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Old 07-05-2016, 02:06 PM   #21
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May well be, but NOT a solution as my ankles/legs can attest...
It would appear that the world's bug-to-human ratio is around 200,000,000 to 1. Total avoidance is impossible.
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:26 PM   #22
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As some of you have seen, my house is in the middle of an urban forest. Trees, trees, trees EVERYWHERE and a creek on the backside of the property. So, mosquitos are TERRIBLE here. Last year, I had a commercial company start spraying the yard, and it worked...it worked VERY well...but it was about $50 an application every 4 weeks. Well, that's a little pricey, so I looked at what they used, and the magic chemical is Bifen IT which you can buy and spray yourself. It takes about 5 gallons (mixed) to treat my 3/4 acre lot. I have to do it about every 4 weeks and it takes about 30 minutes to do. This stuff works better than ANYTHING I have tried.

Bifen IT | Bifenthrin 7.9%
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:29 PM   #23
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It would appear that the world's bug-to-human ratio is around 200,000,000 to 1. Total avoidance is impossible.
Understood, but undoubtedly we can do better than the "protection" bats offered, no matter how steadfastly you cling to the idea...
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Old 07-05-2016, 02:35 PM   #24
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Understood, but undoubtedly we can do better than the "protection" bats offered, no matter how steadfastly you cling to the idea...
I'm not really 'clinging' to it, it's more that I personally don't care to sit around breathing in crap that's toxic to things that are often a lot more resilient than I am; à chacun son goût, I guess.
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I'm a believer in bats, and have always had a couple of bat houses with numerous residents at houses I've owned. At our last house, based on the general environment we should have been deluged with mosquitos, but never had a single bite in nine years. I give the bats a good deal of the credit.

Beyond that, I've always relied on 100% DEET. I prefer the liquid or roll-on stick type but a spray is OK too. Another good option is to treat your clothing, especially socks and shirt cuffs, with pyrethrin. You don't want it on your skin, but treating clothing with it is effective.
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I can't stand anything with DEET. Picaridin (I think that's how you spell it) works fine for the wimpy mosquitos they have here in the south, and I don't even hate the scent and the feel of it. DEET makes me ill and feels like getting covered in Wesson.

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Old 07-05-2016, 04:27 PM   #27
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There's nothing you can do. However, at our lake house this year the mosquitoes have been almost non existent, a real shocker. Smoky fire, go out later, ie after 11PM, use Off with 30% Deet. Then scratch like hell.
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In 17 years of living in this suburb, without using any mosquito repellant, I have never once been bitten by a mosquito. There may be several reasons for that:

1) My suburb is heavily fogged, frequently, for mosquitos.
2) I don't sit outside a whole lot in the heat of summer.
3) Maybe mosquitos just don't like me. I should review Dale Carnegie's advice.
4) Admins have to develop thick skins?

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We cover up. Remove any standing water. Use DEET if we go out birdwatching or whatever. DH who is out a lot treats his field clothes with permethrin.

If sitting out on the patio a rule is "don't step in the grass!" That seems to wake them up.

A patio fan also helps.
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:39 PM   #30
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About Mosquito Bites.
I honestly think that if you watch the short video on this website, and read the accompanying article, that you will never, ever forget it.
A microscopic view of how a mosquito bites. Not as simple as you might think.

What REALLY happens when a mosquito bites: Scientists capture how the parasite bites and sucks blood in a gruesome video | Daily Mail Online

Would be interested in your reaction... or maybe you already knew.
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You can buy clothing and blankets to protect you. Embedded, odorless and can be washed.
www.insectshield.com
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We have bats that live somewhere around the lake. Almost zero mosquitoes here in our yard but others in our neighborhood have tons (like you might get bit 10 times running from car to house).

If the bugs bother me, I'll put a light misting of DEET repellent on. Seems to work.

FYI in North Carolina.
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If you use DEET a minimum of 25% is needed to be effective.
Decades ago, when working in the bush we used liquid deet 95% It even kept the horse flys and deer flys off.
I'd have 20 deer flys buzzing around me within a foot but none landing to chew.

Fans work well as they cannot fly in a wind (or only sit out on breezy nights). Note that having hedges and things like that (solid fences) will block the wind and give them a place to shelter.

Those coil things and lemon candles and Avon Skin So Soft don't work regardless of what the shills say (in MHO).
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I remember using those smoldering green coil thingys at the drive-in movies back in the 60s. I don't remember how well they worked since smoldering was happening elsewhere and I wasn't paying much attention.

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I just tried clove oil. Seems to be effective, only tired it once so far. Just watch out after applying to avoid contact to eyes, it can burn. Supposed to be effective for two hours.
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I spray with a DEET based product. I put it on my cloths when I mow the lawn instead of directly on my skin but that would be had to do in shorts in the evening by the fire. The main thing I want to share is what I do when I do get bit. I found a product called SssstingStop and have found it to work very well at easing the itch. You have to use it frequently like 4-6 times per day, but it does work (at least for me and my family).

Link - Ssssting Stop - $7.39
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I spray with a DEET based product. I put it on my cloths when I mow the lawn instead of directly on my skin but that would be had to do in shorts in the evening by the fire. The main thing I want to share is what I do when I do get bit. I found a product called SssstingStop and have found it to work very well at easing the itch. You have to use it frequently like 4-6 times per day, but it does work (at least for me and my family).

Link - Ssssting Stop - $7.39
You might want to try permethrin sprayed on your clothes, it lasts a number of washings. It even stops ticks.
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I've used the coils with good effect, but your best bet is a Thermocell. Get the lantern type one or the personal sized one. They definitely work. A friend who is a surveyor swears by them, and convinced me on a camping trip where we were eaten alive if we set foot outside of the protected zone.
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My son, who was a severe asthmatic when he was a child, never got bitten by insects. We all assumed it was the theophylline he was prescribed to take.
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They zero in on CO2. Stop breathing?

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-...-detect-people

It really helps to remove standing water sources. Look around for neighbors who have massive infestation due to unattended pools. Local county here has a page where you complain about that, and they do come out.
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