Why All the Bears?

I ask you, why all the bears? A black bear was observed wandering about in Manchester, Missouri, a city about 12 miles outside of St. Louis. Now Manchester is a city of @60,000 residents AND is closely encased by other cities just as large. In other words in an urban sprawl of 250,000 people and relatively no wilderness except county parks, a black bear suddenly appears. Why? How? Why all the bears in areas they wouldn’t normally inhabit?

Bears and Their Geographic Range: Per United States Parks Service
Traditional knowledge placed bears in certain geographic ranges which helped a hiker or camper anticipate the odds of encountering a bear in the wild. There are 3 types of bears in the continental United States, black bears, brown bears and grizzly bears. Polar bears inhabit Alaska and Canada and are considered the most dangerous to man, followed by grizzlies, then black bears.

The black bear has the largest geographic range which includes Canada, Alaska, western and eastern United States, with small patches in the central and southern United States. Grizzlies roam Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska and western Canada. The geographic ranges of these 3 types of bears will have some overlap, while polar bears are exclusively Alaska and Canada.

No where in this highly regarded report does it mention black bears being located in the Midwest, in the middle of 250,000 people. Why all the bears? There are numerous theories of why the sudden change in bear behavior, some more valid than others, but all making their points.

1. Climate change has forced bears out of their normal habitat is one theory. The temperature climb in the southern United States has forced the bears farther north seeking relief.
2. Areas of water, bayous, swamps, marshes are being drastically changed either from man-made alterations or the rising water table due to global warming and the ice melt.
3. They are constantly forced out of their natural habitat. Just about the time the bears establish a family and a hunting area, contractors come in and build million dollar homes which force them out of the area.

In reality it doesn’t matter why the bears are suddenly showing up in non-traditional areas, they are. So what does that mean for us? Let’s explore that question.

Identifying Bears:
It’s a good idea to be able to identify your potential enemy or friend. A polar bear is obvious as they are white, however the difference between a grizzly and a black bear can be deceiving and a mistaken identity could have severe consequences.

The color of the bear’s fur is not always a 100% accurate method for telling the specie of bear you’re looking at, as black bears are not always black, but also have dark brown-blonde fur mixed in similar to the grizzly bear. A more accurate method is looking at the bear’s back between the shoulder blades, as a grizzly will have a large hump of muscle where a black bear will not. Another method is size, as the grizzly will be one and a half to twice the size of a similar age and gender black bear. The last method is to carefully observe fresh bear tracks, as a black bear has a shorter and more curved claw than a grizzly. No matter the species proceed with extreme caution as you know bears are in the area.


Ways to Avoid a Bear Encounter:
It used to be said the only sure guarantee of avoiding a bear encounter is to stay out of bear habitats, but the recent sightings in highly populated areas makes that theory, although 99% correct, not 100% accurate. In any event for many people avoiding nature is not an option. They will continue, and with good cause, to hike, camp, bike, hunt, or your job may require you to venture into bear country. So if you’re where bears live, let’s see how to reduce our chances of an encounter.

Whenever Hiking:
The temptation to be stealthy, not disturbing nature so you can hear the singing of the birds and buzzing of the humming bird, can be a deadly mistake. Make your presence known when hiking by hiking in a group or talking, singing or blow a whistle every 20 yards or so. This allows the bear to know he’s not alone and will offer it time to walk away in order to avoid an encounter. Unless something unusual is involved, such as perceiving her cubs are threatened, a bear will try to avoid contact with humans. *** Always be on the lookout for active bear signs, tracks or scat. Avoid berry patches and stream banks where bears are more likely to be feeding.

Whenever Camping:
For those old enough to remember Yogi Bear cartoons you’ll remember the “Picnic basket” is what Yogi was always after. That’s not only true in cartoons but in real life also, as food is the most likely reason a bear would invade your campsite. Here are some suggestions for not enticing a bear to visit.
1. Any food, such as snacks, jerky packets, etc. should be double bagged and hung in a tree a minimum of 14 feet above the ground and at least 4 feet away from the trunk of the tree. Remember, bears are excellent climbers, but the height and 4 foot reach for the food may very well discourage the bear.
2. It’s a better idea to use plastic containers that can be securely sealed, containing the smell of food, and store them in your vehicle if possible. Remember to roll the windows all the way up before leaving the vehicle alone.
3. Always be conscious of where you set your tent up especially concerning the storage of food. No matter how careful you prepare, the chances of a bear smelling food is always a possibility, and if it does, you want that food source as far away from your tent as is reasonably practical. Suggested distance is 100 yards, but that is usually unreasonable or undo-able. However, do not leave food wrappers, leftovers or dirty dishes out and definitely never store food inside your tent.
4. Speaking of tents. Be vigil on where you set your tent up. It may be tempting to back your tent up to a brush or heavily treed area where you can see a spectacular view from the opening or sitting in front of the tent, but that can be dangerous. You need a 360 degree clear line of sight in order to spot a bear, or any other animal, approaching.

Close Encounter of the Scary Kind: **Bear Spray Can Save Your Life
First things first … if you spot a bear in the distance simply slowly back up, at least a 100 yards, and find another route around the bear. If you’re on the only path available, wait 20 to 30 minutes before proceeding forward again. Be sure to make noise, talking, singing, whistling, in order to announce your presence and afford the bear time to move away. The worse thing to do is to surprise a bear, as a frightened bear is more likely to attack.

One thing for sure, should you encounter a bear close up, both your heart and the bear’s heart will be pounding with fear and apprehension. This is when the ability to identify the type of bear you have encountered is critical because your actions will vary for each type of bear.

Should you round a blind corner, forgetting to announce your presence, and encounter a black bear, who is as startled as you are:
1. Stop immediately…
2. Stand your ground, do not turn and run…
3. Analyze the situation staying as calm as possible…
4. If the bear does not move towards you, most likely instantly, slowly retreat by carefully stepping backwards… Be sure of your footing. You are scared and walking backwards. It would be easy to entangle your feet in brush or roots and fall. This could be catastrophic and provoke a charge.
5. If the bear moves towards you, make yourself as large as possible. (For instance, if you’re wearing a coat, spread it out like a bird does its feathers.) Use a loud stern voice and order the bear to go away. Do not scream, wave arms, jump up or down, or any perform any other harsh sounds or movements which could provoke an attack. Repeat your orders as necessary.
6. God willing you have used your head and have a bear repellent spray with you. If the bear continues to approach, wait until the bear is between 20 – 30 feet away and spray a steady stream of repellent at the bear’s face, which will deter the animal if your aim is true. Use these same techniques should a black bear approach your campsite.


Remember I said it was important to properly identify the bear type. A grizzly bear is much more aggressive than black bears and extremely difficult to discourage, therefore an attack is much more likely should you treat the grizzly like the black bear. Attempting to make yourself large or yelling commands to go away will most likely be perceived as a threat and will most likely provoke an aggressive reaction.

Stand perfectly still, keep your eyes on the bear to see its reaction, but do not make eye contact, as with most wild animals this is perceived as a challenge. If the grizzly approaches slowly, but comes too close for comfort, use your bear repellent spray to deter the advance. If the bear does not demonstrate movement towards you, slowly back away while keeping your eyes on the bear at all times. Never turn your back or run from a bear.

Surviving the Unimaginable:
The National Park Service classifies bear attacks in two categories: (1) Defensive attacks and / or (2) Predatory attacks. Knowing the difference in the bear’s motivation and what type of attack is occurring may help you determine what actions you are going to take in order to react and survive.

Most bear attacks are defensive in nature. They are classified as such because the bear is generally surprised and caught off guard by the sudden human presence which creates an instinctive reaction of attack to defend cubs, food, or their territory. Experts claim most grizzlies and black bears are defensive in nature seldom predatory, but I beg to question that assumption. Polar bears have been known to track and attack humans as to them man is on the menu.

*** Despite instinct never run from a bear as they are much faster than we are and sensing your flight as a fleeing animal will run you down. The only exception is if you think you can reach safety, like getting inside a car, before the bear can close on you.

In my humble opinion a bear attack, whether defensive or predatory is an unimaginable horrific event with no difference in my decibel of screaming or amount of soiling my pants. However, there is a difference in the bear’s mind of intent and since it is calling the shots, that’s important.
What to Expect from a Defensive Attack:
Since defensive attacks are the most common attack let’s look at what to expect from the bear. I must stress, these are expected normal actions, but you don’t know what’s going on inside the bear’s head, so don’t bet your life on any one “normal” action.

Common bear reactions are:
1. Hopping up and down
2. Faking charges, running at you for a few feet then stopping and retreating
3. Slapping, clawing at the ground tearing up dirt
4. Roaring, huffing or clacking of teeth
These are but a few methods of how a bear tells you it does not welcome your presence and unless you want to do battle, you better leave now. There are times the bear will stand on its rear legs either to get a better view of you, a better smell and as a method of intimidation while determining the threat you pose. If the bear does not attack after performing one or more of these actions, slowly back away, again always facing the bear. Never turn your back on a bear or run away from it.

Should the bear actually charge in attack mode, use your bear repellent spray, directly into the face, eyes and nose. Do not stop until the bear retreats or you run out of spray. Should the spray not stop the bear and it makes physical contact with you, immediately fall to the ground, if you aren’t knocked down already, and play dead. Hopefully the bear will consider the threat eliminated and leave. However, don’t count on that.

*** A grizzly bear will charge in a direct line, a black bear will tend to zig zag (weave back and forth) usually from behind cover***

Lay flat on your stomach, interlace your fingers over your neck, spread your elbows and legs which makes it harder for the bear to turn you over. Another position is to curl up into a tight fetal position, again with your fingers interwoven over your neck in order to protect the vulnerable bare neck and head.

Essentially the theory during a bear defensive attack is to out wait the bear. The bear does not intend to eat you, its simply trying to eliminate a perceived threat and the killing of said threat fulfills that quest. Generally, once the bear considers the threat eliminated it will leave the area. Continue to lie on the ground and very still for at least 20-30 minutes. I know that will seem like a lifetime, but bears are notorious for lurking just out of sight watching the prey (you) to insure you are dead. Move too soon and it very well may provoke another attack.

If the attack continues and you decide the bear is not going to leave before you are seriously injured, begin to fight back. If you haven’t used your bear repellent yet, bear closed too fast, use it now. If you have a knife, draw it and use it. If rocks and sticks are the only available weapons, use them and viciously attack the face, sensitive spots like the eyes and nose. Spare nothing … you are fighting for your life.

Life or Death Predatory Attack: Why all the Bears?
Make no mistake about it, this is a life or death struggle between you and the bear. It considers you dinner and will not leave without eating. Here are some tactics to use:
1. Although being much easier said than done, you must not panic, your number one coping mechanism is a clear head.
2. Try and make yourself look as large as possible. Wave your arms, jump up and down, make a lot of noise. That’s contrary to what you’ve been told, but not doing anything to provoke an attack is one thing, but this is an attack. Some experts claim loud noises have the best effect on small bears, but can induce larger bears to investigate. At this point who wants to argue … you want to survive.
3. If you have a backpack on, leave it on as it serves as extra protection.
4. Avoid eye contact, however never take your eyes off the bear. Know what it is doing at all times.
5. At night, always carry a strong flashlight in which to shine into the bear’s eyes, blinding it. A flash camera or phone flash can also temporarily blind it and give you the chance to escape.
6. Avoid sudden movements and never run, as the bear can run up to 40 mph (64 km/h) Can you?
7. Never hide in something flimsy like a tent. The bear will not be fooled into thinking you suddenly disappeared, and it may jump start its urge to forage for you.
8. The most common advise by experts pertaining to climbing trees … don’t. Bears are expert climbers, but a large bear may consider it not worth the effort to climb after you, but don’t count on it. That would mean the charge was defensive, but we’re in a predatory charge situation. If you do find yourself climbing to escape injury, climb quickly in order to get higher than a bear standing on their hind legs, and climb into branches not strong enough to carry a 300 lb + bear.
9. Creating distance between you and the bear is your best defense. Try and put a tree or a large rock between you and the bear. Barehanded, or even with a knife, you can not get to the bear before it can reach you. Distance is an ally.

Exploiting a Bear’s Weaknesses:
Perhaps weaknesses is too strong of a word. Maybe capitalize on any advantage you can obtain may be a better way to put it.
1. First, try to defend yourself on a steep slope or grade. This won’t stop a bear attack, but by utilizing the slope you hinder the bear’s ability to stand erect, which reduces its ability to use its full weight against you. The sheer weight and size of the bear crashing onto you could kill you. Attacks from the side may be difficult for the bear, due to its large neck muscles flexibility of the head is restricted, which in turn limits the bear’s peripheral eyesight.
2. Don’t be tempted to hide, unless the bear is unaware of your presence, because a bear’s eyesight is every bit as good as a human’s.
3. When fighting for your life you must be quick, you must maintain or increase distance between you and the bear, you must be aggressive and you must try to avoid the bear’s strength of a swipe.
4. Do a straight line gut kick, the type of kick performed by police when breaching a door, which can be surprisingly effective. Strike and quickly retract your leg before the bear can swipe your inner thigh, thus disabling you.
5. Do not attempt to punch the bear with your fist. Why? Number one unless you land a direct blow to the nose, you’ll hurt your hand more than the bear, but more importantly you expose your arm and hand to the bear’s mouth and all those teeth.
6. Fight with anything you can get your hands on. Sticks, rocks, knife, baseball bat, anything to cause harm is fair to use. Just be careful when picking up a weapon, never take your eyes off the bear as they could swipe while you’re bent over and not watching.
7. Whenever possible, strike and move uphill, strike and move uphill. Staying uphill from the bear allows you a better chance to inflict injury, thus offering you an opportunity to escape.
8. Above all, try to maintain distance. A bear can kill an elk or deer with one swipe of that powerful paw, you cannot withstand a direct strike to any part of your body. You will either be killed instantly, or disabled unable to fight any longer.

Remember these things when considering why all the bears:
• Be vigilant when entering bear country
• Carry a weapon, at least bear repellent spray
• Learn all you can about bear actions
• Fight with all your strength and never give up.

Why all the bears? I have no idea, but they are there, you have been warned and I’d suggest re-reading this article as it could save your life.



Serious Survival Lessons

I’m not Nostradamus claiming prophecy insights, nor am I a “sky is falling” chicken little type. I’m just a normal guy who reads, listens to the national, local and world news and derives my own interpretations of what is happening, and every single night I go to bed thinking “It’s time for some serious survival lessons.”

Possibly what scares me the most is the absolute ignorance and unlimited shallow mindedness of people who fail to see and acknowledge what’s in front of their faces. The earth has never before had to sustain the number of people who are living on it, which increases daily, making the competition for limited resources forever more aggressive. More unstable countries have nuclear capabilities, information on how to construct biological and chemical weapons are available on the internet, the environment is most likely past the tipping point of maintaining long term survival of mankind, and perhaps the worse “head in the sand” moment is failing to acknowledge the United States, the most powerful country on earth, is lead by a sadistic, lying moron accompanied by an army of selfish enablers.

When viewed with a callous eye the question of could the world self destruct is mute; the question should be how can the world not self destruct.

You’re reading this on your electronic devise, laptop, computer, whatever. Now imagine the screen suddenly going black, the overhead light goes out and you notice the home’s furnace blower stopped. The house is becoming increasingly cold and darkness is enveloping the sky. You look out the window to see if the lights are on at other houses in the neighborhood and only see black holes through the windows. Eventually people begin wandering into the streets, bundled in coats and blankets, confused and starting to become scared. What has happened? Neither land lines nor cell phones are working, there’s a complete black out of communication. Someone says they heard there’s been an attack of some sort and the President launched nuclear weapons. Where are your kids? They were due home from school by now. You begin to shiver and don’t know if it’s from the wintery cold or a frigid fear seeping into you. What do you do?

If you are an experienced survivalists you will have been prepared and have the supplies and skills to implement which will make surviving the next few weeks, until the world returns to normal, relatively easy. But …. what if the world never returns to normal? That computer screen and cell phone will never light again. What if it takes a hundred years to recoup to what was modern in the 1930s? Will serious survival lessons be enough to survive?

Why be so Pessimistic?

Pessimistic or Realistic? I realize I’m just an invisible voice to you, as you can’t even be sure that I actually exist. However, let me assure you I am a real person, with a real family, including dogs, and struggle with the same problems of bills, illness and family problems everyone else does. My main objective is to get people into learning and practicing survival skills so when something cataclysmic does happen, they can better deal with and make it through unfathomable human tragedy. I prefer to prepare for the worse and hope for the best. I truly hope my fears are never realized, but if Trump has done anything with his circus of an administration, it’s he’s scared the hell out me.

Ain’t I preaching to the choir? I write a survival site, I’m talking to fellow survivalists and patriots that take the possibility of a catastrophic event, man-made or natural serious, and have taken steps to navigate their way through the aftermath. True, but Preppers are people and people have a tendency to deny that an extended calamity could last for decades. We are prepared to survive for a few weeks, maybe even a year or two, but self-preservation instinct won’t allow us to consider anything worse. Whether we love or hate the government, there’s a deep seated thought that the government or another safety net of some sort will be available when our resources exhaust themselves. What if they aren’t? Humor me if you will and let’s look at some long-term survival preparations and hope its all science-fiction and will never happen.

Training the Mind

Be Prepared. The famous Boy Scout motto that is so true and appropriate for so many life experiences. “If you can conceive it…you can accomplish it.” “If you can imagine it…you can make it happen.” there are probably a hundred sayings like this that motivation speakers like to quote, but they are on to something. The mind is a marvel, that in my opinion proves there is a God, because its ability to reason is unlimited. This is where we should begin our lesson. Learn to expect the unexpected. Mankind has never experienced the affects of a nuclear holocaust or a world wide pandemic, therefore knowing what to expect is impossible. It’s better to train our minds to accept the possibility that something so strange, weird or horrible could happen that everyone will be shocked into inaction. The ability to accept anything can happen allows us to move forward to address the issues that will arise.


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Losing the Will to Live

I often wonder how those people in Nazi concentration camps maintained the will to live engulfed inside a living nightmare. Knowing people all around you are being killed daily and you could be next at any moment, how do you continue to want to live? What if a mega SHTF episode occurs that creates an air of helpless similar to their situation? Would it not be easier to simply lie down and die. End the pain and suffering. That’s when we must find a motivator, a reason to live or else we will lose the will to live. One such motivator is your family. Your children, your spouse, your nieces and nephews, or a stranger’s’ children who has nobody left to care for them may be the inspiration you need to continue. You need to live because someone else needs for you to live.

Be Vigilant

You’re a survivalists, you have prepared for a potential disaster, but timing is everything. You have already proven you are more intuitive than the normal person by being prepared to bug out. Why would you wait to see what those people are doing before taking action on your own? Predicting the future may be impossible, but seeing a situation developing and the willingness to accept the possibility the world is headed towards deep shit in the near future, and acting on it is necessary. Watch the news, be aware of any geophysical disaster that may be prone to happen in your part of the world.

You have trained your mind to accept the unacceptable, you have a reason to live, you must not fear being wrong about taking action. Be fearful of what may happen if you don’t take action.

Have a Plan

One serious survival lesson is it’s important to have a plan and try to stick to it. How can you make a plan if you have no idea what might happen? You make a plan on what you anticipate may happen. After a disaster, no matter how prepared you think you are, your mind will be racing faster than any NASCAR vehicle. A prior-planned and written down catastrophe plan will guide you until you can recollect your wits. Besides, a plan that has to be modified is much easier to devise than having no plan at all and starting from scratch. In fact, having a plan B & C would be prudent as nothing ever goes according to plan.

Coping with Your Fears

Being totally honest with yourself, analyze your fears and weaknesses. Some people literally can not handle stress, as they will become bewildered or frozen with fear, or may become ballistic and fly off the handle. You will not know how you will react to every situation, there are too many unknowns, but the issues you know you have are better overcome by attempting to address them now. If you know you have a phobia that you fear heights, attempt to overcome that fear now instead of being faced with the situation of either scaling a 100 foot cliff or die by the flash-flood that’s roaring towards you. Human beings have an enormous capacity to overcome impossible odds in order to survive, but the sooner you face these fears the easier it’ll be to overcome.

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Beware of Your Fellow Mankind

It’s imperative you try to understand the psychology of desperate people. For most of us we have never experienced desperate people. Bad people, greedy people, selfish people, people who are just plain assholes and take pleasure in someone’s pain, but never a truly desperate person.

After the SHTF there will be an abundance of desperate people, those who have not prepared or even thought about a catastrophe occurring. These people will have nothing to survive on and nothing to lose by killing you and taking your supplies. That next door neighbor you drank beer with last week may turn up at your front door wild eyed and desperate in panic knowing you are prepared and willing to do whatever is necessary to save his family.

It’s not only other people to be concerned about. Yourself or members of your own family may be effected. There’s a term used for soldiers who experience the horrible events of war, known as The Thousand Yard Stare, where they become nearly comatose and unresponsive. Their minds have become so overwhelmed by the horrors they have witnessed, it simply shuts down unable to endure anymore. Nobody is exempt from the possibility of incurring the 1000 yard stare. Only preparation can help overcome it. Awful catastrophes often bring the best out of people, but not always, sometimes inner demons are released.

Maintaining Sanity

Maintaining a positive mental attitude is crucial to surviving and there is nothing more dangerous and depressing than spending a night sitting in total pitch black darkness. The mind will play tricks on you and your imagination will run wild in darkness, as just sitting in the woods while hunting and waiting for sunrise will have the sound of a squirrel scurrying through the leaves being a wolf or alien beast. Imagine sitting in darkness in a crisis survival situation. Unthinkable. Learn how to make candles and wicks from the fats and oils nature provides, a long term solar battery re-charger for flashlights or an LED battery powered lantern are items and skills you should obtain now.

Learn to Hide

Learning to hide is an important serious survival lesson. After a disaster the best option is to totally avoid people. Nobody will be sure of how people will react after enduring a SHTF event, and avoiding any situation that puts you in direct contact with people is a diligent decision. Learning to camouflage yourself and your habitat will be important and prudent. You don’t realize how the noise of normal activity can be magnified when the daily sounds of a busy city or town no longer exist. It’s much easier said than done to remain unseen, unheard and your odor go undetected when all the other distractions we never notice are no longer there. Like the old saying goes “discretion is the better part of valor.” Don’t expose yourself to unnecessary dangers.

Learn How to Maintain Sanitation

In third world countries lack of sanitation is a major cause of illnesses and death. Like many other things in our modern life we have grown accustomed to simply flushing the toilet and the waste is disposed of. If the water systems go down and toilets quit working, human excrement will become a huge problem and fast for people trying to survive. Even improper burying of human waste can be a source of disease. Securing portable toilets, toilet paper (lots & lots) and disinfection (bleach) should be at the top of our survival kit list.

Disposal of other types of trash is also a concern. It’s imperative to control pest and other vermin within your environment, as a little thing called the black plague nearly wiped humanity off the face of the earth. Fleas, ticks, flies, mice, rats and mosquitoes carry very deadly diseases which are transmittable to humans. People who stay in their homes are not immune to these problems as well as the stench rotting garbage produces. Burning this trash is the best option as plastic bags are no barrier for these pests.

These are obviously not the only long term subjects that you could consider. As I stated earlier, my goal is to prompt you to think outside the box and consider possibilities that events and their duration could be worse than anything we can imagine.


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How to Stop the Most Dangerous Animal on Earth

You find yourself outside trapped in a hostile environment, perhaps lost, hungry, thirsty and fatigued. Those are more than enough issues to deal with, but there is one creature lurking about that has one thing on its mind .. to taste your blood. How to stop the most dangerous animal on earth is utmost in your mind. How do you escape the wrath of mosquitoes? What? Mosquitoes! That’s right bud.

According to World Health Organization, mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous animal on earth as they are the primary vectors for major human diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, dengue fever and now, the Zika virus, which infects hundreds of millions of humans worldwide and kill several million each and every year. The mosquito itself doesn’t kill you, but by feeding on your blood it injects its saliva which contains the disease causing agents. It’s like the gun didn’t kill you, the bullet did. The mosquito is the gun.

Whether you’re in the woods on a camp out, having drinks on the patio at night, or simply taking a walk at dusk you are a prime target for the hungry mosquito’s ravaging, blood sucking bite. Obviously not every mosquito bite results in infection by a disease, but every bite results in a raised whelp that itches like crazy. Let’s explore methods to keep the pesky mosquito at bay.

Dry Ice emits a lot of carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes, exactly like when you exhale. Place a large piece of dry ice in a container, leaving the lid off, and set it a short distance away from you. The mosquitoes will flock to the dry ice, leaving you alone. When the container becomes full, or you leave the area, close the lid and let the mosquitoes die.

Coffee grinds are more of a preventive measure than a repellent. In order to prevent a mosquito problem it’s essential to not provide an inviting environment. Wherever you notice standing water, you can’t regrade your yard to eliminate every low spot, simply sprinkle coffee grinds into the water. This will deprive the mosquito eggs of oxygen, thus killing them before they become full grown mosquitoes.

Fans create air circulation and mosquitoes don’t like it because it negatively affects their infrared senses and makes it difficult for them to fly. That’s possibly the reason that last night mosquitoes ate you up, no wind, but tonight they have disappeared, a strong wind is blowing.

Red Cedar Mulch will help ward off mosquitoes. Spread the mulch around landscaping to enhance looks as you normally would do. Then make a brew by boiling several pieces of the red cedar mulch in a pot, much like you would make a pot of tea. Pour the brew into a plastic spray bottle and spray places you didn’t or couldn’t put the mulch itself.

Lemon Joy dish detergent poured onto paper plates draws the mosquito to the lemon scent which keeps them away from you.

Burning Pinion Wood in an outdoor fireplace or fire pit will repel mosquitoes as they hate the pungent smell of this particular wood.

The Mosquito Plant, which is a lemon-scented Germanium is quite good at repelling mosquitoes and offers a scent of refreshing lemon in the air.

All out war. If you are totally disgusted with a mosquito problem use a large scale attack on their environment. Using a spray type garden feeder, make a mixture of:

1/3 bottle of stale beer (doesn’t matter what brand)

1/3 epsom salt

1/3 mouth wash (doesn’t matter the brand but it must have alcohol content)

Saturate the lawn, bushes, patios and anywhere you think mosquitoes may hide or breed. The solution has a funny odor to it at first, but quickly dissipates. Perform this at the beginning of the outdoor season and again in the middle.

Rosemary is a natural mosquito repellent, which can be utilized by burning a few stalks of it in the area you’re located in.

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Soybean Oil added to a candle and lit will chase the mosquitoes away.

Citronella Oil is a very effective repellent. Simply pour into a candle, or an oil lamp and light. You can pour a few drops onto your person for added repelling fragrance.

Mint, Lavender Oil and Tea Tree Oil are pungent to mosquitoes. Simply rub a small amount on exposed skin and you’ll be bite free.

Lilac and Coconut Oil rubbed on your exposed skin will repel mosquitoes.

Putting on your Armor

Clothing, and what type, is your exterior armor for protection against mosquito bites. These are suggestions from researchers who operate in the highly infested areas of the Florida Everglades.

  1. Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts,

  2. Hats with netting are extremely beneficial,

  3. Insect repellents are a must for exposed areas like the neck, hands and face. Do not spray your face directly, in order to protect your eyes, but rather spray the palms of your hands and rub the repellent on your face,

  4. Wear boots and tuck the pant legs inside the tops,

  5. Spray your lower legs and feet. For some reason Zika carrying mosquitoes love the odor of feet and are prone to bite areas close to the ground,

  6. Wear baggy clothes. Tight fitting pants like spandex do not prevent a mosquito from biting right through it.

The question of how often should you reapply insect repellent is often asked and although there may not be a single one concrete answer, there are normal procedures. Generally following the manufacturer’s instructions is the best advise to follow, however there are some variables included in this. Products that contain DEET are considered the best choice, but those products come in varying concentrates. A 10% concentrate may protect a person exposed to normal mosquito activity for up to an hour, a person in an infested area will require a 20% to 25% DEET concentrate. A thorough spraying should last for 4 hours before requiring reapplying. The higher the concentrate … the longer it will last.

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Last Desperate Stand

Should you really find yourself stranded in an infested area, it is imperative you protect your survival shelter or camp from invasion. For this we employ the single best method for fending off hordes of mosquitoes … we build a smudge fire.

The first step is to start a normal fire by using tinder and dry wood. After establishing a fire begin adding moist wood (which is why you must have a fire already going) termite damaged wood is excellent, as are toxic tree smoke such as pine or cedar wood. You do not want to create a blazing fire, just the opposite. You want the moist rotten wood to smolder which creates a lot of smoke. This smoke is what drives the mosquitoes away.

How to Stop the Most Dangerous Animal on Earth is not a trivia question. A creature that kills millions of people a year, more than all other animal species in the world combined, definitely earns that label. Protecting yourself is no laughing matter, especially if you are in a part of the world where disease carrying mosquitoes are prevalent. Diseases withstanding, the irritating itching whelps caused by mosquito bites is enough incentive to protect yourself.

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Eyal Yanilov’s MaxKravMaga Review – Pros and Cons

Eyal Yanilov Max Krav Maga

MaxKravMaga is the most professional reality based self-defense video training program available online today. Let’s take a look at the program and talk about some of the strengths and a few of the drawbacks.

About The Krav Maga Program

MaxKravMaga was created by Eyal Yanilov, a world renowned authority in self defense for the past 30 years. MaxKravMaga is a massive collection of more than 20 hours of clearly explained and easy to follow self defense instructional videos which include training modules for beginners and experts alike.

Eyal Yanilov spent the last several years putting together this video training program and according to him this program is the most comprehensive online today.

However, with so many self defense video programs out on the market and on the internet today, is Eyal Yanilov’s MaxKravMaga really worth the money?

To answer this question and to find if this program is really for you let’s talk about some of the pros and cons of Eyal Yanilov’s MaxKravMaga.

The Pros

Suitable For Different Levels

There is no doubt that many people can benefit from this package. Beginners will find these self defense videos’ clear and concise nature gives them a solid foundation to build their self defense skill set as they build their confidence to move on to the more advanced training modules. Advanced and professional self defense practitioners and instructors as well as experienced martial artists will appreciate the huge variety of training modules and the extremely professional level of instruction which Eyal possesses.

Very Useful Bonuses

When you become a member of Eyal Yanilov’s MaxKravMaga you will also receive these 4 bonuses:

1. Mental Training and Combat Mindset Module

This module covers in depth analysis of the mental aspect of self defense.. often sited as one of the most overlooked aspects of self defense training. This Mental Training program covers it at an extremely high level, including tactics and techniques used by elite special forces and which were not available to the general public until now.

2. Eyal Yanilov’s Masterclass Seminar Module

Filmed during a 2 hour seminar of Eyal’s in London England, this training module puts you front and center in one of Eyal’s coveted seminars which he does all over the world. It feels like you are right there in the seminar.. and considering Eyal’s seminars are very costly ( he is an extremely sought after self defense authority )..This is a great way to experience it for yourself.

3. Anti-Carjacking and Road Rage

Carjacking has become one of the most prevelent crimes in many parts of the world today and rates are rising rapidly. Carjackings are often brutal and violent in nature, as well as pose a strong threat of kidnapping either to the driver or passengers.

4. Using Firearms as non-lethal weapons

Knowing how to use a firearm as a non-lethal weapon is imperative for anyone who wants to have a well rounded self defense arsenal. The truth is, sometimes you simply cannot shoot your gun due to a number of different reasons.

Surprisingly Organized

With over 20 hours of videos and more than 600 techniques, you’d expect Eyal Yanilov’s MaxKravMaga to be fairly disorganized. However I found it extremely easy to follow… everything is very well organized.

Money Back Guarantee

The product comes with a 60 days money back guarantee and if you are not completely satisfied with what you get, you will get a refund.

The Cons:

May Be A Little Overwhelming At First

Just because there are so many different training modules in the program, the members’ area can be a little overwhelming at first. However all the training modules are organized by level and/or category and once you get started, you will find it is not difficult to find what you are looking for.

The Bottom Line on Eyal Yanilov’s MaxKravMaga

Overall, there is no doubt that Eyal Yanilov’s MaxKravMaga is an extremely comprehensive and detailed self defense video training program that comes with a great amount of valuable information and insight about reality based self defense. It is evident right from the start that Eyal is very knowledgable and experienced with everything regarding self

There are other good self defense programs online and some of them are cheaper than this one, but I seriously doubt that you will find any program that is so comprehensive as this one, with the level of instruction as taught by Eyal Yanilov, great bonuses and very good customer support.

I hope that you found this Eyal Yanilov’s MaxKravMaga review to be helpful for you, all the best!