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Bug spray question


My family and I are happily leaving for St. John this Tuesday! I was wondering if we will need the Deep Woods Off with the 25% deet as opposed to the Family Off that is like 7%. I ask because when we were in Costa Rica last year, the bugs would laugh at 7%, we sprayed liberally with Deep Woods, but still wound up with some bites. That is the true rain forest, granted. I have some of both, but am trying to decide if I need to buy more of the Deep Woods.



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Take what you have. It all depends on the weather they have had (rainy or not), how high up you are staying (are you going to catch the constant breezes), etc. Some trips we need it, others we don't. BUT, when you are going out to dinner, spray your legs and feet! The little buggers eat me alive under the table/bar. Most restaurants have a can on hand if you forget.

I'm so jealous! Think of all of us stuck in the snow while you're enjoying your trip!! Have a great time!

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take the 25% deep woods- the st john bugs will respect it.

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I vote for the 25% deet at least. Avoiding the bite is best way to avoid diseases transmitted by mossies -(dengue fever, chikungunya)- not sure if any documented cases of chikungunya on St John but St. Martin sure has a problem with it. I always pack long sleeved shirts and thin cotton long pants to be extra protected. Long acting Deet is available on Amazon or at places like Eastern Mountain Sports. I am not sure if ok for use on young kids.

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Thanks for the feedback, everybody! Deepwoods Off it is! The bugs everywhere love myself, my husband and our kids. Just caught my husband as he was heading out the door to the grocery store to tell him to buy another bottle. I am sooooo looking forward to getting to St. John, we have had one snow storm after another (including one right now) in the Boston area. It's hard to even imagine warm temperatures and beautiful, colorful vistas. I'm just praying that the weather cooperates and we can get out of here and make our connection at JFK on Tues. Keep your fingers crossed for us!

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We were there last week and there was no bug issue for us. 84 and sunny everyday, pure heaven. Came home to snow, yuck, should have just stayed.


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