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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?

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maddening
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.
punkalicia
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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