Bugs on the Playa

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Bugs on the Playa

Post by skygnome777 » Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:39 pm

I'm going for my first burn this year and I'm wondering what to do about bugs on the playa.
Should I just spray myself with off?
Bring a can of raid perhaps?
I mean with those giant metal spiders I've seen in the videos, a traditional bug net just doesn't seem like it would be enough!
I'm not really afraid of spiders but if I woke up with one of them hanging from the top of my tent I'd be sure to soil myself.

So how do you keep those buggers out?
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Post by Token » Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:42 pm

PCP works like a charm. Keeps the bugs away.

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Post by theCryptofishist » Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:28 pm

The playa is pretty lifeless by September. No plants, nothing for insects to eat.
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Post by motskyroonmatick » Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:43 pm

The occasional praying mantis that is blown in on the wind is a nice thing to see out there. Don't worry about bugs and only bring bug spray if you like the way it smells. :)
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Post by DoriumLux » Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:49 pm

No bugs like mosquitos per say but be careful of the spiders..



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Post by AKAparttime » Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:14 am

Come on now that's just a small one.

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Post by ygmir » Sat Jul 11, 2009 6:46 am

do crabs and headlice count?
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Post by Roberto Dobbisano » Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:14 am

Just stay away from the Dirty Hippy Camps and you should be fine....


otherwise, you may come home with the same critters they brought with....


and you dont want to have to be THAT person on line at the drug store with a bottle of RID-X in your hands, now do you?
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Post by Generic Anonymity » Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:23 am

From what I'm told, the only critters out there (aside from us and our stowaways) will be microscopic and live below the surface.

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Post by Roberto Dobbisano » Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:29 am

Ah Maggie, there you are wrong...


like i said, it is the critters that the Crispy Critters bring with them...


do you KNOW what lives inside Dread Locks?


Especially WHITE BOY dread locks?


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Post by Generic Anonymity » Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:35 am

Yeah, that should have occurred to me - I've edited my post to allow for the things that get in with the crowds.

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Post by Roberto Dobbisano » Sat Jul 11, 2009 8:38 am

I Believe you mean the plebiscite, my dear.
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Post by Sail Man » Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:36 pm

ygmir wrote:do crabs and headlice count?
Just don't throw toothpicks into the blue palace's, crabs can pole vault :lol:
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Post by Elorrum » Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:38 am

I mean with those giant metal spiders I've seen in the videos, a traditional bug net just doesn't seem like it would be enough!
If you bring a can of mapp gas with a torch attachment, you should be able to keep the metal spiders at bay, the agressive ones at least. I haven't had any problem with them. If you leave them alone, they leave you alone. Just don't put your hands or yourself into any dark enclosed space without shining a light or knocking... they scuttle away if you don't come up on them unawares.

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Post by Deb Prothero » Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:45 am

This has been an interesting discussion. Prior to my first year, I asked the same kind of question. The answer from the mayor of AEZ: the only pests in BRC are one-eyed snakes!

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Post by Roberto Dobbisano » Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:48 am

i guess he didn't get the memo.



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Post by ygmir » Sun Jul 12, 2009 10:56 am

oh, I think he did..................

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Post by skygnome777 » Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:18 pm

Where is sonic the hedgehog when you need him.
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Post by H.G.Crosby » Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:20 pm

he's dead, and he's never coming back....ever....so get the fuck over it already, or buy the dvd's.
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Post by Ugly Dougly » Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:39 pm

Another celebrity death? I didn't know about that, he was so young.

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Post by mojo » Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:58 pm

I was amazed at the enormous number and size of bugs on the playa over the 4th....but then the playa was still pretty damp just under the surface. Was grossed out by the giant flying black ones that would catch another bug and devour it.
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Post by ygmir » Tue Jul 14, 2009 7:28 am

insect or reptile?..........

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Post by Ugly Dougly » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:04 am

Ygmir, how many costumes are you bringing??

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Post by Fire_Moose » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:14 am

I saw bugs out there last year, I told him he shoulda taken that left at Albuquerque
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Post by ygmir » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:28 am

Fire_Moose wrote:I saw bugs out there last year, I told him he shoulda taken that left at Albuquerque
hahahaa,
he would have ended up in San Berd nar dino........or, kook a monga........
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Post by Homiesinheaven » Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:49 pm

the only bug of any kind that we saw last year:

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i wouldnt worry about it.

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Post by skygnome777 » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:58 pm

Ironically that is my home state's bug.

Perhaps I should ask a CT praying mantis if they want me to deliver a message to their family in Nevada?
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Post by Apollonaris Zeus » Tue Jul 21, 2009 6:31 pm

No Bugs on the playa except for an occasional spider that lives under you in the mud cracks, the rare mantis and a moth or two.

Beware the mantises bite!

Notice the desert camouflage. Most are green though. I guess the brwn ones live along the edge of the playa in the saltbush zone and the green ones come from the sage zone.

So stay in the Ohzone within the orange fence

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Post by DoriumLux » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:11 am

Apollonaris Zeus wrote:No Bugs on the playa except for an occasional spider that lives under you in the mud cracks, the rare mantis and a moth or two.

Beware the mantises bite!

Notice the desert camouflage. Most are green though. I guess the brwn ones live along the edge of the playa in the saltbush zone and the green ones come from the sage zone.

So stay in the Ohzone within the orange fence
Mantises aren't the only thing to be wary of on the other side of the trash fence. Fear the graboids when the ground tremors.
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