bugs---someone said the world would be taken over by insects-- and i don't doubt it one bit. we had a dead tree30 inches in diameter and when we cut it down ... the middle was totally hollow of tree stuff, and full of ants-- to the delight of the guinnea hens..
which brings me to what i concieve as my worst purchase influenced by advertising...-- the Mosquito Magnet graurenteed to clear ¼ acre---and one of my better inventions..ME vs FLYING BUGS
i placed the MM about 6 feet outside the old deagle house because poor deagle ( dog) was covered as was his ceiling...... first night i caught 4 in the MM - so i had to do something..
.i got one of those 24"window fans and put it in his door to blow the mosquitos out-- which worked pretty well-- not as many stuck to his ceiling-- then i figured why blow them away when i could catch them in a fine net?- so i made a cone shape net and tye wrapped it to the fan to catch whatever went thru the fan... next morning , i had thousands --- about a fluffy cup full-- all still alive- so i quickly got my trusty Raid and soaked them with spray. and set them on the roof of the deagle house. i checked the Mosquito magnet-- and there maybe 7 individual bugs-- i reloaded the "attractant" thinking maybe .... and set it working again.. i checked my Raid soaked thousands -- and they were still all alive and crawling-- so i put it on the ground and stepped on them -- dead.
i reattached the net to the fan- i had noticed how some bugs fly to the light.. so i put a lightbulb about a foot from teh outblowing fan...
the mm was loaded and my fan was set-- for the next night-- i got virtually nothing with the MM and even more mosquitos with a higher collection of moths.. i twisted teh net---another quick spray of Raid and l left them on the roof -- they enjoyed the sunbath for many hours- not dying til a well placed foot ended thier vacation.
how bad was teh MM? i tried to give away my $500 MM TWICE and they gave it back to me......Q.E.D. ( latin for something like THUS IT IS PROVEN... somebody told me)
then i went to the bugg zapper for electricuting bugs and it certainly is fun to sit inside and listen to the zap every once in a while-- but seeing as that thing cost $400 and it would zap maybe 8 times a night as it fried the big bugs-- the mosquitos thought it was a sexy addition to their environment..ther wer so few zaps i figured they ran into t by accident
as my friendly DR BOB (phd bug nut) told me-- probably the co2 of the dog's breathing related to the size of his house had alot to do with so many mosquitos in the dog house. which is why i caught so many... but i certainly did not catch any with my $900 investment
i do know... keeping the air moving is as good a determent to flying bugs as about anything else..which is why i now am tryng to figure out air flow around the donkey stall- and getting the air moving in th ekennels
and i bet my nets have been thrown away by fall they get pretty messy.-- i will try mosquito netting on line... they must have it.
and i will revisit the fan situation- those 20 inch work pretty well in small areas..for $19. but the barn needs bigger volume
that is today..
there is a second invention i have not exploited yet
mosquitos in the grass
I HAD AN OVERLOAD OF NEGATIVE FEEDBACK ABOUT THE DOG LAWYER.. HE HAD AN IMPRESSIVE BUSINESS CARD..
NOW I THINK OF MY SON IN LAW'S STATEMENT
" A PIECE OF PAPER WILL HOLD STILL AND YOU CAN PUT ANYTHING ON IT."
I STLL THINK TOWNS OUGHT TO HAVE A DOG PARK BUT APPARENTLY HE IS NOT THE ONE TO TANGO WITH.