By Montana Grant

Posted: June 25, 2023

Big Sky Country is also home to huge blood sucking mosquitoes. They grow big in the Rocky Mountains. These blood suckers can be relentless and ruin a fishing, hunting, or camping trip. This year has also been wetter than most. This means more Squitos than in drier seasons.

Native peoples used mud, bear fat, or other organic concoctions to keep the Squitos off them. As kids, we often just got bit. Most of the sprays and lotions simply did not work. Our skin was always itchy and covered in bumps and sores. The more you scratched, the more you bled. Trying to sleep was near impossible with swarms of Squitos hovering over your head.

THERMACELLS will save the day! If you live, fish, camp, or boat in mosquito hell, get a ThermaCell. You will be amazed how this simple product will save your outdoor experience. Swarms of Mosquitos will avoid your space.

When talking about the next Pandemic, it could be spread by Mosquitos. Female mosquitos need mammal blood to create eggs. Human blood fits the bill perfectly. They will literally suck the life out of you.

You can layer on DEET and other insect preventers but, they rarely work consistently. There are also some allergies and health concerns when using DEET and other chemicals. Mosquito coils will work but again, they can be toxic. Most Bug Zappers do not target mosquitoes unless you buy an expensive scent tab attractor.

On a trip to a great walleye lake, in central Montana, the bite was on. HUGE Mosquitos were thick, hungry, and heavy. It is no wonder they call them Montana’s State Bird! With warm temperatures, we want to wear less clothes, expose more skin, and relax. When “squitos” are on the bite, you can’t fish sanely. Constant swatting, slapping, and smacking distracts you from the light bites of the fish. The bug spray wasn’t helping. It was time for a new solution.

Turning on a ThermaCell is the answer. You can get a mobile belt clip on unit, or a Lantern Style. These units operate by using a propane cartridge and a mosquito repellant wafer. When the wafer is heated, an invisible bubble of protection is formed. On this day, I had the ThermaCell camp light back in the tent. We grabbed it and returned to fishing. I ignited the ThermaCell unit and “Squitos Be Gone!” There was no need for the battery-operated lantern light until later that evening.

ThermaCells are the only way to survive a Squito attack in Montana. Get yours at Bob Wards or other hardware and outdoor sport shops.

Enjoy a Mosquito free outing!

Montana Grant

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