mosquitoes driving me nutz!!
Hi all. I have been out of town for the past couple of weeks due to my mother passing away. While I was gone I had a neighbor feeding the goats for me. I had 2 plastic tubs that were on sale after easter that I use for the food and a very large mixing bowl for the water. Before I left I had just gotten this metal tub from home depot to use for the feed. Well when I got back I found my neighbor used the metal tub for the water and the bowl and plastic tub for the food. I thought the metal being used for the water was a great idea since it holds more water.
I did my usual routine of letting the goats out and sitting in the yard while they run around but this time I got about 50 mosquitoe bites!! I thought it was my imagination the 1st day but the second day I could not sit out there for more than 15 minutes because the top of my feet and my arms were on fire because of all the bites.
I have been trying to figure out where in the hell all these mosquitoes are coming from. Ideas:
the grass in the pasture is getting high could it be from here?
the increased amount of water from the metal bucket?
the water in the chicken coop? it is not a lot of water and it is always nasty the next day because SOMEHOW the chickens always manage to poop in it and turn it to sludge.
I could not find any standing water anywhere and the stream is a far way from where I been sitting.
Can mosquitoes be dangerous for the animals?
What is an organic way to get rid of them? I thought about having the whole yard sprayed but then I thought I would kill the mosquitoes and all the animals too.
Any help ideas or suggestions appreciated