mosquitoes

Kathleen Anderson vstr18a at mercury.sfsu.edu
Thu Aug 18 18:02:16 EST 1994


KWBLAN00 at ukcc.uky.edu wrote:
: In article <shelvey.12.000A98C6 at uk.co.pcr.snd01>
: shelvey at uk.co.pcr.snd01 (Rob Shelvey) writes:

: >Does anybody out there know why some people get bitten by mosquitoes 
: >alot more than other people.  I got bitten over 50 times in one night yet 
: >my  girlfriend didn't get bitten once.  Is there some natural repellents 
: >the body gives off ?
: >What are the best repllents to use against these pests?  Any info greatly
: >appreciated.

:       You are not the first to observe this.  There is presently research
: being performed to attempt to identify what component of the human
: sweat or odor is the atractant or repellent.  I have not read anything that
: indicates exactly what the componets are associated with.  All I can sugest
: is to use a repellentwith upto 30% DEET.  It is the bestking repellent
: known.

But, do be careful with the DEET--it will attack plastics, eg. steering 
wheels, eyeglasses, binoculars and cameras; it's powerful stuff.  When I
spent time in Everglades, I saturated a light-weight hooded cotton jacket
with the stuff, let it dry, and then wore it, and that worked pretty well.

For sleeping, I recommend mosquito netting even though it's a hassle.  I 
wouldn't trust myself to keep my DEETed fingers our of my eyes while I was
sleeping, and I don't like the smell of that stuff anyway.

--
Kathleen Anderson
vstr18a at sfsu.edu               
                                                           



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