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    My mother never got bit by a mosquito in her life - they just didn't like her (she was also immune to poison ivy, oak, & sumac). On the other hand, if there's a mosquito within a 100-mile radius it will find me.

    So yes, it's possible to go without a bugnet if you're more like my momma than me. No way a single application of deet would last me through the night.

    Not only do mosquitoes love me but I also have sometimes severe reactions. I've accidentally rested my hand against the bugnet while sleeping, and woken up in the morning with multiple bites on my hand, with it swollen up like a boxer's glove.

    On top of all that, I'm an involuntary scratcher. I don't even know I'm doing it, but I'll scratch at a mosquito bite till I'm bleeding.

    The only natural way I've found to combat mosquitoes is to eat a ton of garlic. The mosquitoes don't seem to like that garlic stench (nor do most humans, unless you're French).

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    I know when I was in the military alot of people swore by a Avon Product called Skin so soft to keep bugs away. Don't know if they still make it.

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    I dont think I would try it, but bug spray can be affective in most cases so?? trial and error might be an option but them little buggers make me itch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girotogo View Post
    I made a ghost hammock. Nice and light, but the skeeters are out. Is there a way to sleep in a hammock without using a bugnet and not get eaten alive?
    Maybe, but I don't want to try it.
    Keep movin', keep believing and enjoy the journey!

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    Before I converted to a hammock I slept on the ground with just a pad and if raining/snowing a tarp. (Never a tent or bug net). At times it sucked but if you are able to tend a small fire where you sleep the heat and smoke will keep them away pretty good.
    Having said that, my summertime hammocks will always have a bug net.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brute1100 View Post
    Permithrin!!!! That is all...
    Right on Brute, its that simple
    "I love not man the less, but Nature more."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tacoma96 View Post
    I know when I was in the military alot of people swore by a Avon Product called Skin so soft to keep bugs away. Don't know if they still make it.
    They do still make Skin so Soft and it worked great as a bug repellent, however, I think they've changed the recipe and its no longer as effective. I'll have my mom check with her Avon Rep to verify this.
    "If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Girotogo View Post
    I made a ghost hammock. Nice and light, but the skeeters are out. Is there a way to sleep in a hammock without using a bugnet and not get eaten alive?
    There is also a spray that works for me at least as good as DEET but is called Picaridin and is sold at REI the sell Sawyer which is the same company that makes the water filters and they carry natrapel both contain 20% picaridin and I use it on all exposed skin along with my permetherin treated clothing.

    Here is the REI link
    http://www.rei.com/search?query=picaridin

    Video for picaridin


    Video for Permethrin


    Hope these help out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctari View Post
    NONE of the AT shelters have bug netting.
    ... I do not recall ever seeing a hiker set up a personal bug netting.
    Model-T wrote of setting up his bug net in AT shelters, several times on his thru-hikes, in his book "Walking on the Happy Side of Misery."

    It's an urban legend that Avon Skin-so-Soft (or dryer sheets, for that matter) repels mosquitoes. Studies have proven otherwise.

    Mosquitoes can bite through snake skin and alligator skin. Normal human clothing is no barrier whatsoever, unless it's treated with Permethrin. Same for hammock fabric, including bug netting.

    In short, unless you are immune somehow, you will suffer during bug season without a sufficient barrier or chemical.

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    Right Picardin, like DEET, repels bugs but, unlike DEET, does not harm synthetic fabrics.

    I believe Permetherin only kills bugs on contact - not sure if Permetherin has any ability to repel bugs- anyone?
    - Loki,

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    Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
    The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
    while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
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