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Skeeterbag

This is not a paid ad.  I have received no promotional support for this endorsement – I just think these things are cool, and want to tell my friends.

We live in a lovely, wooded area of south Dallas.  We back up to the confluence of two year-round creeks, Crow Creek and Five Mile Creek.  This gives us a fairly lush vegetation, full of towering trees and wildlife – but it also gives us lots of bugs.

I hate spraying chemicals.  I use a few organic pesticides for the vegetables, but I also use a lot of old-fashioned, low-impact non-chemical solutions.  I catch grasshoppers in a net and feed them to the chickens; I encourage the wasps to eat caterpillars from the passionflower vines.  And starting this year, I started using Skeeterbags.

I had read about these last year, but didn’t get around to ordering them.  I tried a home-spun version involving tulle netting and duct tape… let’s just say, I decided that the price of the commercial version was definitely worth the cost.

 

Basically, it does just what it says on the box.  They’re easy to attach to a standard cheapo-model box fan, and they kill usually between 100 and 200 mosquitoes a night.  One is next to the chickens’ house, and the other is next to the garage.

 

 

The mosquitoes are all hanging on to the side of the netting first thing in the morning; by noon, they’re dried up and dead.   Every few days, I empty out the little pile of corpses.  They have definitely made a significant impact on the yard’s population.  Living next to year-round water, we’re never going to be mosquito-free, but we’ve gone from “I’m being eaten alive if I step out the door” to being able to walk over and check on the chickens without getting bitten.

Originally published at WormSpit. You can comment here or there.

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ravensgarden
Aug. 8th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
HOW WONDERFUL!!
niamh_sage
Aug. 8th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
What a brilliant idea! We could definitely use something like this - there's a lot of standing water and livestock in the neighbourhood, so lots of mozzies. Thanks for sharing!
adrianaendless
Aug. 8th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
Nice!
artkouros
Aug. 8th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
I will try these out!
ladycelia
Aug. 8th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
What a marvelously simple solution.
vvalkyri
Aug. 8th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Hi, found this post via friendsfriends -- am curious -- how does this work compared to Mosquito Magnet? I think those put up a plume of carbon dioxide, and clear a set area.
oakenking
Aug. 8th, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I haven't ever tried Mosquito Magnet. The idea with Skeeterbag, is that they use the pre-existing animals in the environment as the bait; we have chickens, which are always bothered by the mosquitoes. So the mosquitoes come to bite the chickens, the fan catches them, and they go into the bag.

vvalkyri
Aug. 8th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
:nods: I just read through the whole website -- it actually looks like it could work nicely as a way to protect a deck during a party, too.
thetarnishedowl
Aug. 9th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
It sounds like you're very close to where I used to live - I was on Mapleleaf Lane.
darxus
Aug. 9th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'm planning to put in a ~10' pond to attract dragonflies, which apparently massacre mosquitoes.
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