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    sillia

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

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

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      Persiflage

      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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