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🦟 🦟 🦟 I've hiked a lot in Swedish Lapland, and I used to live there for nearly six years. The mosquitoes can indeed be very bad in summer, in particular in the forest. Mosquitoes wake up between mid and late June and are worst at the beginning. For a very early season hike, you might have none at all if you go just before they wake up, or you might get ...


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Kill 'Em All I am afraid that the usual repellents for mosquitoes and the like will not work for bedbugs. I am also sure that your hands-on experience on the topic testifies this, since I bet you have already tried this solution. :) There are however a number of commercially available bed bug sprays, ranging from extremely powerful and harmuful for humans, ...


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Not quite -- the bees are not eaten, but it is possible to eat their larvae (はちのこ/蜂の子 hachinoko, lit. "bee children"). Here's the process of preparation documented in detail (in Japanese, but with pictures). This is by no means a common dish (in fact I'd never heard of it before I started looking into this!), but apparently in the Tono region of Gifu ...


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I wouldn't bet on a mosquito net being available in any low cost options. As for the mosquitoes, it really depends on the season and the city you are travelling to. Some cities/towns just naturally don't have a lot of mosquitoes in any of the seasons. Since one can't be sure of the guarantee of the availability of a mosquito net (and of those that are ...


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I have the unfortunate combination of being very sensitive to bed bugs (bites while sleeping wake me in about 30 seconds, sometimes quickly enough to catch the bug red-jawed, then consistently swell about 2-3cm in diameter...) and travelling a lot recently in parts of Africa and London that have bed bug problems. On the plus side, it means I can answer this ...


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If you have to put up with it, WikiHow has an article that summarises how to relieve the bites. I was researching this back in July for my first bugs experience :/ They cover a few steps: Detect bite(s) Take a shower immediately, using antibacterial soap - helps relieve itching Apply either an anti-septic cream or lotion Rub ice cubes to a) stop swelling ...


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After travelling around India last year, I wouldn't bet on a mosquito net in hotels - most don't have one. Midrange hotels (still reasonably priced for Western standards) often offer aircon, so nets are theoretically not necessary - but even then we usually had at least one mosquito in the room. I don't think I would invest in a mosquito net though, consider ...


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Nets are light enough and cheap enough and malaria is nasty enough that carrying your own seems a sensible option. Taking a different approach, if you can tolerate it, a low dosage (100 mg/day) of doxycycline antibiotic is relatively effective against malaria in areas where quinine and quinine derivatives have become ineffective. Some people report various ...


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I just got back from Panama, and while it technically wasn't yet the rainy season, it was getting there. Here are some thing that might be helpful. Rainy season doesn't mean it rains all the time. It means frequent thundershowers. In between it can be warm and sunny It's very warm. The main difference that makes is that even if you get wet, you won't get ...


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I have been bitten when sleeping in a netted bed that was not roomy enough around the feet. I believe it was because my feet were touching the net. The net was tucked in, but the slope at the foot of the bed was too shallow so the net touched my feet. My solution: since I had mosquito repellent with me for the daytime, spray some on my feet for extra ...


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Long story short I can't find specifics on the subject of bringing the insect shells or casings into the US through customs, however, all of this is subject to regulations by the State where you're going and APHIS. The page from APHIS mentions email address where you can send the question and find out whether or not it would be legal to bring a cicada ...


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Most of the people won't have any reaction from what the news are saying. Then, it is really hard to know the long term impact of an infected mosquito bite. With regards to protections : There are a lot of products available to protect yourself from mosquito. Those are pretty effective. Then, an obvious protection is to leave the lowest possible number of ...


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According to WHO reports, there are a substantial number of Malaria cases in Peru and Panama, and Costa Rica suffers from Dengue fever so it would seem advisable to be careful there. I don't think there are diseases spread by mosquitoes in Patagonia, but they can be very annoying nonetheless.


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We were up at Chichibu last weekend, and they were selling the Giant Sparrow Bees in a baby food jar in some kind of syrup and were told by the vendor that the stingers are removed and that the bees are Eaten after drinking the syrup. She demonstrated for us. They are supposedly food for building muscle and considered a delicacy


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Is Sweden full of mosquitos during the summer? Full, no, but mosquitos are pretty much everywhere. The most recent ECDPC data indicate little to no invasive mosquito activity in Sweden so at least Zika is not a specific concern. Details at Mosquito Maps Is there a big chance that you can get a bite? The chances of getting bit by Ticks or anything in ...


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Rainy season means both hotness and high humidity; the high humidity is the reason why people feel so uncomfortable because our main defense against heat is the cooling caused by evaporation. High humidity means the air is already full of water vapor, so it does not work well during rainy season. So clothing should ideally be able to exchange humidity well: ...


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I know this is an old question but is still a valid issue that needs addressing every summer when visiting Scotland. Smidge is an insect repellent that protects against the particular Scottish strand of midge. Smidge also have a very handy midge weather forecast for Scotland so you plan your trip accordingly. NB. I have no affiliation to Smidge. I have ...


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All i can say is INDIA: FORGET IT. http://www.theskepticalmoth.com/collecting-permits/ .I'm from India, btw. And trust me, you dont want to go through the maze of Indian biodiversity rules, restrictions, conditions and regulations on intercontinental transport.


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Yes Source : I live in Delhi (plenty of mosquitoes here) and have seen this happening my self.


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You can eat ants in Colombia. You can eat a whole bunch of different types of creepy crawlies in Thailand. You can eat locusts in much of southern Africa.


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We were there (late) July - (early) August 2014 and didn't have any problems. As previous contributors have said, always carry bug spray anyway (Lidl do one that's pretty good) and take plenty of water to drink.


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I must've asked this question before having more bedbug experiences because now I have found a very simple answer. At least for me, the itch always goes away when I take a shower. I just use whatever regular soap or shower gel I happen to have and that's always worked. Of course if you've only been bitten on a hand or wrist you can just wash your hands ...


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The same precautions to prevent malaria apply for preventing Zika. On top of that, the current and future spread of Zika is fairly well documented, so you could choose to avoid particular areas. That said, though there are obvious risks, there are much more likely challenges to worry about (malaria, dengue, food poisoning, etc.) As you can see in the ...


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I've lived at the place in Sweden with the most mosquitos and I'm a certified ecologist. Sweden is a fairly large country. To know if Sweden will be "full of mosquitos" where you will be you need to know why there are mosquitos at some places. You can only find mosquitos near water sources like lakes, rivers and bogs. If you're not close to any water then ...


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