Do you hate mosquitoes?

Do you hate mosquitoes? - A picture of someone with a mosquito net over his head. Photo source: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1288/819986391_54c8dc4381.jpg?v=0 .
Singapore
March 6, 2008 10:01am CST
Hands up - who hates mosquitoes? I raised 4 myself. Ok I cheated... 2 hands and 2 legs. Oops, I just fell on my back. :P Unless you are Buddha reincarnated, I doubt you would say you love mosquitoes. I will dial for the asylum if you saw you enjoy getting your blood sucked out by those pests. So you hate them. But how do you defend against them? I was at the supermarket just that day and I saw some sonic wave thingies being sold. Just plug them in and they are supposed to emit irritating sounds that will keep mosquitoes away from you. I almost bought one if I had been utterly convinced that it works. Now I am in my aircon room and getting all bitten. I half regret not buying one of those. What tricks do you have against this mortal enemy? That sonic thingy? Some plants? Mosquito coil? Mosquito net? Blood trap? Brood of lizards? Do share and save poor wizzy! =P
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
6 Mar 08
Yes, I hate mosquitoes and fortunately it isn't the time for them here, still too cold.. But I did have a lot of home remedies I use, you can pick or choose which works best.. 1. eat a lot of garlic, mosquitoes hate garlic in their blood..lol 2. Avons skin so soft, both lotion and oil repels mosquitoes 3. Used fabric softener sheets. Just tie one around your belt loop or any other place you can tie one 4. for the outdoors, if you can. start a fire, they hate smoke and if you can stand it, get the smoky smell on you, they don't like it..
• Singapore
7 Mar 08
I hope they get frozen in the cold but that would me WE are cold too.:P
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• United States
7 Mar 08
Yep, I have a while before I worry about mosquitoes, I am sitting here watching the snow falling that started about an hour ago and they are talking at least a foot of snow..:) So I just stay inside and keep warm..
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• Singapore
9 Mar 08
Just hope the mosquitoes don't cozy up with you for the warmth too!:P
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@rashmigs (400)
• Singapore
6 Mar 08
Haha... everybody's answer to this will be "I Hate Them Toooo"... If mosquito was a pet animal... oops pet insect, then the chances were more that ppl loved it. LoL I hate them too. but luckily no mosquitoes in my house... A clean house u know ;) But during summer, sometimes there are mosquitoes. We use the mosquito net or the spray to get rid of them :)
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• Singapore
7 Mar 08
That question was just to grab your attention. If you read the discussion, you will see that I was really asking about how to defend against them lol.:P Imagine if I have a mosquito as pet, I would get it to sting anyone who makes me unhappy!
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@rashmigs (400)
• Singapore
7 Mar 08
Hey i was just kidding! I know what your discussion meant. Good post! Well, it did grab my attention towards the topic ;) Well as i said earlier, in case there are mosquitoes during summer, then i use the mosquito net, or sometimes we use the spray to chase them away. Well, the humming sound that they do close to the ear is the worst thing! I hate them!!!
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• Singapore
9 Mar 08
Yea.:P
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@SukiSmiles (1998)
• United States
6 Mar 08
I really, really, really dislike mosquitos (I would say hate, but my husband hates it when I use the word hate ;P ) Those things eat me alive. We some out now and we are not sure where they are coming from because our neighbor has actually kept her pool clean this winter. I usually just rub anti-itch cream on after I get bit. I have used those cinterlla (sp) candles - they're okay. I heard that the B complex works extremely well, but I am not very good at taking pills. I also heard if you eat a lot of garlic they will leave you alone, but every one else will probably leave you alone too!
• Singapore
7 Mar 08
Oh, you are the second person who mentioned B complex. I just wonder why the mosquito race has not become extinct already.:P
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• United States
7 Mar 08
Because there are people - like me - who are too lazy to take it! lol!
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• Singapore
9 Mar 08
You have to count me in too, lol.:P
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@Darkwing (21588)
6 Mar 08
I loathe mosquitoes. The best way I find to repel them, (bearing in mind we only have little ones in my country), is to burn citronella candles. They will deter them. To keep them off your actual body, prepare your own herbal repellent, which you can rub on your skin, by mixing together 2 ounces witch hazel extract and 60 drops citronella essential for a 5% dilution, or 2 ounces witch hazel extract and 120 drops citronella for a 10% dilution. I guess the stronger one would be better for you. Brightest Blessings.
@Darkwing (21588)
6 Mar 08
Sorry, I missed out a word... that's citronella essential *oil, in the repellent recipe.
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• Singapore
7 Mar 08
Hmm... citronella. It has been mentioned quite a few times already. Guess I need to check this out.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I've heard that water in a white plate with lemon joy dish detergent does the trick! It draws them to it instead of you! Preventing YOU from getting bit!
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
9 Mar 08
This is a good way to get rid of fruit flies too!
@maximax8 (28547)
• United Kingdom
7 Mar 08
Yes, I hate mosquitoes and know that it is only some you can catch malaria from but they are all horrible biting insects. I take vitamin B tablets before I travel to the tropics this is meant to make me taste bad to a mosquito. I read this tip in a magazine. I buy insect repellent to use when the sunsets. In the Maldives a mosquito foil burnt every evening in my room on one of the islands I stayed on. I cover up with a mosquito net around my bed at night. I have also been bitten with sand flies they are similar to mosquitoes but they come out in the day. Baby oil on my legs keeps them away.
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• Singapore
9 Mar 08
I just hope there is a way to get rid of them without needing to apply anything on.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
8 Mar 08
of course I hate mosquitoes but I am always plagued with flea bites all year around and they have scarred my legs for life. Sometimes I just want to kill myself
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I hate mosquitos. Did you know ladybugs eat mosquitos. And so do bats. I know several people that live near woody areas that put up bat houses. We can actually sit outside at night and watch the bat swoop down over a pond near one friends house. It's going after the mosquitos. Another friend had ladybugs by the hundreds on the windows of her chicken house. When I asked why she had so many, she said she was happy they were there because they eat moquitos. I don't know if I would put up a bat house. Maybe if they got real bad around my house. I do have a wooded area very close to it. I like ladybugs, but not by the hundreds. In the meantime, I use a spray I get from Avon that works quite well. Also, Avon has skin so soft products that deter mosquitos and softens my skin at the same time. PEACE
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• Singapore
7 Mar 08
I hate bugs and I can't turn my house into a cave so those options are out.:P
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
7 Mar 08
LOl! The bat houses are not caves. They are wooden houses, similar to bird houses that are placed high up in a tree on the outskirts of a wooded area. PEACE
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• Singapore
9 Mar 08
OH? I just embarrassed myself with my ignorance then, hehe.:P That would not be too possible over here though, I think.
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@wickedangel (1636)
• Dominican Republic
11 Mar 08
I don't know why they were invented - Mother Nature has got some serious questions to answer on this one! I don't think a single animal on this earth loves 'em. I know I hate them, especially when I have sprayed the room at night (about 2 hrs before we go to bed) then just before we tuck ourselves in I open the window (with Mozzie net, of course!) and we go to sleep peacefully. Then around 3-4am we hear that buzzing and start scratching where the devil has bitten us. That's it no more sleep for us. At times we have sat up and waited to find the little devil so that we can spray it to oblivion, but no such luck, it stays hidden until the light goes off and then off it goes again..... I don't really think anything really works that well. They seem to be able to evolve around anything that we conjure up, so save your money and use the cheap versions (I think these sonic ones are quite expensive, aren't they?) You can see them sitting there all in a row just waiting for a good feast as the sun goes down... mmmm, blood tonight!
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• Singapore
12 Mar 08
We got to grab her and interrogate her. Nothing works against them 100%. After all, they are more superior masters at evolution then we, aren't they?
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• Dominican Republic
12 Mar 08
Yeah, those and 'roaches (urrrgghhhh)!!!
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@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
11 Mar 08
I must say I can not stand misquitoes. Gosh, if they HAD to bite us to survive (which they do), if only they didn't have to make us puff up and itch like crazy. I think itchiness is like torture, really! And what makes it harder is that I don't have it in my heart to kill them. I have to blow them off if I catch them sucking. But they can't help it, ya know. They didn't choose to make themselves like that. We ourselves (humans I mean), kill like crazy and gobble down, without getting slapped and squashed at a wink of the eye. ;o/
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• Singapore
12 Mar 08
Exactly, can't they just take and leave us none the wiser and leave no signs?
@Loen210 (1533)
• United States
12 Mar 08
Yes, perhaps that would be one of my 3 granted wishes if I ever got the chance! Ha ha. I just thought of the other thing that I may dislike even more than mosquitoes. When your cat or dog gets FLEAS! Eeeeek!
• Philippines
8 Mar 08
Hello lordwarwizard. I love mosquitoes...not! It is said that planting neem trees has a repelling effect on mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are attracted by our breathing out carbon dioxide (http://www.mosquitomagnet.com/how_it_works_faqs), when I remember this fact, I sometimes try not to breath for a few minutes around mosquitoes...lol Putting efficascent oil does seem to help repel them. Ive tried mosquito coils - they make me sleepy ;) What works best for me though is spraying a room.
• Singapore
9 Mar 08
We can't not breathe right? :P
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• Philippines
9 Mar 08
Absolutely..lol. Hmmm now you have made me wonder. If I wear a mask would they still follow me and bite? I will have to try this and find out ;). Thanks for the idea hehehe
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
6 Mar 08
You know, I always have this impression that Singapore is free of those pestering mosquitoes.:P Mosquitoes are a no-no to me. They are one of the sources that triggered my allergy. I have screens installed on my windows and doors. I also make sure that my house is always squeaky clean. I don't find that sonic thingy you mentioned effective in repelling the mosquitoes. A friend suggested using a perfumed incense sticks. You can choose the citronella or citrus scent and my friend swore by its effectiveness in driving away mosquitoes.
• Singapore
7 Mar 08
You are actually quite wrong. In fact, we have a "species" of mosquitoes called "commando mosquitoes". This is the informal term we army guys give it. All of us have our basic training in an island off Singapore called Pulau Tekong. You know the army fatigue we wear, the material is quite tough. Yet despite our clothings providing such a strong "shield", we still get bitten. That's why we call those mosquitoes informally "commando mosquitoes". I doubt mosquitoes and cleanliness have any connection, do they?
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• Singapore
9 Mar 08
That was what I thought. If there is no water lying around, mosquitoes don't particularly favor dirty places.
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@LRB1111 (356)
• United States
20 Mar 08
Yes! when there is one sneaky one that keeps buzzing around my head at night when I am trying to sleep. I like scratching mosquito bites though. It's such a relief and feels really good. lol. But I think I will avoid being bit considering they could all be carrying diseases. :(
• Singapore
20 Mar 08
KILL IT!!!
@dana234 (2116)
• Spain
11 Mar 08
I hate those little vampires. Apparently they love sweet blood (whatever that may mean). My blood must be pure sugar because those beasts eat me alive. They won´t go anywhere near my husband, he never has a single mosquito bite. God knows what kind of blood he has. Possible remedies: you can buy special light bulbs which keep mosquitos away. Put them as close to open doors or windows as possible, best would on balcony or terrace, that way they won´t even come in. I´ve put a bulb like that in my balcony light and have a lot less mosquitos in the house since then. Disadvantage: You must keep the lights on all night, if you sleep with the windows open.
• Singapore
12 Mar 08
Lol, I don't know why I got my blood so "sweet" too.
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@kimbers867 (2540)
• United States
11 Mar 08
OMG, they are so bad here in my part of Maryland. You can tell that the state does not spray anymore. It doesn't help that the people who live behind us have an inground pool but they let the rain, muck, tadpoles, frogs, mosquitoes, etc. take over. It's a breeding ground for them. My husband is constantly throwing chemicals in it to get them to stop breeding. He actually found someting new he is going to try. The sad thing is that the people don't care. They just put up some type of plastic fence so the dog wouldn't fall into it. I know it is a health issue but we don't know who to turn to in the local government. We have mosquitoes 24/7. I use to use repelleant that didn't have DEET in it but they don't work, so we switched back so my girls could play outside. sad.
• Singapore
12 Mar 08
You should call the authority on them!
@SViswan (12071)
• India
9 Mar 08
I hate mosquitoes (I wonder who doesn't). But luckily we don't have any mosquitoes here even though we stay right next to a lake...the reason being (I think) they can't fly up to the 6th floor. That's the only reason I can find considering that they are loads of mosquitoes at the ground level....and none at home. So, go higher up to get rid of mosquitoes.
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• Singapore
9 Mar 08
Lucky you!:P
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I have always wondered what purpose do mosquitoes have? I use citronella candles, and essential oil products for the skin! I also stay indoors after dark most of the time. It is good to eliminate all standing water from your property so you can minimize the breeding of more mosquitoes! Incense and punks are good for keeping insects away while outdoors. Screens on the windows are a great way to keep mosquitoes out of the house! Otherwise I would use a mosquito net if I lived in an area with huge mosquitoes! Soaking in a bath with essential oils helps even if you do get bit! I like essential oil of lavender for my bath and skin as well as in my shampoo!
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• Singapore
9 Mar 08
Yup. We have government agencies coming around to look for stray pools of water too.
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@swirlz (3137)
• Philippines
7 Mar 08
I hate mosquitos. The only living creature I kill intentionally. There are days when I go on a killing spree, I bet I'm already wanted in the mosquito world. You can have me convicted if you wanted to, I'm not going to deny it. lol. I doubt that the sonic thingy works. It does look cool. But I hate to waste a lot of eletricity, I'm trying to save the earth and all. My mother tries to make smoke every afternoon to kill all insects, especially on her mango tree. hehe. I know it's also bad for the environment, but it hits two birds in one stone, so it's better than the sonic thingy, and the mosquito coil. Aside from me and my family squashing every mosquito within reach, we also have a lot of lizards in the house. They do help. We have a mutual relationship with them. We benefit from each other. hehe. I also always keep the fan directed at me. I don't think the mosquitos can fly properly if there's a strong wind.
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• Singapore
9 Mar 08
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
You are right about the fan. If you have one blowing at you always, you are free from mosquitoes - but I don't want to be numbed by the fan... hardly healthy.:P
@GardenGerty (103874)
• United States
7 Mar 08
I generally do not attract mosquitoes. I have heard that lemon scented plants will repel them. I like natural repellents better than chemicals.I do not know if the sonic thingy works. I have sonic thingies for mice,in my house but I am still occasionally getting mice. I think that either they have worn out or that I need more for the size of house I have. I have seen things that you put in the back yard and they attract mosquitoes and kill them. I do not know if you have a house or are in an apartment, I am sure that will make a difference in what you are able to do about the mosquitoes.
• Singapore
9 Mar 08
They never tire... then again, they are doing it for food...
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• United States
7 Mar 08
I absolutely hate mosquitoes. I hate them with a passion i cannot even explain. During the summer there will be a good amount of people staying over at my apartment and guess who's the only person that gets bitten. Thats right, me! Not only do those suckers bite me and not result in me trying to itch myself awkwardly in public spaces and look like I have chicken pox, but they keep me up all night by flying around me personal space. I get it. You guys like to bite. But what is the point of flying into my ear and torturing me during the process. None of that buddha crap. I personally stay up, walk around with a book in my room and haunt them. Nature vs nature. You can actually get these tablet things that plug into the wall and the scent it gives out forces them to leave you alone. Or you can spray yourself with the gross insect repelling spray and feel like vomiting the entire night. Its up to you. Personally I find huge pleasure in killing them with my own hands. But thats just me.
• Singapore
9 Mar 08
Murphy's law lol.:P
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