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Old 04-18-2011, 05:26 PM   #1
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Best SAFE Skeeter Remedy?

I noticed several members here say they tend to spend most of their time outside their Eggs only going in to sleep or for bad weather. It's the reason the little eggs work so well is b/c folks are outside enjoying the scenery rather than looking at it through a window. When we've had our Popups once the skeeters came out we went inside to eat supper, play games, watch movies etc to stay away from the mosquitoes. After it had been dark for a couple of hours only then did we venture back out to enjoy the night, play cards, sit around the campfire etc outside. Even then we still go bit just not as bad as at sundown. What, if any, remedies has anybody used that acutally work and are safe. We've wondered about tiki torches, citrinella candles etc but never bothered as we didnt know their effectiveness. I've seen the commercials by OFF for little clip on thingies that are suppose to work w/o spraying yourselves with toxins. We hated always having to shower or at least sponge off the skeeter spray every night and I worry about it on my kids.

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Old 04-18-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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Melissab, we've used both citronella candles and tiki torches with citronella fuel and they work fine to about a 10-15 foot radius.
My curiosity has been tweeked with the insect zappers that I see being marketed. Like you we don't like to use anything on our skin. For some reason I'm rarely bothered as it is but my wife and kids get eaten alive outside the protection of the citronella zone!
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:39 PM   #3
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Avon's Skin So Soft is reported by many folks to be effective in keeping skeeters away.
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:49 PM   #4
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in my experience, listerine works well when spritzed on. it seems to also be effective when i spray/spritz it on the door screen...keeps the nasties little critters away.
but, toxic though it is, i still find that deep woods OFF works the best. yes, it doesn't smell terrific...but when those black flies are swarming in may and june here, it is my salvation!
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I've been interested for number of years about what works and what doesn't work when it come to mosquitoes. I've followed several studies and tests. The results seem to always be the same. DEET....
Avon Skin So Soft now has formulations that include DEET which, of course, works. Stand Skin So Soft doesn't work.
Another thing that seemed to work for us along with DEET was an increase in vitamin B.

FYI DEET has been deemed safe no for almost 40 years, that is unless you're made of plastic.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:55 PM   #6
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Turn on a fan! The Pacific NorthWET has it's share of mosquitoes. Some that are large enough to carry off small pets especially at the beach. At the Oregon Gathering, we actually hope there is a breeze because mosquitoes won't fly if there's wind. It doesn't take hurricane force winds either, just enough of a breeze they'll stay away. You'll figure out what "speed" works for you.
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Move to my part of Texas, It's almost always too hot for them unless it rains, and that was last July or August.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:12 PM   #8
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off mosquitto coil burning on the ground, smoke coming up around the legs. I had zero luck with citronella in my skeeter infested area. But i tent camp so no electric for a fan.
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Byron is right. Deet has been found to be the only really good provider of mosquito protection. Years ago we would douse ourselves with 100% Deet and reek with it. Nowdays most gubmnt agencies regulate the product to about 25%. Skin So soft, by itself only makes you slippery, but it does make Deet smell a bit better. Lately I have been using a cream lotion that I found that is called 'Great Outdoors', made in Winnipeg, by JR Watkins. It has 28% Deet and almost no oder.
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Wow Greg, I was just sitting here watching the news about more violence in Mexico and U.S. citizens being targeted on the U.S. side and then looked up where Terlingua was......whew, that's a bit too close to the border for me, LOL. My inlaws are in DFW area and they got skeeters for sure! Hmmmmmm, I'll have to ask my folks if they have skeeters in Phoenix although they spend summers in WY so they might not know. I'd guess if it's too hot in W. Texas it's too hot in Phoenix for them too.

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Move to my part of Texas, It's almost always too hot for them unless it rains, and that was last July or August.
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Today I thought it would be impossible for any insect to hatch out here until my husband went trout fishing and his lure wasn't color cordinated.
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I like the Skin So soft as it doesnt smell as bad as the Off and its doesnt leave my skin feeling skicky which most of the other options seem to do.
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We find that our screen house seems to keep a lot of bugs away. I do have to spray sometimes though. I like the powder kind. I can't stand sticky bug spray.

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Powder Bug repllenet? Now that I havent seen yet. I'll have to look for it as it sounds much better. Is there a particular brand you like?
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