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fredaevans 02-24-2013 03:10 PM

"Deet" loosing its puch with bitie-bugs?
 
BBC News - Mosquitoes ignore repellent Deet after first exposure

Guest1 02-24-2013 03:16 PM

Re: "Deet" loosing its puch with bitie-bugs?
 
Oh that's not good. This is the buggiest place I ever lived. Deet is almost as important as ...... food here. :icon_roll If DEET stops working, I'm moving.

dabluz 02-24-2013 07:41 PM

Re: "Deet" loosing its puch with bitie-bugs?
 
Deet still works great here in Quebec but when talking about bug repellent with fishermen from the U.S., many told me that it does not work very well. I had trouble believing them. Now, I believe what I heard. I guess that eventually bug repellent with Deet will not be as effective here in Quebec.

wt bash 02-24-2013 07:53 PM

Re: "Deet" loosing its puch with bitie-bugs?
 
Its just like the flu vaccination, now there are 2 newer viruses that the shot does nothing against. Just like out skeeters oddly enough they don't bother me too much but it has a down side cause they don't bother me when I DON'T wear deodorant!:yikes:

Rip Tide 02-25-2013 09:05 AM

Re: "Deet" loosing its puch with bitie-bugs?
 
Yup, skeeters are attracted to deodorant.
I often notice people complaining about them when I haven't seen a single one :rolleyes:

Unfortunately they're also attracted by the smell of your breath and someone who's consumed a good bit of alcohol draws them in like caddis to a Coleman lantern ;)

dhayden 02-25-2013 09:38 AM

Re: "Deet" loosing its puch with bitie-bugs?
 
I just want to see the testing equipment that attached electrodes to a mosquito's antenna.

fredaevans 02-25-2013 09:43 AM

Re: "Deet" loosing its puch with bitie-bugs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rip Tide (Post 530696)

Unfortunately they're also attracted by the smell of your breath and someone who's consumed a good bit of alcohol draws them in like caddis to a Coleman lantern ;)

Actually, if memory serves, its the expelled CO2.

wt bash 02-25-2013 10:10 AM

Re: "Deet" loosing its puch with bitie-bugs?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Rip Tide (Post 530696)
Unfortunately they're also attracted by the smell of your breath and someone who's consumed a good bit of alcohol draws them in like caddis to a Coleman lantern

I figured it was due to the heat of our breath and our heads but maybe that's just dog pecker gnats. Is it the sweet smells from deodorant and the hint of sugar in beer or booze?

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Quote:

Originally Posted by dhayden (Post 530702)
I just want to see the testing equipment that attached electrodes to a mosquito's antenna.

Its in the same lab they use to test the smell of moth balls :p

Rip Tide 02-25-2013 10:46 AM

Re: "Deet" loosing its puch with bitie-bugs?
 
Why some people are mosquito magnets - The Body Odd
http://www.vagabondjourney.com/what-...-being-bitten/

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-uyf-3orurk...20mosquito.jpg

sweetandsalt 02-25-2013 11:23 AM

Re: "Deet" loosing its puch with bitie-bugs?
 
You know those infrared images of the human body showing the vapor trails of warmth, breath and perspiration wafting from our bodies? Mosquitoes follow that trail back to its source to suck our blood. The DEET compound intertwines molecularly with that trail which confuses the bugs sensing mechanism. DEET is not a repellent but a confuser, should the female mosquito find an exposed skin surface even if it has DEET slathered on it she is perfectly happy to not loose her appetite. It is hard to cover every exposed bit of skin and it is unclear that DEET applied to clothing, hats, etc. is effective at all. The Army has spent plenty of our money to devise the most effective bug dope and has determined that DEET is the ONLY thing that works effectively (psychological solutions not-with-standing). My experience is that when it is warm and I am traipsing through willowy water meadows to get to a secret section of a spring creek, I am going to get attacked and the more I sweat, the worse it will be.


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