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Bug Repellant
« on: June 24, 2019, 11:56:41 AM »
Need a recommendation for a good bug repellent. Am going walking in the countryside later this week and don't want to get tick or flea bit. Is there a brand you've used that you can recommend? If so, where can I buy it? (Need to have it by Wednesday morning, so the interwebs are not going to work - need a brick-and-mortar store.)  Thanks.


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Re: Bug Repellant
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2019, 12:36:28 PM »
Need a recommendation for a good bug repellent. Am going walking in the countryside later this week and don't want to get tick or flea bit. Is there a brand you've used that you can recommend? If so, where can I buy it? (Need to have it by Wednesday morning, so the interwebs are not going to work - need a brick-and-mortar store.)  Thanks.

The one you see in shops everywhere is Jungle Formula. Good luck against the midgies too! 

https://www.jungleformula.co.uk/products/
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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2019, 01:16:07 PM »
Jungle Formula can be expensive (£9-10 per bottle) - I usually go with the Boots-own brand, Repel (yellow bottle), which is only £5-7 per bottle:
https://www.boots.com/health-pharmacy/travel-health/insect-repellents


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Re: Bug Repellant
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2019, 02:16:11 PM »
Does it work against midgies? Having looked at it, it's got DEET. Unfortunately the daughter is really allergic to DEET. I wonder if we just sprayed it on her clothes instead? But we'll be taking the bus back home and I doubt people will want to be smelling that the whole way....
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Re: Bug Repellant
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2019, 02:18:23 PM »
Does it work against midgies?

Repels mosquitoes and biting insects
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« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2019, 02:20:02 PM »
Does it work against midgies?

The yellow bottle one doesn’t say, but the grey/silver bottle Boots Repel with DEET in it (also in the link above) does mention protection against midges :). You shouldn’t need to use a repellent containing DEET in the U.K. though.


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Re: Bug Repellant
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2019, 02:26:54 PM »
You shouldn’t need to use a repellent containing DEET in the U.K. though.

Have you seen the midgies on the west coast of Scotland at this time of year?  ;)  ;D
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Re: Bug Repellant
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2019, 02:29:36 PM »
Advice.  :)  https://must-see-scotland.com/midges-in-scotland

Actually @nctami72  will know what they are like at the moment, she's been all over recently.
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Re: Bug Repellant
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2019, 02:43:19 PM »
You'll likely find your best selection at a camping/outdoorsy store.  For me that would be Cotswolds Outdoors.


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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2019, 03:40:15 PM »
@nctami72  ......she's been all over recently.

You guys are so mean to my Tami.  She’s just friendly!


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Re: Bug Repellant
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2019, 05:42:41 PM »
You guys are so mean to my Tami.  She’s just friendly!
Thanks Jimbo!

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Re: Bug Repellant
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2019, 05:45:42 PM »
Advice.  :)  https://must-see-scotland.com/midges-in-scotland

Actually @nctami72  will know what they are like at the moment, she's been all over recently.
Yeah... you need DEET for the midgies. I bring over 98% DEET because they don't sell higher than 50% here.

I'm not sure what Smidge uses but you aren't really going to find anything useful that isn't a legit repellent. Midgie nets and midgie proof hiking gear.

And the midgies here can be as thick as a blanket.

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Re: Bug Repellant
« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2019, 05:47:12 PM »
I’m not sure there is a good repellant for ticks so be sure to keep legs covered if possible, and do a tick check anyway after the hike.
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Re: Bug Repellant
« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2019, 06:01:50 PM »
I’m not sure there is a good repellant for ticks so be sure to keep legs covered if possible, and do a tick check anyway after the hike.

Good advice in any case but Jungle formula dry protect range says Also protects against ticks, horse flies, sand flies, black flies, midges & other biting insects
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Re: Bug Repellant
« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2019, 09:48:07 PM »
https://www.smidgeup.com/midge-forecast/

Well, hopefully this is accurate!
Light-colored clothing, socks, tick-check, repellent, long-sleeves, long trousers (see, I didn't say pants!), pray it's breezy...
Sounds like fun. If I don't get eaten alive.


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