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Old 06-04-2012, 09:01 AM   #11
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We have therma cells in the camper in case we need them, we also have a couple of the battery-powered bug zappers that look like tennis rackets. They're pretty fun, and only about $5 at Walmart or other discount places.

We've been lucky past few years with not much bug activity. We had one year at seboomock around moosehead lake in Maine where we had to abandon camp the black files were so bad.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:14 AM   #12
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I had to laugh last weekend when I saw the campers next to us using a fogger. I think those things are a waste of money. I mean really, how long did he think that was going to last? As soon as the "fog" disappears bugs start moving right back in. I agree.....Off clip-on, Thermacell, or if you want to get really daring....100% deet. But 100% deet only comes in liquid form that you have to rub on. Be careful with it, because it will dissolve plastics. My fishing pole handle....the vinyl seats on our boat, etc., have all seen some damage from deet. Makes you wonder why I would ever put it on my body. But desperate times call for desperate measures. I only break out that stuff when they get really, really bad.
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:53 AM   #13
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Smile works for most biting insects

Before retiring, I spent my working life outdoors in damp wooded areas, doing laborious work where repellants would not stay on. I discovered that 1 vitamin B1-thiamine in 100 mg size tablet/day does the job very effectively. The tablet provides much over the RDA, but no worry cause it is water soluable, and that is why it works-the odor, which is not too offensive oozes out your pores creating an untasty environment for those nasty free-loading beggers who want a sip of your blood. It does not help with ticks, but then again, ticks are not insects.

I start the bug season with a few days of tasking the vitamin at bedtime as well as breakfast, just to speed up the process. And again, it is water soluable-any exess not needed by your body will get out in sweat and urine.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:07 AM   #14
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I spent most of my working life in damp woods ding work that cause repellants to not last much longer than the time to spray them on. Vitamin B1 -tyhiamine is a water soluable systemic repellant for bing blood sucking insects. Note here that ticks are not insects. I use the 100 mg tablet. Any nutrients not needed by the body leaves the body through urine and sweat. Sweating the odor is the best insect repellant I have found, ever. I usually start the sewason with two doses daily-one at nite and other in morning.
Avoiding weating perfumy fragrances also helps. There is an odor, but not as offensive to me, as listerine
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:09 AM   #15
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well, Im still learning... I thought I accidentally deleted my first post, but my second one has some other info
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:15 PM   #16
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My favorite standby is Skin So Soft for last 40yrs.
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:45 PM   #17
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For people that are in tick country or where west Nile virus can happen, I'd hesitate to recommend anything but a deet-based product. The new England journal of medicine, snopes.com and consumer reports all found herbal oils, Avon products and the other stuff anywhere from ineffective to insufficiently effective at repelling mosquitoes. (note, Ihave heard deet is toxic to fish in extremely small quantities, don't get any on lures or tackle as it will drive fish away and ruin the usefulness of the tackle)

Picaridin is a newer chem and so far research has shown it to be similar to deet without the plastic-melting effects. I've in,y used it in 15% and 20% concentrations, i have read that 7% is about the equivalent of 10% Deet...

Metofluthrin, is a vaporizing chemical to look for in vapor based products, thermacell uses a similar chem and there have been a wide variety of positive field studies on the effectiveness of both. ( note, the vapor products are highly toxic to fish, FYI)

Deet is okay for ticks, not amazing. Permethrin is perhaps a better product for ticks, applied to clothing (some clothing is available already treated) it is an insecticide and kills ticks, not just repel them. It is not a topical product tho so don't put on skin.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:51 PM   #18
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Used your referal code sherdep- good luck to both of us!
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