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    Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    My goodness the mosquitoes are bad this year. I have NEVER seen them so bad in my life. You can't even walk outside mid-day without being swarmed. Poor Nubby is being eaten alive out on our walks and just going potty. Its so bad that early in the morning If you even walk in the grass you get this little smoke looking cloud in your steps just of mosquitoes.

    I don't have any free standing water in my back yard, but we live less then a block away from a river, so I know thats where they are coming from, but is there ANYTHING I can get to protect Nubby from the mosquitoes? Does anyone know any chemical that is safe for dogs that I can use on my back yard to keep them off or kill the ones out there?

    Its nuts out there. Nubby is starting to not even want to go outside to potty because its so bad. Any clues?

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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    Have you tried those Mosquito torches? I've never used them, but apparently, they work well.

    It's a hassle to light them every time though, but I suppose if you keep a lighter nearby, it'll lessen the annoyance.

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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    sounds like you live in my yard. I too cant believe how insane they are this year ( must be the humidity/non stop rain)
    As for the torches, dont do anything... Mosquito trap things ( hooked to propane tanks) help a wee bit but when you have a 2 acre yard, it would take too many traps. Those weird glowing bug zapping lights, only kill moths, and fogging does diddly the first night, the next few nights you will notice there are less, but a whole new army gets recruited soon enough.

    I have no suggestions that work. If you figure something out PLEASE share.


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    Hmm, then I really don't know

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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    One would think coming from SE Texas I would know what to do. I would think your city or county would want to know and do something. We have periodic spraying in Houston. And if they are that bad, I wonder if Heartworms are a concern. I have to keep my mutts on HW preventative all year long. I'm not being very helpful, am I. Sorry



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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    Quote Originally Posted by alphadoginthehouse View Post
    And if they are that bad, I wonder if Heartworms are a concern. I have to keep my mutts on HW preventative all year long. I'm not being very helpful, am I. Sorry
    Yeah that one thing that scares me about all of them. HW and West nile. Nubby also seems allergic to mosquitoes. If they even try to bite him, he develops a huge bump and itches like mad. I feel so bad that its like I can't even take him for a walk because we are eaten alive...

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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    I once did worry like crazy about heart worms, since really thats the only real problem besides fleas that stuff like revolution would be a definate purchase for.

    After talking with the vet alot and expressing my concern over these meds, we decided to go the route of constant testing for them and do the treatments if needed ( since it would be caught early) So far nothing ( keeps fingers crossed)
    I just limit outside time, especially in the evening.

    But the OP and myself both living by creeks I figure is where they are coming from. But Ijust cant believe the amount this year


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    I must caution you about HW. And I can't stress this enough...once your dog has heartworms, no matter how early you catch them, the treatment is the same. And let me tell you, it ain't easy or cheap. The cost is around $400 for a 15# dog, two treatments, with total confinement for up to 3 weeks and with limited activity for 2 after EACH treatment. A poison is given and it is painful for the dog. Trust me, you don't want to put your dog through it. Butch had them when I got him and took two separate rounds...the first didn't take totally. Daja also had them when I got her. Living in Texas we worry about them all the time. Cats can now get them, but it's not as prevalent as in dogs.

    If mosquitoes are that bad, you might want to give them treatment at least in the summer (we have to do it all year here). Also, check with your vet to see if anything you can feed your dogs will lessen the likelihood of them biting your dogs (I know garlic helps for fleas). Have you checked out what type of shampoo you using for your dog? I know sweet smells (perfume) will attract them to us humans.



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    When I lived in Eastern, South Dakota. my Vet was a large and small animal vet. In the summer the blood suckers were always a problem and he told me to try using what they use for horses, it comes in a can and you dip a cloth in it and rub on the dog's coat. So basically it is a repellent, for horses but since my dog was a doberman (short hair) it worked great with him and the Doc said it was OK to use on dogs. Have to check it out with a farm Vet=large animals.

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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    Garlic and brewers yeast help some (feed them to your dog). You can also buy mosquito repellents made for pets.

    we use this: Burts Bees Herbal Insect Repellent We don't have a huge mosquito problem here though, so I don't know if it would work when there are a ton of mosquitos around.

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    We don't have heartworm where I live but we sure have mosquitos this year, it is the worst I have seen. My poor horse is bitten everywhere even though I can spray her, it just does not last long. Even the dogs are coming back into the house with mosquito bites on their bellies. Around here I think it is from the wet spring we have had and so many cloudy days. When the sun comes out, like today when it is 35 degrees, there are not as many mosquitos but then it is too hot to do anything like go for a walk. As soon as it cools down in the evening (or even in the mornings) the mosquitos all come out. I have never heard of anything you can put on dogs and most years would not need it around here. I even resorted to using Mosquito repellant on myself and most years I have not needed it.

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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    I just bought a bug zapper from wally world that has a mosquitoe lure you install in zapper, I pd 19.44 and it covers 1/2 acre, they do have larger models. I'm in the mid-west and we have been hit with floods etc and the mosquitoes are big and have hair on legs and chest. Meaner than my wife. I don't know whether zapper works yet too soon to tell. You can buy replacement bulbs and mosquito lure as needed.
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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    Quote Originally Posted by wvasko View Post
    I just bought a bug zapper from wally world that has a mosquitoe lure you install in zapper, I pd 19.44 and it covers 1/2 acre, they do have larger models. I'm in the mid-west and we have been hit with floods etc and the mosquitoes are big and have hair on legs and chest. Meaner than my wife. I don't know whether zapper works yet too soon to tell. You can buy replacement bulbs and mosquito lure as needed.
    Keep us informed about that. I'll definitely buy one if it works at all.

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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    Quote Originally Posted by wvasko View Post
    I just bought a bug zapper from wally world that has a mosquitoe lure you install in zapper, I pd 19.44 and it covers 1/2 acre, they do have larger models. I'm in the mid-west and we have been hit with floods etc and the mosquitoes are big and have hair on legs and chest. Meaner than my wife. I don't know whether zapper works yet too soon to tell. You can buy replacement bulbs and mosquito lure as needed.
    OMG...you are too funny. Hope your wife doesn't read your posts...that is if you really have one! Good luck with your zapper!



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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    there is a plant that we have and supposedly it repels mosquitoes. we placed it on our balcony about 20` by 20` and we have had no mosquitoes on the balcony..you could plant some of those around..

    if only i was really useful and could tell u the name of the plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ELmostl View Post
    there is a plant that we have and supposedly it repels mosquitoes. we placed it on our balcony about 20` by 20` and we have had no mosquitoes on the balcony..you could plant some of those around..

    if only i was really useful and could tell u the name of the plant.
    Well, I found this page: http://www.gomestic.com/Gardening/Fi...squitoes.34525

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    thanks inverse

    thats what our plant looks like

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphadoginthehouse View Post
    OMG...you are too funny. Hope your wife doesn't read your posts...that is if you really have one! Good luck with your zapper!
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    I may stretch truth about wife's meaness, but I do have one. There's an old myth/wives tale etc that says the only reason you can ride a horse is that when the horse looks at you, you appear much bigger in the horse's eyes. Well, when I look at my wife she appears much bigger and meaner to me than she actually is in real life. Can you see my problem? The longer you're married the larger the image. 7 ft tall etc.
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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    I'm originally from Minnesota, and the mosquito is commonly (jokingly) refered to as our state bird. Poor loon. Gets no love. Now I'm in Texas, so all I have to worry about is fire ants and spiders O.o

    There's a couple things we used to do. Orange zest seemed to work really well. We'd keep it in a spray bottle with maybe vinegar and some eucalyptus? Um, I'm thinking the last thing isn't right, but I dunno. It's an oil that comes in a little bottle, starts with an E and my mom says it smells like Christmas, but I just think it smells perfumey.

    Another thing we do, if you CAN do this, is we had a fire pit in our back yard, and when it was really smoking we would pretty much soak ourselves in the smoke. Once you're good and smokey they won't bother you If you don't have a fire pit, you could try burning something on the grill? I dunno, it seems like too much of a hassle for every day. But this was probably the most effective cure for mosquitoes. I'm thinking either those little mosquito torches didn't cut it, or there were so many harmful chemicals in it my mom decided it would be better just to burn wood and lighter fluid.

    I remember when I was a kid we would spray Abby with some sort of bug spray, and I'm thinking it's the kind with no Deet. Maybe it was pet bugspray. But the spray worked really really well. We just didn't use it very often unless were were fixing to go hiking in the woods or something. My mom is all about all-natural/organic things, so we always did the home remedy. It may not be as powerful as the deadly stuff, but you're not trekking through swamps, are you?
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    Re: Extreme mosquitoes in my yard

    Quote Originally Posted by wvasko View Post
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    I may stretch truth about wife's meaness, but I do have one. There's an old myth/wives tale etc that says the only reason you can ride a horse is that when the horse looks at you, you appear much bigger in the horse's eyes. Well, when I look at my wife she appears much bigger and meaner to me than she actually is in real life. Can you see my problem? The longer you're married the larger the image. 7 ft tall etc.
    You must keep your wife in stitches! But we digress...How has your bugg zapper worked on the 'squitoes?



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