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Title: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: Sweetwater on November 23, 2010, 10:19:18 PM
Heard a new one for keeping mosquitos away from you tent, outdoor area or yourself. Usinng a spray bottle, put some Listerine mouthwash around onto the surfaces in the area. It dries but keeps a smell that apparently mossies don't like.



When I lived / worked out on cattle stations, we used to get cow pats, put them into a 20 litre drum & light them so they'd just smolder away. The smell of the smoke was not the best but it kept the mossies out of camp. Sometimes we'd put 3 drums out around the perimiter to cover wind changes.

Anyone got other mossie repellant ideas?
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: bushwacker on November 23, 2010, 10:31:41 PM
had one but you got that coverd already  :-\ just trialing insect repllant "OFF" while howling dingoes in thick mossie ridden lantana and scrub so far .... the results arent terribly great  :thumbdown
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: Binder on November 24, 2010, 04:35:07 AM
Plenty of home brew recipe's around involving dettol, lot of people swear by it. Me - if it doesn't say at least 20% DEET on the label I'm not even going to try it!

Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: aussiebasser on November 24, 2010, 06:52:14 AM
Another tip with both insect repellants and sunscreens.  Bushmans is good, but be carefull around plastics with it.  I've stuck my arm to the top of a Minn Kota by resting my arm there with Bushmans on.  Pam ripped the chrome off the nose of her reel in PNG by having Bushmans on her glove.  In my old Hornet I kept a pump bottle of sunscreen in the rear of a side pocket.  It leaked a bit, and that part of the pocket had the shiniest alluminium you've ever seen.  It lifted the paint just like paint stripper.  For effectiveness, in PNG with very few mozzies but billions of sandflies in a couple of areas, nothing I found worked.  I had sandfly bites appearing on my neck and back 3 weeks after we got home. 
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: Slates on November 25, 2010, 07:58:02 PM
the old man calls me a mozzie coil - only because they leave everyone else alone when I'm around :P

having said that, just about all repellants work for me but Rid and Bushman's are a standout.
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: Earl on December 06, 2010, 09:07:53 PM
Fizty,

The Listerine is an internet furphy. There have been plenty of studies and DEET is the most effective control at masking the carbon dioxide we expire in our breath and from our skin. Hence the stronger the better, just watch the plastic and paint work

Iím one of the fortunate soles the mozzies tend to avoid, some people say Iím full of sh%t and after reading the earlier post Iíve come to the determination it must be cow sh%t. 

Many people only apply DEET to exposed skin, but itís far more effective when applied to your skin, clothing, hat and carpet in the boat, the more DEET you apply the more effective it will be at masking your CO2.  Also give the swag a liberal dose before bed

If all else fails take Slates fishing with you and stick him at the other end of the boat.

Regards
Earl
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: BrisBassMan on December 07, 2010, 09:52:55 AM
Went up to the Kennedy River last year and no matter what we did we couldn't keep the away.  We had many bottles of OFF! which only seem to work so a short period of time.  The Cow Pat solution was bearly cutting it but then we didn't do the dungs in the drums method. 

I remember lying the the screened off tent and seeing 50 or 60 mozzies trying to get in.  My brother does a lot of research up that way and he  found the tropical strength aeroguard was good but by the end of the trip his watch was melted !!

Gotta wonder what we are putting on our skin ???

Cheers Geoff
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: takrat on January 30, 2011, 04:57:32 PM
Good topic people, and a thoroughly ongoing one I would think, Earl's idea is a good one but doing a short summary of all the DEET required meant I would have to seriously reconsider my load of gear. When I worked up in North Queensland many moons ago we bought Aerogard by the the numerous cartons. But todays insects seem to be completely immune to it. So now it boils down to whether you want to slowly corrode, along with everything you touch or just get Bahmah Forest and Ross River and simply get used to it... Fitzy the cow dung fire works but it's pretty tough on the inside of your boat.
Cheers mate,
JD
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: nagg on January 30, 2011, 08:16:03 PM
Interesting subject here guys (as I sit scratching the numerous sandlfy bites that I copped over the last few days) -     

Tropical strength aeroguard .... was no deterent at all

Bushmans is the best (the gel) - it is a pain in the butt as it is slimy sticky stuff - but sandlys die as they cannot fly off -  came to realise this when fly fishing in the Southern Is of NZ (home of the mega nasty sand fly)  ..... then comes the yellowish can & the green (but the sprays need to be applied often..... hourly)  .
sadly as Dale has stated .... Bushmans eats plastics and paint - BIG TIME!.
 
So why am I sitting here scratching ???  -    because I got smashed on arrival at our camp site & was too keen to bother about using any ...... just the  TS Aeroguard  -    GAME OVER

Chris
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: Apollo on January 31, 2011, 07:59:29 AM
Saw an ad the other day for insect proof clothing - think it was Bisley.  Anyone tried them?

I have always found that loose fitting long clothing works well.  They seem to bight through tigher stuff.

Steve
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: aussiebasser on January 31, 2011, 11:40:01 AM
Spoke to an American in PNG last year.  He works in Port Moresby for the Gas Pipeline mob.  He is supplied the insect repellant clothing and must wear it when he's in PNG.  He says it works, but is fairly hot.
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: Virtualgirl on January 31, 2011, 08:46:24 PM
Having worked for a pharmaceutical company, I can advise the following: (the following I have pulled from a couple of sites I am aware of)

Picaridin: A truly effective alternative to DEET 
Picaridin is a truly effective alternative to DEET that provides long lasting protection. Developed to be more pleasant to use, it is odorless, with a light, clean feel. Picaridin is scientifically formulated for everyone in the family.
Picaridin, also known around the world as KBR3023, or Bayrepel (trademark of Bayer AG) was developed by Bayer, who began its research for a new active ingredient in the 1980s. Bayer's long history of investigating, developing and producing repellents provided in-depth knowledge for creating an ideal insect repellent.

PICARIDIN has been used worldwide since 1998, and is one of the best selling active ingredients in Europe and Australia. It has been recommended by the World Health Organization as the best protection against Malaria.

It is now in a wipe for controlled protection Odorless No chemical odor and no added fragrance Feels light and clean on your skin.
It will not harm plastics or other synthetic materials.

Brand:  Cutter 15% Picaridin Advanced Sport Aerosol 6 oz.
Available from Amazon.com and on ebay. Not sure where it sells in stores. Worth a bit of research.  Cheers. VG
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: Binder on January 31, 2011, 09:09:26 PM
Had some bloke trying to flog those suites at the fishing club for about $35 each. I find it hard to believe those flimsy looking things would put a mosquito off when the sods will bite you through a fishing shirt rated at SPF50 like it wasn't there. They dont cover your face and hands either, so unless its mid summer I prefer good old king gee. Lets see them bite through that!
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: takrat on February 01, 2011, 08:49:46 PM
I'll bet they don't bite thru Johnny Mitchell's footie shirt!
JD
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: BG on February 02, 2011, 06:53:10 AM
Thanks for that info VG.

My daughter attracts biting insects, poor kid. Cops all the jokes about, ' always invite her to BBQs etc. '

Will have to track some down for her.

Regards Gordon

Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: wesfish on March 04, 2011, 05:37:56 PM
Had some bloke trying to flog those suites at the fishing club for about $35 each. I find it hard to believe those flimsy looking things would put a mosquito off when the sods will bite you through a fishing shirt rated at SPF50 like it wasn't there. They dont cover your face and hands either, so unless its mid summer I prefer good old king gee. Lets see them bite through that!
haha i find my self wearing my work clothes fishing more often because it helps with the mozzies on night trips. go the king gees lol
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: randell on October 02, 2011, 04:32:28 PM
I live at Mooloolaba, and in some afternoons the sandfries/ midges just come out of the grass. itchy legs.............more.
I tried RID pump spray , it works....
But yesterday I sprayed some on and my inside elbows came up in whelps...... 
My mate said his misses used to put some on his dog and said it was safe.......

I was looking at the big whelps on my inner arms , read the label, it said if this product irritated the skin, discontinue it's use........... and get a refund???
Anyway I went to the RID website and  read the FAQ , very interesting.
http://www.rid.com.au/faq.htm (http://www.rid.com.au/faq.htm)

It explains how you don't need to apply it to all your body as the way it works,  you put it on and it evaporates and forms a cloud around your body to protect you.........

About animals, a lot of horse and dog owners use it, rub it on their ears, and it protects the animal, don't rub it on their paws as they lick it off and they can be poisoned to a minor degree.

You need something.................
And even explains the DEET effect on plastic......  maybe not good to rub against mono .


randell
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: nagg on October 02, 2011, 08:10:51 PM
nothing works for me ....... concoctions , sprays , creams  ......  :'(     Still waiting to hear about something that actually works !

Chris
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: 2Dogs on October 02, 2011, 09:38:58 PM
eat lots of baked beans, cabbage & onions & let nature take its course. flying pests wont stand a chance. only suitable if fishing alone  :-X
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: randell on October 03, 2011, 04:49:50 PM
The Hawaiian natives eat raw garlic, a few cloves a day, and I've heard something comes out of their skin to repel mossies........................
maybe the mossies smell their breath.....
randell
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: randell on October 17, 2011, 07:24:12 AM
I was just reading an article in 4X4 Australia oct 2010 by Ron Moon, called
Fight the bites!
He said a few sate government health depts put out special warnings after the floods for mosquito borne viruses like Ross Rv, Barmer Forrest and a new one Kunjin.
He recommends a Deet spray, loose fitting clothing light ,coloured, and don't forget  the kids...

bottom line.
Only bring home good memories and photos, not a unplesant virus, that could you last years.
randell
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: Earl on October 18, 2011, 04:32:10 PM
You can borrow my brother-in-law (for a small fee)

His nick name should be Ďmozzie coilí, just place him down the back of the boat and he keeps the mozzies and sandies away from me, only downside is he bitches about the bities.

Regards
Earl
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: Catfish Al on October 18, 2011, 10:23:17 PM
Well I feel left out. I'm completely allergic to every type of insect repellant including all the natural organic hippie alternatives.

I'm pretty lucky when every one else is getting bitten I usually don't. Sometimes in extreme circumstances I will use dettol and baby oil, but it doesn't work very well.
 
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: lifestyle on December 02, 2011, 09:23:14 PM
Just dont do what i did . waited untill it got dark and picked up the bloody sun screen and applied all over.  After about an hour of being bitten i figured out what i had done.
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: StevenM on December 03, 2011, 09:13:10 PM
Just dont do what i did . waited untill it got dark and picked up the bloody sun screen and applied all over.  After about an hour of being bitten i figured out what i had done.

 :FunnyPost)

least you never got any moon burn.  :Clap)
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: denis on December 29, 2011, 06:06:32 PM
Took a tube of  "The Locals" Sandfly & Mozzie Stuff to Fiordland last month , worked well on the kiwi sandflies.  Made in WA ,  I  bought it  from a local tackle store.
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: kaid on March 07, 2012, 11:29:39 AM
try dosing up on vitamin C. tablets or oranges. it helps
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: cfish on March 07, 2012, 06:20:59 PM
Permethrin is the go if you want to treat your clothing or insect mesh, its available as a wash and  is deadly to insects who avoid it,the downside is it slowly degrades in sun or water. My second line of defence is Rid or Bushman which is twice as potent as Rid
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: BG on March 13, 2012, 07:51:55 AM
I think it was discussed on an earlier post where a mate, in desperation tried various leaves crunched up while we were on a scrubby river bank.

He found that Lantana leaves worked.  Always try the local shrubbery but avoid the stinging nettle, hey.

BG
Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: bushwacker on March 13, 2012, 10:10:57 AM
Thats odd about lantana leaves because lantana scrub is usually laden with the biting bastards.

Title: Re: Mosquito Repellant
Post by: Jabba on April 28, 2012, 07:24:53 PM
I also have found Listerine Pretty Good, Sprayed it on my boat on the Tambo River not a problem back at the Cabin and even at home when having a party.I do have a Son who is allergic to the mozzies.i am going to find out more about Picariden at my local chemist.