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Ticks and chiggers have been killing me the last few years, and they're worst this year than ever. Below is a picture of a tick bite on my leg and just a couple of inches away is nice chigger bite to go with it.

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This is something I wouldn't want to have to deal with if SHTF and could easy lead to a serious infection out in the sticks. The chiggers and sand fleas can be even worse. I've had both feet literally covered in bites like this. I generally use Cutter to keep them at bay but that would eventually run out if SHTF. So I was wondering if anyone knew about any good natural repellents.? Mud can help as a last resort but it's not exactly ideal. Any other ideas? :eek:
 

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No Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme Disease in ol' Greenwood I 'spose or you'd be being ahellofalot more careful.

Natural? Avon Skin So Soft!?
 

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No Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme Disease in ol' Greenwood I 'spose or you'd be being ahellofalot more careful.

Natural? Avon Skin So Soft!?
We have both, but the only way to make sure you don't get bit is to not go outside in the summer. I had two crawling on me last week and all I did was get out of the truck to open a gate. This one came out of the garden.

Skin So Soft does work pretty well, any idea as to what it is made from?
 

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GOOGLE!
There are many natural plants of different species that are all over the US and repel bugs of all types. Citronella is the first one that comes to mind.
Me? I eat match heads the day before heading out if possible. About 5-6, and then 2 every day that I'm out. The sulfur comes out in the sweat, and bugs can't stand it. This is also something that would eventually run out in a true SHTF situation though.
 

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GOOGLE!
There are many natural plants of different species that are all over the US and repel bugs of all types. Citronella is the first one that comes to mind.
Me? I eat match heads the day before heading out if possible. About 5-6, and then 2 every day that I'm out. The sulfur comes out in the sweat, and bugs can't stand it. This is also something that would eventually run out in a true SHTF situation though.
I thought you were BS'ing...match heads? Never heard of that one.
 

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...or women or family or friends or customers or colleagues or neighbors or vampires or WASPs or Jimmy Durante or...
 

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...or women or family or friends or customers or colleagues or neighbors or vampires or WASPs or Jimmy Durante or...
Lmao. But damn its good when ur cravin it. Garlic expressions salad dressing! That stuff makes me wanna roll in it like a dog.
 

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I eat lots of garlic and am seldom bothered by any tick, or mosquitoes
And it makes your farts smell like olive garden. My wife LOVES the olive garden, so i just eat garlic,work up a good fart, then make her spaghetti.

Similar atmoshere and i save money :)
 

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Come to think of it I have never had a vampire bite. Love my steaks with lots of garlic and garlic bread
 

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Off-the-Shelf and Homemade Natural Insect Repellents

Nutritionally, you can drink a tablespoon or two of organic apple cider vinegar and eat lots of garlic. Vitamin B1 taken daily is also supposed to help repel insects.


Homemade Herbal Insect RepellentsNatural insect repellents take only a few minutes to make and they are truly effective. A wide variety of herbal and essential oil mixtures can work. Mix, match, and experiment.
Repellent Soap: Add 10-15 drops of essential oils per ounce of liquid Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner's soaps, $13 for a 32-ounce bottle at amazon.com).
Try essential oils such as lemon balm (citronella), pennyroyal, lavender, and rose geranium. Wash before and after spending time outdoors.

Essential Oils as Natural Insect RepellentIt is tricky to get the right concentration of essential oils for a natural insect repellent. In general, less is best.

My dogs can tolerate only the smallest amount of essential oils (I use rose geranium) on their collars each week – just one drop – but it's enough to repel ticks. To find the dosage necessary to repel insects, start with a drop or two in your mixtures, and increase the amount as you find you can tolerate (no more than 10-15 drops per ounce of oil). Combining repellent essential oils and/or herbs with a fruit- or nut-oil carrier is a good technique when you want to dab a bit on your skin.

Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe #1:
10-25 drops essential oil. Try lavender, rose geranium (for ticks), coriander seeds, peppermint, cajeput and citronella
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (optional)

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar; stir to blend. Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing.

Homemade Insect Repellent Recipe #2:
25 drops essential oil (see above)
1/4 cup water or organic apple cider vinegar

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar. Shake to blend. Dab some on your skin or clothing.


California Baby Bug Repellent SprayCalifornia Baby Bug Repellent Spray ($12.15 for 6.5 ounce spray bottle at amazon.com)


Bite Blocker Natural Insect Repellent SprayLuckily, many ready-made herbal insect repellents are now found online or in your health food store. When buying, look for the words herbal, all-natural, DEET-free, non-chemical, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic.

Bite Blocker (9$ for 4.7-ounce spray bottle at amazon.com)

We in Alaska Buy Buhach by the case.
This all-natural insecticide is safe enough to use even on pregnant pets! Repels insects and spiders without chemicals
First made famous during the Alaskan Gold Rush, Buhach, pronounced “byew hack,” is a natural insecticide powder discovered in 1876. Prospectors used this powder to fight off ravenous mosquitoes. For over 100 years, it has continued to be used to kill mosquitoes, spiders, fleas, ants, black flies, roaches and other insects
Buhach is Mother Nature's “secret” pest repellent...no synthetic chemicals! Made of ground pyrethrum flowers (from the chrysanthemum family), Buhach insecticide powder repels spiders, ants, fleas, roaches, blackflies, mosquitoes and more, without harsh chemicals. Its natural ingredients make it safe to use around people and pets. Each can holds 8 oz. EPA registered; #703-1.
Organic “mother nature's” insecticide
Non-toxic powder formula
EPA registered; #703-1
Natural ingredients, contains ground pyrethrum flowers from chrysanthemum family
Works as a repellent when sprinkled and as an insecticide when burned
Kills ants, flies, roaches, fleas, lice, aphids, gnats, mosquitoes, spiders and deer ticks
May be applied to dogs and cats to get rid of fleas (safe to use on pregnant animals)
Won’t harm environment, safe for use around fruit trees, plants, mammals, humans, etc.
Active ingredients: Pyrethrums- 0.9%
Inactive ingredients: (powdered Pyrethrums flowers 99.1%)
Can measures 6½” high x 3”
Net weight 8 oz
Made in USA
You can dust it on your critters fur, sprinkle some on a window sill and flies that come in contact with Buhach are dead in about one minuet.
To keep away flying insects a Buhach smudge is wonderfull, dump some Buhach powder in a tuna can and set a match to it.
http://www.buhach.com/applications/applications.html
 

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Thanks for the info.

I've been trying to find something that's easy to produce from scratch, but haven't found it yet. But I will keep looking. I've developed an allergy to the damn things (that's why my bites look so bad). In the mean time I'll be looking for some essential oils. The skin-so-soft is ok in the yard but I need something stronger in the sticks.

I found one crawling on my arm this evening while I was reloading in the shed!!!! I don't have a clue where that one came from. :eek:

I'll take zombies over ticks any day.

And unfortunately I hate garlic. I'm with the vampires on that one.
 

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I use this stuff, it is an essential oil blend with Lemon, Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass and 11 other essential oils. It really works against mosquitoes, black flies, no-see-ums and ticks. We don't have chiggers around here. Smells nice too.

http://everythingessential.me/Blends/TerraShield.html
 

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Garlic and soap both work. Plain old soap. The kind the kids use to blow bubbles works good too. Also noted the there are less mosquitoes around if the kids are blowing bubbles. Something about the soap and glycerin in the air. We don't have many mosquitoes here in the desert but we did have success with bubbles up in Red River for a weeks vacation. Fishing was great too. Now those damn sun spiders they are racing into our house every time we let the dog out. Any ideas on fighting them?
 

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We spray the Ortho home defense outside the perimeter of the house. They make one for indoors too that is safe for animals. If that doesn't help, I find that running and screaming usually helps. :)
 

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Garlic and soap both work. Plain old soap. The kind the kids use to blow bubbles works good too. Also noted the there are less mosquitoes around if the kids are blowing bubbles. Something about the soap and glycerin in the air. We don't have many mosquitoes here in the desert but we did have success with bubbles up in Red River for a weeks vacation. Fishing was great too. Now those damn sun spiders they are racing into our house every time we let the dog out. Any ideas on fighting them?
.22 shot shells! :D
 

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We used panty hose in the field and they work wonders!
 
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