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High grass, weedy & overgrown areas – dudes… you’re not ever going to mow that side patch of grass by the power line? Really… your just going to leave it? Thanks for providing the state with a population’s worth of mosquitoes. How thoughtful of you. Get in there and get it controlled, so you don’t have to worry about it!
People (including myself) would be really surprised how much of a difference this can make. We had a small overgrown patch (maybe 10 x 20) due to it being really difficult to cut and the mosquitoes were unbearable. We finally rented a brush mower and cleared the area. Mosquito population has dropped by atleast 90%.
 

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There was a plant, actually a weed that you could rub on your skin that would work. Learned this in boyscouts. I still know what it looks like, but not the name for it. Just tried to google and all I get is something manmade about west nile or from a doctor. WTF The world truly is going right straight down to hell in a handbasket.
 

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The last Mother Earth News issue had an article about a mosquito trap that was a can with holes poked in the top, with sugar, fermented fruit, and boric acid (which poisons them) and it calimed to reduce mosquito populations by %90 where it was used in Africa.

Lavender keeps them away. When my wife works in the orchards she uses a repellant made of lavender essential oil and water. Works better than Off.
 

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When I was a teenager I spent two years in South America. Whenever new kids would arrive, they'd be eaten alive by mosquitos. I don't know how much truth there was to it, but they said it was all the american processed unhealthy food that attracted them. For some reason, after a couple months, the mosquito bites would become rare.


And eat lots of garlic.
 

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Having been to Asia, one of the best repellent that indigenous people use is sardines sauce on the body.
I think that would attract them
 

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I had a shed in the back yard that I would go out to study when I went back to college. To keep the bugs out I hung couple small branches of Bay leaves in there. No more bugs.
 

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As a kid, I lived in Florida. During survival merit badge training class, we had an old Florida "Cracker" come and lecture about swamp survival. We were all sitting around and getting bit badly by mosquitoes, and he wasn't. We asked why...

He said stop eating bananas. He claimed the banana oil secreted through your skin via sweat attracted them like nothing else could. He said it would take a year or more to fully work and get the banana oil out of your system. Not being a fan of bananas, I stopped eating them, and never went back.

Fast forward almost 35 years, and now, each summer, I am the one not being bitten, right amongst a crowd of people being devoured by bites. No kidding. I have sat outside between my wife and adult child - (both whom say the Florida "Cracker" was a crackpot) while they are being bitten - even on occasions when they applied Deep Woods Off! - while I am not bitten, with no repellent on at all.

I swear by it, but you do lose a great source of fiber and potassium. I take a vitamin anyway, and enjoy other high fiber foods.

Take his story with a grain of salt, but it has worked for me.
 

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Some good advice. I've been trying to be proactive by reducing the breeding ground but I didn't think about the high grass around my yard and garden being a problem. Good to know! I hate the squeets that attack me in my garden in the late afternoon.

I even had one in my bedroom this morning. Drove me nuts. lol
 

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Back in the day, a bed of geraniums outside my window worked wonders. I find as I get older, skeeters, like women just dont find me that attractive.
 
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