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    First night swim. That was a mistake!

    So last week i got home late from work. Tired. Warm. Time for a nice nights swim. Switched the pool lights on and got into the water. Now, the garden sprinklers were also active, so there was a nice romantic noise of splashing water around me. At least, i thought it was the sprinklers. Turned out there were hundreds of mosquitoes who either felt for a swim as well or wanted to go towards the lights. Or both.

    So much for nights swimming....
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    Re: First night swim. That was a mistake!

    We got some of the citronella torches for around our pool. It helps some. However, it's so dry here this year they haven't been as bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAGirl View Post
    We got some of the citronella torches for around our pool. It helps some. However, it's so dry here this year they haven't been as bad.
    I'm living in, or at least very close to a forest... Plenty of insects here.
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    Amazon.com : OFF! Powerpad Lamp : Insects Lamp : Patio, Lawn Garden

    We have this and LOVE it! It is almost like there is a shield around us! We set it on the deck and can swim in peace!

    I have a pond close to the pool AND wetlands behind that so KNOW all about mosquitoes!!!!

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    Re: First night swim. That was a mistake!

    Thanks Kimmy ... looked up the reviews and it looks like most people do have very good results with that little lamp. It says 15x15" area so maybe two for bigger pools or decks.
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    My mom is convinced all of her children are going to get the Zika virus so she bought each of us a Dynatrap for our yards.
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    I have had mine for a week and a half and I cleaned it out yesterday. It was so full of bugs it was unreal. We have been sitting out at night and have seen a real difference.
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    The only foolproof way to kill mosquitos; you will need a wooden chopping board and a hammer.

    Place mosquito on board, hit with hammer until dead, select next mosquito and repeat. Continue until all mosquitos are dead.

    More seriously, there is no guaranteed way but you can minimise the problem:
    - Eradicate static water breeding sites;
    - Reduce lighting while bathing;
    - Plant mosquito repealing plants like citronella around pool, although many say that this is not effective, it won't do any harm;
    - Burn citronella oil or mosquito coils;
    - UV lamp electricutors strategically placed;
    - A fan blowing over the pool may deter them; and
    - Stay submerged and wear a hat.

    I would guess that covering yourself with repelant isn't going to be good for the pool.
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    Re: First night swim. That was a mistake!

    Let's see if i can find that thing here in Spain.

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    Re: First night swim. That was a mistake!

    We had this problem earlier with a wet spring. I bought 6 nice metal tiki torches from a big box h/w store, and placed around our pool deck area. Filled with citronella fuel and lit about 1/2 before we would go out. This worked very well, as the night before we were being bitten and that night, not at all. The only thing is that you need to bring the torches inside if its going to rain, so you don't get water into the fuel. The tops unscrew and I store them on a shelf with other garden supplies in garage when not in use.

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    That is what this structure is for.
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    This is an interesting thread Mosquito Control ideas needed

    I'll be giving it a try for sure.
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    Re: First night swim. That was a mistake!

    Just move to a dry climate. Where I live snow is white stuff we only see at the top of the mountains, and you can hear a child say "Mommy, what is a mosquito?"
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    Had our first night swim last night....it was spectacular....must try again. I hope the mossy's stay away


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    Re: First night swim. That was a mistake!

    We just leave the light off (when it's my wife and I only) to avoid bugs. Doesn't keep the mosquitos away though - I blame our bushes.
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    Also consider giving Thermacells a try.
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    Right after we bought our house, my wife went for a swim at night unknown to me while I worked in the office. Not many mosquitos around here. As she was floating, she heard a coyote in the distance. The problem was when a pack answered her on the hill on our backyard. Walked to find her if she noticed and she was scrambling in the house white as a ghost. She said it wasn't funny but I couldn't stop laughing.
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