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    I am really eager to move back to America, to KENTUCKY! We have had some delays, mom's medical issues, taxes, slow COMMIEfornia housing market etc.

    Anyway, I talked to a young guy who is from that area, and he began to talk about mosquitoes! He painted a rather bleak picture. Said they're all around the state, and they are a problem for "most of the year." Is that true?

    I grew up in Chicago, so I know about them, and have been stung by them. It isn't pretty. Almost lost an arm from the swelling welt that grew out of my inability to stop scratching! Fortunately, the doctors were able to get it under control. I almost lost an eye after being stung on the cheek bone by a hornet. Venomous insects ARE a problem for me. A swarm of bees could kill me in a matter of minutes. I have learned to live harmoniously with bees. I learned that if I don't bother them, they generally won't bother me. Mosquitoes aren't so accommodating. There are no mosquitoes in San Diego, with very few exceptions.

    I have heard that Avon's "Skin So Soft" skin lotion is an excellent mosquito and insect repellent. Is that true? Is there a product that you Kentuckians use and recommend?

    I'd hate to think that a pesky little insect will put the kabosh on my plans to move out of this cesspool of Socialism.

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    Skeeters ain't that bad and topicants keep most away.

    When I'm out side....most always....a camp fire keeps them away.

    C'mon down!

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    Last year wasn't too buggy, this year seems kinda bad. To me, mosquitoes don't get bad until mid-late summer, and only at dusk or later at that. The stuff I use always has deet in it. I don't know about other products.

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    misquitos are our state bird.

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    I don't find the mosquitos half as repellant as those stupid buffalo gnats.

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    Good point about the campfire, Mr. Mitch. Smokin' a fine ceegar has the same affect, albeit on a smaller scale.

    Gravedigger, you heardright about the Avon 'Skin So Soft'. I'd feel better about using it, though, if they rebranded it with a more manly name...

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    Maybe like, "Liquid Armor?"

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    Brian D. wrote:
    Good point about the campfire, Mr. Mitch. Smokin' a fine ceegar has the same affect, albeit on a smaller scale.

    Gravedigger, you heardright about the Avon 'Skin So Soft'. I'd feel better about using it, though, if they rebranded it with a more manly name...
    +1 to the Avon, wish it was called "liquid armor" too.


    But in Louisiana, our state bird really is the mosquito. No-- really, go and Google it!



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    I grew up in Chicago, so I know about them, and have been stung by them.
    Ok let's get a couple things straight. Mosquitos don't sting, they have a mouth part that acts like a hypodermic syringe that injects an anticoagulant (to prevent clotting) and sucks out blood. The insect has no stinger. It is not 'venomous'. You simply have an allergic reaction to the anticoagulant. Perhaps your doctor can prescribe something to cut down on the reaction.

    I work outdoors every day. While they can be a nuisance, mosquitos generally aren't that bad compared to other places I've lived. Try visiting a swamp sometime.

    An insect repellant with a high DEET content (40%+) works very well to keep them at bay.

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    Well, I live right over the border from KY in TN, never really noticed the mosquitoes except a couple times a year (like now) but they're nothing to the ones at Hunter AAF down on the GA/FL border. Just pre-moisten with cutter or OFF! and go out and have fun.

    Just my .02 fwiw.

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    I was born in KY and lived in N. Cal for 27 years, escaped back to KY in 1997. Don't have any problem with mosquitoes either place so move here and enjoy the new freedom, I know I heard a big sigh of freedom from my Colt AR-15 when I crossed the border out of California when I moved out.

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    If you aren't a fan of chemicals (yuk) then there are several plants you can use to keep the lil' buggers at bay or even eat raw garlic and this will keep them away. thishelps meand I'm a skeeter magnet
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    Mosquitos???

    Uhm...not that I've noticed. Camping, fishing, spending about 85% of the summer outside doing activities from dawn till dusk and often overnight.

    Hell even sitting on the ohio river from 4pm through 9 am the next morning, had barely a bother.

    Someone must live near an old swimming pool that they refuse to empty or shock treat. That's the only time I've seen bad mosquitos. At my cousins trailer park with about a dozen uncleaned, unemptied above ground pools in the middle of august.

    There was a simple fix to that. We got in the car and left.
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    I live near the KY/TN state line in western Ky. East of me is the Land Between the Lakes National Recreational area, where from all indications, an ongoing and extensive experiment in breeding and raising deer ticks (purveyors of Lyme Disease) has been underway for many years....with notable success I might add.

    So don't worry overmuch about mosquitoes, as they're at most a minor irritant. But if you're a camper, LBL and some contiguous areas are hotbeds of deer ticks, and they should be avoided or else defended against by some mighty powerful dope.

    I was in LBL in about mid'95, and fell down an embankment....worried all the way down about Copperheads in the dead leaves and hidden pockets. I shouldn't have worried about the snakes, as the ticks (which you cannot see or feel until it's too late)ended upmight near killing me.

    Thing is, a couple of days later, amid incessant and painful itching and scratching, I found that tell-tale Bull's Eye target m(on my left hip)of the Lyme diseased tick doing its thing.

    My Stepmother advised me that taking a bath in a tub of water with some Purex would stop the itching, pronto. So I put about three or four inches of water in the tub, then poured in a gallon of Purex.

    Everything went fine for about 60 seconds, and then, that bloomin' Purex burned through one of the 85 or so scabs I had covering my poor body, and it felt like someone HAD STABBED ME WITH A HOT POKER! It was all downhill from there.

    I tried to crawl out of the tub, as burn-throughs began to happen with much more ferocity and frequency, but the Purex makes the water really slick, so every time I'd go to rise up, I'd slip down, back into that toxic brew.

    Within seconds I was squalling, screaming, scratching, crying for help, trying get out of that tub but slipping back down and in, as first one here, on my lower leg, and another there, on my back, and then three others simultaneously on my belly,lit up like fireworks of pain. And then, whenthe burn throughs moved into more intimate body areas, which exacerabated the pain immensely, I felt myself sliding into another dimension of reality altogether, where birds still sang beautifully....

    Nowadays, just the mere action of driving across one of the river bridges into LBL will result in horrid itching, scratching and utter discomfort. In fact, just this re-telling has made me itch something terrible....excuse me a momentwhile I look for the Aloe Vera gell....

    Long story short....if it should happen, that you get to a place with deer ticks, and get bit a few times, DO NOT USE PUREX in water as a remedy. The Lyme Disease Igained from that experience, while bad enough believe me, was like summer vacationcompared tothat PUREX ablution and the probablesacrifice of several years of my life.

    Just sayin'

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    I live near the KY/TN state line in western Ky. East of me is the Land Between the Lakes National Recreational area, where from all indications, an ongoing and extensive experiment in breeding and raising deer ticks (purveyors of Lyme Disease) has been underway for many years....with notable success I might add.

    So don't worry overmuch about mosquitoes, as they're at most a minor irritant. But if you're a camper, LBL and some contiguous areas are hotbeds of deer ticks, and they should be avoided or else defended against by some mighty powerful dope.

    I was in LBL in about mid'95, and fell down an embankment....worried all the way down about Copperheads in the dead leaves and hidden pockets. I shouldn't have worried about the snakes, as the ticks (which you cannot see or feel until it's too late)ended upmight near killing me.

    Thing is, a couple of days later, amid incessant and painful itching and scratching, I found that tell-tale Bull's Eye target m(on my left hip)of the Lyme diseased tick doing its thing.

    My Stepmother advised me that taking a bath in a tub of water with some Purex would stop the itching, pronto. So I put about three or four inches of water in the tub, then poured in a gallon of Purex.

    Everything went fine for about 60 seconds, and then, that bloomin' Purex burned through one of the 85 or so scabs I had covering my poor body, and it felt like someone HAD STABBED ME WITH A HOT POKER! It was all downhill from there.

    I tried to crawl out of the tub, as burn-throughs began to happen with much more ferocity and frequency, but the Purex makes the water really slick, so every time I'd go to rise up, I'd slip down, back into that toxic brew.

    Within seconds I was squalling, screaming, scratching, crying for help, trying get out of that tub but slipping back down and in, as first one here, on my lower leg, and another there, on my back, and then three others simultaneously on my belly,lit up like fireworks of pain. And then, whenthe burn throughs moved into more intimate body areas, which exacerabated the pain immensely, I felt myself sliding into another dimension of reality altogether, where birds still sang beautifully....

    Nowadays, just the mere action of driving across one of the river bridges into LBL will result in horrid itching, scratching and utter discomfort. In fact, just this re-telling has made me itch something terrible....excuse me a momentwhile I look for the Aloe Vera gell....

    Long story short....if it should happen, that you get to a place with deer ticks, and get bit a few times, DO NOT USE PUREX in water as a remedy. The Lyme Disease Igained from that experience, while bad enough believe me, was like summer vacationcompared tothat PUREX ablution and the probablesacrifice of several years of my life.

    Just sayin'

    Julabee Jones

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    Brian D. wrote:
    Gravedigger, you heardĀ*right about the AvonĀ* 'Skin So Soft'. I'd feel better about using it, though, if they rebranded it with a more manly name...
    "Mosquitos, **** You!"

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    Well now, I believe you owe me a keyboard. This one is sopping wet from all the coffee that spontaneously ejected via my nostrils.

    I lose more keyboards thataway.

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    @Jones Story well told!

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    A GALLON of Purex? Wow! That is acid! Chlorine bleach, actually, but ... ACID! I think you'd have done well with about 1/4 CUP in that bathtub. LOL! Sorry about your painful experience, but ... a GALLON?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravedigger View Post
    A GALLON of Purex? Wow! That is acid! Chlorine bleach, actually, but ... ACID! I think you'd have done well with about 1/4 CUP in that bathtub. LOL! Sorry about your painful experience, but ... a GALLON?!?
    I was just about to post the same thing. "A GALLON"!!!!!!! 1/4-1/2 cup is enough.

    It will also help with redbugs and if you don't know or have never experienced redbugs then you are weird. As the fellow said redbugs are one of life's great pleasures because it feels so good when you scratch them.
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    Tell me about these 'red bugs'

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravedigger View Post
    Tell me about these 'red bugs'
    Google chiggers. Tiny little bugs that get on you while walking in the woods and cause intense itching. They really like to get onto the most private parts of the body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravedigger View Post
    Tell me about these 'red bugs'
    Also known as chiggers. Think of them as liberal-camoflaged socialists that torment your skin rather than your sensibilities. And, just like socialists, the torment continues long after the initial bite.

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