@bobesdee Actually, my green lawn is not causing all the mosquitoes around here. The unusual over-abundance of drought-ending rainfall here in Texas is causing both. (I have puddles throughout my yard tonight, right now, once again, and it quit raining about eight hours ago. It doesn’t soak it when the soil is already drenched.) I usually have high water bills by now, but not this year!
@bobesdee They don’t spray Alaska’s marshes or the Everglades, and yet summer in both of those places is marked by mosquito swarms that will drive you to call in a nuke strike from orbit. Urban environments are not wild ecosystems, they tend to become spot monocultures maintainable only via artificial supports, and mosquitoes are disease vectors that the apex predators (us) are not going to put up with. “Natural controls” for them basically don’t exist unless you live in a place so dry that they have no place to breed.
@bobesdee@werehatrack I used to canoe across north FL with adjudicated youth. There were some days we wore our rain gear to keep the mosquitos off us (the JD’s usually lost the insect repellant by about day 3 and I would have smuggled my own but since they have an odor it would have cause a war). Wearing heavy vinyl raingear in the heat of the summer was no fun, but it was even less fun to be covered by bites.
Bats eat a ton of mosquitos so maybe put out bat houses. So do birds so have bird feeders. Actually there are other insects that eat them too along with turtles, fish (well the eggs anyway), frogs…
@bobesdee@werehatrack There’s at least one great natural control for mosquitos: Just buy a fan and set it up on your porch. Mosquitos can’t fight the wind. Make sure to have a breeze at leg-level too, mosquitos go for the extremities.
@nzdod Yeppers. Number one corpse type in the one I had was lacewings, which are a mosquito predator. OTOH, as a way to kill off swarming alates from an ant or termite colony, they can be really useful. It’s most properly a spot-need thing, not an area-treatment device. And for that, you want external on-demand power.
There are effective mosquito control mechanisms but but zappers have never been it. See above. Mosquito dunks work for ponds/standing water for larva. For adults a much more expensive machine than a bug zapper and it’s still meh. So. Unless you are cooking bugs to feed your frog…
Mosquitoes also attach eggs to grasses, etc. After a rain, they hatch like crazy. They aren’t only laid in water. I think they are called container Mosquitoes, if you ever wonder how they appear so fast after rain. As another poster said, we have had so much rain, our drought is over, and I also have standing water in my yard. The Joys of South Texas… They are sneaky and often huge. I Hate Them! They Love Me! Good old Love Hate relationship. I needs more Garlic…
Bug zappers are worse than a scam, they’re an outright negative. They kill useful pollinator insects and bugs that songbirds feed on, and mosquitos are drawn to the vicinity but won’t land to get zapped. If you use them, you’re not just fucking up the ecosystem of your yard, but you’re also screwing up your neighbors’.
@nzdod so none of them work? Are they all this blue light / UV like this one promises? The woot one was only UV. Does blue light make a difference or just another way to attract buyers? I just have to believe there is something that will work! https://keilini.com
Hey, if they do get cancelled, maybe you’re better off - from “How-To Geek”:
Did You Know?
Bug zappers aren’t just a tacky backyard decoration, they’re extremely unhygienic too. Researchers found that microscopic particles of the vaporized insects, along with the bacteria and viruses on their bodies, were ejected in a roughly 6 foot (2 meter) circle around the devices, coating any nearby people or food in the process.