Kevin Callan's "Bugs! Bugs! Bugs"
Posted by: old_user on May-24-06 11:15 AM (EST)
This article seems to me replete with unscientific observation. To say that Avon Skin-So-Soft "works almost as well as deet" might be Kevin's experience, but many other people--especially the scientists who tested it for the most recent issue of Consumer Reports--find it doesn't really work much at all. There are probably coincidental factors that make some Skin-So-Soft fans think that the stuff is a good repellent, when really something else explains why bugs stayed away that day. I'd recommend the Consumer Reports article over Kevin's ramblings.
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2 ml bite volume??|
Posted by: TomD on May-24-06 12:50 PM (EST)
Perhaps I've misunderstood, but I strongly doubt that a black-fly takes on 2 milliliters of fluid when it bites. This is equivalent to the volume of a block 1 cm x 1 cm x 2 cm in dimension. Compare this to a black-fly, and I think you'll see that this dwarfs the fly itself. No doubt the persistence of the fly and the pain and itching from the bite make one think they've consumed this much. I suspect that in fact, the volume is closer to 2 micro-liters (1/1000th the size).
Posted by: mr_canoehead on Jun-01-06 9:03 AM (EST)
I agree that there were some scientific words used inappropriately. For instance, I did not understand how lactic acid activated body heat. However, I think the article was a good general summary of the bugs we find out there, and interesting reading nonetheless.