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It looks like there is some truth in it. I don't think that it has to do with the sheep so much as it does with their grazing habits. During the day, mosquitoes like to rest in tall grass or among shrubs in a moist, shady spot. Keeping the grass short deprives them of a resting place. Source More sheep means less tall grass and therefore less mosquitoes. ...


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Anecdotally - yes. I've heard it is possible, read it is possible, and have successfully done so myself while working in Wyoming's Wind River Range (on par with Alaska for its mosquitoes). Caveats: Although you might stop itching and swelling, you won't build up an immunity to West Nile, Dengue, Malaria, etc if they occur in your area. In my experience, ...


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Yes, increased exposure can reduce the ellergic reaction that results in the itching and swelling. The very first time we are bitten by a mosquito, nothing happens. That triggers the immune system in a way that subsequent bytes cause a allergic response. There are roughly two levels of "immunity" to mosquitos that in most people can be brought on by high ...


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Breath through your teeth, that's what we'd do when cycling in NW Ontario, the bugs are horrible there year round. I've inhaled more than one mosquito in my life time, now I just grit my teeth and put on a psycho smile if I'm breathing hard while moving fast through bugs. Of course this method doesn't prevent bugs from getting in your teeth, so you have to "...


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You can generate CO2 with a mixture of yeast, sugar and water, and there is scientific evidence for its effectiveness in attracting mosquitoes. Saitoh et al. (2004) tested the apparatus shown below. They constructed it as follows: Two plastic bottles (2-liter volume) were used to hold water solutions of sugar and yeast. The 2 bottles contained different ...


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Many of the medicines which work for ticks also work well against mosquitoes. Since you are taking your dog outdoors and will thus need flea and tick protection anyways, consider that as an option Example: https://www.amazon.com/Advantix-Large-Dogs-55-Pound-6-Month There are many brands, no preference shown other than being the easiest to find a link for....


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The British Army stationed in Scotland use Avon Skin So Soft (I kid you not!) against midges. The locals swear by it too.


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In case you don't have anything to put on your bites, I found out the following. If you got snow around you, put a piece of metal (I prefer a spoon) in the snow or cold water, and wait for it to nearly freeze. And then just put the freezing cold spoon on the bite. You can also heat a spoon (or just use a lighter directly) and as soon as you won't burn ...


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BBC program The Twinstitute did a test on food to repel mosquitoes, alongside a test to repel mosquitoes by using a mobile phone app. The result of the test was that neither method did much if anything to repel mosquitoes. If you are in the UK you should be able to see the program in the first half of February 2019 on the iPlayer. (Possibly it will be ...


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The importance of good insect protection This is an important subject. The dangers of mosquitoes in many parts of the world are well known, and recent research suggests that Lyme disease from ticks is greatly under-reported and is many times more prevalent than previously thought. There are three issues: Treating clothing so ticks are killed on contact ...


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One strategy is to use whatever repellent you want, but, if it harmful to cats, thoroughly shower and wash your hair and change into uncontaminated clothes after your trip and before you get home. Wash the contaminated clothes at a friend's house or at a Laundromat, put them in an uncontaminated bag and throw the contaminated bag away. That is, take no ...


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I wanted to add some points to the discussion, as well as list another product. First, as noted, 100% DEET is overkill. Once you go over 35%, it doesn't get better. Second, DEET is not good for you. Not saying don't use it, but try to use the minimum needed. What I like to use is permethrin. This is used on gear and clothing, not skin, and stays active ...


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Don't scratch! Mosquitos inject an anti-coagulant under your skin as soon as they puncture you, this is to prevent the blood from clotting so their noses don't get glued to the inside of your dermis while they're sucking. This is what makes you itch, scratching spreads the anti-coagulant around over a greater area and makes the itch worse than if you had ...


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http://www.mosquito.org/faq How fast can mosquitoes fly? Depending upon the species, mosquitoes can fly at about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour. I got that source from this recent article about using a fan to keep mosquitoes away. It seems mosquitoes are slow fliers. A normal walking pace should be enough to out run them. That being said, you can still walk ...


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Mosquitoes thrive in warm and humid climates. It's extremely important to not allow stagnant water near your home. This aids in the reproduction cycle for mosquitoes. If you like to keep bins of water outside to collect rain for your plants, don't do this as the still water is very enticing. I sort of broke off on a tangent there. But back to the question. ...


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You could try a running mask — Google > "Running Face Masks" Face masks are commonly worn by bicyclists and runners in the winter, but lighter-weight materials are available for runners concerned about inhaling dust and other pollutants. They are perfectly suited to keeping the bugs out.


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Burn an ordinary paraffin candle. There are several claims floating around that describe how some well-intentioned people are actually increasing their total CO2 emissions, by turning off their electric lights in favor of burning candles. As most of these articles are politically motivated, it is hard to find neutral and scientifically sound sources. What ...


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I would spray the DEET on your clothes in places where the dogs won't lick, such as the top of a hat. I would also suggest trying to avoid using DEET by wearing long pants and sleeves to avoid the number of mosquitos trying to bite you. It also worth pointing out that since this is a known problem, people have developed mosquito repellents that are designed ...


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As one of the minority of the population that cannot use DEET (it makes my skin burn!) I use plant-based solutions. There are several options on the market that use either citronella or geraniol or a combination of both, and I find they work well enough for my needs. Plus, in addition to being safe for dogs and cats, some people are using them ...


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They will still deposit eggs wherever they can find water. If you can attract them to those areas you will get a greater proportion infected with the BTI and help lower numbers in the immediate vicinity. However, the next breeze will blow fresh ones into your area. You can attract them to areas using CO2 to help concentrate them in that specific area, but ...


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I opted for Insect Shield Repellent Bandana. I'd rate it a 3 out of 5 for effectiveness, 5 out of 5 for value.


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Hopefully, if your clothes are thick enough, the mosquitos won't be able to bite through. Also as DEET apparently works by messing with the mosquitos sense of smell, it won't be as effective because it would first have to go through your clothes. If they are biting through your clothes, it would be more effective to spray on top of your clothes which has ...


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There are many homegrown solutions to this, such as latex glue or even duct tape. If you want to be extra cautious though, approach it like you were patching it. Find the recommended patch kit for that tent, sew the netting to the patches, then attach the patches as if it was a tear. I couldn't find an exact patch kit recommended by Quechua, but you can ...


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Put some sort of thick covering that prevents oxygen from reaching the bite. Popular options include Vaseline.


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I use Solarcaine, which contains a local anesthetic, on both mosquito bites and sunburn. Just don't get any in your eye, nose, or other tender areas. It's sold for sunburn relief but works just as well for preventing itching. It's readily available in Canada and this page lists some brand names around the world for the same active ingredient.


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Here is what I have found from REI Picaridin Permethrin Oil of lemon eucalyptus Various Plant Oils Another option is to protect all exposed skin with a head net, long pants, long sleeved shirt, and gloves. For ticks wearing long pants and preventing things from crawling up them with duck tape or blousing straps can help. Also, avoiding long grass will ...


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Neem oil has fairly positive results, though it may have to be applied more often than DEET. malaria journal A search on Amazon gives anecdotal evidence of the oil working and being less irritating. Neem oil reviews


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Screens are the best solution, and the only solution guaranteed to keep your room 100% bug free (as long as people are careful not to let them in at the door). Other preventative methods include using mosquito deterrents or repellents like citronella candles, torches, lanterns, etc. There are brands devoted to mosquito control like Thermacell who provide a ...


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I also ty to avoid chemical mosquito repellents, but I am quite successful with appropriate clothing to repel mosquitos. It really helps a lot and you do not have to apply it again and again throughout the day. Mosquito nets for the head for example may look a bit silly and impair vision a little bit. But they are very effective to keep insects away from ...


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