Deet-Impregnated Net Shirt Repels Biting Flies

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Mosquitoes, tabanids, punkies, black flies, and other blood-sucking Diptera are often the bane of field researchers, sportsmen, and laborers in many areas. A few years ago I read an abstract of a Soviet paper concerning the use of net shirts impregnated with diethylamidemetatoluate for invididual protection against biting flies (Cherapanov and Gomoyunova 1963). Using the abstract as a guide I made several net shirts from “mosquito bar” material and soaked them each in 200 ml of 30% technical deet (Metadelphene┬«, Hercules Powder Co., Wilmington, Del.) in alcohol. The shirts were of loose hooded ski-jacket design with elastic at bottom, wrist, and hood openings. The net material was woven cotton-rayon mosquito bar cloth with hexagonal openings (13/in.).

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 16, 1968

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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