New tip for mosquitos - bite prevention

roseyp8255(z8 - SC AL)May 4, 2006

I was getting attacked (AS USUAL) the other night @ my aunt's she got a bottle of JohnsonÂs creamy baby oil w/pink cap out  had me coat myself in it  NO bites the rest of the night, and we sat out there for a couple of hours on the deck. I am going to invest in several bottles! It worked, and it is good for your skinÂÂShe says it is hard to findÂ.

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loveofmylife680(z7)

Thanks for the tip Rosey. They always eat me up.
Jill

    Bookmark   May 4, 2006 at 9:08AM
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outsideplaying_gw(7)

Thanks, Rosey. I'll try anything once. Sounds like a cheaper solution too and you don't get overcome by Deet smells.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2006 at 12:16PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Don't forget that Avon's Skin So Soft has been used as an insect repellent for many years. I used to buy it by the case for my employees...we mixed it with some water and sprayed it all over from a spray bottle. Good for mosquitoes, gnats, no-seeums, etc.

Will have to look for the Creamy Baby Oil. It comes in a white bottle w/blue lettering and a pink cap for those who are going to search for it.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2006 at 12:23PM
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tedp2(7Al)

Lol, All I have to do is ask my wife to come join me. The insects all flock to her and leave me alone.
That is strange but true we've noticed it many times. When I'm by myself they bug me, but when she's around they seldom bother me.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2006 at 2:46PM
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tsmith2579(7B)

Mosquitoes don't usually bother me. I guess I'm just an old, thick skinned S*B. I didn't take the malaria pill when I was in Vietnam 35 years ago because they didn't bother me. The pills had side effects that I'll not discuss here. Mosquitoes flock to Sylvia. I keep telling her that perfumes, perfumed body soap, perfumed laundry soap, dryer sheets and lotions draw them to her.

    Bookmark   May 4, 2006 at 7:24PM
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roseyp8255(z8 - SC AL)

You are SOO right Terry - on the body soaps, etc. Not on the S*B part! :) only time i even wear cologne is during winter, after the first couple of frosts - and if i know i am not gonna be outside (basically, during winter). I use SSS shower gel, lotion, etc. However, i AM gonna get me some of this stuff tomorrow nite!

    Bookmark   May 4, 2006 at 9:33PM
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phillip_in_alabama(7b)

Other possible remedies I've heard - rubbing lemon balm leaves over your skin or putting a Bounce fabric softener sheet in your pocket or shoe.

Mosquitos don't bother me as much as they do some of my friends. I've noticed that people who usually sweat easily are the most prone to bites.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2006 at 9:40AM
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outsideplaying_gw(7)

I also read something last year about rubbing skin with sassafras leaves. Has anyone ever heard that one? I jog (and sweat) and as soon as I stop I get attacked if it's late afternoon. SSS works fairly well for me too.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2006 at 9:48AM
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tedp2(7Al)

My wife uses the same aromatic detergents on my clothes that she does on hers and I do use an aromatic after shave lotion, however I'm not as prone to sweating as she.
I read or heard that they find you by following the trail of CO2 that you exhale.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2006 at 10:29AM
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tsmith2579(7B)

Phillip, I don't necessarily agree with the sweating thing. Unfortunately, I sweat like a field hand in July. Right now it is 76* outside and my hair and T-shirt are soaking from repotting. I think it is body chemistry. If your body chemistry is such that it attracts mosquitoes, then your sweat is going to be full of those attracting substances.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2006 at 11:33AM
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tedp2(7Al)

This month's issue of Consumer's Digest has rated many of the commercial mosquito and tick repellants.
Off Deep Woods containing 98% deet will protect up to 12 hours. Other brands with 30% deet protected up to 5 hours. Skin So Soft protected againts ticks and culex mosquitos for over 10 hours but less than one hour against Aedes mosquitos.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2006 at 9:33AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

DEET can't be used by everyone....which makes the topic of this thread very useful.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2006 at 11:42AM
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roseyp8255(z8 - SC AL)

I too have heard that they attracted to the trail of CO2 - and if that is the case, it is why they come after me, since I smoke...

    Bookmark   May 7, 2006 at 3:46PM
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tedp2(7Al)

Sorry rhizzo but none of the other chemicals rated very highly.
rosey,the burning tobacco produces CO2 also so you're putting out more than the non-smoker. Lol

    Bookmark   May 8, 2006 at 11:12AM
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sundog7(7)

DEET works even if it's just on your clothing and not on your skin.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2006 at 10:04PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Oh, I know how great DEET is for repelling those durned biting insects....no question about it. It's just that some of us need to work harder at it than others. Children should not be exposed to DEET, either. Anyway, I am one of those who is always interested in products that have SAFE repellent qualities, even if I have to reapply frequently.

I highly recommend sundog's suggestion that DEET products be sprayed on your clothing, rather than all over your bare skin. Avoid applying to your scalp, where the skin is so thin. Spray it all over a hat, instead.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2006 at 9:17AM
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