Nicandra aka 'shoo fly' worked tonight.
The mosquitos have been pretty bad the past few days and WNV carrying mosquitos are now confirmed in my town ;-(
I don't like deet, it makes me feel like I've been sprayed with pledge, and I am not fond of its scent.
There is a lot to be said for common names, and "Shoo Fly" sounds likes it's worth trying. This is a reseeding annual in my garden, it grows best in part shade. I broke open a few dried seed pods from the nicandra and rubbed the seeds up and down on my skin before trotting out with the dog tonight. I was outside with her for about an hour and came home totally bite free. Usually Liz and I are the only ones out on the street and so we're the prime targets for the bugs.
I am so far very happy with this, I will try it again tomorrow and I will hope again that I won't get chewed up. Also, as a "side effect" the nicandra seeds soften your skin. I've collected their seeds three years in a row and it's the same every year, the skin on my hands really does feel softer and it lasts for a few days.
Here is a link that might be useful: Hortiplex info links with pict for Nicandra