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 What's your favorite bug spray? 
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 What's your favorite bug spray?
I'm looking for some feedback on a good bug spray to use this spring. Which one do you think is the best? Thanks

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Been using this for several years. Works great for me. 0 bites where applied.

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I agree with Joe. I had some of that same kind, then bought the OFF version 100% DEET when I ran out. Both work very well. Some may not like to use DEET, but it works for me. I just be careful to what and where I apply it.

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IQuest wrote:
I just be careful to what and where I apply it.


Definitely. I found out it melts the white lettering off camera's. :oops:

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I got some of the Ben's 100% Deet, but I found the OFF Deep Woods (about 30%) works just as well for me.


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How about for black flies? That's what I'm most concerned with.

DEET work? Something different?

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I've used the Sawyer stuff Joe showed (I think I still have some that's probably 10 years old...), and it's pretty foul but works. Last year I bought some Ben's 35% (or thereabouts). I only did a few hikes before bug season more or less wore off, but it did fine with the mosquitoes and for the most part did decently with black flies (one time being the exception...). Nothing seems to consistently (DEET sometimes drives them off, sometimes not) work against the black flies except long-sleeve clothing and a head net...

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Thanks everyone for the info. I was worried about what damage 100% Deet might do to gear and clothing. I have used the Off Deep Woods before and has success with that. The ticks and black flies are my biggest concern. I have a feeling the ticks are going to be really bad this year. A friend of mine pulled on off her shoulder a few days ago. Seems kinda early. :?

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After 13 yrs of hiking in the Whites I have yet to pickup a tick. Maybe I'm just lucky. None on marlie either. South of the Whites, now that's a different story.

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IQuest wrote:
After 13 yrs of hiking in the Whites I have yet to pickup a tick. Maybe I'm just lucky. None on marlie either. South of the Whites, now that's a different story.


That's been my experience too; never picked up a tick in the mountains. Picked up plenty of them from my yard when I lived in Plaistow, though, which is right on the Mass border.

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BobC wrote:
IQuest wrote:
After 13 yrs of hiking in the Whites I have yet to pickup a tick. Maybe I'm just lucky. None on marlie either. South of the Whites, now that's a different story.


That's been my experience too; never picked up a tick in the mountains. Picked up plenty of them from my yard when I lived in Plaistow, though, which is right on the Mass border.


Me three. 20 years or so and not a one and never use spray for myself. Just some mild stuff for the kids. Is there some wood I can knock on around here??

Hopefully with the deep snowpack this winter as opposed to last winters no snowpack, as well as the decline in the moose population the ticks had a rough winter.


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I make my own that's effective with essential oils. No chemical on my body.


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I used the permathrin treated pants (EMS "no fly zone") for the season with great results. Maybe becuse of what others have said above me.


Ben's and sawyer makes a permathrin spray to treat cloths. Last 6 weeks or 6 washes. I was thinking about giving that a go this season.


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I used Buggs Spray last year. Reasonably effective for skeeters but I've yet to find anything trully effective for black flies.

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The best I've found for black flies is just to get a cheap hat and a cheap bug netting thing to go over the hat (around $3 at Walmart). You look ridiculous but it'll keep the bugs away from your face.

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