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Forum topic by JeffP posted 06-08-2015 03:19 PM 656 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JeffP

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06-08-2015 03:19 PM

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My shop, such as it is, is an old detached garage building. The air conditioning consists of opening up the garage door and keeping a wad of paper towels handy for wiping the sweat out of my eyes.

Lately, despite lathering up with “skin so soft repellant”, I’m getting all ate up with mosquito bites.

Since I’m convinced that frequent/heavy use of deet based repellants was the direct cause of my Mom’s Parkinson’s, I refuse to put that nasty stuff on me.

I’m wondering what the rest of you have found to be successful in keeping the bugs at bay?

Ideally I would like to find a solution that either kills all of the varmints nearby, or actively repels them from the area, rather than putting something on my person.

I would rather get some recommendations before I start throwing money at this problem, as I would guess there is a lot of snake-oil out there that simply doesn’t work.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.


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SirIrb

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#1 posted 06-08-2015 03:24 PM

I use old tires. They get rid of them very well. Just light them up and the beautiful black smoke kills all the buggers.

Honestly, I was born and raised in south Mississippi and just dealt with them as well as I could. Thank God I took a job in NC.

Dad always said the guys in Nam would rub chewing tobacco spit on them and it would keep the bugs off. I have never dropped that low. Though I have thought about it at times, I keep the snuff in my mouth.

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Mike Throckmorton

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#2 posted 06-08-2015 03:24 PM

Mosquitos are attracted (among other things) by higher skin temperatures.

Women have higher skin temperatures.

Get a bunch of women to stand in your garage door while you work and the mosquitos will feed on them, leaving you in peace.

There may be a not immediately evident down-side to that solution.

Or you could try setting up a couple box fans to keep the air moving. This may keep the bugs off you.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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JeffP

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#3 posted 06-08-2015 03:36 PM

@SirIrb…I AM in NC too. Hard to imagine the skeeters are any worse in Mississippi. ;)

@Mike, the downside to your solution may not be immediately obvious to you…but it was to me. :)

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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Daruc

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#4 posted 06-08-2015 03:39 PM

(Note to self) Do not move to Mississippi or NC!

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#5 posted 06-08-2015 03:41 PM

Cedar oil is supposed to be a pretty good mosquito repellant.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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SirIrb

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#6 posted 06-08-2015 03:55 PM

I live in King, just north of Winston. Where are you located?

Note: I personally believe there is not one skeeter in NC. Maybe that is because they were so bad in Ms. I lost two brothers because of them. They got carried off one day and were never heard from.


@SirIrb…I AM in NC too. Hard to imagine the skeeters are any worse in Mississippi. ;)

@Mike, the downside to your solution may not be immediately obvious to you…but it was to me. :)

- JeffP


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wiwildcat

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#7 posted 06-08-2015 05:01 PM

I like the ThermoCell unit. Works ok when I am outside in the evenings.

-- Wisconsin Wildcat

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madts

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#8 posted 06-08-2015 05:19 PM

Eat lots of parsley, or get some chlorophyll tablets at the pharmacy if they have them. Repels ticks and bugs.
Not an old wives tail. Works for me, throw in some garlic and no wampires also. :-))

Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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BinghamtonEd

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#9 posted 06-08-2015 05:28 PM



I like the ThermoCell unit. Works ok when I am outside in the evenings.

- wiwildcat

+1 to the thermocell. I used to wear one when I was in the golf league at the local state park, where the bugs were a pain. Worked pretty well.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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SirIrb

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#10 posted 06-08-2015 05:33 PM

I wonder how moth balls would work? They work on squirrels. Especially if they are getting under the hood of your truck and eating the wires…or so I have heard. Note: Remove the moth balls from the motor block before driving as this can make the inside of the truck stink…or so I have heard.

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bosum3919

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#11 posted 06-09-2015 01:18 AM

OK guys a long time ago an old Cajun from south Louisiana, where they really have mosquitoes, told me the secret to keeping them at bay and now I am gonna share with you. NEVER every kill one. Because if you do, a million will come to his funeral.

-- Bob

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JoeinGa

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#12 posted 06-09-2015 06:18 PM

Clothes Dryer sheets. Last week I was working in my yard and the gnats and skeeters were driving me crazy. I remembered seeing something about putting a dryer sheet in your pocket to repel and figured I’d give it a try.

Put one sheet in my pants pocket and saw no change. Put a 2nd sheet in the other pocket and still no relief. So I moved the sheets and stuffed ‘em one in each sleeve of my t-shirt. After about 5 minutes I realized I was BUG-FREE !

Dont know how, but it did seem to work !

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#13 posted 06-09-2015 06:53 PM

I saw once on TV that when you eat a lot of Tabasco sauce the moskeeters will explode when they bite you…

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