Sneaky indoor mosquitoes

Posted by ellerbracke @ellerbracke, Sun, Oct 6 7:08pm

This is just posting out of sheer frustration. Twice in the last 3 days, somebody, somewhere, somehow, left a screen door or not-tight screen window open, and all the hungry – this is the humid South, here = mosquitoes found some pioneers to get in. Zooming in to my exposed body parts, even if I limit those, the bugs will find ear lobes, or similar extreme locations. The bites itch intensely, and it’s hard not to scratch..So any commiseration, or actual advice – that I haven’t tried – to stop that… input – but only actual, tried and true, please – welcome. For both itch relief, and effective mosquito control while working outdoors. I do use “Off” or equivalent, but only on exposed areas. Most yard work done is done all summer in long pants and long sleeves.

@ellerbracke I’m sorry but I know of no solution. If you are itching so intensely you must have a reaction to the bites. I used to, and I also was the one who the mosquitos flocked to, so I can sympathize. I haven’t had a problem in a while. I’m not sure if my body chemistry has changed or it’s just that I don’t go outside much after dusk.
JK

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Oh sister, I am hearing you loud and clear @ellerbracke! I live in NE FL and there are days that I sit at my computer and get bitten repeatedly by mosquitos that have gotten in the house somehow. Sometimes, if they get in and I can't find them or spray or kill them, they come into my bedroom and buzz around my ears at night. That drives me crazy. When that happens, I get up and put Cutter mosquito repellant on my ears and neck and arms – anything sticking out of the bed. I wish I could give you better advice. I wish more that you could give ME advice. I hate mosquito bites!!

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@ellerbracke The Avon brand Skin So Soft products have always helped me as a deterrent. I now am using Menthol lotions for dry skin and have vew mosquito problems. The best relief I have found for the itching is to wash with mild soap and lots of water, rinse with lots of water and cover with a mixture of baking soda and water put on the spot as a poultice. Sometimes I use alcohol to clean the spot and cover with a bit of white toothpaste. I use Pepsodent because it is generally the cheapest on the shelf.

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@ellerbracke oooo mosquitoes! The scourage of humankind. I’ve often thought of getting mosquito netting to hang over my bed or to drape over me when I’m sitting reading. It could be a real problem if I’m cooking or doing dishes, though. 🥴😁

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I used Avon skin so soft for mosquitoes when I lived in Florida. It worked. It seems to me there are oils or homeopathic remedies but we need to check the web on that. Becky's mosquito netting works. May sound silly but I did that in the west indies on vacation.

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GM Eller…. In my travels I’ve noticed that mosquitos are not the same everywhere with the worst being in Alaska which I would not have thought before going there one summer. I had heard that mosquitos there have been known to kill an adult moose. I know that they could penetrate blue jeans and other heavy materials. I suggested that someone might create Kevlar clothing and in a seminar that I was attending I was presented with an airbrushed t-shirt with a scene of dive bombing mosquitos with machine guns along with their sword size stingers or whatever the official names of that thing is that penetrates your skin. While being bothered by any pest it seems that they immediately move to the top of the list of bugs I hate the most but seriously, is there any biting bug ( stinging ) that is not at the top of the list. Have you every been bitten by a horse fly?
The day before hurricane Dorian hit I was clearing a space in my garage for my car and the mosquitos just came into the garage during the day and attack. Day 1 I presprayed my shirt collar, sleeves, socks, and used a lemon-weed spray on exposed areas but I was bitten through my clothes. Day 2 I sprayed all of my clothes and burned 10 incense sticks. One or all of those things helped. I think mosquitos are getting worse over time and now we need to worry about diseases they carry.
What’s worse? Mosquitos, ticks, fleas, flies at a picnic, spiders, cockroaches, or name your own worst favorite bug. Reminds of a joke I probably can’t tell here

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@stuckonu : Ah yes, all the bugs…. I’m very unhappy to say that I have been bitten by horse flies more times than I care to remember. Strangely enough those instances mostly happened when I was growing up in Austria. The horseflies there are commonly called “Bremsen”, and they hang out around lakes, on wooded mountain hiking trails, near public tennis courts…. practically everywhere. Not a pleasant bite. Other than that, I have been mauled by bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets (as in digging into one of their nests by accident, being stung about 40 times, and passing out), fire ants, fleas, and of course mosquitoes. Outdoors I know how to. protect myself, it’s just the whining noise that suddenly starts just when I want to nod off at night that drives me wild!!!

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@ellerbracke

@stuckonu : Ah yes, all the bugs…. I’m very unhappy to say that I have been bitten by horse flies more times than I care to remember. Strangely enough those instances mostly happened when I was growing up in Austria. The horseflies there are commonly called “Bremsen”, and they hang out around lakes, on wooded mountain hiking trails, near public tennis courts…. practically everywhere. Not a pleasant bite. Other than that, I have been mauled by bees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets (as in digging into one of their nests by accident, being stung about 40 times, and passing out), fire ants, fleas, and of course mosquitoes. Outdoors I know how to. protect myself, it’s just the whining noise that suddenly starts just when I want to nod off at night that drives me wild!!!

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@ellerbracke Talk about yellow jackets my husband found a nest one time and poured kerosene down the nest that cured them didn't see any flying around after that

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@lioness

@ellerbracke Talk about yellow jackets my husband found a nest one time and poured kerosene down the nest that cured them didn't see any flying around after that

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@lioness That would do it. Thankful he was wise enough to not ignite the kerosene.

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@becsbuddy

@ellerbracke oooo mosquitoes! The scourage of humankind. I’ve often thought of getting mosquito netting to hang over my bed or to drape over me when I’m sitting reading. It could be a real problem if I’m cooking or doing dishes, though. 🥴😁

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@becsbuddy I have seen some of those big black ones. Weather is cooling so they are seeking warmth.

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@ellerbracke Have you tried the citronella candles? I use to use them when outside way back then of course they are different mosquitos now I understand sorry I don't have any other suggestions. I did have some pesky ones earlier in the year but they don't seem to like the dry humidity don't know if that's the problem the humidity or not .

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@debbraw

Oh sister, I am hearing you loud and clear @ellerbracke! I live in NE FL and there are days that I sit at my computer and get bitten repeatedly by mosquitos that have gotten in the house somehow. Sometimes, if they get in and I can't find them or spray or kill them, they come into my bedroom and buzz around my ears at night. That drives me crazy. When that happens, I get up and put Cutter mosquito repellant on my ears and neck and arms – anything sticking out of the bed. I wish I could give you better advice. I wish more that you could give ME advice. I hate mosquito bites!!

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@debbraw
Hi,

We have more of what they call noseeums in this area because they bite, they itch and you can’t see them. We actually have noseeum screens on the patio so they can’t get in and a noseeum spray around the rooftops of both houses. They are prevalent in the cooler part of the year in early morning and as the sun goes down. Always have to turn the spray on if having an outdoor party. Not every area has them but we are near the water. Man..you can’t even stand outside in the evening and talk to your neighbors. Mosquitoes are really not a problem here. We get sprayed on a regular basis but that’s mainly for the palmetto bugs (aka roaches)which are our national treasure lol. In my subdivision we have deer, bobcats, possums, large turtles and beautiful cranes, a variety of snakes.

First time I saw a bobcat I was out walking and was wondering what kind of dog it was. I had a big turtle dig under my kitchen window and after that had termites on my kitchen windowsill so we all got treated for that. And another time the biggest turtle was blocking my front door. I must have scared it because he shit all over the place…good lord the stink. You have to check the driveway before backing out. I bumped a turtle once…no harm though. When I first moved in there was an enormous spider inside by my front door. I yelled for my son in law to kill it. It was pregnant! When he slammed it out came a gazillion baby spiders. Tried to kill a hard shelled gigantic beetle with my shoe. Had to get a brick and pounded it into the gravel….could still see movement under the gravel after I hit it. I was muttering die damnit die!

So there are 3 homes for sale in my subdivision…anyone interested? Gotta love squirrels and little lizards (they’re so cute). You can be close to nature. BTW I used the Avon Skin so soft in Long Island for mosquitos…worked great then but relied on OFF or just plain alcohol. I use lots of soap and water and Benadryl gel rubbed all over so you can stick to your sheets when you go to bed at night. And try not to scratch.

Come on down to Florida where our motto is “CLOSE THE DOOR!”……..Hurricane Mary

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@imallers to funny about the turtle and bobcat . we have bears that invade the swimming pools here in the foothills I couldn't life near the snakes my son had a boa constrictor when in college came home with it had in aquarium with a tight lid well in morning I went down stairs the snake got out and was gone Where didn't know got my son out of bed he found him curled up in the cushions of the couch l He never brought it home again. Don't we have a lot of experiences with animals bless there hearts

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@imallears

@debbraw
Hi,

We have more of what they call noseeums in this area because they bite, they itch and you can’t see them. We actually have noseeum screens on the patio so they can’t get in and a noseeum spray around the rooftops of both houses. They are prevalent in the cooler part of the year in early morning and as the sun goes down. Always have to turn the spray on if having an outdoor party. Not every area has them but we are near the water. Man..you can’t even stand outside in the evening and talk to your neighbors. Mosquitoes are really not a problem here. We get sprayed on a regular basis but that’s mainly for the palmetto bugs (aka roaches)which are our national treasure lol. In my subdivision we have deer, bobcats, possums, large turtles and beautiful cranes, a variety of snakes.

First time I saw a bobcat I was out walking and was wondering what kind of dog it was. I had a big turtle dig under my kitchen window and after that had termites on my kitchen windowsill so we all got treated for that. And another time the biggest turtle was blocking my front door. I must have scared it because he shit all over the place…good lord the stink. You have to check the driveway before backing out. I bumped a turtle once…no harm though. When I first moved in there was an enormous spider inside by my front door. I yelled for my son in law to kill it. It was pregnant! When he slammed it out came a gazillion baby spiders. Tried to kill a hard shelled gigantic beetle with my shoe. Had to get a brick and pounded it into the gravel….could still see movement under the gravel after I hit it. I was muttering die damnit die!

So there are 3 homes for sale in my subdivision…anyone interested? Gotta love squirrels and little lizards (they’re so cute). You can be close to nature. BTW I used the Avon Skin so soft in Long Island for mosquitos…worked great then but relied on OFF or just plain alcohol. I use lots of soap and water and Benadryl gel rubbed all over so you can stick to your sheets when you go to bed at night. And try not to scratch.

Come on down to Florida where our motto is “CLOSE THE DOOR!”……..Hurricane Mary

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@imallears – you have the credentials to be a regular wildlife expert! It hurt me to read about that spider that broke open into 1000 spiders. I ran from the computer screaming when I read it and had to make myself a strong cocktail to come back and finish the post. LOL. Anyway, we have noseeums too, and we have your motto too – Close the Door.

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@lioness

@imallers to funny about the turtle and bobcat . we have bears that invade the swimming pools here in the foothills I couldn't life near the snakes my son had a boa constrictor when in college came home with it had in aquarium with a tight lid well in morning I went down stairs the snake got out and was gone Where didn't know got my son out of bed he found him curled up in the cushions of the couch l He never brought it home again. Don't we have a lot of experiences with animals bless there hearts

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@lioness and @ debbraw
We have people who get alligators on their pools. True story…when I was in high school many many many years ago my dad was visiting his sister in Florida and he sent home a baby alligator through the mail. You could do that back then. My mom said if that’s a monkey I’m leaving. We put Ollie the alligator into a Fishtank and fed him raw meat. When he got too big (his tail was going over the side ) my dad gave them to a fellow coworker for his two sons. They put Ollie in a bigger aquarium and put that on top of the radiator.
When the heat came on overnight, Ollie got cooked. End of Ollie.

Told ya my dad was a character.

FL Mary

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