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Old 07-22-2006, 08:21 AM   #1
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Mosquito control outdoors

Unlike our home, many of the places we visit while camping have mosquitos. We don't like covering our skin with smelly liquids and chemicals, so we're wondering if any portable devices are available for effective mosquito control while sitting outside. Something that either attracts and kills or simply repels mosquitos that could cover an area large enough to give us a little peace and comfort while enjoying our time outside the trailer would be nice.

Any ideas? Any experiences with products that really work well?

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Old 07-22-2006, 08:29 AM   #2
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I've had mosquitos, and worse, in my opinion, gnats, since I've been at this lake the first of April. I wear a mosquito hat. And disposable gloves. The mosquitos land on the gloves, but apparently can't bite through them. There are complete mosquito outfits available.

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Old 07-22-2006, 08:54 AM   #3
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I've seen devices which operate off propane that either repel or kill mosquitos. I don't know if they work or not. I use citronella candles purchased from Lowes that are in painted or galvanized buckets. I place 4 of them around the front of the camper and picnic table when camping and they do a good job.

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Old 07-22-2006, 09:46 AM   #4
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i got some of those old fashioned road flares at sams and filled them with kerosene citrenella blend.

they are stainless steel and look good with the trailer. and do seem to keep the skeeters away.

i think they were about 11 bucks for two.

the best part is that they are weighted and hard to knock over!

you call them ferrets, i call them weasels.
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Old 07-22-2006, 07:56 PM   #5
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it's a major problem for me. the things that worked for me:

You have to wash often enough, if you are sweaty, that seems to attract them so much more.

You have to practically bathe in that bug spray. Even then it's kind of marginally effective.

The other thing I heard, you can eat something that will repeal them. Was it garlic? Any truth to that?
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Old 07-22-2006, 08:36 PM   #6
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. . . . The other thing I heard, you can eat something that will repeal them. Was it garlic? Any truth to that?
You supposed to wear it around your neck, not eat it!
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Old 07-23-2006, 06:06 AM   #7
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Those propane mosquito traps give off heat,Co2 and pheremones, which attract the skeeters to the trap where they are sucked into a filter bag. I heard they work, but most cost around $300.
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Old 07-23-2006, 07:54 AM   #8
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i use several citronella in a tiki torch's and a fan blowing in your general direction. i've seen all natural bug repellent soap you bath w/ . i don't know if it works though.

the garlic necklace might keep bugs away and handy for cooking
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Old 07-23-2006, 08:31 AM   #9
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You might look at this link,
I haven't used this particular product yet, but their other products are effective. Also, there is a repellant called "Repel" that is made from lemon eucalyptus. It's just as effective as deet and I'll attest to that (Consumer Reports thinks so, too). Otherwise, I haven't had much luck with "natural" sprays.

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Old 07-23-2006, 09:00 AM   #10
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We purchased a Mosquito Magnet three years ago and it really does work. The critters are attracted by co2 and sucked in where they die of dehydration. It keeps our back yard liveable all summer. The problem is that it is quite bulky to take along and takes a period of time to do it's job. It uses a tank of propane about every three weeks.

I would think that for traveling the candles are better. My wife drives me crazy with these mosquito coils that she burns under her lawn chair. Gives me headaches.
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Old 07-23-2006, 09:08 AM   #11
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The Mosquito Magnets WORK!
I live in Northern Minnesota where the skeeters are really bad. My 2 acre yard consists of probably 60% woods and the rest grass. I live on a lake with mosquito bed weeds along the shore and there is a stagnant pond on the neighbors property. The property I have across the street is similar with mostly woods and small ponds, again, mosquito heaven. I have two MM's in my yard and can spend the day outside and maybe get bitten a few times. I no longer use "Off or anything else. If I go to my property across the street, they are over me like stink on poop.
These are not something that you take camping for a weekend, since they take time to work. Say, if you were to get one in the middle of the summer and fire it up in your mosquito infested yard, it would take about a week to really see the difference. In three weeks you would be nearly mosquito free.
I swear by these things.
One of my units is totaly portable in that it has a battery that runs the fan all summer (amazing to me) so you don't need electricity. The units use a 20# tank of propane per month and use an attractant that you should replace every 6 weeks.
So, if you are camping in the same place every weekend or have a lake place, I would certainly recomend the Mosquito Magnet. If you are weekenders at different locations, get out the citronella and deet. If I needed a mosquito net over my head, I'd find a new place to camp.

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By the way, MM's are on sale this time of year and you should be able to save a hundred bucks or so.
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Old 07-23-2006, 10:10 AM   #12
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Mosquito clothing -besides Cabela's,
and have mosquito gear.
I've had my mosquito hat for years, no need to keep replenishing like repellents, and no added weight in the RV. I'm tempted to get one of the net jackets-
The campers get a big smile when seeing me with my mosquito hat!
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Old 07-23-2006, 10:29 AM   #13
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It seems mosquitos are a problem everywhere. While in Wisconsin and being swarmed by them, we lit several buckets of Citronella and decided that was not the solution when there were several mosquitos sitting on the edge of the bucket! We have had the best relief by using a strong fan to keep the air moving around the sitting area. Mosquitos are so light that the moving air keeps them outside the turbulence zone. This has worked better for us than ay of the other solutions.

A side note that might help someone in the future. One RV park had so many that evertime we opened the door to come in or out, several would end up in the AS. Each time we entered or exited we would have to hunt four or five of them down and swat them. On the white surfaces, I would just pinch them between thumb and forefinger while they were sitting so they would not leave a mark on the surface. One particular mosquito sitting on our white LR curtains was particularly engorged with bood and when I pinched it, it exploded all over our white curtains. Two large red splotches of blood the size of a pencil eraser! For some reason my wife was mad at me instead of the mosquito! I remembered reading somewhere that peroxide would disolve fresh blood stains so I directed her to blot the spots with peroxide. Presto! Not a trace of the boodstain! You can't even tell there was as stain ever there. Hopefully you won't ever need the information, but just in case, now you have it.

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Old 07-23-2006, 12:09 PM   #14
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We got a attery powered bug zapper from CW. Does it save us from skeeters? Nope. but at least you feel like you are fighting back.

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