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What is the best way to keep bugs, specifically mosquitoes, out of a sukkah on yom tov? I've looked into various candles, tiki torches etc, but they won't last through both days of yom tov.

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What is the best way to program... in the sukkah? What about in a sukkah on a boat (according to r Akiva that such a sukkah is kosher)? –  Double AA Sep 18 '13 at 15:27
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Very related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10644/2 –  Isaac Moses Sep 18 '13 at 15:30
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@DoubleAA, this is a perfectly valid how-to-implement-Judaism question. The set of issues presented by sukka architecture, "ke'ein taduru," mandated activities, Yom Tov, etc. with respect to flying pests may or may not be quite unique, but it's at least special and of special interest to observant Jews. –  Isaac Moses Sep 18 '13 at 15:34
    
@IsaacMoses, I agree with you, although I totally hear where Double AA is coming from. Given the (slightly) unique challenge Diaspora Jews face of maintaining any such solution over a duration of a two-day or even three-day Yom Tov, I think it's worthy of a question. –  Seth J Sep 18 '13 at 15:40
    
@Isaac It doesn't involve any Judaism expertise. We aren't trying to attract a bunch of entomologists. What about: My sukkah uses this kind of hinge. Should I secure it with a nail or a screw? What are the benefits and drawbacks of each? –  Double AA Sep 18 '13 at 16:04

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I use mosquito barrier immediately prior to Sukkos and I have a mosquito free Sukkos.

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we used dryer sheets taped to the inside of the walls. we labeled them annanei ha'kavod and they seemed to do a pretty good job keeping out both mosquitos and bees.

Here's some of the science behind it

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We live on a farm, lots of bugs here... we use this in our Sukkah, as well as many other buildings.. : http://reliableexterminators.ca/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=151

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Mosquito netting is effective, and is not a Chatzitzah between you and the Schach so long as it is hanging close to your body. (Don't support the Schach on the stuff...)

Though, that does give me a business idea... Moskito Netting that is Kosher for Schach - ie Made out of non-woven spun cotton... I wonder if it could work...

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I was in a sukkah where the host had cut lemongrass growing in his garden, and spread it on the floor of the sukkah. I don't know if it was as effective as a citronella candle in discouraging mosquitoes. Also, lemongrass might only offgas the repellent for a certain number of hours, and be no more than a conversation piece after that.

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Based on what I read here I would recommend making one of these though I have not tried it myself.

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