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Does Off Clip On Repellent Work?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by marshallkarp, May 23, 2010.

  1. marshallkarp

    marshallkarp Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Massillon, OH
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    I am going to Belize in July and have heard the mosquitoes can be fierce. I've always used Off, but I saw the commercial for these clip on battery operated thingees.

    Question 1: Anyone tried these? How do they work or not work?
    Question 2: If they don't work, what is a good brand of repellent?

    Thanks.
     
  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Solo Diver

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    Deet works great. I've used it during the short summer in Alaska and had no problems. BTW, in Alaska they refer to mosquitos as the state bird.
     
  3. Straegen

    Straegen New Fish ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It works... if there is no wind and you aren't moving. As soon as you are no longer stationary best to move onto something else, I use a Lemon Eucalyptus based product. Deet works great, but anything that can eat through plastic I tend to avoid. Lemon Eucalyptus works great but tends to attract bees and has a strong odor even more so than deet products.
     
  4. seaducer

    seaducer Solo Diver

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    In a word...no.

    At least not in my experience.
     
  5. knotical

    knotical perpetual student Staff Member

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    Location: Ka'u
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    Even on their own website:
    Clip-On Mosquito Repellent by OFF!
    under Directions for Use, it says:
    Which supports what Straegen said.
    Seems like a product with very limited usefulness.
     
  6. rhoadc

    rhoadc Solo Diver

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    Where are you staying? When I was there last fall we stayed on one of the cayes and I never really had a problem with the skeeters.
     
  7. marshallkarp

    marshallkarp Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Massillon, OH
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    We will be on Ambergris Caye, Costa Maya Reef Resort. Two years ago in Grand Cayman East End, the mosquitoes were so bad, we just could not sit outside in the evening.
     
  8. vladimir

    vladimir Solo Diver

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    Any product that contains DEET. I use Off, but don't rely on my recommendation, listen to this guy:
    If you don't believe him--and I guess there's no reason that you should--Consumer Reports also recommends it:
    I agree with you that insects can be a real issue on the Belize atolls. We were fine at Turneffe Island Resort until the wind died down one day--and then the mosquitos and flies were fierce. Everything I've read casts doubt on the efficacy of most botanicals, and in Skin-So-Soft, which is often cited as an effective repellent. I have used Repel, though, which is a eucalyptus product, and it seemed to work well.
     
  9. knotical

    knotical perpetual student Staff Member

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ka'u
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    Another option.

    According to the American Mosquito Control Association, at:
    Frequently Asked Questions - AMCA
     
  10. jakeeib

    jakeeib Angel Fish

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    Get a Thermocell....I can sit in a tree stand for hours in the swamps of LA and not get bit. Well worth the $20 bucks.
     

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