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Mosquito in October



I mean really. It's winter now. Everyone is wearing there thermals, and I've got a mossie in my bedroom.

That's global warming for you.
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Old 19.10.2011, 14:41
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Re: Mosquito in October

I've still got the mosquito netting hanging over my bed..! Had one of them buggers chasing me around the kitchen table this morning.
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Old 19.10.2011, 14:43
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Re: Mosquito in October

I've had mozzie bites into November since I've been here. Little blighters are tough and seem to last well past the summer warmth.

They probably drift into houses to get out of the cooler weather.
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Re: Mosquito in October

It's been terrible this year! I have no idea why there are so many! The first summer we had mozzies in our apartment.

I commited a mini genocide last night! (I killed one of them I think, made too much noise the ba*tard thing! Shoulda been quiet till I fell asleep!)
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Old 20.10.2011, 14:03
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Re: Mosquito in October

killed one in the bedroom last night myself!

i would agree, this year has been a plague. all last month hunting down the foul beasts was a pre^bedtime ritual. some nights last month we'd kill three in one night.

i finally bought one of those oil things you plug into the outlet on the wall. when id get home from work, enter the bedroom, close all windows, turn on the outlet, then let the room bake till bed time. come in, air the place out a bit (even though you cant smell it its probably still not good to sleep in a room filled with that gas those things emit) and then off to bed... it worked well and will be a nightly ritual from here on out when the weather's warm.
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Old 20.10.2011, 15:52
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Re: Mosquito in October

i don't like to use chemical solutions. a mosquito net solved the problem nicely. i even retreated to the spare room for a week while waiting for it to be delivered!
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Old 20.10.2011, 16:16
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I mean really. It's winter now. Everyone is wearing there thermals, and I've got a mossie in my bedroom.

That's global warming for you.
Sounds more like central heating to me...
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Re: Mosquito in October

My husband and myself sit there with what looks like a tennis bat, mossi swasher and wait till they land then squash it quick though it seems to take all our night up good excercise though
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Re: Mosquito in October

killed 4 last night. everytime when I went to bed a new one came buzzzzziijinnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggg in my ear
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Re: Mosquito in October




What I want to know........ is how does a mosquito survive a snowy winter?


I know that as winter approaches, temperature drops, food sources are scarce...... obviously leads to a decrease in population.

Given how long a mosquito lives for, they need to keep breeding somehow to start the population again in the spring (and then over summer to autumn).

I'm pretty impressed that you guys are finding mosquito's at all.... not that I'd want them in my house.
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Old 20.10.2011, 16:55
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What I want to know........ is how does a mosquito survive a snowy winter?

oh, I found the answer here.

Ignore the Alaskan snow mosquito. The answer is more likely in the last paragraph.
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Re: Mosquito in October

Went for a hike on Monday and it was seriously quite cold for a walk ... and somehow a mosquito was still able enough to bite me...
Crazy!
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Old 20.10.2011, 17:04
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Went for a hike on Monday and it was seriously quite cold for a walk ... and somehow a mosquito was still able enough to bite me...
Crazy!
Mosquito's find their prey by following Carbon Dioxide gradients (and other scents such as lactic acid) in the atmosphere.

In a forest (predominantly breathing 02) you will stand out, making it easier for a mozzie to zero in on you.
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killed one in the bedroom last night myself!

i would agree, this year has been a plague. all last month hunting down the foul beasts was a pre^bedtime ritual. some nights last month we'd kill three in one night.

i finally bought one of those oil things you plug into the outlet on the wall. when id get home from work, enter the bedroom, close all windows, turn on the outlet, then let the room bake till bed time. come in, air the place out a bit (even though you cant smell it its probably still not good to sleep in a room filled with that gas those things emit) and then off to bed... it worked well and will be a nightly ritual from here on out when the weather's warm.
Believe in the short-term like up to a 2 weeks holiday would not be too-bad but long term would not recommend, but sounds to me like in the short-term you are trying to kill them off to stop them breeding in your home. Going forward maybe netting on the windows doors might be an idea. Also try lemon plants (lemon Geranium) on the window ledges or if you have a garden - other lemon type plants near the various entrances etc. Maybe not, it was explained to me by a Greek to deter some flying insists.
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Re: Mosquito in October

O2 not 02

Sorry, the chemistry major in me makes me do it.

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Mosquito's find their prey by following Carbon Dioxide gradients (and other scents such as lactic acid) in the atmosphere.

In a forest (predominantly breathing 02) you will stand out, making it easier for a mozzie to zero in on you.
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Re: Mosquito in October

There are some cytronel bracialet, to keep away mosquitos. I don't know where you can find in Zurich.
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Mosquito's find their prey by following Carbon Dioxide gradients (and other scents such as lactic acid) in the atmosphere.

In a forest (predominantly breathing 02) you will stand out, making it easier for a mozzie to zero in on you.
Ahaaa! Thanks for the info
Was mainly surprised because it was so cold, not because it found me
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O2 not 02

Sorry, the chemistry major in me makes me do it.
Ha Ha...... sorry, I was just lazy.

Here...... "O2"


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Believe in the short-term like up to a 2 weeks holiday would not be too-bad but long term would not recommend, but sounds to me like in the short-term you are trying to kill them off to stop them breeding in your home. Going forward maybe netting on the windows doors might be an idea. Also try lemon plants (lemon Geranium) on the window ledges or if you have a garden - other lemon type plants near the various entrances etc. Maybe not, it was explained to me by a Greek to deter some flying insists.
Having worked in hectares of Lemons, I can assure you that mozzies don't give a shit.

This is most likely due to over surrounding supply of water from the leaf litter and undertree irrigation, and me being the only carbon dioxide breathing sucker for about a square kilometer.

The best plants I know of to keep mosquito's away are Citronella, Neem, and Daisy's (the pyrethrum in the flower)
Both do little to nothing though.

The best thing you can do with mozzies is to check around your building for any sources of still water (look for old buckets, toys, pots, etc, all which may catch water from rainfall and offer a protected breeding environment).
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Re: Mosquito in October

Yep! I had a few bites the other day. I suppose in all fairness this would be the worst time for them, as they are looking to get out of the cold for a warm meal.
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Ha Ha...... sorry, I was just lazy.

Here...... "O2"




Having worked in hectares of Lemons, I can assure you that mozzies don't give a shit.

This is most likely due to over surrounding supply of water from the leaf litter and undertree irrigation, and me being the only carbon dioxide breathing sucker for about a square kilometer.

The best plants I know of to keep mosquito's away are Citronella, Neem, and Daisy's (the pyrethrum in the flower)
Both do little to nothing though.

The best thing you can do with mozzies is to check around your building for any sources of still water (look for old buckets, toys, pots, etc, all which may catch water from rainfall and offer a protected breeding environment).
Proves the point that mozzie scientists are better than human scientists, they always somehow end up finding workarounds...
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