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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby qft » Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:32 pm

That's unfortunate. I lifted the suggestion from a Reddit thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/co ... _alive_by/
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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby lrrowe » Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:34 pm

Shadow Catcher wrote:Tried a Thermacell (dead air) and it was overcome by tasty blood. Did not seem to do anything. :thumbdown:



I also found your results disappointing. I have one but have not used it yet. I heard from one of my hunting friends that he liked it. But we did not specifically discuss mosquitoes.
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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby Shadow Catcher » Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:41 pm

Most recent problem was chiggers very small red bug. Chigger larvae pierce the skin and inject a person with a salivary secretion that contains powerful digestive enzymes. I got eaten at East Harbor State Park. Deet etc. work but I did not realize I was being eaten.
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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby deleted » Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:09 pm

Shadowcatcher sorry to hear you're suffering. I have two Thermacells and find that they have a tendency to go out once they are lit even with plenty of butane in the cartridge. So I check, and check again. Which is why two seemed like a better idea than one. If one goes out hopefully the other will keep protecting. They work most nights but every now and then there will be a night where they just aren't as effective but overall I'd say they work well 90% of the time. It does usually take 30 minutes of pre-running the device to create the "safe zone" but after that it usually works great.

I don't think the Thermacells work on chiggers but no-see-um mesh does. You could create a small bug net walled awning or canopy to sit inside of and protect yourself when they're really bad.
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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby lrrowe » Wed Aug 26, 2015 3:56 pm

Shadow Catcher wrote:Most recent problem was chiggers very small red bug. Chigger larvae pierce the skin and inject a person with a salivary secretion that contains powerful digestive enzymes. I got eaten at East Harbor State Park. Deet etc. work but I did not realize I was being eaten.



Two years ago I was the victim of Chiggers. That was really not fun. Finally had to go to my doctor for relief.
I do not think the Thermacell would have helped me. I walked through tall grass with shorts on.
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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby angib » Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:28 pm

My Australian godson brought me a tee-shirt on his last visit and I have found it educational. Camping in the North Territories must be a struggle if they have "Mozzies the size of cars" - they're not going to be stopped by something in a spray, are they?

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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby deleted » Wed Aug 26, 2015 4:45 pm

lrrowe wrote:Two years ago I was the victim of Chiggers. That was really not fun. Finally had to go to my doctor for relief.
I do not think the Thermacell would have helped me. I walked through tall grass with shorts on.


Me too lrrowe! The mosquitoes though awful I could deal with. Same with the black fly and deer fly bites I get from time to time but the no-see-um (a specific type of chigger) bites were so bad in June I was losing too much sleep staying up all night trying not to scratch them so my doctor gave me prescription triple strength cortisone cream. That worked well until a few weeks ago when I got 27 mosquito bites in less than 48 hours (21 of them while in the house sleeping) :? The only thing that helped get me through the next few days was to keep ice packs on the bites when they flared up.

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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby lrrowe » Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:08 pm

Stacie Tamaki wrote:
lrrowe wrote:Two years ago I was the victim of Chiggers. That was really not fun. Finally had to go to my doctor for relief.
I do not think the Thermacell would have helped me. I walked through tall grass with shorts on.


Me too lrrowe! The mosquitoes though awful I could deal with. Same with the black fly and deer fly bites I get from time to time but the no-see-um (a specific type of chigger) bites were so bad in June I was losing too much sleep staying up all night trying not to scratch them so my doctor gave me prescription triple strength cortisone cream. That worked well until a few weeks ago when I got 27 mosquito bites in less than 48 hours (21 of them while in the house sleeping) :? The only thing that helped get me through the next few days was to keep ice packs on the bites when they flared up.

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Stacie, I am not sure if my treatment was the cream or an oral medicine. That is the problem with getting older- forgetting a lot. They sure do itch, don't they? But your mosquito attack sound equally as bad.
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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby deleted » Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:19 pm

The chigger bites felt like flea bites and lasted much longer than mosquito bites. But I know they weren't fleas because I could see the no-see-ums :lol:

I had to pull out the mosquito tent walls I built for my trailer, binder clipped them together, and hung them over the bed to make an indoor mosquito tent. Ordered more mesh (in white) so I can have dedicated indoor and trailer bug tents. Am also threatening to make one that goes over the couch and where I sit to eat dinner :thinking:
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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby lrrowe » Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:22 pm

Where were you camping where the bugs were that bad? I may want to stay away from that area this time of year.
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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby deleted » Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:46 pm

:lol: NOT camping. The mosquitos, black flies, deer flies, and no-see-ums happen where I live :? . Greenville, MI

While camping the Thermacells seem to do the trick for mosquitos and haven't camped when the other bugs are out in full force.
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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby Catherine+twins » Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:54 pm

Stacie Tamaki wrote:The chigger bites felt like flea bites and lasted much longer than mosquito bites. But I know they weren't fleas because I could see the no-see-ums :lol:

I had to pull out the mosquito tent walls I built for my trailer, binder clipped them together, and hung them over the bed to make an indoor mosquito tent. Ordered more mesh (in white) so I can have dedicated indoor and trailer bug tents. Am also threatening to make one that goes over the couch and where I sit to eat dinner :thinking:


My bunk-bed cots came with a mosquito net, and I was all ready to set it up inside the camper last weekend. Surprisingly, the evening was nearly mosquito-free, and we survived with just a bit of bug spray on our ankles. But I am ready to set up the mosquito net next time!

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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby Cosmo » Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:40 pm

I am using the barrier method.
There are gaps - but it reduces the numbers enough to prevent suicidal thoughts, and no toxic chemicals.

Excuses me, while I pause to scratch my ankles...

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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby Cosmo » Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:53 pm

For Chiggers - on a bird watching trip to Belize we used this stuff and it worked. The active ingredient sulphur is non-toxic.
http://www.chiggaway.com/


We had to keep our shirts tucked in or the Chiggers would get into our skin. Shorts were not an option no matter how hot it got. Those who remained un-tucked had had ugly red chigger rashes that itched like mad. The tucked who used the Chigaway goo had none. The stuff is not bad to use. It has a romantic sulphur odor that resembles the faint smell of Hell. Also adds a nice sulphur smell to all the clothing you wash with your Chiggaway jungle outfits to remind you of your vacation for months.
We also used sulphur powder sprinkled on my hiking boots. It kept the chiggers from crawling up my leg. The powder added an odd yellow color to my boots that matched nothing else I had in my jungle wardrobe! But it kept the Chiggers away.
http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Sulfur-Powder-DC-Earth/dp/B005H0WA2O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440725605&sr=8-1&keywords=sulfur+powder&pebp=1440725621844&perid=1W6M38DKGF15B2VDD038

I did get a Botfly. I will spare you the details of the relationship between the Botfly and its human host (check youtube for Botfly details if enjoy that sort of thing).

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Re: Mosquitoes

Postby TimC » Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:05 pm

Stacie Tamaki wrote:Shadowcatcher sorry to hear you're suffering. I have two Thermacells and find that they have a tendency to go out once they are lit even with plenty of butane in the cartridge. So I check, and check again. Which is why two seemed like a better idea than one. If one goes out hopefully the other will keep protecting. They work most nights but every now and then there will be a night where they just aren't as effective but overall I'd say they work well 90% of the time. It does usually take 30 minutes of pre-running the device to create the "safe zone" but after that it usually works great.

I don't think the Thermacells work on chiggers but no-see-um mesh does. You could create a small bug net walled awning or canopy to sit inside of and protect yourself when they're really bad.

I have a Thermocell also. It works well, but, I found that I shouldn't use it long in an enclosed space. That results in a metallic taste in my mouth. I also have used the old sqeeter coils that are still available in some stores. They burn rather slowly and I have been told they use the same active ingredient as Thermocell. Much cheaper too. The smell isn't too objectionable.
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