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A Low-Tech Mosquito Deterrent  (NY Times)
Outsmarting bugs with a fan may be a poorly known strategy. But the method, it turns out, is endorsed by the American Mosquito Control Association, a nonprofit group based in Mount Laurel, N.J., that publishes a journal bearing its name.
“Mosquitoes are relatively weak fliers,” it says on its Web site, “so placing a large fan on your deck can provide a low-tech solution.” The group says mosquitoes fly slowly — from roughly 1 to 1.5 miles per hour, depending on the species.
Scientists have identified another factor. The breeze from a fan disperses the human emanations (Carbon Dioxide) that allow female mosquitoes to zero in on us.

A Low-Tech Mosquito Deterrent  (NY Times)

Outsmarting bugs with a fan may be a poorly known strategy. But the method, it turns out, is endorsed by the American Mosquito Control Association, a nonprofit group based in Mount Laurel, N.J., that publishes a journal bearing its name.

“Mosquitoes are relatively weak fliers,” it says on its Web site, “so placing a large fan on your deck can provide a low-tech solution.” The group says mosquitoes fly slowly — from roughly 1 to 1.5 miles per hour, depending on the species.

Scientists have identified another factor. The breeze from a fan disperses the human emanations (Carbon Dioxide) that allow female mosquitoes to zero in on us.

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    DIE DIE DIE.
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    A Low-Tech Mosquito Deterrent (NY Times) Outsmarting bugs with a fan may be a poorly known strategy. But the method, it...
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    This is so simple. Fan. Are there solar fans?
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    Might try it out but… sleeping with a fan aimed at your bed?
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    *laughs* I think a lot of people in tropical countries have kind of known this for a while? It’s nice to get scientific...
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