Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mosquitoes!!! Ugghh!

Well, it is that time of year again and since our winter weather was extremely mild there wasn't a single mosquito killed off. So what does that mean? It means swarms of those horrid, evil little disease spreading insects. What can a person do to protect their little piece of heaven and their family from them. There are a few things that you can do.

1. Be diligent about not letting water stand around. For water buckets and water troughs you can either disturb the surface of the water everyday for at least 30 seconds or put some goldfish in the water trough. The feeder goldfish will eat the mosquito larvae.

2. I don't like chemicals so I do not use bug sprays, instead I make my own. I make a solution of citronella oil and water which I then spray on our clothing before we head outside. Citronella is a natural bug repellant. Care should be taken not to spray it on the skin though, just on clothing. Even some natural things like citronella are not good being absorbed into the skin. Citronella is a great herb to plant around your house and your yard. Just a few citronella plants strategically placed and mosquitoes won't like your yard very much.

3. Mosquitoes are most active (supposedly) in the morning and evening hours, kinda like sharks. So avoid spending much time outside during these hours. If you must be outside then wear long sleeves and pants during this time.

Down here in the south we have mosquitos big enough to drain you dry in seconds. They also don't follow the typical rules of when they are most active, ours are active all the time. Take special care to avoid being bitten as much as possible, they do spread disease. I have had a friend with encephalytis and it destroyed his life. He had to get rid of all his animals as he was no longer physically able to take care of them. He spent years suffering before he passed away. To me not being able to enjoy my active lifestyle is worse sentence than death. Take care this summer and do what you can to avoid those bugs!


michelle said...

This is intereesting. Does the citronella stop the mospuitos from biting the skin? Some really practical good ideas here:-)

Kat said...

Actually the scent of the citronella keeps the mosquitoes from even coming near you. This is why spraying some on your clothing is sufficient and it doesn't need to be applied to the skin. Mosquitoes cannot stand the scent of citronells and will stay away from that smell. It is also a great plant to plant around your yard. God Bless.