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Postby BREEZE » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:35 pm

Buy some 'Bens 100' from Asda amongst other places, it is 95% DEET (the stuff the yanks made for their armies) spray it on the window sills and onto your loose clothing and it does the trick.

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Postby ellemgs » Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:18 pm

Found this piece of advice in one of the womans mags the other day,( If you are plagued by mosquito bites in the summer mts, start taking vitamin b12. This will make your blood taste repulsive to the bugs palates. ) I have'nt tried it , but intend to buy some and give a go, as I will be in Bulgaria next month and mossies love me, and some of the bites I get end up really nasty, had to visit hospital at times for an antihistamine injection, so I am going to try anything and everything!

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Postby annielou » Thu Jun 22, 2006 7:27 am

:D Hi, I have bought a house in Bulgaria and so have several members of my family. I have given each of them a copy of my Mozzie Tips. I have been specialising in Central America for over 18 years so have learned a lot the hard way!! I am also one of those that the bugs really love.... I send my clients an info sheet to stop their holidays being spoilt.

It was written for the tropics but biting bugs are biting bugs. :x

Keep cool - cotton and silk clothes stops getting overheated which seems to attract bites and makes them worse when you get het up. A cold shower also works wonders to cool you down.

A long sleeved cotton or silk shirt and long trews for dawn and dusk (feeding time!) helps and light colours attract them less than dark colours.

Get a really good insect repellent. I buy mine from Travelling Light on Dover Street in London. They do a mail order. It is about £10 a bottle but worth every penny. It is 100% expedition strength deet!! A little goes a long way. Another excellent one is Johnson’s Off - I buy the combined insect repellent/sun lotion.

Avon's Skin so Soft is what my Belizean sister-in-law relies on to put on the kids when she thinks there is a risk of bites. They swear by it in Belize and sell it over the counter in the shops! No Avon Lady calling!!

Take mega doses of Vitamin B1 and B6. In this country we can only buy 100 mg tablets so I get mine in the States where they sell 500 mg tablets and one or two of those a day (I take about 4) keeps the pests away. (this tip was from an Aussie Chemist). If you can only get them in this country (the UK) then just take a lot of them. You can start this the day you head down to Belize as the body does not store the B vitamins. I understand that it is virtually impossible to overdose. Many clients have scoffed at this one until they give it a try. It also helps with bites you do get because it takes down the swelling, the itching and helps to heal.

Take anti-histamine creams and tablets. There are several good tablets on the market that do not cause drowsiness. Topical creams can also help. Anything to stop scratching which just makes matter worse. I take one Zirtek tablet a day when in the jungle (and now in Bulgaria)

The plug in mosquito killers are excellent - the ones you put the little blue tablets in. I have recently bought some Mosqui-Go duo which contains a liquid and the plug in “thingy” also takes tablets too. Also the mosquito coils are good for when there is no electricity - always a possibility on an island.

In other words, be prepared. I have one washbag full of my anti-bite regime and it really does work. It is the last thing I pack and therefore the first thing to come out of the case and is nice and handy to plug things in and plaster creams on. Last year I spent 3 weeks in Panama and came back with barely anything to prove it!


I hope the above helps - it has certainly helped me over the years.

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Postby oddball » Tue Jul 04, 2006 9:12 pm

Hiya Jue

My husband and I went to Bulgaria last May 2005 again in Sept and we were eaten alive by mozzies - i had 37 bites on my legs. Hot stuff eh!!! :oops: This year we went in June and I brought some lemon juice, the little one shaped like a lemon, you use on pancakes. We put some on wrists, neck and back of legs and we were bite free for whole holiday. cracked it"""" :lol:

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Postby tracyy » Tue Jul 04, 2006 9:19 pm

Hi oddball and all
We also got a lemon based cooling cologne when in Turkey last year and that works great so looks like lemon is the wonder ingredient 8)
Is there anything else we should be aware of indiginous to bg or is it just the regular type of flying nasties? 8O


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Postby bullador » Tue Jul 04, 2006 9:33 pm

Hi all, whatever you do the mozzies have to bite you first to see that they do not like the taste of the lemon or whatever it is that you put on, ha ha.
I use Avon skin so soft dry moisturiser and usually have no problem!!!!! watch it this year I will get eaten alive. I tried the 100% deet and it melted my sandles, god knows what it does to your skin, although it did work, I did not get bitten. :roll:

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Postby Kaz1 » Wed Jul 05, 2006 5:43 pm

Hi some great tips there. I will give the lemon juice a go myself when next I visit-the mozzies love me! I have used Skin so Soft myself, but only remembered to put it on after the first bite and I think by then the mosquito tom toms had been working and I had been marked as lunch and dinner by the locals! If you are bitten and haven't any anti histamine cream then try toothpaste which definitely eases the itching. Any brand and always in your travel bag.Kaz1

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Postby Villyman » Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:20 pm

We use Avon as well at our static at Loch Lomond and it works great as we have the king of all midgies there. We also use the electric thingy with the flat tablets for good measure and general protection indoors. These and the UV bug light will all be going to BG for a trial run.

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Postby solospain » Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:34 pm

Place a fan near you when in bed - they can't fly in the turbolence

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Postby Kaz1 » Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:06 pm

Our neighbours have told us that in our village (3kms inland) there is no problem with mozzies, but a few kms down the road at Kamchia there is a big problem. Combination of water and trees I think. Kaz1


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