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Any suggestions? The mosquito's are driving me nuts and the burts bee's stuff is just not cutting it? Thanks!!
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Jason Products make a bug spray which has been recommended to me but I haven't tried it yet.

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California Baby has one that's pretty good. They also have a water resistant sunblock with bug stuff in it that is AWESOME!
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Lewey's worked for us in the crazy mosquito/black fly land of northern NH last summer. I did have to reapply it constantly, but it really did work.

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I got the baby buzz patch. They're little patches that contain essential oils that you can stick on their bodies or on their clothes. We stuck one on the back of DS's shirts and he didn't get bitten by mosquitos. They're safe for infants too. You can see what it is on this website: http://www.cheekymonkey.ca/Cadcor.htm
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All Terrain Herbal Armor
Comes in a spray or lotion with or without sunblock
www.allterrainco.com

We use the lotion because I think it gets better coverage. As long as you put enough on, it works! Of course, if you miss a spot (like the ankles), they will find it.
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California Baby has one that's pretty good. They also have a water resistant sunblock with bug stuff in it that is AWESOME!
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We use the regular California Baby bug repellent spray. Love it! We used Burts Bees briefly but hates it. It was messy and did not work well at all. CB is much better.

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I use "Tick Guard" by Botanical Solutions. www.botanicalsolutionsinc.com It's worked really well for us and we have TONS of skeeters this year. Contains citric acid, peppermint oil, lemon grass oil, rosemary oil and potassium sorbate (which is a naturally derived food preservative).

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California Baby. We all use it.

And, this summer we're trying http://www.mosquitobarrier.com/ on our yard, and it seems to be helping.
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We use something called Natrapel and it works well. I believe the main ingredient is citronella oil.
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badger makes a bug balm but I haven't tried it yet as the bugs just came out last week. I think I'll go throw it in my bag right now.

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I can tell you that we've had mixed results with All Terrain's Kids Herbal Armor, terrible results with Jade & Pearl's Beat It, and excellent results with Buzz Away and, for us at least, the Burt's Bees.

It's weird to me, since most of them contain the same oils, sometimes even the exact same combination of oils, but I can tell you that with the Beat It, it has been the case that I can apply the repellent in the kitchen, and by the time we're at the bottom of the back steps, there are mosquitoes on our ankles. And the Herbal Armour wears off for us within 15 minutes. With the other two, there are still mosquitoes buzzing around, but they're not biting us.
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[QUOTE=Atlanta_Mom;11554962]All Terrain Herbal Armor
Comes in a spray or lotion with or without sunblock
www.allterrainco.com

This works great for us

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I've used Kiss My Face bug spray before and it worked really good.

http://www.drugstore.com/products/pr...ELAID=61288394
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We've also used the Swy Flotter from Kiss My Face.. seems to work well.

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I've been making my own and it works really well. I use Body Shop unscented body butter (it's very dry here, but they also have a lotion) and put in 1/4tsp citronella oil and 5 drops catnip oil. I think you have to have the catnip oil as well as the citronella. DD is actually fine with the mosquitoes. It's me who gets giant hives from them so it works on me too.
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Are these mosquitos around your home?

First, let me answer the question. I use cactus juice. Almost all natural and works. not like deet, but it works.


Secondly, if your having mosquito problems around the home, you have standing water somewhere. And it only takes a teaspoon of standing water for mosquitos to breed. And only 72 hours.

I have found a nursery in the folds of a tarp. Check everywhere you could possible think.

Encourage birds and bats to come around, natural predators.
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Another vote for California Baby - Burts Bees doesnt work for us either.
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Well, I live next to a swamp, so I know where the mosquitoes are coming from. Not much I can do about that at this point. We have a Skeeter Vac, that helps quite a bit, but nothing helps a ton.

As far as sprays go... What works changes year to year. Last year, NewCo's Great Outdoors citronella spray worked great. Put it on the other day, and they swarmed us. Now I have some Herbal Armor and it seems to be working so far. We have some friends who use OFF here, and it doesn't work either. Not even the strong stuff.

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We have used with great results the Jason bug spray. I must say that with the natural stuff you have to put it on more frequently than my friends who are slathering their children in DEET!!
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We use Bite Blocker (ingredients: Soybean Oil, Purified Water, Coconut Oil, Glycerin, Geranium Oil, Citric Acid, Lecithin, Sodium Bicarbonate and Vanillin). It is the only thing we've been able to use that lasts for a while and actually works. I even used it when I was pg with DS. It does contain Vanillin which sucks, but besides that it is pretty natural.

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The Jason "quit bugging me" has worked great for us so far this year. It ahs geranium oil.

Didn't like Burt's Bee's.
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There's a new organic product out called Dr. Fedorenko true organic - its a mosquito and tick spray and it even smells nice! I'd definitely reccoment! :)

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