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Re: mosquito bites

So here I am searching EF at 4 in the morning for effective mosquito repellents. Saw a giant one in the room while changing my baby's diaper.
Now I need a baby friendly repellent - the window nets seem a good idea - have to wait until Monday though!
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Good point to mention screens and where to get them! I don't think there's anything special about "Swiss" mosquitos, they are just as annoying as their counterparts in other countries (certainly in my experience). In Australia pretty much all homes I ever saw had insect screens on all windows and doors. If this is considered when the window is designed the cost is almost minimal. Mind you, there are plenty more flies down there than there are here...

Giving some thought to where the mozzies come from can also be of great help, because most people don't consider this at all. Living next to a lake won't necessarily mean more mozzies. That's because they need stagnant water to breed, so the surface of the lake won't be suitable at all. If there are puddles around where the water can stagnate, this is another story.

Around my flat I managed to eliminate a few breeding sites - I simply checked for plant pots which had trapped rainwater and turned them upside down, also the same for the metal tray at the bottom of my BBQ. Remember that mozzies don't tend to stray far from their birth site, so if you can get rid of the places where they lay their eggs you'll solve a big part of the problem.

I also looked around for further sources - drains. Check for tell-tale signs like spider webs around the top of the drain covers - the spiders are waiting to trap them as they fly in and out. What can you do about this? If you find a source of water that you can't empty, you can put a thin layer of something like kerosine (I used lighter fuel from migros) over the surface of the water. You don't need much, but it will form a thin layer over the surface, blocking the oxygen supply to the water below. The larvae will never hatch.

If you live near a farm then you'll be in trouble - mozzies also like shade so long grass gives them somewhere to hang out during the day, and stagnant pools are also easier for them to find. But if you don't live near a farm the techniques described above may help you to reduce your mozzie problem to a level that doesn't drive you insane.

Singapore had an interesting approach - they made puddles illegal, with no puddles, there was no mozzie problem. That's just what I've heard, I'm sure someone from Singapore is going to jump in and correct me here...

You can also get a special sense of satisfaction if you kill one - it's only the females that bite, and each bite gives each female enough blood to lay 200 eggs...
Comprehensive informative wide ranging and good ideas.
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Old 08.05.2011, 14:23
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Re: mosquito bites

I swear by the Finito plug in things. You can't smell them and they work a treat.

You can get them from most Coops I think.

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1' Skin so soft' body spray. By Avon cosmetics.
This is not sold as a repellent but is wonderful. Crew have been using it for years and then an article in The Telegraph confirmed its effectiveness, as it was used by Mel Gibson whilst filming Brave Heart in Scotland after he was badly bitten. It doesn't smell girly at all, so good for Blokey Blokes too!
I just read this post and mentioned it to my husband, who had an interesting reply. Apparently, he was working out in the mosquito-infested woods in Alberta and they were using DEET. But it wasn't working that well. However, one of the other guys there was using the Avon stuff and didn't get any bites. They were all really surprised.

Anyone know where one can buy Avon in Switzerland?
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Re: mosquito bites

Thread uproot because of the useful info in this thread.

So - the little barstewards basically ate me (hello, huge ugly welts) and I've been taking fenistil (antihistamine) drops for days
Any advice on how to get rid of the ITCH FROM HELL?

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Re: mosquito bites

I use the topical roll-on Fenipic plus: it smells revolting, but it soothes the itch quite effectively.



Splashing with cold water can also soothe in the short term, but the relief doesn't last very long.
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Thread uproot because of the useful info in this thread.

So - the little barstewards basically ate me and I've been taking fenistil (antihistamine) drops for days
Any advice on how to get rid of the ITCH FROM HELL?

Thanks.
Oatmeal therapy or bath?

http://www.healthline.com/health/out...mosquito-bites
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Re: mosquito bites

Best not to try any special remedies, just scratch like fuk !!

It's especially good when you have a bite on your foot, just almost in reach without taking your shoes and socks off at work and you can sit there with a strained face clawing like mad and pull your bloodied hand from your sock to shake hands with colleagues as they arrive in the morning.

Better still is to sit motionless and stare at the bite as the juice oozes out and a little droplet of happiness runs down your leg.

fking mosquitos!!

Edit :: PS Piriton works (from the UK) .. Anti histamine liquid.. Also makes kids sleepy which is a big bonus. I can bring some back in a couple of weeks, 100chf per bottle

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Thread uproot because of the useful info in this thread.

So - the little barstewards basically ate me (hello, huge ugly welts) and I've been taking fenistil (antihistamine) drops for days
Any advice on how to get rid of the ITCH FROM HELL?

Thanks.
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Old 25.09.2015, 22:16
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Best not to try any special remedies, just scratch like fuk !!

It's especially good when you have a bite on your foot, just almost in reach without taking your shoes and socks off at work and you can sit there with a strained face clawing like mad and pull your bloodied hand from your sock to shake hands with colleagues as they arrive in the morning.

Better still is to sit motionless and stare at the bite as the juice oozes out and a little droplet of happiness runs down your leg.

fking mosquitos!!

Edit :: PS Piriton works (from the UK) .. Anti histamine liquid.. Also makes kids sleepy which is a big bonus. I can bring some back in a couple of weeks, 100chf per bottle
Bloody gross post of yours

I have too many bites for my hands to scratch lol
I have several antihistamine products here - drops, tablets and fenistil gel and drops. Have only used the fenistil for itch until now, the gel is absolutely useless.

@jacek: I don't have oatmeal here at the moment, the honey tip on the page you linked to got me interested, but after thinking about the possible ant infestation...

@DB: Fenipic'll be purchased tomorrow, but I need a solution for the next couple of hours (spending them soaking in cold water doesn't seem all that enticing... )

Edit: Counted the bites - 35

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Re: mosquito bites

Here are some more, suggested by chemists:

http://chemistry.about.com/od/medica...e-Remedies.htm
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Re: mosquito bites

I use toothpaste on mosquito bites. I know it sounds strange, but it works for me.
As the little monsters don't like wind, use a fan blowing towards you. They should keep away from you then.
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Re: mosquito bites

I don't know if you can buy it in Switzerland, but I take the generic of Benadryl tablets. The active ingredient is diphenhydramine, 25 mg. It can make some people sleepy, so use with caution if you need to do anything like drive or operate machinery. It doesn't make me sleepy, though.
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I don't know if you can buy it in Switzerland, but I take the generic of Benadryl tablets. The active ingredient is diphenhydramine, 25 mg. It can make some people sleepy, so use with caution if you need to do anything like drive or operate machinery. It doesn't make me sleepy, though.
I have diphenhydramine drops (can be bought otc), wondering if taking them on top of the other antihistamine found in fenistil drops (dimethindene) which I took - and which barely take the edge off - is OK...
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Re: mosquito bites

At last ... a thread where I can offer truly wonderful advice!

Buy a bottle of Citron oil - put a few drops into a small bottle of Olive oil, then lightly rub that oil over your skin. It`s not unpleasant, only smells of lemons.

In Africa I used this, would lie a hammock and watch a SWARM of mosquitoes attempting to descend on my delectable flesh ..... but.... on approaching ... veer off to another place. No bites on me.

Still works in Switzerland. Others rub themselves full of synthetic wonders and wherever they`ve failed to cover gets bitten. Me? I never have any bites.

And olive oil is good for the skin.
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I have diphenhydramine drops (can be bought otc), wondering if taking them on top of the other antihistamine found in fenistil drops (dimethindene) which I took - and which barely take the edge off - is OK...
I wouldn't mix and match unless someone knowledgeable (like a pharmacist) says it's okay. Maybe try the diphenhydramine on its own and see if it works? Or at least wait a while before taking the second med?

TBH I've never tried drops for allergies (except for eye allergies). I've only used tablets for general allergy reactions. Do you put the drops on your tongue or mix in water, or what?
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I wouldn't mix and match unless someone knowledgeable (like a pharmacist) says it's okay. Maybe try the diphenhydramine on its own and see if it works? Or at least wait a while before taking the second med?

TBH I've never tried drops for allergies (except for eye allergies). I've only used tablets for general allergy reactions. Do you put the drops on your tongue or mix in water, or what?
As I took the fenistil drops a couple hours ago I'll play it safe and wait for several hours before taking the diphenhydramine ones.

As for taking the drops, I just drip them into a spoon and swallow.

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At last ... a thread where I can offer truly wonderful advice!

Buy a bottle of Citron oil - put a few drops into a small bottle of Olive oil, then lightly rub that oil over your skin. It`s not unpleasant, only smells of lemons.

In Africa I used this, would lie a hammock and watch a SWARM of mosquitoes attempting to descend on my delectable flesh ..... but.... on approaching ... veer off to another place. No bites on me.

Still works in Switzerland. Others rub themselves full of synthetic wonders and wherever they`ve failed to cover gets bitten. Me? I never have any bites.

And olive oil is good for the skin.
With 35 bites all over I'd have to oil my entire body
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As I took the fenistil drops a couple hours ago I'll play it safe and wait for several hours before taking the diphenhydramine ones.

As for taking the drops, I just drip them into a spoon and swallow.
Why not enjoy full benefit of the trip by injecting in vein?
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As I took the fenistil drops a couple hours ago I'll play it safe and wait for several hours before taking the diphenhydramine ones.

As for taking the drops, I just drip them into a spoon and swallow.



With 35 bites all over I'd have to oil my entire body
Tis just the aroma that repels them. You don't have to slaver your body in oily oil! You put a few drops on your hands, rub them together, then slip and slide your hands over areas accessible to mossies. (if that makes sense?) Experience is what counts. I`ve had years of it. You gotta start sometime.
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I use toothpaste on mosquito bites. I know it sounds strange, but it works for me.
As the little monsters don't like wind, use a fan blowing towards you. They should keep away from you then.
I second the toothpaste for bite relief.
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Re: mosquito bites

My face still hurts after a mosquito landed on it.

My wife told me it was the easiest decision she'd ever made.
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