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Old 24.09.2006, 23:35
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Re: mosquito bites

As much as it pains me to say it in a thread which seems to have very little to do with Switzerland - this thread is about mosquitos, not static electricity.
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Re: mosquito bites

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As much as it pains me to say it in a thread which seems to have very little to do with Switzerland - this thread is about mosquitos, not static electricity.
thanx, noted
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Old 25.09.2006, 00:11
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Re: mosquito bites

These little beasts almost sent me to hospital a couple of times.... I don't know what species grow here, but all i say is that they perform their duties with Swiss efficiency and precision... I never had problems with mosquitos in Spain or Portugal. It seems the mediterranean mosquitoes don't even like me at all, but here, it is too much.... Not only they seem to love me, they also express their love profusely and abundantly...

Of course, best thing is avoid being bitten. But, in case you are, you can easily get at the pharmacy a gel that contains antihistamics. It usually works quite nicelly for me. My experience also tells me that over time, your organism gets over sensitivezed and that you may get even more dramatic reactions. Maybe it would not be a bad idea to go to the doctor, so you can get the right perscription...
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Old 25.09.2006, 00:50
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Re: mosquito bites

Those horseflies, what else can they give you except for encaphilitis? I was bitten, and it seems the vein is now painful
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Old 25.09.2006, 06:56
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Re: mosquito bites

Yep, here in east Switzerland those horseflies are damn nasty. I got bitten about 4 times during the summer (twice through the lycra cycling knicks). All bites lasted at least 2 weeks. One bite on the back of my knee actually made it painful to bend it fully for a day or two.

One of the biggest dangers around cantons TG,SG,AI,AR and GR are ticks. They seem to find their way into hair or clothing, and in humans can be responsible for everything from menangitis to chronic fatigue
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Re: mosquito bites

There is of course the old tried and trusted method....Gin and Tonic
or I suppose just Tonic water
Switzerland is one of the few countries that still adds quinine to tonic water, an effective repellent used extensively by the Brits back in the colonial days of Africa and India

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Old 25.09.2006, 11:30
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Mosquito Netting

Goto Migros shop and buy Black moss netting.
The box is real cheap and comes with velcro tape. Add this to the ouside of your windows and hay no more moss'y. As its back you dont even see that you have a net up window is just a bit darker.
I have these up on all my windows so I can leave them open with out any stress..
about 10.- a pack

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Yep, here in east Switzerland those horseflies are damn nasty. I got bitten about 4 times during the summer (twice through the lycra cycling knicks). All bites lasted at least 2 weeks. One bite on the back of my knee actually made it painful to bend it fully for a day or two.

One of the biggest dangers around cantons TG,SG,AI,AR and GR are ticks. They seem to find their way into hair or clothing, and in humans can be responsible for everything from menangitis to chronic fatigue

I've just been bitten (on Saturday) on the back of my knee by a horsefly and it is agony! I've had lots of mozzie bites which also react badly but this bite is really lumpy and hard and turning purple!!! I also feel ill in myself but don't know if this is just because I am panicking. Is there an effective treatment and is this reaction normal as I'm beginning to get worried now!! Damn bugs.........bring on the snow
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Old 21.08.2007, 13:15
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Re: mosquito bites

TBH, the quinine in tonic water won't repel mosquitoes, but it does have a role to play in malarial treatment. When we lived in Bangkok the mosquitoes were silent and extremely dangerous - malaria and dengue fever. I found that repellent with DEET was a must for all the family. If we ever did get bitten Tiger balm seemed to do the trick.
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Re: mosquito bites

I was told a few years back by a homeopathic bod that yeast tablets annoy them, gets your blood and makes you unattractive to eat.

Marmite is another way of getting the yeast into your bod to sweat out later.

I've found Marmite on toast each morning in mozzy infected areas reduces the bites I tend to get.
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Old 21.08.2007, 13:48
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Marmite is another way of getting the yeast into your bod to sweat out later.

I've found Marmite on toast each morning in mozzy infected areas reduces the bites I tend to get.

and that sounds like a yummy way to repel them
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There is of course the old tried and trusted method....Gin and Tonic
or I suppose just Tonic water
Switzerland is one of the few countries that still adds quinine to tonic water, an effective repellent used extensively by the Brits back in the colonial days of Africa and India

Nick
tip picked up in Turkey, glass of Raki or Ouzo ... the little beggars are not too keen on the aniseed which comes through the skin pores ... suppose Pernod or Ricard would have the same effect ....
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Old 21.08.2007, 14:21
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Re: mosquito bites

They would have to be pretty determined then to make it into the toilet where you have your head down it after drinking such.

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They would have to be pretty determined then to make it into the toilet where you have your head down it after drinking such.
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Re: mosquito bites

My children were in agony after being bitten by something vicious, the only thing that helped was antihistamins. If it is a "minor" bite you can also try applying tea tree oil, but I had trouble getting it from the local pharmacie, they had to order it for me...
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Re: mosquito bites

I have only been here a couple of months and have had some of the worst bites of my life - one on my leg was the size of 2 x 5fr coins, I've been told they are probably horse flies or the Bremer? spelling)
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Re: mosquito bites

As mentioned a repellent with DEET is best (be careful if using on young children), I've had good luck with aloe on nasty bites, but haven't had any quite as bad as described

(as an aside coming from North America it is amazing that windows here don't come with screens automatically, but where I am I notice few bugs anyway)
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Re: mosquito bites

I get bitten by mosquitos all the time.
The mosquitos here seem invunerable to sprays, wipes or plug-in repellants...


My bites often swell up, and itch like hell, and I swear by the little "zapper" Bite Relief things shown below. Basically, you put them against your bite, press the button on the end, and it "zaps" the bite to calm it down. It doesn't hurt, and it'll stop you itching it as much.

It's really effective on particularly itchy ones on toes/elbows/etc, and was my lifesaver during my trip to Thailand last year.



I haven't seen them being sold over here, but you can order them through eBay, Superdrug, Boots or some sports websites such as the one below. They cost around 6 quid plus P&P, although Superdrug was selling one version for about £3-£4 earlier in the year.

http://www.justsportandleisure.com/Details.asp?PID=5956
(or search for "Mosquito Bite Relief" in eBay)

Oh, and I could be wrong here, but after "zapping" my bites, I often find that mosquito cream/lotion seems to work better. It's as though they can now reach the infection better.
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Old 22.08.2007, 14:00
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Re: mosquito bites

Hi @ all...

This is my first real post, have been reading a lot, but didn't really do anything since coming back from Ozzyland...

As for the mozzies, they seem quite a bit more aggressive this year round. The always liked me lots before, but I had a really tough time with them for the last two months or so... As mentioned before, the sprays don't seem to help a bit - apparently nobody told the mozzies that it's poison for them!

But once you have been bitten, there is a cheap alternative to the zapper - use your fingernail, press it hard directly on the bite twice (cross-like) and the itching should go back quite a bit. Works for me anyways. On the other hand you'll have quite a better time with a net up the window of course.

Cheerio
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Old 22.08.2007, 14:00
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Re: mosquito bites

Spatz sells a "zapper" at 17 Fr. ("Moskito Click"). Never tried such a zapper, maybe I should get a few bites to test one?
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