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Old 22.08.2007, 15:12
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Spatz sells a "zapper" at 17 Fr. ("Moskito Click"). Never tried such a zapper, maybe I should get a few bites to test one?
If that's a little gizmo with a push button that generates a spark, I'll confirm that it really worked for me. Apply a couple of times to bite, gives a short little shock, then the itch goes away. Marvelous, kina like scratching it, but without nasty scabs.

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Re: mosquito bites

ah good to see that I'm not the only one who thinks Swiss mosquitos are worse than their foreign counterparts. I got bitten 3-4 weeks ago, had huge itchy swellings and bitemarks are still visible. And yes, it was just a mosquito. 3 days ago, another bite on my finger which has now doubled in size....

I lived in several countries before I came here, but never reacted so badly to mosquitos, not even in the tropics. At least the Swiss creatures are just a pain in the ass and don't carry diseases... I hope.
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Old 10.10.2007, 12:03
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Re: mosquito bites

Just wondering if people are still getting bitten by mosquitos. I've had a couple of nasty bites over the last few weeks and usuall always whilst i'm asleep. I thought they would have died out by now??
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Old 10.10.2007, 12:09
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Just wondering if people are still getting bitten by mosquitos. I've had a couple of nasty bites over the last few weeks and usuall always whilst i'm asleep. I thought they would have died out by now??
Nope got a couple of bites on my legs last week whilst sleeping, still not cold enough to kill the pests yet.

I'm usually quite tolerant to these things, but the mozzies seem hell bent on feeding on me.
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Old 10.10.2007, 12:21
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Re: mosquito bites

Its funny though. I've pretty much gone all summer without being bitten even once and suddenly at the last week or two i'm getting eaten.
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Re: mosquito bites

Applying Lavender lotion/oil is also a good remedy...natural and fragrant!
Seems mosquitoes dont like the taste of it the moment they settle on the skin.
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Old 10.10.2007, 13:21
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Re: mosquito bites

On a somewhat related note, beware if travelling to the Eastern US where there is a potentially lethal form of Encephalitis transmitted by mosquitoes.

Quote " Known as Eastern Equine Encephalitis or Triple E, the disease is carried by mosquitoes in the eastern regions of the US and one in three people who contract it do not survive. "

Seen here: http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/...287622,00.html
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Old 10.10.2007, 13:29
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Re: mosquito bites

They are certanly still alive here in Nyon. We get the odd one in the evening if a window gets left open.

We had one in the bedroom a few nights ago. I couldn't be bothered to get up to kill it. That is until it buzzed past my ear. My Wife is Mozzie bait. They don't come near me. I got up looked for it in the room. I could not find it, so I went back to sleep. My Wife hid under the covers so it wouldn't get her. It did mind!on the eyelid! I then got up again and killed the dam thing. My wife took anti histemine tablets straight away and by the morning she only had a small swelling. We feared it would swell up real bad and she would not be able to see.
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Spatz sells a "zapper" at 17 Fr. ("Moskito Click"). Never tried such a zapper, maybe I should get a few bites to test one?
Further down the Spatz page (http://www.spatz.ch/cgi-local/shop.p...8.30670#Pflege) is the "Extractor" vacuum pump for Fr.29.

We had something similar in the summer holidays. Staying in the middle of a vineyard we were subject to all sorts of insect misery, but mostly wasps. Known after a few days as "the sucky thing", it was put to good use. With different size nozzles it can cope with all sorts of bites and stings and even, supposedly, snake bites.
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Oh yes, and they are awful. I live in the woods and have all kinds of critters that fly and bite. There is one called a Bremer, which wield an incredibly painful burning bite. There are also horseflies and deerflies that chase you even if you are running full speed. These have scissor-like jaws that are very painful. The mosquito bites I get turn into scabs that last for 2-3 months. Beware, some of these carry very bad diseases like encephalitis and other diseases that can land you in the hospital.
In Switzerland that would be the ticks or "Zecken". Here they are known to carry two types of disease:
  • FSME (Frühsommer Meningoencephalitis) - a virus
  • Lyme Borreliose - a bacteria
For an idea of their distribution - http://www.zecken.ch/Karten/karten.html and http://www.zecke.ch/fsme/fsme_p003_0...nav=3&subnav=4.

Starting this spring in Kanton Zürich it was possible for kids to get innoculated against FSME by the school doctor. GPs can also give the injection on request.

Lyme Borreliose can be treated effectively with antibiotics if caught in the early stages.

It's worth reading up on:
  • how to prevent the b*ggers getting onto you in the first place, especially if you're regularly in the woods or undergrowth
  • how to remove them if they do dig in. A video is at http://www.zecke.ch/fsme/fsme_p004_0...nav=4&subnav=1. (i.e. special tweezers are best for getting them off. DO NOT put butter, oil or other remedies on them as these will only irritate the tick and make them vomit the bacteria/virus-filled blood back into you)
  • what symptoms to watch out for in the weeks after
Now if it's deerflies you're trying to stop, just carry around a 6-inch bright blue flowerpot (http://news.ufl.edu/2002/08/13/deerflies/)

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, just your more-nervous-than-average father
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Re: mosquito bites

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In Switzerland that would be the ticks or "Zecken". Here they are known to carry two types of disease:
  • FSME (Frühsommer Meningoencephalitis) - a virus
  • Lyme Borreliose - a bacteria
For an idea of their distribution - http://www.zecken.ch/Karten/karten.html and http://www.zecke.ch/fsme/fsme_p003_0...nav=3&subnav=4.

Starting this spring in Kanton Zürich it was possible for kids to get innoculated against FSME by the school doctor. GPs can also give the injection on request.

Lyme Borreliose can be treated effectively with antibiotics if caught in the early stages.

It's worth reading up on:
  • how to prevent the b*ggers getting onto you in the first place, especially if you're regularly in the woods or undergrowth
  • how to remove them if they do dig in. A video is at http://www.zecke.ch/fsme/fsme_p004_0...nav=4&subnav=1. (i.e. special tweezers are best for getting them off. DO NOT put butter, oil or other remedies on them as these will only irritate the tick and make them vomit the bacteria/virus-filled blood back into you)
  • what symptoms to watch out for in the weeks after
Now if it's deerflies you're trying to stop, just carry around a 6-inch bright blue flowerpot (http://news.ufl.edu/2002/08/13/deerflies/)

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, just your more-nervous-than-average father

thanks for that post. I'd like to add that there are two doctors in CH who specialise in tick borne illnesses and lyme specificaly: Dr Satz in Zurich and Dr Meer in Flamatt.
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I'd like to add that there are two doctors in CH who specialise in tick borne illnesses and lyme specificaly: Dr Satz in Zurich and Dr Meer in Flamatt.
Yes, Dr Satz is the one who runs www.zecken.ch
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Spatz sells a "zapper" at 17 Fr. ("Moskito Click"). Never tried such a zapper, maybe I should get a few bites to test one?
Hebeisen on Schaffhauserstrasse (on the border with Glattbrugg, 3min. walk from Tram 14 endpoint Seebach) also sells one:
http://www.hebeisen.ch/itemcard.php?...=8022386000353

As for ticks and mozzies: impregnate pants and skeeter nets with K.O. tabs (permethrin). Kills 'em dead landing/crawling up, lasts for a couple of months even with washing:
http://www.trottomundo.ch/ausruestun...kid=76&pid=122
Recommended for use in the tropics by the Impfzentrale Uni Zurich.
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Re: mosquito bites

Has anyone else noticed the loads of mosquitos that are still around? I really thought the cold snap we had recently would have killed them off, but this weekend my son got bitten over 9 times, I got bitten twice and the mozzys that we've managed to splat have been huge...whether filled with blood or not. I can't say that I remember them being around so late in the year the last few years. These are nasty little buggers
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Yes Cath i-b-debora mentioned it to me. She couldn't believe it either.
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Has anyone else noticed the loads of mosquitos that are still around? I really thought the cold snap we had recently would have killed them off, but this weekend my son got bitten over 9 times, I got bitten twice and the mozzys that we've managed to splat have been huge...whether filled with blood or not. I can't say that I remember them being around so late in the year the last few years. These are nasty little buggers
Yep I'm afraid so

They seem to have developed quite a taste for me again this year. I had a huge bite a few weeks ago on my eye which was really unsightly and uncomfortable....I really hate them

I too thought the cold snap would have killed them off so finally thought it was safe to leave a few windows open....how wrong I was.

Also has anyone found anything really effective against them? The only thing that works is spray on stuff but I hate the smell and my boyfriend won't come near me when I'm wearing it....handy deterrent when needed
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Old 11.11.2008, 13:49
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Re: mosquito bites

I've been getting bites regularly as well in the last couple of weeks. I've never known mozzies to operate at such low temperatures.

I've got a couple of those plugs from Coop which work well, but I'd put them away a few weeks ago. Amazing that I had to dig them out again in November.

Is this normal?
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Re: mosquito bites

Hopefully the cold snap later this week will sort them out. We have a lot coming in through the ventilation the last couple of weeks. The plug in works somewhat but we are still being bitten so will try the Marmite tip mentioned earlier in the post.
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Re: mosquito bites

Apparently it has to do with the mild temperatures we've been having. Normally house mosquitos would go into a winter sleep (winterstarre, hibernation?) of sorts but since the temperatures just aren't constantly cold enough, they are hanging out as if it were already spring. When it stays colder for a longer period of time, they'll pass out.
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Re: mosquito bites

Time to get some mosquito nets, I dont want the pain of last year and I have already seen some of the blighters over the last week.
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