[CT Birds] Mosquitos

Michael Richardson michael_s_richardson at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 17 14:14:12 EDT 2012


Your email system seems to have merged the URL with the word next to it.  

Try:

Lightweight shirt:    http://bit.ly/Mrz2d6     
Bug Tamer Jacket:    http://bit.ly/NCaDog

-Mike


> Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:10:16 -0700
> From: rmharvey at snet.net
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Mosquitos
> To: michael_s_richardson at hotmail.com
> 
> Mike,
> 
> Great info, thanks!
> 
> Unfortunately two of the links (shirt, bug-tamer jacket) don't work for me.  The only one that worked was the gloves.
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Roy Harvey
> Beacon Falls, CT
> 
> --- On Tue, 7/17/12, Michael Richardson <michael_s_richardson at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 
> > From: Michael Richardson <michael_s_richardson at hotmail.com>
> > Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Mosquitos
> > To: david.f.provencher at dom.com, gswilliams9 at yahoo.com, ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> > Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 1:55 PM
> > 
> > As a nature photographer, I spend a lot of time in the deep
> > woods, trying to keep the bugs off.  Standing still for
> > even a moment to compose a shot can be too long and cause
> > many painful and itchy mosquito bites.  This time of
> > year can be especially bad.  In my opinion, hosing
> > yourself down with bug spray, including the stuff with 40%
> > DEET, does very little to keep the mosquitos off.  The
> > solution that I have found that works is a combination of
> > tactics.
> > 
> > First off, don't wear any perfumes or deodorants before you
> > go out.  They can attract bugs.Wear leather boots and
> > socks that go up the calf, preferably wool.Blue jeans are
> > usually fine for me, I don't get bitten on the legs much
> > anyway.  You can tuck them into your socks if it's
> > really bad, or as extra protection from ticks.
> > Wear a very thin, synthetic, lightweight long sleep shirt,
> > such as: http://bit.ly/Mrz2d6Douse yourself with 40% DEET bug
> > spray at this time.  Cover the whole body, legs, arms,
> > ears, back of neck, etc...The put on a Bug Tamer jacket with
> > face shield.  These are lightweight, breathable mesh
> > jackets that keep the bugs out:  http://bit.ly/NCaDogFinally, get very thin pair of
> > gloves: http://bit.ly/MhrgUX
> > The end result is that you might look like a hunter (or a
> > terrorist as one lady called me) but you will be nearly
> > impervious to even the harshest mosquito environments. 
> > The outfit is very light weigh, very breathable and not
> > overly hot, even in 90 degree weather.  It will also
> > protect you from ticks and other insects.  Since most
> > of the outfit is camouflaged, it will protect you from
> > green-heads and deer flies as well.  Not to mention the
> > added benefit of being stealthy in the woods that can give
> > you a better chance to see and photograph your targets. Not
> > the cheapest option by far, but worth it if you spend a lot
> > of time outdoors in the summer months.
> > My only other suggestion is to keep a change of clothes in
> > the car, so you can change into something more comfortable
> > and less frightening after your hike.
> > 
> > -Mike
> > 
> > 
> > > From: david.f.provencher at dom.com
> > > To: gswilliams9 at yahoo.com;
> > ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> > > Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:18:05 -0400
> > > Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Barn Island - BB Cuckoo
> > > 
> > > Glenn I know what you mean about the bugs! The species
> > of mosquito flying at Barn Island is a sizable and hardy one
> > to be sure. Repellant, specifically DEET, works by confusing
> > the senses of mosquitoes. As you know mosquitoes (well the
> > females) sense us by detecting the CO2 we emit. Supposedly
> > when they get close to a person wearing DEET, they are
> > unable to sense where to land and bite. So they swarm around
> > the CO2 cloud and keep trying to sense a feeding site. If
> > you miss any part of your body with the repellant (and it
> > could be an area as small as penny), they WILL find it and
> > nail you. Green-heads and Deer Flies find their prey (again
> > it is the females that bite, though "slash" is a better
> > description) mostly by sight, with CO2 detection playing a
> > much smaller role. These odious little buggers are not
> > deterred in any appreciable way by DEET in my experience.
> > Since they use color contrast and movement to find targets,
> > wearing clothes that approximate the color of the
> > environment you're in, and moving slowly, can lower the
> > amount of Deer Flies/Green Heads that find you. Also running
> > as fast as you can helps when you have been driven
> > absolutely insane by these winged curses, a tactic I have
> > used (read as been driven to) on occasion. It admittedly
> > only works for a few precious moments, and has somewhat of a
> > deleterious effect on birding!
> > > 
> > > Dave  
> > > 
> > > David Provencher
> > > 
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