I learned this from an RV newsgroup about 10 years ago and , having
tried it, it seems to work well..
I apply DAWN liquid detergent as a lotion. I've never gotten small
critter bites when I have done this.
Also, when I have forgotten, and gone inside, and my legs start to
itch, I THEN apply DAWN as above. In about 10 minutes, the itching
stops and nothing else bad happens....
Many people swear by giving their dog or cat a bath using DAWN and
that it kills/removes ticks and flees. Others swear that using
soap products will hurt the pet.... I've been using it on a Siberian
for 5 years with good results.... It lathers well, and the soap/water
suffocates the flees.... I am not sure.... but it works, and Sam is
healthy, tho also very lazy.....
Give it a shot. I am not sure about other soap detergents. I have
them, but DAWN is the one that people on the newsgroups write about
for this insect repelling/killing property......
Andy in Eureka, Texas --- living in