Thanks for your DBFs mosquito eradication campaign techniques Bridgett! I am going to try to implement some of them this summer. I was considering getting a similar machine that attracts mosquitoes and traps them, but I know someone who got one and they only lasted one summer down here. She swears she caught more than a million mosquitoes and said it was the grossest thing she ever saw when they opened the thing up. The one I saw cost about $400 and if it worked for at least 4-5 years it would be money well spent IMO. I am rather cheap with money on a lot of things but I don't mind paying for good products that do what they say 100% of the time.
I think I will try the fan trick though, I have never heard about that one. Last year someone told us bout BBQ smoke and smoking them out and that does work but we already have bad air quality here and I don't want to have a bunch of smoke around the house all the time and would feel bad about causing more climate change with all the smoke. Plus I like to save a good BBQ for actual BBQ grilling and not wasting coals and fluid.
We already have a ton of birds. I think they are outnumbered LOL! Birds here are actually the main victims of West Nile, that is how they track the outbreak, by how many dead birds test positive for it.
Soren does sound like a smarty Lydia. I always wonder if these "techniques" really work with kids when it comes to language or if it is just in their nature. Elle watched the Your Baby Can Read videos because DH insisted that we get it for her. I found it for $50 on Amazon so went ahead and got it since there are 5 videos and so I felt $10 per video wasn't that bad. She loved the videos and they have a lot of songs in them that she likes to sing. She also spoke much sooner than Ky, like she could talk before she walked very well. Some people IRL have contributed that to the YBCR videos but really I think she is just more vocal and communicative. Even when she was a little baby she was much more interested in observing and listening than "doing" like Ky who was on the go since 4 months getting into everything.
And Myles, I can't believe you were as mean as you say! You seem so nice and well adjusted. I was a warrior against bullies as a kid. Other kids were afraid of me because I would kick their a$$es if they messed with me but I also didn't allow the bullies to pick on other kids and would check them. I got a bad rep for that and didn't have many friends since all kids bully sometimes and my "friends" were not immune from my lecturing and getting in their faces about talking or treating other kids badly, even if I didn't like those kids. I just don't and never have liked to treat or see people treated badly.
When it comes to the kids though I don't worry that much anymore about it. I was similar in that I worried a lot about Ky when he had just started going to a daycare center at 2.5 years old. He was so sweet and innocent to me and I just figured someone would ruin him. I worry more about that sometimes now that he is approaching adolescence because I saw so many of my friends change so much in junior high and high school as they tried to fit in and I worry about that.
I usually let my kids fend for themselves because I want them to figure out how to manuever in this sometimes warped society. I also made Ky aware from an early age that people were always going to pick on him so it was nothing to get too worked up about that and to take refuge in the haven of our home. I admit though that my warrior-ness is something fierce about my kids and at parks I will confront kids and parents who play too rough or who aren't watching their kids. I also will confront daycare workers/teachers about things that my kids tell me, even though most of the time (with Elle especially) I don't think that their tales are completely true. Elle is in a phase right now that when I ask her about her day she proceeds to tell me who pushed, scratched, kicked, stole her baby, and punched her in the eye (this one I was shocked and confronted the teacher about and found out it was true and the provider assured me it wasn't a serious thing but I still was upset she, the provider, didn't tell me about it as soon as it hapened). Almost all the kids in Elle's daycare are the same age as she is between 2 and 3 years old. But Elle loves going there and seeing her "friends" and since I went through similar situations with Ky, I am more calm now about her finding her way through. Ky is very secure in himself right now and I am glad, though some of his classmates do annoy him and he has been picked on, he knows that he can tell us and his teachers and even his principal (we have a very small school) what is going on and it will be addressed in the school immediately.