Roses forum: Be careful out there!

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Mustbnuts
Jul 6, 2018 3:47 AM CST
Sorry to be a bit in and out of the forum for the past few weeks. Undergoing a house reno and everything takes twice as long as it is "supposed" to. Part of that is me (well, as long as I am doing this, I might as well.....) and there is still some sort of nasty flu going around at the moment which folks are getting and are down for the count (case in point for one of the people working on the house).
However, it was just reported that the mosquitoes (which are vicious this year!) are now testing positive again for St. Louis Encephalitis. We still have the mosquitoes that carry zika and chikungunya here in the central valley of CA, so cover up when you go outside or put on repellent.
Has anyone tried the dryer sheet thing (rubbing your skin with it is supposed to repel mosquitoes) and has found it to work? I don't use insecticide on my plants and I don't want to use it on my skin, if at all possible. I am bundling up but it is hot out there and wearing long sleeves when it is about 100 degrees outside is tough. I try to get out early but it is not even 3 am here and it is still 76 degrees outside. It will not get much cooler before dawn. Sighing!

bart2018
Jul 7, 2018 3:19 AM CST
Hopefully someone will weigh in with advice; I'm afraid I can't be of much help. Insects are one of the many things I hate about summer. Thankfully here in Italy we don't have that encephalitis problem (I think and hope!) ,but nevertheless , even if they don't carry a potentially fatal disease,insect bites can be quite dangerous. I, too, have to cover up when I'm out gardening, and OMG is it ever tough to wear long pants, sleeves, socks, etc. in the extreme heat. One risks being ill just from the heat, and even though the clothes provide some protection, it can never be complete-not to mention that they do nothing to mitigate the torture of having bugs buzzing around one,flies trying to get in one's eyes, etc, etc, etc. O how I hate summer. I only go out because I have to water my new implants... Sighing!
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Mustbnuts
Jul 7, 2018 3:38 AM CST
Thank you Bart for replying. You are in Italy? Ahhhhh. Maybe someday I will get there. Tried to learn Italian through listening to Italian lessons while I was driving to and from work (an hour commute each way). Not a totally bad way to learn but now I can't spell anything in Italian! Although I have trouble spelling in English as well!
I grow a Barni rose, Occhi di Fata. I love this rose and I wish we could get more Barni roses here in the US. There are so many pretty ones that we can't get and I love that he has stripey roses. I love striped roses!

lisa100467
Jul 7, 2018 4:45 AM CST
Yikes! I'm in the Central Valley at the moment, although I'm having a cup of coffee and then heading home to San Marcos. I have been bitten by mosquitoes like crazy while here! I'm not used to them, so I wasn't expecting it. I finally caved in and applied some repellent. I figured it was worth it to get outside in the evening, and was probably ok for a few times. I did get to visit Burlington Rose Nursery in Visalia, while here. Braving the heat and mosquitoes was definitely worth it! Lisa
Name: Virginia
Charleston, SC (Zone 8b)
scvirginia
Jul 7, 2018 11:40 AM CST
Lisa, how was Burlington? Do ya have any photos???

Sorry about the mosquitos, but they are a constant here for most of the year. If I go out for any length of time, I generally come in with a few smushed mosquitoes on my arms and ankles- not a pretty look! If I'm going out for more than a few minutes, I'll use insect repellant such as Buzz off or Herbal Armor, and we keep a bottle in the car. They do smell strongly of citronella, but I was once complimented on my perfume when I wore it to a cookout!

I read in a medical journal that Eucalyptus was an effective mosquito deterrent, but I don't think I've seen a bug spray listing it as an ingredient. Either too expen$ive to use or- more likely- it is irritating to sensitive skins (and/or sensitive noses).

bart, I am with you... summer is my least fave time of year, and here it's summer from late May till October or November. Please be careful- I know your garden is not convenient to your house, and heat stroke would not be a desirable thing.

Take care, y'all,
Virginia
Name: Virginia
Charleston, SC (Zone 8b)
scvirginia
Jul 7, 2018 11:54 AM CST
PS I just saw a study that said Cutter lemon-eucalyptus mosquito repellant was more effective and long-lasting than some DEET products. I'll have to give that one a try.
https://www.npr.org/sections/g...

We've also used NEEM protect spray for our dog, and I've used it also on myself, and it works pretty well: https://www.arknaturals.com/pr...
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
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zuzu
Jul 7, 2018 2:21 PM CST

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I rub Off! Botanicals towelettes on my arms and legs and secure a dryer sheet to my hair with a bobby pin to protect my face. They keep all of the mosquitoes away. I don't think rubbing your skin with a dryer sheet is a good idea if you're at all prone to dermatitis. The mere presence of the dryer sheet seems to be enough to repel insects. You could secure the dryer sheet to a belt loop if you don't want to look like a novice nun. Big Grin I have to wear it in my hair because my dresses don't have belts.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 7, 2018 2:52 PM CST
Does anyone still use Avon's "Skin So Soft"? It used to be considered effective. Bugs don't like me very much, but I do want to try the dryer sheet trick,
Porkpal
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Mustbnuts
Jul 7, 2018 3:54 PM CST
Thank you all for your suggestions. I may try tucking a dryer sheet into my waist band to see if that helps. Either that or pin one on my clothing. Zuzu, after many many years of Catholic school, the last thing I want to look like is a novice nun! LOL!!!
Lisa, I am about 60 miles north of Burlington. I went to Ralph Moore's nursery when he still was alive, but have never been to Burling. I have spoken with her on the phone however, and she is wonderful. How was the nursery? Did you take pictures?

lisa100467
Jul 7, 2018 6:45 PM CST
I did take pictures, and it was wonderful!
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Many were texted to me, and I'm not sure how to upload them from a text. Sorry about that. Lisa
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Jul 7, 2018 8:12 PM CST

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What a lovely sight! I just had a nice e-mail exchange with Burling. She's an exceptionally sweet lady.

lisa100467
Jul 8, 2018 9:09 AM CST
I managed to move a photo from my texts, to my camera library, so here's a picture of Burling Leon and me in front of the nursery sign.

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Lisa
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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zuzu
Jul 8, 2018 10:49 AM CST

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Super picture, Lisa. You're so glamorous!
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Mustbnuts
Jul 8, 2018 3:54 PM CST
Love the pictures Lisa! Thank you for posting them! Despite the bug bites, it sounds like a wonderful day!

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