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Old 02-25-2015, 08:09 AM   #1
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Bugged by Bugs While Camping

Hi All,
Just wondering how you all deal with pesky critters when camping. I know they are a part of the nature thing, but I have to say, I'm not very happy about it! Ha! More details: http://cuontheroad.net/confessions-of-an-insectophobe/
I know there's some good stuff out there to fight insects to help camping be more comfortable. We use some good stuff. But I'm wondering what works for you?

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Old 02-25-2015, 08:32 AM   #2
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We use any dry spray powder with the highest Deet content. However, while up in Nova Scotia last Spring, nothing worked against the Black Flies. The only thing to do was to put one of those net type hats over your head to keep them away. Nice fashion statement .


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Old 02-25-2015, 09:19 AM   #3
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The only thing to do was to put one of those net type hats over your head to keep them away. Nice fashion statement .
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Old 02-25-2015, 09:29 AM   #4
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There are lots of good reviews on the thermacell systems but I have no personal experience with them.
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:10 AM   #5
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My DW gets serious welts from Black Flies, No-see-ums, mosquitoes, etc. The only thing that works for her is Iguana Oil. Weird name, but it works. You can check it out online and buy it through Amazon.

She worked at a wild animal park near us and tried all kinds of products. Some did help and some did not; the 'Off Deep Woods' towelettes - 25% Deet - did help (she even stuck them on her hat). Her coworkers told her about Iguana Oil. That worked even better!

As a plus, she found Iguana Oil very soothing when applied directly onto a bite when she did get bit. The usual anti-itch products helped her only a little, if at all.

We live in AZ and have not encountered the SWARMS of Black Flies and Mosquitoes that some of you have. In those situations, netting seems to be a logical defense.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:43 AM   #6
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What I do is setup one of those clip-on desk lamp over in the corner of the camping spot. When I look over there it is loaded down with all kinds of flying critters so 25-30 feet away from us... Actually I usually use two of these with one pointing down and the other one pointing up. This gives us old folks a fighting chance finding our trailer when we go to the bathroom...

Some say this only draws more flying things into your area but seems to work for us pretty good.

We have the rope lights up under the awning which does not draw insects and does light up our sitting area rather well...

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Old 02-25-2015, 11:44 AM   #7
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I swear by the Thermacell. I hunt in an area that you literally cannot stand to be in without one. The mosquitoes will eat you alive.
Fire up the Thermacell no problem. Bought one for the camper as well
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:05 PM   #8
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I have been known to setup a small fan and sit directly in it's blast path. The little critters can't handle the wind. HA HA
Works great when it's hot out as well. Otherwise it's Deep Woods Off with the Deet.
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Old 02-25-2015, 12:10 PM   #9
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When the bugs are really bad, I find a smoky fire works very well. Only problem is I do not like smoky fires. I have been thinking about locating a small bug light to put out in the back forty to see what happens.
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Campfire + Thermacell + bug spray + fan....Yep, we use them all at once.

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