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Mozzies and how to keep them outside.... Answered

Down here the winter was too short and not cold enough, meaning insect life is literally exploding in numbers already.
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 ;)

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Toga_Dan (author)2016-11-04

why does landlord not want screens patched or repaired? Can his concerns be fulfilled while keeping bugs out?

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Downunder35m (author)Toga_Dan2016-11-04

To put it quite simple and direct: Some landlords here are just greedy bastards that barely invest in required repairs.
House is over 30 years old and the only thing it got at some stage was new windows and paint....

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Toga_Dan (author)Downunder35m2016-11-04

so what's with not even letting u patch or replace screens at your own expense?

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Downunder35m (author)Toga_Dan2016-11-05

"Repairs" or "Improvements" to house or property can only be done if the landlord/agent allows it.
In my case it sounds like this: "Sure, if you feel it must be done you can get it done professional at your expense but we need to see the quotes first."

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Yonatan24 (author)Downunder35m2016-11-05

How does he define a "proffesional"?

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Downunder35m (author)Yonatan242016-11-05

Must be a licensed tradesman for job.

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TheHomeschoolHouse (author)2016-11-02

Frankly if it were me I'd replace the screen windows anyway. Or what if you are able to - make some of your own to fit just behind the current broken ones if that idea makes you nervous. I say this because having it where any insect can just make your home there's (and frankly any other critter that can get to the window and fit through) is a health risk. You most certainly shouldn't be forced to use bug sprays that have who knows what kind of horrible chemicals in them just because your landlord can't be bothered with fixing his property.

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I did that in my last house and the money for the parts was deducted from the rent by the landlord.
Current landlord neither cares about the useless flyscreens, nor about checking the gas appliances or the fact that all downpipes are broken and blocked causing a nice flood with every rain.
No chance to fix anything or get it fixed - not even allowed to put a nail in the wall to hang some pictures....
Landlord here can literally do what they like and if you don't like it they kick you out and give you a bad reputation making it hard to impossible to rent again.

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Toga_Dan (author)2016-11-02
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Yonatan24 (author)Toga_Dan2016-11-02

Yes. I had to Google that to find out...

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Yonatan24 (author)2016-11-01

At least you don't have someone that wonders if scissors are sharp enough, and if they can cut through flyscreens...

Me? Ummm... No... It wasn't me! I was just wondering... Ooops!

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liquidhandwash (author)2016-10-31

Im re-posting this as my comment disappeared....

Have a look at this

http://www.siliconchip.com.au/Issue/2016/October

You can still get the mag at the news agent, the theory is that mozzies like a 400hz tone and the Aedes mozzie likes 484 hz. You put the speaker in a fly trap and you have an electronic mozzie trap.

Ive been playing with this,

http://www.szynalski.com/tone-generator/

and almost finished codeing an ardunio to make a tone generator.

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Don't get me wrong here but these buzzers in various forms exist for more years than what I am old and so far not a single one was proven to actually do more than make money for the creator LOL
Mozzies are attracted by scent, hormones and body heat.
They follow what they can smell, zone in onto the heat signature like a modern missle and then attack.
You could make a nice article about the history of audio-mozzie-traps...
From the fist models with a normal speaker and just annoying noise to the modern ultrasonic ones using peizo speakers or even the latest that claim to work with electrostatic fields protecting you from being spotted by them.
But might be easier to wait with the comclusion till you covered all devices as otherwise you always write the same: Sorry guys but not working LOL

Jokes aside, if any of these thingies would actually do anything then you can be sure the military would not use extra high strenght, chemical repllants for their foot soldiers.
Here in AU they get a high strength version of Bushmaster that has about twice the concentration of the commercial product, which is already labled unsuited for children.
For as long as these toys are sold people test them and the result is always the same, similar to this nice article...
Claims are easy to make but often hard or impossible to proof as real evidence.
I tried sound already using an old fish tank with some mozzies in there.
Not claiming that my eqippment was perfect, same for confirming the results but after going the range from 5kHz to about 200kHz I could not see any effect on them at all.
But add just a leaf from a citronella grass plant and they all try to get to the far corner away from it....

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Yonatan24 (author)Downunder35m2016-11-01

I believe I might be confusing it with leeches, but I think they're also attracted to air that has a higher amount of CO2. Tells them that there's someone bite-worthy in the area...

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