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.
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.