Thursday, October 05, 2006

Alternative to DEET?

I'd like to find good insect repellents for this fall's visits to New Jersey and south Texas. I just learned of geraniol, purportedly effective as a natural repellent.

Wikipedia says otherwise; then again, I don't trust Wikipedia completely. This page says nothing about geraniol's use as an insect repellent. I couldn't find other noncommercial sites with pertinent details.

Anyone know of some scientific, unbiased info about geraniol as a repellent?


Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

Hmm... I found a lot of places selling it as an insect repellent. I haven't had any experience with it though. I've seen the ones that use eucalyptus, but I've also heard that they aren't strong enough. Any experience with those?

I did use 100% deet once. It leaked in my luggage and literally melted my travel clock.

October 05, 2006 1:39 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thanks for the tip about eucalyptus; I'll keep an eye out for it.

October 05, 2006 3:02 PM  
Blogger birdchick said...

I've had really good luck with Ugly Bugly. I should have some left when I come to Cape May...and Harlingen.


October 09, 2006 7:02 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hmmm... I don't think Ugly Bugly ever crossed my radar. Thanks for making me aware of it!

October 10, 2006 9:41 AM  
Blogger birdchick said...

You know I tried this sample from one of the birding retail trade shows called All Terrain Herbal Armor and it works really well too. It's a little more sticky than Ugly Bugly though.

October 10, 2006 2:57 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Hmmm... maybe I'll do a comparison in Harlingen with Ugly Bugly on one ankle and All Terrain on the other. We'll see which keeps away the chiggers.

October 10, 2006 3:15 PM  
Blogger lenĂ© said...

I've never heard of geraniol. Here's the EPA's take on the eucalyptus (which is often a synthetic imitation of the natural oil):

I think the CDC used to have info. on the effectiveness--which if I remember correctly, was just as effective as DEET but needed to be applied more often.

November 03, 2006 9:11 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thank you, Lene!

November 03, 2006 10:23 AM  

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