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(CBC)   Canada banning Citronella based insect repellants because it killed some lab rats when they drank it. DEET on the rocks still an acceptable, and might I add delicious, summer beverage. BOTTOMS UP... *twitch*   (cbc.ca) divider line 74
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2014-08-31 05:33:26 PM  
Buck Russell: I'm Buck Melanoma. Moley Russell's wart. Not her wart. Not her wart! I'm... I'm the wart. She's my tumor. My... my growth. My... uh, my pimple. I'm Uncle Wart. Just old Buck "Wart" Russell. That's what they call me, or Melanoma Head. They'll call me that. "Melanoma Head's coming." I'm s... uncle! Maisy Russell's uncle!

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2014-08-31 06:37:18 PM  
Citronella is worthless anyways as a deterrent, might as well get that stank out of here and let me enjoy the taste of my food and drink without that shiat in the air.
 
2014-08-31 06:37:36 PM  
Government agency in the Harper era ignoring scientists?

You don't say...
 
2014-08-31 07:48:24 PM  
Only in Canada could government be in the pockets of Big DEET.
 
2014-08-31 07:49:49 PM  
"Insect repellents are considered pesticides so they must meet strict safety standards. In 2004, Health Canada proposed phasing out citronella-based bug sprays because of new questions about its safety."

I wonder how the other pesticides hold up under scrutiny when people drink them?

/prefers berry flavored Raid
 
2014-08-31 07:50:50 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: Citronella is worthless anyways as a deterrent, might as well get that stank out of here and let me enjoy the taste of my food and drink without that shiat in the air.


The candles seem to work pretty well... I mean my back yard is next to a swamp, so the local bloodsuckers are pretty aggressive. We've tested this theory a bunch of times.
 
2014-08-31 07:52:17 PM  
Lol citronella is a plant. Gotta keep those plants illegal

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2014-08-31 07:52:23 PM  
A buddy of mine has a really old Deep Woods Off squeeze bottle that's something like 60% DEET.  He's spray that stuff on and nary a mosquito would come within 10 feet of us.  We had to stay away from cars and buildings as well or the paint would peel off.
 
2014-08-31 07:54:16 PM  
Well I don't know about the rest of Canada, but when I was in Boundary Water canoe area we had to use anti-aircraft weapons to kill mosquitoes. I was camping there when I was in the Boy Scouts and I'm pretty sure some of those flying vampires carried away some of the smaller scouts.
 
2014-08-31 07:54:29 PM  
The thing that confuses me about this story is that it seems to be a current dispute - but when I tried to buy citronella in a pharmacy in Jasper I was told it wasn't sold in Canada - and that was in 1974.
 
2014-08-31 07:56:28 PM  
Saccerine vs Sorbitol.
One is safe, one causes cancer.
Which one is which depends on which side of the border you're on.

/Deet FTW
 
2014-08-31 07:57:01 PM  
Mosquitos laugh at Citronella anyway. It's deet or nothing in these parts.  Just remember to wipe your hands before handling your camera and / or any tiny amphibians you might be trying to get a picture of.
 
2014-08-31 07:58:09 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: Citronella is worthless anyways as a deterrent, might as well get that stank out of here and let me enjoy the taste of my food and drink without that shiat in the air.


Exactly.

Citronella is pretty much snake oil.
 
2014-08-31 07:58:33 PM  
I learned the hard way the other day that lavender is a bug repellent. I made a fruit fly trap with red wine vinegar and lavender scented dish soap and didn't catch one fruit fly after 2 days.
Changed it out to another type of dish soap and caught a bunch of flies within minutes.
 
2014-08-31 07:58:40 PM  

ladyfortuna: InterruptingQuirk: Citronella is worthless anyways as a deterrent, might as well get that stank out of here and let me enjoy the taste of my food and drink without that shiat in the air.

The candles seem to work pretty well... I mean my back yard is next to a swamp, so the local bloodsuckers are pretty aggressive. We've tested this theory a bunch of times.


Well, I'm glad that it works for you in your neck of the world.
 
2014-08-31 07:58:44 PM  
Only DEET really works, anyway.

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM200207043470102

http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMoa011699

/Science!
 
2014-08-31 07:59:08 PM  
They don't sell the 100% DEET stuff any more. Even the Muskol is watered down now. Back in the 70's, the Muskol was so strong that there was a warning not to get it on nylon rain clothes. But it was okay to spread it on your ears, neck, and face.
It worked. Twitch.
 
2014-08-31 08:03:39 PM  
I was up in the UP fishing with my BIL. We used DEET that was very potent. I quit when my urine turned brown. I went back to gloves and cigars.
 
2014-08-31 08:10:05 PM  
A lot of fellows working in the woods used to pour motor oil over their hard hats, on the theory that flies will pitch on your head first. Of course, the motor oil would run off the helmets, and down the neck. And flies do not like it, so it had some limited utility. Ah, the heat, the mud, the flies. And the fire index so high that cigarettes were out, so we all chewed tobacco. The good old days.
Man, I haven't had Levi Garrett chewing tobacco in thirty years.
 
2014-08-31 08:10:59 PM  
I still have some 98.5% DEET. That stuff will melt leather and it's awesome.
 
2014-08-31 08:11:56 PM  
www.teletoonatnight.com
 
2014-08-31 08:11:57 PM  
I thought it was going to say it was banned because it didn't work.

For me, it's a matter of choice. I choose to take a chance with some potential DEET side effects vs. guaranteed involuntary blood letting.
 
2014-08-31 08:12:06 PM  

ladyfortuna: InterruptingQuirk: Citronella is worthless anyways as a deterrent, might as well get that stank out of here and let me enjoy the taste of my food and drink without that shiat in the air.

The candles seem to work pretty well... I mean my back yard is next to a swamp, so the local bloodsuckers are pretty aggressive. We've tested this theory a bunch of times.


Have you found anything else to be effective? We have eliminated standing water, tried one of the propane-powered mosquito vacs, bug zappers don't work...
 
2014-08-31 08:15:02 PM  

Bwahaha: They don't sell the 100% DEET stuff any more. Even the Muskol is watered down now. Back in the 70's, the Muskol was so strong that there was a warning not to get it on nylon rain clothes. But it was okay to spread it on your ears, neck, and face.
It worked. Twitch.


If I remember correctly, the US Army conducted extensive testing on DEET concentrations and found that anything above 40% was all but wasted as far as increased efficacy goes. Mixtures of 35-40% DEET with permethrin were like mosquito grenades, but recommended for clothing applications only. The permethrin is residual, but the DEET component required conventional reapplication.

I'm thinking that the testing was done in the '90s.
 
2014-08-31 08:26:29 PM  

Mr. Oizo: A buddy of mine has a really old Deep Woods Off squeeze bottle that's something like 60% DEET.  He's spray that stuff on and nary a mosquito would come within 10 feet of us.  We had to stay away from cars and buildings as well or the paint would peel off.


We bought 100% DEET while section-hiking the AT. I'm pretty sure we were supposed to dilute it, but we never got bit by mosquitoes, ticks, or bears.

/and the extra hand I grew comes in handy
 
2014-08-31 08:28:08 PM  

AGremlin: Buck Russell: I'm Buck Melanoma. Moley Russell's wart. Not her wart. Not her wart! I'm... I'm the wart. She's my tumor. My... my growth. My... uh, my pimple. I'm Uncle Wart. Just old Buck "Wart" Russell. That's what they call me, or Melanoma Head. They'll call me that. "Melanoma Head's coming." I'm s... uncle! Maisy Russell's uncle!

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2014-08-31 08:29:28 PM  
Living in the mosquito capital of Canada (Winnipeg) I can safely say years of experimenting with every new fad of repellants that citronella based bug repellants are bogus. Right up there with crystals as antideoderant. The West Nile virus alone is reason to put an end to these snake oil salesmen.

Deet is pretty much the only thing you will reach for after a few days in the bush as the black flies will drive you insane.

m.youtube.com/watch?v=qjLBXb1kgMo
 
2014-08-31 08:35:01 PM  

Back Alley Proctologist: ladyfortuna: InterruptingQuirk: Citronella is worthless anyways as a deterrent, might as well get that stank out of here and let me enjoy the taste of my food and drink without that shiat in the air.

The candles seem to work pretty well... I mean my back yard is next to a swamp, so the local bloodsuckers are pretty aggressive. We've tested this theory a bunch of times.

Have you found anything else to be effective? We have eliminated standing water, tried one of the propane-powered mosquito vacs, bug zappers don't work...


Have the local entemologists release swarms of Dragonflys. They are pretty efficient and effective, and no one complains about the chemicals released. If you endured skeet summers like we do you might happily chase behind the malithion spray trucks for a shower.
 
2014-08-31 08:42:21 PM  

Bwahaha: They don't sell the 100% DEET stuff any more. Even the Muskol is watered down now. Back in the 70's, the Muskol was so strong that there was a warning not to get it on nylon rain clothes. But it was okay to spread it on your ears, neck, and face.
It worked. Twitch.


they still sell 98.11% though. I use it in place of tonic water with my gin.
 
2014-08-31 08:54:24 PM  
Drink enough of it, and you'll twitch, all right...
 
2014-08-31 08:55:22 PM  

brimed03: /and the extra hand I grew comes in handy.



Do tell.
 
2014-08-31 09:01:33 PM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout: brimed03: /and the extra hand I grew comes in handy.


Do tell.


Lol, guess I handed you that one.
 
2014-08-31 09:02:40 PM  

Bwahaha: They don't sell the 100% DEET stuff any more.


Oh yes they do:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/SAWYER-PREMIUM-MAXI-DEET-INSECT-REPELLENT- 3o z/21811672
 
2014-08-31 09:04:46 PM  
I grew up between Louisiana and Florida, and spend time working in the Amazon, New Yorkers and Canadians talking about mosquitos crack me the fark up.
 
2014-08-31 09:09:03 PM  
Deet works but if you drink it you might(ARE) an idiot
 
2014-08-31 09:28:25 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com

/Y'all slippin'
 
2014-08-31 10:10:00 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: I learned the hard way the other day that lavender is a bug repellent. I made a fruit fly trap with red wine vinegar and lavender scented dish soap and didn't catch one fruit fly after 2 days.
Changed it out to another type of dish soap and caught a bunch of flies within minutes.


I am?
 
2014-08-31 10:10:35 PM  

theflatline: I grew up between Louisiana and Florida, and spend time working in the Amazon, New Yorkers and Canadians talking about mosquitos crack me the fark up.


Have you actually been to Northern Ontario?

Bigass mosquitos, billions and billions of them.
 
2014-08-31 10:23:35 PM  

LavenderWolf: theflatline: I grew up between Louisiana and Florida, and spend time working in the Amazon, New Yorkers and Canadians talking about mosquitos crack me the fark up.

Have you actually been to Northern Ontario?

Bigass mosquitos, billions and billions of them.


But they're very polite. They even apologize for biting you.
 
2014-08-31 10:28:03 PM  

LavenderWolf: theflatline: I grew up between Louisiana and Florida, and spend time working in the Amazon, New Yorkers and Canadians talking about mosquitos crack me the fark up.

Have you actually been to Northern Ontario?

Bigass mosquitos, billions and billions of them.


This.  No place is as bad as swampy canadian shield for bugs.
Louisiana heat is much worse than the mosquitos.
 
2014-08-31 10:48:38 PM  
Every month I have customers cancel their mosquito service 'cause they're gonna do it themselves. Most of 'em tell me they've bought citronella candles and don't need me anymore. I also have customers every month who want to reinstate their mosquito service they just cancelled last month because "those farking candles don't so shiat."

Oh, and they also want me to knock the price down for them since $45/month is too expensive and they've been loyal customers, apparently unaware that cancelling your service and crawling back doesn't translate to "loyalty."

Go buy a 96oz bottle of Talstar P. Mix 3oz per gallon of water and spray all the shrubs, making sure you get the underside of the leaves. Mosquitoes won't be back for a while.
 
2014-08-31 10:49:26 PM  

LavenderWolf: theflatline: I grew up between Louisiana and Florida, and spend time working in the Amazon, New Yorkers and Canadians talking about mosquitos crack me the fark up.

Have you actually been to Northern Ontario?

Bigass mosquitos, billions and billions of them.


I'm lazy, so imagine a troll head 'shopped on a mosquito.
 
2014-08-31 11:07:08 PM  
Does this mean my holistic citronella factory will be closed?
 
2014-08-31 11:08:21 PM  

Bwahaha: They don't sell the 100% DEET stuff any more. Even the Muskol is watered down now. Back in the 70's, the Muskol was so strong that there was a warning not to get it on nylon rain clothes. But it was okay to spread it on your ears, neck, and face.
It worked. Twitch.


No. But those tiny bottles of Off! You can buy at the supermarket or Dick's are like 97% or nearbouts. I'd go out to my truck and look on the label of the one I keep there but it's raining out so...
 
2014-08-31 11:11:43 PM  

drmda: Bwahaha: They don't sell the 100% DEET stuff any more.

Oh yes they do:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/SAWYER-PREMIUM-MAXI-DEET-INSECT-REPELLENT- 3o z/21811672


Awesome!
 
2014-08-31 11:20:26 PM  
I have a friend who sells that citronella stuff by bulk in SE Asia.  It seems to work for me and I attract mosquitos pretty easily (those skeets love my sweet, sweet American blood).

I agree DEET is probably more effective but people here can end up using repellent every day here during the warm(er) months and it's either the natural way or some harsh cancer causing chemical.

Its possible Citronella is more effective here because the mosquitos seem to be a different breed/variety here...  they're usually much smaller and the bites tend to be harsh and intense in itchiness but usually gone in a day.

Oh, you also can get Dengue fever here from skeets.... which is pretty serious.
 
2014-08-31 11:39:46 PM  
I spend a lot of time outdoors.   DEET certainly works.   You don't need to spray it on your skin.  Spraying it on your clothes will usually do the trick just as good and you get less exposure.

This also works AMAZINGLY well:

http://www.thermacell.com/mosquito-repellent
 
2014-09-01 12:03:51 AM  

Greylight: Living in the mosquito capital of Canada (Winnipeg) I can safely say years of experimenting with every new fad of repellants that citronella based bug repellants are bogus. Right up there with crystals as antideoderant. The West Nile virus alone is reason to put an end to these snake oil salesmen.

Deet is pretty much the only thing you will reach for after a few days in the bush as the black flies will drive you insane.

m.youtube.com/watch?v=qjLBXb1kgMo


What about the various netting products? Deet works great for skeeters (usually) but not so much for deer and black flies so I'm looking for more options.
 
2014-09-01 12:09:54 AM  
Wash your clothes in permethrin and daub a little Bens 100 behind your ears and you can spend all day in Alaskan muskeg bite free.
 
2014-09-01 12:27:02 AM  

LadySusan: Greylight: Living in the mosquito capital of Canada (Winnipeg) I can safely say years of experimenting with every new fad of repellants that citronella based bug repellants are bogus. Right up there with crystals as antideoderant. The West Nile virus alone is reason to put an end to these snake oil salesmen.

Deet is pretty much the only thing you will reach for after a few days in the bush as the black flies will drive you insane.

m.youtube.com/watch?v=qjLBXb1kgMo

What about the various netting products? Deet works great for skeeters (usually) but not so much for deer and black flies so I'm looking for more options.


If Deet isn't working for your black flies you can use Permethrin but it is much more toxic. A hat with netting keeps the co2 seeking critters out of your face. Wear light coloured cloths, don't use perfumes or indulge in candy.

Best bet, find a friend who wears dark clothing and eats a lot of sweets and keep close to them outside, bonus if they are a slow runner as you have a bear attack plan as well!
 
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