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Old May 31st, 2005, 10:44 AM
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How buggy is Alaska? Do I need to bring bug spray?
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Old May 31st, 2005, 04:10 PM
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WHERE are you going??? If on an inside passage round trip cruise, nope you won't need any. But if going interior and to Wonder Lake before mid August, bring a gallon. ( I no longer will go there before the end of August myself any longer). Frankly- MOST areas gone to by "tourists" have a bug problem to worry about.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 09:00 PM
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So if I'm going to the Inside Passage, I shouldn't worry about excessive bugs?
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Old June 1st, 2005, 01:59 PM
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Correct.
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Old June 1st, 2005, 04:46 PM
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I've cruised three times and never saw a bug, except that bee that attacked me on my balcony.
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Old June 1st, 2005, 06:31 PM
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Thanks!
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 12:20 PM
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We're going on a land/cruise tour in July -- am I correct that I will need to really spray myself down extremely well for the 7 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali?

We went to Sanibel Island last year and I ended up needing medical care due to the vast number of 'no-seeum' bites I received. My husband only had one or two bites --- I was so covered it was like I had the worse case of chicken pox you can imagine -- and even with medication it took almost 2 weeks for them to disappear. ------- Some people are more susceptible then others and I've always been extremely susceptible to mosquito and no-seeum bites.

Our land tour will start in Fairbanks and then go to Denali; Talkeetna; Anchorage; Alyeska, and pick up the ship in Seward -----------------Do I need to spray myself down with Deet anywhere else besides Denali?

Thanks for any advice you can offer.
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 05:23 PM
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You aren't going in far enough in Denali Park for the significant bug problems at Wonder Lake- mile 85. The Tundra Wilderness tour only goes to mile 53. Take precautions if really prone, but I would speculate, you won't need it. The "tours" don't go to big bug areas.
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Old June 6th, 2005, 10:18 PM
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They sell mosquito repellant everywhere. Mosquitos are only bad in certain areas, mostly in the tundra where the caribou get attacked by them. If you are camping out or at a picnic, just apply a little repellant or lite a citronella candle. When the wind kicks up, the mosquitos are gone. The bugs are nothing to compare with the southern U.S.
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Old June 8th, 2005, 08:08 PM
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You won't have any problems on the ship. However, we noticed a lot of mosquitos when we were hiking and rafting in Skagway las week...I had a couple bites. But the locals say the first batch of the season is "slow and stupid". The second batch are big, fast and smart.....so WATCH OUT!
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