questionswoot-off deal question - mosquito shield

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I grew up in South Florida. I have never used this particular one, but I have used every type under the sun. The only thing that works, in my experience, is good old fashion deet spray. I know the dangers, but hey, it works.

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@fidett: I would have to leave the state to find DEET it isn't sold here. Neither is Arsenic. I tried to buy grants ant stakes and I couldn't, they don't ship to NC.

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@fidett: no, because I couldn't find any good reviews on the product. I will just use a lot of OFF again this year.

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@hobbit: I think Deet might have been outlawed in NC at one time, but you've been able to buy it here for many years now.

I've heard that Picaridin is also effective without some of the health concerns of Deet, but I haven't tried it. Deet most definitely works, though.

Without looking for good prices, just to serve as an example of brands that use each chemical:

Deet: http://www.rei.com/search?query=Deet

Picaridin: http://www.rei.com/search?query=Picaridin

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@anotherhiggins: OOOOOO there is an REI down here, although I will have to go incognito, my boss from the running store hates it when I shop there since it is a national chain. I may try Picaridin, I have not found any non deet products at the stores so it is good to know I can get it at REI, I just assumed that it was outlawed here since everything I saw was all non-deet, deet-free etc... I have found it doesn't work very well on me, I end up spraying a few more times and always end up getting bit anyway.

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They are 100% Citronella which has some repellent capabilities:

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@hobbit: isn't this the one that was being discontinued and the refill 2-packs were more than the item that came with 2 packs?

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@perkalicious11: by that I mean the one that was on sellout.woot 9 days ago

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Can I jump on this thread? What other non-deet recommendations do people have? We've had a source for the last couple of years that picked up some local's jungle stuff that I discovered in SE Asia. He's not going this year & we need something! Miniwooter had an ugly reaction to deet a few years ago (how we got onto the local stuff).

@hobbit: You can also order it online from REI.

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@glindagw: Nice gooey sunscreen seems to help (I suppose they can't get through the stickiness of it). I've also had vegetarian friends swear that mosquitoes prefer meat eaters, but I doubt that one.

What was the "jungle stuff" and which part of SE Asia?

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Well seems I'm too late to be useful here - I used one of these in northern Vermont a while ago and it worked amazingly well for us! I'm usually the one that the bugs go to, and that one evening I got out of it with only a couple of bites where I'd usually be almost sick from the swarms even with strong bug repellents (DEET makes me even sicker though so I have to go with the next best things and layers and sleeves, etc.). Now --- where, pray tell and pretty please, can we find refills for this gizmo??? They gotta still be in existance somewhere! Come on Woot - find us a source, eh?! (Pretty please???!!)

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@shrdlu: Some oily mix in a plain plastic bottle. I have a tiny bit left. Unfortunately I don't know plants well enough, I can't identify what's in it by smell. It's from eastern Malaysia.

The challenge is in using something that won't cause problems if it isn't washed off within 12 hours. We've used spray sunscreen for years (easier application). I would be thrilled if that works for us.

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@glindagw: Malaysia, huh. Darn it. No markings on the bottle? Nothing you could take a picture of and email? I have friends in some of the countries (perhaps in .my), and you never know what could make its way here.

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@glindagw: you know I have a friend who lives over on that side of the world I could ask her. Pictures!

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@hobbit & @shrdlu: I appreciate the offer. The stuff was made by a jungle guide's Mom (lives about an hour from Sepilok). It's time for me to find something that I can buy stateside.

I highly recommend moz-bite if you do get bitten (sold in Singapore & Malaysia)! I'll let you know if my girlfriend can't get that anymore. I send her koolaid, jello, American candy, etc. She sends me Japanese mascara, bug cream & seaweed.

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@glindagw: I am writing to Bali to see if I can get that. I wonder if she will have to ship it to Ireland first. We have a rather round about manner of sending gifts.

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@glindagw: If you're going to be fairly stationary, I recommend looking into the ThermoCell products. We used them while in Africa to keep the tsetse flies away. My husband takes one when he hunts. Does an amazing job of keeping away the mosquitoes and no-see-ums. In fact, we used it last night on our patio while struggling to put together some patio furniture. Worked like a charm.
My husband says they make a smaller version to attach to a belt loop but I have no experience with it.

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@lavikinga: Thanks. That looks like it might fit @hobbit's needs (before I wandered off on her thread). I may pick one up for the campsites. However, I'm still looking for something to use while we're in motion. The belt idea seems like a recipe for disaster with us (especially while miniwooter is at sleep away camp).

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@lavikinga: I like the sound of this. I might could hang it in the tree near my grill, once I fix it so when we are out in the backyard they stay away. How is it about keeping away bugs that are attracted to food.

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@hobbit: Probably not as good as an electric fan :) Thermacells were really made to repel mosquitoes. (Worked well on the tsetses.) They've got a website with more specifics but it's obnoxious with the buzzing flies.

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Okay, I'm probably too late to be of much help, BUT I found out that Catnip is the way to go! According to Science Daily, it is 10X better than DEET for repelling mosquitos. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010828075659.htm

Apparently, if you grow some catnip, you just grab a handful of leaves, crush them in your hand and rub the oils on your skin and clothes. I am going to try it this year.

If you do get a mosquito bite, rub a bit of deodorant on the spot - takes the itch out immediately! I did try that last year and it was AMAZING!!! I am not sure if anti-perspirant works or not. I bought a travel sized stick of men's deodorant and kept it handy for reapplications. That stuff saved my skin!!

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@ravelazquez: what kind of deoderant? Like the white stick kind?

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The stuff I ended up using was my husband's Old Spice, (Fresh scent). It was a solid, clear blue, "Pit Stick". The site that suggested it said to use deodorant, and since mine is anti-perspirant/deodorant, I used his. Then I got my own little travel sized one since it worked so well.

If I hadn't had just deodorant on hand, I would have tried the anti-perspirant, it might work. At the time, I was just so desperate that once I found something that worked, I didn't even think to try anything else.

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@ravelazquez: thanks I may give that a try this summer. I have tried everything else. Nail polish does work pretty well, but not always.

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@hobbit: I bought one of those "Bite Sticks" that is basically benzocaine in a dauber. That says to apply up to 4 times a day. It worked okay, but it took a few seconds for it to take effect and it didn't last all that long. After a while, it seemed to have no effect at all.

On the site that recommended the deodorant, some people suggested the fingernail polish, but I didn't have any on hand. I'll keep it in mind in case the deodorant stops working. Thanks for the tip.

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@ravelazquez: buy clear polish - red polish on your shins just isn't as spectacular.

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@ravelazquez: Here's an article on different ways to use catnip as mosquito repellent: http://www.ehow.com/how_2312448_make-catnip-mosquito-repellent.html.

Nail polish seals the bite from air which prevents it from itching. This includes chigger bites (they don't really burrow under your skin). I've read articles that suggest that you're better off using a cream/ointment/salve that contains antihistamines like hydro cortisone or caladryl.

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So a friend of mine sent me something from Ireland. It is actually made in Italy and I think it discharges little electric volts into the skin. It is a bite and sting relief click-it. http://www.boots.com/en/Boots-Bite-Sting-relief-Click-it_8212/