Re: Insect Repellent: Which one??
Greg L. Gough (ggough@MAIL.ORION.ORG)
Wed, 19 Jun 1996 07:03:11 -0500
Insect repellent is a much needed item for creature comfort in the wild.
I am not a chemist but work for a manufacturer of the largest brand of
repellent. This is what I would recommend, go for a 14 to 24%
concentration of deet. This will give you 6 to 8 hours of protection.
Buy the aerosol, most cans spray upside down to provide good coverage of
pant legs, socks etc. Pump bottles are harder to use and don't spray
upside down. Use sparingly on exposed skin, spray your clothes but not
saturate. Reapply after swimming. DO NOT SPRAY AROUND NYLON, LACRA,
CARS OR ANY CLEAR PLASTIC (watch faces). It will damage these items.
The funniest story I heard was some girls spraying this on at the beach
using the little do a little good, alot will do alot of good philosophy,
Surprise, their suits were made of lacra and became colorless and
transparent. Also don't spray the face. I know out their somewhere
someone will reply that aerosols damage the ozone (happens everytime)
this is totally incorrect. Chlorofloricarbons are not included in
today's aerosol products unless it is required to make the product (silly
string is one that fits this category). Hope this helps.
SM Troop 201, Ozark, MO. I used to be an Owl but I will always be an Eagle!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City