Be A Part of the Solution; Not the Problem

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by Patricia Feager 7/24/2015



We live and we learn… that’s what I’ve always been told. I woke up about three weeks ago with mosquitoes munching on my flesh. Boy! Was I mad! There’s nothing worse than feeling itchy in the middle of the night, especially when you’re in the middle of a good dream and it’s hard to go back to sleep!

I couldn’t sleep. I got up and did what my father always told me, whenever we were in a pinch without anti-itch ointments, he’d say, “Dip a little water and a little more salt on the bug bite and it’ll go away.” I’ve been doing that my whole life and it works! But, that was years ago my father gave me that sage advice. Now, it’s up to me to pass along my own pearls of wisdom. I found that if I don’t have salt on hand, I can always cut a raw potato in two and rub the potato on the bite and the itch goes away too. But then, Benjamin Franklin came to mind:


“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ---- Benjamin Franklin


As I walked around the kitchen, I noticed I left a glass in the sink with some water inside. Then I noticed my cup, the one I use to brush my teeth, also had a little water on the bottom of the glass. With the old spirit of “Sherlock Homes,” I looked around some more and detected other sources of water left in plants dishes too. Then, the light bulb went off!


"Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God!" --- Benjamin Franklin


Advertisers are always telling us to make sure gutters, bird baths, French drains, and other outdoor objects are dry because when they collect water, they make great breeding grounds for mosquitoes. So I wondered. Hmm…. Could I be inviting mosquitoes into my home by leaving little bits of water around inside my house?



“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  --- Benjamin Franklin


Well, I love a good experiment, so I immediately put a plan into action. Every night before I go to bed, I make sure there are no dishes, not even a glass to brush my teeth left out before going to bed. I make sure there are no traces of water anywhere! Also, there are no pots or pans left out with water soaking for a morning scrub. Every kitchen and bathroom sink is completely dry! No more vases of water either. I discovered I can store a vase inside the refrigerator overnight, and the flowers seem to last longer too. So far, so good! I have not been woken up, in the middle of the night with any mosquito bites and I’m sleeping better too!



“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

--- Benjamin Franklin


This post was written from inspiration by reading a featured post today by Sally Hanson. 





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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Patricia,  Ben Franklin was a very smart man.  You are smart to follow his wise advise and find creative solutions to problems.  

Jul 24, 2016 06:33 AM #1
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Very interesting!  On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have standing water around our property because our chickens LOVE mosquito larvae and immediately run to the standing water when they are out of their pen in order to gobble up what they consider to be quite a delicacy.  Hence, no mosquitoes for us.  Great thinking on your part to get rid of them!

Jul 24, 2016 06:36 AM #2
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia, do not mean to make light of your plight, the best lessons in life are the hard lessons...I bet you will not do that again, Endre

Jul 24, 2016 06:53 AM #3
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia I did not know about using water & salt, as well as a raw potato on mosquito bites.  I do not like those little critters, but they love me :)

Jul 24, 2016 07:21 AM #4
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Very interesting solutions to ease the awful itch of mosquito bites.  Mine last for at least three days.  Ugh, that is a lot of itching and scratching

Jul 24, 2016 07:57 AM #5
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Patricia I just read Sally's post too! I mentioned to her that we bought a really cool machine that has seriously gotten rid of our mosquito problem. It's outside but since we put it in use there are none that are in the house either. It's like magic.  Dick Greenberg told us about it when we visited them last summer. Mosquito Magnet....awesome tool!

Jul 24, 2016 08:11 AM #6
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Each year Minot ND pays to have a big slow plane fly over and spray for mosquitoes and it usually does a great job. BTW or kids think Preparation H is anti-mosquito cream... it really works great.

Jul 24, 2016 10:28 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have never heard of the salt or potato trick for getting rid of itchy mosquito bites.

I'm laughing at the Preparation H remedy left by Bob "RealMan" Timm ... Hilarious!

Jul 24, 2016 11:37 AM #8
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Your mind was working in overdrive in the mid of the night . . . .  Be part of the solution . . . . Call ghost busters in to take out the mosquito's.

Good luck and sucess.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 24, 2016 12:42 PM #9
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I learned a lot from your post. Thank you for sharing. 

Jul 24, 2016 08:59 PM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have hear that we should never leave dishes undone overnight, perhaps this is one of the main reasons!  I like the tips for relieving the itching sensation that we get from insect bites.

Jul 25, 2016 12:28 AM #11
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Interesting observation. I get my house sprayed once a year for general insects. Seems to do the trick.

Jul 25, 2016 12:41 AM #12
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Patricia, you're such a wise woman and I admire you for that. I had no idea there were such easy ways to kill the itch from Mosquito bites. I bookmarked your post!

Jul 25, 2016 05:45 AM #13
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Patricia, wise lady! Thank goodness we don't have that problem, nobody likes to be bitten by those tiny insects.

Jul 25, 2016 09:49 AM #14
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Patricia Feager , What would you have done without Benjamin Franklin? 

Jul 26, 2016 12:27 PM #15
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

I'm pretty much ocd about that as well.  When I get to sleep, I want everything done & away & clean.  I'm not a morning person at all, and a morning that begins with my having to clean makes it even worse.

Of course, teaching everyone in the home those house rules doesn't always work, but it's only been 24 years.  Soon enough, maybe he'll learn.

Let me admit, I'm having visions of you itching at 2am, walking through the home, thinking of Benjamin Franklin and cutting potatoes.

Aug 12, 2016 04:10 PM #16
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