Gear for Repelling Insects and Wildlife

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  1. Aneye4theshot

    Aneye4theshot Expert Member

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    Insect bites and wildlife are other challenges faced when spending time learning how to survive. You can bring simple things with you that helps with this problem such as bug spray, bug blankets, and a repellent bug candle. Having a fire going with material that smokes will repel most bugs as bugs do not like smoke or fire so if the bugs are really bad just make a couple of torches and put them up around where are you are resting. Bugs are one thing, but a wild animal is another. Fire can still be useful at this point, but you can also attract predators in the night.
    The reason to that is that some animals take advantage of the opportunity to warm up. You can scare off big predators with sound by waving a torch around and hollering. You can also have traps that make noise instead of catching them. Keeping the cleaning's of the skins of animals away from your camp is very important because scavengers will eat the nasty insides of animals that are diseased. It's best just to toss them into a river or over a cliff. If you have pots or pans you can beat them together or sit them at the perimeter of your camp and throw rocks at them to make loud noises to scare away any potential threats.
  2. Old Geezer

    Old Geezer Legendary Survivalist

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    "Deadly disease-carrying 'kissing bugs' found in Delaware for first time "

    "Chagas disease is estimated to affect 6-7 million people worldwide. The parasitic infection causes flu-like symptoms shortly after infection and a years-long phase of quiet reproduction in the host's tissues. "

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    NEW CASTLE COUNTY, Del. – Scientists are concerned about the first discovery of kissing bugs in Delaware carrying a parasite capable of causing serious heart problems, or even death if not treated promptly.

    It's even more alarming because there is a significant population of these large black and orange insects in the Mid-Atlantic region, according to researchers.

    Last July, a New Castle County resident found a kissing bug on their pillow while getting ready for bed. Three months later, they found another similar bug on a cookie sheet in their kitchen. Both bugs were the same size, shape and color.

    University of Delaware entomologists found both insects to be kissing bugs of the species Triatoma sanguisuga, carrying the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease.

    "It’s not surprising that it was infected," said Jennifer K. Peterson, a UD assistant professor and medical entomologist who identified the two specimens as kissing bugs. "It’s more of a wake-up call that this bug needs to be studied."

    Kissing bugs infected with T. cruzi transmit the parasite through their excrement. The chances of a kissing bug biting someone, then pooping on the bite and passing on the parasite are slim.

    "But like any sort of thing, the more times you roll the dice, the more likely you are to get the most unlikely combination," Peterson adds.

    Studies in other parts of the U.S. have discovered that 30-60% of kissing bugs are infected, according to UD researchers, who detail the discovery of the two kissing bugs in a new paper published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

    Peterson said kissing bugs are likely native to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic and have been around for thousands of years, but they’re understudied in the region. She also wasn't surprised to find two kissing bugs in the same area months apart, as they tend to live in natural areas driven by food.

    "If there is not enough food in the forest and a kissing bug sees some twinkling lights coming from someone's house, it’s going to fly in and see if there is a meal," she said.

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    "2 cases of locally-acquired dengue fever reported in Florida Keys "

    "According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of early July there were more than 700 cases of dengue fever in the continental U.S. with only eight cases that were acquired in the states. Nearly 10 million people around the globe have reportedly been infected with the virus, which has already surpassed last year’s entire count."

    "KEY WEST, Fla. The Florida Department of Health is warning that mosquitoes in the Keys may carry diseases following the diagnosis of dengue fever in two residents of the upper islands.

    "These locally-acquired cases mark the seventh and eighth reported in the Lower 48 this year, with over 700 cases identified as travel-related.

    "The infections come days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned health providers of a spike in cases across the Americas."

    "Symptoms include aches, nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing and fatigue.

    "According to medical experts, symptoms usually begin four to ten days after infection and only about one out of four people will get sick.

    "The CDC says a blood test is the only way to confirm an infection, as symptoms often resemble other illnesses.

    "The dengue virus has four serotypes: dengue virus 1, dengue virus 2, dengue virus 3 and dengue virus 4.

    "The infection of one does not provide immunity against the others so that people can be infected multiple times.

    " 'Infection with one DENV generally induces life-long protection against infection from that specific DENV but only protects against other DENVs for several months to years,' the CDC stated."


    "Dengue and severe dengue" (break-bone fever),aches, nausea, and rash.

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    Most people with dengue have mild or no symptoms and will get better in 1–2 weeks. Rarely, dengue can be severe and lead to death.

    If symptoms occur, they usually begin 4–10 days after infection and last for 2–7 days. Symptoms may include:

    • high fever (40°C/104°F)
    • severe headache
    • pain behind the eyes
    • muscle and joint pains
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • swollen glands
    • rash.
    Individuals who are infected for the second time are at greater risk of severe dengue.

    Severe dengue symptoms often come after the fever has gone away:

    • severe abdominal pain
    • persistent vomiting
    • rapid breathing
    • bleeding gums or nose
    • fatigue
    • restlessness
    • blood in vomit or stool
    • being very thirsty
    • pale and cold skin
    • feeling weak.
    People with these severe symptoms should get care right away.

    After recovery, people who have had dengue may feel tired for several weeks.

    Diagnostics and treatment

    There is no specific treatment for dengue. The focus is on treating pain symptoms. Most cases of dengue fever can be treated at home with pain medicine.

    Acetaminophen (paracetamol) is often used to control pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin are avoided as they can increase the risk of bleeding.

    For people with severe dengue, hospitalization is often needed.


    Transmission through the mosquito bite

    The dengue virus is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected female mosquitoes, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Other species within the Aedes genus can also act as vectors, but their contribution is normally secondary to Aedes aegypti. However, in 2023, a surge in local transmission of dengue by Aedes albopictus (tiger mosquito) has been seen in Europe.

    ... Once infectious, the mosquito can transmit the virus for the rest of its life.
    Aedes aegypti



    Aedes albopictus, tiger mosquito

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  3. arctic bill

    arctic bill Master Survivalist

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    i got bite by a deer tick and came down with lyme disease . i alway thought because i am so far up north the ticks could not tolerate the intense cold . it can go to -40 f . it turned into a bullseye , luckly the doctor had done his internship in massachusett and he saw this type of thing a lot.
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  4. Old Geezer

    Old Geezer Legendary Survivalist

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    Holy sh##! Ever so sorry. Good that you found a doc with needed expertise!

    We once found a doc whose unique expertise greatly aided one of our sons.

    Gotta look around for competent physicians these days. Woke policies at medical schools -- to include MAJOR medical schools -- has mightily brought down the standards of what it takes to be a true physician. Been there. Seen that.
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