physical barrier from bugs
2012-08-17 12:51:36 GMT
Alina and Gang-
I suspect handling bugs ends up in the HYOH with each trip being a bit different.
I do want to comment on a few suggestions being offered. First is spraying DEET on items. Please test first. DEET destroys some plastics and maybe latex. So, watch faces, bug nets, the stretchy parts of socks, tents, and so forth may be damaged by DEET. My suggestion is to treat clothing and gear with permethrin when feasible and save the DEET for skin and hair unless one is sure that the DEET won’t damage the items. Pure wool is similar to hair, so may be safe with DEET, as may be cotton. Nylons may be a crap shoot as far as DEET damage. Plus, the damage may not immediately show.
My second comment goes to hammocks. Yes, Hennessy believes that their double-bottomed hammocks are next-to-impossible for mosquitoes to bite through, but I don’t believe that they claim their models with heavier fabrics give the same protection. Their less-expensive and heavier models, such as the Expedition, use a more open-weave that allows more breathability but better access for mosquitos’ proboscii. My suggestion to fight this in such hammocks is to use a pad and/or spray with permethrin. The “ultralight” models use a th8inner fabric with a much tighter weave. These are far more difficult for mosquitoes to bite through. I still treat them with permethrin. Of course, I spray or dunk most of my gear with that stuff. The only good mosquito, tick, or slug that gets that close to me is a dead one…
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