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nice post..thanks...
by: Anonymous

As bugs can drive you crazy..its also good to know a few of the wild plants that may be nearby in order to drive them off.
Lavender, (not always found in the wilderness but you never know when you might have to pass a garden on the way to bugging out...so also watch for marigold and catnip and Lemon balm to name a few).
Yarrow, Sagebrush, wormwort, pinapple weed,Cedars, Mugwort, are just a few of the wild plants you can use.
Just remember to reaply often as most only last a couple of hours.
Another thing you can do is to either apply a thick coat of mud or clay to all exposed parts of the body.

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mosquitoes and smoke
by: Anonymous

My theory is that the smoke confuses the mosquitoes. They home in on body heat and the CO2 in your breath, but the campfire puts out so much heat and CO2 it completely masks the human presence. I've observed swarms of mosquitoes downwind of the fire milling about in the plume of hot air, ignoring the people completely.

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Ants
by: Anonymous

A ring of medicated foot powder is also a great way to keep ants away from you. A small bottle ways 2oz, and is barely larger than a pack of smokes. Comes in handy against poison ivy and sumac too.

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How mosquitoes locate us
by: Nomad

It was told to me that mosquitoes home in on the CO2 that we exhale when we breath.I found this to be true when I observed them swarming our cooler that had dry ice in it.
We use the dry ice setup on weeklong canoe trips in MOAB to create a freezer for our food.
It works great with the addition of a wet towel for added evaporative cooling.Just be sure to keep the dry-ice dry or it will melt quickly.

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bad mode
by: Tony

Thanks Anthony for your "easy to follow" advice.
Mosquitoes can really put you in a bad mode.

I think to find a good camping spot is the most important, when you are backpacking in the wilderness.


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