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Re: Mosquito Magnet

Maddy, no, don't think I could afford to use something like that. The garden
has just sort of had to go on without me much of this season.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <MyTGoldens@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 11:32 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Mosquito Magnet

> Is anyone using one of these devices?  I have one friend who has one, and
> says it works quite effectively for his half acre wooded lot. It sounds
> an
> environmentally friendly solution, since no poisons or flames are used,
and no
> beneficial insects are caught. It works by emitting a plume of carbon
> mimicking the breath of large animals (including humans). It also
maintains a
> temperature similar to humans, and one can also add a pheromone
> The mosquitoes and other flying biting insects are simply drawn into a
> net
> where they dehydrate and die.
> They aren't cheap, running from about $300 for the smallest unit, up to
> $400 for one that will treat one acre. One also has to purchase a propane
> (such as those used for barbeque grills) which needs to be replaced about
> once every 3 weeks.
> The mosquitoes have been especially bad around here this year, probably
> because of all the rain, or maybe because I've been spending so much more
> in
> the garden! I don't like using strong chemicals such as Deet, so I stick
> Buzz-Off, a citronella based repellent, and find its effectiveness rather
> limited. And with the constant threat of West Nile Virus (a good friend of
> mine
> caught it this summer and was very sick with it for most of the summer),
> critters are more than just an annoyance.
> Anyway, I wondered if any of you have one, and what you thought about it.
> And- don't laugh here! But we have zillions of frogs and toads and birds
> our
> little piece of paradise, and it has crossed my mind that there might
> be some negative environmental impact to killing off so much of their food
> supply! Or do you suppose there will always be plenty to go around?
>  <A HREF="http://www.mosquitomagnet.com/";>Mosquito Magnet. Home Page</A>
> Maddy Mason
> Hudson Valley, NY  zone 5/6
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