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Mosquito Coils...Do They Work

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Dec 28, 2007
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Mosquito Coils...Do They Work

I was just wondering if anyone knows if mosquito coils actually work or not.
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May 29, 2006
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worst year ever in edmonton, i dont even want to go out, i went to the driving range last night, i had around 50 bites in 15 minutes.

as for the coils, i lit some around a firepit a few weeks ago, hard to say if they worked, maybe the fire kept the bugs away.
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Try citronella candles and/or citronella torches. They sell them at Canadian Tire.

Great for using in outdoor spaces.
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I've tried the coils in the past and they seem to work but I have to place 3 of them surrounding the area. Again, I have no proof and maybe alcohol eventually made up numb to them but they seem to make some sort of difference when using more then one. I'm sure there are other better choices on the marker such as what Crinkle_cut has recommended.
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What I use is the "OFF" lanterns that you light. I've found they work pretty well and my hunting buddies recommend them too.
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Mosquito coils are worse to your lungs than second hand smokes from cigarettes.

One should never use it on a regular basis.
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Is citronella "safe" for people to be around? I know many things we are sold are horrid for us (such as the numerous air fresheners they sell us to constantly infuse our homes with chemicals to mask lord knows what odour that shouldn't even be an issue in a clean house).

I'm just wondering if lighting up a bunch of citronella torches is just as bad as dousing yourself in 'Off' (deet), or those mosquito coils that are worse than second hand smoke....
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jl001 wrote:
Jul 15th, 2011 9:58 am
Mosquito coils are worse to your lungs than second hand smokes from cigarettes.

One should never use it on a regular basis.

if you sleep in an enclosed space with a bunch of them going you'll end up having the wieeerdest dreams, it's amazing.

my opinions are that they work best when they really blanket an area in smoke... so either in an enclosed space, or with multiple going around a relatively small outdoor area.

you're still going to get mosquitos biting you, but they do seem to discourage as many from coming around.

on the other hand... if you make a trip down to the states, and buy some of the 99.9% deet stuff (off deep woods or whatever), that does an epic job of keeping the mosquitos off. Note that there is a big difference between this and the pansy 30% or less stuff they sell in canada, which is just about useless. Just make sure you don't get any in your mouth or eyes, it has a numbing effect and tastes gross!
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Not sure if this works...I was talking to a "miner", and he said to put Bounce sheets in your pocket...I'll try it this weekend.
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