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Old 04-19-2011, 08:04 AM   #15
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I think it is Cutters. I am not sure. If I find a can, I will share the name. I bought it at Home Depot. It does leave powder on the chair after you sit there, but it is not sticky.

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Old 04-19-2011, 09:47 AM   #16
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Before we had a trailer, I spend a lot of time backpackng in the PNW.
DEET works, but once you put it on, everything tastes like DEET until you can get to a shower.
I found that treating my clothing and the bug net I hung under my tarp with Sawyer brand permethrin was the way to go.
It is an insecticide you spray your clothing with and let dry before your trip - insects seemed to go somewhere else when we set up camp.
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:51 PM   #17
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What I've found effective at a campsite are the laterns made by OFF. They are table top huricane laterns with a small candle that heats an insecticide strip that slips in a slot at the top of the chimney. I beleive they have a 15 foot radius and lasts about 4 hours. Put a couple of these on the picnic table or beside your chairs around the campfire and you can stay out all night. PowerPad Outdoor Lanterns and Lamps for repelling mosquitos | OFF! Insect Repellents

Therm-a-cell also makes something similar but uses batteries instead of a candle. ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent

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Old 04-20-2011, 05:48 AM   #18
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I found what I use. It is Off, Family. It is powdery, not sticky. However, the powder does end up on the furniture, but it is still the only kind I have found yet that seems to work and that I can stand.

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Old 04-20-2011, 06:35 AM   #19
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Hi: All...Before using the Listerene squirt bottle eat a nice Caesar Salad. Make your own dressing with lots of finely grated garlic and toasted garlic croutons!!! Then for sure you'll need the Listerene...but every buggy will stay away!!! WHEW!!!
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LOL, I'd heard that about garlic but wasnt sure if it was true. I even read where taking Garlic capsules a few days before your trip or Vitamin B is suppose to help. Didnt know if these were just Urban Legends or if there really was anything to it. You'd think with all our technology they could develop something safe and effective that's not sticky and icky. Sunscreen is bad enough but then to tell the kids they also have to add bug spray, yuck! I like the idea of lanterns for when sitting still for sure.

Cindy, thanks for looking up the type of powdery stuff you use. I googled all over and nothing came up. You'd think "Powdered Insect Repellent" would have brought up something at least. I'd rather brush powder off furniture than have a greasy mess left behind from the back of the legs etc.
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We used Deet based products because they actually work. There are a number of new varieties. I do not know how well they work but these links provide info.

One is a variety that just clips to your clothing. Another is a dry variety. There is also a frequently asked question link.

Clip-On Mosquito Repellent | OFF! Insect Repellents

Mosquito repellent & mosquito repeller, protect from insects or ticks | OFF! Insect Repellents

Mosquito repellent, DEET, bug repellent FAQs | OFF! Insect Repellents

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Old 04-20-2011, 10:04 AM   #22
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I had no luck with the clip on orange thing that I tried.

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Old 04-20-2011, 02:29 PM   #23
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Walmart has little bottles of 100% DEET. Works for us.
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We use "Natrapel" ... no DEET ... citrusy. Works well, but it does need to be used fairly often (like, every 3-4 hours).

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When a friend moved to Alaska, I put together a mosquito control kit for her. Consists of a block of wood and a mallet. Drawbacks are it's slow and it's hard to get them on the block and then sit still until you whack 'em with the mallet. You could probably make one pretty cheap.
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We use "Natrapel" ... no DEET ... citrusy. Works well, but it does need to be used fairly often (like, every 3-4 hours).

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I was quite curious about this and did a bit of internet research. Here's a study I found.
http://ddr.nal.usda.gov/bitstream/10...ND43639746.pdf
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DEET has been the best for me when on the move. But after showering the stuff off, the only thing that works are the OFF mosquito coils. Just stocked up on them for the summer at home and camping. Found skin Skin So soft and citronella to be usless for me,but that's my opinion.
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That's quite the study. I wonder why the USDA would be studying mosquito repellent and how much of our money it cost for them to do it?
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