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    Thumbs up Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    Ah yes ... the Canadian National Bird.

    Good read:

    https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsan...-gin-and-tonic

    Too bad Gin and Tonic is at the bottom of the list.

    fae
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    Default Re: Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    Surely it depends on dosage?

    If you drink enough g&t you'll be too drunk to go outdoors = 100% effective!

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    Default Re: Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    A big fat Cuban cigar..

    I have used Avon Skin So Soft with good results as well.

    Denny

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    Default Re: Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    I use a picaridin spray and have since picaridin was approved for use in the USA.

    Deet melts plastic fly lines leaves a greasy residue.

    Picaridin has no residual greasiness and will not affect fly lines or any other piece of equipment. Cutter was the first to make a picaridin but now the biggest sellers are the Repel and Sawyer brands. The Repel is 15% picaridin spray and the Sawyer is 20% picaridin spray.

    Picaridin vs DEET: Which Is the Best Insect Repellent? - Appalachian Mountain Club

    Insect Repellent Guide: Deet vs. Picardin - REI Expert Advice

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    Silver



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    Default Re: Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    I haven't used Cutter in many years. It didn't seem to work for me. I don't particularly like the smell, taste, feel of Deep Woods Off, but it does work. I would feel very vulnerable to ticks in many of the places I hunt and fish with out a liberal dose of Off. I prefer to wash it off before bed if I'm camping. I also get good effect by spraying my neckerchief and wearing it tied around my neck.

    "Every [child] has the right to a first fish. On this particular planet, no man is granted a greater privilege than to be present and to assist in the realization of this moment". Bill Heavey

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    Ever since the Army issued Permethrin uniforms, I've used it on my own clothing and either Deep Woods or this Citronella spray I can't remember the name of, was recommended by the Jamaicans on island. The citronella spray is the only thing that seems to work on biting gnats/midges/no see ums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver creek View Post
    I use a picaridin spray and have since picaridin was approved for use in the USA.
    I agree, I just switched to picaridin from lemon eucalyptus. So far it seems even more effective than DEET and it's definitely easier on your skin. And I've heard it's more effective than DEET on ticks.

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    Default Re: Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    Bite'm back.
    The only thing human kind ever learned through history, is that through history, human kind has learned nothing.

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