Those Little Buggers

It was kind of pitiful – my cute hubby went outside to water our new sod last night and came back in covered with mosquito bites.  It’s official – those nasty little buggers are here.

Ever since we set up our little oasis on our covered patio, we’ve been dreading the day that the mosquitoes arrived.  We’ve also been hatching nasty plans to kill all of them.  And researching various methods of whacking them (or at least encouraging them to bite someone else).

Those Little Buggers

In honor of Earth Day, here are some of the funnier (yet probably totally ineffective) means of killing / deterring mosquitoes in an “earth-friendly manner” that I’ve found:

  • Listerine. The word on the street is that Listerine can be sprayed around your house from a spray bottle, and the active ingredient in Listerine, eucalyptol, kills these little mosquitoes.

Those Little Buggers

  • Laser guns.  I’m totally serious.  Apparently scientists are developing a laser gun that will “toast millions of mosquitoes in a few minutes.”  Awesome.  Too bad they probably won’t be available to the general public.

Those Little Buggers

  • Fabric softener sheets.  Just rub these sheets on yourself or tuck a few in your pockets and you’ll be bug-free (in theory).

Those Little Buggers

  • Liquid dish soap.  Sprayed around your yard, liquid dish soap is supposed to attract mosquitoes with its lemony-scent and then kill them dead.

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  • Vick’s Vapo-Rub.  Cedarleaf oil, an active ingredient in Vick’s Vapo-Rub, is a natural mosquito-repellant.

Those Little Buggers

  • Citronella.  This one actually works (although I still seem to get bitten even when I’m holding one of these candles).

Those Little Buggers

It’s no shocker, Snopes has called into question the effectiveness of Listerine and liquid dish detergent in repelling and killing mosquitoes.  No worries, I’m banking on that laser gun – hey, CNN reported it!!

Do you have any tried and true ways of killing mosquitoes while still keeping Mother Earth happy?  How are you celebrating Earth Day today?  Let’s hear about it!

Images courtesy of Target, Vicks and Bounce .

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  1. christy says:

    Well my friends bought one of those stands for their deck – it looks like a miniature version of an outdoor heater you’d see at a restaurant – and it really seemed to work last year. And they live in the woods, and had had bad mosquitoes in previous years. We might get one this year – because we love to hang out outside on our deck, but I can’t bear the thought of Ms Foo getting bitten if I can help it!

  2. Averill says:

    The lemon-scented soap one does actually work b/c the mosquitos drown in it…I agree with you though that while I know citronella is SUPPOSED to work, I’ve never had much personal success with it.

  3. I think I’d use the lazer gun.