I have never used any bug spray when tagging for obvious reasons, but I am always going home with mosquito and other mystery bug bites. I was wondering that if I carefully applied bug repellant everywhere but my hands, would it be OK to tag monarchs?
I really don't want to run the risk of messing up any butterflies I'm tagging.
Try dabbing yourself with white vinegar. It might have a mild sting for a couple of seconds, but that's all. Someone told me about it last spring when the mayflies are crazy, and it kept them away. Don't know how it'll work for mosquitoes.