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What have you chosen for bug repellent? Besides perhaps moving somewhere<br>
where you need a snowsuit year round?<br><br>
What did your physician recommend? More importantly, what have you<br>
tried that works moderately well?
 

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We don't use bug repellant. Herbal ones need to be reapplied every 15 minutes to work. The only ones that work for very long have DEET which is very bad. We get mosquitos at twighlight, so we just go inside then. We're going camping this coming weekend and we're taking garlic pills and B vitamins to prepare. I rarely get bit by mosquitos since I take both anyway. I give my dogs brewers yeast and garlic tablets. I dunno, I guess I've just always thought of bug bites as a fact of life. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I wish I could be more help. When I lived in New England I had terrible reactions to their mosquitos and got giant welts that would swell really big.
 

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There is now a CedarSide repellant that has no DEET or other chemicals and it is supposed to be safe for children. I have just bought it, but I haven't used it yet. I bought it at a regular grocery store in the floral section of all places. I use CedarSide on my garden instead of insectacides so I hope it works for my ds.
 

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Lots of 'skeeters and other bugs where we live, but don't use any repellent. All those chemicals are too scary for me. I might use something for ticks if we were to be out in the woods all day.
 

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I'm using a natural bug repellant made from pure essential oils, alchohol and distilled water from Gail at <a href="http://www.gessence.com/" target="_blank">http://www.gessence.com/</a><br>
I think it works great and my dh thinks it smells like perfume. lol. I think it goes on strong (sposed to to keep the bugs away i guess) so i make sure i only spray it outdoors<br><br>
its like a 7oz spray bottle and it was i think $8 or so?
 

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We use Kiss My Face Kiss Kids Swy Flotter...so far so good! Poor Haley is a mosquito magnet and this seems to work very well although it does make her hair a bit greasy (since it has a lot of oils in it) She gets a bath every night anyway so it isn't a big deal.
 

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I actually make one.<br><br>
It contains several essential oils in an emulsifier and water. It is very effective and only needs to be applied every couple of hours.<br><br>
We have westnile virus here so its been tweeked for that.<br><br>
It contains essential oils of Catnip, bergamont, lavender, lemon, eucapyptus citriadora (very different from citronella) and geranium.<br><br>
Its lovely.<br><br>
By the way citronella is one of the least effective essential oils to deter bugs....catnip is the best.
 

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mountain mom,<br><br>
i have very little experience in making my own essential oil remedies, could you maybe elaborate a bit on exactly HOW to make this wonderful sounding bug repellent? it would be very appreciated, we have so many mosquitos here and it wouldnt matter so much if the itch wasnt waking up my sensitive little boy in the middle of the night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
thanks, jessie
 

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I've tried just about everything natural under the sun and am now using a repellent made by Dancing Roots (<a href="http://www.dancingroots.org" target="_blank">www.dancingroots.org</a>). I'm not sure if it's working, but it's gotten rave indepent reviews.<br><br>
I wish we could forego bug repellent altogether, but it would mean staying inside all day. We have mosquitos 24/7 here and ds has a major mosquito allergy. I've found that they're less attracted to me since I've been eating more garlic and less sweets, but they still flock to ds. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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We use catnip oil that I get from a local shop that made it at my request. We got hit bad by the West Nile Virus in my neighborhood last year so I spent a lot of time googling. I found that catnip repelled more mosquitos than DEET did in an experiment described on the website for (I think) the American Chemical Society. It seems to work. I have a few bites but I am better at rubbing the kids down then me. They do not have any. I need to be more careful, though, as I've read that West Nile can be transmitted via breastmilk.
 

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We have 2. I think they work about the same. Natural.<br><br>
combination sun & bug<br><br>
California Baby<br>
Buzz Away or Buzz Off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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So far, we have gone inside at sundown,and waited till 9-10 Am before going out at in the morning. When we were out during the biting hours, we used "Burt's Bee's" and reapplied it every 45 mins or so.<br><br>
NOw that we have a puppy, I'm not sure what we will do...I just walked her and got attacked by mosquitos. UGh!!!!!!<br><br>
I guess I need to adjust our feeding schedule to arrange an earlier walk.......<br><br>
I just dread the trucks driving down my street spraying crap I cannot avoid!!!!!!!! The papers are full of people who support this!!! WE see it as something that is part of nature, and we can at least try to avoid it(west nile virus),but -OH DEAR....GOD FORBID WE ALTAR OUR ROUTINES!!!-and, we in our HO, aren't completely convinced that exposure to West Nile is a bad thing while at a young age.*sigh* a challenge for us protective,caring parents!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
I do suppose that if we were to go camping or something.....which would be maybe once or twice this summer, we probably would use an OFF! product......but NEVER on a daily basis!!!!<br><br>
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The brand I found is called Bioganic ShooBug. It contains not DEET and works very well. We were hiking and the trail started by some horse stables. No one got a single bite.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">mountain mom,<br><br>
i have very little experience in making my own essential oil remedies, could you maybe elaborate a bit on exactly HOW to make this wonderful sounding bug repellent? it would be very appreciated, we have so many mosquitos here and it wouldnt matter so much if the itch wasnt waking up my sensitive little boy in the middle of the night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
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Hi there here is my recipe. One thing to remember when measuring essential oils is that there is a graduate dropper drop and 1 drop is achieved when the bottle is turn upside down and a full drop is produced without tapping the bottom of the bottle.<br><br>
Into a 100ml (6 oz) spray bottle put:<br><br>
100 drops catnip essential oil<br>
100 drops lavender<br>
75 drops eucalptus citriadora<br>
50 drops geranium<br>
35 drops bergamot<br>
15 drops lemon<br>
10 ml or 1 tablespoon coconut emulsifier<br>
water to fill<br><br>
gentley shake and viola! This may be dilute more if scent is too strong, use your discretion.<br><br>
Hope that helps....remember if one gets essential oils in their eyes...rinse out with a carrier oil such as olive or grapeseed oil...not water.<br><br>
Take care<br>
Colleen
 

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We've had lots of success with the Burt's Bees outdoor lotion. I used it all last year on myself and ds#1. We plan to use it again this year.
 

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Okay, we went camping this weekend in the mountains by the river, and this thread inspired me to get bug spray. I got SKeeter Skatter at Whole Foods. They were all like$7.50. It worked so well everyone in camp was paying me to use it. It was citronella, catnip, eucalyptus, lavender and maybe one other oil. I think it was the only one with catnip. Anyway, I went down to the river ONCE without and I got over 30 bites. The rest of the trip I didn't get any. Dd has one bite that happened right before I started putting it on her. Everyone that used it didn't get bit at all. We reapplied very often, just in case. I have seen many scientific studies that show essential oil blends work, but only when reapplied qwuite frequently. HTH.<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just dread the trucks driving down my street spraying crap I cannot avoid!!!!!!!! The papers are full of people who support this!!! WE see it as something that is part of nature, and we can at least try to avoid it(west nile virus),but -OH DEAR....GOD FORBID WE ALTAR OUR ROUTINES!!!-and, we in our HO, aren't completely convinced that exposure to West Nile is a bad thing while at a young age.*sigh* a challenge for us protective,caring parents!!!!!!!!!!!!![/b]</div>
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I'm with you on the West Nile thing - it's unlikely to be serious, so I really don't fear exposure. Honestly, with as much as we've been bitten, I'd be incredibly surprised if we haven't already been exposed.<br><br>
I wish, though, that altering our routine was an option for us. If we want to avoid mosquitos here, we seriously have to never go outside. We have a number of different types and they are out at all hours of the day and night. It's hideous. I remember being able to avoid them when I was a kid by just going in at dusk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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The shoo bug balm is pretty expensive, 2 oz for $15.95. If it works that good I may get some for myself though. Mother of Eden consultants sell it, but I don't know where else you can get it. I heard they used to sell it at walmart??
 
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