I love to spend time outdoors with my pups and chickens and of course there’s also the gardening to tend to. We’ve had so much rain here in south/central Ohio for weeks that I haven’t spent nearly the time outside as I’d have liked to, but I’m thankful for every small break of sunshine.
The mud is bad enough, but with the amount of rain we’ve had, there’s standing water everywhere, which will be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. My back patio floods and I’ve got a couple of big tubs out there to help collect some of the rainwater. I noticed yesterday that there were little wiggly things swimming around, so dumped it immediately. I’ve been diligent about emptying any other containers as I see them, but I’m sure many of the little buggers will have escaped my attention, so mosquito season will likely be horrible this year.
It’s a given that the mosquito population will explode with all the rain and flooding in so many other parts of the country lately. Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can carry deadly diseases. I’m concerned about heartworm with the dogs, but the bite of the mosquito can be dangerous to humans as well as other animals, particularly horses and other equines. I hate using harmful chemicals and won’t apply traditional mosquito repellent lotions or sprays on my body and always used natural fly and mosquito repellents when I had horses.
This year I’m looking at the Mosquito Magnet Executive Mosquito Trap and Accessories as a solution to the problem. This device mimics the carbon dioxide emitted when we breathe, which is what attracts the mosquito. There are three models available that can service an area up to an acre – electric, cordless/rechargeable, and one that runs on 4 “C” batteries. They’re offering a free 18-month warranty if purchased by June 1.
I’m hoping mosquitoes don’t keep me from spending more time outdoors with the critters this summer. After the nasty winter and wet spring, I need to soak up some fresh air and sunshine and get some serious dirt therapy. What’s your favorite part of summer?