By Carolyn B.
Living in Louisiana, the mosquito should be our state bird! : )
For mosquitos to be repelled by you there are a couple of things that work:
* Drink tonic water- The quinine comes thru your pores and repells.
* Avons Skin so Soft- moderately works
For area control:
* Plant "beauty berry" plants
*citronella candles or torches
* dont let any standing water or puddles be in the area. This is breeding/hatching habitat!
* spray safe pesticide at dusk in the area you will bein the evening
My husband swears by the citronella coil bracelets. He wears them around his ankle when visiting our daughter in Florida - who lives next door to a canal...
As for me, I've used Listerine in a spray bottle at band camp for my students and it works pretty well, although it may be somewhat sticky.
Someone on this site in the past has mentioned using Listerine Mouthwash in a spray bottle. I haven't tried it, but they said it works.
The only repellants that really work are the ones that contain Deet. I prefer Deep Woods Off. I do not think the regular Off has a high enough concentration of Deet. I also have excellent results with the Off Lamp and with a product called ThermoCell which heats a little pad, like the one in the Off Lamp, with a butane cell.
I have not tried the latest Off product which you clip to your belt. It may work. The coils that you burn are also effective, but the other two previously mentioned products work better. There are no home remedies that work - including Skin so Soft, citronella candles, Listerine, or anything else. If they do work for you, then you don't have enough mosquitoes to bother with in the first place. Here in northern Saskatchewan, we know about mosquitoes.
Well the trick I grew up with was "Skin So SOft" by Avon. It was a skin softening lotion that the little buggers just didn't like and it was safe for kids (and kids liked it). I don't know if Avon's Skin So Soft is still made the same was because Avon decided to make money off of the "repellent" by making their own Bug Repellent using the same ingredients of the Skin So Soft. They sold the new stuff at a slightly higher price and I think they took out or substituted what had been doing the job all along from the original Skin So Soft. Not sure, it has been years since I have needed a bug repellent.. rodent repellent I use all the time, but not bug :)
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