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    about using sulphur...came from growing up in Oklahoma.
    Try dusting yourself with sulphur...using a porous cloth bag of works.

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    by Persiflage on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 05:49:10 AM PDT

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      The sulphur dust does work! We tried it one year. You have to keep your feet and legs dusted with it, reapplying as  you go along. This was the old-timey chigger solution and I don't think the Midwest could have been settled without it, LOL.

      Probably the reason the sulphur isn't popular now is because it's a little messy for modern tastes. You're not going to want to come in the house with all that dust on you. But for serious outdoor work it's worth knowing about.

      I use a cedar oil spray on my skin and that works better than anything else to prevent bites. You have to reapply it, it only lasts a few hours, but it works and is probably minimally toxic.

    •  you have to remember scent control (0+ / 0-)

      if you want to get close to animals. Better to treat your clothes with permethrins.

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