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#1 Presto731

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 10:19 PM

Ok old timers and pros alike... gimme your best off the shelf or DIY mosquito repellents?? Luckily the weather is about to turn but any tips will be appreciated!

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#2 rockstarbill

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 10:26 PM

Thermacell. 

 

End of story.


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#3 Sam M

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 10:32 PM

Picaridin, at least as effective as deet, and much less nasty...

https://www.rei.com/...-repellent-3-oz

 

Thermacell too.


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#4 Atlantic Devil

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 10:43 PM

My wife has citronella plants around the outside of the house. They smell nice and it does seem to keep the mosquitoes in check.
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Posted 07 August 2020 - 10:55 PM

Ok old timers and pros alike... gimme your best off the shelf or DIY mosquito repellents?? Luckily the weather is about to turn but any tips will be appreciated!

Hello 

I give another vote for planting Citronella plants, much nicer than burning the candles or oil.

I live in N.W. Florida, in other places what we call mosquitos, they are called vultures. The Citronella keeps them at bay. It's not perfect but it sure beats spraying on Deep Woods Off.

 

HAAPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro


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#6 Tangerman

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 10:59 PM

Jungle juice. Get it at REI, it's 98% DEET. Mosquitoes love me (recently got 19 bites while my wife got 0 when we were out together) and I've tried one or two non-DEET products, but they've never worked for me. 



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Posted 07 August 2020 - 11:02 PM

Usually something like OFF! insect repellant from Walmart works for me and my family. 



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Posted 07 August 2020 - 11:31 PM

I’ll echo the Thermacell posts.

 

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 11:43 PM

Make buzzing sounds like a crane fly. No but serious, Yard guard or similar works and you can spray a circumference around your viewing area.



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Posted 07 August 2020 - 11:44 PM

Thermacell - end of story.  



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Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:17 AM

Cover up, with long sleeves, long pants, socks, shoes, hat.

Spray the clothes with some repellent, socks too.

Wet the hat with it, outside and under the brim. 

 

Then you have to wear a lot less repellent on you.

You just have to put repellent on face, neck and back of hands.

 

DW Off is my choice,

From my observations sitting along wetlands watching wildlife during the day, it works well, yes.

But more significantly, it lasts longer.

Something much harder to tell in the dark.



#12 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:25 AM

It seems like the mosquitoes in my yard are particularly bad this year.  I don't really like to but I use Deep Woods Off.

Has anyone ever tried using clothes drier sheets?



#13 khingdheano

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 01:44 AM

Picaridin. Or, just a touch of peppermint oil around the elbows, knees, back of the neck. JUST A TOUCH, or your skin will feel lit up. All you want is to be "minty fresh".



#14 Napp

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 01:47 AM

+1 for Picaridin.  Works as well as Deet but doesn’t harm plastic and glass.  If you want a natural repellent then use Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent.  It is as effective as Deet or Picaridin but has to be reapplied more often.  Check the Consumer Reports test results.  I did my own testing in the Osceola National Forest in Florida.



#15 Frisky

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 02:14 AM

Until the past week, we've had it horrible in southern MN. A mini drought has hit and the mosquitos disappeared. I was out tonight, with no spray on and not a bite.

 

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 08:02 AM

I learned about Thermacell® from CN postings... tried it last year for the first time... now I'm a believer... it just works...



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Posted 08 August 2020 - 08:28 AM

guess I'm lucky, I've always been so ugly the bugs just don't like me, even as a kit it was hard just to get the family dog to play catch, he'd carry the ball way out in the field and I'd go find it,,,,,,,, sometimes I'd just bring back a stick or something,,,,,,,,

 

 

Seriously, I started using those Deep Woods bug repellent wipes, no over spray to worry about but still have to wash it off befor going to bed.

 

I might try a thermocell this year, if you guys on the east coast haven't bought them all,,,,,,

 

As of late it's been dry so the bug level is very low.



#18 Presto731

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 08:38 AM

Awesome excellent notes thank you!

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 08:44 AM

This I pulled from a review of them just for common knowledge of what to expect.

 

THE GOOD
Effective mosquito repellent in a 15 foot radius
No open flames or scents
No spraying chemicals on your skin
A variety of attractive and useful designs
THE BAD
Constant expense of replacing butane and repellent mats is much more expensive than sprays
Only protects a stationary area and takes 15-30 minutes to be effective

 

For camping I have an old railroad lantern that has Citronella oil in it, works ok in the camper but outside depends on how calm it is, the lantern is nice in that the light from the flame is blocked by the chimney of the lantern and it cast a dim light around on the ground.

 

EDIT:

 

Here's a link to the review, so before you buy you should read this

 

https://buglord.com/...pellent-review/


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 08:44 AM

With a long wet spring and summer the skeeters are thick here ...if you can drain their breeding places that's a start ..

I built over a dozen bat boxes ..and 11 are now occupied....YEA! 

They are out every nite feeding and I noticed the difference after a week ..

I have 6 around my observatory within 100 ft .

And the others scattered farther out ..

As a backup.. deep woods off ..

 

Stevegeo


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 09:11 AM

With a long wet spring and summer the skeeters are thick here ...if you can drain their breeding places that's a start ..

I built over a dozen bat boxes ..and 11 are now occupied....YEA! 

They are out every nite feeding and I noticed the difference after a week ..

I have 6 around my observatory within 100 ft .

And the others scattered farther out ..

As a backup.. deep woods off ..

 

Stevegeo

That red light photo of you in the dark shirt makes it seem as if you may carry a dozen or so bats under your capewink.gif

 

Thermacell user here; situationally supplemented with Deep Woods Off. Be very careful around equipment with Deep Woods Off, if will literally melt plastic.




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