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A Beautifully Simple Solution

Posted by middlerage on July 23, 2013

When I was a youngster I went camping a lot. Usually trucking out with my Boy Scout troop, water purifying tablets, white gas camp stove, and plenty of Deep Woods Off. It was the 70s, and we didn’t worry about chemicals (as much). We lived, marinated in Deep Woods Off, for days, thought nothing of it. Now when you buy a can, it has a Tolstoy sized novelette on the back telling you how bad the stuff is and to “be sure to take a shower promptly upon returning indoors.” Yikes.

I don’t camp anymore, but I live in the south and summers means mosquitos. They bite everywhere (the worst is between the knuckles. Man that itches something fierce).

Well here is an interesting solution that I will be excitedly testing out: oscillating fan. I’ll let you know how it works out.


The New York Times


July 15, 2013

A Low-Tech Mosquito Deterrent


Over the Fourth of July holiday, my wife and I joined some friends for a barbecue in their backyard. The guests were lively and the space was lovely — grassy and open but shady and surrounded by lots of shrubs and trees.

In other words, it was perfect for mosquitoes — and indeed, closer inspection showed that they were thriving in all that greenery.


2 Responses to “A Beautifully Simple Solution”

  1. Mark Leisher said

    Nice! I’ll be trying out this solution and will report in once mosquito season is over.


  2. Dahveed said

    I’d read about that somewhere else. Makes perfect sense. But I haven’t had the opportunity yet to test it out.

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