The rundown on insect repellants

Off Botanicals natural insect repellent

Most sources say that DEET-based insect repellents work best and are safe when used as directed. Some people prefer using naturally occurring chemicals contained in plant oils. No matter what approach you take, don’t ignore our motto when spending time outside in rural South Jersey: “Never underestimate the bugs“.

These five plant oils reportedly repel insects:

  • Eucalyptus – Often combined with citronella oil to keep bugs away. The Journal of Medical Entomology reports that eucalyptus extract can reduce tick bites
  • Lavender – repels mosquitoes and flies
  • PennyRoyal – a mint family plant that is toxic to insects
  • Lemongrass – a flea and tick repellent
  • Lemon – can work against fleas and other bugs

Be aware that oil-based products can increase sunburn.

We carry both DEET-based and plant oil based repellents at the bait shop.

Mosquito control at Money Island

We’ve taken steps to control mosquitos and it seems that the problem is greatly reduced over the past couple of decades. The marina stocks both DEET and eucalyptus-based repellents.

Which mosquito repellents work best?

CDC recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing.

“Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.” https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html

Mosquito resources

NJ Mosquito Control Commission: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/mosquito/

Salt marsh mosquito control: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/mosquito/docs/omwm_full.pdf

 

 

 

Fall Feast Marina Barbecue and Aquaculture Talk

Saturday September 17, 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Money Island Marina, 192 Bayview Road, Newport NJ 08345  (856) 447-3576. More information is posted on Facebook.

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Get tickets online: $10 in advance, $15 at the event. Children are $5 at the event. Proceeds benefit BaySave Foundation, a local registered charity.


Menu:Assorted seafood appetizers (shrimp, clams, oysters or shrimp), pit barbecued chicken, steamed crabs, corn on the cob, grilled vegetables, baked beans, assorted beverages and deserts.Speaker: Lisa Calvo, Rutgers University and New Jersey Sea Grant, speaking about aquaculture in the Delaware BayOur policy on adult beverages: Marina  barbecues traditionally go hand-in-hand with adult beverages. We do not sell alcohol, serve alcohol or police drinking. Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks and it is traditional to share beer or wine coolers with other quests. Please drink responsibly and be responsible for your underage guests. 

Free first-timers boat ramp offer

We are testing a new marketing promotion as the flounder season gets started this year that is intended to introduce more boaters to the convenience and level of service available here at Money Island.

Normally the ramp fee is $15 for boats up to 18 feet and $20 for larger boats that typically require assistance with the launch and loading.

We advise against using the boat ramp within 90 minutes of low tide. Low tide time is available using the link at the lower left of this page or by calling the marina at 856-723-0294.

This offer is valid for first time use of Money Island Marina boat ramp and is available at the discretion of the marina manager. One offer per customer. Minimum purchase $10 bait 

Live/fresh bait is always subject to availability so call ahead 856-723-0294. Gratuity is not included.

This offer ends on 8/20/2016 or when the ending date is changed on this web page. Please send comments/complaints/feedback about this promotional offer to Tony Novak at cell/text 856-723-0294.

Fish cleaning table rebuild project complete

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The rebuild of our primary fish cleaning table is complete thanks to help from Andy with the water line and Jim’s tip about my design flaw that is now corrected. The underlying motivation was to conserve water (as part of our participation in New Jersey’s Clean Marina program), improve appearance and increase durability of the equipment. I didn’t guess that it would cost $500 in plumbing parts plus the labor. But hopefully this project with new bras valves will outlast it’s builders. The brass water valves we are replacing appear to be from the 1940s.

YOU ARE INVITED: Marina BBQ/lecture Saturday June 11

You are invited to a Marina BBQ and Lecture, Saturday June 11, 2016, 2-5 pm (fair weather only), Money Island Marina, Newport NJ 08345.

Let us know if you’ll attend!  Please RSVP at 856-447-3576  or tnovak@baysave.org or on our Facebook event page.


MENU: Steamed Blue Claw Crabs (if locally available), BBQ and chicken, corn on the cob, salads

COST: The event is open to the public without charge but we request a donation of $10 per adult/$5 child at the event to help cover food costs.

TOPIC: Representatives of The Nature Conservancy will discuss shoreline stabilization at Money Island.

HOST: BaySave Foundation and partners

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS: More events focusing on local industry, seafood and culture to be announced. Next scheduled event is Family Day Open House, Sun. July 3, 2-5 PM

MORE INFORMATION: Check our Facebook page for weather-related and other announcements

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Planning for the rest of May’s weather

10 day forecast

The frequency of rain forecast this month is already old news. But beyond that, we see that the weekend forecast looks good for flounder fishing.

The biggest single weather issue for us at Money Island is that we must have winds of at least 5-10 mph to keep the gnats away. The breeze is usually stronger here than what is forecast for inland locations above. When the breeze dies (as is common at dist when the direction of wind changes) or when you step into a spot where the breeze is blocked then these tiny bugs are intolerable at this time of year. So our best hope is for wind enough to clear the bugs away but not enough to keep the fishing boats from going out.

Bruce is still running the bait shop heater in the morning. Maybe we can put it away by the end of the week. It looks like a quick change-over to the bedroom AC will be needed within the next few days.