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"Due to the sheep in the settlement the surrounding area has no mosquitoes"

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 ...
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Is there a rule of thumb on which locations will have lots of mosquitos vs. which will have none?

You probably ought to mention altitudes. Enchantments is at 1500m, Rainier's main visitor station is at 1900m. Mosquitoes, and flies, are highly altitude-dependent, as well as water-dependent. I ...
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Is there some sort of portable slow CO2 emitter that can be used in conjunction with a bug zapper?

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. ...
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How can I protect my dog from mosquitos?

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 ...
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What foods attract mosquitoes to your body, and what can you eat that will repel them?

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 ...
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What proven alternatives are there to DEET?

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 ...
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Cat-safe mosquito repellent?

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. ...
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Cat-safe mosquito repellent?

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 ...
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How to use DEET bug sprays if I have dogs?

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 ...
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Is there some sort of portable slow CO2 emitter that can be used in conjunction with a bug zapper?

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 ...
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Which climate causes the mosquito (Culicidae) to die?

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 ...
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Attract the mosquitoes to a specific pool of stagnant water

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 ...
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Is it effective to use mosquito repellent under clothes?

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 ...
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What proven alternatives are there to DEET?

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 ...
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What proven alternatives are there to DEET?

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. ...
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What foods attract mosquitoes to your body, and what can you eat that will repel them?

Sure, potassium (and salt) secreted by the skin will attract mosquitoes. However, it's a step removed (ingesting food -> nutrient absorption -> physiology -> mosquitoes) and there are so many ...
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Cat-safe mosquito repellent?

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 ...
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How can I protect a room from bugs without using mosquito-nets or visible barriers?

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 ...
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How can I protect my dog from mosquitos?

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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Is there a rule of thumb on which locations will have lots of mosquitos vs. which will have none?

Lots of vegetation coupled with high humidity creates those little pests that drive one insane. The tundra you find in the northern regions around the world are breading grounds for mosquitos! I ...
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What clothing/fabric can mosquitos not bite through?

Building on the comment of @Weather Vane: First, my qualifications to answer this -- mosquitoes love me; I am the best mosquito repellant at an outdoor dinner a fellow diner could have! I wear my ...
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What clothing/fabric can mosquitos not bite through?

There are certain outdoor brands which make lightweight outdoor clothing that is specifically advertised to be mosquito-proof. Being outdoor brands this clothing is also targeted at people who are ...
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How to use DEET bug sprays if I have dogs?

A quick search found this on a vet site: Picaridin is another common active ingredient in insect repellents made for people. Though it appears to have a wide margin of safety when used on dogs,...
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Is there some sort of portable slow CO2 emitter that can be used in conjunction with a bug zapper?

In the Philippines. A 1 litter bottle. Cut of top, insert in bottle. Like a funnel. Sugar water a pinch of yeast does work. Or set near light zapper. So very cheap to make. Mint oil. Contact with ...
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Mosquito free areas closest to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France?

Iceland Not the answer you wanted of course, but there are very few places in the world where you don't find mosquitoes and the others are considerably further away. New Caledonia, French Polynesia, ...
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What are some effective ways of reducing itching from a mosquito bite?

There is a very simple way to relieve the itching for a while. Press firmly on the bite with your fingers or thumb for 20-30 seconds. The pressure causes the body to release endorphins that will ...
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What proven alternatives are there to DEET?

I live in tick central, home of Lyme Disease, and do a lot of hiking in areas full of ticks. To give you an idea, I once plucked a dozen ticks off myself and 25+ off my dog after just an hour walking ...
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What are some effective ways of reducing itching from a mosquito bite?

I have found calendula cream to work well. It's the Neosporin alternative if someone is allergic to the active ingredient in it. Being a cream, it is also a bit cooling, so that may be what helps.
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What are some effective ways of reducing itching from a mosquito bite?

Clove oil applied to the bite will help. Boil down a strong solution of cloves. Test it on your skin to make sure it doesn't burn or feel too hot. If it does, boil it for longer until it reduces down. ...
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