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Bug Spray - What kind is best?

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Bug Spray - What kind is best?

We are going during the buggy/humid time (Sept 10) and my husband is very anti-bugs. I don't really care, I tend to never get bitten (maybe I'm not very tasty!)... What is the most effective bug spray/lotion/clipon/etc? And the one that doesn't have a horrific scent? Thanks!

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1. Re: Bug Spray - What kind is best?


We always use this product with great success and it smells quite pleasant


Enjoy your repeat stay at EPC

Edited: 16 August 2013, 16:33
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2. Re: Bug Spray - What kind is best?

You may find it difficult to get Mosi-Guard in the States, but OFF makes a comparable botanical-based insect repellant as well as their standard, deep-woods dry-spray formula (which we find is more effective).

Regardless, bring it with you as it is outrageously expensive at the resorts!

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I always use mosquito milk its brilliant and works well in the Carribean.

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4. Re: Bug Spray - What kind is best?

I use OFF as well, which is the most commonly sold brand here in Punta Cana.

Edited: 17 August 2013, 15:16
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5. Re: Bug Spray - What kind is best?

OFF for sure. Deep woods is good, hubby may prefer other scents. Which scent is best is just an opinion, what we love, he may hate and vice versa.

Send him to WalMart to check them out.

When he selects his choice, then he can't whine about it later to you, haha.

Edited: 17 August 2013, 17:25
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6. Re: Bug Spray - What kind is best?

I always bring a repellent that is 50% deet. My pharmacist makes it up himself. Sells a lot of it to people going South. However I have never needed it in the Dominican, Puerto Plata or Punta Cana.

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7. Re: Bug Spray - What kind is best?

Bounce Laundry Sheets work best for us. We've tried so many products and finally gave these a try. Second best for us is Sawyer Premium Maxi Deet Insect Repellent. Note: this comes in 2 oz. but a little bit goes a very long way and it is so easy to pack. Available at Dicks Sporting Goods.


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8. Re: Bug Spray - What kind is best?

Over the years i have found that products with DEET are best however.... My preferred option is believe it or not - Avons Dry Oil Spray - I picked this tip up from a TV travel expert on TV in the UK. He was asked the best lotion for mosquito repellant and said he uses Avon dry oil spray. I use it at home anyway so gave it a try and i can honestly say it's very rare i get a bite. Plus it's nourishing on your skin and smells lovely (unlike most repellants)

Worth a try... :-)

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We used the OFF! clip on. The cartridges last about 12 hrs and we don't have to worry about sprays touching our skins. Just have to remember to bring extra batteries and enough cartridges. It worked great!

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10. Re: Bug Spray - What kind is best?

We just got back from the Ambar and I used Sensitive skin OFF and was eaten alive. Use something a little stronger, the mosquitoes were really bad at night.