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LKWriter4
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I have quite a time getting bit by mosquitoes and no see ems. Any suggestions? No matter how well I clean the no see ems are still in the house, they are fond of biting at dusk.

I have found if I use Lysol kitchen cleaner it works on most bugs, but I can't wear it! I get eaten alive!

Thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : October 14, 2010 1:01 am
dougtamjj
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Deet

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Posted : October 14, 2010 1:08 am
FromAK
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Avon brand Skin So Soft lotion. The locals here in Alaska swear by it as the best thing to keep no-see-ums away. It might be a different variety down there but it's worth a try.

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Posted : October 14, 2010 5:43 am
AbovetheCliff
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The breeze.

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Posted : October 14, 2010 6:05 am
Neil
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The breeze.

haha, and BBQ sauce, I hear 🙂

Seriously, when they get bad, I put on socks and that takes care of 90% of the problem.

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Posted : October 14, 2010 11:19 am
kimd
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Try taking the over the counter zyrtec once a day. Your body will be less reactive to the bites and they won't swell and itch as much. Some people swear by high doses of vitamin b, but I think the vitamin smell starts to come out of your pores. Finally, deet. Use the off in the green can with the 25% deet, not the stuff in the orange can.

If there is a mosquito within a mile they are sure to find me and the above has definitely helped me.

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Posted : October 16, 2010 10:56 am
rhstoo
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Lots of people suggest Deet. My only concern is the dogs. They love to lick our legs. Won't Deet be a problem?

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Posted : October 16, 2010 8:20 pm
swans
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Good afternoon,

Deet is toxic to dogs and cats and can result in neurological problems. Please check with the veterinarian regarding products containing Deet.

Swan

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Posted : October 16, 2010 8:42 pm
popflops
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Just got back from Reef Beach and we were just about eaten alive! I can't remember a time when tiny bugs were so bad.

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Posted : October 16, 2010 9:11 pm
Edward
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I fumigate with Raid Deep Reach Fogger every 4 weeks.

3 foggers. One in the living room/kitchen area and one in each bedroom.

Hardly ever a bug in my 2-bedroom apartment.

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Posted : October 16, 2010 10:42 pm
redeyesadie
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Socks are a great suggestion. From what I have read about them, no see-ums like to bite around our feet and ankles because the skin is thinner there.

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Posted : October 16, 2010 11:57 pm
STXBob
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I've heard that mosquoties, etc. are attracted to foot odor.

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Posted : October 17, 2010 2:22 am
film
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I have also heard that mosquitoes are attracted to foot odor but do not like bad breath, cursing, or whiny people. Funny little buggers.

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Posted : October 17, 2010 3:05 am
kieren
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Socks are a great suggestion. From what I have read about them, no see-ums like to bite around our feet and ankles because the skin is thinner there.

i haven't worn socks in over 2 years. don't think i even have any anymore...

don't scratch your bug bites and they disappear much faster, after a couple years you won't even realize ur getting bit.

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Posted : October 18, 2010 12:32 am
dntw8up
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Finally, deet. Use the off in the green can with the 25% deet, not the stuff in the orange can.

My spouse is very sensitive to bites, and has used OFF in the orange can daily for years.

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Posted : October 18, 2010 4:19 am
lc98
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Try taking the over the counter zyrtec once a day. Your body will be less reactive to the bites and they won't swell and itch as much.

My fear with this approach would be that should you be unfortunate enough to contact dengue, you might assume for far too long that it's "just the flu" because you haven't noticed being bitten by any mosquitoes.

Otherwise healthy people, including those who have sought medical help and followed the treatment protocol for dengue -- to get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids -- have died from dengue hemorrhagic fever on St. Thomas and St. John (because there are no platelets available locally). Whatever the other health concerns about DEET, they are not dying from using DEET products. I am no fan of DEET myself, but I am also not a fan of premature death.

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Posted : October 18, 2010 1:52 pm
kimd
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fdr - I had not thought of that. As for me, I take Zyrtec for my allergies anyway, so I was pleased when I was told that this was an added side effect.

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Posted : October 18, 2010 4:45 pm
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I think a lot of people who get dengue don't know they have been bitten. I didn't, plus the treatment is the same as for the flu, right? I went to the doctor because I though I had gotten athletes foot (the itching started on the bottom of my feet). I don't recall any special treatment or medicine. She prescribed pain pills. Dengue hurts worst than the flu.

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Posted : October 18, 2010 5:39 pm
Suzette
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I've heard that mosquoties, etc. are attracted to foot odor.

My feet don't smell 😛

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Posted : October 18, 2010 11:13 pm
Effone
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Lately I've been pouring a bit of cheap Gin or Vodka on a paper towel and wipe the exposed areas. Works great in reducing mosquito and no-see-um bites. The odor goes away quickly (as far as I, and others can tell). Plus it's cheaper and not greasy (compared to bug sprays).

Okay, now I'm preparing for the jokes to follow... 🙂

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Posted : October 19, 2010 5:39 pm
STXBob
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Anything with alcohol seems to deter mosquitoes. We couldn't find any DEET products while visiting Colombia last year, so we loaded Listerine mouthwash (orange flavor, incidentally) into a spray bottle, and that worked, although we had to re-apply every hour or two.

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Posted : October 19, 2010 8:44 pm
SkysTheLimit
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So at least the skeeters will have a buzz and fresh breath if they do bite you.8-)

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Posted : October 20, 2010 12:00 pm
Lifestyleprowess
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You can use insecticides and foggers (for outdoor use). If you live close to a pond or water body, try larvicides. That will reduce their numbers. I also found this article on how to get rid of no see ums to be very helpful on the subject.

All the best.

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Posted : December 29, 2017 2:18 am
Bombi
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My 90 YO neighbor uses a mixture of 3 stale 12. Oz beers, 3 cups Epsom salts and a bottle of Listerene mouthwash mixed well poured into a spray bottle. It works!

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Posted : December 29, 2017 1:03 pm
Scubadoo
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My 90 YO neighbor uses a mixture of 3 stale 12. Oz beers, 3 cups Epsom salts and a bottle of Listerene mouthwash mixed well poured into a spray bottle. It works!

Sounds like it would keep the neighbors away too:D

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Posted : December 29, 2017 2:47 pm
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