Short of spraying the entire area with poisons, we can only count on natural solutions for some relief. Bats and different kinds of birds are the most effective predators of mosquitoes that I know of. The problem is that a lot of areas, Houston being one of them, don't have a very large bat population.
The idea of getting more bats into an area with a lot of mosquitoes is not a new one and has been tried several times before in different locations, sometimes successful and sometimes not! That's why today we are going to go to a "Bat Tower!"
Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower
A historic site in Monroe County, Florida, the Sugarloaf Key Bat Tower (also known as Perky's Bat Tower) has been on the U.S. Register of Historic Places since 1982. Built in 1929 by Richter Clyde Perky, a fish lodge owner, the tower was designed to control the Lower Keys' mosquito problem. The problem: When the bats were put into the tower, they all flew away and never came back.
Built using plans purchased from Dr. Charles Campbell of Texas, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, the tower was a complete failure. It was supposed to be a deluxe bat house that the animals would continue to come back to so they could feast on the mosquitoes in the area. This tower is only one of fourteen Campbell towers that were built around the world (only three remain standing); the other two are in Texas.
Even though the tower is on the register of historic places, maintenance is rarely, if ever, undertaken. While still in sturdy condition, local teens and vandals often make their tower their own with carvings and litter. But ultimately the tower appears much the same as it did when it was first erected.
Maybe I should build one of these towers in my backyard, ya reckon?
Coffee in the kitchen this morning. They say it might rain, but I'm not holding my breath!