Heading to southeast asia and need to bring mosquito repellent. Would prefer not to use DEET. Any thoughts?
I found this when I looked up homemade bug spray. I can't vouch for it though since I haven't made it. I like a lot of the stuff she does though.
Personally, if I was going to a place with serious mosquito-borne diseases, I would bring a DEET backup, and use it if I experienced any bites. Priorities.
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Get a box of bounce dryer sheets. Before going outside tie one to your belt loop, another to your backpack, and a third to your shoelaces or wrap around your ankle. No sprays or chemicals need touch you, the sheets will repel them.
I wonder if this would work. http://store.naturalnews.com/Bugs-Away-Spray-8-oz-_p_504.html
Light coloured long sleeved and long legged clothing, nothing black, grow dense body hair, wear socks in the evening. Avoid known malarial / dengue zones, be careful around dusk (peak mossie feeding time)
Only DEET aka DDT really works, the rest is BS in my experience, and needs to be 50%+DEET not any diluted cons
Sit near someone with no body hair and wearing short sleeved/legged dark clothing or someone with high blood sugar
There are devices that generate CO2 to mimic a body to attract mossies and then zap them but these are bulky
I know this is an older thread now but for bug repellent, permethrin works miracles. Avoid the petroleum-based version for obvious reasons but as an avid outsdoorsman (as in I teach survival), this is a great product. Sawyer makes a good version you can spray on and let dry.
If you have cats, avoid using this at home. Before the permethrin bonds to the fabric, it is incredibly poisonous for cats. After it dries, it is supposed to be safe for them but I don't want to test that. I treat all my camping gear (pants, socks, shirts, hats, hammock, tarp, etc) as it protects very well from the biters.
The research I read around people seems to be safe although like anything, your body may react different.