With all the rain we have had lately
mosquitoes have become a real problem. It’s still so pleasant
outside but with the mosquitoes biting it’s just impossible to
enjoy being outside. There are several ways to get rid of
mosquitoes; one is a natural control that consists of lemon grass
oil, geranium oil, cedar oil, citronella and garlic that will not
kill but repel. And then there is chemical control that will have
Permethrin and will kill immediately.
Bonide has both kinds
of control called Mosquito Beater that comes in a granule and in a
hose hook up. Shake the granules down in your flower beds, flower
pots, landscaping to repel. And hose hook up is simply shake up the
product, attach your hose turn on the water and container then walk
to the farthest area of the yard and with a sweeping motion work your
way back to the faucet and turn off the hose. Get rid of the
container, don’t keep it. There is also a fogger that will kill
instantly and control for up to 2 weeks.
Bonide makes a
fogger and so does Black Flag but bottom line they both work the same
way so I would get the one that has the best price. The foggers are
best when you are getting ready to have a party and need instant
control. I also like a lamp that
Lampe Berger makes that
comes with a fuel called Summer Nights that will repel mosquitoes and
is easy and simple to use. It’s more of a perimeter control and if
you get out of the range of the lamp, you are fair game.
makes a personal mosquito repellant that you can attach to your belt,
wrist and comes packaged with an extra cartridge that gives
protection for 30 days. I like it because it’s made of essential
oils and doesn’t stink. Great for vacation! Bottom line is it’s
your backyard, and if mosquitoes are infringing on yours, now you
have some answers.
Now to the email…..
Question: I have a deck with metal
railing that I haven’t painted in about 10 years. So you know that
it is rusting and peeling. Is there a paint, or treatment that I can
use to get rid of the rust that would be easy to do? Remember it has
to be easy.
Answer: Use the Rust Cure!
Cover the deck under the railing and spray on the
In an hour wipe off the oily residue and then leave it alone for 5
days to cure. It will turn gun metal grey and then you can spray
paint it with any metal paint. There is no need to prime because the
Rust Cure is its own primer and it will never rust again. Is
Question: I pulled up outdoor
carpeting on a patio and it left glue and the underside of the carpet
still attached to the concrete. I plan to extend the patio floor
with a new slab and set pavers on top of the total surface. Will the
thin set used for setting the pavers work on top of the glue residue?
Answer: I think best case scenario
would be to remove the rest of the glue and carpet so that you have a
smooth surface to attach the tile to. Use the
Bean E Doo Mastic
Remover to the left over glue and let it work. Black mastics take
about 2 hours to soften and the white vinyl glues take up to 8 hours.
Remove the soften glue with a wide putty knife or squeegee and rinse
with water. If the concrete still feels sticky then put on more
and let it sit and then rinse with water.
Question: What is the product that you
can paint on tile to make it less slippery? And how do you apply it?
Answer: There is no product that you
can paint on ceramic tile that I know of.
Question: Is there a window lock that
is easy to install and then remove? I want to put a few on a shed in
my back lot while I am gone on vacation.
Answer: There are several made for
sliding windows, either horizontal or vertical. They simply slide on
the rail and with a thumb screw you tighten down keep the window
securely locked in a closed or ventilated position.