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In the movie "The Way Back" the survivors obtain homemade mosquito repellent to keep away the thousands of mosquitoes. Here is a screen capture of the movie scene showing the mosquito repellent.

It appears to be some type of rawhide wrapped up and attached to a string.

This is a bushcraft mosquito repellent made with only items found in the forest, so it is not rawhide dipped in OFF Mosquito spray.

What could be used to make this work using only bushcraft items?

 

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some people use eucalyptus leaves/oil, some say pumpkin leaves repel bugs, some say various types of mint will... i dunno. ??? its a movie = pretend/not real/imaginary
 

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some people use eucalyptus leaves/oil, some say pumpkin leaves repel bugs, some say various types of mint will... i dunno. ??? its a movie = pretend/not real/imaginary
The movie was based on a true story, so the mosquito repellant that the men used should have some factual basis to it. I have no idea what they used. Was wondering that myself.
 

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I don't know what they used but if they soaked the strips in it, it was probably the actual oil from several plants rather than something that occurs naturally in the final form. Otherwise there would be greenery around their necks.

I grow plenty of stuff that repels mosquitoes. If you don't want to go to the bother of creating the essential oils from stuff (I don't because it's a huge pain) you can just plant these (and use them in cooking too) and then run your hands through them and then rub your hands over the areas you want to block.

Mother Earth News can get pretty political, but some of their homesteading stuff is just too useful to ignore. This article outlines the same plants I use.

How effective is it? Well, I live with part of my property on the tidally influenced wetlands, which means water perfect for mosquito breeding. I got lots of skeeters. Not even DEET slathered on like frosting will completely work. But this works almost just as well as spraying on some regular deet off when it is full daylight. In shade or near dusk, nothing works.

If you want more potency, you can buy the essential oils and create your own spray too. That works a little bit better.

Of course, you might smell a bit like a salad....
 

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No matter if it was based on a true story or not, it's still a movie. They change the true story around to make it more entertaining. That's why is says "based" on a true story.

Pangea already mentioned Citronella. There is also African Marigold and Basil. Citronella is the popular one though.
 

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Movie is based on a book entitled "The Long Walk"; mosquitoes are not mentioned in the book. Excellent read for teens and up.. what people will do for freedom.
 

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Thanks Pangea for the wikipedia link to citronella oil. At the bottom of wikipedias'a article they explain some very interesting cancer fighting properties of lemon grass. Now I can repel mosquitoes and cancer at the same time Woohooo!!!
 

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Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is a product which you can purchase at almost any health or natural food stores. Most grocery stores have a section dedicated to natural foods and goods.
I have found that it not only repels annoying insects but also relieves the itch due to their bites! I love this stuff. And I think it smells really good. :)
 

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Rosemary as mosquito repellent, tea tree oil as burn treatment

Oh, that's cool, Erose. I didn't know tea tree oil makes a good mosquito repellent. I always keep a small bottle in my kitchen cabinet to treat burns. It's incredibly effective. The pain stops immediately, and it prevents blistering. Way better than ice and an over-the-counter numbing product. In fact, I recently treated my husband's hot oil burn when he thought he was going to have to go to the ER. After it immediately stopped the pain, he agreed to wait and see, and there was no blistering the next day. He was sure it was going to be a second degree burn. (I don't want to encourage anyone not to seek medical help, but we had no insurance and would have had to sacrifice food or his heart medicine to pay for an ER visit.)

Anyway, back to the topic at hand: I'm watching that movie right now and stopped to look for the answer to this question. I registered to say that rosemary is supposed to be an effective repellent. You steep it, like tea. I made some for myself and put it in a spray bottle and took it to a party. It worked moderately well, but I had to reapply pretty often. I think I made it pretty weak. It worked well enough to try again, and next time, I'll make it stronger. Talk about a nice smelling mosquito repellent!

TL;DNR: it's all in the title
 

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I just watched this movie recently and wondered the same thing.


Personally, I use mugwort and sage.

Take a handful of fresh leaves and ball them up in your hand and rub them between your hands really hard until the juice starts to come out. Rub that juice all over your exposed areas to keep bugs away. It works for a couple hours, then repeat.
 

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I think I have posted this before.

While on the Rubicon Trail, running the engine on the Jeep vs not running had a DRAMATIC affect on the skeeters trying to attack.

Engine ON at idle, skeeters went one way; Engine OFF and all of a sudden skeeters went other way.

The bugs seem to have an idea of what they want to suck blood from.

YMMV>.
 

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The only natural mosquito repellant known to me in my area of Texas is alligator oil. May not have much luck with the ladies covered in it, but it worked for the indians.
 

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I think I have posted this before.

While on the Rubicon Trail, running the engine on the Jeep vs not running had a DRAMATIC affect on the skeeters trying to attack.

Engine ON at idle, skeeters went one way; Engine OFF and all of a sudden skeeters went other way.

The bugs seem to have an idea of what they want to suck blood from.

YMMV>.
It's the CO or CO2 your jeep was putting out. I know a few years back when west nile was the disaster of the week they were selling mosquito traps en masse that used propane as the bait. the propane would burn, and one of the two gases would attract the skeeters up in the trap. My guess is your jeep's exhaust was attracting them like a bug zapper, then when it was off you were the next best target. Either that or it's like sitting in smoke from a fire, tastes bad, but usually good for keepin the bugs off ya.
 

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My husband always says that the best mosquito repellant for him, is having ME sit next to him.

I get a thousand bites, he gets none. Sitting side by side.

He says it's because he drinks beer. I have no idea, but my entire life I have attracted every mosquito in a square mile. They send up the flags when I'm around and in they come. There is NO repellant out there that works on me. None.
 

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My husband always says that the best mosquito repellant for him, is having ME sit next to him.

I get a thousand bites, he gets none. Sitting side by side.

He says it's because he drinks beer. I have no idea, but my entire life I have attracted every mosquito in a square mile. They send up the flags when I'm around and in they come. There is NO repellant out there that works on me. None.
I've heard B1 (Thiamin) causes a body order that the misquotes don't like. You might want to try that for two weeks and see what happens. Or do like your husband and drink beer:D:
 

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I've found that the only thing that works is the mosquito net that I attached to a cap. It has an elastic for the neck area which I tuck into the shirt. Looks ridiculous, but what do I care. They are the state bird here in Minnesota.:rolleyes:
 

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It's the CO or CO2 your jeep was putting out...
YEA ... maybe.

They were mostly bouncing into the front windshield. CO Emissions would/should have been at the back of the Jeep.


I don't really know. I just wanted to share my experience that Northern California Skeeters have a fly/no-fly attack mode based on a Jeep engine running or not.
 

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I’m thinking maybe cedar wood.

I’m not sure that’s rawhide. I think it’s likely cambium from a tree native to the area. Even just the odor from that might work. However, if they soaked it in other sap from trees and other plants it would make it more potent.

Lemon eucalyptus
Lemongrass
Peppermint
Sage
Thyme
Geranium
Lavender
Catnip
Citronella
Cedar wood
Basil
Mugwort

I’m not sure, but it’d be worth it to try sap from trees in the spruce and pine family as well. I’ve heard vanilla might work, but I doubt you’ll find that in the wild and definitely not on most of that journey.
 
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