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Old 07-02-2013, 10:34 AM   #1
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Keep Mosquitoes Away

The following web article has some great tips for keeping mosquitoes out of your yard, most of which are also applicable to camping. I have a mosquito-netted hat but have never used it. My worst mosquito encounter was at the end of a long, hot day of backpacking. We were dog-tired and just let our bags (and bodies) drop at our campsite. Before we knew it we were being "eaten alive" with swarms of mosquitoes biting through our clothing. We donned our very puffy down jackets and skedaddled out of there! I doubt anything would have deterred those hungry buggers.

Let us know of your favorite ways to keep mosquitoes at bay.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:50 AM   #2
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homemade trap for Mosquitos


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Have you noticed the Mosquitos are already out! Here is a homemade trap to help keep you and the kiddos from being a blood donor!!!

HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:
Items needed:
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle

HOW:
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:19 PM   #3
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Not breathing helps also.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:20 PM   #4
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Bring along a sacrificial friend who attracts mosquitos! Some people's chemistry seems much more desirable to mosquitos so if one of those folks is along, you may be ignored.

I've tried citronella- I think it helps slightly but not much. Regular repellants work better.

My worst time backpacking, we had to sit in our lightweight sleeping bag liners with them pulled tight over our heads and read until bedtime, when we went into the screened tent. Horrible!
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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I have just bothered to let them bite me, and have built up an immunity. The buzzing about is a bit bothersome, but not that bad. Only on the tops of the feet do I seem to react now, and any bites elsewhere don't even show. Hopefully I don't find some with West Nile disease.

They way mozzies bother me the most, is the frenzy that they seem to send most people into.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:41 PM   #6
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Although the act of being bitten is as annoying to me as to anyone else, I also have never had any skin reactions to mosquito bites, so I do not suffer the after effects of being bitten.

When mosquitoes populations are fairly low, I seldom use any deterrents. When the bugs are really biting, usually a few shots of a good bug spray with deet works well for me. When the mosquito populations are extremely high and when they are large enough to carry away small pets, I have used long sleeves, long pants, thick socks, gloves, and a mesh bug hat to keep them at bay. Because I am the only one in my immediate family who has no skin reactions to mosquito bytes, I am usually the one delegated to cooking meals outdoors in the bug infested areas while the rest of the family plays card games in their tents or screen rooms.
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3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
THAT is brilliant! First homemade solution I've ever seen that actually uses the right attractant.

Works exactly the same way propane "fired" mosquito traps do- and without the flame/expense...

Thanks a million, Herschel!

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Old 07-02-2013, 03:13 PM   #8
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Ive bowhunted here in Florida for years. You don't know how bad they can be till you get down in these swamps around dusk. I wear a Shannons bug tamer suit while on the move. Once Im stopped, a Thermocell works excellent. Not much on repellents but will use em in a pinch. If you haven't tried the thermocell you need to get one. No gimmick, THEY WORK!
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Effective Mosquito Repellent for Outdoor Areas | ThermaCELL
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:41 PM   #10
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2 Thermocells around campsite table, and/or a deet spray while hiking
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That Thermacell is certainly popular...

I have to say, though, that I'm a bit mystified by folks' indifference to the fact that it works by surrounding them with a cloud of "allethrin", some of which must surely get inhaled. I s'pose the makers of this type of thing will say that's O.K., but it does surprise me that so many people agree in spite of at least some evidence to the contrary.


I'd rather use the sticky stuff on my skin, no matter the yuck factor...but I'm putting one of Herschel's CO2 "factories" together for my deck today!

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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.
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I hear the Avon product called Skin So Soft is also a great lotion for the dreaded MISQ.. and make you smell and god for the skin
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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!
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