August 12, 2010

When mosquitoes come to the Althouse café...

... they always order elbows.

20 comments:

HT said...

I reckon the mosquitoes are bad everywhere now. The ones on the barrier islands off Virginia and Maryland are huge and plentiful. But I've heard that they all take a backseat to the midwestern mosquitoes, particularly Wisconsin's. I don't know why they are so vicious though.

rhhardin said...

Those are short mosquitoes.

HDHouse said...

its gnat what you may think

Scott M said...

They've been especially bad this year from, I'm told, an unusually wet spring.

I started looking to methods to make my backyard more enjoyable, sans little biting insects, and ended up with two alternatives. The first one would make Algore have a conniption...if 1) carbon dioxide caused climate change and 2) if he actually cared about 1. It's a propane-powered CO2 generator that attracts all the mosquitoes and kills them via a vacuum attachment. Cool, but not as cool as...

BATS

A bat house is remarkably simple to build and we've got plenty of them about. A good colony can keep your yard completely free mosquitoes...and your surrounding neighbors as well. Attracting the first few can be frustrating though. Once you get it up and running, though, it works like a charm. You just have to keep the pets out of the guano.

lemondog said...

The blood-imbibing beasts are also beguiled by the bare leg.

For instant relief from their bloodthirsty snacks apply a thin paste of baking soda and water.

Works like a miracle.

The little bastards!

AlphaLiberal said...

Increased mosquito populations have long been projected as a consequence of human-induced global warming.

Story

By the way, the global warming deniers need to add National Geographic to their list of the Worldwide Global Warming Conspiracy.

So, in your conspiracy we have:
* Most national governments.
* Over 90% of world scientists.
* Major multinational corporations.
* National Geographic magazine
* etc...

That sure is one vast conspiracy!

Scott M said...

What do you do for a living, Alpha?

HT said...

Go Alpha go!

garage mahal said...

Ankles for me. I dropped the hose and literally ran from the garden last night trying to water.

AlphaLiberal said...

Scott, I made bat houses, too, but we lack the south facing location on our property to hang them and they don't seem to care for the NE location I found high enough.

What I do for a living is none of your business.

Scott M said...

I started by following all of the online advice on facing and such, but didn't have any luck. Then I tried a couple of trees that seem to catch the sun for most of the day (pine oaks generally have long empty trunks on the lower 1/3). I found that, regardless of facing, we seemed to do best with heights between 15 and 20 feet.

So you're that proud of what you do for a living? Awesome.

lemondog said...

This sounds reasonable for attracting bats

Water, trees, bat garden and lights.

edutcher said...

They usually go for the more, ah..., fleshy areas on The Blonde and myself. Bactine usually works well.

HDHouse said...

its gnat what you may think

Men have been hung for less.

AllenS said...

What you do for a living is everybody's business, Alpha.

traditionalguy said...

Alpha...National Geographic has long been a propaganda sheet for the Greens Party. That was fine because pollution is a problem that needs to be cleaned up. But the Great Global Warming Hoax from energy use by men is a pure theft by fraud. When the winters freeze earlier and longer than mosquitoes are la shorter problem, but an unusual rainy pattern can develop during the summer months. The clouds and overcast days are the forcing mechanism of both cooler-longer winters and unusual rainy patterns in the summer. Therefore an intense but shorter mosquito season indicates continued cooling from a lack of solar flares needed to block cloud formation. If the National Geographic "scientists" have built one more silly "warm weather is bad" house of cards for political reasons , then we should just ignore them.

HT said...

traditionalguy said...

Alpha...National Geographic has long been a propaganda sheet for the Greens Party.

________________

That's funny because I've heard liberals say it is a neocolonialist apologist magazine.

jayne_cobb said...

Feet for me.

Had about 20 after my family reunion in CT.

raf said...

Men have been hung for less

Always thought it was a natural condition.

Oh, hanged!

Revenant said...

So, in your conspiracy we have:
* Most national governments.
* Over 90% of world scientists.
* Major multinational corporations.


You know things have changed when the Left is citing "governments and multinational corporations say it is true" as a reason to believe something. :)

Trooper York said...

So AlphaLiberal makes "bat" house.

That explains why his rethoric is always batshit crazy.

See. There is always a reasonable explanation for everything.