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keeping bugs away while outside

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wile E

05-27-2014 18:31:40
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On Sunday night I had a few people over my home. Well we were outside on my back deck and I had 2 citronella candles burning, also a fire going in a firepit 30 feet away. But, the bugs came around by 7:30pm and we had to go inside. What else works to keep the skeeters and other flying bugs away? Do Tiki torches work? What about bug zappers? (are these noisy?) Most people, like me do not like to put smelly sprays on like OFF or other chemicals. What about spraying the grass with RAID ? If you have used a product or technique that allows you to sit outside in the woods after dark then chime in.

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NawlensGator

05-31-2014 09:43:37
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
I rigged a 120 volt squirrel cage blower (from a 4 ton A/C air handler) on wheels that I can move around and it has a 3 speed switch. It puts out a lot of air, is very quiet, and keeps mosquitos away on low speed. If its hot enough outside, medium speed keeps everyone cool and bug free. On high speed it serves as a turbo charged leaf blower.



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zeke67

05-29-2014 13:59:54
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
I've never found a better bug repellent than the smoke from a cigar. Works on gnats, mosquitoes, deer flies, and nosy neighbors.



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Guido

05-28-2014 16:30:43
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
Hello wile E,

Give your neighbor a bug zapper! Worked for me.

Guido.



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JMOR

05-28-2014 18:56:59
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to Guido, 05-28-2014 16:30:43  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeWork hard. Sweat to stinking! Don't bathe for a few days. They leave you alone, like other people. Clean up, smell good, yummy, they eat you alive. Tried & proven hundreds of times! And that ain't no BS.



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George Marsh

05-29-2014 03:35:58
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to JMOR, 05-28-2014 18:56:59  
And that ain't no BS. YOU JUST SMELL LIKE BS.



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JMOR

05-30-2014 08:10:05
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to George Marsh, 05-29-2014 03:35:58  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeYep, George, usually have some of that splattered on me, too!



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Guido

05-29-2014 06:14:44
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to George Marsh, 05-29-2014 03:35:58  
Hello,

I eat a LOT of garlic, so I sweat mosquito repellent NATURALLY! HA! HA!

Guido



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George Marsh

05-30-2014 13:33:43
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to Guido, 05-29-2014 06:14:44  
Hello Guido,
I'm just too sweet, bugs love me. I have a lake too and they are really bad this year. Haven't seen the county spray this year. In town not really a problem like it is in country. George



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IH2444

05-28-2014 16:14:21
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
Tear gas works well.



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Stephen Newell

05-28-2014 15:21:12
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
I've seen people put in professional systems in their landscaping spraying the bushes 24/7 and then come in and spray the grass. Then be eaten alive with mosquitoes. I use one of those bug zappers that look like a tennis racket. After frying a few they seem to stay away for a while. I think they don't like the smell of fried colleagues.



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wile E

05-28-2014 12:33:09
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
Thanks a bunch for all the ideas, Never heard of trying Listerine, or a dryer sheet.

I will likely get a bug zapper too.



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Bob M

05-28-2014 09:59:00
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
We have the same problem. Our lot is heavily wooded; the back deck becomes unbearable shortly before dusk on account the bugs.

I've found an oscillating floor fan or a "breeze box" fan - positioned to blow across the deck and running at medium speed - absolutely keeps the bugs away.

On a hot night the breeze feels good too!



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Alan K

05-29-2014 21:21:01
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to Bob M, 05-28-2014 09:59:00  
The fan was just what I was thinking as well. I use one in the shop. If they cant smell me they cant find me lol....until the mosquitos got the bright idea to go on the other side of me away from the fan.



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big fred

05-28-2014 09:42:20
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
My wife uses one of those little insect repellers you clip on your belt. Has a little fan inside that circulates air over a pad with some sort of repellent on it. Got it at a sporting goods store. I'm not much bothered by the bugs we have around here, so I can't swear to its efficacy, but she seems to think it works. I think it's an "OFF" product.



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hermit

05-28-2014 07:18:32
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
Try putting an anti-static fabric softener sheet in a shirt pocket or somewhere on you. It is cheap and seems to be pretty good. Or you could move to this area. The drought has been so bad for so long the bugs can't exist without water!!!



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sid

05-29-2014 23:46:43
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to hermit, 05-28-2014 07:18:32  
Try it in your hat.



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Billy C.

05-28-2014 06:36:38
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
Get a couple Thermocell units. They will keep mosquitos away for about a 15' radius. Should be available at your local Wallyworld or can be ordered online. They have a small pad of insecticide that is heated by a tiny propane bottle inside. They work well here in the South where we are plagued by mosquitos while hunting in early fall or turkey hunting in the spring.



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PJH

05-28-2014 06:24:07
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
We have a large screened in back porch - it's our favorite room in warm weather. No bugs.

A friend has a real nice un-screened gazebo in his back yard, and I laughed when he put a ceiling fan in the center of it. The laugh was on me - mosquitoes can't stand the wind from the fan and they leave you alone. Turned out to be a smart idea.

These are "old people" remedies - kids don't mind chiggers, ticks and mosquitoes like us old folks do.

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showcrop

05-28-2014 05:07:51
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
An insect light trap is an alternative. You mount it on a wall a little ways from where you sit. The light draws them in and they are caught when they land on an adhesive strip. Mine has a roll that slowly unrolls and rolls up on another spool. a roll lasts about two months.



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Bret4207

05-28-2014 04:31:10
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
The only thing that ever really worked for us was a screen house. Yard Guard, the old sprays that went into the lawn tractor exhaust, etc were good for an hour or so. The screen house worked 24/7.



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JRSutton

05-28-2014 06:20:29
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to Bret4207, 05-28-2014 04:31:10  
agreed.

A screen house is the only solution I've ever found to be effective.

any spray with a lot of deet's good - but I hate the feeling of it. Better than having mosquitoes on you of course, but makes me uncomfortable.



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George Marsh

05-28-2014 03:39:59
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
My problem is I can't spray every place I go, so long pants, long shirt, and a hair net like device to keep them out of my face. The hair net I got from sporting good dept at Wal-mart, only a buck or two.

The knats are the worst.



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tractor300

05-28-2014 07:06:10
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to George Marsh, 05-28-2014 03:39:59  
Vanilla keeps the gnats away.



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George Marsh

05-28-2014 13:46:59
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to tractor300, 05-28-2014 07:06:10  
I know, but it kicks my sinuses in high gear and gives me a headache.



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Deere Scotty

05-28-2014 01:44:02
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
I am with the electric bug zapper. They Work quite well! Mosquitoes hate me cause I put one in the area I am working when gardening at late evening.



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ss55

05-27-2014 21:18:44
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
2.5 percent Permethrin (spelling) in Mosquito-B-Gon (not the Malathion version that smells) and "Yard Guard" works pretty well. Plan to respray about every two weeks, or after the second rain.

Bug zappers use ultraviolet light to attract bugs. For me, they have worked best 50 feet away from the patio.

Zeta-Cypermethrin is labeled to work a long time, but I'm not impressed.



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azpeapicker

05-27-2014 20:34:19
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
Good Evening Wile I have heard that Listerine put in a spray bottle And sprayed around the area will keep the bugs away and its cheaper than bug spray . Might try a small bottler & see how it works .

John in Az.



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pete black

05-27-2014 18:55:14
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
concerning bug zappers; just bought one to place in my garden with the thought that the loud zapping noise would deter deer in the garden at night. much to my surprise when I got it home in bold letters on the box "quiet technology". tried it anyway and it is quiet and highly effective for bugs. now as for effective for deer? so far-promising. 10 days prior deer was already browsing on green beans, since bug zappers in place-none. the bluish colored light is eerie and it does emit strange electrical noises when a bug is zapped. effective for bugs-yes. effective for deer-I believe it will be.

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LOU from Wi.

05-27-2014 18:48:08
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
Wile E,
We are using a product called Mosquito Barrier. It contains Garlic juices,which mosquito's,ticks,etc can't stand. Quite pricey,but it works. We are mosquito & tick free right up in the North woods,with a lake only 2 blocks away,and county forest around us. We use Insectrin on the borders of our lot to keep any ticks from entering and seems to hold back mosquito's as well. But toxic for some animals. Any thing with pyrethrins works,we use CV80 around doors and windows. Also use black flagg in our Burgess propane fogger at night.
Seems between these things we can sit outside and walk the dog around the yard without slapping ourselves silly and itching all night. Happy non scratching.
LOU

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Lazy WP

05-27-2014 18:44:38
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 Re: keeping bugs away while outside in reply to wile E, 05-27-2014 18:31:40  
Bats, lots of bats!!! If you don't have them I spray with Tempo. Does a pretty good job.



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