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If you want a natural solution, try lemon eucalyptus oil. Considering that B1 does not deter mosquitos, any dose you like will be comparable to 75mg (zero effect). However, if we wish to assume it works, you'll want the patch. Eating B1 won't help much. Since B1 is principally excreted in your urine, eating a lot of it would only really help if you ...


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I traveled in Cambodia with a doctor who has decades of experience in tropical medicine. On his recommendation, our group: Wore long sleeves and pants at all times, despite the heat. We chose the the lightest materials we could find, but kept our skin covered. Soaked those clothes in permetherin before going. After it dries, it continues to repel or kill ...


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Anecdotally - yes. I've heard it is possible, read it is possible, and have successfully done so myself while working in Wyoming's Wind River Range (on par with Alaska for its mosquitoes). Caveats: Although you might stop itching and swelling, you won't build up an immunity to West Nile, Dengue, Malaria, etc if they occur in your area. In my ...


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Mosquitoes love me, so I've had opportunity to try many variations of repellent. Most of the things you mentioned are effective immediately after application. For me, the difference is how effective they are after hours of sweaty hiking. For that, I lean towards high percentage DEET in a lotion-type formulation like 3M Ultrathon (that particular one is ...


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I appreciate the preference to use natural protection, however, I think it is important to point out that using insect repellent should not be the only method of defence against malaria that you employ. Insect repellent is not 100% effective (*) and does not directly prevent malaria - the mosquito acts as the host to transmit the Plasmodium parasite, which ...


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CO2 traps, according to the NIH, fare better than most other types of mosquito traps. For best results, you want to use a trap with counterflow technology (CFG). Note that you have to keep your "scent" down or it will overwhelm the CO2. Traps baited only with light or octenol caught few mosquitoes, whereas many were caught by traps baited with CO2 ...


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DEET can be harmful to the skin if you suffer from any skin disorders such as Eczema (as I do). I have recently started using a product called Smidge when hiking in Midge infested areas of Scotland. More details can be found here. The manufactorers claim it works on a variety of biting insects including Midges, Ticks and Mosquitoes. It does work with ...


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The CDC says Picaridin and DEET* are the best, with Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus** being something of a shorter-lasting runner-up: Of the active ingredients registered with the EPA, CDC believes that two have demonstrated a higher degree of efficacy in the peer-reviewed, scientific literature (See Publications page.). Products containing these active ...


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There are several types and configurations of mosquito nets that you can use: ones that hang (from a single center point, or from four corners), ones that drape over your bag with one or two poles that go over your head to keep it off your face, full free-standing Depending on your situation, each has its advantages and disadvantages. Choosing a net: ...


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You need an antihistamine cream, there are many different brands available, but you'll find them all similarly effective.


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Yes, increased exposure can reduce the ellergic reaction that results in the itching and swelling. The very first time we are bitten by a mosquito, nothing happens. That triggers the immune system in a way that subsequent bytes cause a allergic response. There are roughly two levels of "immunity" to mosquitos that in most people can be brought on by high ...


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Have a look at AfterBite, it is a treatment for insect bites and stings. You can apply it to bitten areas, provides relief from mosquito, ticks, fleas, horse flies, black flies, etc. Note: I am not affiliated with this product in any way, shape, or form.


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http://www.mosquito.org/faq How fast can mosquitoes fly? Depending upon the species, mosquitoes can fly at about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour. I got that source from this recent article about using a fan to keep mosquitoes away. It seems mosquitoes are slow fliers. A normal walking pace should be enough to out run them. That being said, you can ...


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It is possible your son is allergic to mosquitos. Some natural solutions to itching & swelling include rubbing the area with: apple vinegar lemon juice eucalyptus oil Vicks vapor rub raw garlic raw honey reduces pain vinegar mixed with olive oil You can also rub 1 tablespoon of lavender oil with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and rub it directly on the ...


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Typically a tent itself will not let mosquitos in, but if you are in a tent that will, like a canvas army tent, hanging nets does a decent job. In some situations a bivy may do better. Some are primarily made of netting and designed specifically for bugs, and some are even shaped to fit standard military cots. I have had some luck with fabric treatments. ...


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A friend of mine got severely bitten while we were traveling through Central America together. After trying a number of more conventional treatments without success we picked up Itch-A-Way while in Belize and she said it worked wonders.


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I wanted to add some points to the discussion, as well as list another product. First, as noted, 100% DEET is overkill. Once you go over 35%, it doesn't get better. Second, DEET is not good for you. Not saying don't use it, but try to use the minimum needed. What I like to use is permethrin. This is used on gear and clothing, not skin, and stays active ...


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In case you don't have anything to put on your bites, i found out the following. If you got snow around you, put a piece of metal (i prefer a spoon) in the snow or cold water, and wait for it to nearly freeze. And then just put the freezing cold spoon on the bite You can also heat a spoon (or just use a lighter directly) and as soon as you won't burn ...


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I use Solarcaine, which contains a local anesthetic, on both mosquito bites and sunburn. Just don't get any in your eye, nose, or other tender areas. It's sold for sunburn relief but works just as well for preventing itching. It's readily available in Canada and this page lists some brand names around the world for the same active ingredient.



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