Last night, all the mosquitos biting at my ankles chased me back into
Any suggestions on how to repel them other than Off! or similar
products. I just don't like putting chemicals on my skin unless
How can I kick some mosquito butt?
Well, in this case you have one of three options--
1) install screens or equivalent on all openings into the shop area,
2) spray the area well
3) use DEET or an equivalent.
W/ the prevalence of West Nile, I'd strongly recommend 1) or 3) ...
The propane-powered 'Mosquito magnet' works well, though it is
expensive... But I think it's the single best way to "kick mosquito
butt" without spraying chemicals on your skin. Or build a bat house -
if you can get some bats to move in, it's an excellent, safe way to
make a significant dent in your mosquito population. Of course, if you
have buckets or tires or anything else full of water that could be
emptied, that would reduce mosquito breeding area and eventually sort
of kick their butt. Deet is probably safer than West Nile or EEE, but
at high concentrations it does disolve some kinds of plastic, so be
sure to watch that.
You could try some of the stuff you spray on your clothes (containing
permethrin), which is supposed to last 6 weeks or so. I used some for
hiking, and it worked pretty well - not perfect, but much better than
nothing. It is plant-based and 'natural', but that doesn't necessarily
make it healthy - cyanide and hemlock are both made in plants also. As
long as you don't spray it on yourself, though, it should be fine on
Just do what I did: grow thicker skin. :-D I'm not sure if I just
have thick skin, or if it's my weird skin condition, but mosquitos just
don't seem to like me. When I was a teenager, I used to get bitten all
the time. Now, I can go for a walk on a humid summer evening and get
maybe only one or two bites, which are minor and don't seem to itch.
If my wife or kids are with me, they'll get dozens without a repellant
and I won't get any at all. Maybe it's the mosquitos here in illinois.
The ones in florida seem to be more aggressive. But even they prefer
my wife to me.
Seems like I remember reading that the American Indians would rub
rancid bear fat on themselves. Also seem to remember them using garlic
Personally, I prefer "Cutter's" over OFF and the bear fat.
Actually they home in on carbon dioxide.
The original poster can try Avon's "Skin-So-Soft" hand cream. It works
well as a repellent. See:
On Thu, 25 Aug 2005 19:14:31 -0600, "mywebaccts (at) PLUGcomcast.net"
<"mywebaccts (at) PLUGcomcast.net"> wrote:
There are plenty of mosquitoes around my area, but I don't get bit
much, if ever- even when working outside. I sort of keep track of it,
just because it seems a little wierd, and here's what I came up with-
changing your diet will help, a lot. When I used to eat a lot of
fast-food and drink sugared sodas, I'd get eaten up like I was an
insect buffet table. In the past several years, I've taken to making
lunches at home, and switched to diet soda or water, and the insects
bites have all but ceased. I still eat a lot of fat and carbs- just
little or no sugar, and it seems to do the trick for me, anyhow.
Maybe those skeeters just have a sweet tooth...
In rural Mexico when sleeping they have a small fan blowing on
them. It seems the skeeters can't land on you if there is a breeze
blowing on you.
If you are outside you may need a bunch of fans.
In the shop 1 or 2 ought to do it.
From what I understand (and in my experience) mosquitos don't fly when
it's windy. Or they do but they're blown away. Either way it's a good
Run a fan to move the air around the space. Works for me in the shop and
back yard plus in the bedroom when that incessant whine around your ear
just as you're falling asleep gets you to slapping yourself in the dark.
(A perfect straight line for a SWMBO joke here but I just don't have the
energy at the moment. Anyone?)
Try Bounce Fabric softener sheets. Works like a charm. Rub exposed skin
with one or just simply pin to your clothes or place in pocket leaving it
hanging out like a hanky. Can even hang a few around the area you are in.
Efficient and very cost effective.
Try it... you will be most surprised.
If you had access to DDT, a wrongly banned product, you could
eliminate the mosquito problem with no negative side effects. You might
consider some insect repellent. There are some other interesting
responses to your query....Bounce sheets pinned to one's trouser legs
sounds intrigueing. Good question. By the way, where are you located?
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