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Posted: June 29, 2003 9:59 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Even though one thinks of WDW as a lot of concrete, asphalt, brick and mortar there are boondocks there, too. And in the boondocks travelling over to visit the people in the concrete, bricks and mortar parts are biting bugs.  Even little itty bitty teensy weensy ones that bite and bite hard but you can hardly see them except for a teeny black speck when you swat it. There are biting flies...and a terrible problem with mosquitos potentially carrying a bad disease called "West Nile Virus." The latter is ongoing big news in the South U.S. Look it up on any health/news WWW site for more info.

Do bring the bug spray! Mosquitos are common early in the morning, less so at midday, come out again at late afternoon and evening times into the night. Spray arms and especially legs, front and back. Bring some small ointment tube in case you do get some welts.

I mention this not just because of the West Nile Virus, but one day recently during a visit to Magic Kingdom I happened to see a lady with a tremendous number of welts on both legs from just above the feet to just below the knees. You'd think she had a skin disease or something, this was truly impressive looking. Ugh! So do bring along the bug spray, something  commercial like 'Off!'

Just wanted to mention this. This lady's legs were eaten up with bug bites something fierce. It was memorable enough any WDW travellers might want to be aware of it. It's been raining down there lately and that's great breeding for mosquitos.

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Posted: June 29, 2003 10:32 am/pm Quote

Carol, I truly appreciate this advice.  And considering I've got a four year old, might just bring some of those wipe-on bug repellent towelettes, too.  Might be easier to get it on the little guy that way.  Anyone have experience with those?

I had a terrible incident in my life with fleas for a couple of weeks (a cat that had eight kittens that all brought in fleas once they were old enough to go out--took forever to get rid of them all! )  Anyway, my legs were COVERED with bites around the ankles and below the knees.  I know firsthand how ugly that can be!  And irritating!  *I* won't be taking any chances!

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Posted: June 30, 2003 10:58 am/pm Quote

I found this article on Web MD's Web MD's website that has more details  about the bug spray:

Best Insect Repellent for Mosquitoes

Which insect repellents work best at warding off mosquitoes? Experts rate the products to keep West Nile virus at bay.


By Jeanie Lerche Davis
WebMD Medical News


April 8, 2003 -- West Nile virus is nothing to fool with -- and this year's mosquito season is approaching fast. But a good insect repellent can literally be a lifesaver. Consumer Reports has sized up the offerings -- from DEET to Skin-So-Soft.

Overall, insect repellents containing DEET and permethrin are the most effective, states the report, which appears on the May issue of the magazine.

West Nile virus swept the U.S. last year and has killed 274 people since first reaching its shores in 1999. The majority of people who are bit by a mosquito carrying West Nile virus will not know they have been infected.

Only about 1% of people develop severe West Nile virus infection -- primarily elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. The latest evidence shows that muscle weakness and a rare, polio-like muscle disorder might be early signs of the potentially deadly West Nile virus.

Products containing DEET -- N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide -- are the best insect repellents on the market, according to the Consumer Reports' cover story.

In their study for Consumer Reports, three medical entomologists judged insect repellents with a range of DEET concentrations from 7% to 100% -- as well as insect repellents without DEET. They exposed their repellent-treated arms to 200 mosquitoes for 3 minutes, then counted the number of bugs that bit them. If none bit, the testers repeated the test every half-hour until at least one mosquito bit during two successive exposures.

"[DEET] does not kill bugs, but the vapors discourage them from landing or climbing on you," the story states. "Deet is generally acknowledged as the most effective mosquito repellent there is. ... Generally, products with about 30% deet have proven most effective for the longest periods, and they are considered safe for adults and children age 2 months and older."

Of the insect repellents tested, here's how long they fought off mosquitoes:

Insect repellents using plant oils such as citronella, soybean, coconut, and geranium "provided little if any protection," the report states.

Here's another safe bet: Insect repellents intended for use on clothing -- not on skin -- can provide long-lasting protection when you're wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks. Repel Permanone, which contains permethrin, kills bugs on contact, the report states.

In the Consumer Reports' study, the insect repellent Repel Permanone kept all mosquitoes from biting for 24 hours; protection gradually diminished over two weeks. Other insect repellent sprays with the same amount of permethrin should perform similarly in killing mosquitoes, the article states.

SOURCES: Consumer Reports, May 2003. News release, Consumer Reports.


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