While the above information may be of help to reenactors seeking a way to avoid arthropod problems without using modern-day, commercial repellents, the fact remains that such repellents are often necessary. This is especially true in that individuals utilize vitamins differently. Insects and other pests are attracted to certain individuals, and leave others alone, for many different reasons. For example, it is known that mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothing. In this case, Federal reenactors, with their dark blue coats, are more attractive to many mosquitoes than Confederate reenactors who wear grey.
As a result, I suggest that all reenactors access the following files on many different repellent products and guidelines for their use.
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