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#106235 - 07/23/05 12:55 PM Mosquito repellent  
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wanta be gammy Offline
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We are going to be in A. Caye in a few weeks and understand the mosquitos can get quite anoying. Is there a repellent you can suggest. Everything I see is no higher than 25% deet. Thanks

#106236 - 07/23/05 01:20 PM Re: Mosquito repellent  
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Off is fine.

#106237 - 07/23/05 01:50 PM Re: Mosquito repellent  

Check out Wal-Martthey have some that are 100% Deet. Should be able to kill something with that.

#106238 - 07/23/05 02:46 PM Re: Mosquito repellent  
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Don't need to go that far and it eats everything plastic. If you are going to be spending some time in the jungle, yes, but on AC it's not that bad unless the winds come from the NW or W (not often.)

#106239 - 07/23/05 05:25 PM Re: Mosquito repellent  
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I'll be visiting Belize from Canada and noticed the same thing with the "low" deet in the repellant... I don't think we're allowed the stronger stuff here. Maybe it's just in the US you can get higher concentrations of it? Does anyone have any suggestions for anything that works just as well but doesn't have deet (ie human friendly bug killer)?

#106240 - 07/23/05 05:57 PM Re: Mosquito repellent  
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Avon skin-so-soft doesnt have deet. Only had to use it some evenings & no bites.

#106241 - 07/23/05 07:52 PM Re: Mosquito repellent  
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Thanks so much for all the information. We are so excited about our trip and I'll just get the "Off".

#106242 - 07/23/05 08:27 PM Re: Mosquito repellent  

We still have some Skin-So-Soft in the Protech shop in town.

#106243 - 07/23/05 10:20 PM Re: Mosquito repellent  

Simon is right - we did the big search for 100% Deet only to learn later that we did not need anything that strong. Taken from a website about repellents: "Concentrations of DEET range from about 5% to 100% and, generally, products with higher concentrations of DEET repel insects longer. However, at some point there is not a direct correlation between concentrations and repellency. For example, 50% DEET provides about four hours of protection against mosquitoes, but increasing the concentration to 100% provides only one additional hour of protection." The 100% stuff smelled much stronger, was more expensive and didn't work any better as far as we could tell. Deep Woods Off has aobut 33% Deet and you shouldn't need anything stronger. Regular Off has 15% Deet and will need to be reapplied hourly.

As for the Skin So Soft - no scientific evidence it's effective - same website says to the extent it provides any protection at all, it's "a weak, short-lasting (less than 20 minutes) mosquito repellant."

#106244 - 07/23/05 10:54 PM Re: Mosquito repellent  
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The bugs in Cayo and Placencia were BAD this trip. Worst I've seen, but I spent a lot of time in the bush this trip.

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