Re: Insect Repellent: etc... (Boys' Life, July Issue)
John E. Campbell (spectrum@IAG.NET)
Thu, 20 Jun 1996 22:12:57 -0400
At 09:04 PM 6/20/96 -0400, you wrote:
>On Thu, 20 Jun 1996, John E. Campbell wrote:
>> I was just reading the July issue of my son's Boys' Life and found that they
>> have an excellent article on insect repellant on page 12. It also includes
>> other insect control ideas too. :)
>John, care to share what you've read for those of us who do not have Boys'
>Lisa Varner << email@example.com >>
>Haven't been there. Don't want to go. Don't need another t-shirt!
Re-Hey Folks! :-D
Sure! I'd love to share what I read in Boys' Life. They divided the article
into four sections and I'll get to the nitty gritty of each section.
The first section dealt with "DEET" bug repellant. The article recommended
products containing no more than 35% DEET. Additionally they claim lotion
based repellents last longer since alcohol based sprays evaporate faster.
They also recommend applying sun block 10 minutes prior to applying the
repellant, this slows absorbtion of the repellant into the body. The sun
block tip was supplied by Kurt Avery, president of Sawyer Products (an
outdoor supply company).
The second section dealt with mesh clothing. They say outdoor supply
companies have mesh available for hats and hats with mesh built in. They
also mention mesh jackets which provide protection and work well in the
heat. In jacket form it mentions both stiff and non-stiff meshes. Stiff mesh
tends to hang away from the body making it difficult for bugs to bite. Soft
mesh clings closer to the body and they recommend coating it with repellant
that contains very high concentrations of DEET.
They also offered a quick tips section as follows...
Mosquitoes love Navy blue and dark clothing...
Spray neckerchiefs & hat brims with repellant...
Pant legs in socks, wrists & pant legs w/rubber bands...
Long underwear makes it difficult for bugs to bite...
Ticks were also brought up... they recommend applying a Permethrin based
repellant on the clothes to KILL ticks. Light colored pants and long sleeve
shirts were also mentioned. More importantly they brought up Lyme disease,
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and a new one to me anyway, HGE. HGE, Human
Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis (no, I won't even TRY that one!) is said to
resemble Lyme disease in symptoms but requires a completely different
treatment and is MUCH MORE SEVERE. If you start feeling sick after spending
time in the woods they recommend that you don't take any chances and see
Personally, I was most impressed by the sun block idea since experts
recommend lower concentrations of DEET for children. From what I've read,
higher concentrations of DEET translates mainly into the longevity of its
effectiveness. I read somewhere that they don't recommend anything higher
than a 15% concentration applied directly to the skin of children under 12.
The sun block idea would slow absorbtion of the repellant into the skin
thereby allowing the use of a slightly higher concentration.
Geezz.. I LOVE SCOUTS-L!!!!!!
From: John E. Campbell
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