Dealing with mosquitoes

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  1. Jun 8, 2019 #21

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    Her name is Phoebe. She is a Drahthaar, commonly known as a German Wirehair Pointer. She is my wife's shadow, loves our daughter and treats me as one of the pack. Six years old this September.
    I understand that there are mosquitoes that home in on body heat and those that home in on CO2, something too about day mosquitoes and night mosquitoes. Mosquitoes, deer-flies and black flies love me so my wife always made me walk about 10 paces ahead of her. The strange thing about deer flies is that if I wear a hat with a full brim, they won't go after my head or neck.
     
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    Last time I used the 100% deet (think South Carolina swamp land in September) I developed a case of the shakes. Left hunting spot in a mad rush to get a shower. Didn’t feel right for hours. Have also seen it blister the finish on a custom longbow. Don’t know if ZipStrip could of done a better job.
     
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    I've heard that some people don't react well to DEET. I only use it when I'm in the thick brush like picking blackberries and even at that I try to keep it on my clothes and use it sparingly on skin. I did use it in Belize one trip that I took down there and went on a Mayan Pyramid tour. It was on my clothes and boots for sure and some on my skin and while others were covered with biting bugs in the jungle nothing touched me. That's probably an indicator of how toxic it is. The others on the tour asked me why the bugs weren't bothering me and I told them it was a military secret. We laughed about that and I shared a lot of it that day. I did notice that the native Belizean guides weren't bothered at all.
     
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    When I was a teenager a friend of my father's about 30 years older than me maybe more never got bit by a mosquito when we went hunting. I asked him why and he just Shrugged his shoulders but his older brother told us when he was an infant his mother sprayed them both with aerosol DDT to repel flies. Back then it was available at the grocery store and everybody counted it as a wonder drug. Until the day he died mosquitoes never bit him and he and he lived to be in his 80s and smoked a pack of Marlboros a day.
     
  5. Jun 8, 2019 #25

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    Bax, Pheobe is just a gorgeous girl. I was going to guess Wire-haired Pointing Griffon. I really am fond of the "ugly dog" breeds.
     
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    The horned toad says we should go to Mexico.
    Hey! I have one of those from the same bloodlines I'm guessin'.
     
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    Heh Ames! We find the dryer sheets keep the black flies from swarming our heads and they smell way better than the 30 year old woodsman flie dope! No idea why but they work for that. learned that at a Barrington Anniversary shoot in NE.
     
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    Do you use traditional or modern dryer sheets?
     
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    Store brand
     
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    Company store? Or WallyWorld?
     
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    The horned toad says we should go to Mexico.
    I'll give it a go. Want to work up the best repellent before September. I'm guiding a friend into the great North moose country by canoe. No fun if you cant get out of the truck!
     
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    I take B-vitamins, eat a lot of garlic, and pickles, and also take a dose of cider vinegar each day. Skeeter's don't seem to like how I taste.

    Before the use of DEET and other chemical poisons, Oil of Pennyroyal with something to help it resist perspiration, or Pennyroyal and Citronella Oil, again with some binding agent or grease were used.
    Several recipes are thus:
    Pure pine tar 1 oz.
    Oil of pennyroyal 1 oz.
    Vaseline 3 oz.
    Dissolve the above in heat, stir, and let cool

    OR...,
    Pine tar 3 oz.
    castor oil 2 oz.
    Oil of pennyroyal 1oz.
    Also heat and dissolve, cool and bottle.

    OR...,
    3.5 oz. Cintronella Oil
    1.5 oz. Oil of Pennyroyal
    8 oz. pine tar
    2.5 lbs. Tallow
    Melt the tar and the tallow and then mix in the oils while still warm

    These were rubbed into the exposed skin on face and hands, and reapplied during the day. These were also used in areas where folks cared more about the bites than the odor of the "insect dope".

    I wonder if a mixture of the citronella plus the pennyroyal on some sort of wicking material fastened to the hat, or simply daubing the brim of the hat with the stuff would ward off insects from the face, and perhaps some on the socks where they meet the shoes as well as the cuffs of the pants, would do the same ???

    You'd smell ODD to the deer though....

    LD
     
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    Does a double shot of Who Hit John help??
     
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    YES
    If you don't do anything to ward off the skeeters, then a double shot of cask strength rum will mean you won't care that much about the bites. :thumb:

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    The horned toad says we should go to Mexico.
    There ya go! I'll put THAT on the dryer sheets and pin it to the back of my hat!
     
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    Hey Ames, are skeeters breaking through the ice forming in September? :p:eek:
     
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    I had never heard of Pennyroyal so I did a quick web search about it.

    I found it is poison if it is taken internally so, if someone wants to use it they should keep that in mind.

    A link below is to a Poison control site gives a quick rundown on it.

    https://www.poison.org/articles/2016-mar/pennyroyal-oil
     
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    I saw one while driving home from the range. It was standing flat footed molesting a 3 year old heifer. I really wanted to intervene but I only had a .40 cal rifle....The mosquito is actually the state bird in MN.
     
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    This is my friend's business, this product is supposed to help as a bug repellent, thus the "camp" name, but FDA regulations won't let him say that. Seems to work pretty good.
    https://www.ridgerunnersoaps.com/products/copy-of-almond-oil-soap
    If anyone orders, also try the charcoal bar soap, pine tar soap, and if you get poison ivy definitely try the jewel weed soap. Of course, the lady of the house may enjoy many of the other products.
     

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