We all know that bugs can make a trip to the north country miserable if it is too early in the season. But what is that magic date when it's safe (or tolerable) to head out to Maine or upper MN or Canada? We've been going in the fall mainly to avoid crowds and bugs. Some cold, wet weather made this year's trip nearly as miserable as the bugs for me and my bride. So when do you think it's safe to head out?
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April... ice out|
Posted by: spidersplash on Jan-03-10 10:31 AM (EST)
April is one of our favorite months to head out before the bug season starts. Or as soon as the ice is out but before the Mayflies.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 12:51 PM (EST)
In central Canada, we shoot for July 15 as the earliest put in date. I can't tell you how many times we have gone one-two weeks earlier and white socks (black flies) were relentless; which for some destinations you have no choice but to put up with them. For Mn and south Canada, mid August is awesome; bugs can be gone by then. Don;t know about Maine.
Posted by: old_user on Jan-03-10 11:44 AM (EST)
Bug calendar for northern Minnesota and western Ontario:
Wow, Duluth Moose|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-11-10 8:59 AM (EST)
YOU ARE GOOD! This was great. Bugs eat me alive no matter what time of year I go outside. I am just way too sweet.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-11-10 8:47 PM (EST)
Bringing along a paddling friend who happens to be a bug magnet can be a perfect solution. And I've been doing that for many years. Don't know if there's a standard stereotype, but mine happens to be a redhead and I tell her to eat lots of bananas several weeks before a major trip. But she would easily outrun me if a bear ever decided to give chase.
roll em in mud|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-11-10 11:36 PM (EST)
always works heah in de woods. I live in de woods all year round.
There is a bug for all seasons|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jan-06-10 1:02 PM (EST)
I just go.
You get used to it.|
Posted by: old_user on Dec-11-10 11:03 AM (EST)
Really, you do.
If all else fails|
Posted by: Jsaults on Feb-12-10 4:19 PM (EST)
I am very happy with my Original Bug SHirt in cotton, treated with permethrin.
Posted by: KathyShoaf on Feb-23-10 10:56 PM (EST)
I've read that a lot of bugs don't like garlic. What about getting garlic in capsules and sprinkling it around? Or maybe get some liquid garlic, add it to water in a small spray bottle and spray it around?
Posted by: jhb8426 on Feb-24-10 12:31 AM (EST)
Garlic makes me sick... :)
Sounds like 'camper marinade'|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-24-10 5:31 PM (EST)
I knew a bear that had a recipe like this, except he added some oregano & parsley. Soak in tent overnight to make tender...
Posted by: Beaverjack on Feb-24-10 7:01 PM (EST)
might just work, to a degree. I got my wife a bug shirt for Xmas. Dumb move.
A Streetsweeper with very, very fine|
Posted by: ezwater on Dec-12-10 1:39 AM (EST)
I was sort of suprised to see this post|
Posted by: duggae on Dec-12-10 9:34 PM (EST)
Posted by: agongos on Jan-26-11 8:33 PM (EST)
Get over it!
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Jan-26-11 9:20 PM (EST)
Keeping the Duluth Moose Bug Calendar on the wall next to the camping gear cabinets will be a lasting reminder of our late friend and sage.
OMG, those horrible mayflies!....LOL|
Posted by: bigspencer on Feb-07-11 4:09 PM (EST)
What about HERBAL ARMOR?|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-26-11 4:55 PM (EST)
no but I will|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-26-11 5:05 PM (EST)
they chased me right out of the Everglades.
The best thing for no-see-ums is :|
Posted by: JackL on Apr-26-11 6:33 PM (EST)
Avon skin so soft.
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-26-11 10:33 PM (EST)
where is the smiley that has me hitting myself on the head...
Deet also works good on them|
Posted by: JackL on Apr-27-11 6:16 AM (EST)
If your deet is several years old, throw it away and get some new stuff.
maine bugs 2011|
Posted by: mister123 on Apr-29-11 12:06 PM (EST)
I would be willing to bet cash money that the bugs are gunna be really bad this year in Maine. Plenty of standing water for mosquitos and flowing water for black flies. Last year was very dry, especially in the spring, so the bug population never got going. I would suggest all out-of-staters(except me)stay out of Maine for the entire paddling season.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-27-11 4:06 PM (EST)
DEET is mean stuff, http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howthingswork/a/aa042703a.htm