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Old 06-11-2009, 12:45 AM   #21
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1: Go to the local home improvement store.
2: Buy several bags of Portland Cement.
3: Take picture of bags of cement sitting on the deck next to the pool.
4: Send picture to bank, along with a brief explanation of what will happen to said bags if the pool is not maintained.


Alternately (and much less destructively) if there is still power to the house, you could simply pump out all of the water. Granted, a small amount will remain behind, however a single bucket of slow-dissolving stabilized chlorine tablets will last a long time.
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Scott; You need to get another bat and get them to make babies.. Sell em on the internet to people like me!
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Why would you buy a bat house? my dad and i used to throw them together in ~20-30 minutes, our property was full of them at one point in time, found that the ones facing the west tended to get more business than others, don't know if it was a fluke/coincidence or if there's a reason behind it but thought it was kinda strange. Plenty of info online on them to be found too.
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:04 AM   #24
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I know all about pool swamps. The house behind me fell victim to this shitty economy. I'm guessing some shitty bank owns it now. The pool has turned into a mosquito nesting ground. I cant go outside without getting eatin alive.
I know all to much about that **** as well.....well you and me are separated by the friggin everglades as well... skeeter Heaven there!!!!
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I know all about pool swamps. The house behind me fell victim to this shitty economy. I'm guessing some shitty bank owns it now. The pool has turned into a mosquito nesting ground. I cant go outside without getting eatin alive.


You should check with the city. Alot of municipalities are giving away mosquito fish for this exact reason.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:32 AM   #26
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yeah, it's a HUGE issue in New Orleans with so many blighted abandoned properties.

One of those hawks pictured above would have a field day at my property. I have never seen so many squirrels. Fat ones too. I think the neighborhood kids must be feeding them or something. I saw one yesterday that looked like he was too obese to climb up a tree.
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yeah, it's a HUGE issue in New Orleans with so many blighted abandoned properties.

One of those hawks pictured above would have a field day at my property. I have never seen so many squirrels. Fat ones too. I think the neighborhood kids must be feeding them or something. I saw one yesterday that looked like he was too obese to climb up a tree.


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Old 06-11-2009, 05:11 AM   #28
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Squirrels make good target practice. If I let them all live I would have armies of them roaming. Plus my dog likes to catch them as they fall out of the tree and shake them like a live action squeak toy. Side story, I have one I've been trying to catch for nearly a year, I call him Bob. He has unusual red fur and a bob tail. I would almost feel bad to kill him, but I try, he is just too smart and fast. I need to get me a bat box though, I have killer mosquito problems, but not sure from what source. I may have a few tires, but they are 500ft from the house and likely have oil in them... we have plenty of owls and hawks too, so not many critters smaller than squirrel.
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So correct me if I'm wrong, Bats are used to control mosquito population?
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So correct me if I'm wrong, Bats are used to control mosquito population?
bats eat mosquitos.

i would put it more like this: lack of bats leads to out of control mosquito populations.
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bats eat mosquitos.

i would put it more like this: lack of bats leads to out of control mosquito populations.
hmmmm, anyone know where bats can be bought? I've seen them flying around but wouldn't mind them staying.
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And mosquitoes are on the menu. A 1977 study in the journal Ecology found little brown bats fed on mosquitoes in 77 percent of their evening forays, consuming the bloodsuckers throughout the summer. BCI reports that little brown bats, big brown bats, and Mexican free-tails are three prevalent species in the U.S. most likely to occupy bat houses and feed on pests. The big brown bat specializes in beetles, while the Mexican free-tail bat lives in southerly climes. The little brown — which can eat 50 percent of its body weight each evening — is common throughout the Midwest and specializes in feeding on small insects — including mosquitoes.

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Old 06-11-2009, 11:51 AM   #33
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hmmmm, anyone know where bats can be bought? I've seen them flying around but wouldn't mind them staying.
put up a bat house. they'll move in in a few years.

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this one is nice and will hold up to 40 bats:

Bat Conservatory - Gaiam

I didn't realize bats could eat 600 mosquitoes an hour apiece.
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this one is nice and will hold up to 40 bats:

Bat Conservatory - Gaiam

I didn't realize bats could eat 600 mosquitoes an hour apiece.

Nice find man. For $55 it's worth a shot.
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follow the guidelines on the page I linked for location. ~15 feet off the ground, full sun (south facing) all day. either two back to back on a pole or on the side of a building works well.
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I know what I'm doing in the garage this afternoon.

My in-laws back yard is insufferable between the economy and Hurricane Ike's effect on local housing, and Houston's normal mosquito population to boot.

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just be aware that it's probably a little late in the season to get bats moving in.

ideally you'd put up the houses just before spring and bats MIGHT move in during mid to late spring. and they may not move in for a couple summers.
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...and Houston's normal mosquito population to boot.
Houston was the only place I've lived where the mosquitoes will bite you right through your damn shirt. Most skeeters in other places will get somewhat discouraged if they can't find bare skin. When the West Nile paranoia hit back in the early aughts, they'd have pickup trucks with big ol foggers in the beds driving through our neighborhood. Sounded like small jet engines. They still do that?

I am intrigued by these bat houses. Can't put them on any of my trees because they all have too much foliage that would block the sun from the houses, so I would probably have to mount it to the chimney. Anybody know what kind of guano production rate can be expected from a small bat house?
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Houston was the only place I've lived where the mosquitoes will bite you right through your damn shirt. Most skeeters in other places will get somewhat discouraged if they can't find bare skin. When the West Nile paranoia hit back in the early aughts, they'd have pickup trucks with big ol foggers in the beds driving through our neighborhood. Sounded like small jet engines. They still do that?

I am intrigued by these bat houses. Can't put them on any of my trees because they all have too much foliage that would block the sun from the houses, so I would probably have to mount it to the chimney. Anybody know what kind of guano production rate can be expected from a small bat house?
no idea, but were you thinking of selling it to greenhouses?
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