Missouri is quite similiar to Ohio weather and outdoor creatures. I love all four seasons, here in Missouri. I love the outdoors and will do everything in my power to be out there. We do alot of outdoor activities. Camping and backpacking in the national forest, canoe the beauitful clear streams, bike ride and hike the many trails. Missouri is a great place to explore. So, I must be prepared for the pest.
At home on the back deck, back patio and front porch, I have Citronilla, Lavender, and Marigolds plants in containers. They all repel mosquites, and smell wonderful. These plants help alot. Using a fan, always help. When we are exploring the outdoors, I can't bring my plants. I cannot use the bug repellent with deet in it. My skin turns red and I look like a lobster. I found a bug repellant that has 'picardin' in it, which works like deet. Now I only use this stuff, if the mosquites are really bad. What I use normally is a body wash and lotion with lavender in it. Like the baby brand. Smells alot better than the bug repellants and the mosquitoes leave me alone. There is a biodegradable soap I use when we are camping, that has the lavender in it, as well as citronilla and eucalyptus. This stuff is great. I tried to get my husband to use it, but noooo, because of the lavender, he wouldln't use it. Can't imagine why, it's not that strong of a smell. So, I found another bidegradable soap, that helps with mosquites and husbands sensibilities. This soap has peppermint in it and is also a bug repellant. My husband is a happy camper again. He hates mosquites. He looks like a budda, when we are sitting outside or camping. He has this ring of citronilla candles surrounding him. Who needs a campfire in the woods, when you can see my budda man a mile away. We will never be in the dark. Outside the house, we also have a Martin bird house. Martin birds love mosquitoes too. I know there are some plants as well as the liquid pest control for deer. I believe in the long run, the liquid works the best for deer.
We have all kinds of funs creatures we share the great outdoors with. Black beers have been brought back to the Midwest - Ozark region. I seen one and have heard them on several occassion in the middle of the night camping. They only have gotten close enough to smell around for while. We don't leave any food or coolers out at night. Plus we have a dog, the bear probably smells too. No encounters with a bear so far. My Son saw a mountain lion, close to the St. Louis area, while hiking on a trail. So, they are around too. Hear coyotes often at home and when we are camping.
One of my favorite bug is the 'firefly', lightening bugs. They are so cool, I could watch them all night long. I understand that, Ireland, England and Scotland, does not have fireflies. It is because of not having humidity. We have humidity, therefore fireflies. Well, that's all I know for now. Great subject, Marions. Thanks!