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Old 04-27-2009, 03:04 AM   #1
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In a discussion of mosquito repellents on another RV group, I ran across these gems:

"This sounds crazy but it works for me and "mine". We eat a match, from a book of matches, starting three days before camping. The sulphur gets into your blood stream and repels them. You also don't get chiggers or ticks. I started this when it was "prescribed" to me by our Special Forces medic at Ft Bragg. I couldn't believe it when it actually worked."

Also, if you don't want to eat matches, there's a nice recipe here:

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf30942158.tip.html

One Summer my ex was taking some sulfur compound for a skin condition and I could actually smell it on her skin. We stopped at a small island to check it out for camping and in less than two minutes, my arm had at least a dozen skeeters it, and she had none! That Summer, I was the meal and she didn't get bitten at all.

Reportedly, the early settlers, and the Native Americans, didn't have too much problem with the skeeters because they were drinking ground water or from shallow wells that have a high sulfur content (you can see the sulfur buildup on the homes when they run the sprinklers from shallow wells).
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:27 PM   #2
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thats pretty cool.
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:49 PM   #3
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In a discussion of mosquito repellents on another RV group, I ran across these gems:

"This sounds crazy but it works for me and "mine". We eat a match, from a book of matches, starting three days before camping. The sulphur gets into your blood stream and repels them. You also don't get chiggers or ticks. I started this when it was "prescribed" to me by our Special Forces medic at Ft Bragg. I couldn't believe it when it actually worked."

Also, if you don't want to eat matches, there's a nice recipe here:

http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf30942158.tip.html

One Summer my ex was taking some sulfur compound for a skin condition and I could actually smell it on her skin. We stopped at a small island to check it out for camping and in less than two minutes, my arm had at least a dozen skeeters it, and she had none! That Summer, I was the meal and she didn't get bitten at all.

Reportedly, the early settlers, and the Native Americans, didn't have too much problem with the skeeters because they were drinking ground water or from shallow wells that have a high sulfur content (you can see the sulfur buildup on the homes when they run the sprinklers from shallow wells).
You know, this is fascinating. The way I see it, this could be a "twofer" The sulfur could keep the skeeters away, and the sulfury / rotten egg smell that one might exude, could be an excuse for any other gaseous problems in the trailer that one might get blamed for......hmmmmm

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Old 04-27-2009, 02:41 PM   #4
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Here's some stuff thats good for skeeters and vampires, I've never tried it but sounds good!

http://www.insectdefendpatch.com/mosquito-barrier/
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:39 PM   #5
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At least one source reports this is a myth:

http://www.backpacker.com/community/ask_buck/14

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Old 04-27-2009, 07:35 PM   #6
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At least one source reports this is a myth:

http://www.backpacker.com/community/ask_buck/14

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On the other hand, since you are from Minnesota, you might just know what you're talking about.
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could be an excuse for any other gaseous problems in the trailer that one might get blamed for......hmmmmm
OK, who fed the dog the left over cabbage rolls and chilli?
Works in our trailer ...
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Old 04-28-2009, 07:29 AM   #8
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I can't speak to the ingestion of matches but some years ago when I mentioned to my dentist that we had a trip planned to Portsmouth Island (Cape Lookout National Seashore, NC Outer Banks), he suggested a daily regimen of sulfur tablets for two weeks prior to departure. We still visit Portsmouth each year and my wife swears by the sulfur supplement as a mosquito deterrent. Personnally, I find a copious supply of beer to be equally effective.

DISCLAIMER: Neither the sulfur nor the beer seem to have much of an effect on PI's greenhead flies.


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Old 04-28-2009, 09:07 AM   #9
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Back years ago the military used sulpher tablets and it worked, now I just bring my wife along and the skeeters love her so I have no worrys
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:23 AM   #10
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My aunt and uncle, who lived in Roseland, FL, had an artesian well. It had a very high surlphur content. They too claimed they were immune to mosquitos because of the water.

I couldn't stand that water except when it was made into very strong tea. When I visited them, I was not bothered by the mosquitos either after drinking that sulphur tea.
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:24 PM   #11
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Aww, I don't know about eating a burnt match....

A friend our ours came to visit us while we were camping last 4th of July weekend and brought a bottle of "Lysterine" in a spray bottle to spray around where we were sitting near the camp fire - claimed it worked for skeeters...I rolled my eyes in dis-belief.. Yet, I have to admit, none of us got bites from skeeters or no-see-ums. Cheap, plain ol' mouthwash for skeeter repellent...plus you can use the left overs in the morning to combat 'morning breath'!!
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I just saw a couple of mosquito repellent applications for iPhone/iPod touch, which looked like simple high frequency noise to keep away mosquitoes. Anybody know if these are effective?

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OK, who fed the dog the left over cabbage rolls and chilli?
Works in our trailer ...
Now that gave me a chuckle. Our little JR can clear everyone out of the trailer when she wants to. So what's a 100 lb Ridgeback going to do to ya? Yee Haw!

I have heard that eating garlic will keep the bugs away.

I also saw a tree planter that tied a couple of dozen little strings around the brim of his hat and then tied dragon flies onto the end of each string and let them dangle a couple of inches. He swore that it was effective in keeping the bugs away.
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Now that gave me a chuckle. Our little JR can clear everyone out of the trailer when she wants to. So what's a 100 lb Ridgeback going to do to ya? Yee Haw!
James: Our svelt little girl resents that comment. She may be (IS) big in spirit but we were at the vet's just yesterday and she's a mere 66.8 lbs!
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