No cedarwood, in case your furry buddy is allergic. 2.7 fl oz, >100 applications
'Skeeter Skidaddler(R) 100% natural insect repellent
Sturdy aluminum bottle 80ml, 2.7 fl oz with spray top and cap, sized for air travel. Each bottle contains 75-100 applications, 300-400 hours of excellent protection. It lasts all season! The aroma is like a natural fragrance/cologne, not at all like other bug repellents.
Wonder working from the North Woods to the Caribbean, to South America, to Southeast Asia. Click here to read a few testimonials
. 100% natural essential oils in a base of Maine grown and expressed organic sunflower oil - no citronella, no DEET.
One bottle of 'Skeeter Skidaddler will last longer than 2-4 bottles of the other brands
. Apply 'Skeeter Skidaddler
more like a fine natural fragrance ... instead of coating yourself with the others!
If the other products on the market need a bigger can or bottle
it is because they fill them with a lot of water, alcohol or propellant, and less active ingredients (for that volumn)! Some competing products have as little as 2% active ingredients.
That is why you need to use A LOT of their product, and USE IT OFTEN.
About Our 'Skeeter Skidaddler
FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions
(see contact form below if you need any other information, see CAUTIONS below)
HOW WELL DOES IT WORK? 'Skeeter Skidaddler® is effective against all the flying, biting insects here in Maine of which I am aware. Places used with success: Maine North Woods and Lakes, Washington County and Coastal Maine, Martha's Vineyard, Minnesota Boundry Waters, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Upper Peninsula Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, California, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, St. Marten, Haiti, Amazon Jungle, Bali and Vietnam.
*** See further down for information about using the product in hot and humid situations where sweat and rain predominate. ***
In most instances black flies are well deterred by 'Skeeter Skidaddler®. The one instance I have heard of it not working was when black flies were in a feeding frenzy (thousands of black flies searching for a blood meal). In that case three sportsmen had on three different products (of which two were standard chemically based products and the other was 'Skeeter Skidaddler®). In that case none of the products worked. Only a good, old fashioned smokey wood fire would keep these beasts down.
(I make no claims to repel ticks. I feel very strongly about being not making claims that I am sure about. I encourage you to ALWAYS do physical inspection after being outdoors, regardless of what product you use.)
IS IT AN ALL NATURAL INSECT REPELLENT ? Here is the list of the ingredients of the original version: Cedarwood, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lemongrass, patchouli and sunflower oil (original formula). These oils are extracted from plant material. That's it, no synthetic chemicals.
I avoided using these oils: Pennyroyal, rosemary, thyme and wormwood because they are not good for pregnant or lactating women and infants. Some are now using vanillin, which may be an allergen for some people.
The type of Cedarwood oil I use (virginias) is considered safe. The atlanticus type of cedarwood is considered an abortive and unsafe for women who are pregnant. Yet I have seen it listed on one repellent product.
IS THERE A PATCHOULI FREE VERSION? Yes. The “Patchouli Free” version has a light, sweet and lemony fragrance.
HOW DO I APPLY IT? HOW MUCH DO I USE?
1) Squirt 2 to 4 full squirts into the palm of the hand, rub together, then pat or rub on exposed areas. Use VERY sparingly. Apply a bit more if needed.
2) If you wish you may apply this to a cloth, apply to cuffs just as you would to the skin. Do not spray on directly as this will leave oil spots.
3) You can also make a 'wipe' by folding up a paper towel, placing in a baggie, apply 10-12 squirts from bottle onto towel. Seal and let oils spread onto towel. Then use towel to apply. Replace towelette into baggie and fresh with 'Skeeter Skidaddler® as needed.
4) Wet Wipes are now available, too! (March 2014)
HOW LONG WILL A BOTTLE LAST? I have folks who regularly use this product for themselves and their families and the 80 ml bottle lasts all summer and into the following year. There are between 75 and 100 applications per bottle, which equals 300-400 hours of protection (or more). The cost is about 8-12¢ per application that provides 4, 6 or more hours of protection.
>>> Keep an eye on the bottle, though. Sometimes they walk off :-)
CAUTION ABOUT CLOTHING: We do not recommend spraying on clothing. Some fabrics may be stained by directly spraying on the fabric. 'Skeeter Skidaddler is 100% natural plant oils. To test, apply a small amount to hidden portion of the fabric. (I do spray my baseball cap when the bugs are out in force.) A strong, citrus oil based "de-greaser" may assist in removing 'Skeeter Skidaddler from fabrics. We have found that a product called ShoutItOut works well, as well as full strength SimpleGreen.
CAUTION ABOUT AIR TRAVEL: The bottle, cap and cap seal will work at keeping the formula in the bottle when at normal air pressure in an airplane cabin (where we sit). The bottle size is just under 3 ounces and so complies with FAA Carry On requirements for bringing the bottle with you onto the plane. >>> We HIGHLY RECOMMEND AGAINST putting the bottle in your checked baggage <<< If the aircraft flies at high altitude during the trip there is an increased chance the bottle cap seal will fail, spilling the contents inside the suit case. It would also permanently damage the seal, and cause the bottle to leak afterward.
IS IT SAFE FOR KIDS? I selected the ingredients for safety first and then effectiveness. To test: on the skin on the inside of the elbow to see if there is any reaction.
IS IT SAFE FOR PETS? Cedarwood oil is toxic for some dogs. The ‘Furry Friend Friendly’ version of the product that does not have the cedarwood or patchouli oils for dogs specifically. I have it on good word that two Bassett Hounds (and their owners) have approved of the fragrance. Others use the Furry Friend Friendly on their dogs to good effect.
FOR HOT AND HUMID SITUATIONS:
1) If the skin is very damp or wet when applying our product on the skin, it will not penetrate into the skin very well. The water in the outer skin layer will resist the absorbtion of the sunflower and essential oils, so application of either the spray or wet wipe will leave less product behind. As they say, "Oil and Water do not mix."
2) Sunscreen which is water based has emulsifiers which mix the non-water soluble ingredients into the water carrier. I believe some of these newer sunscreen formula once dry are no longer water soluble.
So, the trick in humid, wet environments is to ...
1) first, apply 'Skeeter Skidaddler on the skin while the skin is on the drier side. After the 'Skeeter Skidaddler oils have migrated into the top layer of the skin
2) apply the sunscreen, and let it dry well.
3) Then go out to play. The chances are greater that if one then does sweat or get wet neither the sunscreen nor the 'Skeeter Skidaddler will 'run off', etc.
*** My special thanks to friend Kelly who gave me feedback on her and her families recent experience in Central America during their rainy season. This information helps us to inform our customers know how to use 'Skeeter Skidaddler in challenging environments. ***