Vinegar!!! Also, plantain weed, which is very common, but vinegar is usually the easiest to get a hold of. I keep it in a reclaimed bottle from lens cleaner for my glasses and keep it in our first aid kit (which is mainly vinegar, baking soda, & sodium ascorbate powder). Spray it wherever I need it. It's also great for sunburn.
I've gotten vastly fewer bites the last two summers. We went camping this weekend and I got just 3 or 4 - I used to get 20-30 on each leg on a weekend like that, using strong bugspray (just used gentle California Baby and only used it twice). I'm certain it has to do with diet - I don't know if it's a stronger immune system that keeps me from reacting as strongly (are they not biting, or am I not reacting?) or, another theory I read recently, whether my more stable blood sugar is keeping them away. The theory was that low blood sugar attracts them, observing that diabetics apparently don't get bitten?
5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
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