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    An interesting conversation came up about bug nets and space blankets and we were stumped on this question... Can mosquitoes bite through a space blanket? Anyone have first hand experience with this?

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    The thing with bug nets is keeping them far enough away from the skin that they can't bite.

    With a space blanket? Unsure. I see it as a possibility maybe. If it can get through your flesh, I am not sure how much safety a sheet of mylar would provide.

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    Purely opinion here -- but it is the Internet after all... There ain't any mosquito in the world that could punch through a mylar blanket.

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    An interesting conversation came up about bug nets and space blankets and we were stumped on this question... Can mosquitoes bite through a space blanket? Anyone have first hand experience with this?

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    Well maybe the skeeters here can in Alaska



    It isn't possible for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxfire View Post
    Well maybe the skeeters here can in Alaska

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamsix View Post
    An interesting conversation came up about bug nets and space blankets and we were stumped on this question... Can mosquitoes bite through a space blanket? Anyone have first hand experience with this?
    I don't really know anything about this subject, but here is my guess. I assume that mosquitoes are able to bite you through clothing by forcing their stinger thing in between the threads of your clothing. Space blanks are a solid plastic/mylar material, so it should be much more difficult for them to poke a hole in that. Just my guess, I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin_baker View Post
    I don't really know anything about this subject, but here is my guess. I assume that mosquitoes are able to bite you through clothing by forcing their stinger thing in between the threads of your clothing. Space blanks are a solid plastic/mylar material, so it should be much more difficult for them to poke a hole in that. Just my guess, I could be wrong.
    I guess it depends on just how needle-like their stingers are. Which is a matter I can't shed any light on.

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    Maybe them Alaska skeeters could!! But no way in hell could any normal (real) skeeter could punch through mylar!!! That stuff was developed by NASA for the apollo lunar module!!! I think it would handle bugs!!!!

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    On a rough trip to Ocracoke Island last summer I found relief by rolling up in a wool baja blanket at night. They were coming through everything I put between us until I rolled up in my Mexican blanket like a burrito with shoes and a bandanna on. I then slept soundly if sweatily. No-one else managed to get any sleep. I swear those mosquitoes wear helmets. When I woke up and unraveled, I saw a seagull and a mosquito in a fist fight on top of the dune and the mosquito had the reach advantage. If I'm lying you can shoot me.

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    I was under the impression that the female mosquito inserts her proboscis in pores, not actually breaking the skin. However, I'm not an expert and with a cursory search of Google didn't find any supporting evidence for my theory. However, I still maintain that belief.
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