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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 02:31 pm (UTC)
See, I was looking into those too, but am totally lost on what to get. No one around here uses them. Apparently we're both just blessed with an abundance of lactic acid and none of my neighbors have that problem.

It's bad enough that I've started throwing on jeans to take the dog outside to pee. I've been miserable.
Sep. 6th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
my friend mel picked up some of these:

but we haven't actually, you know, put them together and used them. but, mosquitoes are terrible flyers, so the concept is good.

and this is diy, and looks like it would trap flys too:

we can't help being so damn delicious.

i've heard that the 'attractant' variety of traps are very hit or miss, in that different populations are attracted to different levels of co2 etc.
Sep. 6th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
yeah, we definitely have a variety of mosquitoes here. You can tell the tiger mosquitoes because they're bigger and have white stripes on their legs. They're also the ones that fuck with me the most. Most mosquitoes come out around dawn or around dusk. tiger mosquitoes bite any time of the day. But I know they aren't the only type around here.

I'm going to look into that skeeterbag thingy and maybe some others. I was actually looking at those monster pest control ones that use their own propane tank for power in a moment of "at any price I want them gone". But they're out of our price range, honestly.

Sep. 6th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
i'm not gonna lie, i did find this to be rather alluring:
http://www.megacatch.com/alpha.html and $99 isn't much but.....only if it works.

bugs zappers kill mostly beneficial insects, and I would feel really bad if i was all killing sweet elderly moths, who are just trying to get by on a fixed income....
Sep. 6th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
OOh. actually that DIY one - I haven't seen it used for mosquitos but I made one just like that for flies (with a bait in the water) and it works really well and is really easy to make.
Sep. 6th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
we used a weird baggy one from home depot for flies (b/c our yard was seriously infested in LA, it was gross), and while disposing of it was pretty fucking foul, it worked REALLY really well. similar concept to the DIY one (although it used an attractant that was...rank is just not enough to cover it. ew.)


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