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Old 07-08-2011, 06:09   #46
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The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus:
The tiger mosquito is an important disease carrier in Asia; and in the United States, it has been found to be infected with LaCrosse encephalitis viruses and West Nile virus, which can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:17   #47
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Louis wrote, "this may not be relevant but in Grand Cayman they introduced two million sterile male mosquitoes and that lead to zero mozzies last summer!"

Unfortunately, on Plum Island in Newburyport MA, they must have introduced two million greenhead flies on an experimental STEROID VIAGRA! They tried to BREAK THE WINDOWS of my car to get at me - sounded like HAIL! I thought I was in a Stephen King movie!

My friend refused to get out of the car; I had to use the facilities and told her to tell my daughter how much I loved her in case I didn't return! Threw a jacket over my head and RAN to the port-a-potty - no problem. I got back in the car, and when I opened the door, one of the devils got in and bit my friend in the leg - I kept laughing even after she punched me in the arm! lol...
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The worst mosquitos I have ever encountered were in Labrador. The season is so short and the supply of fresh meat so low that you feel like bait when you go ashore in some places. You literally had to cover every inch of your body, with a hat pulled down tight over sunglasses and then a bandanna over your mouth. Still they would land on you and get so thick you could wipe them off your arms and legs in big squishy handfuls.

Gnats can be bad in the Carolinas or in parts of the Caribbean, and they are so small they fly through any screens. Short of shutting up the whole boat, which we did until we couldn't stand the heat, smoke coils were about the only hope. Luckily, they blow away in a decent breeze.
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:50   #49
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Originally Posted by Nobleshift View Post
I lived in Fla. for 40 years and these are what worked forcc me.
The Skin-So-Soft oil mixed 20% sss/h2o, soak your outerwear & nets in this, any tents too. A bowl w/ a sponge soaked in citronella oil for the porch/cockpit. Use SSS regular on your skin. I also have found for me personally eating a cap of brewers yeast a day helps me repel mosquitoes naturally. No seeums don't care about the yeast. They do however respect the SSS, though you will smell girly all the time ....... which is a sight better than some of guys ........
+1 to SSS

When we stopped on Andros in Fresh Creek, we got eaten alive by noseeums (tiny black flies) - they take out a chunk of skin and their bites stay red for over a week. Deet based repellents didn't work well (even the super concentrated Canadian ones), and it's hard not to touch anything plastic or varnished on the boat once the Deet is on you. I got so annoyed at some point that I put on socks, long johns, a hoodie, and gloves and even slept in that outfit...

Then we met some folk from the US Navy base there and they suggested trying Skin So Soft either straight up or in a solution. We put it on mosquito screens and ourselves and finally started enjoying the island. Not a single extra bite!

I watched a few tine black flies making the approach to my arm and then at about 10 cm doing a 180 turn and quickly flying away.

We weren't sure what was in the SSS, but it worked like magic!
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Originally Posted by vintageray View Post
I still, eight years later have a little white dot on my chest that doesn't tan from one of the bites.
I have a small white spot on each shoulder that just showed up recently, that doesn't seem to tan. I wonder if it's from these nasty FL SOB's.
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