Can mosquitoes bite through a space 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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    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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    Well maybe the skeeters here can in Alaska

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    It isn't possible for them.
     
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    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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    I guess it depends on just how needle-like their stingers are. Which is a matter I can't shed any light on. :33:
     
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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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    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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    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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