Outdoor Comfort, Part 2

Last week we talked about ceiling fans and how a good ceiling fan can make your outdoor patio a place to enjoy. This week I want to get you up to speed on keeping pests out of your hair while you are outdoors.

Mosquitoes are a pain! And I don’t even want to talk about the diseases they bring. But I have several choices for you when it comes to keeping mosquitoes out of your yard. Last year you couldn’t get a DynaTrap to save your life or a bulb for your existing Dyna Trap. But this year you can, and mine is plugged in and humming. What is a DynaTrap? Well, it’s NOT a zapper – those are so annoying. This is an electric insect trap that you plug in around March and leave plugged in until November. It’s a constant trap that will attract any biting and flying insect. So that means mosquitoes, flies, moths, gnats, no-see-ums, horse flies, Asian beetles, sand flies and yellow jackets. I don’t want to be bothered by any of those when I’m trying to enjoy a glass of wine after work.

Since I told you it’s not a zapper, how does it work? There is a coating on the inside of the Dyna Trap, and with the light inside the trap, it produces carbon dioxide. And that’s what attracts female mosquitoes! Did you know they are the only ones that bite? The male mosquitoes just like to hang out by the flowers. It’s the girls that are blood hungry! Then when they get close to the light a fan sucks them into the basket where they dry up and die. Each week you dump the basket of pests into the garbage can. DynaTraps come in several coverage sizes from a ½ acre up to a full acre and will keep you 90% mosquito free after two weeks. DynaTraps also have indoor traps and will keep your kitchen free from flies, gnats, fruit flies and simply plug in. You can NOT use an outdoor trap indoors. DynaTrap not your style? I’ve got options.

Spartan Mosquito Eradicator is 100% American made. It’s the best, economical, Do It Yourself mosquito trap on the market. It’s simple to install and will leave you 80% mosquito free after two weeks. Simply fill the tube with water and shake. Then place the tube in the tree (shade so the water doesn’t evaporate too fast) and let it work. Mosquitoes are attracted and drawn in but die inside the tube. Eradicator needs no batteries or electricity. You need to place at least 60-80 feet away from you, because mosquitoes are drawn to the tubes and you don’t want to be close to all the action. I learned out about Eradicator from a friend who has a pond in his back yard. He said he could never even get close to the pond because of the mosquitoes. When he started used Eradicator, the mosquitoes didn’t bother them. One tube last 30 days and they come two in a box.

Last year when we couldn’t get DynaTrap I was told that many hunters use Thermacell in deer blinds. Thermacell is a compact mosquito repellant. It doesn’t need electricity but uses fuel cells and an activated mat repellent. It’s great for a small area around the pool and patio. Put Thermacell outdoors about 20 minutes before you want to be outside, and then you will have a barrier by the time you go out. This is the only repellant that you can take with you anywhere. They make Thermacell in several sizes and some are rechargeable.

But what about when you are walking? Those pesky mosquitoes follow you everywhere. I don’t like using chemicals, so I use Medella Naturals. It’s Deet-free and is made from lemongrass oil. But it’s got a tiny bit of vanilla in the formula, so it smells great. And get this...you can use it on your dog. I do! I spray it on my hands and then wipe it on my little Max. You can safely use it on your young grandkids.
I hope the last two articles are getting you excited about this summer and enjoying the weather that we are blessed with. Next week...toilets!