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Shan

For those of you with a Pool

I don't know about you but I dislike finding poor creatures drowned in the pool. Clearly they want to get to the water but then can't get out. I had removed multiple lizards, mice, shrews, frogs and a few birds. I have since installed a 'Frog Log' and since then (maybe coincidence) but the pool has been clear of corpses. I have not seen any frogs or lizards on it but I have noticed the birds land on it and drink water from the pool. It's not cheap but it does work and I'm sure those with time and DIY inclinations could easily make up something similar for their pools if they have the same problem. It's basically a little floating platform with a skirt sitting in the water plus a strip/bridge joining onto a weighted bag. The weighted bag sits on the tiles around the pool with the floating bit in the pool.

It has been in the water for a good many weeks and seems to be very effective.
buzzy

Sounds a brilliant idea! Well done!

Does it reduce the number of invertebrates as well?

Henry
dpack

on a smaller scale a twig in each slug trap reduces bycatch to almost nowt
Shan

Sounds a brilliant idea! Well done!

Does it reduce the number of invertebrates as well?

Henry


Well, the wasps still seem to dive bomb the pool and drown quite quickly but we don't seem to have very many beetles, dragonflies, etc drowning.... perhaps they are better at holding their breath... Wink
Mistress Rose

We have a bucket of water up in the woods for birds and animals to drink from. Saw a squirrel one day, but mainly birds and insects. We have put a lump of wood in there so that anything that falls in can at least climb onto that and survive, even if we then have to help it out. Insects use it and crawl down the edges to get at the wet bits or water. Have seen some beautiful hornets round it as well as wasps and bees.
Shan

I'm not all that keen on wasps but I don't like seeing anything drown.
Mistress Rose

Wasps can be a nuisance later in the year, but they do get rid of a lot of flies early on when they are feeding the young.
Shan

Everything plays its part (although I have no compunction about murdering midges and mosquitos). Laughing
Mistress Rose

You do wonder sometimes with things like horse flies, mosquitoes and ticks though.
Shan

I know! What on earth is their purpose? There have been loads of horseflies this year - both in the UK and Portugal! Evil creatures!
buzzy

Does everything have to have a "purpose"?

Can't horseflies just enjoy the odd meal of blood and get on with their lives?

But they do give work to journos, allowing them to write headlines such as "PLAGUE OF VAMPIRE FLIES TO HIT BRITAIN!!!" That must have earned somebody a few bob! Wink

Henry
Shan

A Plague of Journalists would be even worse. A pox on the lot of them!
buzzy

A Plague of Journalists would be even worse. A pox on the lot of them!


Did you see the anti-Trump banner that said "Feed him to the Corgis"?

You could have one for journalists "Feed them to the horse flies" Wink

Henry
Mistress Rose

Unfortunately I seem to have been fed to the mosquitoes at the moment. The horse fly season seems to be over, and although the bites hurt, for some reason I didn't get much swelling. The mossies seem to have triggered a reaction though and my arms keep swelling up badly. I suppose they don't have a 'purpose' but found an ecological niche that I wish they had overlooked. Shan

I've been using the Avon Skin so Soft Dry oil and I have been fairly bite free. It's got citronella in it, which I actually hate the smell off but for some reason it doesn't smell like citronella... and yet, seems to work. dpack

I've been using the Avon Skin so Soft Dry oil and I have been fairly bite free. It's got citronella in it, which I actually hate the smell off but for some reason it doesn't smell like citronella... and yet, seems to work.

the active ingredient is a preservative/formulation additive but it is also a decent blackfly repellant in other products. duel use , tis why the "fierce brit" has no flies on him and lovely skin Laughing
Shan

I should have known I could count on you for an explanation. Wink Laughing dpack

i was an avon rep for a while, quite a giggle but not a good business model to work unless you really go for it full time in which case it might be ok if you focus on facilitating online orders to reduce the doorstepping once the market is stirred by some direct stuff.

i had a few father dougal "milk" moments Laughing so it could be a perfect job for pat mustard Laughing Laughing
dpack

ps i shifted quite a lot of the skin so soft range on the insect repellent bonus. it does work quite well. Mistress Rose

I had heard it was good, and as I think I have got to 'that age' where I need some added moisturiser, I think I will try it. I think SIL is still an Avon rep, so will try her. gregotyn

So where do I acquire the stuff that stops me getting bitten by the whole of the Welsh Nation's horsefly population, and what do I ask for? Does Avon get sold in Boots for example? I have passed the stage where I care what I smell like, I just want the rest of my life to be comfortable!!
There is a plus side of no lotions potions-you get to kill a lot of them, but most seem to get through my arm waving and slapping defence methods.
dpack

have a look online for your nearest rep. Mistress Rose

Or ask your ladies at the library. One of them is bound to know who the rep is. sgt.colon

i was an avon rep for a while

I'd never have pegged you for one of those DPack. Very Happy

Ann Summers? Laughing
dpack

Laughing no the beard might blow my legend for that one .

avon is just like most sales franchise things , i know nowt about make up but i can put it in a bag, drop it off and collect the money.
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