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(Telegraph)   Catnip is 10 times more effective than the chemical DEET in repelling mosquitoes   ( divider line
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1967 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Aug 2001 at 10:51 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2001-08-28 10:58:03 AM  
Now I have an image of some dude running around the forest with a herd of cats chasing him.
2001-08-28 11:34:31 AM  
Whoa! If this stuff works as good as they say it does, I'm all for it...

I hate deet... But growing up in Alaska sometimes you HAVE to use something... Even to the point of using the 98% deet spray (really bad for you... Melts some plasics/rubber)...

Try it up on the North Slope and get back at me... Heard stories of 100+ mosquitoes in one swat...
2001-08-28 11:36:42 AM  
I find that 98% Deet spray in their water bowl repels cats
2001-08-28 12:09:00 PM  
Cats are a waste of good fur.
2001-08-28 12:26:10 PM  
Bah! 70-75% effective. Mme.Mersault has it right... garlic is the trick for beating squitos
2001-08-28 12:41:57 PM  
I don't think garlic works. Believe me, I've tried alot of different things... Skin So Soft, citranella, oranges, garlic, white shirts... Just about anything...

The most effective thing I've found is a hooded sweatshirt (not usually too hot in Alaska) and high % deet.
2001-08-28 12:52:37 PM  
I tried a little experiment at home. I didn't get bitten outside quite as badly, but now my cat won't stop licking and humping my leg.
2001-08-28 02:13:22 PM  
keeps roaches away too
2001-08-28 03:31:44 PM  
One word - Avon Skin so Soft. This is Alaskan tested!!!
2001-08-28 05:53:08 PM  
B vitamins and vodka, the B vitamins make you smell bad to the mosquito and the vodka makes you not give a damn about being bitten.
2001-08-28 06:42:46 PM  
I bet I can find nepetalactone oil at Sevenanda Natural Food Co-op. And it probably smells as funky as witch hazel.

Aye, Scottish Spring Soap:
'Makes ya smell like a haggis'
2001-08-28 07:12:02 PM  
screw that. i love my deet. the more toxic the better, says i!
2001-08-28 11:07:27 PM  
Nanookanano: Actually the Scottish Spring Soap ain't a bad idea....take it around to some of the ren faires and highland games and I know people who would seriously buy it to smell o' Haggis. Have the right person promote it and it would replace the patchouli soap in my hubby's shower...
2001-08-29 01:20:14 AM  
I was deep in my cups, winding chainmail links, when my buddy said that. I fell off my chair laughing and could not stop for an even half hour. But then, Jay Mullinax was a reenactor and history head, and said it in deepest burr.
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