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04/19/12 12:11 PM
04/19/12 12:11 PM
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midwesterner Offline OP
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Any suggestions on where to find the best mosquito repellent? I would use Avon Skin So Soft, but I don't have any. I bought Off Deep Woods with 25% Deet & sprayed myself with it last night and went out. Didn't bother the mosquito's at all. They had a feeding frenzy on me.

Re: MOSQUITO REPELLANT [Re: midwesterner] #436101
04/19/12 12:20 PM
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I really like Nopikex, but so far have only been able to find it in Panama, and I understand will be easy for me to locate when I get to Colombia. If anyone else knows where this can be purchased please let me know. Thanks.

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Re: MOSQUITO REPELLANT [Re: midwesterner] #436102
04/19/12 12:22 PM
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Oh, as for other repellents, pretty much need higher than 25% Deet. 25% is only good for about 1-2 hours, then needs to be reapplied all over. If you can find some product with 75-98% Deet buy it. It doesn't work any better than the 25%, but it works longer! Baby oil or Skinsosoft with some deet is good for around your ankles and lower legs, when it comes to the sandflies. In that case, you aren't so much deterring them, as drowning them in the oil.

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Re: MOSQUITO REPELLANT [Re: midwesterner] #436104
04/19/12 12:30 PM
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I am a mosquito magnet. Seriously, even during dry season, they will bite me in bright sunlight. The only thing that works for me is the Sportsman's Off... 100% DEET. Yeah, I know it's not good for you, and I shower it off every night, but I don't leave the house without it. I also have a really bad reaction to the bites, so that makes it even worse. Seashell is right, the other stuff works, but not for long, and it takes a bite to let you know that it has stopped working. They lick that stuff off me as an appetizer and then eat away. Castillo's Hardware used to sell this Off product back in their lawn and garden section. Be careful though and wash your hands thoroughly after you apply it and be warned that it will melt plastic, take off varnish and nail polish. But it's the only thing that has worked for me.

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Re: MOSQUITO REPELLANT [Re: midwesterner] #436110
04/19/12 05:11 PM
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Noelle Offline
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I hate DEET. I get a product at Mirab in Belize City called Repel. It's a lemon Eucalyptus-based formula. Nothing will work perfectly with the crazy mosquito swarms we've been getting lately but I think this stuff works at least as well as DEET. And it doesn't dissolve your shoes!

Re: MOSQUITO REPELLANT [Re: midwesterner] #436111
04/19/12 06:12 PM
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There's another DEET-free repellent called MozzyOff.
Google it for details.

Re: MOSQUITO REPELLANT [Re: midwesterner] #436116
04/19/12 09:25 PM
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Bear Offline
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Try Ultrathon II by 3M its about 37% but uses a proprietary slow release formulatuion that keeps me bite free all day. Another application late afternoon and I'm good to go for the night. I react similarly to shuffles, badly, so when I find something that really works I'm pretty happy.

If you can get Aeroguard from Australia it's a wonder product as well that uses pyrethrins(sp?).

Re: MOSQUITO REPELLANT [Re: midwesterner] #436117
04/19/12 09:40 PM
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We use "Off-Deep Woods Sportsman" it is 98.25% deet, works like magic.

Re: MOSQUITO REPELLANT [Re: midwesterner] #436129
04/20/12 07:10 AM
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When we went to CC and inland we found patches that worked really well. They are don't bug me patches. They last about 36 hours. We use them all the time when we are backpacking. No deet either for those that are sensitive. Hope this helps.

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Re: MOSQUITO REPELLANT [Re: midwesterner] #436155
04/20/12 08:58 AM
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Tangles Offline
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We tried the patches with B1 and they didn't work at all, maybe a different company? We are allergic as well and Avon Skin So Soft does help though I can't tell the difference anymore between a sand fly bite and mosquito anymore since they both flare up on us both due to allergies. Deet sent us both to the hospital the first time we tried it in Belize because if it gets into an open wound (i.e. a bite you have already scratched) it burns holes right through your skin. Our legs then swelled and turned purple and we were on heavy duty antibiotics. No more deet for us. But there are some new suggestions above we're going to try!

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