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Old 01-03-2020, 03:28 PM   #21
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I’ve got a simple, non-chemical approach. It depends a lot on how large your sitting area is.

I use two high velocity fans positioned in a manner to keep the mosquitos away from you. I find it pretty effective.
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Old 01-03-2020, 04:32 PM   #22
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we've had good results with fans and skin so soft on midgies/no seeums.

will be ordering thermocell based on this thread. will also try citronella on cottage porch.
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Old 01-03-2020, 05:00 PM   #23
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I have one. It’s pretty awesome.


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Old 01-03-2020, 05:08 PM   #24
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What works EVERY time is Bounce Fabric Softener sheets for your dryer. Pin one to your shirt or just stuff one in your breast pocket. In the cabin, pin one to each screen to keep out even the no-see-ums. It will smell like a French whore house, but will keep anything BUT pasture flies out. If you are on the Southern ICW where you pass thru range land where horses and cows graze, the horse flies are vicious and will remove flesh. For these spray a high DEET content repellent on the under side of the Bimini. The flies are used to hanging upside down on the belly of an animal. They love the underside of your Bimini and if they cannot find a place to rest they will go away. I saturate the cloth with the highest DEET content spray I can find and it lasts for several days till I have to respray.
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Old 01-03-2020, 07:19 PM   #25
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Centinela candles attracts bears hope you anchor way out!
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Old 01-03-2020, 07:40 PM   #26
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dryer sheets ....yes. we found that if you wipe your screens with them, it will stop noseeums from coming in.
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Old 01-04-2020, 12:14 AM   #27
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Only saw one reference to PIC coils (or Off coils). They work well even in a breeze as long as the coil is burning upwind. And unlike ThermaCell, you can see where the wind is blowing its effect.
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Old 01-04-2020, 01:31 AM   #28
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Screen

Screen enclosure is worth every penny, a fan out the passage opening and cheap$ dryer sheets. Then it works, regardless of a reasonable wind. The wind is what was the problem with the smoke types. A good wind does help keep Miskitos at bay.
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:59 PM   #29
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1 cup Stale beer (cheep stuff) 1cup blue mouthwash 1cup Epsom salt mix it completely put it in a spray bottle and spray around where you are sitting.
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Old 01-04-2020, 08:15 PM   #30
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Therma cell and vitamin b patches learned the patches from an old timer in Roatan sounds crazy but it works for all bugs never get bit
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Old 01-04-2020, 09:14 PM   #31
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OK, Thermacell looks like a good choice, but a little research confuses. Are they all fuel-powered, or is there a battery or corded version? How about the repellent refills; how does one handle that?
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I've used a ThermaCELL with decent results. No smoke.

I'm "the guy" in any group that gets eaten by bugs. I'm fairly exothermic.
Same here. Therzmcell even works on Maryland black flies. Quiet, order free, effective.
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I anchor out a fair amount when cruising and often find buggy anchorages. Wondering if anyone has a good technique for keeping the bugs away. I personally don't like to coat myself in bug repellent and was looking for something more like a citronella candle or another form of repellent to keep an upper deck area bug free for cocktail hour or grill time. Any thoughts?

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Living up in Canada we decided to bite the bullet when we bought Cartouche and invested 17k in a full enclosure with screens, we love it and never close the sliding door and lots of fresh air with the screens, we then carpeted the whole Bridge deck and aft deck, Our Canvas guy (who we have used for 25years) is a genius and designed the whole thing. When it rains at a dock however suddenly we have new friends. It has added some windage but is not unmanageable. Truly money well spent up here, in Spring and fall adds warmth to the outside..
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'Lo All, Once, when my wife and I were anchored out on the now-destroyed Celestial, I was attacked by a swarm of black flies. We tried everything - including Deet and insect spray (killed hundreds, but there were thousands more). There was a very light breeze, so the black flies were on the lee surfaces and recessed areas of the upper helm, turning the white hull black. I always wear black socks, my wife wears white socks - she wasn't being bitten, I was being eaten alive, but only my feet. She got me a pair of white socks and the black flies left me alone - even though there were still thousands on the white fiberglass.
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Living up in Canada we decided to bite the bullet when we bought Cartouche and invested 17k in a full enclosure with screens, we love it and never close the sliding door and lots of fresh air with the screens, we then carpeted the whole Bridge deck and aft deck, Our Canvas guy (who we have used for 25years) is a genius and designed the whole thing. When it rains at a dock however suddenly we have new friends. It has added some windage but is not unmanageable. Truly money well spent up here, in Spring and fall adds warmth to the outside..
That looks like a good solution, but an enclosure really isn't an option for me. The upper deck is where the dinghy is and I'm not prepared to increase my air draft which now is 15' with the antenna and light mast down.

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