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Old 05-05-2010, 06:46   #16
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citronella oil

I have found great results with citronella oil. A 4 oz bottle costs about $15 and lasts for a few years. Mix about 1/4 oz into a bottle of body lotion and apply liberally.
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I have found great results with citronella oil. A 4 oz bottle costs about $15 and lasts for a few years. Mix about 1/4 oz into a bottle of body lotion and apply liberally.

A few years?!?!? You must be bug resistant or hang out where the bugs ain't. I go through whatever it is, in weeks.
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Ok folks... buy lemons.. go great with rum, vodka, gin etc... and the bonus is if you slice pieces of the skin of and spray the 'ZEST' on vulnerable parts like ears/neck, wrists, ankles etc you won't be bothered...
They hate it and zero harmful effects on you.. also if you rub some on elbows and knees the oils soften and beautify the hard skin that sometimes develops...
that ones for the Ladies....
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Well, the name is a bit different and the bottle looks different, but it also looks like it's worth a shot. If it works half as well as the "Ya!" it'll be great.
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I prefer using Deet to taking my chances with mosquito-born disease.
Here's what the CDC says about Deet:
http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=...wCeX4r1mm1ULGA
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Having been raised in mosquito country(India/Pakistan)I am a bit more relaxed about the Malaria Phobia... if you've a good diet/health/immune system and don't overexpose your self the risks are minimal... I'll stick with my lemon in preference to the commercial toxins thank you
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well, that takes care of malaria, apparently...

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Having been raised in mosquito country(India/Pakistan)I am a bit more relaxed about the Malaria Phobia... if you've a good diet/health/immune system and don't overexpose your self the risks are minimal... I'll stick with my lemon in preference to the commercial toxins thank you
...but what about West Nile virus, five separate types of encephalitis, Dengue fever, yellow fever and hemorrhagic fever?
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well, that takes care of malaria, apparently...

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Having been raised in mosquito country(India/Pakistan)I am a bit more relaxed about the Malaria Phobia... if you've a good diet/health/immune system and don't overexpose your self the risks are minimal... I'll stick with my lemon in preference to the commercial toxins thank you
...but what about West Nile virus, five separate types of encephalitis, Dengue fever, yellow fever and hemorrhagic fever?
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...but what about West Nile virus, five separate types of encephalitis, Dengue fever, yellow fever and hemorrhagic fever?
The mosquito is responsible for an incredible amount of human death and suffering.

However, as I mentioned earlier, there are many ways to thwart the mosquitos. If you don't like deet, just try everything else first. But if I was being eaten up and I didn't like deet, I'd still put it on.

I've never met anyone that could last more than a day in the swamp without it. Even the hardcore vegan anti-everything in a can sort of folks. When you're being bled dry, your priorities change a bit.
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if ANYONE finds REAL way to get rid of them let me know--none of the above worked with or for me---the closest thing was spraying my bedding and clothing every 8 hours with the strongest cutter mix i couod find PLUS using citronella oil in my oil lamps indoors--not recommended--and my asthma did a number on me---there is nothing that works...even spraying the ceiling/headliners with bug spray didnt do any good....yipes!!!..
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"if you've a good diet/health/immune system and don't overexpose your self the risks are minimal."

DO NOT BELIEVE THIS. Sure there are some strains of malaria that are more benign than others. But MALARIA CAN AND DOES KILL PEOPLE. It is just plain insane to take a cavalier attitude about it if you are in a malaria area. I have travelled a lot in Africa and people do in fact die from this disease. In particular, people of African heritage have some limited resistance to the disease - those who were going to die from it left the gene pool long ago - but this is not true of those with European heritage. There are no anopheles and hence no genetic resistance whatever to most northerners. Just use the DEET. It beats hell out of dying. It beats hell out of even a chance of dying.
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As for prevention there is a lot to be said for old fashioned methods like screens and bednets.
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...but what about West Nile virus, five separate types of encephalitis, Dengue fever, yellow fever and hemorrhagic fever?
Is there an echo in here...??


Bash I appreciate your concerns and those of others but I've got my way.. it works for me.. others around get fed on but fortunately they leave me pretty much alone..
My ancestors were part of the 'Colonial Rulers' in South and SE Asia.. to the best of my knowledge none died of Malaria tho' a couple did get it and had the odd attack now and then.. you have it for life.. no cure only control.. Gordons gin and Indian tonic water is pretty good...lol
I've had folks on board who drown themselves in citronella etc .. they still get chewed to bits..
I'll stick with my lemon zest which amuses people greatly.. till they try it... no mozzies buzzin me at night keeping me awake.
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Has anyone tried any of the electronic mosquito repellants? I see them advertised all the time in the outdoors catalogs.
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Has anyone tried any of the electronic mosquito repellants? I see them advertised all the time in the outdoors catalogs.
I, sadly, tried one of those. Terrible results.
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