I really do not like deet. It eats through nylon.
Actually, it doesn't. DEET does damage plastics and most synthetic fabrics, but nylon isn't one of them.
We are talking about pure DEET here, not an insect repellent preparation that contains DEET along with solvents or other agents.
OK ... what would you recommend?
100% DEET or picardin - proven that they work and work well. But of course that's based on science - something you tend to discredit. But you're the one afraid of falling on bolts, thinks that HIV/AIDS is a hoax, believes in the bullshit of chemtrails, and who knows what else, so whatever we suggest you'll find some reason to fear, denigrate, or dismiss. Perhaps the ticks have eaten into your brain.