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    Mosquitoes home in on CO2 from exhalation and then zero in with heat. A Mylar blanket will not stop them from finding you, but will mess with them finding a place to bite

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    No, they cannot bite through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WanderingCrow View Post
    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.
    When I was down in GA kayaking on the Ogeechee, I would use Citronella essential oil. Lemon Eucalyptus works well, too.

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    They generally cannot get to your skin through the mylar. If you keep one folded up for a long time, the creases/folds can get little wear holes in them where a mosquito could get you.

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    Nope, it's a solid plastic barrier, so they can't get through it as long as it's intact. Only the females bite, and they insert their proboscis into the skin, even in animals without pores. Before you swat (unless you're actively being bitten), look at the bugger if you can. Generally, if you see very long, feathery looking antennae, it's a male mosquito---their presence actually drives the females away. The ultrasonic repellers work on this principal, mimicking the high-pitched drone of male mosquitos.

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