Bug bites in the bush.

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by lonewolf89, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. lonewolf89

    lonewolf89 Monkey

    here's a good question for everyone: what do you use to fend off mosquitos and gnats when you're in the bush? i've heard stories of people using mud or dirt, but i don't know if there are any other remedies out there.
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  2. Mike

    Mike Ol' Army Sergeant Monkey

    One of the best natural repellents is to chew some brewers yeast. When it gets in your system, skeeters don't like you much. I think it repels ticks, but not positive. Bet some of the other folks in here know.
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  3. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Brewers yeast is excellent... It has loads of b vitamins which mosquito hate

    brewer's yeast: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings - WebMD

    Flakes are tasty on most things you use with butter like... Baked potato or popcorn... Draw back is you have to keep taking it because B Vitamins are water solvable... You have more than enough when u pee yellow....

    Tablets might be better in deep woods
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  4. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

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  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I just wear long Sleeve Shirts, and Long Pants, both with elastic Cuffs, that snug up on high Socks, and Cotton Gloves. A Kerchief around my neck, and garlic on my evening meals. I do not give them any place to land. Seems to work for Me, with Misquetoes, "NoSee'ums" (Flying Teeth) and Alaskan Black Flies.
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  6. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Home Remedies | Integrated Mosquito Management

    Home Remedies
    Eating garlic or taking vitamin B tablets don’t work to reduce mosquito bites.

    [​IMG]Eating garlic or taking a vitamin B tablet are often suggested as ways to prevent mosquito bites. These remedies have been tested by asking volunteers to take either a placebo (a capsule containing sugar or vitamin C) or a remedy capsule (garlic or vitamin B) and then to participate in a test of their attractiveness to mosquitoes in a laboratory. Attractiveness can be determined by counting the number of bites or landings for each subject. Volunteers are then asked to return at another time for a second assay, this time after eating whichever treatment (placebo or remedy) they did not use the first time. Studies of garlic and vitamin B did not find evidence that these substances could reduce mosquito attraction. Studies in a more natural setting have not been carried out.

    Scented Personal Products
    [​IMG]There is no evidence that wearing scented lotions or perfumes attracts mosquitoes.

    Other remedies include limiting the use of scented lotions or perfumes. Female mosquitoes will often use flowers as souces of nectar, which they can use for energy and some floral scents are attractive to mosquitoes in laboratory settings. Although there are studies of mosquito attraction to plants and floral scents, there are no studies of the effects of scented personal products (lotions, sprays, deodorants, aftershaves, or perfumes) on mosquito attraction to humans.

    Dark Colored Clothing
    Clothing that does not reflect much light is usually more attractive than more reflective clothing.

    In practical terms, black or dark-hued clothing of any color is often more attractive to many types of nuisance mosquitoes than light (white, khaki, green, or yellow) clothing.

    Several studies indicate that mosquitoes belonging to the genera Aedes or Ochlerotatus prefer dark colors over light colors. These studies will be summarized below. Caution should be exercised in assuming these results apply to other genera, especially Anopheles, for which there is limited data suggesting that lighter colors (yellow and white) may be preferred (Ko, 1925).

    [​IMG]Brett (1938), Brown (1951, 1954, 1955) and Gjullin (1947) established color preference in some mosquitoes by exposing them to different colored cloths, either as clothing on human volunteers, stretched over a box which enclosed a human hand, or in studies using temperature controlled robots. The general order of preference was black (most attractive); red (very attractive); blue (attractive to neutral), green, yellow, and white (less attractive).

    [​IMG]Drinking alcohol may increase your attractiveness to mosquitoes.

    An interesting study suggested that the ingestion of alcohol may stimulate mosquito attraction. Mosquito landing on volunteers significantly increased after alcohol ingestion compared with before ingestion (Shiral et al. 2002). Bernier et al. (2007) also reported that a subject who consumed alcohol regularly was the most attractive of the six people participating in a study of mosquito preferences. This most attractive individual produced the highest levels of acetone, ethanol and methanol in sweat (volatile skin emanations) but it is unknown whether these compounds were responsible for the increase in attraction.


    [​IMG]Vanilla, a common kitchen flavoring, has been suggested by members of the general public as a possible repellent. Two published studies demonstrated minimal to no repellent activity of vanillin, the primary component of the extract of the vanilla bean (Khan et al. 1975; Tawatsin et al. 2001) and this is supported by informal testing by my laboratory and correspondents. However, the two published studies indicated that addition of vanillin to DEET or to other repellents increased the efficacy against some mosquitoes (Khan et al. 1975; Tawatsin et al. 2001). Extracts of vanilla plants also have been tested for the ability to kill mosquito larvae directly (insecticidal rather than repellent function).

    Catnip Oil
    [​IMG]In 2001, Catnip oil was reported to repel mosquitoes 10 times better than DEET. Subsequent tests of this claim have shown some repellency for catnip oil and its component nepetalactone (Zhu et al. 2006). However, these laboratory tests have not shown that catnip oil works as well as DEET. There were also unusually strong differences in protection time between the mosquito species tested, ranging from no protection to 4 hours (Webb and Russell 2007, Chauhan et al. 2005, Bernier et al. 2005).

    Other Home Remedies
    [​IMG]Bananas have not been tested.

    As of now, we don’t know whether avoiding bananas will have any effect on mosquito behavior.

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  7. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    @Mindgrinder you red neck fact finder =) It may not work for science but i'm highly susceptible to skeeters and B vit work for me.... despite the scientific evidence and your are right it might not work for everyone.
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  8. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    We used to rub ourselves down with dryer sheets and put a couple in our hard hats. Sounds funny, but it did help, and I still keep a box in my welding truck.
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  9. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja|RIP 12-25-2017

    Zhu J., Zeng X., Yanma, Liu T., Qian K., Han Y., Xue SD & Zhang know what's up with repelling skeeters....if you think we got it bad in the forest...imagine how bad the airborn pricks are in the rice swamps!
    Personally....I just smoke a lot....if I'm out fishin at dawn or dusk...I got old school DEET from the 90's in the tackle box from before it got regulated. TBH, once you get bit enough times you really kinda stop noticing except when they fly into your ears and eyes...especially those fricken noseeems.
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  10. Capt. Tyree

    Capt. Tyree Hawkeye

    Avon Products made a skin lotion called "Skin So Soft" that was good for the hands as a moisturizing conditioner, but also had an unusual capability in repelling mosquitoes. It had a strong perfume smell that's not necessarily bad, but can be a bit overpowering if one wants to minimize his or her scent signature. Night shift workers with outdoor duties at various Gulf Coast refineries and chemical plants would wear the stuff thick like French perfume in a Cat House. It worked so well as a mosquito repellent that Avon noticed the unexplainable increase in sales each Spring and Summer, and reportedly did some research into what it was in "Skin So Soft" that acted as a repellent. Don't know if they ever isolated the ingredient, nor if the product is still marketed by Avon.
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  11. madmax

    madmax Far right. Bipolar. Veteran. Don't push me.

    Skin so Soft works well. I was very disappointed with my Thermacell. I pretty much have chigger and skeeter bites all year long.
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  12. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

  13. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    I just saw a thing on bug bites that after you get bit if you wet your skin and use a 9volt battery on it that the electricity acts like antivenom... sort of.... not sure how to expain it. anyone ever heard of this?
  14. madmax

    madmax Far right. Bipolar. Veteran. Don't push me.

    Nope. But my wife would take great glee in applying 9 volts to my butt to "help" the itch.
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  15. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I've tried a plethora of bug repellents, the problem for me is having to re-apply every so often.
    I take daily B complex of vitamins and mosquito's and chiggers are still attracted to me.
    Essential oils work, but must be applied more frequently than traditional bug spray.
    My wife got me some "anti-tick" clothing for Christmas, it's been working pretty good so far, and it's working for the damn chiggers as well. It's basically some thin nylon type clothing that is skin tight and breaths really well so I don't over heat (nothing like wearing long sleeves in 100* temps with 99% humidity).
    When I do get chigger mosquito bites, I react quit nicely to them, especially the chiggers. What I have found is to use some preparation-H on the sites of the bites. Hey, the stuff is supposed to reduce swelling and control itching right? It does work for me, so I keep a little Prep-H in my BOB, it's also petroleum oil based so it can work as a fire starter.
  16. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Do you happen to have a link or name for that anti tick clothing?
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    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

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    Ganado Monkey+++

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