- Don’t have to think ahead and get out any clothes from our closet before Mary Tobin goes to bed or takes a nap (her nursery was a closet).
- Our bedroom seems extra roomy without Inez’ bassinet on my side of the bed and a laundry cart on the other.
- Laundry. Don’t need to roll a laundry cart down to the basement; don’t need to keep half a paycheck’s worth of quarters around for laundry and parking.
- Parking. It’s easy.
- Outdoor space! Wherever we move in the future I can never go back to being yard-less. Actually, more than the yard, we’re using the patios—front and back—to eat dinner and host friends.
[Shannon and Rebekah (neighbors in our building in DC): there are so many cons in terms of what we miss, but I just wanted a way to lead into crowd-sourcing some mosquito advice.]
Our family has taken an “all of the above” approach to combatting mosquitoes, including, but not limited to:
- Traditional bug spray: Israel uses the serious stuff, because bugs love his sweet Aztec blood and he’s not messing around.
- “Green” bug spray: both the commercial and home-made variety, which seem to be pretty much the same. Our homemade is avocado oil plus eucalyptus and lavender essential oils. This is another recipe that seems like it would be good to try (h/t LMLD).
- Citronella candle: alright, but certainly smells and can affect the taste of dinner. My brother’s trick with this is to put it under your table, particularly if it’s a glass top, so that the citronella stuff kind of billows around the people sitting there, instead of up and away.
- ThermaCELL lantern: our favorite! It works, and it doesn’t smell. It’s not supposed to be toxic, and I’m betting it’s less toxic that covering my baby’s skin with DEET. We are forever committed to buying the little refills.
To make our environment less hospitable to the skeeters:
- Dump out any standing water, clean gutters, get brush under control.
- Mosquito repelling plants. (Who knows?)
- Dump out coffee grounds or leftover coffee around your patio. I don’t know if this is effective, but can’t hurt. The new neighbors likely have spotted me on my bizarre nightly dash outside with a red french press during dishwashing time, but they haven’t said anything.
- An oscillating fan to make it tougher for mosquitoes to land. (I guess that would be the budget version of a porch like this.)
- To make you yourself less tasty, take B complex vitamins. (No source; hearsay from Mama Rote.)
Do mosquitoes love you and yours? If so, what do you do about it?