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Old 03-29-2010, 07:41 PM   #1
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Any Secrets...BUG SEASON!!!!

Being a newbie to the RV way of life just wondering what you folks do during the bug season. I have camped a lot in my life but mostly during Deer season. Not too much while the bugs are out and about. Whats the secrets, minus closing the screen door and using off.

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Old 03-29-2010, 08:00 PM   #2
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Absorbine Junior for gnats/ no seeums. It comes in a dabber bottle so a dab behind your ears on exposed area "within reason" I put it on my cap rather than ears or face.
Dryer sheets (BOUNCE) wipe effected areas, and carry in pocket of shorts or pants. I have tried other brands, but not as good,
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Most of our camping is mountain camping so bugs usually aren't a big deal. Still though there is an occasional mosquito or house fly. When they are around we;
  1. Keep the screen door closed
  2. Light a couple of citronella candles if necessary.
The candles are somewhat helpful but they're great at masking the stink of some of our camping buddies.
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I try to camp with someone who is more attractive to the bugs than I am...
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These soap bars work well against mosquitoes and noseeums (the absolute worst). You can wash your hair in it, too, although texture is not delightful it keeps them off your scalp.

Natural Citronella & Marigold soap :: all natural handmade soap by Herbaria

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lived in Southern Louisiana....mosiquito capital of the world not to mention gnats....this is even used by oilfield workers for out doors on the rigs

Victoria's Secret - Refreshing Body Mist

we used this for all of our camping and anything outdoors.
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I try to camp with someone who is more attractive to the bugs than I am...
I lived in the Adirondacks for a few years. As beautiful as it is you pay for it in black fly season. You can take your arm and punch a whole in a cloud of black flies.

I recommend Aqua Velva. The technique is you espouse the effiectiveness of this product to your buddy and after he is doused and a black fly cloud has encircled you casually stroll by him and Voila! you are black fly free.

Another approach that does work if you are not too crazy about the chemical DEET is Avon Skin So Soft.

Bugs are attracted to the color blue. Mythbusters?

A local swore by a concoction called Swizzle. I think it had vinegar and honey. You drink it. He also took a lot of B vitamins. He did seem to get bit less than me in the woods.

Old Woodsman with pine tar works pretty good and makes you smell like you have been in the woods for a year or two. If you also don't like people I recommend this product. Also has DEET.
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What scent for Victoria's secret refreshing body mist?
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Would rather have the bugs than the chemicals on me. Many cosmetics attract bugs, bathe with scentless soap. Mosquitos are especially active around sunset, love the heat and light of campfires, gas lanterns, and mosquito zappers. Keep outdoor light to a minimum. A long sleeve shirt, long pants in the evening are great protection. Flies like open food, keep it covered. Camp away from brush, keep a clean campsite. Most bugs are seasonal, flies in late summer, mosquitos mid to late summer, winter none.
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The worst bug attack I experienced was in canyon country on the Green River in Utah. Camping was limited to the bottoms in river bends to get to them you had to go through salt cedar lining the river. Mosquitos call the salt cedar aka tamarisk home by the millions. No other option except go through em, get your tent up asap and stay there. The morning was the process in reverse. Throw everything in your boat as fast as you can and push off. Then the little flying vampires follow you down the river. Adirondack black flies are a close second though
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used by oilfield workers for out doors on the rigs

Victoria's Secret - Refreshing Body Mist
That image would be an interesting alternative to your standard VS fare.
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What scent for Victoria's secret refreshing body mist?
It is Amber Romance Body Mist.
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What scent for Victoria's secret refreshing body mist?
It is Amber Romance Body Mist.

They happen to buy it by the case for the guys who work out there.
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