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Old 04-19-2019, 04:43 PM   #15
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mosquito solution

Get a thermacell works great unless windy I live and fish texas coastal marsh this thing does the job!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-19-2019, 04:58 PM   #16
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Get a thermacell works great unless windy I live and fish texas coastal marsh this thing does the job!!!!!!!!!!


I was looking at these. A few questions....

1) looks like they have battery and rechargeable versions. But the rechargeable versions apparently use a different system. Do you know anything about that? I suppose I could use rechargeable batteries in the battery version...

2) lots of the reviews say it works great - but - expensive to run as the butane canister may last say 12 hours and 4 pads at 3 hours each - so like $30 a weekend - that can add up over several months. Is that your experience?

3) and particular tips and tricks for maximizing the effectiveness?

I’m a skeeter magnet - would love something for the campsite that works great. Thanks!
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Old 04-19-2019, 05:26 PM   #17
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I've found that it's a good idea to take along a skene of thick yarn to use in closing the areas around window levers, fan vents and other spots where seemingly tiny gaps allow mosquitoes to enter.


I've also found that a fan that allows you to draw air into the Airstream through the fan vent is useful when going in and out through the screen door. The positive pressure in the AS helps keep critters outside.


But nothing is perfect. Surrender to the fact that you'll wake in the night with the whine of the mosquito in your ear and end up slapping yourself in the head trying to catch the damn thing.
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Old 04-19-2019, 05:37 PM   #18
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Thermacell inside

I was interested and did a quick Amazon look. Looks like the manufacturer doesn't recommend using indoors. Those that use the product care to weigh in on real-world usage?
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We got the real big ones up here!! OFF just doesn't seem to work on them. A 12 guage in season is the best!!
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Old 04-19-2019, 11:18 PM   #20
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What kind of chemicals does the Thermocell give off? Or is it some sort of smell that masks the carbon dioxide that humans give off? Curious about this... we have always used a spray, and often just go inside the minute we see a mosquito! Thanks!
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What kind of chemicals does the Thermocell give off? Or is it some sort of smell that masks the carbon dioxide that humans give off? Curious about this... we have always used a spray, and often just go inside the minute we see a mosquito! Thanks!
From the Thermacell website:

"This repellent, allethrin, is a synthetic copy of a natural repellent found in chrysanthemum plants."
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Old 04-20-2019, 02:01 PM   #22
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theracell butane cartridge

you can refill your own butane cartridges look on you tube i have refilled many many time never any issues.
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:03 AM   #23
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We once anchored our boat for the night in the "Little Shark River" in the heart of the Everglades, where the mangroves were 100' high!
As I cooked steaks on the grill I mentioned, "Look there's a mosquito". Within seconds, I was running for my life!
Here's what I learned about mosquitos.
1. Only the females bite, they need blood for the young.
2. They relentlessly follow the scent of CO2.
3. They don't fly very fast so a breeze keeps them away.
4. I'm told that taking large doses of vitamin B-12 helps.
5. Sunset is the worst time.

We had screens on the boat, used skin-so-soft, burned Pic coils (Probably not a good idea) and eventually saw the ones inside trying to get out, then expire and drop off. I laid in my bunk and could hear them outside.
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The Everglades are well infested with “blood sucking helicopters” during most of the year. Pic coils were our main defense, but eventually everything smells like them. Grew up on the lower East Coast of Florida. Know what you experienced..no fun!
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We use our portable vacuum to get the buggers that sneak in and paper towel to keep them in.

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Thermocell

Thermocell is all we use now. Refills can be purchased on Ebay for cheap - and the butane is refillable. If you want to see mosquito problems, go into the Canadian north. Fishing and hunting guides all carry the personal version of the patio Thermocell. There are plenty of Youtube videos showing how effective it is.
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We are brand new to the AS experience and will be planning our first local tri[p for Mother's Day weekend. What do ASers do for mosquitos? Recommendations?
I am planning to replace the “bug fuzz” in the window frames where the window levers come through. It doesn’t take too nany years for the fuzz to mat and stop doing its job of keeping the slots closed to mosquitoes (especially those in the Everglades— but the gators didn’t get in!).

I was planning to see what was on the market but finally I got 15’ of the same material while we were in Jackson Center. The senior technician didn’t have a better suggestion than replacing what was there.
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To get rid of skeeters that have already come in, close the door, open a screened window, remove the screen from your ceiling exhaust fan, and run the fan at high speed. The skeeters will be sucked out through the exhaust fan because they will fly downwind rather than trying to buck a headwind. Once the bugs are gone, put the screen back in the exhaust fan (after turning it off, of course!).
Great suggestion! And after dark, tape a little LED gooseneck reading light right by the opening and turn off all others light sources. That should surprise a few!
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