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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!!

A man after my own heart!

I grew up near the Canadian/MN border, so this video pretty much sums up ALL my childhood memories of summer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyQBBkx27vE.

I don't complain about bugs anymore because I have never been anywhere since that has been worse (mosquitoes, ticks, leaches, horse flies, deer flies, etc.)

When it did get really bad, (same with poison ivy), I would use steel wool or a green scrubbie and go to town. A rinse with isopropyl, some swearing, some pursed lip heavy breathing and then relief. Scabs up over night and problem solved.

Not joking. It works for me.
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Old 28.09.2015, 23:42
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Re: mosquito bites

It was so funny to read all about the local mosquitoes.
People, I bet you have never seen REAL ones like in the wild forests of Siberia, They are just frightening, especially in summer - huge and noisy and when they bite... they practically inject your skin as if they are a good 5 ml syringe and after they are finished drinking your blood,,, you feel dizziness, you vomit and you are on your way to ER...
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It was so funny to read all about the local mosquitoes.
People, I bet you have never seen REAL ones like in the wild forests of Siberia, They are just frightening, especially in summer - huge and noisy and when they bite... they practically inject your skin as if they are a good 5 ml syringe and after they are finished drinking your blood,,, you feel dizziness, you vomit and you are on your way to ER...
I beg to differ.

Depending on one's state of health, allergen sensitivity and number of bites they can indeed be very painful even if they're "only" European bugs.
And - as implied - there is a thing called allergic reaction, which can occur with any insect sting and leave you in a very nasty state.
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Re: mosquito bites

Insect screens are great. I find it a little uncivilized that windows don't come with screens here in rentals. If my husband hadn't put up the velcro screens outside, we would have been overrun with wasps and mosquitos.

No solution for the itching though. Vinegar helps a little? I haven't found a good solution yet even though I react like crazy.

Insect repellants: I swear by these products, but they are heavy on DEET. They were a godsend when we were hiking in Denali and Seward in Alaska. Never encountered so many horrible biting insects before...

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...ect-Repellant/

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Insect screens are great. I find it a little uncivilized that windows don't come with screens here in rentals. If my husband hadn't put up the velcro screens outside, we would have been overrun with wasps and mosquitos.

No solution for the itching though. Vinegar helps a little? I haven't found a good solution yet even though I react like crazy.

Insect repellants: I swear by these products, but they are heavy on DEET. They were a godsend when we were hiking in Denali and Seward in Alaska. Never encountered so many horrible biting insects before...

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...ect-Repellant/
DEET works a treat!
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Re: mosquito bites

Arent they all dead or wintersleeping by now? I have no idea what they do actually during winter..
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Old 29.09.2015, 11:20
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It was so funny to read all about the local mosquitoes.
People, I bet you have never seen REAL ones like in the wild forests of Siberia, They are just frightening, especially in summer - huge and noisy and when they bite... they practically inject your skin as if they are a good 5 ml syringe and after they are finished drinking your blood,,, you feel dizziness, you vomit and you are on your way to ER...
I can assure you that when you are as allergic to mosquito bites as my husband is ANY mosquito is a REAL one. They don't have to be big and noisy to be dangerous.

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Arent they all dead or wintersleeping by now? I have no idea what they do actually during winter..
Not yet, the weather is still pretty mild so they're still pretty active.
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they're still pretty active.
Indeed.
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Old 01.10.2015, 10:33
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Re: mosquito bites

Oh thank goodness. I thought I was the only one who found CH mosquitos horrible. I grew up in northern Ontario. I'm used to the bastards. But here they seem smarter, faster and more agressive.

There are nights when I can't get a good nights sleep because I have 5-10 bites at a time. And they don't go away!! They just scab, even if i haven't scratched them. WTF??!!
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Insect screens are great. I find it a little uncivilized that windows don't come with screens here in rentals. If my husband hadn't put up the velcro screens outside, we would have been overrun with wasps and mosquitos.

No solution for the itching though. Vinegar helps a little? I haven't found a good solution yet even though I react like crazy.

Insect repellants: I swear by these products, but they are heavy on DEET. They were a godsend when we were hiking in Denali and Seward in Alaska. Never encountered so many horrible biting insects before...

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3...ect-Repellant/
Calamine lotion is what you need for the itching. Works a treat. Not sure if you can get it here, but it's available at Boots in the UK.
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Old 01.10.2015, 13:29
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It was so funny to read all about the local mosquitoes.
People, I bet you have never seen REAL ones like in the wild forests of Siberia, They are just frightening, especially in summer - huge and noisy and when they bite... they practically inject your skin as if they are a good 5 ml syringe and after they are finished drinking your blood,,, you feel dizziness, you vomit and you are on your way to ER...
For people who don't believe this:
http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/pub/ph..._variation.jpg
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Re: mosquito bites

i saw this thread and thought it was about girls with small boobs...oh well
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Old 01.10.2015, 13:54
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Calamine lotion is what you need for the itching. Works a treat. Not sure if you can get it here, but it's available at Boots in the UK.
In my experience calamine lotion is next to useless and incredibly messy.
The fenipic/fenistil works much better as far as I'm concerned.

Bicarbonate of soda mixed to a paste with water and applied to the bites also works really well but can also be pretty messy.
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In my experience calamine lotion is next to useless and incredibly messy.
The fenipic/fenistil works much better as far as I'm concerned.

Bicarbonate of soda mixed to a paste with water and applied to the bites also works really well but can also be pretty messy.
How on earth are you applying it?! I use a cotton bud for a small bite or some on a small piece of cotton for bigger areas. Apply it and it's dry in only a few minutes. Takes a little while to start working but when it does no more itch.
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How on earth are you applying it?! I use a cotton bud for a small bite or some on a small piece of cotton for bigger areas. Apply it and it's dry in only a few minutes. Takes a little while to start working but when it does no more itch.
I don't use it because it does nothing as far as I'm concerned but when I did use it I applied it with cotton wool. It rubs off leaving powder residue on things and does nothing to reduce the itch so it's totally not worth bothering in my case. The only thing it's got going for it is that it's cheap in my opinion but if it works for you that's great.
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Re: mosquito bites

A drop of neat Tea Tree Oil stops the itch immediately. Works for other insect biters stings too, also for stinging nettles.
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A drop of neat Tea Tree Oil stops the itch immediately. Works for other insect biters stings too, also for stinging nettles.
What if I just rub myself down with TTO before bed? Do you think that will keep them away (and possibly my OH)?
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I see this thread is a little ancian... but it's useful for while. I've got chikungunha or dengue du to mosquito bite. It was a bad experience for me in two weeks ago:

I live in an zone of risck from mosquito deseases. So, that was my first time in all my life and I swear it was a bad experience.
I mistakenly read your location as Basel and became quite alarmed. Glad you are OK.
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Re: mosquito bites

You can't catch Dengue in Switzerland.

It is transferred by daytime mosquitoes in tropical countries. I have a few friends caught it in Thailand. Not life threatening but very very painful.

You can also catch it, like malaria and it waits around a few weeks and then hits. When you get home from holiday.

I wrote the above for newbies worried about bites here!!

The ones here just itch like hell, usually at night when the little darlings are biting and buzzing around.

I use those things you stick in the plug. And for the bites that bepanthen stuff.
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Old 26.03.2016, 11:27
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Re: mosquito bites

Allergic to those things you can plug in and that give off a scent, as well as to the bites.

For me the old fashioned vinegar or a paste of baking powder and water helps (a bit).
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