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Old 08-06-20, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Do you have a source for that 2 mph figure? I know I've been bitten riding up to about 12 mph without a perceptible wind. Some of that could have been an imperceptible breeze (maybe 2-3 mph), Some of it might have been turbulence, in which mosquitos flew into my slipstream and then flew up. Or maybe mosquitos down here fly faster so they can feast off the awesome southeastern football players?
Here's one. If you google you will find many others.
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Old 08-06-20, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
With a steady onshore breeze , Mozzys are only an issue where trees make still air..
Try the Outer Banks of NC, especially near the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge. The big black mosquitoes down there are able to fly into a 25 knot wind. We would wear Gore-tex rain gear and beekeeper hats and leather work gloves when they were bad.
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Old 08-08-21, 07:36 PM
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Looking for advice about DEET vs synthetics

Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
DEET can eat through synthetic materials. Ask me how I know, because Iíve toured in infested parts of Montana.
I was going to post a thread asking about this, but it might be better adding to this one. Mosquitos are bad in my area this year. I do lots of night rides and want to be better protected during quick rest stops. DEET is my repellant of choice, it works well for me but I've been paranoid about spraying it far from my bike shorts. Sometimes I squirt it on my hands and use hands to apply so that no mist hits my shorts. My shorts are the only thing I wear that's expensive and vulnerable. They contain some elastane (AKA lycra, spandex). Nylon, cotton and wool are safe with DEET. I don't mess with bibs or anything, just some cheap t-shirt and thin wool socks, so it's just the shorts. But I tend to get bitten near the bottoms of the shorts in the area I avoid putting DEET.

I don't know how cautious I need to be here. If I spray my legs first and let them dry, then put the shorts on, will they get damaged over time? If a little stray mist floats by them, is that an issue over time? If It dries/absorbs on my skin but then I sweat a lot, is that still concentrated enough to matter?

What are people's real world experiences with the vulnerability of synthetics to DEET? Is it only an issue if you spray it directly all over your clothes?
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Old 08-08-21, 08:10 PM
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Mosquitos on PEDs are very fast, can't outride them

Avon has "Bug guard, skin so soft" This is combo SPF and skeeter scooter. Works well and doesn't irritate skin.

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Old 08-09-21, 04:16 AM
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Originally Posted by roth rothar View Post
The mosquitos chase me and bite my back until I get above about 8mph.
Reminds me when I was in high school in the South working at a golf club as a range rat. After a rain, a tiny little stream would form across the driving range, where the mosquitoes would hang out, have mosquito sex, curse god with their buzzing voices, and plot the downfall of humanity. I couldn't pick up the balls there with the tractor, so before closing every night in the summer, I would use a golf cart and stab at the muddy balls, one handed with an aluminum tube. Pedal down, I would fly into the muddy area with the cart, stab as many balls as I could, and then high tail it to another part of the range, looking over my shoulder as a cloud of mosquitoes chased after me. This was the closest I got to a world war dog fight. The cart was just fast enough to outrun them. Haha! Suckers! (literally.)

I finally got a job in the bag room.

So, I would say, go inside if you can.
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Old 08-09-21, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Moe Zhoost View Post
Well, since mosquitos can only fly 2 mph max, I suspect one of three things: 1) Perhaps you are slowing down more than you claim to be. 2) You are getting bit by some other insect. Deer flys would target your back but I'd guess you would be able to tell the difference between a deer fly bit vs. a wimpy skeeter. Or 3) It may be that there are just a lot of mosquitoes where you ride and instead of chasing and catching up, you are just encountering successive clouds of them.

Anyway, to respond to your post: I've used DEET successfully for everything except chiggers. I don't really like the oily skin feeling though. I've started using permethrin treated clothing and it seems to work better, though it's a hassle because you need to wash separately.

Good luck.
They donít need to fly at 4mph to hang out in your draft.
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Old 08-09-21, 06:26 AM
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Yesterday, we paddle boarded on the Occoquan Reservoir with our daughter, son-in-law and their dog. On the return leg, the wind was perfect to create still air around me. Unfortunately, biting flies found me about 200 yards from shore. They had their fill of me as I paddled. It's really difficult to reach down and swat/slap them on your calves while maintaining balance. It's even worse to tilt your head downward to see where to slap.

I was forced to keep my head up and to paddle to the end, allowing them free reign to feed. How fun!
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We have switched from DEET to picaridin repellents. They seem to work just as well, and picaridin does not damage plastics.
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Old 08-09-21, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by mike_on_a_bike View Post

What are people's real world experiences with the vulnerability of synthetics to DEET? Is it only an issue if you spray it directly all over your clothes?
I don't think there is much of an issue if you get a little mist on something like your shorts. Definitely don't spray it directly on your shorts. (As you might know, skeeters can, and will, bite through bike shorts.) I did that before knowing its power and ruined a pair. The spray in the hand method is what I use, then I try to rinse off my hands in case I happen to touch my clothing while riding.
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Old 08-09-21, 09:03 AM
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I worked in a bicycle shop in Michigan and every Thursday night we went to Hell in the Pinckney Recreation area to ride our mountain bikes. If we even slowed down a little the bugs were on us. The noise of many insects approaching while others were biting was motivation to get moving even faster. We parked at the Dam Site Inn and did a loop back to the vehicles. We would eat dinner at the Dam Site Inn. I recently checked and the restaurant is under new ownership and they no longer serve the Hell Burger.
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Old 08-09-21, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Rick View Post
I worked in a bicycle shop in Michigan and every Thursday night we went to Hell in the Pinckney Recreation area to ride our mountain bikes. If we even slowed down a little the bugs were on us. The noise of many insects approaching while others were biting was motivation to get moving even faster. We parked at the Dam Site Inn and did a loop back to the vehicles. We would eat dinner at the Dam Site Inn. I recently checked and the restaurant is under new ownership and they no longer serve the Hell Burger.
wth, that's a dam shame.
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Old 08-09-21, 09:34 AM
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If you can get hold of some permethrin, it has advantages over DEET or similar repellents: it is odorless; you can treat your clothes with it and it will remain, even through several wash cycles; and it doesn't just repel insects, it kills them.
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Old 08-09-21, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
We have switched from DEET to picaridin repellents. They seem to work just as well, and picaridin does not damage plastics.
We've tried them too. They do seem to to work as well, although on my skin for some reason it was irritating. (Not much, but still.) May have been the other stuff in it though, IDK.
We have a range of things including the picaridin by Sawyer, the Repel mentioned above, and some with DEET. I always get bitten regardless of which one I use, but it's always less than if I were NOT wearing something, so it is what it is.
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I believe mosquitos are attracted to the CO2 in your exhale, so the simple answer is to stop breathing.
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy View Post
The Google says its usually 1 to 1.5 MPH.
I was on a mosquito forum the other day. They all claimed they could average 3 mph in a group flight, but I think it's just typical internet inflation of the actual numbers.
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but do they keep there VO2max in check when buzzing at 3 mph?
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Mosquito Forum?

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Originally Posted by gringomojado View Post
Mosquito Forum?

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some might think it sucks, but I'd feel the itch to join in order to find out for myself.
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
some might think it sucks, but I'd feel the itch to join in order to find out for myself.
I might buzz over there and probe around a little.
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Originally Posted by Broctoon View Post
I might buzz over there and probe around a little.
don't be surprised if you get sucked in. Could develop a thirst for new knowledge.
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Old 08-09-21, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
don't be surprised if you get sucked in. Could develop a thirst for new knowledge.
Oh, that's bloody sweet advice! Hopefully I find the discussions there nourishing.

By the way, you're killing it here tonight--swatting forum topics left and right.
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
don't be surprised if you get sucked in. Could develop a thirst for new knowledge.
Actually, I canít B Positive, but it seems like thatís one I used to land on a lot. Really enjoyed drinking in what flows there. Iíd even say Bike Forums and Mosquito Forums were my favorite pairofsites.
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I rigged a head net on my MTB helmet last summer. if I can find a pic, I'll come back here
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Originally Posted by Broctoon View Post
Actually, I canít B Positive, but it seems like thatís one I used to land on a lot. Really enjoyed drinking in what flows there. Iíd even say Bike Forums and Mosquito Forums were my favorite pairofsites.
You being more West, has miles of routes that would benefit from such a forum. It just stings me that my state doesn't do much for controlling insects that have a greater PPM than the rocks in the potholes.
Surely that forum will swarm you with a warm welcome & your style of posting will buzz all the ears with them.
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Originally Posted by Kapusta View Post
They donít need to fly at 4mph to hang out in your draft.
With my baggy shorts and tee shirt, they wouldn't be able to handle the turbulence I generate.
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