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around the deet molecules and encapsulates them. The capsules keep the deet away from your skin. The chemical is released slowly as the skin metabolizes the protein. Submicron encapsulation works for mosquitoes but not black flies. Perhaps the safest plan with con-


ventional repellents is to first rub sunblock into your skin, wait 10 minutes, then apply repellent. The sunblock keeps you from absorbing too much of the chemical. People with super-sensitive skin should nix the bug juice and just wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers that have been sprayed with Permethrin. Permethrin is a low-toxic (to mammals) pesticide that kills bugs on contact. Spray it on clothing and tent screens, not skin. One application lasts up to two weeks, and the pesticide won’t wash off with water. Caution: Don’t spray Permethrin


on head nets or body nets—you don’t want to breathe this stuff.


Head and Body Nets A head net is a blessing when bugs are bad. Choose a black-colored net (for visual clarity) that rolls to fist size. Use a black, felt-tip marker to darken the eye panel of light-colored nets and make your vision much clearer.


After the Bite Benadryl dulls the pain of bug bites, as do products that contain at least 80 percent aloe. AfterBite and similar topical products contain natural ingredients such as eucalyptus oil and Vitamin E that will help control itching and swelling. For stings, apply a wet salt pack and let it dry. ¿


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