To say we are having a battle with the evil Mosquitosaurus's (giant mosquito's) would be an understatement - the stores around here have all run out of bug spray and repellent and the city council is resorting to fogging by planes to try and get the upper hand. They already go around town in trucks fogging. Now as we have mentioned we live in a big rice growing area so at this time of year the fields are flooded to help the rice grow and that of coarse makes it mosquito central but the past six week have had rain just about every day so there is a lot of standing water too - in fact we have had so much rain the ground is saturated and can't absorb anymore which is creating mini lakes everywhere and we know how the mosquito's love those.
Mom has even been fogging under MY deck (with a special pet safe fogger) to try and help as during the day as the mozzies love the shade. We have LOTS of pots of marigolds, citronella and other herbs like mint, lemon verbernia etc that are meant to repel buglies away too but they just can't handle the onslaught we have at the moment. We also have electric bug zappers but they are not coping either. Our front door alcove is another place they love as it is dark and damp and where they often sneak in the house if Mom has to open the door for the delivery people. Now the Dweeb with his big thick heavy coat isn't bothered by them but they sure do like to attack me and Mom. See even though my coat looks thick it isn't and those Mosquitosaurus's go after me when I go outside. It has got so bad Mom decided to order a mosquito net to go over the bed as no matter what we do they always seem to find a way inside and there is nothing worse than mozzies around around your face at night time. Now I don't normally like sleeping on the bed - preferring a nice cold floor but I think I am quite liking this netting thing. I just need to figure out a way to make a portable one of these that can hang over me when I go outside :)
PS: Mom says normally she HATES using chemicals of any kind but we are in an area that has a very HIGH risk of West Nile and Chikungunya - the latest nasty virus carried by mosquito's and with all her health problems she can't risk getting one of those.