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Tiawamutu Jan 31st 2011 2:25 pm

Mozzies!
 
Anybody know any good treatments to put on once the little blighters have bitten?

Also anyone found anything good to stop them biting in the first place?

...answers on a postcard

eddie007 Jan 31st 2011 6:51 pm

Re: Mozzies!
 
Was told that vitamin B supplements taken regularly help stop the little darlings from making a meal of you...

I can guarentee that if a toe or hand is out from under the covers and theirs a mozzie in the room i'll get bitten


Think some one said summit about rubbing half a potato on the bite and then making chips out of it and feeding them to the other half.... Failing that one of the OTC creams with menthol helps...

HelenTD Jan 31st 2011 7:21 pm

Re: Mozzies!
 
I use red tiger balm on bites. Aeroguard or Rid repellants, or there are some natural types available. You can also buy citronella candles to burn outside, or grow some citronella plants outside.

iamthecreaturefromuranus Jan 31st 2011 7:46 pm

Re: Mozzies!
 

Originally Posted by Tiawamutu (Post 9141497)
Anybody know any good treatments to put on once the little blighters have bitten?

Also anyone found anything good to stop them biting in the first place?

...answers on a postcard

DEET products, such as Aeroguard, are the only thing that really works at keeping them off. All the other suggestions are more 'modern myth' than actually effective.

As for treatment after they have bitten... well I've tried plenty and the thing that works best for me is Sensodyne toothpaste !!

Dreamy Jan 31st 2011 8:32 pm

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Originally Posted by iamthecreaturefromuranus (Post 9142045)
DEET products, such as Aeroguard, are the only thing that really works at keeping them off. All the other suggestions are more 'modern myth' than actually effective.

As for treatment after they have bitten... well I've tried plenty and the thing that works best for me is Sensodyne toothpaste !!


I have really bad reactions to mozzie bites, the whole area swells up :( - no matter what you use, you have to use it straight away. I find putting an ice cube in a plastic bag and leaving it on the bite for as long as I can stand it stops the inflammation in its tracks. Also, because the site is numb you don't get the unbearable itch, and not scratching is half the battle.

I have to agree about Aeroguard.

carolinephillips Jan 31st 2011 8:42 pm

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I use calamine lotion if I can't get hold of Stop Itch. I prefer to jump in the pool to reduce the itching- cooling the affected area helps.

I use aeroguard, or "Off" which is supplied at work, but aeroguard is better.

iamthecreaturefromuranus Jan 31st 2011 8:57 pm

Re: Mozzies!
 

Originally Posted by Dreamy (Post 9142121)
I have really bad reactions to mozzie bites, the whole area swells up :( - no matter what you use, you have to use it straight away. I find putting an ice cube in a plastic bag and leaving it on the bite for as long as I can stand it stops the inflammation in its tracks. Also, because the site is numb you don't get the unbearable itch, and not scratching is half the battle.

I have to agree about Aeroguard.

Ice defo works as well... don't know about you, but mine always seem to start to itch again in the early evenings, sometimes for days. That's where the toothpaste comes in. :)

I'm also nowhere near as reactive to the bites as I was five years ago, when I first got here. It does seem that you do build up some immunity to the bites...though they still itch like sin at times.

Dreamy Jan 31st 2011 9:02 pm

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Originally Posted by iamthecreaturefromuranus (Post 9142173)
Ice defo works as well... don't know about you, but mine always seem to start to itch again in the early evenings, sometimes for days. That's where the toothpaste comes in. :)

I'm also nowhere near as reactive to the bites as I was five years ago, when I first got here. It does seem that you do build up some immunity to the bites...though they still itch like sin at times.

I'll have to try the toothpaste :)

I've always been attractive to insects! We've been here 3 years now - my first year was hell, I think I constantly had at least one hugely swollen area (omg knuckle bites are the worst).

The last 6 months I've probably only had 3 or 4 really bad bites, so I'm hopeful that this immunity theory is starting to work out.

I'm still getting bit by some other kind of flying insect - it leaves very small, very hard itchy spots that are a bloody nightmare.

I'm itching now just thinking about it, lol.

willmore Jan 31st 2011 9:04 pm

Re: Mozzies!
 

Originally Posted by Dreamy (Post 9142185)
I'll have to try the toothpaste :)

I've always been attractive to insects! We've been here 3 years now - my first year was hell, I think I constantly had at least one hugely swollen area (omg knuckle bites are the worst).

The last 6 months I've probably only had 3 or 4 really bad bites, so I'm hopeful that this immunity theory is starting to work out.

I'm still getting bit by some other kind of flying insect - it leaves very small, very hard itchy spots that are a bloody nightmare.

I'm itching now just thinking about it, lol.

Toothpaste is great especially crest for some reason. Good luck....

iamthecreaturefromuranus Jan 31st 2011 9:04 pm

Re: Mozzies!
 

Originally Posted by Dreamy (Post 9142185)
I'll have to try the toothpaste :)

I've always been attractive to insects! We've been here 3 years now - my first year was hell, I think I constantly had at least one hugely swollen area (omg knuckle bites are the worst).

The last 6 months I've probably only had 3 or 4 really bad bites, so I'm hopeful that this immunity theory is starting to work out.

I'm still getting bit by some other kind of flying insect - it leaves very small, very hard itchy spots that are a bloody nightmare.

I'm itching now just thinking about it, lol.

I was bitten the other week by something that looked like a gigantic, red coloured, bluebottle fly. No idea what it was....but boy did that itch. :eek:

sassie Jan 31st 2011 9:14 pm

Re: Mozzies!
 

Originally Posted by Tiawamutu (Post 9141497)
Anybody know any good treatments to put on once the little blighters have bitten?

Also anyone found anything good to stop them biting in the first place?

...answers on a postcard

We use the mosquito clicker and swear by it. I was a little skeptical at first, but it really works, a few clicks and the irritation goes in a couple of minutes.

http://www.mosquitoclick.com/

Deancm_MKII Jan 31st 2011 10:31 pm

Re: Mozzies!
 

Originally Posted by Tiawamutu (Post 9141497)
Anybody know any good treatments to put on once the little blighters have bitten?

Also anyone found anything good to stop them biting in the first place?

...answers on a postcard

Hand sanitizer from Aldi. Came across this by acident but it works far better than anything else I've tried. Put some on and 15 minutes later the mozzie bite is gone, no itching, nothing.

Bernieboy Jan 31st 2011 10:42 pm

Re: Mozzies!
 

Originally Posted by iamthecreaturefromuranus (Post 9142189)
I was bitten the other week by something that looked like a gigantic, red coloured, bluebottle fly. No idea what it was....but boy did that itch. :eek:

Good:p

ABCDiamond Jan 31st 2011 11:03 pm

Re: Mozzies!
 

Originally Posted by Tiawamutu (Post 9141497)
Anybody know any good treatments to put on once the little blighters have bitten?

Take an antihistamine tablet, it relieves the itching.

Telfast 180, at about 50 cents per tablet, is the one I use. It also helps with hayfever :lol: (What it was designed for)


Originally Posted by Tiawamutu (Post 9141497)
Also anyone found anything good to stop them biting in the first place?

...answers on a postcard

Move to the UK ;)
or
Stand next to a few new arrivals to the country, the mozzies seem to prefer new blood.

DeadVim Jan 31st 2011 11:20 pm

Re: Mozzies!
 

Originally Posted by Tiawamutu (Post 9141497)
Anybody know any good treatments to put on once the little blighters have bitten?

Also anyone found anything good to stop them biting in the first place?

...answers on a postcard

I can second vitamin B supplements ... they do turn your wee a funny colour though ... oh, is it only me?


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