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I'm going camping in VA around July 5th, and the campground has a lot of mosquitoes, gnats and other little flying things.

I was using some citronella crystals from the camp store, but when I sprinkled them on the ground, they didn't seem to work.  Any advice on something that I can spray on the ground, etc?
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Anyone try these?
Catnip oil contains nepatalactone, which is about 10 times more effective than "DEET", a powerful mosquito repellent.
To make catnip oil repellent, mix 1/2 teaspoon essential oil of catnip with a cup of isopropyl alcohol and a cup of water.

Original flavored Listerine that's been diluted?

Beer and baby shampoo?
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30% DEET in a fingerpowered spritzer bottle, long sleeved shirt and a headnet over a baseball cap as needed.
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30% DEET, headnet, long sleeves, long pants. An undershirt if the long sleeve isn't treated with permethrin.

Alternatives sound nice but I get bit anyway.


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Sawyer's Jungle Juice 100% Deet....very sparingly.
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And if you don't want DEET (I get sick from it), there are some natural ones that work fairly well, Natrapel for one.

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Deet on skin, Permethrin on clothing. It simply works.

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Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent on skin

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12911314

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Repel Lemon Eucalyptus.  I still chuckle at how good that stuff works for me w/blackflies and skeeters in the Adirondacks

Keeps everything at bay.....plus makes for a great deodorant :)

I may have to bring along some of that Sawyer for a test run.


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Deet on skin, Permethrin on clothing. It simply works.

On everything.  Here in the Deep South that's important.

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30% DEET in a fingerpowered spritzer bottle, long sleeved shirt and a headnet over a baseball cap as needed.

This is pretty much my strategy as well.  I try to cover up first and only use the DEET for when it's really needed.

I have had better luck with the nylon button-up style shirts over a light base layer as opposed to just a LS t-shirt.  Skeeters often bite right through a t-shirt when they're determined enough.  I will usually wear long pants as well when the bugs are bad.
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30% DEET in a fingerpowered spritzer bottle, long sleeved shirt and a headnet over a baseball cap as needed.

This is pretty much my strategy as well.  I try to cover up first and only use the DEET for when it's really needed.

I have had better luck with the nylon button-up style shirts over a light base layer as opposed to just a LS t-shirt.  Skeeters often bite right through a t-shirt when they're determined enough.  I will usually wear long pants as well when the bugs are bad.

Yep, nice baggy shirt. I tend towards blue chambray workshirts, mostly because it's what I first used for rock climbing (yes they got shredded) and got into the habit.... I've a bunch of lighter "outdoor" shirts I might give a try this year as they have better ventilation and it looks like a thirsty August is coming up.

The two places that tend to get a preventitive spray are the backs of my hands and behind my knees.

Oh and I also carry one of those Cutter Off sticks for precise placement.
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I'm going camping in VA around July 5th, and the campground has a lot of mosquitoes, gnats and other little flying things.

I was using some citronella crystals from the camp store, but when I sprinkled them on the ground, they didn't seem to work.  Any advice on something that I can spray on the ground, etc?

I don't see much point in spraying anything on the ground. "Campground", as in electricity? Take a fan and a bug zapper :D

I use 25% DEET(Deep Woods OFF transferred to a little spritzer bottle), or sometimes the Repel lemon eucalyptus stuff, around the ankles, knees, wrists, elbows, and neck, and only occasionally get a bite on my legs, back or torso.
I carry a headnet, and ear plugs for when the buzzing starts driving me nuts. Mosquitoes don't seem that attracted to me; it's the gnats I hate.
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DEET, when the skeeto's get bad. (Deep foliage, and dusk/dawn). I also treat all my clothes with Sawyers. (Let them dry overnight). A mosquito head net over my boonie hat if its really bad.(I carry the awesome Sea to Summit net).  And if you have a little room, a Thermocell  mosquito repellant. Its great for around base camp, or when chilling and reading a book. Each pad lasts for 4 hours

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+1 for Repel Lemon Eucalyptus. Works well for me.

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Long sleeves, wide-brimmed hat, and a head net if I need it.  Even with the worst bugs, I don't like to use chemicals.
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I use Ultrathon time-release repellent (30% lotion) when I deem it necessary.  I use it sparingly, a little goes a long way.  Otherwise I go without, which is most the time.

"When I deem it necessary" is an entirely subjective measure. :D

ETA: I also use permethrin on the clothing, applying 1-2x a year to my clothing, especially before any long trip.


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Deet on skin, Permethrin on clothing. It simply works.

+1.

Highly recommend 30% DEET lotion -- such as 3M's Ultrathon.

But if you use 100% DEET - such as Jungle Juice -- use ONLY 4-6 drops total per application - and apply no more than twice each day.  The concentration may melt certain plastics.

Finally -- unconventional, I know -- but I've done this for years now and it works:  mix your sunblock lotion with your DEET lotion -- and simply apply twice a day.  No need for separate containers or applications.


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I wouldn't EVER recommend mixing the 2, and especially if using 100% DEET.

100% DEET should, IMO, only be a spray on, not a lotion .. and used sparingly, as you (and others) have said. Using it as a lotion and rubbing it into the skin is not good form, imo.

If it used as a lotion, I'd apply it over a layer of sunblock.

It's toxic stuff.

IMO, the best choice is described above - bug proof clothes, and then try to ignore the bugs as much as possible. A little DEET on hands and head, and that should be about all that's required.

We're having a buggy spring/early summer here. Anchorage is about out of most home and car camping bug repellent systems.

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There is no such thing as a 100% DEET "lotion".  The highest DEET lotion that I know of anyway is 30% -- such as the 3M Ultrathon that I use.  It's why I used the word "lotion" above.

I mix this in equal parts with sunblock lotion.  Effective -- and saves a bit of time, effort, and pack space.


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No, but there are 100% DEET solutions that aren't a pump spray, and are applied by rubbing them on. That's what I meant.

I wouldn't recommend mixing any DEET application with a sunblock lotion, but, as I said above, apply the DEET after a layer of sunblock has been applied.


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Ben, sunblock absorbs in to the skin.  DEET should not.  Do your sunblock, wait 15 minutes, then a little DEET.

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Ben, sunblock absorbs in to the skin.  DEET should not.  Do your sunblock, wait 15 minutes, then a little DEET.

TDale:

What you wrote above is 'theory'.  I tested to see if mixing really made any practical (noticeable) difference in efficacy -- and nope -- it didn't.  No reason to carry two different containers and wait 15 minutes to apply two separate applications at all.

BTW, mixing is effective enough to sustain volume production:





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Ben, sunblock absorbs in to the skin.  DEET should not.  Do your sunblock, wait 15 minutes, then a little DEET.

TDale:

What you wrote above is 'theory'.  I tested to see if mixing really made any practical (noticeable) difference in efficacy -- and nope -- it didn't.  No reason to carry two different containers and wait 15 minutes to apply two separate applications at all.

BTW, mixing is effective enough to sustain volume production:




Ben

You just showed a product that is 80% DEET and a lotion; that's way close enough to 100%.

Further, the issue with DEET absorbing to the skin isn't simply "efficacy"; the greater one is our health.

DEET is a toxic product. I wouldn't recommend mixing it with a sunblock to be absorbed into the skin.


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I know.  Just to show that mixing isn't my own 'crazy' idea.  Manufacturers even mix sunblock with as high as 80% DEET!

My own -- as stated -- sunblock with 30% DEET.  :cool:


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Which seems to not be the case, given that just minutes later you post examples contradicting yourself.


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Which seems to not be the case, given that just minutes later you post examples contradicting yourself.

Irrelevant.  Point is:  mixing works well -- and there is a market out there as well.  My own take:  I am more than happy with my own 30% DEET and sunblock mix -- and more is not always better.

Maybe give it a try?


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"irrelevant"? Why would you say something you know full well to be untrue?

I'm glad you're happy with it. I don't recommend anyone else doing so.


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