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Insect repellent, any tips?

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posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:02 PM
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Originally posted by Holly N.R.A.
my contribution...LAVENDER OIL...either alone or mixed with NEEM oil...TEA TREE oil also works....
I've noticed most have suggested natural oils...all of which do work. I stand by Lavender first...as it is great with
skeeters and fleas...better to not support Big Chem in furthering our demise.

Go Natural!!!


That's a great idea. I use a few drops of lavender oil in a spray bottle of water for cleaning. It's a natural antiseptic, too.




posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:05 PM
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Originally posted by OldCorp
SKIN-SO-SOFT by Avon.

The best smelling Jarheads in the world swear by it.




OldCorp is going Old-School




posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:17 PM
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Lemongrass oil is used as a pesticide and a preservative. Research shows that lemongrass oil has anti-fungal properties. Lemongrass is native to the Philippines. It is widely used as a herb in Asian cuisine. It has a citrus flavor and can be dried and powdered, or used fresh.

The grass is real easy to grow, but i've yet to extract oil from it, as I can buy it in spray bottles, this is 100% natural.

Locals here also keeps dried grape-fruit skin for burning, its the oil in them that repels the insects, however, these are the green grapefruits, not the yellow ones in U.S., worth a try?

www.ehow.com...
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posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:37 PM
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just ask any sand flea, for us island marines
avon skin so soft



posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:41 PM
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Here ya go, I heard about this stuff on Coast to Coast AM. Natural Pest Control Products - Organic Pesticides - DIY Green Pest Control
www.cedarcidestore.com...



posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:43 PM
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essential oils-lemongrass, peppermint, citronella, cinnamon leaf or cassia bark -@30 times stronger than leaf and will severe burn skin/blindness etc. so read up

there are others but these are easy to come by and pretty much can take care most situations even snakes- if remember correctly the lg,pm or cinn. has something which deters by messing with their sense in advance

I pretty much don't do sickness any more of any kind either-


As the bubonic plague ravaged Europe in the year 1413, the story of the four thieves arrived on the scene and the story has changed history. They were captured and charged with robbing the dead and dying victims but it was noticed that they remained free of the plague. When the thieves were tried, the magistrate offered leniency if they would reveal how they resisted contracting the infection as they performed their gruesome acts. The four thieves explained that they were perfumers and spice traders and finally exposed their special concoction of aromatic herbs, including cloves and rosemary, that they rubbed on their hands, ears, and temples. This prevented them from contracting the disease!www.inancientfootsteps.com...

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posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:44 PM
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Originally posted by YouDeserveToKnow
Burn cow dung.
lol, Danger.... Danger..........Will Robinson



posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:48 PM
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Greetings Mr-lizard:

Just two words COAL TAR. I am not sure how safe it is, so do some research first, and am not even sure that you can get it any more, however this is what my grandfather would use. He was a lumber jack and lived to be 97. You want something that last a long time this is it, it takes about a week or more to WEAR off your skin and its waterproof. It smells like creosote and goes on like honey. My mom would use it on me when I was young, it was the only stuff other than skin so soft, that would repel the black flies here in the Adirondacks. Don't forget to put some behind your ears they like that area best. Glade I could help.

trinity369



posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:49 PM
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Cedar
just moisten it up and rub it on
just happens to grow where the bugs are too
go figure

jewel weed and plantain will take the sting out of the bugs that do get you...
poison ivy and other irritations too


mosquitoes see CO2 and angular movements

bug nets with a ball cap work fine
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posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:50 PM
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Originally posted by snowspirit
NEEM oil. You can find it at most health stores.
It's oily and it smells funny, but it works pretty good.
Safe and natural. Lots of other uses too.

www.discoverneem.com...

Neem oil, the seemingly all-powerful substance made from the seeds of the neem tree.



Lets talk in depth about those..............................................................................
other uses...............................



posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:54 PM
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Originally posted by FarBeyondDriven69

Originally posted by YouDeserveToKnow
Burn cow dung.
lol, Danger.... Danger..........Will Robinson


thats for bread man
(in my best Napolean Dynomite) GOSH! who does'nt know that

Then he said unto me, Lo, I have given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith.-Eze4


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posted on May, 1 2011 @ 09:30 PM
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Avon Skin So Soft does well on the flying, biting insects....Seems to e the popular favorite...

For ticks and fleas, try this recipe...In a clean spray bottle combine 1 cup water, 2 cups apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of lemon oil or other essential oils (this last helps tone down the vinegar aroma)... Spray liberally 2 -5 x a day depending on length of time in environment...works on pets, so ought to work on people too...

My grandmother always told of how her momma would tie rag strips soaked in kerosene around the kids' ankles to avoid chiggers...never tried this as I don't imagine the stench of kerosene or the possible skin irritation would outweigh the benefits....however after chiggers embed themselves, the quickest way to kill them is a dab of clear nail polish atop the bite....



posted on May, 1 2011 @ 09:33 PM
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Originally posted by Castogere

Originally posted by snowspirit
NEEM oil. You can find it at most health stores.
It's oily and it smells funny, but it works pretty good.
Safe and natural. Lots of other uses too.

www.discoverneem.com...

Neem oil, the seemingly all-powerful substance made from the seeds of the neem tree.

Lets talk in depth about those..............................................................................
other uses...............................


I was thinking along the lines of mixing it with aloe as a sunburn moisturizer - I use it that way.
I checked out that website and the first thing I saw was

If you know how powerful neem is as a contraceptive then I'm sure you agree that pregnant women should be very careful and seek medical advice before using neem in great quantities.


OK, there's places that I'm NOT recommending putting it :shk:

I used it as a pesticide in the garden too, but I didn't use it on anything edible. I think the oil is bad to ingest, but the leaf is safe, so anything like spraying food gardens, or as a pet shampoo, the leaf should probably be used.



posted on May, 1 2011 @ 09:38 PM
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Originally posted by SLAYER69

Originally posted by OldCorp
SKIN-SO-SOFT by Avon.

The best smelling Jarheads in the world swear by it.




OldCorp is going Old-School



Hence "OldCorp."
When I was in the Corp, the DI's were still allowed to beat you.



Originally posted by hounddoghowlie
just ask any sand flea, for us island marines
avon skin so soft


Oh man, you had to remind me didn't you? The worst times were when we were standing outside the chow hall in formation (they must have been super attracted to the pig slop on the loading dock.) We had this little DI from Jamaica or the Bahamas, and whenever he caught one of us fidgeting, trying to squash a sandflea with the strength of our armpit, he'd say, "HEY!!! You jus got don eetin', now you let my sand flies eat. Dem be REAL Marines, coz dey bite choo as you squashin' dem. Now when we get back to deh barroks, you come see me up on deh quatah deck. You gwan SWEAT bwoi!"



Oh, MUD works too.

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posted on May, 2 2011 @ 12:58 AM
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Mosquito Repellent
lavender oil
peppermint oil
geranium oil... to skin

Tick Repellent
lemongrass
lavender
or geranium oil
to skin

Flea repellent for your pets or even yourself/area you're in;
six lemons cut in half
put them into a quart of boiling water
soak for three to four hours,
strain the solids(pulp, seed and rind) from the pan
when the water has cooled, place it into a spray bottle
spray on hair, fur and skin,

They work for a few to several hours, be careful not to get near/spray in eyes.



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 09:03 AM
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Originally posted by trinity369
reply to post by mr-lizard
 


Greetings Mr-lizard:

Just two words COAL TAR. I am not sure how safe it is, so do some research first, and am not even sure that you can get it any more, however this is what my grandfather would use. He was a lumber jack and lived to be 97. You want something that last a long time this is it, it takes about a week or more to WEAR off your skin and its waterproof. It smells like creosote and goes on like honey. My mom would use it on me when I was young, it was the only stuff other than skin so soft, that would repel the black flies here in the Adirondacks. Don't forget to put some behind your ears they like that area best. Glade I could help.

trinity369
Just thought I would answer the question about how safe coal tar is.
It is a carcinogen. It is effective for a lot of things, even treating dandruff.

coal tar is a carcinOGEN



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 11:16 AM
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I agree ... Lavender oil has a multitude of uses! I also make a household cleaning spray from tea tree oil, Lavender oil and lemon juice - topped up with water in a spray bottle.

For an insect repellent I mix Lavender oil, Tea tree oil and a few drops of Basil oil with Olive oil and rub into exposed parts .... works for us!

Burning Citronella oil in a diffuser is also a good repellent, and I have heard of crushing Basil leaves in your hands to release the plants oils and rubbing it onto the skin...... Id rather use it for a lovely Pesto!

Does anyone know why mozzies and gnats are more attracted to one person than another?

And Avon skin so soft??? What is all that about !?



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 11:22 AM
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Try rendering bear fat and mix with citronella or cedar oil.

The North-American Indians used bear oil alone. I used it extensively when I was a teenager.
It works for an extended period of time. I reapplied daily but I don't think it was really necessary.

The one major drawback was that it stunk to high heaven, and that smell stays with you for a few days even after you've washed.

Good luck with your search.
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posted on May, 2 2011 @ 11:26 AM
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Originally posted by butcherguy

Originally posted by trinity369
reply to post by mr-lizard
 


Greetings Mr-lizard:

Just two words COAL TAR. I am not sure how safe it is, so do some research first, and am not even sure that you can get it any more, however this is what my grandfather would use. He was a lumber jack and lived to be 97. You want something that last a long time this is it, it takes about a week or more to WEAR off your skin and its waterproof. It smells like creosote and goes on like honey. My mom would use it on me when I was young, it was the only stuff other than skin so soft, that would repel the black flies here in the Adirondacks. Don't forget to put some behind your ears they like that area best. Glade I could help.

trinity369
Just thought I would answer the question about how safe coal tar is.
It is a carcinogen. It is effective for a lot of things, even treating dandruff.

coal tar is a carcinOGEN


You can still get coal tar. Try an industrial paint supplier. Ask for coal tar epoxy. It come in two cans that need to be mixed, one is the coal tar the other is the resine epoxy. I don't know how safe it is either but in the end the coal tar epoxy is about the best rust coating you'll ever find. It is used extensively in dams and anywhere else steel contacts water directly.



posted on May, 2 2011 @ 11:28 AM
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Yea, Skin so soft....forgot about that one....




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