+Mudfrog Posted July 14, 2015 Share Posted July 14, 2015 I don't think that anybody is saying that it is 100% safe. One thing that *I* was saying though, is that it is important to follow the instructions. However, I'm sure we're not going to change your mind. You apparently are stuck on the notion that any chemical that you don't understand is a cancer risk. And I'm sure there is some wisdom in that sort of thinking. And the incidents of Lyme in Texas a much lower than in some other parts of the country. So... good luck! To my mind, though, it is akin to having unsafe sex because you're afraid of condoms. And that may be some of why my thinking is the way it is. We don't hear of lyme disease as much down here. I might think differently if i lived in an area where it was more prevalent. It is true that i do think about most all chemicals when used around me. I'm glad we have them since many of them better our lives. But i do still weigh the pros and cons when it comes to using them. When talking about bugspray (no DEET) for instance,, what's worse, fighting off thousands of mosquitos with increased odds of contracting something bad, or using bugspray? Not my first choice but i'll certainly use the spray if the situation warrants it. For what its worth, I don't generally bother with mosquito repellent, even here in Minnesota. Mosquitoes are, for me, mostly an annoyance (yes, there is West Nile Fever and meningitis, but those are rare). But ticks are another story for me. I don't know how prevalent ticks are in your part of Texas, but Lyme is only one of a number of troubles they can bring into your life. Rocky Mountain Fever is one of several. I very rarely use any repellant at all but i will use a non deet spray, mostly on the outside of my clothing, when the skeeters are swarming. Not because i'm skeered of contracting anything but because they bug me like crazy. Can't think of too many things more annoying than trying to sign a logbook while swatting at thousands of mosquitos intent on making me welt up and itch. Quote Link to comment
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