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    I have lavender and marigolds sprinkled everywhere. Couldn't tell you how many years since I've seen a mosquito here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardnr View Post
    I have lavender and marigolds sprinkled everywhere. Couldn't tell you how many years since I've seen a mosquito here.
    Same here!! I didn't realize they are mosquito repellants though.
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    This thread brought back memories of Venus fly traps.

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    also make sure you don't have any standing water anywhere...they love that. My hometown is having a major mosquito fest this year. There are a lot of shady creeks with shallow areas.
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    Luckily we have very few skeeters). Last time we were in Wisconsin they had a wet spring and they were awful in the summer.

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    Thank you, Everybody!

    I think I'm going to plant some lavender and try the Thermacell device - I had never heard of one of those before!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    I like the looks of this. I'm not fond of killing anything if I can avoid it, and listening to various bugs being executed nearby would drive me into the house pronto. If I were bothered by biting insects, I'd definitely buy one of these.
    The active ingredient seems to be d-allethrin. One very cursory look indicates that it can be toxic to some other insects like bees... Does anyone know if bees are attracted to this type of a repellant? I wouldn't use it in my yard if so. I just planted a pollinator garden--talk about bait and switch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    The active ingredient seems to be d-allethrin. One very cursory look indicates that it can be toxic to some other insects like bees... Does anyone know if bees are attracted to this type of a repellant? I wouldn't use it in my yard if so. I just planted a pollinator garden--talk about bait and switch!
    Good question!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    The active ingredient seems to be d-allethrin. One very cursory look indicates that it can be toxic to some other insects like bees... Does anyone know if bees are attracted to this type of a repellant? I wouldn't use it in my yard if so. I just planted a pollinator garden--talk about bait and switch!
    Active ingredient on Thermacell items is most definitely d-allethrin.

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    I'm not sure I follow the question. It's a repellent, not an attractant. The device works by repelling the insects in a 15 SF area. It doesn't attract and kill like a bug zapper.

    ETA: I do tend to use my device in the gazebo, which is in a shady area surrounded by foliage plants, so it isn't really a pollinator hangout.

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