Post by yorkshiremouth on Jul 29, 2019 10:25:13 GMT
I've seen that Smidge, it's another Picaridin-based one (like Skin So Soft).
All good stuff.
Thanks for the advice.
One thing I'm aware of, I got bitten most (almost entirely, I think) when on the 4x4 trip up into the mountains. I'm wanting to do a similar trip on Skiathos. I can only imagine the risks will be even higher, given that Skiathos is so green. I really need to make sure I am fully covered with loose clothing, the clothing is sprayed, and all exposed areas absolutely slathered.
I understand the mozzies are attracted by perfumed/scented soap, deodorants, shampoos, etc. Can anyone recommend any good unscented ones? Or any deodorant which has a scent they don't like!
Several years ago we went to the Maldives, we got advised to use a cactus based sun cream ( think it was an American product) and neither of us received a single bite, This is an unusual occurrence for my wife, being diabetic her blood attracts the little blighters. We did purchase some tie on wrist bands from the natural product shop on papadiamanti street this year, they worked ok.
I find that the ammonia pens, available from pharmacies, is really good for relieving the itch, if you apply it immediately. Bob
This is true, the earlier the better.
But I also find they can speed up the healing process, even if you apply them later.
In Crete I had over a dozen very nasty bites, which were oozing and weeping for a day and a half before I managed to get a pen on them. They almost immediately stopped oozing, scabbed over, and started to heal. I've had similar experiences before.
Despite not going for another 2 months, my pen is packed already!
Finally, I carried After Bite for if/when I was bitten.
First night didn't go well, but all my fault. I plugged in my plugin, and checked the light underneath to ensure it was on. However, I was unaware that the plug, positioned underneath the room's large, back-lit mirror, turned on and off with the switch to the backlight. Subsequently, when turning the light off for the night, I also turned off the plug in. Result - 3 bites on my left hand. I sleep on my right, so it was pretty much the only exposed part of my skin, other than my face.
From then on, I ensured that the plugin was on every night, and that I always sprayed exposed areas with DEET before going out. This involved moving it to a different socket. The unit worked well, but it became apparent after a few days that it was dripping in to the carpet below, leaving a stain.
The result was zero bites * all holiday. Bearing in mind that I'm usually a mosquito magnet, and used to ending up looking like I've had a bad case of chicken pox (particularly on my legs) I consider this a triumph.
* Now, the one exception. On the penultimate day of my holiday I went on a 4x4 jeep trip up into the mountains. It was during a similar trip in April on the Crete holiday that I suffered worst. Subsequently I decided to wear a long-sleeved shirt and long trousers. That lasted for 5 minutes, I didn't even leave the room. Just too warm. So, I applied plenty of DEET, and ensured my shorts, socks and shirt were covered in a clothing-based repellant.
The results were spectacular. I will not lie, I did receive 1 (one) bite to my right forearm, but that was it. Why? I can only guess that I either missed a bit when applying, or that part of my arm was rubbed at some point. That aside I was completely bite-free. I cannot express just how much this enhanced my holiday.
As a general note, you may remember the video I posted earlier. You can see at the start that, in that case, the DEET was applied in the form of a lotion/cream. This is VERY difficult to get hold of in the UK. I managed to get a bottle of this, though it remains unused. It has to be said that, as almost £12 for a 50ml bottle, it is prohibitively expensive (compare the DEET aerosol at almost a third of that price). I feel that a lotion would be a much more effective way of applying the DEET, less prone to 'missing bits', and more likely to ensure the lotion is 'rubbed in', and so less likely to rub off.
Whatever application you use, I suspect it would be far easier and more accurate if you don't apply it yourself, but get someone else to do it for you.
In conclusion, I can only say that my experience supported the research. I thoroughly recommend that anyone who suffers from mosquitos follows the expert advice linked to in this thread.