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Old 01-25-2016, 08:06 PM   #15
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I usually put on repellent only when the mosquitoes are real bad.



I just hate the smell.
But last time we bought some, it was OFF Deep Woods Dry, a "new to us" form that is still in a spray can, but comes out dry, like a thin powder that kinda disappear. It's not greasy, doesn't smell much, a much better product IMO.

Never had much luck with vitamins or alternative repellents.
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Old 01-26-2016, 05:00 AM   #16
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The most effective mosquito repellent I've found is wind. Doesn't take much. Sitting outside under the awning and using a clamp-on-the-awning-arm small office fan is enough to move the mosquitoes along. Doesn't work when you're hiking however. For that, I just stay close to someone who attracts mosquitoes. Then they usually leave me alone
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:20 AM   #17
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For what it's worth - After several years of 'canoe tripping' with High School students north of Lake Superior - I've learned, and then taught, that clothing colours also have an effect of your attraction to mossies, and especially black flies. Lighter colours and white are less attractive to them, than darker colours (black and/or the more typical 'blue jeans'). Many students laughed at we 'teachers' wearing our white shirts on the Pukaskwa River and Lake Superior, until about the third day of our eight to ten day wilderness trip. And, of course, everyone also knows to avoid perfumed soaps, don't we ?

Carl's post (#15) reminds me when we used to tell younger (lighter) elementary students, to always keep a few stones in your pocket - - - for weght !!
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:49 AM   #18
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I find that the DEET products, while generally effective, also make me feel awful. So I use a home-brew made of Listerine plus citronella and eucalyptus oil.

Of course the home brew has serious limitations as far as effectiveness goes, so I double up by also wearing bug jackets and head nets when I'm outdoors in biting-insect country. I am able to get away without spraying deet on myself in the summer in Canada with this method.

Inside the trailer, I also burn mosquito coils, which are basically incense against bugs. They do a great job keeping outside insects from wanting to come in, and encouraging those already inside to leave at the next opportunity. Not 100% perfect, but they do help tremendously.
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Some reading for you about using mosquito coils indoors: https://cameronwebb.wordpress.com/20...aking-us-sick/
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Old 01-26-2016, 12:10 PM   #20
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As to substitutes for DEET, use what you want, but if you are where there are mosquito borne diseases then don't rely on them.
I have a good friend who did missionary work in Micronesia and he was told how good Skin So Soft was as an repellent and his whole family had the joy of Malaria.
Substitutes are OK as long as the real consequences don't matter.
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Some reading for you about using mosquito coils indoors: https://cameronwebb.wordpress.com/20...aking-us-sick/
Yeah, I only use these next to a window, with every other window open.
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Doesn't work when you're hiking however. For that, I just stay close to someone who attracts mosquitoes. Then they usually leave me alone

Lol! The friend or the critters?



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Doesn't work when you're hiking however. For that, I just stay close to someone who attracts mosquitoes. Then they usually leave me alone
Similar principle as when you go hiking in bear country. Never go alone, always go with someone that can't run as fast as you!
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I am allergic to deet and mosquitoes so I had to find a solution. I find that well applied, original scent Skin so Soft oil by Avon works completely. When I went to India, mosquitoes swarmed in black clouds and I got no bites. And I don't have to wash it off before bed, like one should with the poisonous kinds, because the oil is good for my skin.
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I am allergic to deet and mosquitoes so I had to find a solution. I find that well applied, original scent Skin so Soft oil by Avon works completely. When I went to India, mosquitoes swarmed in black clouds and I got no bites. And I don't have to wash it off before bed, like one should with the poisonous kinds, because the oil is good for my skin.

It's worth a try. I'm going to get some. Presumably Avon sells on line nowadays. Are there still Avon ladies???
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As I stated above don't use Skin So Soft where there are dangerous mosquito borne diseases. My friends did that in Papua New Guinea. The whole family contracted Malaria.
Avon does sell a spray on repellent that may be better.
One should be careful with more tropical diseases showing up in the US from Zita to Chikungunya, Dengue, West Nile etc.
Since global warming is not an acceptable answer the mosquitoes are wearing jackets to keep warm.
Use whatever you want as long and you are not exposing yourself to any of the mosquito borne problems. Canada is probably OK for Skin So Soft, but not the Southern areas where there are problem areas.
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Mosquito repellents.

The new Avon Skin So Soft with Picaridin is sold as a repellent in USA. I'm not sure that all of that product contains it. The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends Picaridin as this quote from Wikipedia states:
"Icaridin, also known as picaridin, KBR 3023, under the INCI name hydroxyethyl isobutyl piperidine carboxylate, and the trade names Bayrepel and Saltidin, is an insect repellent. It has broad efficacy against various insects and is almost colorless and odorless."
For some reason, while recommended and available worldwide, it is difficult to find in USA. The biggest advantage to me, a Canadian who Snowbirds in USA, is that, unlike DEET compounds, it doesn't affect plastic products and doesn't have that 'greasy' feel. Cutter used to sell it in FL but I haven't seen it lately. I have ordered, from Amazon, Sawyer Insect Repellent Lotion with 20% Picaridin at a reasonable price, $8.99 for 4 oz. I'll give it a try.
I was satisfied with the Cutter product.
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If it is new then OK. The Skin So Soft of the late 90's I don't think had this and gave a false sense of protection.
I know that back then my friend almost lost one of his children.
All 6 of them contracted malaria.


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