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Topic: Espresso reservoir == mosquito breeding ground? (5 msgs / 95 lines)
1) From: kevin creason
Argh! The Ike Mosquitoes are eating me alive.
I take the trash out (open door for two seconds and close, run trash down,
run back, open door two seconds) and we are killing them for five minutes.
I found one laden and lying low trying to find water (presumably) to lay her
eggs. I smashed her and got blood on the floor. The house is pretty dry I
think-- at last found the catch bid under the ice dispenser was full from
melt-off of the several days without power.
But... what about the water reservoir for the espresso machine? They could
squeeze through the opening in that. Would that do? It's not moving water,
it gets lowered several times a day, but otherwise it is pretty still.
Y'all are an amazing diverse and knowledgeable group. Someone or two will
have an opinion, and someone will have some facts or experience so I am all
ears for all the above! Empty the reservoir and just fill enough until we
get through this? Or don't worry about it?
Galveston county might not be running mosquito trucks up this way for a
while-- they have areas that need more assistance. And I am so grateful (and
feeling a little guilty) for having electricity and an espresso machine....
www.ikeassist.org
-- 
-Kevin
/* Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and beat you
with experience. */
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2) From: miKe mcKoffee
Don't have an answer but discovered another benefit of direct plumbed
espresso machines!
miKe 
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3) From: Paul Helbert
On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 12:23 AM, kevin creason  wrote:
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I doubt they need to squeeze through anywhere. Animals with rigid
exoskeletons can't squeeze themselves much. There is plenty of water around.
Blocked gutters, old tires, buckets, etc. You could put a piece of netting
over the vent to keep them out. Look into the reservoir with a flashlight
every few days...the larvae are easy to see with the unaided eye.
I have a constant low level mosquito infestation in the open garage where I
do my roasting. I have often wondered if there is something about coffee
roasting which attracts mosquitoes. The warmth, CO2 or something in the
aroma, my florescent shop lights... maybe all of these.
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Your idea of emptying the reservoir has merit. Sounds like you have bigger
worries for another few weeks, though.
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4) From: Seth Grandeau
To the best of my knowledge, it's not just still water, but stagnant water
that they need.  Clean, pure water in your espresso machine reservoir should
not be a problem, unless your machine sits idle for weeks on end.
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5) From: Bill
mosquitos...  wow...  i guess i hadn't thought of them for almost a month
now.  I gotta imagine there's not much in the way of mosquitos up in Vicki's
neck of the woods either.  I'll be griping about roasting in the cold before
too long, but right now I'm just enjoying not having mosquitos...
bill
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