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    Quote Originally Posted by Five Tango View Post
    I have been told that a B complex vitamin daily is all you need to repel mosquitoes.I take one and chase it with a garlic pearl and an apple cider vinegar capsule.Mosquitoes leave me alone now.I do take the apple cider capsule twice per day and just one of the others.

    Heres a link https://www.institutefornaturalheali...to-repellants/

    I always use JT Eatons premixed permethrine sprayed on outer shell clothing,hat,bandanna and carry a small bottle with Repel Lemon Eucalyptus or a bottle of Naturepel with picardin just in case of emergency.I honestly have not had an insect issue since I started doing this,not saying I might not have an occasional bite but its really no longer an issue.

    I quit using DEET altogether because it can RUIN your expensive gear.
    As someone who takes B complex vitamins every day for other reasons and still gets eaten alive every time I go outside, I beg to differ.

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    I use permethrin all the time - it creates a total no-fly zone for mosquitoes. One phenomenon that has occurred here in New Jersey in the last couple of years is mosquito control companies such as Last Bite Mosquito:

    https://www.lastbitemosquito.com/

    All these companies use permethrin, as far as I know, and they promise mosquito control for 21 days. About 20 years ago, my daughter was having a birthday party and I sprayed the entire yard with permethrin: fences, walls, trees, bushes, and even the grass. There was not a single insect to be found in my yard. Unfortunately, my vegetable garden was in need of pollination, which didn't happen because the permethrin killed every insect. I don't use permethrin in my yard anymore, but I do spray my hiking clothing and shoes. I see the mosquitoes flying around but they don't come near me, for the most part. At dawn and dusk sometimes a particularly bold mosquito will go for exposed skin: I'll spray some DEET for just that half hour they're biting, then I'll wash it off so it doesn't damage clothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Five Tango View Post
    I hope you diluted that stuff with water first!Can't imagine a "vinegar shot".
    There's a whole trend these days for apple cider vinegar drinks. I'm not sure when it started and I can't say I've ever tried it. I love the stuff in BBQ sauce though.

    https://www.bonappetit.com/gallery/d...ars-review/amp

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesam3 View Post
    As someone who takes B complex vitamins every day for other reasons and still gets eaten alive every time I go outside, I beg to differ.
    Keep in mind that while I do take B complex daily I also take an apple cider vinegar capsule and an odorless garlic pearl with it.

    All I can tell you is that before I started this regimen the mosquitoes would swarm me as soon as I got out of the hammock in the middle of the night and now they don't know I am even there.So I can't attribute the change to anything else.I read somewhere the US Army recommends apple cider vinegar before field ops for insect control.

    I get my ACV from botannic choice via Amazon.ACV capsules and garlic pearls are inexpensive.So is the B complex.

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    I treated all my clothing and gear with Permethrin. I am heading into the Adirondack backcountry on a backpacking trip early next week. I plan on bringing other repellents and a headnet as well. I will post afterwards about how I do with the insects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five Tango View Post
    I hope you diluted that stuff with water first!Can't imagine a "vinegar shot".
    I did not...figured it wouldn't be so bad. It was!!! Out of an actual shot glass too

    Meijer had "buy one get one free" of the B complex so I'm set for almost a year!

    Regarding the permethrin concentrate, my new batch is in a semi-transparent quirt bottle. Looking in there after a month of being mixed, I see a bunch of white stuff floating around, looks like dissolved toilet paper. I really wonder about this stuff. I may go back to the ready mixed Sawyer even though it's a lot more expensive. But the Martin's 10% I bought on amazon for $14 last year is now $23. Still a good value though.
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    Thanks for all the info.

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    Permethrin concentrate

    Last fall I bought the JT Eaton Saver Pak on Amazon. I have mixed it in a one gallon water bottle. I put the garment in a Home Depot pail and pour in some solution to treat it. Move and turn it around in the solution. Wring it over the pail and hang to dry. I use gloves, goggles and a mask for handling chemicals that I bought at Home Depot when doing it. It has worked great for me. I tried the section hiker plastic bag method on an identical garment and had similar results with the pail method I am using. I have found that it is important to add the solution a little at a time to avoid a lot being leftover. Whatever is left goes back in the gallon bottle. When done, I put the bottle, funnel and measuring cup I use in the pail and close the top. The gloves get stored separate from the mask and goggles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five Tango View Post
    Keep in mind that while I do take B complex daily I also take an apple cider vinegar capsule and an odorless garlic pearl with it.

    All I can tell you is that before I started this regimen the mosquitoes would swarm me as soon as I got out of the hammock in the middle of the night and now they don't know I am even there.So I can't attribute the change to anything else.I read somewhere the US Army recommends apple cider vinegar before field ops for insect control.

    I get my ACV from botannic choice via Amazon.ACV capsules and garlic pearls are inexpensive.So is the B complex.

    Sorry, I worded that badly: I meant that just the B complex isn't adequate, you need something else as well.

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    I see a gallon of JT Eatons ready made permethrin on Amazon for $36.88.It's labeled for clothing if that matters to you.That's why I use it.I shake it up well and transfer it over to my favorite sprayer although it comes with a hose and sprayer,I find that one a bit cumbersome.

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