Insect repellent

Submitted: Friday, May 19, 2006 at 22:28
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Found this in my favourites and with the travel season imminent it may be worth a look before spending a fortune. It is the Choice test page and the finding will save a lot of moolah.
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Reply By: bigcol - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 07:33

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 07:33
That Bushman insect repellent also makes a good paint stripper.
Last year on the annual fishing trip to Turkey Beach we were going out to check the crab pots. Sand flies and mozzies are fairly thick up there at times. So the mate sprayed the Bushman on and jumped in my STR Navara and took the paint of the power window arm rest
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Reply By: Ray Bates - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 07:54

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 07:54
I usually use a mixture of Baby oil & Detol. 50/50 mixture and shaken into an emoultion. Works well will sandflies. Cheep and effective
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Follow Up By: Ando80 - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 10:54

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 10:54
Ray,

Once mixed how long does this last for. eg: Does it go off???

Going up North WA in June with a 6 month old baby and didn't really want to use the bushman etc which aren't recommended for babies.

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Ando
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 11:36

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 11:36
For some fun, tip this mixture into a water pistol and squirt it on cane toads. Kills 'em stone dead in no time.
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Follow Up By: Ray Bates - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 19:15

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 19:15
It lasts in definately. Just shake it up a bit
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Follow Up By: Jayk - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 00:55

Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 00:55
We make a similar mix but also add pure citronella oil - get it from a chemist but not cheap - which seems to work very well and if mixed with water it goes a long way too. Doesn't leave that itchy unpleasnt I've-just-rubbed-myself-with chemicals feeling either.

Mix is: 1 x citronella - 1 x dettol - 5 x baby oil and water to taste.

I also think it might be affective in warding off leeches. No real proof of this. Just a one off experience where, after giving myself a good spray with this mix, I spent a ½ hour or so in a leach infested area and only picked up one or two, whereas others who were with me got heaps.

And an aside. A friend of mine who works for the NSW Cancer Council won't go anywhere near anything that contains DEET... says it's a probable carcinogen.

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Reply By: Battlecat - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 12:11

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 12:11
Hi,
Yeah Bushman’s is the way to go, better than rid etc but if you want really want killa insect protection grab the army issue one from a disposal. Used to be in the army and you had to be careful that you didn’t get it on the butt of the styer as it would melt the plastic. Sure as hell kept the little blighters away though.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 13:22

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 13:22
RustyT,

Dunno whether it works against other insects, but we have been using NATURE'S BOTANICALS Rosemary & Cedarwood Creme, for bush flies. One application can last almost all day, and it isn't too harsh on the skin like that Bushman rocket fuel stuff.

Found it's best to apply UV cream first, then wipe a little of the creme, over that. We live in the centre of bush fly universe, so need something that lasts, but doesn't lift the skin off, in half a day.

A smal tub last for months too. No affliation, just a contented user!!

We've given Skintastic "OFF" the flick after finding this stuff.

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Reply By: boo boo - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 19:15

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 19:15
Read somewhere that a mixture of OP rum and sand works fairly well, you rub it gently on exposed areas and when the mozzies land on you they get drunk on the fumes and either go to sleep,or become argumentive, then start throwing rocks at each other and forget to bite.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 19:21

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 19:21
hahahahahahaha that sounds better than putting on a mixture that either kills cane toads or melts plastic LOL
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