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Mosquitoes in winter!?

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I have an issue.
I seem to have a mosquito problem.
I always thought that it would go away in Winter but I was wrong.
I have tried multiple options - the Mosquito machines from Migros and Coop, the Sprays. Even the insect coil from Finito. Nothing seems to work.
I have also tried Eucalyptus and Tee Tree Oil diffusers.
My sleep is getting severely impacted.
I am open to creative suggestions from others who have better ideas.
Can anyone help....!
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Old 05.01.2021, 02:21
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

Now that the temperatures have dropped they should have gone into hibernation or died off leaving only their eggs for the spring. If your apartment is nice and cosy then it might be an idea to turn off the heating and open the windows for a few hours to let that icy air permeate every nook and cranny.

Failing that I have one of these USB infrared lamps which works brilliantly, I usually find several dead mozzies in the morning. And it only cost something like €20 off Amazon.

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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

Get yourself a fan and point it at the bed while you're sleeping. This works in two ways: it interferes with their flight (they're very delicate and prefer to fly in still air) and it disperses the carbon dioxide they're homing in on.

The fan doesn't have to be on a high setting: just a slightly discernable breeze from across the room is enough. There are some very quiet fans available now (I have one called the Rowenta Turbo Silence which makes very little noise on the 'Silent Night' setting).
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

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Get yourself a fan and point it at the bed while you're sleeping.
Mosquitoes love me and in the summer I do sleep with a fan on, but I can say that this isn't foolproof. I've definitely been bitten with the fan on. I've also tried a device with an LED light that attracts the critters and then sucks them in, but I like sleeping in a dark room, so the light annoys me. One thing that has always worked for me is a plug in I got from the pharmacy. It contains a liquid, that I guess turns into a vapour, but it is completely odourless. I have either been really lucky or it works every time!. Its called: Gesal
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

Do you have any standing water in your home? Or nearby where it doesn’t freeze?

They have got to be coming from somewhere.
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

I can't imagine they are coming from outdoors in the winter...do you have your windows open ?


Got plants inside with water in their pots ?
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

In winter they are not coming from outside, so one treatment with spray insecticide in the whole house will do the trick. They are not dangerous if used as instructed on the bottle.
If you have plants I would probably spray them more intensively so that it kills anything in the water too.
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

This year was strange, I had a couple of mosquitoes in November (!). Normally I maybe have 2-3 per year in my super-polluted dry area of ZH
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

I live very close to the river and the forest. The forest is literally 5 mins walking from where I live. That could explain the mosquitoes. When I lived in Rheinfelden, never had them in Winter. Now it is new. And for some reason, they love my blood. Feels like every night the lot of them have an open bar courtesy of yours truly.
I have ordered the UV Lamp from Amazon but I will only get it next week.
The fan idea is a good one, I will try and do that. It is partially effective in Summer.
I will also look into the solution option.
Two weeks of 3-4 hours of sleep. No fun. Either I am going bonkers or I am dealing with Zombie Musken.....!
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I live very close to the river and the forest. The forest is literally 5 mins walking from where I live. That could explain the mosquitoes. When I lived in Rheinfelden, never had them in Winter. Now it is new. And for some reason, they love my blood. Feels like every night the lot of them have an open bar courtesy of yours truly.
I have ordered the UV Lamp from Amazon but I will only get it next week.
The fan idea is a good one, I will try and do that. It is partially effective in Summer.
I will also look into the solution option.
Two weeks of 3-4 hours of sleep. No fun. Either I am going bonkers or I am dealing with Zombie Musken.....!
Why do you still, after weeks of this problem, have your door and/or windows open in your bedroom? How do they get inside the room?
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

for me a mosquito net works best, it's a simple solution and I just love their frustrated buzzing trying to get in
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

In my case, every winter brings me lady bugs into my study. I don't know where they come from, but there's always a dozen or so that I get to greet over the months of Dec-Feb
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for me a mosquito net works best, it's a simple solution and I just love their frustrated buzzing trying to get in
I agree with this. I worked in many places where mosquito's have been endemic and malaria carrying. A net works perfectly. Otherwise, in South Africa we use a product called Peaceful Sleep. Never been bitten when using that.
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

Just noticed that there are still mosquitoes despte the much cooler weather.

I thought temperatures below 10 degrees killed them?

Or are we faced with a new super strong mutation?
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Just noticed that there are still mosquitoes despte the much cooler weather.

I thought temperatures below 10 degrees killed them?

Or are we faced with a new super strong mutation?
No, this is quite usual. The alpine mosquito is widely spread in the region and can survive temperatures until -32 degrees because it's body and legs are covered with a kind of wool. These mosquitos are sometimes even spotted on the peak of the Matterhorn.
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No, this is quite usual. The alpine mosquito is widely spread in the region and can survive temperatures until -32 degrees because it's body and legs are covered with a kind of wool. These mosquitos are sometimes even spotted on the peak of the Matterhorn.
I wouldn’t want to have to swat up there! It’s a long way down.
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No, this is quite usual. The alpine mosquito is widely spread in the region and can survive temperatures until -32 degrees because it's body and legs are covered with a kind of wool. These mosquitos are sometimes even spotted on the peak of the Matterhorn.
WOW!

We have had our 2 week late autumn plague lately- barn flies, aka 'mouches charbonničres' - they look like small 'normal' house flies, but they settle on your anckles and bite! Painful and itches like crazy. All gone now!
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

Window screens. We have the "easy" kind, put peel and stick strips on the window inside window frame and stretch the fabric netting to fit. We have far fewer mosquito problems since.
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Re: Mosquitoes in winter!?

yep, we have the up and down blind type- expensive but so worth it. And a chain curtain for the kitchen to garden door- but had friends for lunch with a young child week-end before last to tied curtains back as we ate outside!
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