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Old 07-04-2003, 12:37 PM   #1
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Bug repellant! Bug repellant! Rah! Rah! Rah!

So, being as I'm living in Coastal California, and we don't have all that much of a bug problem, I don't know what's a good bug repellant. I'm heading out to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota. These places tend to have bug issues, and I don't want the blood sucked out of me when I pass through.

What do those of you who live in buggy states use to keep the little shits from biting? Off? That's what I remember using in Omaha.
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In PA. I use Off. Make sure it has Deet in it. In fact I'll be using it tonight when I have family and friends over to watch the fireworks.
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Whenever my fam goes biking n' fishing trips in Northern Minnesota, dad always brings this stuff in a lil green bottle called Muskol. That's the best stuff I've ever used. It has like 610 percent DEET in it or something so it kills even the bird sized mosquitos if they get more than 10 feet from you.

The Off Outdoorsman/Sportsman works well too.
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Whenever my fam goes biking n' fishing trips in Northern Minnesota, dad always brings this stuff in a lil green bottle called Muskol. That's the best stuff I've ever used. It has like 610 percent DEET in it or something so it kills even the bird sized mosquitos if they get more than 10 feet from you.

The Off Outdoorsman/Sportsman works well too.
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Old 07-04-2003, 05:39 PM   #5
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I've used Muskol too, with good success.

Those west nile mosquitoes better watch out.
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they truly are birds, arent they.
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Old 07-04-2003, 06:24 PM   #7
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my mom is all against using stuff with deet in it because of it being all toxic or something.

do those citronella candle things work well? we have a wildernessy backyard and i wonder how best to bugproof it, but no deet unless me ma doesn't find out
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I've used those citronella things at the cottage and apparently the bugs of Ontario don't really respect it all that much. Yeah, it helps a little, but nowhere near the spray stuff.
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nuke em.
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If all else fails Martha, get a lighter out and use that with your aerosol bug spray.

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DEET is the only thing that really truly always works. Deep Woods Off is the best. Increasing concentrations of DEET don't repel better, they just repel for longer. 30% DEET is usually a good maximum.
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what ^ said. i bbq-ed last night and while everyone else was hanging around outside swatting mosquitoes, i was fine.

too bad i left it outside in the rain last night

it's in a green aerosol spray can. go to the store and you can't miss it. good stuff
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DEET also melts plastic. Just so you know.
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Citronella oil is my favourite. We don't get that many bugs here, but I used to work at a riding stables and you get SO MANY bugs around horses that you're covered in bites by the end of the day if you don't use bug repellent.
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