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Old 07-02-2013, 07:05 PM   #15
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On our recent trip to Algonquin park we tried a couple of things for in the trailer - the Thermacell, some citronella candles, and mosquito coils.

The Thermacell, yeah, it worked to discourage bugs inside the trailer, but it really is meant for more outdoor applications and we only tried it once after realizing it made us feel a little icky.

The mosquito coil did the best job hands-down in terms of a deterrent not attached to the actual skin. The bugs didn't want to follow us inside when going in and out of the trailer. It's more like incense - probably not the best thing in the world to breathe but also didn't feel like we needed to line up for transplants right away.

Citronella candles were eh, plus they left a black residue on surfaces in the trailer (that I still need to finish wiping off). Luckily the Burro has those easy-wipeable interior walls!


When I'm hiking/out doing photography depending on the level of enthusiasm among local bugs I might have a full on head net plus bug jacket plus gloves and pants, which makes a spray-on deterrent kind of beside the point. But I might spray my hat and head net with my home-made deterrent brew just to discourage the bugs from flying around my face.

For light bug exposure I mix essential oils (citronella, tea tree, and eucalyptus) into some Listerine in a spray bottle and it does a really decent job. As a bonus it makes the car smell nice and fragrant when you spill half of it on the car seat.
When I'm thinking about ticks I hit my legs and shoes with a DEET spray.

I have had West Nile virus and it's not fun. My husband picked up rocky mountain spotted fever last year, right here in Philadelphia, from a tick picked up while doing photography. We are super into keeping bugs away.
Jen b.... After 26 years in the pestcontrol busness we have found that ticks don't seam to be deterred by Deet your should try one of the Permethrin treatments for your pants and shirts. Like this one. Sawyer® Products - Water Filtration, Insect Repellent, Sunscreens and More
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:07 PM   #16
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If you're hooked up to an electric bush, the best thing I've ever found is a fan and NO chemicals. Mosquitoes don't fly when it's breezy. That's why, at the Oregon Gathering we're hoping for a bit of constant breeze, otherwise the mosquitoes are big enough to haul off small children and pets!
Donna.... Good call on the fan!!!!!!
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I have a Ryobi fan that works with the 18V cordless batteries- great for situations like that.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:40 PM   #18
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When the Mosquitos get this thick, only thing that will work is a full bug suit.
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How do you know if you have a tough mosquito? You slap him and he slaps you back!
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:17 PM   #20
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I just remembered...my husband has two tennis racket electric fly swatters that are most effective for ridding our home and our trailer of buzzing, flying insects. Amazon.com: Garden Creations JB5285 Electronic Bug Zapper Racket: Patio, Lawn & Garden
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:42 PM   #21
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Look what JUST popped up on Yahoo: 9 ways to combat mosquitoes naturally
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:29 PM   #22
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I like the Thermacell, but reading comments on them, everyone including myself can't find a place to buy just the blue insect card for them. You have to buy them in a kit with the butane. I don't need any more butane, I already have a dozen tubes. I think it's a rip off to have to buy them as a kit.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #23
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The active ingredient (allethrin) in the Thermacell is the same as in mosquito coils. The butane just does what the flame does with the coil- releases the pesticide into the air by heating it up.

If you can find it in liquid form, maybe you could just resaturate the pads you already have...

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Old 07-03-2013, 12:56 PM   #24
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Last year I tried the homemade trap using the soda bottle and yeast and had very poor results. It caught a few fruit flies and gnats, but very few, (if any), mosquitoes.
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I am going to be building some bat houses at my home base. I have been reading up about them. I have plenty of room on my property and plenty of mosquitoes.

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Bats are a great idea, but they do have to have a good food supply for their whole active season, and often areas with just mossies don't cut it. Still worth trying though, because if it does take, those suckers eat a hell of a lot of mossies.
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Mosquitoes, the Minnesota State Bird. They love my husband. He is always amazed they bite him in places they shouldn't be able to get to. But I am going to make me one of those traps to see if they work on gnats. I sent the recipe to my husband because he said they are really bad where he is in Montana because they have had so much moisture.
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I am going to be building some bat houses at my home base. I have been reading up about them. I have plenty of room on my property and plenty of mosquitoes.

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That's what I'd like to do, too. We have swallows but adding bats would help a lot. Make sure you build the right kind of house for your area- I found one in a store here but it isn't the right kind for Washington bats.
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