I have gone old old school--long sleeves. Putting the essential oils on my hat lets them last longer and keep the bugs out of my ears.
I think they're similar-especially in the 'eat your leg off' department-but are a different species.
John Polk wrote:Curious if 'sandflies' are the same thing we called 'nosee'ems' in the Bahamas?
We had an inventive variety of sado-masochistic childhood challenges/entertainments involving sandflies
Kate Muller wrote:Does anyone have an effective method of repelling ticks. Here in New Hampshire ticks with Lyme disease is our biggest issue.
Meg Mitchell wrote:I mostly use dragonflies. They eat the mosquitoes and are very pretty.
Long sleeves have never helped for me -- if you wear clothes that fit, the mosquitoes can bite through them.
Michael Cox wrote:Lives literally depend on cheap and reliable access to DEET (and other insecticide) impregnated bednets in the developing world, as they are the cheapest and most effective way of reducing exposure to malaria. I get quite uncomfortable when us in the affluent developed countries, speaking from a position of privilege, start to demonise products that are essential for the health and well being of the most vulnerable in the world.
The very title of this thread "Just say no..." is purposefully drawing parallels to the illegal drugs campaigns of 1980s and 1990s. Intentionally or not, it is going to lead to strong negative connotations towards a product that has been overwhelmingly beneficial for humanity.