i've also heard Bounce (the fabric softener sheets) works. if you're out camping they suggest you tie one to your belt loop. looks silly but supposedly keeps the buggies away<br><br><br><br>
but.. Bounce probably is not all that cruelty free
<b>Cruelty-free, oxygen-releasing, and sooooo natural!</b><br><br><br><br>
Buy a citronella plant. They're inexpensive, as far as plants go, and though they're not especially beautiful, they smell wonderful! When you're outdoors, just rub a few leaves on exposed areas (careful around the eyes, of course).<br><br><br><br>
Naturally, you'll want to do a "patch test" first--some people can be sensitive to the natural oils in the plants. Rub a leaf on the inside of your elbow and wait 24 hours.<br><br><br><br>
If you're going hiking, backpacking, camping, etc..., just take several leaves in a zippered baggie and toss it in your cooler.
I heard that a few tablespoons of brewers yeast works if you eat it before you head out. I tried it when we went camping last summer and there were TONS of mosquitoes, but I came home with only ONE bite! So, I'd have to say it worked. Vinegar and garlic I also have heard helps. Heck, have a nice salad with all of the above on it and you should be good to go, plus full of tasty, healthy food! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="">
Sandalwood oil works GREAT! I've used it on long backpacking trips on the humid east coast. Just rub a bit in various spots - almost like you would with perfume, and a few dabs around your hair line or hat, if you're wearing one.
"So, I'd have to say it worked."<br><br><br><br>
I wouldn't want to say it worked unless I had about 4 dozen people walking in the woods who had all had the same diet for the last month, except 2 dozen of them had garlic and 2 dozen didn't. Then I want careful observation minute by minute of the 2 groups.<br><br><br><br>
Further, it would be best to somehow make sure that no-one knows which individuals got the garlic in them, and which didn't -- neither the people or the bite-counting observers.
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