We have been discussing hammocks on a back channel and natural the subject of mosquitoes came up in the discussion. Since warm to hot weather ( depending on your location
) is coming really soon and they will be out in full force I wanted to update the subject about keeping them at bay when camping.
I have found a couple ways of keeping them at bay while sitting around the campfire in the evening from past trips. All I can say is they work here in the Florida swamps. Sitting outside an enjoying the supper and campfire before hitting the sack.......
1. The thermaCELL which is a small self contained unit will keep them away in a 15 foot radius ( calm wind
s ) from where it is and each pad lasts about 4 hours. There is one gas container and two pads per pack. I sure wish someone would of told us about this earlier , is is great. http://www.mosquitorepellent.com/
2. The Scotts Outdoor Defense Insect killer ( 20 oz can ) which is a area fogger does a nice job and it lasts 8 hours per application to the area around where you are. Spray it around the camp , into the bushes and weeds and it does work , really good.
Local garden supply stores handle this. As far as hammocks and off the ground camping............
3. Joe ( lazyriverguy) on one trip sprayed the bottom of his Hennessey with repellent to keep them away from his hammock during the night.
4. Sleep on a thick blanket when in a hammock they can bite threw and wear your shoes to protect the bottom of your feet if they touch the end of the hammock.. A trick I learned while camping in the glades during the summer months. It was one of the old U.S. Army ( surplus ) Jungle Hammocks now I have a hammock they can't bite threw. The old fashion way in more then one Old Fashion Way ( if you have the mix with you ) ...........
5. Or you could do like we did in the past , drink a lot of bourbon or rum and let them bite and as they stagger off swat them or let them fly by the fire and explode , the little fire balls are a nice touch to the campfire experience.
Or you could do like this unhappy camper did and just feed them during the night.
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