Water Main Break at Wilson & Cypress: the hole they left

So im sure i’m not the only one who has noticed the hole on wilson with crappy fencing around it. We all remember the day it happened. We felt trapped in the our neighborhood because wilson was closed one way for the Electrical fire causing a loss of power to the neighborhood and the opposite way wilson was closed for the water main break repair. It was an annoying day.
I have called the city about the hole at the front of the neighborhood that the water main repair left behind. It is a safety hazard and a magnet for mosquitos (which i think we are all VERY much over right now).

They have given me a confirmation number and a date of possible service (two business days out- Tuesday 7/28, possible.)

Mosquitos

Natural Remedies | Farmers Almanac
• Burn a little sage or rosemary over coals to repel mosquitoes.
• To eliminate the itch, rub on meat tenderizer or lemon juice.
• Lemon Eucalyptus oil can be used to repel mosquitoes.
• A paste of mashed garlic can help take the sting and itch away.
• Some people swear garlic works and swallow slivered garlic to ward off these summer pests. Others take garlic tablets or rub garlic juice directly on their skin. Some people apply onion or radish juice for the same purpose.
• White vinegar is another remedy for relieving the itch of insect bites. Apply it in full strength. Don’t use vinegar if the area is raw.
• Rubbing the skin with baby oil or imitation vanilla extract repels biting insects such as mosquitoes and blackflies.
• Some people have luck with high doses of vitamin B1 (100 milligrams, two or three times a day), but it doesn’t work for everybody.
• One of our favorite remedies is rubbing cider vinegar on your skin to repel insects. If you take in enough cider vinegar by putting it on foods you eat, you’ll develop a body odor that will repel insects, including black flies.

 

In the Garden

It is thought that certain plants repel a broad spectrum of insects. Marigolds, chrysanthemums, asters, and pyrethrum daisies, as well as herbs such as basil, anise, and coriander, are all thought to repel insects.

To keep mosquitoes to a minimum, eliminate their breeding sites on your property. They need standing water to lay their eggs in, so empty those puddles, old cans, buckets, and plant pots.

House Hints

Add a few drops of citronella to each gallon of exterior paint to keep away flying insects such as blackflies and mosquitoes. The citronella won’t affect the paint, but it will keep the bugs from messing up your fresh paint job.

And your home, add a bat house! Did you know that one small brown bat can eat as many as 600 mosquitoes in one hour?

 

Controlling Mosquito Population

There are steps you can take to reduce mosquito populations without using insecticides.

  • Empty water from containers such as flower pots, birdbaths, pet water dishes, cans, gutters, tires and buckets regularly to disrupt the mosquito breeding cycle.
  • Keep windows and door screens in good working order to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
  • If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors, consider staying indoors early in the morning and evening when mosquitoes are most active.
    Maintain your swimming pool to prevent mosquito breeding, and report abandoned pools to your local health department.
  • Use mosquito netting over infants carriers when infants are outdoors.
    Consider using an insect repellent; be sure to follow the label directions for applying the repellent.