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    Default Bug dope that works?

    Last year the guide said to bring Deep Woods Off with Permethrin as the active ingredient. We encountered an annoying whitish bug that flew around your head but didn't bite. This year I'll have a net but I'm asking if anyone found something else that worked?

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    Default Benz 100% Deet

    Benz 100% Deet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnivore
    Benz 100% Deet
    Yup. Deet works good.
    A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and donít have one, youíll probably never need one again

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    That's actually Ben's 100% DEET, and it's what I recommend, BUT, if you leave some wet on your palms after application, it can remove certain finishes, like the finish on my old .35 Whelen's synthetic stock. So, make sure your hands have absorbed it well.

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    We finally settled on Ultrathon. You sweat off 100% DEET and have to keep applying it all the time, but Ultrathon is waterproof. It seems to work just as well as the Ben's but you only put it on a couple of times a day. Doesn't seem so bad on finishes and plastics, either.

    Buy both and try them for yourself. They're cheap, and it's always good to have a spare.

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    All the studies show that you don't need anything more concentrated than 33% DEET. The 100% DEET just lasts longer, but it's really very bad for you at that level in direct contact with skin. I was talking with a guy this summer who had a near deadly reaction to 100% DEET directly on his skin. The stuff works, but like they say in the literature, it can have some horrible side-effects. I use the 33% here, but for the most part I use clothing that the skeeters can't bite through, and a head net when they are really bad.

    I don't recommend 100% DEET, ever. And deet doesn't work for the whitesox and gnats that love to bite around your eyes, mouth, etc. Bring a headnet. Use the proper clothing, including gloves. Use the lower-strength deet when you have to.

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    Default bug dope/allergies....

    I was an auto body man from 19-34yo and got sensitized to most all chemicals--it makes life tough.
    Even bug dope does me in pretty good. Suffices to say that I pay in hunting camp, from both the bugs--because I cant wear the dope, and from others due to the chemicals that they are wearing.

    Is there any thing out there at all that has any merit as a bug repellent that is "all natural"?

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    Default you can try the citronella-based

    Ben's makes a Citronella-based bugdope. Works about as well as skin-so-soft that my wife likes to use. Lasts maybe ten minutes or so. It's an alternative but it doesn't seem to work very well for me.

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    When I dont want the bug dope on my skin, I use a long sleeve shirt and spray my clothing instead. Of course you have to watch out spraying clothes you want to keep looking good! I usually saturate my hat, and that keeps 'em away from my face.

    I know there is a type of bug spray out there that pregnant women use that has 0% DEET. From what I have seen, it works pretty good and lasts a while. I dont know what it's called but it can probably be searched and found on Google.

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    ExOfficio is now making insect repellent clothing called Buzz Off. Check out REI for more information.

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    My son sent me some Bushman Ultra insect repellant from Australia 4 years ago. It is the best I have ever used. He has sent me a couple of tubes since then. It ca ne ordered on line.

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    Anyone actually used a thermacell in field?

    http://www.mosquitorepellent.com/

    Just curious if they work.

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    Don't even know if it is still available or not as I haven't bought any in several years but I prefer Muskol.

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    The Deet products work well, but as some have said it will peel off layers of plastic off guns, sunglasses, rifle scopes, etc. We had a container of it leak at work and it peeled 3 layers of paint off the shelf!! I don't use the 100% anymore after seeing that!! Eric

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    Thumbs up Thermacell!!!!!!!

    The thermacells work great if your somewhat stationary. I don't even use bug dope when were in our bear stand on the Elliot and for you that hunt up there no how bad the bugs are. When i shot my bear this year by the time we got to it mosquito's had covered it. I laid the thermacell next to it and all gone, no bugs. You can buy them at Sportsman's or at Wally world, Wally world sells a holster that you can hook to your belt, I use this when I'm fishing. I don't know how it would work if your hiking in somewhere since it puts off a little smoke and i believe thats what keeps the bugs away. I've never come across anyone that used it at didn't like it.

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    Default thermacell

    I'm trying out a thermacell........... it seems to work as long as the wind isn't blowing very hard! The matts don't seem to last very long though.
    The jury is still out I'm afraid.....

    I have also been trying some 100% natural bug stuff that seems to work pretty good. I'll find it and post so you guys can take a look. I'm not much on chemicals........

    reuben....

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    Default deet on gore-tex

    Does Deet or any of the other bug sprays ruin material that is gore-tex? I have always been afraid to spray my clothing with bug spray, because I thought that this could damage the gore-tex.

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    Default bug dope

    fullkurl:
    I was looking for some insect repellent that I could use on the kid. New England Journal of Medicine Study found that DEET was the only effective insect repellent they tested and it is thought to be safe for kids in lower strengths. The only nonDEET that worked was soybean oil based which was as effective as low strength DEET so I ordered that from GARDENS ALIVE but others have it. I tried the repellent once so far and it seemed to work. http://www.gardensalive.com/product.asp?pn=8795

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    Default Ultrathon!!!!!!!!

    I have used just about everything, and I have never used anything that works as well as Ultrathon in the lotion. It's in a small tube and is a little spendy, but it amazes me how well it works. I will never use anything else.

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    Default bug jacket

    I just wear a bug jacket with a zip in face cover that I can take up or down as needed, it's lightweight and breathes so I don't get all sweaty in warmer tempts. I've never had a problem with bugs while wearing this although the buzzing can be irritating sometimes but you'll have that even with 100% deet. The big plus is there's no smell unlike the bug sprays.

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