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Fighting Mosquitoes Without Chemicals
WLTX News 19, Columbia, South Carolina
June 16, 2005: 6 and 7 PM News
(Columbia) - In between all of the beauty, there's a miniature beast just waiting for the guys at Case Plants. "You're not getting bit one at a time, sometimes you're getting two and three at once," says Josh d'Marque, the store's owner. With 10 to 12 hours a day spent in mosquito friendly conditions, Josh and his co-worker Rob Taylor had tried just about everything to keep their skin bite-free. The only thing that worked was DEET - a chemical created by the U.S. Army during World War II."I just get nervous about using things everyday that have chemicals in them that I don't know what they are," Josh says. He wanted something found in nature and was so desperate he even tried to make his own home-grown bug spray. "About half of us were allergic to the one we made and so we all broke out in hives," laughs Josh. He eventually found success, though, with Liquid Net Mosquito Repellent , an all-natural bug spray that's guaranteed to work. "I sprayed one arm and one leg and I watched and they'd just fly around and never land. My other arm - I was constantly swatting them off," says Rob. Josh agrees, saying - in his opinion - the new product is a thing of beauty. "The very first of the month was the very first time I was able to get it, so I was very happy," he says. Liquid Net is made with botanicals and costs about $7 for a 12 ounce bottle. You can get it at Case Plants in the State Farmers Market. As far as other alternatives to DEET products, the Centers for Disease Control recently recommended two other ingredients as mosquito repellents: oil of lemon eucalyptus and picaridin.
Ashley Monts, Reporter
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