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    Anyone knows where to get them in Singapore? Google isn't any help, while the lead on botanical gardens shop proved not accurate anymore.

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    Beach road army stores.

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    Beach road army stores.
    ahh... will check that out. Thanks!

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    If you really can't find any leech socks, one way to get by is to spray your socks at the sections above the ankles with ample insects repellent e.g. "Off". This will slow down the leeches when they try to climb up and you can spot and remove them. I'd done this many times.

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    Bring salt
    Quote Originally Posted by ziploc View Post
    If you really can't find any leech socks, one way to get by is to spray your socks at the sections above the ankles with ample insects repellent e.g. "Off". This will slow down the leeches when they try to climb up and you can spot and remove them. I'd done this many times.
    But salt soaked socks and insect repellent will be washed off if it rains. So leech socks will probably be the best defence?

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    Not too worry about rain cos you would be wearing poncho which would keep the socks more or less dry. But yup it would wash off if you cross rivers. But you can just spray again. For me I never use any leech socks during the old days when I trek regularly in Malaysia jungles. Anyway don't worry too much about leeches. They are part of the trekking experience and are pretty harmless.

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    But salt soaked socks and insect repellent will be washed off if it rains. So leech socks will probably be the best defence?
    Don't go salt soaking your socks. Use it to get the leeches off. You'll never escape them, it's all part of the jungle experience.

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    Try nature niche, got mine from there.

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    Additional notes:

    If you are going to Malaysia, try getting the mosi-guard spray (Most decent supermarket should sell). Leeches tends to stay off from your shoes with that.

    Alternatively, I heard there is formula for making leech socks. Soak your socks in water with tobacco leaves overnight and dry them.

    If the leech gets onto you, salt + vinegar combi spray seems deadly.

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