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Old 02-24-2013, 02:10 PM
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Red face "Deet" loosing its puch with bitie-bugs?

BBC News - Mosquitoes ignore repellent Deet after first exposure
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Oh that's not good. This is the buggiest place I ever lived. Deet is almost as important as ...... food here. If DEET stops working, I'm moving.
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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.
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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!
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Yup, skeeters are attracted to deodorant.
I often notice people complaining about them when I haven't seen a single one

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
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I just want to see the testing equipment that attached electrodes to a mosquito's antenna.
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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.
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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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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
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Why some people are mosquito magnets - The Body Odd
http://www.vagabondjourney.com/what-...-being-bitten/

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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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