Originally Posted by vinman72
100 percent deet to help me out when I'm doing other activities like bike riding. DW says it's going to give me cancer but at least I won't have to deal with pesky welts. I wonder if there are studies out there that prove or disprove deet's effect on the body?
I suspect that DEET like other effective things has a downside. The stuff can melt through plastics - which to mean means it is probably is absorbed through the skin quite readily. It kills bugs. I watched a mosquito land on the bottle and crumple up dead. OTOH.... the alternative is West Nile, and obviously in some parts of the world malaria, dengue fever etc. I am also allergic - the welts are the size of saucers sometimes.
I apply sprays to clothing - long sleeves and pants which at least isn't on skin and wear a hat. The smaller amount of exposed flesh is means less absorption of DEET. I sunburn easily as well so I guess all that fabric has a dual purpose.
Last summer I picked up some of those hats with netting for the children. They were fun for a while but not terribly practical.
To work on the pump pulling water from our meadow to a lower pond I have been pulling on a pair of ski pants & gum boots, and a hooded winter coat. Not particularly attractive, and way too hot, but effective!
So no one has piped up with their mosquito proof mod to the awnning? No home made screen rooms?