can appreciate your wanting to be prepared and that you're a Son of the South, but it's 6 degrees up here as I type. Kinda tough to think about skeeter prevention.

SSGN_Doc 01-21-2014 11:00 AM

Had a bat house in GA that seemed to help cutdown on the mosquito population.

WebleyFosbery38 01-21-2014 11:31 AM

Martins are tough to get to hang around as JD wrote, Ive had a martin house for years and everything but them takes residence in it though Ive seen Martins hanging around my pond, they are finicky as hell. Bug zappers dont do mass coverage well without lots of power cords running across the yard.

Bats are gods bug zappers, they live out of sight all day and come out like an army of little custodians while we sleep. They can live almost anywhere if they have a place to hide from the light and those places can vary from barns to actual homemade bat houses. You can build them out of lots of things, old shutters screwed together opposing each other with a slight gap make great bat houses.

Were pretty lucky, we have very few of them even with my pond 200' from the house, only about a 2 week yearly Black Fly plague, they burn off pretty quick. Our last home was thick with skeeters and it wasnt much fun to go outside almost half of the summer! Good luck killing the little buggers, may the force be with you!

TLuker 01-21-2014 12:26 PM

Try both Purple Martins and bats. In addition, get rid of all the mosquito breeding grounds that you can. That includes anything that holds water like flower pots with no drains on the bottom, buckets, cans, and so on. Add a couple of drops of chlorine to your bird bath if you have one. And make sure you have good drainage around your house so that water doesn't stand after a rain. Then keep a small squirt bottle of Skin So Soft handy and spray some of that on you in the summer before you go out. All that together will really cut down on the skeeter population! :)

mountainman13 01-21-2014 01:51 PM

My father's place is surrounded by swamp. He got a fogger and after 3 seasons the blood suckers were gone.

better judged by twelve than carried by six.

dango 01-22-2014 02:24 PM

The Artic circle :p

mopowerbmx 01-22-2014 02:29 PM

Plant some chamomile plants. They put the oil extract in candles.

yazul42 01-22-2014 04:02 PM

Wild peppermint plants in your yard also help,, it takes a year or so to get enough in the yard to do any good but when I lived by a lake and creek, it helped a good deal.

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