July 6th, 2010

Mosquito Me This

With the colder than normal temperatures this past winter I had my hopes up that summer, or Mosquito Season as I like to call it, would not be as bad as usual. Well, it seems my hopes have been dashed and the little bloodthirsty buggers are out in full force.

I have tried a lot of things, short of a trained force of dragonflies, but I am sure there are tricks and products out there that you, our readers, can recommend. So, I’ll make a deal with you, post your best mosquito repellant trick or product and we’ll randomly select three comments to receive one of our I “Mosquito” Houston t-shirts.


More than appropriate? I think so.

Come on Loopsters, how do you keep the mosquitoes away?

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Mike Calimbas — Tuesday, July 6, 2010 1:35 pm

I feel your pain.

My #1 instinct is to stay inside. BUT, if you have to go outside, try taking vitamin B-1 tablets and use Vicks Vapor Rub. I hear those pesky bloodsuckers don’t like those.

Cliff Raymond — Tuesday, July 6, 2010 1:56 pm

If you are at your house, Cutter makes a yard spray that you spray in the grass and shrubs that works miracles.

LizB — Tuesday, July 6, 2010 3:10 pm

My strategy: Eat lot’s and lot’s of garlic and don’t use smelly soap.

PJ — Tuesday, July 6, 2010 4:40 pm

Put up a bat box to attract bats to your neighborhood. Bats are amazingly good insect control and yes, they do eat mosquitos! How do you get a bat box? Here’s one reputable site: http://batcon.org/index.php/get-involved/install-a-bat-house.html (and no, I don’t work for them. I just appreciate bats)

Cassi — Tuesday, July 6, 2010 4:55 pm

Simple: Drink more beer.
Hopefully the alcohol – blood cocktail will keep those pesky blood suckers away, and if that doesn’t work, you just might be drunk enough not to notice them as much… either way enjoy the hot summer by drinking refreshing summer brews :-)
bug spray helps too.

Jeff — Tuesday, July 6, 2010 5:07 pm

My wife and I have a large potted lantana on our back porch. The lantana plant is a natural mosquito repellent. So far we haven’t had an issue with mosquitoes when enjoying our back porch.

Apparently lavender is also a natural repellent.

Corey — Tuesday, July 6, 2010 7:37 pm

We spray our yard w/ Cutter for day to day playing in the yard, but for parties we get the Off mosquito lanterns and place around the yard. Those usually do a good job of driving them away.

And if I don’t get randomly selected, where can we buy one of those sweet “i mosquito houston” t-shirts?

Mike — Tuesday, July 6, 2010 9:55 pm

OFF cologne and citronella candles. It’s the only way to get the ladies.

Joyce — Wednesday, July 7, 2010 8:08 am

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil seems to work down here; mix it in a carrier oil. Add oil of citronella or lemongrass if you want to experiment and create a blend to your liking.

If DIY mosquito repellent is too much of a hassle, consider All Terrain Natural Herbal Armor; it seems to work okay.

I’m not a fan of DEET because it makes my skin tingle (makes sense, it’s a neurotoxin), plus it seems that Houston mosquitoes are becoming increasingly unaffected by it (natural selection at work!).

One last thing, next to wearing a mosquito-proof body suit, is to spray your clothes with Permethrin; you can find the spray at outdoor stores. Mosquitoes will still go for the bits that are not covered by your clothes, but you won’t get a bite through your clothes..

Nick DV — Tuesday, July 13, 2010 11:17 pm

Eat Mexican food. They will stay away!

Dave — Sunday, July 25, 2010 11:07 pm

I have no idea. I get eaten alive by the mosquitoes here. I really just want to buy one of those shirts. How could I do that?

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