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Does your mosquito repellant work?

Travel Forums General Talk Does your mosquito repellant work?

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1. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I am not sure mine does anything, at all.
I sprayed it on, several times per day and night, when i was in Thailand, and still got bitten alive.
Does yours work better?

Mel

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

If it doesn't work and there are a lot of mosquitos then you should use a mosquito net. That works for sure.

3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

The best mosquito repellant the I have found is called Cactus Juice. It is 100% natural and non-toxic. I found it to work incredibly well. And this was in Thailand were the bugs could be torturous. I have used some from Britain that contained 75% deet and was no where near as effective. Try it out

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Yeah, after the last visit, to Thailand, i think a mosqito net is in order.
That cactus juice sounds worth a try. Can one buy it, at pharmacies or does one need to go to special health food stores?

Mel

5. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

When we're talking plain mosquitoes, go ahead and try the cactus juice; in case of Dengue and Malaria-infested regions, however, better stick to one of the more traditional (=chemical) repellents.

One that has sufficient quantities of DEET in it should always work; unlike the aromas in some alternative repellents, DEET cannot be 'neutralised ' by your own skin, so it should keep you un-stung.

Niels

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 22, 2006, at 1:23 AM by bentivogli ]

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Neils

What percentage of DEET in a product is necessary, to keep insects away?

What i might do is use cactus juice and then have an emergency bottle of heavy duty repellant with DEET, for when the mosquitos are extra persistant.

Does DEET also keep away bed bugs and fleas? My daugher and i were both unlucky enough to get Thyphus, from those unhealthy flea bitten cats, in Thailand. We are probably now immune to Thypus, but there are problably other diseases, that fleas spread. And being bitten by fleas is just plain disgusting, and i would like to avoid it.

Mel

7. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

What i might do is use cactus juice and then have an emergency bottle of heavy duty repellant with DEET, for when the mosquitos are extra persistant.

Mel

Mel,

For the emergency heavy duty repellent try something called Wild Lives 95. You can get it in most places. I was eaten alive until I discovered this stuff. I don't know if it fends of other insects but I wasn't bitten by anything once I started using it!!
It's quite strong stuff (contains 95% DEET) so it's not great for the skin if you use it all the time, but like you said, for emergencies it's great!
Hope this helps

Kristie

8. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Thanks Kirstie.

Where do u buy yours?

Mel

9. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

This link may also be relevant

10. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 9y

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Mel,

For the emergency heavy duty repellent try something called Wild Lives 95. You can get it in most places. I was eaten alive until I discovered this stuff. I don't know if it fends of other insects but I wasn't bitten by anything once I started using it!!
It's quite strong stuff (contains 95% DEET) so it's not great for the skin if you use it all the time, but like you said, for emergencies it's great!
Hope this helps

Kristie[/quote]

I also used this, highly recommended, it's quite oily, but lasts for up to 15 hours, so if you put it on at dusk it should last until the next morning. You can buy it from pharmacies in Thailand. There is a milder version (less deet)which is a little cheaper, but won't last as long.

As for bed bugs, fleas etc. try using tiger balm, should deter them. I always carried some around some, it's very good as a repellent against bugs.