AIBU To want to destroy them all as they are taking over my area...(44 Posts)
'Them' being the Biting Insects - Mosquitoes, Blandford flies, midges (but mainly the mozzies).
I live near a river and i am seriously sick of being bitten despite using insect repellent.
I've had cellulitis in the past due to insect bites; and a friend's husband has had anaphylaxis! Also my Mum is recovering from a bad bite to the face that made her eye droop - she looked as if she'd been punched.
Please can i have suggestions of good insect repellents so i can enjoy this weather - cat friendly repellents if possible please!
Deet works for me and I have used it all over including infested islands in Central America. Also don't go out at dusk (when they come out in some countries). Sleep with a net around the bed and I also have a head covering net thing that can go over your head when you are in a sleeping bag.
The machine sounds a good idea. You can also pay to eradicate them by spray over entire islands but that is probably not a practical solution where you are. I actually try to avoid being near lakes/water.
Bermuda where we were last year treats all open water - they have money to burn there and it certainly works. We did not get bitten once.
If it's midges you can get machines that suck in the females, which you then freeze to kill them. Made a big difference to my parents garden in Scotland
Not sure if you'll all see this as it's old, but there's a new insect repellent that I use which is stronger than J Formula & smells more than ok. The point is it works really well, no bites for whole family for ages!
You may have seen it in H&B, sainsburys, Waitrose, etc. It is in a black bottle with a green square...
Thanks eastendfareast I will order some for him
My tip with it is to apply to all areas of bare skin. It's not like DEET where you spray it on wrists, this needs spraying and rubbing in well. If you do that it's amazing. I live in mozzie central and haven't found anything better.
I usually find aloe vera works well for me, that or making sure I'm sat near my sister, then they make a bee line for her instead.
Bat boxes sound like a fantastic idea. I'll be having a look for those later, might be something DD and I can do together.
Which Skin so Soft product do people use? I just looked it up and there are lots of different ones. Want to get some for my Dad who seems to be a bit allergic to bites and has had some really nasty ones recently.
I think I have become immune to jungle formula..
I've been using something called incognito. Which apparently repels ALL insects. I stink of citronella.
I am curretly nursing 16 bites in various stages of healing.
Not suitable for v. young children under 4 yo, but I find a device like this helps, if one has unfortunately been bitten: www.boots.com/en/Boots-Bite-Sting-relief-Click-it_8212/
It does prickle a tiny bit when clicked on a bite, but I find the relief from days of itching is well worth the momentary discomfort.
Bat advice above = brilliant! Swallows and martins eat flies and midges, so suggest encourage them to nest, also.
This thread is making me itch! but thank you for posting it, Latara and thanks for the tips from everyone else. I had never heard of Blandford flies... I just Googled it and I think this is the little fucker that has been biting Mr F.
He's been playing footie in a park over in SW London and every single time he goes there he gets bitten somewhere below the knee by something and it comes up in a horrid yellow pus-filled bite. Now at least I think I know what it is! He's tried insect repellent which hasn't worked (although I suspect he's been a bit blokey putting it on and has missed patches). I'm going to get him some Skin So Soft.
Avon Skin So Soft is amazing. I live in Asia and its the onky thing that works reliably plus smells nice too. I use it on the whole family.
You can get stuff called Smidge which is really really good! Google it!
I feel pretty good about SkinSoSoft because the locals on Skye where I was seemed to be very fond of it - it was for sale in the very small Post Office. It's cheaper and way less chemically than DEET products. You can always stop using it if it doesn't work.
BTW - I found, when on holiday in Scotland, that midges seem quite selective about whom they bite - so the best thing might be to go with someone who is susceptible and that will distract the midgies from everyone else
Blandford flies are horrific! I'd never heard of them until we moved down south, and got bitten last summer. It came up in a lump the size of a tennis ball.
OP you have my sympathies as a fellow bug magnet. You can get DEET sprays which go on clothes rather than skin, but lots of people really don't like DEET (which is fair enough).
I pretty much stopped getting bitten after I'd been taking B12 complete for ages. Still taking it so we'll see how I do this summer.
I'd prefer marmite though.
If we go anywhere mozzie infested I spray us all with Off.
I thought this was going to be UKIP thread.
Lavender oil is really good, and the citronela candles.
There is a repellent spray called Off! that really works. It may be full of nasties and don't know what it smells or tastes like.
Use lavendar oil, creepies dont like the smell of them.
Oh for a minute there I thought this was another UKIP thread...
I want baby bats, what a great idea quoteunquote - would be lovely community project for my local river.
We had bats near where I lived as a child. I have a memory of our cat leaping into the air and catching one when it flew into our house - we got it off her.
That link I posted also suggests:
"Natural Antihistamines are all around the fields and gardens during the summer. Nettles and plantain are weeds that grow all over Scotland, both have a natural anti-histamine action, useful when you have been bitten a number of times. Both may be taken as a herbal tea, nettles may be eaten as a soup, or you could rub the juice of the plants onto the skin."
eat lots of garlic, and vitamin B complex (marmite) or daily tablet.
and always sit next to a red head, as all biting insects prefer a red head.
I used to swear by citronella oil (lived in the tropics near an area frequented by skeeters carrying dengue!) just slathered in on at dawn and dusk - but it's pretty strong scented so may not be practical for you. We also mosquito coils on the deck - placed in pretty clay ware - indispensable if sitting outside. Incidentally (if your skin isn't too sensitive), Tiger Balm takes the itch away - at least, it did for me - never left home without it.
Dh likes fishing on lochs - he has tried lots of midge repellents, he likes using olive oil. I can't vouch for it myself but you have my sympathy. Bog myrtle is supposed to be a natural repellent - you could grow some, or buy the oil to add to home made spray.
List of insect repelling plants.
Plant lots of trees, they hate elderflower and you can make wine , cordials, jam and champagne . Plant lavender, where you like to sit.
Make sure there is no standing water anywhere, drains, gutters, plant pots, In Tobago they take anyone leaving any standing water really seriously, it community monitored, due to children dying from malaria, so they are really vigilant, no standing water, and Trinidad has a far worse problem because they don't have a policy of no standing water,
Bat boxes, lots and lots of bat boxes, bats are really fussy, if you read up on how to make them (most the advice is what not to do), you will realise that a lot that are offered for sale are pointless, they have to have a totally draft free, warm dry space, with exactly the right measurements for the layout of grooves, and perches, get it right and they will move in, we did a community project, and did a production line building day, a lovely person (bat trust) came along and gave free guidance,
If you get a few bats move in, they make a real difference, they eat their body weight in insects, we also live beside a river, It's very noticeable what a difference our bats make , when we go to similar locations.
just google bat box design, If everyone installed them the bats would sort out all the biting insects for us.
bats live for about thirty years, only start to breed when they are about ten and only have a baby every second year, so they need help, to re tip the balance.
Avon's skin so soft is good, as a repellant.
Crabtree and evelyn use to do a west indian sicilian lemon and limes eau de cologne, that was brilliant.
google Natural Insect Repellent buy the essential oils, and make your own spray, far cheaper.
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