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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:53 pm 
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So how do you weigh the risks of the insects with the risks of the chemicals engineered to keep them away? Is there a natural bug repellent that works?

“This is a hard issue,” says Sonya Lunder, MPH, a senior analyst at the Environmental Working Group in Washington D.C. “It’s one that I’ve gone through many times before, both as an expert in toxics and as a parent.” ... day_070809

Daughter: asthma, allergies to egg, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, most legumes (not soy) & penicillin. Developing hayfever type allergies.
Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
Cat: allergic to beef, pork and lamb

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:40 am 

Joined: Thu Mar 03, 2005 9:38 pm
Posts: 1643
Location: Toronto
Even without allergies, there are diseases people can get from insect bites.

We are on day 18 of a garbage strike. I hate to imagine how bad insects and rodents are going to be -- and probably are already in some areas.

I dread the first heat wave.

self: allergy to sesame seeds and peanuts
3 sons each with at least one of the following allergies: peniciilin, sulfa-based antibiotic, latex, insect bites/stings

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 3:28 pm 

Joined: Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:39 pm
Posts: 55
Location: Ohio
We use oil of lemon eucalyptus and it works very well. I would take it over DEET any day. And we still try to spray clothing more than people.

Daughter #1 eczema, asthma, and allergic to eggs, dairy, beef, nuts, soy, wheat, dogs, cats, and grass
Husband intolerant to dairy, allergic to grass and dust
Daughter #2 "outgrew" allergy to dairy and egg

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:49 pm 

Joined: Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:07 am
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I bought a small bottle of citronella essential oil from a health food store. I put a couple of squirts of lotion into my hand, then add 2 or 3 drops of the oil, rub it all together and then slather it on. I have to reapply after a while, maybe 30-60 minutes or so, but it does seem to work pretty well and IMHO is better than putting poisonous chemicals on my skin. It doesn't aggravate my asthma like DEET does, and smells a lot better too. This method also moisturizes my skin, which tends to be dry and eczema-prone. The citronella oil cost only a few dollars and it goes a long way.

Self: Asthma; allergic to cats, dogs, grasses, housedust, moulds, various tree pollens, most tree nuts, ragweed, cockroaches, tobacco, most hair products, many soaps and lotions, and many chemicals
DW: Cashews, latex, springtime pollens

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