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Insect bites...ouch!

I am suffering terribly with insect bites here. Never really had an issue in the UK but I don't know if its just me and my sweet new foreign blood but I always get bitten, every night in fact. But my other half...nothing.

The problem is that I am now looking pretty blotchy and swollen. I have just been to the Apotheke for antihistamines in the hope that they will reduce down (from a 5franc size coin!)

Anyone else experience this?? Also, does anyone wear insect replellant when they are out? It stinks to high heaven but it seems the only way to help not get bitten so much.
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Old 12.08.2011, 17:12
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Re: Insect bites...ouch!

Are you sure you're bitten when outside, or when sleeping. If the latter I can recommend the little electrical plug-in mosquito killers. If I have a pest I simply switch the device on the next night a hour or so before bedtime - seems to remove the problem.
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Re: Insect bites...ouch!

I've had the same problem every year round about now.

The best thing I've found is this,
http://www.coopathome.ch/b2c_coop/b2...3427054%29/.do but Coop and Migro have plenty of other.

You plug it in the mains, and a small red light on top attracts them. Underneath sits a small container containing a fluid which evaporates and kills the sons of bachelors.
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Re: Insect bites...ouch!

Yes you're right...the little buggers. But I have been bitten just being outside. Not to go into too much details but I wear pj's and the other half commando. Still I get bitten!

Also, day two of my new Zurich life....I got bitten by a tick! Had my first jab now and going to get my second next week back in the UK (cheaper).

I have just bought the plug so lets see how it goes. Also, citronella candles
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Re: Insect bites...ouch!

i got quite a few mosquito bites from leaving the window open. i've been exiled from my bedroom for the last week sleeping instead in the spare room, but the mosquito nets arrived today so i will reclaim my room
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Re: Insect bites...ouch!

My partner doesn't get bitten either, I, however, get bitten all the time. I used to swell up to an apple sized bump, but over the years they seem to get less unbearable... now more like a grape or sometimes a plum.
The apothekes sell armbands that just smell of Citronella, not bad, but I use a plug in sonic repellant at home and a portable battery one in my handbag. Can't stand the chemical repellants or killers-I'm allergic to them too!
I only know it works after I forget to bring it with me or accidently plug it out!
Back to an outbreak of plums!!
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I've had the same problem every year round about now.

The best thing I've found is this,
http://www.coopathome.ch/b2c_coop/b2...3427054%29/.do but Coop and Migro have plenty of other.

You plug it in the mains, and a small red light on top attracts them. Underneath sits a small container containing a fluid which evaporates and kills the sons of bachelors.
Sorry the link didn't work....
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My partner doesn't get bitten either, I, however, get bitten all the time. I used to swell up to an apple sized bump, but over the years they seem to get less unbearable... now more like a grape or sometimes a plum.
The apothekes sell armbands that just smell of Citronella, not bad, but I use a plug in sonic repellant at home and a portable battery one in my handbag.
I only know it works after I forget to bring it with me or accidently plug it out!
Back to an outbreak of plums!!
Sonic repllant...that sounds heavy duty. I saw the arm band things but a bit sceptical tbh. Where did you get your sonic handbag one from?

Oh and yes.....apple sized bites I have :-( Hopinh the antihistamines kick in soon...ouch
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Re: Insect bites...ouch!

Try Avon Skin So Soft - it keeps the beggars away whilst a) not smelling like something from ICI, and b) moisturising nicely
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Old 12.08.2011, 17:54
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Re: Insect bites...ouch!

Doesn't work for mozzies (the plug-ins as above advice seem best), but Original Source Mint Tea Tree Shampoo/Body Wash works wonders against ticks, horse flies, etc. My UK doctor also advised using it for headlice on kids. Shampoo first, comb through the OS Mint Tea Tree conditioner, rinse and they're lice free. I was dubious but it certainly worked.
It also works wonders for hangovers.
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Re: Insect bites...ouch!

I've used the plug in thing as well for the past year. Since I've used it I've not had one mosquito in our room before hand I always had 2 or 3 per summer annoying me at night. Maybe it's a coincidence but I'll be sticking to them
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Ok so some more items to add to my UK shopping list for next week.
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You could smoke ..... in the bedroom!
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Oh so that's what everyone is doing. I wondered why I could smell it lol
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Re: Insect bites...ouch!

For the bites, as well as antihistamines I can recommend Euceta - there are two types of it - one is for general insect bites and one is specially for mozzie bites called "Euceta Pic" - this is by far the best stop-itch cream I've come across. I also get horrible reactions to getting bitten and it's always me too. Thankfully this year we seem to not have had too many of the buggers at home but I still use a plugin at night anyway. My son has a mosquito net round his bed as he seems to suffer as bad as me and I don't like covering him in chemicals - these definitely do work (as demonstrated by anti-malaria campaigns!)
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For the bites, as well as antihistamines I can recommend Euceta - there are two types of it - one is for general insect bites and one is specially for mozzie bites called "Euceta Pic" - this is by far the best stop-itch cream I've come across. I also get horrible reactions to getting bitten and it's always me too. Thankfully this year we seem to not have had too many of the buggers at home but I still use a plugin at night anyway. My son has a mosquito net round his bed as he seems to suffer as bad as me and I don't like covering him in chemicals - these definitely do work (as demonstrated by anti-malaria campaigns!)
Great...where do you buy it in CH? Apotheke? I'm still hanging onto my Tesco hydrocortisone cream from home lol
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Yes - any apotheke should have it - it's a Novartis OTC product so should be generally available.
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Re: Insect bites...ouch!

Garlic is also good for mozzie bites.
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having a fan on during the night also keeps them away, got the tip a while back from an old EF thread and found it works
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Re: Insect bites...ouch!

Encourage bats, they keep down the mosquitos, though it's annoying when the bats get in the house and the cats try to catch them (and sometimes succeed).

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