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Old 23rd September 2019, 10:47 AM
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Anybody else suffering from exceptionally high numbers of Mosquitos just now? Ever since the last downpour over a week ago I've been inundated by Mosquitos here in Andalucia to the point that I'm virtually housebound.

I do have stagnent water in the saucers under the plant pots and I'm guessing that's where they breed and I doo empty the smaller saucers but some of the pots are too heavy to shift.

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I've been bitten more this year than any other year since I arrived in 2008. Mainly the tiny black midgy things that take weeks to heal.

If they are indeed breeding in your plant trays, try stirring a small amount of shampoo into the water. Vinegar is another option. It won't harm the plants but should kill the larvae before they hatch.
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No, no different to any other year. We don't seem to be overly troubled by mosquitoes here. This year I was not bitten at all until September, think I have had 4 bites since the start of this month but none for the last few days. I don't wear mosquito repellent but do take a daily anti histamine tablet (mainly because I can sometimes have a photo-sensitive reaction to the sun, but it also helps if I am bitten because I have an allergic reaction to those too).

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Late last week I got bitten more than the whole summer.

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I do have stagnent water in the saucers under the plant pots and I'm guessing that's where they breed and I doo empty the smaller saucers but some of the pots are too heavy to shift.
You do know that by not emptying the large ones you could face up to a €3000 fine in the Valencia region and I would expect it to be the same elsewhere as it is in the best interest to public health that you do so.

https://www.eldiario.es/cv/Valencia-...777273094.html

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Even here where I live in Pau, SW France, where we have had very little rain recently, we are having major problems with biting insects and I've never known anything like it since I've lived here. In addition they said on the local radio yesterday or the day before that they anticipate that we will continue to have active tiger mosquitoes (those nasty small striped ones that can transmit serious diseases) throughout the coming winter months!

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If they are indeed breeding in your plant trays, try stirring a small amount of shampoo into the water. Vinegar is another option. It won't harm the plants but should kill the larvae before they hatch.
You don't need to stir anything in.

Mosquito larvae hang from the water's surface head down with the "tail" acting like a snorkel through which it breathes.

Because of that all you need to do is introduce a few drops of anything which is not water miscible and therefore floats on and disperses over the whole surface thus suffocating them, oil from my garage oil can is my prefered choice.

You want to see it sheen on the surface no more.

In the minute quantity needed it will not harm plants in any way.
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Even here where I live in Pau, SW France, where we have had very little rain recently, we are having major problems with biting insects and I've never known anything like it since I've lived here. In addition they said on the local radio yesterday or the day before that they anticipate that we will continue to have active tiger mosquitoes (those nasty small striped ones that can transmit serious diseases) throughout the coming winter months!
There are already tiger mosquitoes across the whole Mediterranean coast of Spain. Nasty.

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There are already tiger mosquitoes across the whole Mediterranean coast of Spain. Nasty.
One of the main reasons is un-informed or lazy homeowners leaving standing water around.
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There are already tiger mosquitoes across the whole Mediterranean coast of Spain. Nasty.
Yes, we've had them for years here and they are now across most of France, but we don't usually have issues during winter, but then again we do have particularly mild winters in Pau and they clearly expect it to be even milder this year. There have, of course, been lots of advertising and warnings to not leave standing water anywhere for several years.

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