Geekiness and life on the third coast

Mosquito control in the swap

Now that the drought is over we’re back to swarm levels of mosquitoes. I don’t really want to douse the yard with pesticides, it took years to get earth worms to move in after we bought the place. I’d hate to wipe them out again.

I’d be happy just keeping the mosquitoes out of the house.

Of all the things I’ve tried, what made the biggest difference was switching the irrigation system from spraying to drip. I guess there are not so many little pools of water around? idk.

Current attempt:
I purchased one of those electric room fresheners that you put in a bottle of liquid scent and some mosquito repellent. I picked a room freshener with plastic refills, they seal them up tight.

I drilled a hole in the bottom of the container, dumped out the scent, filled it with repellent and sealed up the hole.

There is an electric outlet right next to the back door, once the sealer dries I’ll plug it in and we’ll see how things go. If it works I’ll have to find a better way to refill the container but this hack will do for testing.

Failed attempts at mosquito control:
— I planted a dozen citronella plants around the back gardens. Removing a leaf and wiping it on your arms does keep the mosquitoes away from you. It has no effect on the population in and around the yard.

— I planted lemon grass in the back gardens, no effect, and it grew like a weed and had to be removed.

— I tried placing mosquito dunks in places with standing water. There are too many tiny places, you can’t get them all.

— I doused the hound with DEET to keep him from bringing in a cloud of mosquitoes every time he comes in. It helped a little, not enough to justify dousing the dog with neurotoxins regularly.

— I sprayed lemon grass oil around the front and back door frames. At first it seemed to be dropping the indoor mosquito population. But it turned out they were just down because it had been raining for a few days.