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I don’t find any of the repellents work on me on vacation, I end up being the dinner buffet no matter what I use or what country I am in. At home I am not bothered by them unless we are camping or at the cabin and I find Deep Woods Off works just fine. I have to spray my hat and entire body every couple of hours but it holds them at bay. When we are camping I also spray the inside of the tent after I put it up because I like to believe it keeps them out.

Anything with DEET works like magic for me.
Same here. The more DEET, the more effective it is. I’ve never had to use repellant in Cuba though.
martian Guest

30% DEET is the legal max in Canada now. Higher concentrations than 30% don’t offer more protection, they simply have to be applied less often. (Which I guess in one sense could be defined as more protection in that it lasts longer.)

We always BRING Watkins with us to Cuba… but we never need it!This year our friend reacted severely to several mosquito bites (at least we think it was mosquitos) so I gave her a tube. No other bites the rest of the week.Two other tips:Vicks vaporub on pulse points like around ankles, behind ears, knees. Smells for a bit, then tapers off.

Also Tiger Balm to calm the itching. Works for us!

Deep Woods Off works well for me for mosquitoes and such, but the sand flees seem to enjoy it… sort of like honey on toast.I spotted a group of people regularly spraying a brown liquid on themselves from an unlabeled spray bottle. Later in the week, it came up in conversation that it was regular Listerine. They swore by it and said that non of them had one bite from the sand flees that week.

I haven’t bothered to test their remedy. Anyone else every hear of it?

I voted OTHER…

The ONLY all round bug repellent we use now for locations with a considerable dense insect population is:

1) Muskol

www.muskol.com/en/product/aerosol_200g/

Seriously, not only does it work amazingly for Mozzies its the only repellent I have found that works against sand flies/hen hens/noseeums/sand fleas/flying midges or whatever else people want to call those little black, skin bitting insects you find in Cuba….2) Deep Woods Off would be my second choice but ONLY if going to a resort area like Varadero… In the Countryside however, (and that includes the Holguin region resorts) I pull out the big guns (MUSKOL)…The worst I have tried?Skin so soft ::)… I would only bother using SSS if I found myself in a City environment (Havana) where the mosquito situation is no worse then Toronto…

Bev…(who unfortunately has spent waay too much time in the Northern Nether regions of this Province in Blackfly season :-[).

Gotta agree with Bev…voted "other" too. Muskol and then Deep woods Off. Excellent repellents for mozzies… however does NOTHING for the noseeums. Gonna try the listerine. Who knows, it might work!

JoJo

martian Guest Muskol is 23.5% DEET.Deep Woods is 25% DEET.

Basically the same thing, different packaging.

Which has more alcohol? Beer or Rum?Which has more DEET? The more DEET, the better.Try it on you with some of the sunscreen you are going to use .. a few weeks before you leave .. just in case the combination breaks you out in a million spots.Better to know that before you go.By the way, nothing works as well as DEET. Nothing. Not even close! Should you like to try some non-deet product, please don’t whine about your bite marks and welts when you post your resort review. We know better.
Our last trip to Santa Maria was the first time we have ever been bothered by mozzies even though we go pretty much the same time every year. Previous trips we carried the can of Off only to be unused. The time we needed it we left it at home. One product we have started using at home is the Deep Woods Off wipes. They are packaged single use and are sufficient to wipe pretty much all exposed areas without having to spray yourself.

We do a lot of camping and have found these wipes to be better than most of the sprays we have used in the past.

I spotted a group of people regularly spraying a brown liquid on themselves from an unlabeled spray bottle. Later in the week, it came up in conversation that it was regular Listerine. They swore by it and said that non of them had one bite from the sand flees that week.

I haven’t bothered to test their remedy. Anyone else every hear of it?

Yes, and I can attest to it’s success!This falls into one of those "you have got to be kidding me" dinner conversations that I had last summer. But a friend of a friend heard that mouthwash was an effective bug repellant!Heck, here in the Great Northern Ontario, where the only time tthe bugs aren’t here is when there is too much snow and it’s -40C outside, we’re pretty much willing to try anything, so…The trick is to spray "the space around you". Example – sit in a lawn chair and spray the grass in a circle around you. If you leave the circle, it doesn’t work.I have tried sprying myself, but it doesn’t seem to be any more effective than the other ‘home remedies’. But the Circle does work! Campfires are a lot more fun when bathed in Listerine.

Any mouthwash works, so go to the dollar store and buy a bottle of cheap stuff!

We always pick up a couple of cans of "Repel" when we go to the States. It’s 40% deet which is much higher than what’s allowed in Canadian products and works great. It’s available at Target and other places I’m sure.

… regular Listerine. They swore by it and said that non of them had one bite from the sand flees that week.

I haven’t bothered to test their remedy. Anyone else every hear of it?

No, but that would explain the minty fresh breath I had noticed on some mosquitoes!

Seriously, I’ve been fortunate to have never been bothered or bitten in over a dozen trips South.

I like to use OFF. I didn’t pack it on my last trip and I’m not sure if I had bed bug bites or misquito bites but man they were itchy. On my next trip to Cuba I will not forget to pack the OFF.
Last time we were in Cuba at the Melia Cayo Santa Maria we took 50% deet from U.K., but it did not work as well as the Cuban repellant we bought at the resort shop. I think it was called Repel and it was in a red bottle. That stuff was very effective.

Hope to use it again when we go back to Cayo Santa Maria in July.

I take down Deep Woods or Muskol and only use a bit in the evenings. I have yet to see a mosquito but hubby’s had a couple of bites and they really swell up so I take it mainly for his use. I’m another of the ones they don’t like and I’m happy with that ;D

I voted Other because we always take Deep Woods Off and it has never, ever left the suitcase. Seems to work just having it with us because we have never received a bite!!!

The trick is to spray "the space around you". Example – sit in a lawn chair and spray the grass in a circle around you. If you leave the circle, it doesn’t work.

That’s right. Now that you mention it I recall that everytime they sprayed themselves, they were also spraying the sand around their chairs.

Speaking of Listerine… the brown kind also works wonder as a bug repellant for your indoor plants. Works for me!

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