Spartan Mosquito Eradicator
I am a Dynatrap die-hard! I believe they do the best job of continuous mosquito control without using chemicals. However, they are not shipping right now, and we will probably miss this season. Dynatrap was sold to Woodstream, which is a 150-year old pest control company. Woodstream changed the label on the packaging, and now they must secure a new EPA label. And you know, just about every government office has been shut down the last 90 days. So, if you can’t find them, or if they are backordered, now you know why. But...mosquitos did not get the memo, and they are out in full force…at least they are at my house.
Since we can’t get Dynatrap (for who knows how long), what can you use instead? I suggest that you use Spartan Mosquito Eradicator. It is a 90-day mosquito control that you can use outdoors, and it works without electricity or batteries. Fill the tube with warm water to the “fill” line and shake. Hang in in a tree at least six feet off the ground. Place it close to the trunk so it will be in the shade. Spartan will substantially reduce the mosquito population in 15 days. Most of my customers say it works much faster than that.
The price of Spartan is around $30, and you get two tubes for that price. That means you get about 180 days of mosquito control. It’s reasonable priced and effective. So, if you are like me and your Dynatrap is out of commission for this season, I suggest that you pick up a Spartan Mosquito Eradicator and take back your yard!
Enjoy 20% off your purchase of Spartan Mosquito Eradicator when you use coupon code SME0701-7 at checkout.
Now to the email…
I received a response to my answer a few weeks ago on the invasion of lizards at a home. I suggested Clobber and VS102. The homeowner said the green anole is already under attack from the invasive brown anole that has spread to Texas. Green anole lizards are native to Texas and extremely beneficial as they consume numerous types of harmful insects. My knowledge of lizards is probably lacking. I just know that I don’t like them in my home. So instead of using a chemical like Clobber, use a repellant like ShakeAway or Fresh Cab. Hope this helps and thank you to David for keeping me updated.
Question: About a month ago, you wrote about a product to spray on the bottom of throw rugs to reduce slippage. What is the name of the product?
Answer: The product is Fiber-Lok. Do this project outdoors—there is a strong ammonia smell with you first open the jar. The smell dissipates quickly. This will help keep those rugs in place!
Question: Our flagstone path has developed crack in the mortar that surrounds it. Before the cracks get too large, is there a way to seal up the cracks. I also have hairline cracks in the driveway, what is the right product to use for the driveway?
Answer: The caulking for your flagstone is Mor-Flex. There is a beige tone one that will blend in well with the stone. For the driveway, if it’s just a hairline, use Rockite.
Question: I live in an area in Fulshear, TX, that has extremely hard water. I have a water softener for indoor use but not for my outdoor water sprinkler system. The problem is that the mist from the water spray stains the brick of my house. I have tried numerous cleaning products, and none will remove the grayish powdery looking stain. Do you have any recommendations for the stain problem? Thanks in advance.
Answer: Yes, I do!! It’s called Acid Magic, and it's great. It's a buffered muriatic acid that has 70% less fumes and does not burn on contact. Here is how to use it: wet the brick with water, spray on Acid Magic, let it work for a minute (it will foam up), scrub with a plastic bristle brush …. then rinse. And that's it! When you’re finished, you could use a clear natural sealer to help with staining. DryLok makes a Natural Look Sealer that has no shine.... perfect for you. Let me know if you can't find this product, and I will help.