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Black fly season is here in Maine, what do you use for black flies and mosquitos? My dd is 7 months and she loves being outside and crawling on the grass, is there a bug repelent that can be used under a year? I read about buzz away ,but it is not recommended under 1 year.
 

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<span>citronella is a natural insect repellant and can be used on babies under 6mths old , you should be able to get a spray containing this or if not if you mix a few drop with some water in a spray botttle to make your own.<br><br>
it needs to be diluted before use though<br>
hth</span>
 

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California Baby and Burts Bees both make "all natural" bug repellents. Not sure they are age appropriate but you can look them up. That is what I use on my daughter when bug spray of some kind is a must.
 

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IME no baby-safe bug repellent is going to keep them all away, so get some itch relief too (lavender and/or eucalyptus oil are good). Also, use barriers whenever possible, like netting over a stroller or long sleeves and pants. Luckily in Maine it's cool enough most of the time to wear clothes that cover more skin! We have a full-body net bug suit for dd, but we haven't used it yet. It might be useful for long hikes in the woods in the Ergo.
 

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Uck, I hate black flies. When I was about 10, I got bit about 50 times and was in bed with flu-like symptoms for a few days.<br><br>
I plan to try Bite Blocker. It is supposed to be more effective than DEET and perfectly safe. It contains soy oil, geranium oil, and another oil I can't remember. It has been in use in the US for a decade, but in other countries much longer without issue.<br><br>
The studies showed that DEET kept away 87% and the Bite Blocker kept away 96% (if I recall correctly).<br><br>
Also, a fan can work wonders. Those little vampires have trouble flying in a strong breeze.
 

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Subbing, bc I need some recommendations too! We are doing a lot of camping this summer & I need to find something safe & effective.
 

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I'm going to try Bite Blocker this year, too! I have read great reviews on it.
 

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I had a sample of Burts Bees bug oil, and just bought a big thing. Seems to work pretty well, but you do have to reapply. We have woods and HUGE skeeters, and livestock, so lots of black flies. We are trying to keep the flies down, but it's hard.<br><br>
I'm going to look into bite blocker. Sounds good!<br><br>
Oh, and I keep the Hyland's itch stop stick around for when bites do happen. Breastmilk also helps take the itch out.
 
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