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Title: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on March 08, 2009, 04:21:37 pm
Can anyone recommend from personal experience a good mosquito repellent?
 I've read somewhere that you can even help the situation buy what you eat or drink.... OK, what?
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: ronkh on March 08, 2009, 04:27:08 pm
Can anyone recommend from personal experience a good mosquito repellent?
 I've read somewhere that you can even help the situation buy what you eat or drink.... OK, what?

I suppose it depends on how much you drink. If you get totally legless then you shouldn't have a worry.
Food wise, perhaps a very hot curry and see what happens with any after effects. I,e the f##ts. A natural repellant!  ;D
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: malcolmfrary on March 08, 2009, 04:34:59 pm
Usually whatever the local pharmacy sells for the job.  The locals know their own mossies better than we do.
Dom Rep, lots of Cuba Libre applied internally.  Cyprus, Brandy Sour.  This contains lemon juice, so probably counts towards one of your daily five.
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Garabaldy on March 08, 2009, 05:02:12 pm
Where is it you plan on going martin?
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Stavros on March 08, 2009, 05:02:54 pm
Jungle formula thats the stuff that works in Scotlamd Martim,where you going??



Stav
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: barryfoote on March 08, 2009, 05:27:52 pm
Okay Martin,

From a man who lives with them during our long hot summers.....

Eat plenty of garlic. They don't like it and can taste it on the skin.

Don't go too near still water as they breed in it.

Use Citronella candles when sat outside. they are very effective.

Use any spray containing lemon. You can buy it to spray on the arms and legs and even to apply to the ground around where you are sitting.

Stick to any of these rules and you should be fine. I rarely get bitten by the blighters and when I have been it is because I have broken the rules...
Barry
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on March 08, 2009, 06:20:31 pm
Jamaica, to see my Mum & Dad.
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Garabaldy on March 08, 2009, 06:33:37 pm
my only experience with them has been on the west coast with scotland.  Sitting round the camp fire was usually a good solution as they hate the smoke.  Barrys advice sounds good though.
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: nhp651 on March 08, 2009, 07:08:14 pm
as footski says, citronella from a chemist. but you can also buy it in liquid and spray on form and smells like lemon. hence its name. works very well. good luck, neil, :-))
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: dougal99 on March 08, 2009, 07:38:14 pm
Martin,

I always found 3 or 4 pints of lager kept them off me, oh and an air conditioned bar  {-)

Doug
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: BarryM on March 08, 2009, 08:14:59 pm
Martin,

Special Forces, the Marines and Scottish forestry workers are reputed to use Avon's 'Skin So Soft' Dry Oil Body Spray. Fortunately, the smell is quite mild and so you won't get any funny looks and may be able to pass yourself off as SBS. I've tried it on walks on the West Coast of Scotland where midgies can bore through armour plate and had good results. The secret seems to be to reapply a coat at regular intervals.

Regards

Barry  M
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: logoman on March 08, 2009, 08:22:32 pm
a second vote for the AVON stuff.
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: DARLEK1 on March 08, 2009, 10:00:30 pm
What about a flame thrower?
 Paul??? :-)
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: tonyH on March 08, 2009, 10:08:16 pm
AVON thirded. We sent a scout troop up to the highlands a couple of years ago with the stuff and it really worked if applied fairly often as Barry noted.

Happy swatting

Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: RickF on March 08, 2009, 11:48:58 pm
Martin,

The DSM suffers terribly with mossie bites and has found that the only thing that works is a good spray down with DEET - at least 50% strength. We have investigated all the other "old wive's cures" - eating special foods, vitamins, yeast extract etc, and taken medical advice, which dismisses all of them out of hand. We also utilise an electric "mossie-zapper", burning tablets, in the room at night.

Off to India next month - must remember to restock.

Rick
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: andyn on March 09, 2009, 12:10:45 am
http://www.cadetdirect.com/order1.php?pg=854 (http://www.cadetdirect.com/order1.php?pg=854)

This stuff is so powerful, it can melt clothes, take the die out of them, melt plastic, and make a general mess of everything. It'll even keep the missus away if you put enough on....

It's 100% pure DEET...

Follow the directions EXACTLY, and write a copy of them, "why" I hear you ask, because it melts the label stuck to it O0
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Roger in France on March 09, 2009, 06:49:21 am
First you guys should be told that Martin does not drink alcohol. You also need to know that some of the products you recommend are not readily available in some parts of the world. As for the advice about what the locals use, I often find that "locals" are less bothered by the local pests and/or a tolerance is built up.

I agree that plenty of garlic eaten and rubbed on the back of the hands and neck helps. Especially the latter for midges in Scotland which I have found to be worse than mosquitoes. I find citronella candles pleasent when sitting still in the evening but I have my doubts how effective they are unless you "kipper" yourself in the smoke, then as somebody said, any smoke will do. There are also repellant coils for burning but again - unless the air is almost still and you are enveloped in smoke, not a lot of use.

I also believe that individuals vary in their attraction or repulsion of mosquitoes, probably something to do with the pheromones exuded or just the level of good honest sweat. It also seems to me that mosquitoes vary by region and season.

I suffer particularly badly if bitten but my wife, bitten by the same bug (or its relative) just has a mild, momentary itch.

In France I use a pump spray "Off" (imaginative name, eh?) and it works for me but I guess, Martin, you just will have to experiment a bit or failing that just bask in the love of your family and forget about the bugs!

Roger in France
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: barryfoote on March 09, 2009, 08:01:40 am
Well Martin,

After reading all of the above, you must be more confused than ever....I know I am and I live in a region where mosquitoes are in abundance........Oh and I don't get bitten by the devils......well not very often anyway..
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on March 09, 2009, 08:59:31 am

Mayhem to the rescue again gentlemen, thanks.

I've now heard quite a few people talk about this Avon (calling!) Skin So Soft stuff working as an unexpected mozzie repellent
and low-and-behold my Mrs magiced one up out of thin air last night on request! I'll take a couple of bottles methinks, last time I was in JA
I nearly ended up in hospital with the bites. 'Jungle formula' & eating garlic also come with personal recommendations so I'll take those too.

True, I am Almost teetotal but not quite. Me and the Mrs take turns when drinking, it her turn this lifetime......  %)
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Colin Bishop on March 09, 2009, 09:11:21 am
You could always wear a Burka Martin....
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: BarryM on March 09, 2009, 10:25:46 am
Let us know how you got on, Martin.

Have a good time.

Barry M
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: dreadnought72 on March 09, 2009, 11:14:08 am
The successful midgeater machines convert propane into damp, warm CO2, which screams "breakfast" to the simple-minded blood-feeding bu99ers that live up here in the west coast of Scotland.

So, Martin, you won't have a problem with bites if you don't breathe out.  %%

Andy
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: dave301bounty on March 09, 2009, 11:32:57 am
I knew it . That,s where i,ve seen you . Martin. bathing in the pool at the Mirimar Club in Kingston.  and mossies don,t like ,,Mount gay rum  . :-))
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on March 09, 2009, 02:06:15 pm
"Martin. bathing in the pool at the Mirimar Club in Kingston"... Yep, that's me, I was conversing with James Bond!

Mount gay rum? I thought 5 Sovereign rum was the one to drink?
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: dave301bounty on March 09, 2009, 07:21:50 pm
Martin.. if i can swim and drink Mount gay in the Mirimar .so can you . We are just as good as  James ....?  You go out there with your missus .have a good time ,  and think of us lot still in this cold and most unfriendly weather .Say hello to Kingston for me please .loved it when i was there ..
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: RickF on March 10, 2009, 12:29:53 pm
Have a read of this, Martin:

http://www.nathnac.org/travel/misc/travellers_mos.htm#Avoid

Rick
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on March 10, 2009, 06:11:27 pm
Thanks Rick, I'll get some of that too.

On another point, I've looked up that we flying on a Boeing 777..... like the one that crashed at Heathrow a while ago.
They "think" ice formed in the fuel lines.... but don't know how...... or how to fix it!  {:-{

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/04_09_08_heathrow_crash.pdf

Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: malcolmfrary on March 10, 2009, 06:56:46 pm
Don't worry too much Martin.  Several have flown without incident since.  Anyway, that flight was stating in freezing temperatures, probably went over the pole and landed in cold conditions.  Shouldn't be anything like that involving Jamaica.
It's odd what ice can do.  When I was a yoof with the POED, during January 1962, I was sent out with a guy who was on call, thus taking his van (an ANCIENT Morris E type) home at night.  That was a cold cold winter.  The van was parked outdoors overnight, and come the morning, on several days, the windscreen wipers would refuse to work.  Same story every morning, take the van to the mechanics, they would eventually wander over and try the wipers.  Worked every  time.  Then one morning I took the lid off the wiper motor (I had a screwdriver and it was by my left knee) and there was a big greasy ice lolly in there.  Solid enough to stall the electric motor.  A few more minutes waiting for a mechanic in the relatively warm garage, and it became watery grease.  Motor now turns.
The point of this rambling (because all that I know of flying is that fares are cheap but everybody involved makes up for that while you are a captive audience) is that there is no mention of checking for lumps of ice on the outside of the various valves. 
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Abuelo3 on March 10, 2009, 09:18:12 pm
Hello from Veracruz
I live at place that is infamous because the mosquitoes, something that works against those. is the smell of cedar, that perfume of a precious wood You can fill it in every house where senior people live, I have to warning about the juice of lemon in the skin expose to the sun make a very hard stain, in my family works very well against the mosquitoes one tablet per day of vitamin B.
But you can use some rum to forget everything :D
Have a very good trip
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Hagar on March 10, 2009, 09:31:19 pm
Avon skin so soft is tried and tested by the british armed forces and several thousand anglers in the uk too.

Personally I just start hitting the B vitamins. Although tastless and odorless to us, mossies hate the smell/tast. When the season starts I just start taking B vitamins in the morning. The exess B vitamin is ecscreated through the skin, so the whole of your body is protected. (turns your pee bright yellow too ;-) )  there is no side effects known to exist either.
Being a carp fisherman I spend lots of tie at the waters edge. Having tried the B vitamins, (multi complex) I have never had any problems from the little buggers!

Any thing that smells of lemons will also have a repulsive effect.
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Peter Fitness on March 10, 2009, 09:49:03 pm
Don't worry about the 777, Martin, we flew from Heathrow to Sydney with BA on one, and we survived  O0 . It's a great aeroplane.

Peter.
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on March 10, 2009, 10:36:57 pm
So vitamin B tablets tommor it is then.... and a few spare parts for a 777!   :-)
Thanks gents.
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Colin Bishop on March 11, 2009, 12:02:56 am
Hey! Who's looking after the Forum while you go gallivanting off?
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on March 11, 2009, 03:20:14 am
....well I do know someone that has some experience in running a model boats forum...  ;)
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: steamboatmodel on March 11, 2009, 02:43:26 pm
Stay away from bananas, carbonated beverages, chips(crisps?) and fragerent body products (aftershaves, body sprays etc.), any repellent with DEET in it will work.
Regards,
Gerald
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: wbeedie on March 11, 2009, 03:29:47 pm
Martin,

Special Forces, the Marines and Scottish forestry workers are reputed to use Avon's 'Skin So Soft' Dry Oil Body Spray. Fortunately, the smell is quite mild and so you won't get any funny looks and may be able to pass yourself off as SBS. I've tried it on walks on the West Coast of Scotland where midgies can bore through armour plate and had good results. The secret seems to be to reapply a coat at regular intervals.

Regards

Barry  M

All my workmates thought I was daft buying this stuff even the council issue their workers with it works a treat
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: nhp651 on March 11, 2009, 10:37:22 pm
I do hope you two guys aren't going to cause the same MAYHEM on this site as you reeked havoc on trawlerphotos..........please.
we are a freindly site on here.
and friendly people.
thankyou.
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Peter Fitness on March 11, 2009, 10:41:35 pm
Let's keep to the topic lads

Peter.
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: wbeedie on March 12, 2009, 01:14:55 am
I do hope you two guys aren't going to cause the same MAYHEM on this site as you reeked havoc on trawlerphotos..........please.
we are a freindly site on here.
and friendly people.
thankyou.

Not the correct thing as nothing has been said n this site to warrant it and further more Neil I havent caused any mayhem on the site you have mentioned or I would have been banned ,I merely asked a question and others jumped on the band wagon and when I found out the answer I nevr posted on the subject again
and was  merely  welcoming someone I knew
and Peter point taken will keep on topic now
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on March 12, 2009, 08:08:32 am
So vitamin B tablets tommor it is then.... and a few spare parts for a 777!   :-)
Thanks gents.

The man in 'Boots' yesterdays says he's not convinced about the vitamin B1 thing... "just old wives tails!...."



"Staff announcement: Clean up aisle one". Happy
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: garston1 on March 12, 2009, 10:54:18 am
Getting back on track, My wife is an excellent mosquito repellent!
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: nhp651 on March 12, 2009, 03:47:35 pm
I believe the germans used to have a mosquito repelant.......it was called a 40mm ack ack gun. ;D
is that lacking taste.............??? :embarrassed: :embarrassed:
My ol' man would shoot me..he used to fly them. {-) {-)
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: andyn on March 12, 2009, 04:29:18 pm
Getting back on track, My wife is an excellent mosquito repellent!

I was waiting for someone to say that ;)
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: wbeedie on March 12, 2009, 05:02:37 pm
used to get good stuff in the army that strong it used to react with the SA80 stocks and cheekplates  :o
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on March 13, 2009, 12:42:54 pm
Now this NOT what I want to see a week before I fly in one!!!!  {:-{

'High risk' of plane fault repeat
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7941137.stm



Thanks Rick, I'll get some of that too.

On another point, I've looked up that we flying on a Boeing 777..... like the one that crashed at Heathrow a while ago.
They "think" ice formed in the fuel lines.... but don't know how...... or how to fix it!  {:-{

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/04_09_08_heathrow_crash.pdf
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: nhp651 on March 13, 2009, 06:43:11 pm
ask the pilot to fly low level, martin.......save icing up.lol
enjoy youir holls, the chances of the same circumstances that caused that failure are too infinitesimal to calculate. O0 O0
neil.
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: w3bby on March 13, 2009, 07:45:03 pm
Now this NOT what I want to see a week before I fly in one!!!!  {:-{
Still safer than getting in your car every morning!!
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: dreadnought72 on March 17, 2009, 10:27:21 am
Ummmmm...'Star Wars' scientists create laser gun to kill mosquitoes (http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/03/16/mosquito.laser.weapon/index.html)

 %%

Andy
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: tigertiger on March 17, 2009, 12:39:10 pm
If you don't have an effective mosquito net, or you are sat in a chair, a fan helps a lot.

The mozzies use thermal imaging and the fan disturbing the air makes it much harder for them to find you.
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on March 19, 2009, 05:41:15 pm
Well now here in Jamaica....

Day One: Martin 1 - Mozzies 0  :-))
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Colin Bishop on March 19, 2009, 06:14:37 pm
Martin, I think a coconut is just about to fall on your head... :}
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: omra85 on March 19, 2009, 10:28:36 pm
I feel another "Caption Competition" coming on  %) {-)

"85 year old Japanese soldier spots enemy at long last"

Danny
(Who do we know wears a Jamaican shirt in Warwick, but a plain blue one in Jamaica)  :P
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Tug-Kenny RIP on March 20, 2009, 10:20:31 am

Well you look pleased. I hope you're going to treat us to some holiday snaps.

Keep your tummy covered, as I believe the mozzies like that the best.  ok2

ken
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: BarryM on April 23, 2009, 09:07:11 pm
Did we ever get a consumer report on the mossie situation?

Barry M
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: DickyD on April 23, 2009, 09:17:40 pm
Well now here in Jamaica....

Day One: Martin 1 - Mozzies 0  :-))


Jamaica !!!!-------------Sat nav playing up again ?  {:-{
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on April 23, 2009, 10:53:44 pm
It's not Mosquito season in Jamaica in March!!  :embarrassed:

Although about a dozen mozzies didn't seem to know that!  >:-o
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: BarryM on April 23, 2009, 11:02:24 pm
... and so after all our hard work, research and recommendations to save you from dermal eruptions you never checked to find out if it was the mossie season and thus never found out what worked????????  >>:-(



Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on April 23, 2009, 11:11:21 pm

 Well I do recommend the Avon 'Skin so soft'.
  It did keep the bug that were around away..... and my legs are lovely and silky smooth too!  :kiss:
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: The long Build on April 23, 2009, 11:24:09 pm
Far to much Info..
Title: Re: Mosquito repellent?
Post by: barriew on April 28, 2009, 03:43:09 pm
I don't know about repellent, but I have for sale 2 High Quality Ozzie fly nets as worn by all discerning tourists who visit the outback - especially Uluru!!

Barrie