Mozzies and how to keep them outside....
The house I moved in has badly installed flyscreens on the doors and windows, most likely due to the fact that the house is moving up and down in several points...
Anyway, due to the gaps everywhere I found myself with the problem that the mozzies covered my entire front and back door areas.
With an unsupporting landlord not even allowing me to replace the bad flysreens with proper ones at my cost I was left with less invasive options to tackle the problem.
Before you ask: No I am not even allowed to fix holes in the flyscreens covering the windows :(
My next step was to check the local garden center for some natural solutions.
Lemon grass seems to do the trick for the inside, the smell also keeps flies away really good.
But I had to put the pots in the garden as the ongoing smell gives me headaches.
It also did very little to prevent the mozzies from coming inside when I opened any outside door for a few moments.
Only way out was to get rid of the mozzie population having daily meeting around my doors.
At the local hardware store I found several "surface sprays" and they all stated to be very effective against cockroaches, spiders and other crawling insects - too bad I don't have a problem with them LOL
After asking I was informed that those sprays do little to nothing for flying insects, including mozzies and that I would waste my money.
During my next shopping trip I got desperate and grabbed a can of surface spray from Aldi.
Was under 3 bucks, so I had nothing to loose compared to the 40-80 bucks for a canister of "the good stuff" from the hardware store.
At the checkout an old lady asked if I moved into a new house with cockroaches when she saw the spray and I said that I only have a problem with mozzies.
She recommended to eat more bananas ROFL
Back home it was already too sunny at the front door for the mozzies to show up so I waited till the late afternoon and sure enough I found the area covered with them again.
The spray annoyed them badly but I kept spraying all cracks, surfaces and also the gaps at the roof line.
Kept checking for a while but could not see any real effect on the mozzies other than swarming around me and trying to suck my blood.
Next morning I found the floor at the door covered by a carpet of dead mozzies!
I don't mean a few, I am talking enough to take the brrom to clear them up :)
Now for the past 5 days the body count is going down quite fast while my door stays free of mozzies.
Still have them flying around in "normal" numbers but I can get in and out without a swarm of them following me.
Since the product is plant based and considered to be without any side effects on humans or pets I will see how long it lasts and then just spray again - this three dollar can should last throughout the summer...
You might wonder why I go through all these troubles...
Long story short, I am quite allergic to the bites.
Happened as a kid when during a warm summer night at a friends place I got so many bites that the doc gave up counting.
He reached over 200 just by counting my head and face to the shoulders...
Now I am allergic to the bites, the itch lasts over a week and thebite area swells up to the size of a 50 cent coin with blisters forming after 2 days.
You might not get it hat bad but if you do suffer from the bites I found two remedies that help with the itch and reaction:
a) BBQ igniter (the manual push type without batteries)!
They work like the expensive clickers you get at the pharmacy but last much longer - plus they require more force.
The rounded tip is placed directly onto the bite and when you push the button in to "get shocked" two things happen.
First the pressure forces the soliver that causes the reaction into deeper skin layers where there are less receptors for the itch.
Secondly the high voltage breaks down certain parts of the soliver making it far less effective to cause harm.
Downside is that you might like the shock in certain areas and that you should shock at least 10 to 15 times to get a real benefit from it.
b) Hydrogen Peroxide (3%)
You put a drop of H2O2 directly onto the bite or for difficult areas use a soaked cotton bud.
Rubbing it in with a cotton bud for a minute or two works best IMHO.
You might see your skin turn white or feel a slight burn right where the bite is - that is normal and harmless.
The hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen into the skin - this turns the skin white for short period of time.
But the oxygen also breaks down the soliver and the byproducts of the body reaction to it.
Works great for horse fly bites too.
Downside here is that you should not overdo things and that you should test first how sensitive you are to the reaction.
A good test is to apply it onto a small cut or scratch to clean it.
If you tolerate that then won't even feel it on a mozzie bite.
I hope some of this will help you through the summer ;)