Gardening, humor, Outdoors

Shrimp Scampi and Mosquitoes


Our current method of mosquito control, whacking them dead, had failed miserably. Had we been armed with octopus arms clutching sixteen swatters we may have had a chance of grilling our meal without becoming a meal. More welts were raised than chicken barbecued.

Standing within a ring of citronella candles and slicked with Cutters abated the misery until stepping outside of the safe circle and sweating off the skin poison invited the next pest battle.

I felt my footing in the food chain slipping.

To keep myself from blanketing the entire backyard with Agent Orange like pesticides, I listed the positive traits of the little bloodsuckers. Food source for birds, amphibians, reptiles and other insects; plant pollinators; and a larval snack for fish kept me from full scale fogging. Instead I reached for my iPad and Googled pro environmental ways to combat the vermin and found a likely product- Mosquito Barrier!

Just one spraying of Mosquito Barrier would keep my lawn and garden mosquito free 24/7 for a month! After reading the supportive analysis by Larry D. Larson, which included several flowcharts, chemical equations with more numbers than letters, and trapezoidal figures illustrating the success rate, I ordered two quarts of the sensational elixir. (It had to be true since I read it on the Internet!)

Post 68 Mosquito Barrior

Miraculously this was accomplished with garlic! Not regular grocery store garlic, but super garlic. Apparently garlic kills the soft-bodied skeeters, but is safe for humans, fish, pets, and other pollinators.

I love garlic! There’s hardly any recipe that can’t be improved by a few cloves of garlic. Now my garlic philosophy extended to my backyard.

I scanned the directions and decided to use a hose-end sprayer to dispense the garlic concoction since it seemed to be the least complicated and fastest. After securing one from my local Home Depot I adjusted the spray nozzle to “shower” and raised the concentration to “8.” I sprayed bushes, grasses, flowers, and pond area. I soaked the perimeter of back deck and front porch. The rich, spicy garlic scent enveloped the area dissipating after a quarter hour. Although the human nose wouldn’t detect the odor, mosquitoes would and stay away or die – sort of like vampires.

I backed onto the deck, turned off the hose, and dashed to the door- followed by a horde of mosquitoes. The horde swarmed rather than swooned and appeared rather hardy for soft-bodied garlic sensitive insects.

Other than leaving me with an appetite for an Italian dinner, Mosquito Barrier failed.

Then I reread the directions.

“Garden hose-end sprayers are not recommended because they are generally very inaccurate and the droplet size is larger than desired. However, if you insist on using a garden hose-end sprayer . . . “

shrimp on black pan
Photo by Valeria Boltneva on

So I’ll visit Home Depot again for a canister sprayer and give Mosquito Barrier another try . . . right after I whip up a batch of Shrimp Scampi.











4 thoughts on “Shrimp Scampi and Mosquitoes”

  1. The surest deterrent for mosquitoes is a drought. We are having one of those on the Manitoulin. I still have a couple bites but that seems like nothing compared to damper years.


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