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To Be Bitten Or To Be Not Bitten


Is the U.S. ever completely mosquito-free? And by that I mean is there any season when there is no concern about mosquitos, no mosquito activity anywhere in the United States?


I’m asking. I don’t know, but it seems to me that the more you travel over our nation and the more time you spend outside hunting as you travel, the more you realize how difficult it is to escape them completely.

In the Midwest, where I live, we look forward to the first freeze not only because it signals the coming of fall hunting seasons but it knocks down the skeeter population.


But what about early-season hunting and hunting in more southerly climates where temperatures rarely, if ever, get to that healthy mosquito-quelling temperature?


That’s where Thermacell comes in. I’ve learned to check local insect conditions when traveling so I don’t show up unprepared and unprotected to a hunt, be it turkey, waterfowl, deer, anything.


A quick word of advice to traveling hunters. Thermacell devices use butane cartridges to create convenient portable heat that activates small mats saturated with repellent. The heat disperses the repellent into the air, creating the zone of protection. OK. That’s how they work. But the point I’m getting to in a roundabout way is you need to heed the warnings that you cannot travel on an airline with Thermacell butane cartridges in your possession. I fly with the Repeller unit and repellent mats, but plan to buy butane cartridges after I land.


But back to the zone of protection. I’m not sure how to measure it, but I’m pretty sure I believe Thermacell’s test reports that their units create a 15-foot by 15-foot mosquito- and other insects-free zone around you. On a Texas hunt, I could see mosquitos flying all around me, but staying a respectable distance away. Wind or any sort of breeze will blow off the repellent, so be sure to place the unit upwind if it gets breezy.


But what about the smell? With turkey and waterfowl, smell is not a primary sensory warning system but deer rely on their noses to a large degree. Fortunately, Thermacell uses a repellent, allethrin, which is a synthetic copy of a natural repellent found in chrysanthemum plants. Plus, it is virtually odorless and what odor it has mimics a scent found in nature.


Thermacell points out that many outdoorsmen and women use Thermacell and report that it does not spook game.

Look at it this way. It’s better to sit quietly and not moving in a bug-free zone of protection than to endure the onslaught of biting mosquitos which cause you to slap, wave, swipe and fidget, all movements that can be quickly picked up by wary deer and spoil a hunt. Face it, it’s hard to sit still when being attacked by hungry mosquitos. Who wants to sit there and take that? And we haven’t even addressed the issue of diseases that can be carried and spread by mosquito bites.

To be bitten or to be not bitten, that is the question. The answer is Thermacell.