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Do any of you know of any non-horrible-chemical-based mosquito repellents that actually work? I've tried the one put out by Burt's Bees and it's pretty useless. (as an aside - I started out using Burt's Bees lip balm and hand lotion years ago when this one little country store in Va Beach sold it. It was bizarre to me that they started popping up in salons and stuff and that they've now changed their whole look and feel to a point where you wouldn't think it was the same company. Anyway...)

I'm not sure where else to look. I know in theory things that should work but I haven't really found anything that's easy to obtain and that anyone has real experience with. I literally end up with 5 or more mosquito bites just from taking the dog out to pee real quick. If I'm out for longer than a minute or two I can be assured of a good 20 minutes of insane itching once I get back in.

I've been putting on long jeans to do yard work because I just can't take all the bites I get otherwise. And doing yard work in 90 degree heat with that lovely mid-atlantic humidity is just balls.

On a completely different note, I finally made a follow up appointment (that I should have had a month ago) with the doctor. So by this time next week I should be even MORE medicated than I am right now. heh.

Technically my doctor is a nurse practitioner. Do I refer to her as "doctor" or as "NP" or what? Is there a proper title for that?


Sep. 6th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
Holly's nuts
My mommy and i have tried the regular Skin-So Soft. It was definitely better than nothing, but wasn't as nearly as good as DEET-based products. They now have a Skin-So-Soft plus Picaridin, which should be effective. Picaridin probably passes your toxicity requirements and is used throughout Europe and Australia. You should be able to find Picaridin-based products at any drug store.

The CDC and a few other (seemingly independent) sites recommend oil of lemon eucalyptus as a natural repellent. It costs around $5-$6 per 4-oz. I'm not sure about regular drug stores, but wilderness/camping stores would definitely carry it.

As for the Nurse Practitioner, my understanding is that they usually go by their first name (or Ms. LastName). I have heard that some places they are called "doctor," but that's rare. I do caution against calling them "Nip"...especially if they're Japanese.
Sep. 6th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
dammit, my cover is blown...
Or Mr. LastName. Ahem.
Sep. 6th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
Re: dammit, my cover is blown...
heh, since she is female, I didn't even think about it.

You disgustingly presumptive MAAAAN
Sep. 6th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
See, i'm more pedantic about my own posts than anyone elses...
I let myself sleep at night after i reread your original post and noticed that you called her a "her."
Sep. 6th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Holly's nuts
I've read up on oil of lemon eucalyptus and was going to track some down.

I recently began using this bug killer (along with other well known things like diatomaceous earth and boric acid I've been researching ways to kill things without killing my pets) that uses d-limonene as its primary insecticide. And the stuff is stupidly effective.

I had an ant trail in the house (happens a lot in Northern VA) and I won't have a commercial pest control person come in and spray because the cats get *everywhere in the house, every little nook and cranny and the unfinished portion of the basement (exposed beams, access into the walls) is where their litter boxes are. So traditional "spray poison in the walls" shit is not okay with me. This bug spray not only killed the bugs on contact, but after spraying their trail with it they haven't come back. It's working as a repellent as well as an on-contact killer. And this is after a few weeks of putting the cat's food in a moated bowl and scrubbing down the cabinets to remove sent trails and changing the lighting patterns and all this other crap done to no avail.

So anyway - now I'm actually willing to give the non-DEET based insect repellents a try since something natural and food grade actually *worked*.


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