Tell me your favorite bug recipe

Discussion in 'Bushcraft' started by Sapper John, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    Where I live,gnats,yellow flies, mosquitoes, and ticks can be a major problem and a health concern.Around here we will smear river mud on any exposed skin to keep the little critters away if no commercial repellent is available. It works pretty good if you can stand the smell and looks from the tourists and city folk.What will you use if the store bought stuff is not available. Any recipes that are popular in your area?[yack]
  2. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Citronella oil is often used an an insect reppelent in Oz

    It is used as a component in personal insect repellent, and is burned in candles and oil flares to keep mosquitos and other bugs at bay at BBQ's and social gatherings.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2013
  3. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Deep Woods OFF! works for the skeeters, but it seems like candy to the Yellow Flies.
    Been trying other brands and types as I find them, but haven't found anything truly effective for all bugs.
    I do seem to attract them less than some guys - I eat onions and garlic - tends to make me less 'tasty' maybe.....

    When I read 'recipes', I thought y'all meant bugs as food......

    Actually, cleaned earthworms are quite palatable......
  4. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    essential oil of catnip
    extracted using a steam extractor
  5. Sapper John

    Sapper John Analog Monkey in a Digital World

    I was wondering what you would use post SHTF,any home remedies...I know of people who use animal dung,vinegar, or even listerine mouth wash to keep bugs away.
  6. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Well, my wife swears by Skintastic (the original stuff from Avon).

    Me? I am an old Florida Cracker. Sea bottom mud works to keep deer and horse flies off, but smells to high heaven. Of course, Everglades mud does everything from cure cancer to fight acne...or do I have that backwards? Anyhow - skeeters, fleas, ticks and such never did much like me, still don't. We'll go camping and the wife and kids will have a hundred bites to my one, and they are coated with repellents and sprays and I have never in my life even bought a can of repellent. Even when I get bit I hardly notice them. I do not do anything special so I guess I am just offensive and obnoxious, and also offensive and obnoxious to bugs as well.
  7. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    catnip oil has supposedly 10 x the power of deet
    without the toxic to us effects
    it isnt real difficult to extract,
    basically what you need is a still with a place you can add water while its cookin
    you also need the catnip suspended above the heating point
    like on a grate or in a basket
    the steam rises up to and past the catnip
    not cooking or burning it
    the liquid that comes out the condenser is a mix of oil and water
    let it stand and separate, the oils will float on top of the water
    then just drain the oil off into your containers
    not really something difficult for a DIY guy
  8. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    and likely to draw every feline,within 30 miles, in every direction.... Hope you don't live in Cougar Country.....
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  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Using catnip extracts may be a matter of

    Scaring off one set of pests to be replaced by another set of pests (cats)...I'm not much of a person for keeping any critter that I can't or would prefer not to eat.

    I was a bit like Seawolf....thinking that you wanted some recipes to cook bugs....

    Use of Insects by Australian Aborigines - Cultural Entomology Digest - Insect Facts & History |

    University of Kentucky Entomology: Mystery Bugs

    Here's Ray Mears learning from some Australian Aboriginals how to find insect bush tucker.

    Aboriginal Witchetty Grubs & Honey Ants - Ray Mears Extreme Survival - BBC - YouTube
  10. beast

    beast backwoodsman

    ive used catnip several times
    havent has a prob with cats other than rubbin against me which they do anyways
    just makes them closer easier targets :D
  11. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    DIY Insect Repellent Blend

    The following blend is a light, lemony scent that wont run the girls off...

    6 drops catnip essential oil

    8 drops bergamot FCF essential oil

    5 drops Citronella essential oil

    4 drops Pennyroyal essential oil

    12 drops Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil

    Equals 36 drops.

    Add to a 1.5oz oil base to create a 4% dilution.

    If you'd like to strengthen it to a 5% dilution, use a total of 45 drops by adding 3 drops Lemon Eucalyptus, 2 drops Catnip, 2 drops Bergamot FCF and 2 drops Citronella (or your preferred combination).


    <LI class=section itxtHarvested="0" itxtNodeId="2">How to Make an Herbal Bug Repellent

    • 1 All the herbs in this bug repellent are common and can be found in most herb gardens or purchased dried in natural food stores. Mix two cups of water, the lemon and orange peels, mint leaves, pennyroyal leaves and sage leaves in the airtight container. If you like the way any one ingredient smells in particular, double the amount of that ingredient to make your bug spray smell like it. Pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant should leave the pennyroyal out of the mixture.

    • 2 Let the mixture steep for twenty-four hours. Make sure it is tightly covered.

    • 3 Strain out the herbs and peels. You can catch the tea in a bowl or pour it straight into the spray bottle.

    • 4 Shake in two cups of rubbing alcohol. Make sure that you keep the lid on the spray bottle so that the mixture does not evaporate, as rubbing alcohol evaporates very quickly.

    • 5 Spray yourself with this mixture before going outside. It should keep outdoor bugs like mosquitoes and indoor pests like fleas away from you all day.

    Read more: How to Make an Herbal Bug Repellent | How to Make an Herbal Bug Repellent |

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  12. prepperdad

    prepperdad Monkey+

    Fried Grasshopers

    1. Take grasshoppers, feed them lettuce for 3 days
    2. Take off head, pull out guts
    3. Dip in batter
    4. Deep fry for 3 min
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  13. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    A little salt, garlic and olive oil, saute' gently for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Mmmmmmmm! [peep]
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  14. NightFire

    NightFire Monkey

    Before my thermacell, taking sulphur supplements always worked for me. I was taught in scouts and later, in the military, to get sulphur by eating a few match heads each day to keep bugs away.
  15. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Sulfur works fairly well. Try spraying WD-40 on exposed skin and entry points (cuffs/ankles/boot tops). It is not petro based and will not hurt you. I use it picking black berries and very seldom get a chigger. You can saturate a paper towel, wrap it in foil, and use it occasionally to "freshen up".
  16. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    I eat gunpowder, and I don't care if the bite me anymore!![GR]
  17. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Modern Powder doesn't have Sulfur as a component...... Only Black Powder, and the modern equivalents.....
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  18. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

    I make my own, but the salt peter has a weird effect on me!
  19. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    When traipsing around the north woods, Grandma would grab the bottle of Avon Skin so soft and slather everyone from Grandpa to the dog with it.

    worked at keeping the mosquitoes, ticks, no-see-ums and deer files away until it wore off after sweating for an hour. Then the horseflies and deer flies were to first to let you know, it wasn't effective anymore and you'd best be applying more or heading back home.

    At least we smelled good for the rest of the day too.
  20. Austin Clarke

    Austin Clarke Monkey

    I would like to also known bug recipe.
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