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Old 07-11-2013, 10:00 AM   #15
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I am one of the fortunate ones, who is not as tasty to mosquitoes as most.
I used to be like that, back before I quit smoking. Pulling a night shift for emergency repairs at one of our facilities, I was being eaten alive by every flying insect big enough to be tracked by air traffic control radar. One guy on the crew was being left strictly alone.

When I asked his secret, he said, "Smoking menthol." I bummed some smokes from him, and by the time I had about a pack's worth filtering through my lungs and into my bloodstream, the flying pests started leaving me alone, too. For the remainder of my pagan rituals— lighting a fire in my mouth and sacrificing my lungs to the demon Nicotine— I smoked menthol, too. Bugs left me alone. When I quit smoking over seven years ago, I became tasty to bugs again.

Menthol and camphor are chemically similar, so it may be possible to repel mosquitoes from enclosed areas by hanging mothballs near the openings. Assuming you can stand the smell of them. Haven't really tried it; didn't even think about it until this thread started.
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Old 07-11-2013, 10:04 AM   #16
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:00 AM   #17
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Your in luck. Not mosquitos. Have you been over to Fort Scott?
No we have'nt --yet. The country side up here is rolling hills both big and small...creeks and rivers...calm and quiet out here at the lake - almost surreal. I will look up Fort Scott.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:20 AM   #18
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My doctor told me to take IRON pills as I give blood frequently.

I have been a little worried about overdosing after the West Coast Mountain Mosquitoes started dropping like anvils?????

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Old 07-11-2013, 12:49 PM   #19
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Well, I went out and got something white and put a few of these on it, and also grabbed a palm full of them for you to see. They really are small and I was thinking to myself...I hope these aren't babies! You can see the flood light there, and there is a huge pile of carcasses down below. Pretty good bug killer huh?
Those look like midges. I live along the St. John's River in north Florida, and we are invaded by hordes of these buggers annually. We call them "blind mosquitoes"; some years are worse than others. One year they were so bad that in the morning, neighbors were literally shoveling their carcasses off their driveways. We'd go out on our porches and use our shop vac to suck 'em up; you had to wear a bandana over your nose and mouth to mow the lawn because they were so thick. As already mentioned, it was reminiscent of Hitchcock's "The Birds"! Knock on wood, this year hasn't been bad. And we keep telling ourselves, at least they don't bite!
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Asian Tiger Mosquitos have come to stay here in GA and they are out all day, not just at dawn and dusk. Me, I'm one of the 'lucky' ones with the blood type they love to snack on and it doesn't matter how much deet I put on, they find me. granted I get eaten less with chemicals but I still get eaten. here's an excerpt from the article talking about blood types with the link below.

Blood-type markers are chemicals released by people of a specific blood type – so if someone with AB blood emitted a marker, it would be different than that released by B. One study found persons with Type O blood suffered more mosquito landings because of the odorant markers they emit than any other blood type, making their juices a hot commodity for blood banks, as well as Asian Tiger Mosquitoes, which carry West Nile Virus. Not only were Type O’s more likely to be landed on, but the study found that for any blood type, people who secreted a chemical marker about their blood type through their skin (both blood type and secretor status are determined by genes) were bitten much more than non-secretors; 24 percent in the case of the Type O’s. Other researchers estimate about 15 percent of the population, based on their genes, don’t emit chemical markers of their blood type through their skin and saliva, so something else has to be calling the mosquitoes to them.

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Old 07-11-2013, 05:14 PM   #21
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They are not baby mosquitoes (IMO).

I don't know what you call them but I have seen them on and around lakes, they don't bite or sting but you can wander into a large swarm of them thick enough to get in your nose, mouth and eyes.
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DRAT! My BGFs and I do Boundary Waters every August. Hafta remember the mosquito netting hats this year! if they are that bad now. I'm all for DEET as necessary, because I'm usually the tastiest one of the bunch.
Handfulls of those bugs is interesting, Air-Quarius. You could almost fry them up in butter for some extra protein.

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we just heard about cat liter?? for real? I mean if it works, I'll be making little bags full hanging on strings for around our necks!!
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Super bad year for mosquitos in eastern Ontario. It's been very wet - great for the lawn - good for bug breeding.

We've done many trips into the backcountry over the years (Algonquin park especially). There have been years where one does not just swat the mosquitos on your arms/legs, but kill via a smearing action - like spreading jam. This is one of those years.

We always found that the first day was the worst in the bush - but once we humans smelled less like soap and shampoo the bugs ignored us more.
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When back in Louisiana you would have swarms even during early duck hunting season! St. Mary Parish area.

Anywho, when I would go out I could hear them pesky guys buzzin. "Hey hey hey, it's a buffet!"

When I got out the DEET, they howled, "hey guys, it's a KEGGER!"

Always "attracted " them and there are few things I detest in this life, but mosquito always receive my primary attention and I will hunt them down at almost all costs.

I don't like being "angry"....they won't like me when I am angry...they bring that out in me to a scary level.
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My wife has type O blood and mosquitoes love her. When we visit Mississippi where I grew up she swears they cast shadows as large as a pterodactyl would ...in fact she thinks they are one and the same.
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So is this new cat litter or used???????

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