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Repelling insects

Postby Steiner » Mon May 14, 2007 11:51 am

Not being the experienced outdoor type, or an ex-soldier, I'd appreciate people's recommendations for repelling insects. Methods, brands, specifics, please. :)
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Postby Gadge » Mon May 14, 2007 11:58 am

UK army issue mossie rep is briliant stuff.

Comes in a green plastic squeezy tube, smells a bit and *allegedly* melts plastic on weapons (never had a problem with that personally) and complelty keeps all insects away from you for ages, put it on as a base under your cam normally....

I think most surplus shops will have it. When i get home ill check the manufacturer for you.


Also apprently rubing the soil from a termite mound over your skin repels insects too... a termite mound might be tricky to find on site though.
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Postby HeadShot » Mon May 14, 2007 11:59 am

I can't recommend Jungle Formula enough.

http://www.jungleformula.co.uk/jfrange/ ... ength.html

Works every time for me, just put it on liberally at all insect entrance points (sleeves, trouser legs, neck line etc) and on your hair and neck.

If you've ever spent any time at all in the Scottish Highlands or the Canadian Lakes you'll realise how vital this stuff is.
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Postby Kermit » Mon May 14, 2007 12:01 pm

Lifesystems "Expedition 100" has always worked well for me. Contains a whacking great big 95% DEET.
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Postby Old Un » Mon May 14, 2007 12:19 pm

One of these in tactical green should do , could count as a bang hit as well .

http://www.qualitylogoproducts.com/offi ... watter.htm


mind you if you come across any 16" flies I'm out of there :wink:
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Postby H3b » Mon May 14, 2007 4:05 pm

taking an antihistamine usually works for me. they dont seem to like it when i take one.
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Postby Gliderrider » Tue May 15, 2007 5:55 am

It might sound disgusting to some but i have found that not washing with soap for a few days befour you go away is an effective deterant, especially when other members of your party smell like they have used a full bottle of perfume/aftershave. Great for a stalking holiday in scotland, a country not devoid of the odd mossie.
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Postby Rhysd2 » Tue May 15, 2007 6:13 am

H3b wrote:taking an antihistamine usually works for me. they dont seem to like it when i take one.


must not taste yummy

I've used a variety of stuff. the best one I found was called gator something or other. Used it when air rifle shooting in the fields and never had a bite on me
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Postby H3b » Tue May 15, 2007 12:42 pm

oh i also heard using skin so soft from avon works, maybe the alcohol fumes from the sprays they dont like :S
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Postby Rhysd2 » Tue May 15, 2007 1:36 pm

they tend not to like alchy in general. A old army trick used to be to slap rum or brandy i think on the skin. Also found if I've had a few ciders the night before they avoid me. I heard once lemon juice is ok too so maybe its a citrus thing.
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Postby HeadShot » Tue May 15, 2007 1:42 pm

Basically anything that will cover the scents that are emitted by your sweat will work. Mosquitoes are also attracted to CO2 that is emitted when you breathe so anything to confuse the senses in that way will work too. Some people swear by garlic.
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Postby Major » Tue May 15, 2007 1:47 pm

could try a rolled up newspaper. :lol: worked for us in the gulf.
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Postby HeadShot » Tue May 15, 2007 2:02 pm

That and the copious amounts of unmarked tablets they made you take, right?
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Postby Major » Tue May 15, 2007 2:12 pm

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Postby webby » Tue May 15, 2007 4:01 pm

So really Steiner, so long as you pop lots of pills, smell like a brewery/garlic sporting frenchman/etc, you're not gonna get bitten! :)

Mozzie net is a must for the sleeping hours though! Aren't bugs also attracted to heat? Or was I dreaming when I heard that flies see in the infared spectrum?
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