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Old 06-20-2005, 08:23 AM   #1
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Mosquitos!

I was wondering what folks do about the dreaded mosquito. This weekend we picked up a Mosquito Magnet. It worked for the first 20 hours, and was catching. Then it stopped working. It's going back to the store today.

Each year our mosquito season seems to get worse (especially with our very wet Spring). Even trying to wash the Airstream in our driveway is a HUGE challenge (very shady and mosquito friendly). And you know how much we all like to wash our Airstreams! I won't even think about trying to polish it at the moment. Somewhere in late July the little monsters will start thinning out.

So, what do you folks do at home and on the road? We'd really like to avoid the sprays, and find a better way to deal with these little critters. The shine of my Airstream depends on it!
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Old 06-20-2005, 08:48 AM   #2
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I hear ya!

We live in mosquito-land too. In fact, our town newspaper is called "The Mosquito." Like you, I'm not a fan of the sprays or any of the heavy DEET products, but we haven't found anything that really works on the little buggers. We haven't plunked the money down for the Mosquito Magnet because the mixed results we've heard about made it seem not worth the money. Right now we're just taking advantage of every opportunity when the mosquitoes are not so bad to go outside and do our work -- this means when the sun is shining hottest and humidity is at its lowest, which isn't often this spring. We use Naturpel and Cutter Skintastic sprays when we have to be outside, and spray them often and mostly on our clothes rather than on our skin. I have to admit that I like the Skintastic over the Naturpel based on the scent alone. I am just about ready to order mosquito netting and hats for when we have heavy yardwork that we just have to get done in the shade. We have a bat house but I don't think there are any residents there now so it's not helping. I'm just getting a large perennial garden going and I'm going to put in some birdfeeders to attract some natural mosquito predators. The dragonflies are just now starting to come out so, hopefully, they'll start feeding on them. Last year I was able to put a small wading pool in the yard for the girls and there were enough dragonflies around to protect us from mosquitoes while they played.

I know from past years that this is the worst time of the year for them and that they should lighten up a bit by mid-July. And this has been an especially wet spring so it's worse than most years and hopefully things will get better.

Good luck! I'll be watching this thread to see if anyone has any better suggestions.

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Headnets, Naturpel, and holding a belay line

Thanks for the response. You're probably not very far from us. We're in Sandown, NH (near the MA border), and we live close to part of the Exeter River Watershed. So we have the little monsters coming at us in thick clouds!

When we used to rock climb more often than we do now we tried everything. I even went so far as to use a headnet while climbing in Pawtuckaway. Can't really make out the rocks very well with a net. And when running the belay line for your climbing partner you cannot take a hand off to swat! We finally learned to skip the late Spring and early Summer climbing in Pawtuckaway.

The mosquito magnet was tried this weekend. While it worked for almost a day it was very fickle. We turned it off to move it to a shadier spot, and it never restarted properly. Then we read the online reviews to find very mixed stories, mostly involving the restart problems. Ugh.

I thought this forum would be a great place to hear how folks deal with them. With everyone's travels I'm sure many have run into the dense swarms, and found ways to deal with them.
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Old 06-20-2005, 09:36 AM   #4
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Glad to hear that we're not alone up here when it comes to dealing with the dreaded mosquito. I pretty well live in the bush so of course we've got black flies and deer flies thrown into the mix as well. About the only thing you can do is wait it out, and stay inside at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes are the heaviest. When they are at thier peak, a bug repellent with at least 20% deet is mandatory just to keep them at bay. I've also found that the more I get bitten, the less the bites bother me, but then again I've probably got West Nile by now . P.
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The best thing I have found is in the sporting goods department at Wal-Mart. I can't remember the name of it, but it smells like dirt. It is what hunter's use.
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Apply Deep Woods Off to exposed skin. If that doesn't keep them at bay, smoke a cigar. I'm serious. Mosquitos don't like cigar smoke. No need to inhale, just light it and keep it lit and close to your body.
I've done this here in the backwoods of Michigan and while fishing marshy areas of Florida. It's not foolproof, but it helps.
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Deep Woods Off works for me too. Also citronella torch oil - the really smokey stuff helps in a camp area..... but it can't be good for you - of course neither are mosquito bites.
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I've been told that Avon "Skin so Soft" is a good mosquito repellant but I'm afraid to try it, I want to repel mosquitos, not attract womenfolk while I'm fishing..
Wait! Any Avon salespeople aboard? Maybe I could do both at the same time.
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I've been told that Avon "Skin so Soft" is a good mosquito repellant but I'm afraid to try it, I want to repel mosquitos, not attract womenfolk while I'm fishing..
Wait! Any Avon salespeople aboard? Maybe I could do both at the same time.
Avon now markets a product with the active ingredients of Skin So Soft, as a mosquito repellant. Check with your local Avon saleperson.
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I've been told that Avon "Skin so Soft" is a good mosquito repellant but I'm afraid to try it, I want to repel mosquitos, not attract womenfolk while I'm fishing..
Wait! Any Avon salespeople aboard? Maybe I could do both at the same time.
Don't think my wife would like me attracting other womenfolk......
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Old 06-20-2005, 12:58 PM   #11
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Coming from the Canadian North - zzzzzzzzzzslap capital of vacation land - here is what we have settled with.

We have looked at everything and have settled with two products.

One is an insect repelant made by Watkins - Cream and Spray can available
watkinsonline.com I use a supplier out of Winnipeg MB but Watkins is a USA based company that has been around since the settling days - you know those potion/lotion guys in the wagons that traveled from town to town with tonics

Ingreedients: Deet 28.5% Toluamides 1.5% in a 240ml bottle
If you have to go out during their feeding times dusk to dawn and shady areas and days - with exposed skin then this will work! Like anything else if you get wet or sweat then repeat applications will be necessary.

We live in a forest, beside a marsh - so guess what we have - trillions of them - however we have found a product that is made in the states and has been proven for use in Baseball parks and play areas - it is all natural and REALLY works - if you like garlic this is the product you need for your yards or just to spray a "Barrier" around the area you are working

It is called Mosquito Barrier
Ingreedients Garlic Juice 99.3%
Cirtic Acid .5%
Potassium Sorbate .2%


Here is the contact info on the bottle

Made with care in USA
Garlic Research Labs, Inc.
624 Ruberta Avenue
Glendale, CA 91201-2335
info@MosquitoBarrier.com
www.MosquitoBarrier.com
800-424-7990

You need a good sprayer and have to be diligent in controlling the population around your house and work areas - after heavy rains the application must be repeated - but it really does work. I have made up a spray bottle that I squirt around the door enterances - and in the bushes around where we sit. Have even sprayed under the trailers where we are working and you can actually see them fly away - and stay at a distance....

coupled with the replelant - our place can be quite pleasant - even this year when they are the worst we have seen them.

The next huge bug that sends me running is the deer and horse flies that almost amputate you when they take a bite - for these little buggers I do not go out without a hat on (keeps sun off head too) and I use a deer fly patch from www.LeeValley.com - as the fly is buzing around your head it picks up on the scent of the patch and wants to land a bite - only problem is it is sticky so they get stuck and die. You here them buzzing up there but I would rather that then huge welts on me - I am allergic to their sting and it can make me very sick at times. These patches are not overly expensive - and can be placed on hats or on the back of your shirt. I usually just flick them off .

After rain for 7 days they are out in full force today and just cutting the grass up front where they like to hang out I had 10 land on my hat - the rest stay clear as they then sense the dead ones on the hat.

I have hat head a lot during the summer - but well worth the alternative!!!

PS. Note the above products have been purchased for personal use only - I am not associated or work for any of these companies. Just ones I have found their products to actually WORK. when applied correctly and consistently.

West Nile - don't be so scared......there are trillions of mosquitos out there and the chances are slim to none for most of us - about as much as a lightening strike - or getting hit by a car which are much higher risks as well as even higher risks such as heart diseases, obesity and most cancers.....

You all have a great day
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Orvis markets repellent clothes - they work!

http://www.orvis.com/store/search_re...s*35111&bhcp=1
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We live in a forest, beside a marsh - so guess what we have - trillions of them - however we have found a product that is made in the states and has been proven for use in Baseball parks and play areas - it is all natural and REALLY works - if you like garlic this is the product you need for your yards or just to spray a "Barrier" around the area you are working.
GT6921 -- the Mosquito Barrier is a great tip! I've never heard of it before and it looks like just the thing for those times when we just want to enjoy the yard but can't for the nasty bugs taking over. I think we'll give it a try. Thanks!
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Old 06-23-2005, 01:18 PM   #14
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Sock it 2 'em !!!

How abt tryin a few pairs of soiled SOCKS in a bucket, or Yr old Trainers, I kn 4 a fact My missus wood'nt even try to enter My SHED, if She sees those lyin around, & I can't get outta the place quick enough, I'm sure My nasal wall is thinnin...LOL My Sister uses Scented Candles 2 rid the Gnats She has in Her yard, the garden pond attracts them...Any how GOOD LUCK...Chris.....
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