Do you remember this product?

matthias_lang


Driving today I saw a billboard that used the number 612. I've already forgotten what that was-- an address maybe. My mind floated back 50 years or more (I am 60) to a bottle kept in my parent's medicine cabinet. It was a yellow bottle of mosquito repellent called 6-12. And I remembered there was a dot rather than a hyphen between the six and twelve. Do you remember this?


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dee_can1

6-12 could be the ratio of one pesticide to another pesticide?

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matthias_lang

Yes, I read it was banned in 1991. Personally now, I use lemon eucalyptus.

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kathyg_in_mi

No, never heard of it and I’m older than you.

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desertsteph

No, never heard of it and I’m older than you.


the same here.


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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I heard of it, sad to say. It was one of an arsenal of repellents we used in the Adirondacks every summer to protect ourselves from those odious black fly gnats. Their bites would leave blood running down our temples, hairlines, and behind our ears.

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OutsidePlaying

I remember it but I don’t recall using it. I’m sure perhaps we did or my parents did if it was on hand. I just don’t remember being bitten by mosquitoes like I am now and we played outside all the time, went in the woods, etc. The worst was stepping on a bee in the clover and being stung on the foot.

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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

No that particular one I don't remember.

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Rusty

Yes, I remember it. But before that, way back when, when I was a kid, we used Oil of Citronella.

Rusty

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salonva

Yes, I totally remember that. Not sure about the packaging, somehow that doesn't quite look familiar. I wonder if it also came in a tube. Anyway I do remember it and used it. I hated the smell. It worked decently if I recall .

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Annie Deighnaugh

Yes I remember it well...ours was in a small tin sort of like a stick deodorant....

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nickel_kg

I remember "Off" but not "6.12"

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chisue

That's not in my memory bank.

I wonder what chemical fog was sprayed from trucks throughout my Chicago suburb during the summers when I was a kid. People were warned to go inside, but all the same, we must have inhaled a ton of that stuff. It was managed by something like "The (XYZ) Mosquito Abatement District".

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Alisande

I thought no, but when I saw the photo I changed that to YES. Sorry to read about the nasty chemical, as I'm sure we used a lot of it during our summers on Long Island. We lucked out, but it sounds as though many did not.

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greenshoekitty

did not use, but I remember it.

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blubird

I remember it well....seems that I recall it was oily when you were rubbing it on your skin.

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raee_gw zone 5b-6a Ohio

Only vaguely -- I am hearing an ad announcer saying "Six twelve!" in my mind. That could just be my imagination, I guess.

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Lars

I vaguely remember it, but I don't really remember using it, but I may have. We had a swamp near our house, and so there were plenty of mosquitoes. I remember my mother leaving all the spider webs up so that they could catch some mosquitoes. I also remember staying inside on summer nights to avoid the mosquitoes. I remember "Off" much better, and I think that is what I generally used. Later I switched to "Cutter".

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matthias_lang

Funny, I do not remember using the product either. I only picture it in the medicine cabinet. I think we just accepted that mosquito bites were part of living. When I went to scout camp and saw some of the other kids had Off spray-on repellent, I think I appreciated the possibilities of a repellent. But chiggers were worse than mosquitos there. In fact, mosquitos seemed way worse back at home, too. I guess because chigger bites were itchier and lasted so darned long.

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joyfulguy

I remember the 6 - 12 being in the house, don't remember the label, or particulars of using it.

ole joyful

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