Bugs that go OUCH.

  • Latenight30

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    Aug 24, 2009 3:18 PM GMT
    Okay since i get all of my information from the forum on things I wanted to post a question to all you outdoorsy guys.
    I love the outdoors and don't even run the AC in my house and keep it open almost year round. Score 1 for living in the South.
    But I am the most tasty treat to all things bitty and stingy like the mosquito.
    Any of you have a good, non chemical or perfume smelling bug repleant that you use.
    Cheers and have a good and safe week.
    J
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    Aug 24, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    Citronella oil is a natural mosquito repellent. I think there are some companies that make "natural" repellent made with citronella.

    Also, plant some citronella plants around your property.
  • outdoorjunkie

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    Aug 24, 2009 6:53 PM GMT
    Garlic works really well. Mosquitoes HATE garlic. You can buy natural garlic sprays, or do what I do and just eat it!
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    Aug 24, 2009 6:59 PM GMT
    bathing in the menstrual blood of virgins usually does the trick





















    or maybe that was for eternal youth...






    actually, no, i don't think there's any great way for avoiding 'em.
    they love me too, i commiserate.
  • Sparkycat

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    Aug 24, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    Sorry, this is really vague info. I can't remember the details. But I read about somthing that people can carry with them, or maybe wear. I don't remember. Sort of a flea collar for people except it's not for fleas and it's not a collar. That helps, huhicon_confused.gif Anyway, it surrounds you with a force field of insect repellant. Supposedly it works. Sorry I can't remember more about it.
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    Aug 24, 2009 7:44 PM GMT
    yes, forcefields may do the trick...
  • jrs1

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    Aug 24, 2009 8:29 PM GMT
    xrichx saidCitronella oil is a natural mosquito repellent. I think there are some companies that make "natural" repellent made with citronella.

    Also, plant some citronella plants around your property.


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    Aug 24, 2009 9:34 PM GMT

    Plants that repel mosquitos:

    Catnip (up 10x's more effective than DEET)

    Citronella

    Rosemary

    Marigolds

    Things you can eat to make mosquitos avoid you:

    Lots of garlic (enough that you sweat it). May repel some people too!

    Some people swear by 100mg daily of vitamin B-1 (Thiamine Hydrochloride).

    Things you can put on your skin:

    Skin So Soft by Avon

    Recommended by my nephew, who just finished his enlistment with the Marines: 2 oz Skin So Soft bath oil + 2 oz rubbing alcohol.
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    Aug 24, 2009 9:51 PM GMT
    We used Skin So Soft by Avon back on the farm. It was the ONLY thing that repelled deer flies and most ticks.
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    Aug 24, 2009 10:48 PM GMT
    When we were little, ALL we used as well was skin so soft. Haven't used it since we were able to pick out our on clothing but....who knows, maybe we should use it!


    We have this new strain of mos.quito here in NJ that is breeding to large numbers, got notices on our township doors and all about them. Asian Tiger Mosquitos. Bastards! All they do is eat me alive.


    The best defense, as I've learned . . . . from trimming back the bamboo for an hour and planting shyt in the yard or even just running sometimes- is to just wear pants, long sleeves and cover your neck and sweat it all out!

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    Aug 24, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    czarodziej saidyes, forcefields may do the trick...


    LOL, I seriously wish I had one. When I'm riding my bike at 25-30 mph and a giant bug hits me, its not the best feeling in the world. I hit a locust or something of that size once, and it stung for a good couple minutes. icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 24, 2009 11:36 PM GMT
    xrichx saidCitronella oil is a natural mosquito repellent. I think there are some companies that make "natural" repellent made with citronella.

    Also, plant some citronella plants around your property.

    Yes, and when I go camping I have lots of citronella candles around my camper. I buy them in a metal bucket, and they last a very long time. Inside the house the citronella might cause sooty deposits over time on surfaces, however, and leave a lingering smell in fabrics. I haven't looked for it, but perhaps there are clean indoor air fresheners that have citronella.

    Topical applications for your skin are problematic. Long-term health issues are still being debated about certain ingredients. I'll use a spray for a brief outdoor camping trip, but not sure I'd do it on a regular basis.

    I also used to have an electric bug zapper for my North Dakota house. Counter-intuitive as it may sound, annoying flying insects can actually become worse the farther north you go, though for a shorter summer period. It's like they go crazy during the few months they have, and I theorize that another reason is the lack of year-round insect predators, like we have here in Florida.

    In any case, for best mosquito control a bug zapper needs a CO2 accessory, since that's one of the things that attracts mosquitos, not visible light, because mammals exhale CO2. My only complaint with the zapper was that I seemed to be attracting all my neighbors insects, as well, when they didn't have a zapper going, too. Nice for them, not so good for me.
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    Aug 25, 2009 12:22 AM GMT
    Yup. It's probably not a good idea to spray any sort of insect repellent on your skin, either citronella or DEET. Spray it on your clothes instead.

    And I'm not sure about the Skin So Soft thing. But if it work you all, then carry on. icon_lol.gif

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  • calibro

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    Aug 25, 2009 1:06 AM GMT
    also, refrain from eating things that attract mosquitoes... like bananas