Mosquitoes!!!

30 posts
29 July 2012
How do you keep the little buggers away!! I have tried all the lotions and potions and I am literally covered in mosquito bites! Because I have an allergy they have all swollen up and have gone so red!!!!!!! I can't find anything to make them leave me alone! Anyone have any suggestions?!

Posted 29 July 2012
Edited by BexClark22 29 July 2012
paulford
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paulford
citronella oil can help to keep them away, they supposedly don't like the smell of it, as to the bites teatree oil can help put a small amount onto the bite and I do mean small amount very good antiseptic.

Posted 29 July 2012
BexClark22
How do you keep the little buggers away!! I have tried all the lotions and potions and I am literally covered in mosquito bites! Because I have an allergy they have all swollen up and have gone so red!!!!!!! I can't find anything to make them leave me alone! Anyone have any suggestions?!
i look like you could play dot to dot on my body =( when you find a potion or lotion please let me no x
Posted 29 July 2012
I will try citronella, I know the horse fly sprays contain it! Also I have pure tea tree oil so will put some of that on and will let you know how it goes And same with the dot to dot thing! It is driving me mad, I look ridiculous!!
Posted 29 July 2012
profilepictures
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profilepictures
Jungle formula maximum, from boots, makes evening shoots, especially near or in water lots more comfortable.

Posted 29 July 2012
I have tired Jungle formula and it doesn't work Maybe a have super sweet tasty blood :P
Posted 29 July 2012
Matthew1988
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Matthew1988
Find something with lots of DEET in it, keep it away from anything plastic though as it is pretty strong.

Posted 29 July 2012
scubie
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scubie
Having spent many nights in a bivvy fishing in France, I found "naff off" from equestrian shops to be the best. It does contain Citronella oil, don't use citronella oil on your skin unless well diluted -- will burn you!! boots do a small pen called "afterbite"-- smells like it contains ammonia and works very well as long as you apply as soon as you get bitten. Jungle formula is totally useless! If your sitting round a barbecue or similar, get some citronella candles, they do them on long sticks to shove in the ground. I feel your pain Doug
Posted 29 July 2012
Jack_Russell
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Jack_Russell
Bex - there is only one thing that Mozzies absolutely HATE.... Avon 'Skin-so-Soft' Dry body oil spray.

You can buy it anywhere online cheaper than Avon sell it for. I have used it successfully in the tropics, UK, Middle East, etc...



Posted 29 July 2012
PG_Photographic
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PG_Photographic
Assuming it is the same for mosquitoes as it is for midges the traditional method used to be smoking a pipe. Certainly seemed to work when my Father and Grandfather smoked pipes but doesn't seem as effective with cigarettes presumably because they don't generate as much smoke.

Basically, I believe midges track you mainly through the carbon dioxide you breathe out and can actually detect changes up to 200m away although I think once closer up they also pick up natural odours from your body.



Posted 29 July 2012
I think I will try the avon stuff as I have some knocking about already! Will also get some of the 'naff off' stuff Thank you all for your help! I hate them so much!!!!!!!! I look like a pin cushion its wonderful! :S
Posted 29 July 2012
MaoZhu
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MaoZhu
I know not a lot of comfort, but at least in this country you ain't going to die from them. In many of the places I have been you worry to death about what you may catch from them. You can take tabs to stop malaria, but Dengue you cannot. The best way I found to keep them at bay was being well covered and having socks, sleeves etc. sprayed with DEET, but as a model I don't suppose that advice helps a lot. When I was not covered I used to use a body lotion that was laced with insect repellent, it is a lot more pleasant to wear than just the repellent. Also remember the repellents and lotions soon wear off and need reapplication regularly especially if you are sweating and getting wet.

Posted 29 July 2012
Dave@studio99
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Dave@studio99
Nivea creme works well against midges,so it might be worth a try against mossies - hope it helps.

Posted 29 July 2012
Mozzies go after people with sweet blood, so cut down on the sweet foods you eat. eating garlic, onions and vinegar that sort of thing deters them x

Posted 29 July 2012
I do eat A LOT of sweeties! I think I will try vinegar and garlic in my foods rather than eating sweets!! Thank you all
Posted 29 July 2012
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