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Carrying Deet with a Bearvault
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Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Carrying Deet with a Bearvault on 06/28/2010 16:17:57 MDT Print View

I'm probably using picardin anyway, but the red label on top of a Bearvault has a warning "No Deet in or on Bearvault." I assume that's b/c it degrades the plastic.

Are animals (those most likely to be attracted to items we carry) attracted to something like Deet?

Just curious . . .

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Carrying Deet with a Bearvault on 06/28/2010 16:44:58 MDT Print View

I've seen black bear claw holes in a plastic DEET bottle, so they are curious about it up until the point that they lick it.

--B.G.--

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Carrying Deet with a Bearvault on 06/28/2010 19:08:45 MDT Print View

BV's are made of polycarbonate so yes it can be degraded.

I really would not worry about animals getting into DEET. It is nasty stuff!

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Carrying Deet with a Bearvault on 06/28/2010 20:59:00 MDT Print View

Not so worried about it, more a hypothetical question. If one has gone through the trouble to bring a food cannister, but doesn't put a bottle of Deet in it, would the bottle of Deet lure an animal to a campsite? Should it be put into some other container like an aloksak?
Just curious b/c I had not read the BearVault label until recently.

Edit: it IS pretty nasty, isn't it?

Edited by saparisor on 06/28/2010 20:59:42 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Re: Carrying Deet with a Bearvault on 06/28/2010 22:11:33 MDT Print View

Lets put it this way.....in the PNW though the bugs can be bad I don't use it. If something eats through fabric and plastic I don't want it on ME ;-)

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Carrying Deet with a Bearvault on 06/28/2010 23:46:31 MDT Print View

Deet does not seem to attract bears. And... I certainly don't want it anywhere near my food storage.