Home made mozi & sandfly repellent

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:41
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Hi. I recall a home made insect repellent which used detol, baby oil & metho I think. I don't know what percentage of each to mix.
Does anybody have any home made repellent 'recipes'.
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Reply By: Member - Mike (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:51

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:51
I have always used equal thirds!! Great for blokes but .... some opposition from the other side!
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Follow Up By: age - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 06:27

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 06:27
Mike

I girlyified the brew to the following:

Instead of metho I use rubbing alcohol, instead of baby oil use Avon skin-so-soft and the Dettol. Works a treat and the wife will use it

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Reply By: Top End Explorer Tours - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:57

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 21:57
500 ml of vitamin E cream and 1 tea spoon of Citronella oil.

Works at Shady Camp.

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:06

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:06
Does it keep the cockys away there too Steve?

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:12

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:12
That must taste terrible!! Michael
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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:06

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:06
Good brew but dont use it in the sun as the baby oil acts as a friyng agent and can finnish up like KFC
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:10

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:10
Just dab on Phenol !! Michael :)
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Reply By: SPRINT-GTO - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:47

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:47
Mixture
1 x Largebottle of Rid(creamy one)
1 x small bottle Citronella from Chemist
100ml Dettol
100ml Baby Oil
100ml Calamine Lotion
200ml Eucalyptus Oil
Mix all ingredients and put into a spray bottle
OR
100ML Dettol
100ml Sunscreen
100ml Baby Oil
OR
Vicks Vaporub

Helps to dab bites with Cloudy Ammonia
OR
Avon So0soft Skin Lotion(used by pommy SAS) and apparently it works!!!
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Reply By: trainslux - Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:54

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009 at 22:54
equal parts baby oil, dettol, and if you wish metho.
we have found that the baby oil, and dettol is excellent for mossie repellant, but no good for flies.
some citronella oil, a few drops, may help with the flies tho.

Great mossie repellant, hand wash, good for cuts scrapes, and any anti bacterial wash you may need.

And its cheap.

head into the body shop, and get some of their returned bottles with the flip caps.

works a treat.

have bottles in the center console, backpack hand bag etc etc etc.

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Reply By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 05:50

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 05:50
We tried dettol and baby oil (no metho) only once. Cant remember whether it worked or not but it smelt so much like 'dunny' disinfectant from the days that I banned it!
Went back to using liberal amounts of tropical strength Aeroguard - not home-made! Sorry!
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 08:14

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 08:14
A few years ago I found that the Aeroguard stuff didn't seem to work in the North or Northwest. In fact it seemed to attract the little flying fellas. These days I use tropical strength Rid. Works for me.
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Reply By: Member - John M (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 07:42

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 07:42
Equal amounts of Liquid (creamy moisturiser), dettol and Rid works good for us with mossies and sandflies.

Easy on the skin and not so bad on the nose!

Some the other mixtures also sounds good.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 09:32

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 09:32
Hello Folks,

Here on the Diamantina, all bush flies are born here, and just migrate to annoy all you blokes LOL.

We use the dettol/metho/baby oil for sand flies, and used to apply Johnsons "OFF" Skintastic insect spray, for flies. A couple of applications a day were enough to keep the little buggers away from your face.

Now use the best stuff. It's NATURES BOTANNICAL Cedarwood & Rosemary Oil. Its an cream based mixture, that lasts well, and one only needs to apply a little each time. I use a smear down the nose, and a little under each eye, and you have eternal peace!!!

If out in the sun a lot its best to use UV cream, or sorbolene cream first, as it does irritate the facial skin, with constant use.

Have even carried some in a film cannister, so as to replenish it out in the paddock, when on a bike mustering.

The other thing we've found when the flies are bad.....don't talk, then you don't swallow any.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 09:53

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 09:53
A photo of when the flies aren't bad.

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West of Diamantina, near Milperoo Ck. Nov.'08.



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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 12:20

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 12:20
Morning Bob.

Now that sounds suspiciously like the product sold in the co-op in Quilpie.

Works a real treat and smells o/k too.
I'm told it will even keep the flies off the horses.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 12:44

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 12:44
How are you, Wim?

Probably would be same stuff. Think it was originally made for horses.

Best stuff I've ever used in over 40 years of being a target for flies.

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Reply By: Angler - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 10:49

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 10:49
I found a mixture of sand and rum works well. Just rub on and the insects get drunk and throw rocks at each other.

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Reply By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 11:01

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 11:01
Half Baby Oil & half Dettol for mozzies. Shake to mix if left standing.
While camped at Yellow Waters in 1990 the Mozzies hit late one afternoon & having no container to mix the brew as we hadnt struck them before, I had to down a stubby & use it for the
hootch. As the childbride & I sat having a stubby 2 teams of young campers started to set up camp next to us, failed to even
respond to our G'day. Tents up, the wives & kids went inside as the mozzies hit. The brave husbands sat outside having a beer.
Childbride went for a shower & I continued to apply the hootch
from the stubbie while drinking from another. Sure enough, as the mozzies got worse, they started rubbing beer on themselves.
I fell out of my chair laughing, spilt my beer too, when I looked
up they were gone tentside, all I got was abused...worth it
though........oldbaz
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 12:40

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 12:40
Tried the "home made" mix and found it was not as good or as convenient as the proprietary products available.

My choice is Bushman's which is available in the standard size aeosol container as well as a more compact version and "normal" and "tropical" strengths.

I have the "normal" strength and find that it lasts for a considerable time on your skin, works well to repel the insects, easy to apply, does not feel oily and has a pleasant low scent which is not overpowering.

What more can I say.
Don't like the smell of Aerogard.
Couldn't be bothered with the "home made" crap.
Bushman's for me.

Bill.



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Follow Up By: That Troopy Bloke (SA) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 21:53

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 21:53
Yep, Bushman's for me too....at least for mozzies and sandflies.
Doesn't bloody work on flies though :-(

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Reply By: austastar - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 13:27

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 13:27
Fly hat!
No mess, no smell, doesn't deteriorate in the heat.
Cost $5:, lasts for years.
Bliss!

cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Raymond H (VIC) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 21:53

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 21:53
Had one of those ... screen didn't reach all the way down my legs ... went back to using Morteen like in the old days.
Keep smiling,
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Reply By: Member - William H (WA) - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 13:39

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 13:39
Hi all Eoz members.

I have just returned from Cairns on the 19th of January, where they have had an outbreak of dengue fever, 50% of baby oil and 50% detol worked well for me up their............Also good for killing the Cain Toad, that ventured into the front yard.

Cheers for now........William H....from ......Bunbury.
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Reply By: lizard - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 19:42

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 19:42
I've heard Listerine works .
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Reply By: BuggerBoggedAgain - Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 21:17

Thursday, Jan 22, 2009 at 21:17
Just a reminder, never ever sit behind a cattle truck, I did, in my Benz, when the buggers let fly with the previous nights bleep .

Every time I stopped, I attracted every fly with-in 500 mtrs, bloody hell, it was a nightmare. And looking at the now yellow-stained bleep Benz was at least 2 million flies, I s**t you not.
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