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From: Silvia ( -
Subject: Great information!!! Thank you!...(more)
Date: May 9, 2012 at 1:20 am PST

In Reply to: Re: dealing with insects while living in a rural area posted by lisette on May 8, 2012 at 6:10 am:


Thank you SO MUCH for replying to my message!!! I do not know what kind
of insects I am dealing with. When I have the porch lights on at night
it is unbelievable the types of insects I see: there are beautiful
moths, some with different colors and designs, there are so many
different spiders I can't keep track, there are these insects that are
not mosquitoes but look like gigantium mosquitoes because they have 6
long thin legs with wings and are about 3" long and fly around, then
there are smaller bugs and flies I can hardly even see, and everything
in between! Thank goodness I am not afraid of bugs!! I consider them
my friends but there are predators like fleas and ticks that I need to
destroy or at least try to control. I care for this stray cat that is
so, so affectionate, I can't resist him. I know for a fact that he has
a problem with ticks, but from my own personal examination, I have not
seen any evidence of fleas. I did see a small "fly" on him the other
day, I knew it wasn't a tick and thought it could be a flea, but I
haven't notice anymore since. I am guessing if it was a flea, there
would be more around. I am considering getting Frontline especially for
the summer months, even though he has problems all year long (it's so
expensive though!). I feel bad for him, but when he scratches himself I
see the ticks come off, so I am guessing he is dealing with it on his
own, I would just like to prevent any suffering he may have.

That "potion" you mentions seems great! I am definitely going to try it
and am thinking about putting some around my front door as a repellent.
Have you ever used it as a repellent on objects? The potion I use when
I get bitten is: 1) wipe with hydrogen peroxide, 2) wipe with alcohol,
3) apply lavender essential oil straight. I use a separate cotton ball
for the first two and I apply the lavender directly. I put it right on
my skin and in the past, where I used to live I only had to apply it
once or twice at the most if the bite was very bad. Here, I have to
apply it over and over to relieve the itching - I mean, some of he bites
I have gotten her have been like welts 2 inches around!

Getting Venus Fly Traps is an excellent idea!!! I will definitely try
that as well. And getting a martin house, because I already feed the
birds outside away from my house and I am sure I can attract some
martins. My neighbor told me she saw bats outside one night, but I know
their dung is extremely toxic, so I would only put out a bat house as a
last resort - if none of these other things work - but I am confident
they will!

I never heard of Diatomaceous earth, but I will look into it.



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