Posted by MMMMarcia on July 08, 2000 at 22:04:24:
In Reply to: Mosquitos posted by Christina on July 08, 2000 at 18:58:24:
Hi, Christina! Living in a part of the world notorious for insects of every biting and stinging type, I can tell you that insects are most definitely affected by body chemistry. My husband is seldom bothered by mosquitoes or the dreaded deerflies (my absolute worst nemesis), while I will be drained nearly dry while standing right next to him. On the other hand, when we've been canoeing, he can get chigger bites all over him, and I'll have maybe one. Chiggers don't like me...mosquitoes do. I have only found one or two repellents that work very well. Off is NOT one of them...Florida mosquitoes consider it Nectar of the Mosquito gods! Cutter's works much better. But other things to consider are perfumes, deodorants, hand lotions, and hair sprays. Things of this nature can draw certain insects like...well, like flies to honey! If you are planning a day (or evening) outside, try to avoid scented products that can smell yummy to those nasty critters.
And one other trick I learned from an oldtimer...before you head out to the woods, drink a teaspoon or so of cider vinegar. It changes your body ph, and makes you much less tasty, particularly to chiggers (redbugs).
Hope that helps at least a bit!
MMMM of the Great Outdoors!
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