Feb 28, 2012, 6:26 PM
About 4 years ago, I inadvertently set up a Mosquito Resort on our patio.
We got a dog, so I put the dog's water dish near our patio screen door. I also put out a length of fake grass carpet to wipe off the dogs feet. When the carpet got wet, I'd tent it up to dry out.
Since mosquitoes track us from a distance by following CO2 plumes from our breath, and they also sense water, the mosquitoes come in from our yard and neighboring property following the CO2 plumes wafting out our patio screen door, they then cluster around the dog's water dish and also land on the screen. The ones who are tired sleep in the folds of the tented partly folded fake grass rug.
So, set up a combination of an attractant, a place to drink and breed, a place to dine on the dog, and a place to sleep - and you too can have your own mosquito resort. Since mosquitoes are also attracted by our body odor, if you add a little dirty laundry to the mix, you'll entice more to your little Shangri.La.
I use a bug zapper racquet as a part of a daily morning crazed-ballet / tai-chi session dipping & spinning. Upward strokes are especially effective, because the fast-flying Aedes Aegypti tend to dart downward in their quick evasive flights.
Two swatting sessions per day pretty much clear out the whole yard for the rest of the day.
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(This post was edited by YucaLandia on Feb 28, 2012, 6:28 PM)