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Q&A How well do mosquito clothing patches work?

They are said to be little patches that simply stick onto clothing, lasting for 12 hours. They are made from "natural ingredients" and DEET-free so I have my doubts. How well do they work?

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Martin F‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Where did all the stink bugs go?

I live near Pittsburgh PA, and I just saw a stink bug, possibly the first one I have seen all year. In the last couple of years they have been a major pest. Now they seem to be mostly gone. Where...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by James Jenkins‭  ·  edited 2y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭

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Q&A Is Permethrin safe for cats after it dries?

I'm concerned about ticks and want to treat some of my outdoor gear with Permethrin, a spray-on very persistent treatment against ticks and mosquitoes, to reduce the chances that I'll bring home ti...

3 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Benzo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How would a dragonfly get to above 13,400 ft (4000m)?

I found this dragonfly, here, at around 13,400 ft. The coordinates are 43°10'52.96"N, 109°39'17.74"W if anyone would like to check the location themselves. It didn't look like it was moving...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this tiny round shiny black bug that bites?

Can anyone tell me what type of bug this is? I found two of them in my bed in Tennessee, United States. It's not a tick. The shell is hard. It was alive and you could see it moving. It's .016", ...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Terresa Morris‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What attracts Spotted Lanternflies?

Where I work, there is a rather large population of Spotted Lanternflies around our office building. From what I've read, they are considered invasive species and quite a problem this year in ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Timmy Jim‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Will bug repellent repel deer?

I was wondering whether the deer would be able to smell bug repellent if you are wearing some while out hunting. Is there a specific type of bug repellent that can be used that is less likely to m...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by J Lundberg‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to reduce pain of wasp stings?

Assuming I am not allergic, or showing signs of allergic reaction, what's the best way to treat multiple yellow jacket (a type of wasp) stings in the outdoors while hiking/backpacking? My key conc...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there any repellent against wasps, bees and hornets?

On my trip I've been accompanied by a few wasps. I don't know what attracted them but they were trying to sit on me, which wasn't comfortable to me, since a bite of a wasp is causing by me a swelli...

1 answer  ·  posted 10y ago by Danubian Sailor‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Why are there so many wasps attached to this air conditioner?

I wish to get rid of these wasps. I am not sure what they are trying to do. Are these wasps creating a hive? Or is there something from the A/C they are collecting to create a hive somewhere else?

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Vaibhav‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Wasp repellent for an object/area?

I have a camera setup outside. Wasp seem to enjoy nesting in and around this camera. I know there are all kinds of wasp killers but is there anything I can do to repel wasps from nesting in and aro...

6 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by jAce‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to coexist with bees/wasps?

Due to some peculiar health issues, for the time being I cannot study around people. I've found a secluded place in my college, it's outdoors, no one goes there and still catches wi-fi. However, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by PhysicsIsBeauty‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this red bug infesting some trees in southern Germany?

I've just recently moved to Europe (southern Germany), so this might be a common sight to someone who has been living here for longer. Yesterday I noticed dozens of these insects walking on the si...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by undefined‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can you identify this large brown spider with particular markings in Charleston, SC?

I live in Charleston, SC, and found this very large spider chilling in a very large intricate web in our gazebo this evening. Below are all the pictures (apologize for the quality...it's the best I...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Zack‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Cat-safe mosquito repellent?

I am, ahem, itching to camp on the Bruce Trail (Ontario, Canada) in July. I have two kittens at home. What should I use as mosquito repellent? I am afraid to use the ubiquitous DEET-based spray as...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Censored to protect the guilty‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Effective black fly repellent

I am looking for solutions on how to effectively repel black flies while hiking or picnicking. In my experience, repellents that are effective against mosquitoes do not work at all with these ankle...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by oscilatingcretin‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A When do insects normally hatch from insect houses?

I have a bug house and it looks as if several insects have laid in the house over the spring/summer. All of the bamboo seems to be clogged up and has been for a couple of months. Are there still i...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by ChrisM‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What species of spider lays their eggs in the flesh of the person they bite?

I recently was bitten several times by a spider or spiders during an outing in southern Virginia, USA. The bites looked really nasty for a couple of days, but are now subsiding and have stopped it...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Tiny crab/bug in Pacific NW; makes shell out of rocks/sticks. What is it?

We encountered these guys in a small inland (freshwater) creek in southern WA. There were hundreds, covering low flat rocks in the water; every one carrying a shell made out of either tiny rocks,...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Jeremy Nikolai‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Using paddles to support a bug net

Would it be possible to use canoe paddles - and eventually some cords and beach stakes - to hang a bug net such as this? Our paddles will be about 2 meters (6.5 feet) long and can be split in ha...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Dakatine‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do bees at the hummingbird feeders keep the birds away?

Although not greater in number, our hummingbirds this summer seem to be larger than in the past. I think it may be because my husband started making our own nectar, so it's fresher, and might taste...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there any effective repellent against deer flies (Lipoptena cervi)?

Is there any effective repellent against deer flies (Lipoptena cervi)? It should be safe for humans as well as dogs. All related information I could find is about a different deer fly (Chrysops).

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is this tick or spider?

I found this bug in my back yard and walls outside of my house. Can you help me identify? I was worried if this is a tick.

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by user2958481‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this black and yellow-striped caterpillar with four toothbrush-looking tufts of hair along the top?

A friend found this caterpillar while hiking in the woods on Wachusett Mountain, in Central Massachusetts, United States, in the first week of September. It was on a fallen log under the leaves of ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A What kind of spider is this half dollar sized brown one with a darker brown body and a lighter brown strip down its back?

I found this spider yesterday running across a sidewalk next to a canal, it was bigger than a quarter and I think it was carrying an egg sack. Does anybody know what kind of spider this is?

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to keep bees out of canned beverages?

I drink canned beverages when I'm gardening and camping. I know several people who have ended up in the hospital due to swallowing bees that were stuck in their beverage (stung in the mouth). How...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Wilson‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

Question camping bugs bees
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Q&A How dangerous is a swarm of bees?

Sometimes, bees will split from a hive, and a bunch of them (including a new queen bee) will swarm, and move to build a new hive. As you can see, there is an awful lot of bees huddled together a...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Charlie Brumbaugh‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How can I protect my dog from mosquitos?

I am concerned about these things: The health impact to my dog. My dog's sleep and my sleep: my dog snaps at the mosquitos all night.

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by jsf80238‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Is there an easy way to tell if a bee in my yard is being raised in a hive (domestic), or if it's wild (feral)?

I live in Massachusetts, in the Northeastern region of the United States. As a lover of bees, I'd like to learn how to identify some varieties, including their behavior, and how they're raised. M...

4 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Flying insects enjoying broccoli flowers

Do you recognize these flying insects that seem to enjoy broccoli flowers? I have several almond trees around, and bees are busy these days but I'm not sure these particular insects are of any ben...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by ammoun‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What foods attract mosquitoes to your body, and what can you eat that will repel them?

I know that eating bananas is one way to turn yourself in to a mosquito magnet. The potassium in the bananas apparently attracts them to whomever eats them. Whenever I meet someone who says they al...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ShemSeger‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What mosquito nets can be used while camping?

When camping in areas where mosquito-borne diseases are endemic, what options are there in terms of mosquito nets? The mosquito nets I've seen are meant to be hung above a bed and tucked under the ...

2 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are some effective ways of reducing itching from a mosquito bite?

There are a lot of options for trying to prevent mosquito bites (DEET on skin, permethrin on clothing, mosquito nets while sleeping, etc.), but what about after you get bitten? What is the most eff...

11 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by jrdioko‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Best field remedy for small cockroach in the ear

What are best methods for non-medically-trained personnel to remove a small cockroach from their own or someone else’s ear?

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by mmcc‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is the best method for protecting my bees from pesticides?

I have hives that are close to a field that gets sprayed each year, any help to protect my bees would be nice.

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by triplex‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is this just-hatched black caterpillar with white and black hairs, found in India?

Can anyone tell me which caterpillar this is? Its body looks black and it has hairs that are white and black, with a little bit of brown. It was on a utensil which was kept in a dark place. I wa...

0 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user64501‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What behaviors in bees change just before, during and after a solar eclipse?

I've heard from a friend that some bees exhibit behavioral changes during a solar eclipse event. I'd like to know what the changes are. Apparently there's a cycle that starts as the eclipse begins...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What proven alternatives are there to DEET?

DEET is an effective mosquito deterrent, but there are many reasons it cannot be used. Per the CDC, cuts, eczema, and being a kid are all problems if you want to use DEET. What proven alternative...

8 answers  ·  posted 11y ago by Russell Steen‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How/why do moths appear to not move for days?

I've noticed that there is a moth on the outside of my apartment door that has been just sitting there for two days now: There is a light outside my apartment door that likely is what attracted ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Timmy Jim‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Butterfly Migration over Lassen Peak

Roughly 10 years ago I hiked up Lassen Peak in Northern California, and there was a huge (hundreds of thousands) butterfly migration going right over the top of the peak around this time of year. I...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Erik‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What is a butterfly tag, and what's the procedure for applying it?

I was recently told that there are organizations, at least in the United States, that study migration of monarch butterflies by tagging them. The purpose, as in most animal migration monitoring, is...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What will this bright green caterpillar with small turquoise spots turn into?

We found this beauty in our yard: It was 10 cm long and it was crawling pretty fast. What made it even more spectacular were the little turquoise spots on it. I suppose it will be a butterfly (...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Akabelle‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Are chiggers moving north, and if so, how do I protect myself against them?

I thought I knew every pest in our woods and on the trail to Great Falls National Park, and had been bitten by all of them, but I have never encountered chiggers. Not in our woods, not on hikes to ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ab2 MonicaNotForgotten‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Reacting to a bee attack

We were attacked by Giant Honey Bees (Apis dorsata). A friend and I were ensuring the safety of others and got away with 30 odd stings. We had proper hiking attire, and buffs to cover our faces....

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by WedaPashi‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What insect makes this hissing type sound, especially in the summer?

During the summer, I always hear this sound. It's like a long "hissing" sound. I assume that it is some sort of insect that produces this, and it's usually during warmer days. It can be heard ...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Timmy Jim‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How to prevent mosquitoes entering in your mouth while running?

I like to run around lakes and through forests. But when the spring comes and it is wet with high humidity, many little flies and mosquitoes are flying in the air. Thus, sometimes some of these in...

4 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by fedorqui‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Do Bee Hotels/Houses actually work?

Bee hotels or houses are supposed to allow solitary bees the chance to lay eggs - however there seems to be some controversy, that they only attract pests? Considering the decline of bees globally...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Aravona‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A How do I evade or pacify a bee?

I've been feeding the local birds at the exact same spot at the local park for quite some time now. Unfortunately for me, today as I was minding my business as usual, a bee decided to sting me. It ...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Peter Johnmeyer‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A Mosquito free areas closest to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France?

Near Camping la Brise in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France, mosquitos are quite hungry. Which areas around the sea tend to have the least mosquito population? Which characteristics (climate, habita...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by J. Doe‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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Q&A What are Miner bees, and how do they differ from other bees?

While walking in a state park in New Jersey last week, my husband and I came upon what looked like anthills. This small sign was posted on a nearby tree: "Please don't step on the mounds of dirt. M...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Sue Saddest Farewell TGO GL‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by System‭

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