Sleeping With Mosquitoes

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  1. m33kuh

    m33kuh Active Member
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    I can't seem to sleep when there are fairly a number of mosquitoes. And sometimes even if you are covered they will still annoy you specially on your ears humming 5000hz.

    How do you deal with mosquitoes specially if you are in an open tent/shelter?
     
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  2. Corzhens

    Corzhens Master Survivalist
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    Whenever we go on a nature trip, I never leave home without the Off lotion. It is very effective as an insect repellent. It cannot be helped with the presence of mosquitoes when you are in the forest or mountain resort with the tent for shelter. Even if there is a camp fire, mosquitoes still have a way of pestering you. At least the Off lotion turns off the appetite of the mosquitoes.
     
  3. OursIsTheFury

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    For outdoors, you can always bring electric lamp zappers for a more passive mosquito killer. Just place it in the entrance and let the magic happen. As someone who has been the target of mosquitoes for reasons I still do not know what, I had very little luck with mosquito repellents, lotions, "arm wear" that apparently gives off pheromones that drive mosquitoes away, etc. Only thing that worked is the electric based mosquito repellents.
     
  4. TexDanm

    TexDanm Shadow Dancer
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    Carry a mosquito net! Put it up over your bed and ignore the little buggers buzzing or play a radio quietly near your head. Netting is light and easy to carry.
     
  5. Kootenay prepper

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    Bug spray and netting work the best by far and don't take up much room in the pack
     
  6. Keith H.

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    A smoky fire can help. Mossies are attracted by your breath. If you are in the tropics then even a smoky fire will often not deter them. In the past I have covered myself with my blanket. I do most of my trekking & camping in winter, so mossies are not a problem.
    Keith.
     
  7. TexDanm

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    I was raised in a swamp on the Gulf Coast and honestly the mosquitoes that we have here look at Off as some sort of "special sauce" that just adds to your attractiveness. Smoke works if you want to stay up tending a fire all night. I HAVE done that before!! A mosquito bar is about the only thing that will really work but even that has its issues. The little buggers know what it is and so try to go in with you and so you won't have any peace until you kill them all. Also if you roll over and touch it during the night they will swarm and eat the part of you that touches the net in MASS. It is kind of creepy to turn on a light during the night and see that the net is covered up with the little monsters!

    Over time if you are over exposed to them you will develope a certain "immunity" in the sense that a few just don't bother you and if there is anyone else around they will attract the vampyres away and you won't hardly get bit at all. LOL, As long as I have my fishing buddy along or my daughter with me I won't get bit at all. They are great skeeter bait! Being bit a few billion times evidently makes you sort of used up as far as they are concerned.
     
  8. Kootenay prepper

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    Bringing someone out from the city works good that city blood is like a magnet for those pests
     
  9. TexDanm

    TexDanm Shadow Dancer
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    I have also found that people from the more Northern parts of the US seem to be especially good at attracting the skeeters away from me. Rebel Texan skeeters love to eat Yankees! My best friend and fishing buddy was born up north but then realized the error of his ways and came home to Texas. Nonetheless the skeeters love him.
     
  10. poltiregist

    poltiregist Master Survivalist
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    During the apocalypse you will not be able to go to the store and buy mosquitoe repellent or netting . A good reason to choose where you will make your stand in a low mosquitoe environment when S.H.T.F. . Stay in a city and you may find yourself being cooked on someone's fire . Run to a swampy area and get sucked dry . Run into the ice and snow regions and you will freeze without a good shelter and fire burning material . You will need drinking and cooking water but standing water is a breeding ground for skeeters . I have seen skeeters so thick it made breathing difficult without enhaling them down your throat and into the lungs . Just things a serious prepper should consider .
     
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  11. varuna

    varuna Tree killer & a cat person
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    I'm native of tropical region (as in equatorial latitude) so I live alongside all those bugs & critter.
    Anyway rural, jungle mosquito usually end up dead after sipping my blood (too poisonous for them I guess), while urban mosquito is very resilience. However when I don't need to worry about "scent discipline", applying DEET lotion is still the most effective solution (assuming your dealing with mosquito of tropical region)
     
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