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Effective Mosquito Repellant

Postby Fota » Fri May 23, 2014 2:30 pm

Does anyone know an effective and reliable mosquito repellant that actually works? I have been using things like DEET and lemongrass and they don't seem to work.

Also, I noticed a strange paradox regarding mosquitos in the Sierras. It seems like the most remote areas off of trails where few people visit contain the most mosquitos. Has anyone else noticed this too?



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Re: Effective Mosquito Repellant

Postby maverick » Fri May 23, 2014 2:54 pm

Hi Fota,

May get some alternative ideas in dealing with those blood suckers by reading this: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7828&hilit=mosquito
Also from the CDC: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/ ... arthropods
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Re: Effective Mosquito Repellant

Postby AlmostThere » Fri May 23, 2014 6:09 pm

I suppose it depends on what you mean by "work." Some folks think the bugs shouldn't even come near you when you're wearing the repellant.

I use 30% DEET sparingly and only on sleeves/hands - my hat and a headnet do the work for my face. When the mosquitos are really, really bad, they will land on DEET treated surfaces but they don't bite.

The "naturals" like lemon eucalyptus don't really work much for more than a few minutes. Folks who use 100% DEET melt things and figure out it works about as well as 30% DEET. And none of 'em work at all on flies or gnats. I'm doubtful DEET turns ticks around either; seen them walk across DEET treated clothing. For those, I get the permethrin soaked clothing in play.
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Re: Effective Mosquito Repellant

Postby Rockchucker » Fri May 23, 2014 6:19 pm

I think noseeums like deet!
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Re: Effective Mosquito Repellant

Postby rlown » Fri May 23, 2014 6:37 pm

If i read this exchange correctly, this topic has been done to death and we should put new responses on the older thread. which maybe should just be combined.
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Re: Effective Mosquito Repellant

Postby Rockchucker » Fri May 23, 2014 7:34 pm

rlown wrote:If i read this exchange correctly, this topic has been done to death and we should put new responses on the older thread. which maybe should just be combined.

Why arn't you just a moderator so you can take care if this stuff? I'll nominate you for the position, now we just need a second!
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Re: Effective Mosquito Repellant

Postby gary c. » Fri May 23, 2014 8:22 pm

As an alternative to DEET a lot of my friends have been using "Skin So Soft" from AVON. They say it works great. I'm going to at least give it a try this season.
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Re: Effective Mosquito Repellant

Postby InsaneBoost » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:22 am

Don't mean to bump an old thread, but saw this has been talked about "to death" so didn't want to start a new thread.

Are the DEET repellant good to use in campgrounds? As in no scent for bears to be attracted to? Or would that be a mistake putting on and not washing off before bed?

Noticed quite a few mosquitoes at the Yosemite Creek Campground, and while I know you can't ever get rid of them completely, I'd like to have something that will work good enough to keep them away, without having to worry about a bear coming.

Should I look at DEET (and what specific brand)? Or another product? I saw another similar product called "Adventure Medical Ben's 30% Deet Tick & Insect Repellent," anyone use it?
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Re: Effective Mosquito Repellant

Postby ucangler » Thu Jun 26, 2014 2:08 pm

In the cases where I HAD to use Deet, it always worked.

In the case of bears, I think there are more smells on your campsite that will attract bears than the deet on you. I've heard that bears don't care for deet. It doesn't smell of food to them.
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Re: Effective Mosquito Repellant

Postby tripdog » Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:09 pm

I've always used DEET 100% spray and I've had mixed results over the years. I just took a trip to Yellowstone and Teton NPs and took some new stuff with me called Ultrathon. And with the mosquitos clouds up in YNP it worked way better than my trusty deet ever did. This stuff has Deet in it but it's a cream and I'm not too sure what other ingredients. It seemed to work far better for some reason than the 100% deet spray, no idea why. But I'm convinced!

We still used 100% deet on our t-shirts and other clothes but the Ultrathon really worked for us.
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Re: Effective Mosquito Repellant

Postby JWreno » Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:19 pm

I like to have multiple options. I keep a wind shirt and shell pants available for easy access. I also have a hat and bug net. If I have a very hot climb upwards through mosquito hell, I will just cover my arms, legs and such and keep the shell stuff in the pack since I will be overheated and drenched with the shell gear on. If I am higher and cooler I prefer the shell gear over the Deet. If I use Deet, I always try to plan on a bear can sponge bath to get the stuff off later. My wife always has to remove the sun screen at the end of the day anyway so we usually plan on filling a bear can full of waters and using a dip cup and handy wipe to wash the days grunge off before putting on the warm gear in the Evening.

We don't cook on the trail and usually pick sites for their breeze and views and try not to camp in bug hell. We carry 3 MSR bags and fill them a little while before choosing to camp away from bugs and water. This gives us enough water to get through the night and get started on the trail in the morning.

We use the liquid 100% Deet bottles and keep them in a ziplock to prevent damage if the bottle leaks.
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