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Rickster1000
7/23/2019 11:29 EST

When traveling to PI what precautions do I need to take with regards to the Mosquitos.

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draks
7/23/2019 17:45 EST

There is a cream sold here called OFF very effective.
Read also mossies don't like lavender.

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LarryKar
7/23/2019 19:04 EST

I remember Avon Skin So Soft from many years ago. It works. I asked my Gal who always has to stop at the Avon Store if they carry it here. She thought they did but that there is now more than one type. Anyone know exactly what to ask for? I'll pass on the one with skin whitener. LOL

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darkfader24
7/23/2019 19:15 EST

Yeah, Larry - if there's diff kinds of Skin So Soft, you can ask for "The Original Formula" - assuming that they would know. Or maybe any version of it is just as good in regards to Mosquitos.

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LarryKar
7/23/2019 20:03 EST

Dark: good idea. I was really surprised my first visit to the Avon Store. In the USA I seldom heard of them but here they are going strong. They still have Avon Ladies but mostly seem to do business out of their stores.

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mactan64
7/24/2019 03:16 EST

Try not to wear dark clothing & always apply spray on Aerogard or similar product to ur arms & face & legs.Use mosquito coils if outdoors particually in the providence's.

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Asawa
7/24/2019 09:57 EST

Based on Consumer Reports tests of having folks apply products to their arms and holding the arm in a tank filled with mosquitoes for 5 minutes (to count bites)...

HIGHLY EFFECTIVE (Strongly Recommend):
1) Total Home (CVS Pharmacy) Woodland Scent Insect Repellent;
2) Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent;
3) Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent2 DEET-FREE;

EFFECTIVE (Recommended)
4) Ben's 30% DEET Tick & Insect Repellent;
5) Coleman Insect Repellent High & Dry 25% DEET;
6) Off! Deep Woods Sportsmen Insect Repellent IV Dry;
7) Sawyer Ultra 30 Insect Repellent;
8) Repel Insect Repellent Scented Family 15% DEET;

NOT RECOMMENDED: Natural Repellants and Lotions.

Generally speaking, if you don't want to get bit, use a product with concentrations of one of these products:

#1 Deete 25-30%+ (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide)
#2 Picaridin 20%+
#3 Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE) 30%+

I personally use the Repel "Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE) for mostuitos because it doesn't smell or harm clothes.

If you shave and get razor burn, don't apply for 15-20 minutes on your neck or face (if you don't want it to go numb or sting).

If you want to go with what is proven using the method above, here are some details:


Picaridin

This is a synthetic repellent modeled after a compound that occurs naturally in the black pepper plant. We recommend two 20 percent picaridin products, both sprays.

But concentration matters: Another product, with just 5 percent picaridin, was one of our lowest-scoring insect repellents. And, at least when it comes to picaridin, form seems to matter. Of two other picaridin products we tested, we found that neither a 20 percent lotion nor a 20 percent wipe worked as well as the 20 percent picaridin sprays. Finally, while picaridin is deemed safe, even for use on infants, it can irritate your skin and eyes, so you should use it carefully (see below).


Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

This is a refined version of a naturally occurring compound, extracted from the gum eucalyptus tree. It can also be produced synthetically. A product in our insect repellent ratings that contained 30 percent oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) did well in our tests, warding off mosquitoes and ticks for at least 7 hours.

OLE also appears to be relatively safe when used properly, though it can cause temporary eye injury, and the Food and Drug Administration recommends against using it on children younger than 3.

OLE isn't an essential oil, and none of the products that we tested with essential oils—including cedar, cinnamon, citronella, clove, geranium, lemongrass, rosemary, and peppermint—provided adequate protection, often failing in our tests within a half-hour.

Be Wary of 'Natural' Repellents
Several makers of "natural" insect repellents (which typically contain essential plant oils such as cedar, citronella, lemongrass, and rosemary) claim that their products can help ward off mosquitoes, including those that carry the Zika virus. But our tests show that these active ingredients aren't very effective.

Don't Buy Based Only on Ingredient or Concentration
Some of our top-rated products contain picaridin, but so do some of our lower-rated ones. Concentration and form probably explain some of that difference: High-scoring products are sprays that contain 20 percent picaridin, and the low-scoring ones contain less picaridin or come in a lotion or wipe form. Our tests have shown that products with deet, in concentrations of 25 to 30 percent, are more likely to provide reliable protection.

Don't Use Combination Sunscreen-Insect Repellent Products
We're not fans of these combo products—sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours, which could overexpose the user to the chemicals in repellents.

The Right Way to Apply Repellents

Proper application and use is essential, both for maximum protection and to avoid possible side effects, including skin or eye irritation. That means:

• Apply repellent only to exposed skin or clothing (as directed on the product label). Never put it on under clothing.
• Use just enough to cover and only for as long as needed; heavier doses don’t work better and can increase risks.
• Don't apply repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin. When applying to your face, spray first on your hands, then rub in, avoiding your eyes and mouth, and using sparingly around ears.
• Don't let young children apply. Instead, put it on your own hands, then rub it on. Limit use on children’s hands because they often put their hands in their eyes and mouths.
• Don't use near food, and wash hands after application and before eating or drinking.
• At the end of the day, wash treated skin with soap and water, and wash treated clothing in a separate wash before wearing again.
• If you're planning to use repellents on your clothes, note that most of the ones we tested damaged leather and vinyl, and some of them stained synthetic fabrics.

I hope that information is helpful.

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Asawa
7/24/2019 10:00 EST

oops. Left out the Paragraph on DEET.


Deet

Many people assume that the more deet (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) a product contains, the better. But our tests found that there's no need to use higher concentrations to stay protected; products with 25 to 30 percent deet can provide long-lasting protection against mosquitoes and ticks. And some research suggests that higher concentrations and excessive doses can pose risks, including rashes and possibly even disorientation and seizures.

That's why we say you should avoid repellents with more than 30 percent deet and not use these products (or any insect repellents) at all on babies younger than 2 months. (See below for how to safely apply all repellents.) But make sure you don't go too low: Not every product with 15 or 20 percent deet in our insect repellent ratings earned a recommendation, and those with just 10 or 7 percent deet didn't work well.

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LarryKar
7/24/2019 20:10 EST

Asawa: I attended Parts 1&2 of your Skeeter Seminar. However I did not get my Participation Certificate. Can I still get one. By the way the luncheon during the break was fantastic.
Good information just giving you a hard time for your detailed report.

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BC57
7/24/2019 21:37 EST

Rickster1000, i just started to use OFF and it is great. Went out with my wife's family and they are got bit at the festival. At the time my wife kept asking me if I was getting bitten and I said no. The next day I asked why did you ask me so many times about the mosquitos, she said her family got eaten alive by the mosquitos. This is the first time that I was the one without a bite, lol.

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BC57
7/24/2019 21:37 EST

Rickster1000, i just started to use OFF and it is great. Went out with my wife's family and they are got bit at the festival. At the time my wife kept asking me if I was getting bitten and I said no. The next day I asked why did you ask me so many times about the mosquitos, she said her family got eaten alive by the mosquitos. This is the first time that I was the one without a bite, lol.

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Asawa
7/24/2019 21:38 EST

No participation certificate, but I will validate your parking if you came on a motorcycle or tricycle. (No Jeepney's, though. They take up too much space).

I know... TMI. I'm a total research nerd!

-Asawa

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Rickster1000
7/25/2019 09:22 EST

Thanks everyone this is really helpful....

Cheers

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GTflyer
8/6/2019 12:20 EST

Deet 50 spray has served me well so far. The Aedes mosquito can spread dengue and zika, They bite on elbows and ankles especially. If you're out in the provinces and perhaps in a native house at dusk, the lizards come out from holes in the walls when the mosquito's come out to play, so to speak. Just my first hand experience, so when I see the lizards, I top up on the spray and quick!

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LarryKar
8/6/2019 19:40 EST

Our LGU Officials came by yesterday with a Pest Control guy. Spraying inside and around everyone's house in our Barangay for skeeters. No charge. Nice.

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mootpoint20
8/8/2019 13:29 EST

Too true. Presently, 600 died from Dengue. Information provided is excellent.

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surfingcebu
8/8/2019 18:48 EST

where is the Dengue now in the RP ...any concentrated areas . I know the reported can be VERY Slip-shot though , as communities keep in under wrap !

I suspect Mindanao getting hit bad or ?

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