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 06-10-2004, 22:01 Post: 88278
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Do any of you folks have one of these LP powered things? Do they work? Are they worth the big dollars that they cost? ($200 to $1000+)

I'm thinkin' I can buy alot of OFF for that kind of money!






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 06-10-2004, 23:28 Post: 88290
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I have been real suspicious of DEET ever since I left some in my tackle box over the winter. It ate EVERYTHING that was plastic.

Parts of a good quality fishing reel collapsed when I touched it and the fishing line looked like quartz sand.

I have heard the propane powered traps are quite effective, but I haven't tried one.






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 06-11-2004, 02:17 Post: 88294
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Personally..I think they are a double edged sword. A neighor has one called "mosquito magnet" and he has more mosquitos than I do. It kills them..BUT..attracts them as well. I use a different technique. I put up bird houses and have 4 families of swallows raising kids here. They work out every day right over the property and my mosquito troubles are minimal.

Mark, don't mix deet & plastic. Problem solved.

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 06-11-2004, 07:26 Post: 88302
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I bought the "Mosquito Deleto" last year by Coleman. It didn't work for me. It carried a 60 day satisfaction guarantee, so it was returned. The directions say that placement is important. You need to get it placed out of the wind and in a sheltered area in some bushes for shade and dampness. I thought I had a perfect setting. In addition to the propane burner, it had some attracting agent to be put in a cup. Sounded good but only had about a dozen in the tray after about a month.

While taking my lab for a walk last night I found a dead crow next to the sidewalk. The mosquitoes have been terrible with all of the rain this year. I've heard that the "Mosquito Magnet" works well but is about twice the price of the Deleto. Over at the farm, I have several families of swallows along with bats. It still don't help. We maybe it does, but need allot more of them.

Years ago, they (scientists) said Deet was effective but hazardous. So the percentage of Deet was kept low. Now that we have the "Nile" thing going on higher concentrations of Deet now seem OK.

I'm trying some sprays that I got from a Rite-Aid drug chain without Deet. Will reply with my test data. That is if the "Nile" don't get me.






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 06-11-2004, 07:39 Post: 88304
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My wife always gets the latest everything. So when the neighbor bought one (not sure of the name offhand - but it is green and cost around $500) she had to have one. The neighbor swears by it. So she bought it even though I wasn't happy about it.

Last year there were lots of mosquitos in it but we still had some attacking us - my wife argued that the placement wasn't correct. This year with new placement we haven't had many mosquitos - but I noticed that there weren't many even when this thing ran out of gas. Also - it hasn't caught that many in the net.

The jury is still out on this thing. I will need the entire summer to evaluate it. But I have a nagging thought that this was a wasted $500.






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 06-11-2004, 08:33 Post: 88310
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Thanks everyone. You are begining to confirm my suspicions, that these traps may in fact collect SOME mosquitos, but they are not the wonder that they are advertized to be.

Are there any good "home brew" type insect repellants you've heard of, or should I just stay with the deet? The skeeters this year are nearly unbearable around here!!






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 06-11-2004, 09:12 Post: 88312
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Mike, as I am sure you are aware, my point (which was a little oblique) is that if DEET dissolves fishing line what the hell is it doing to our innards?

I have a friend who still lives in Alaska (someone Wildman knows too) who eats garlic by the clove. Sometimes at parties he will let mosquitoes land on his arm while everyone watches. As soon as the insect starts to draw blood it falls to the ground dead.






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 06-11-2004, 10:35 Post: 88315
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Mark, are you sure it's the garlic and not what he's drinking at those parties that's doing in those Mossies?


As for Mosquitoe Magnets, a neighbour of mine has one, she empties that little bag every morning and gets quite a few every day.

I personally subscribe to the natural approach like Wildman, I proved Swallow-nominiums for my feathered mosquito-eating friends. Besides, as a pilot I find the aerial antics VERY entertaining, I often spend an evening on the patio with a glass of wine and just watch them flit around.

Best of luck.






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 06-17-2004, 18:13 Post: 88752
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I looked at consumer review on the web for awhile and decided not to get one. The reviews were all over the board, everything from catching hundreds per night to never catching a thing. I put up swallow boxs and bat houses. Now if I can just get my neighbor to empty the water out of his aluminum boat (it's a mosquito factory).






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myself being stuck in the backwoods where the neighbors sre all mosquitoes think the traps call more to you area than they delete. yes there still are rural areas in Florida Smile

i agree with the feller that said i can get a tanker of off for that long green. oh one thing else about off and or deet. beside eating plastic it surely will strip all the nice finish off that quality firearm stock or your mothers heirloom cherry dining table. so beware.

skeeters i hear are also color sensitive? not sure but with encephilitis rampant here its worth looking into.

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