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Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 2:48 pm
by Fushia
I have friends emailing me that are inquiring about the mosquitoes up here in our lovely northwoods.

How would you rate them on a scale of 1-10?

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Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 4:04 pm
by JFlosum

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Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 5:50 pm
by Kerry Tobin
I was thinking closer to 18-19 area. I've only been up a few times but they have been TERRIBLE.

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Posted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 8:42 pm
by NurseNell
Be thankful you are in Wisconsin. I am in El Salvador. Two days ago we were on an island examining more than 200 kids. The mosquitoes there carry malaria. I am taking anti-malaria pills. We have been here 8 days. The first 5 days we did surgeries and assessments for 12-13 hours per day. The hospital is very primitive. But it is a wonderful feeling to be helping. And I hope I donĀ“t get malaria.

Nell, in El Salvador

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Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2003 5:37 pm
by JFlosum
Wow! NurseNell! El Salvador!! A wonderful thing you are doing!!

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Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2003 9:37 am
by Nimble
The department of consumer protection should educate people on the "bug-zapper" issue. This study showed only about 0.22% of insects killed to be bothersome and more importantly 13.5% were considered as insect predators or parasites. Other studies also show the rate of beneficial insects killed to be somewhere in the 99% plus range.

Beneficial Insects Killed By UV Zapper
Subject: Bug Zappers
Date: Monday, 16Dec 1996 10:42:00
Reply To:

In the recent (November 1996) issue of Buzz Words (a Florida mosquito Control newsletter) a mention was made of an article published in Entomological News [Vol. 107 (2): 77-82] recently pertaining to a study of other insects killed by "bug zappers". This one may be worth acquiring to file away for future reference. The results are not new but do substantiate an earlier similar study.

A survey of insects electrocuted during routine use of these electric light traps revealed that only 31 (0.22%) of the 13,798 insects were biting flies. 48.4% of the insects were nonbiting aquatic insects and 13.5% were considered as insect predators or parasites. The authors calculate that between 71-350 billion beneficial insects are killed annually by bug zappers in the U.S.

Donald Baumgartner
US EPA Region 5

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Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2003 3:08 pm
by Fushia
The mosquitoes "biting" improved to almost 0 between rains. Now, back again...and more rain they come again...where is my "off" spray in time for the 4th? LOL!

What remedies has everyone tried that work well?

Skin so soft? Anyone know about this one? Let me know...

Citronella candles???what is your reaction to these?

Haven't used any of the let me know..what you think about the purchase of these items.

My aunt told me she has citronella plants around her home? New to me? Let's hear the input on these items!?!

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Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2003 10:22 pm
by ginger
Marty, maybe you can use that for a nightlite if you can disable the zapper part. I wonder what the energy usage is on those things. I suspect the consumer is getting a double zap.

Do you know that in the whole of ancient greek literature there is seldom any mention of insects? Aristotle did discuss them somewhat. Of course the Spartans were conditioned not to whine about such things.

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Posted: Fri Jul 04, 2003 12:05 am
by Jeff Boettcher
I have forgotten where I heard this, but there was a study that found that a mosquitoe will not travel more than 300 yards from where it was hatched. Seems to me that if folks actively dumped sources of stagnant water (Sandbox & toys, bird baths, buckets, etc.),the problem of mosquitoes & the diseases they carry would be significantly be reduced. (at least in town)

<small>[ July 04, 2003, 12:08 AM: Message edited by: Jeff Boettcher ]</small>

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Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2003 6:00 pm
by Deb Richardson
We spent two weekends within the last month camping in state forest campgrounds. Mosquitoes weren't an issue. Now the flies were another story, especially while hiking.

Marty, I read an article about zappers a few years back that said ideally you should talk your neighbor into the investment. The mosquitoes are attracted to their yard and they pay for the electricity.

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Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2003 6:18 pm
by Nimble
This may be of interest to mosquito victims. They will give the call in number on the program.

Wisconsin Public Radio Call in Program
Tuesday, July 15
2:00 PM Talk of the Nation
You know that mosquitoes are annoying and sometimes carry disease.
Here's what you may not know. Only the females bite. There are
hundreds of species in the US. And they're related to the fly. After
two Talk of the Nation tells you what you need to know about the

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Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2003 6:20 pm
by Nimble
Most people probably already know that it is the female of most species that are the most pesty.

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Posted: Mon Jul 14, 2003 7:00 pm
by Deb Richardson
Say what Abraham?