Flying Insect Pest Control


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Jul 8, 2019
Oxford, Mississippi
HI..So i finally got my pool installed in August (my first). Didn't think ahead about the bugs that would also like to share my pool. I live in N. the country over a lake surrounded by heavy woods. So bugs aplenty. I tried the Black Flag bug zapper which only attracted moths as far as I could tell. I left is out night and day for over a week and only had moths and not enough mosquitoes to cover my palm.
Before I venture into other more expensive areas I would like to hear what has worked for you. My biggest problem is bees and horseflies! The citronella torches seem to work OK on the mosquitoes but not great. I use a thremo cell on my porch but not effective in such an open environment as my pool.
Thank you in advance for your feed back.

Texas Splash

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Sometimes those critters can really be a pain. It's hard to find something that is both reliable and safe around the pool. Various citronella products is our #1 technique - both the torches and candle pots. I think I've read where some might try baiting the instects to a different location in hopes they congregate somewhere else as opposed to the pool.


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Aug 22, 2017
West Palm Beach/Florida
Can’t help you with the bees, but for for biting insects, ie mosquitos the best thing that has worked for me is a mosquito magnet. They are a little pricey and require that you change the propane tank about every 3 weeks (which is a real pain). Also they add a chemical attractant that makes them work better. If you are meticulous with them they really do work.

At one point all that work annoyed me so much I now have them hooked directly to my underground propane tank so they can go several months without maintenance.


Well-known member
Sep 3, 2019
It was me. I was the biggest skeptic possible from having had every last candle/trap infused with citronella never work. The plants are amazing.
Do you mind giving an example of what you’re referring to? I looked up a few on amazon but want to make sure I order the right ones.


Well-known member
Jun 16, 2019
Just plain old citronella plants from the local greenhouse. I imagine you can ship them if they arent local.


Well-known member
Jun 16, 2019
I would wait for next season by you. They dodnt survive the cold so you have to bring them inside. We buy little pots in the spring for about $10 each and they easily quadruple in size.
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