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campingforfun 01-28-2008 09:17 PM

avoiding the mosquitoes
While it is true that mosquitoes are an enormous bother when camping, here are a few points to help keep them under control.

1. going in and out of your tent or trailer regular just lets them in - they attach themselves to your clothes and come in on your person

Try to limit opening and closing the tent and trailer doors at night.

2. sleeping near a standing body of water will produce mosquitoes

Do not choose a campsite near swamps or small bodies of water that are or can easily become stagnant.

3. having toys like rubber tires for swings and other items that collect water on your campsite only encourages the reproduction of mosquitoes

Empty all basins, toys, crevices and anything that can collect water around your campsite. Even if mosquitoes are a given, don't help them to reproduce.

antigua 01-29-2008 08:24 AM

Avoid eating bananas. Apparntly they like that. Where light cloting at night as well. They are attracted to dark clothing. Lighting, Try to use LED lights. Apparntly they cant see LED light.

glfortner 01-29-2008 08:35 AM

We have found the citronella candles somewhat helpful-if you are sitting close to the candle. I hadn't heard that about the bananas-interesting. We always have bananas with us. The LED lights is a good tip too-thanks!

campingforfun 01-29-2008 12:42 PM

hmmm, now that is very interesting about the bananas. I couldn't even imagine us not having bananas so I don't know what to do about that.

Dumb question but - do they live on the bananas like fruit flies or does the scent of eating the bananas attract the mosquitoes?

antigua 01-29-2008 12:54 PM

From what I understand there is a scent that comes off you after you have eaten one that attracts them. The on going gag when ever we go caming with friends is to give someone nearby a banana to keep them away from you.

Dash D 01-29-2008 01:54 PM

Ha, never heard of such. I will be trying this out next trip. :rotflmao1:


Originally Posted by antigua (Post 1132)
From what I understand there is a sent that comes off you after you have eaten one that attracts them. The on going gag when ever we go caming with friends is to give someone nearby a banana to keep them away from you.

mailfire99 01-29-2008 02:43 PM

I have heard from other campers that avon skin so soft bath oil with rubbing alcohol (half in half) works very well. Havent ever tried it though

antigua 01-29-2008 04:56 PM

Actuall your right. The Avon Skin so soft by itself works just fine but I never heard of mixing it with rubbing alcohol. I need to check that out. I would think that the rubbing alcohol would evaporate to quick.

antigua 01-29-2008 05:19 PM

I found a few more in a book I have that you may want to try.
- They dislike the smell of oranges. Cut an orange and rub it on any exposed areas. I'd think that would be sticky but hey, during desprate times we tend to do desprate things.
-If you know what pennyroyal is apparently rubbing that on your skin works as well
-Avoid wearing clothing that is damp or coloured blue. They say mosquitoes love damp or blue clothing.
- This doesn't really apply to camping but planting the herb tansy, or basil in sunny spots near your doors, mosquitoes are repelled by the smell.
- This doesn't really apply either but a good tip. To keep the mosquitoes from breeding in your rain barrel, pour a little cooking oil on the surface of the water.

That's all I got. All this I found in a book called "Haley's Handy Hints" The book has a whole section that just deals with all kinds of insect pests from ants to tent caterpillers.

As for the LED lights, I've read and I don't remeber where, the LED lights are in a light spectrum that mosquitoes are unable to see.

Have I mentioned that I really hate mosquitoes? :)

I hope some of you find this helpful.

ctfortner 01-29-2008 08:58 PM

These are all very interesting. I am wondering why we have 3000 cans of skeeter dope in the cabinet, when we could do this other stuff much cheaper. Great stuff, thanks for sharing.

kiteri 01-30-2008 11:05 AM

I have been looking into the "Buzz Off" clothes too with the mosquito repellent build into the clothes, but again... I would like a review from someone who has used it before I commit to the big $$$$$$ that they cost.

bill0830 01-30-2008 03:07 PM

Try camping near the Mississippi River (around Vicksburg, MS). They are so thick there that at night the sides of the campers turn black and that is not around a light, but just the side of campers. Around the lights, they are so thick swarming that the lights are actually dimmed. The skin so soft does work. I HATE them dang blood suckers. A blow touch works great, but I wouldn't recommend using it around the camp. :scratchhead::bang::rotflmao1:

jetpilot 02-12-2012 10:20 PM

Camp Lanterns
To control skeeters we have a couple of electric bug zappers that we hang in camp during the evening. They operate off a small generator. Also I have several coal oil lanterns that I fill with Citronella lamp oil. This can be purchased at Wallmart. A little oil will burn a long time. We place them around the camp. I have friends that use tiki torches to using the same oil. Works great. I think the oil lanterns are less likely to cause a fire.:thumbup1

Shadow 02-13-2012 12:55 AM

I just use 100% DEET spray. I spray it on the brim of my hat, the collar and cuffs of my shirt, waistline, and legs. Rarely am "bugged" by mosquitoes.

dogbone 02-13-2012 10:00 AM

All you hafta do is bring me with you. Trust me they won't bother anyone else.:rotflmao1:
I built a bat hotel at our seasonal site. It's about 200' away from the trailer. It seems to work pretty good. It takes care of the gnats and may fly's as well.
I have used the candles and zappers. I found if you place both between where the bugs are coming from and the trailer, they seem to work better.
Avon Skin So Soft does work well. I used it when working on bridges in some pretty funky places. I gave it to my crew to use also.
I also hung a Colman lantern, from a tree, away from the campsite. It drew the bugs away from the site, with the light and heat. The worst part was putting it out when going to bed. I didn't want to leave it lite all night. Draw straws to see who puts it out.
I also spread Diazinon on the ground at my site. It keeps the ants away and I believe skeeters too. They might have took it off the market. It was made by Ortho.
I also heard of spraying lemon juice around the site. Mix it with water and spray away. Haven't tried it yet. I was told they don't like the smell.

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