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10-26-2011 01:31 AM

I work in a garage shop and like to have my garage door open. At certain times of the year (now), I have mosquitoes all around and on me. Has anyone had this problem and found a solution? Thanks!


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#1 posted 10-26-2011 01:35 AM

you can try a garlic spray .. never treid it myself but ive heard about it.

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 01:46 AM

A plate of water with a few drops of lemon Joy dish detergent is supposed to keep them away. It has to be lemon Joy and no other.

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#3 posted 10-26-2011 01:51 AM

Deep-Woods OFF. Works great.

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#4 posted 10-26-2011 03:22 AM

I do have bug spray I can use on my body, but the smell and feel is not very appealing. Has anyone used those torches outside their shop? Thanks!

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#5 posted 10-26-2011 03:25 AM

The torches don’t do much at all. The candles don’t either. I’ve read that Listerine mixed with water and sprayed will help (I really don’t believe that one). You are right, the spray isn’t the best, but it does work. Another thing to try is place a few fans out.

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#6 posted 10-26-2011 04:26 AM

We have a big mosquito problem and I can testify that the torches/candles are useless (but smell kinda nice!). I found that OFF sprayed on my hands and then rubbed all over exposed skin works best for me. It does kinda burn but it’s better than the massive bumps I get from mosquitos bites. West Nile Disease is also a real concern with mosquitos. We had more human cases in Ok. last year than we had horse cases. Really serious in the older or infirmed people.

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#7 posted 10-26-2011 05:18 AM

I have the same problem in my garage shop… My only solution was to make sure the overhead door was shut just before the mosquito’s came out… They also are attracted to the light so every time I opened the side door to go in/come out of the shop they would be right there because they saw the light through the window on the door. I helped solve that by taping news paper over that window….

Like you I also do not like to spray myself every time I work in the shop. That spray is very expensive and if I am out in the shop 5 nights a week the spray may only last me two weeks…

Next year I am thinking of trying one of those mosquito magnets. I have heard from a couple people that they work well enough….

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#8 posted 10-26-2011 05:46 AM

how about a sliding screen door . all the; rollaway,phantom type screen door companies make them for the garage door.

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#9 posted 10-26-2011 06:01 AM

Buy some screen and hang it. BTW, mosquitos are not attracted to light. All of those bug lights are zapping moths and junebugs. You never see mosquitos buzzing with moths around your porch light. Mosquitoes are tuned to pick up Carbon Dioxide that is exhaled by animals. The bug machines that produce co2 by using propane work on this principle.

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#10 posted 10-29-2011 02:59 PM

I used one of these, and if you live in an area where Menards has a store, they have them on sale quite often. These screens are really handy, and when you remove them they fold up for storage. My old shop was in the woods, so I not only had problems with mosquitoes, but also all manner of other insects and those infernal house wrens that kept trying to build nests in all the nook and crannies in the shop. This screen solved all that, and still allowed me to close the OH door when I need to keep the rain out.

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#11 posted 11-04-2011 07:06 PM

Spread a box of moth balls around the shop. If you have a large shop a couple of boxes. The odor of the moth balls will keep them away. Also spread them out in your flower beds to keep the cats from using them as a litter area.

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#12 posted 11-16-2011 05:32 AM

I have a propane fired malathion fogger, works great until a wind comes up. Mind you since I’ve moved to Brandon I have never needed it! The area I lived in in Winnipeg was horrible for mosquitoes, I’d go out in the morning to fog so the Lauren could play out in the back yard after breakfast. There are also CO2 traps sold at many hardware stores, I understand they work pretty well, but don’t place them near your shop as the CO2 attracts the little blighters, you want to trap away from your house and reduce the general populations. Of course dumping out standing water in old tires etc destroys their breeding habitats and if you can’t dump it out try BLT (cant remember what the acronym stands for now) it is a biological control that kills the larva prior to them turning to bloodsucking adults. Of course you only have to kill the female mosquito as the male is completely vegetarian, the female uses the blood meal to nourish the next generation. Or you could just wait for the snow to fly like it is here which kills most of them…

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#13 posted 11-16-2011 05:46 AM

We’re about to fall into the dead of winter here in Michigan, and you’re telling me about skeeters?

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#14 posted 11-17-2011 04:26 PM

I think a screen would be the trick, but how about a fan that drives the air across the door opening. I am in the heart of mosquito world here and I know they dont like wind.

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#15 posted 11-17-2011 05:58 PM

Have you looked at thermacell? It uses butane to heat up some sort of replaceable mosquito repellant. It’s pretty expensive, and it’s not really designed to cover a large area, but it does work well. I think if you clipped it to your belt it would keep the bugs away.

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