What works to kill/prevent no see-ems/mosquito bites?
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!
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.
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.
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.
I choose to live in the Caribbean in planning for my infinite future, to try to grow accustomed to the heat...
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.
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.
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... 🙂
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.