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Gnat bites........

bitseylango Avatar
7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
midgeys, gnats, mossies.....whatever you want to call them.......have attacked my son! Just put some bite cream on and counted a total of 51!!!!! Youngest is in the shower at the moment so gauld knows how many he has got.
They both go out to play cricket and footie on the field near our house most days....is there anything in particular you can recommend to put on them to stop them getting bitten to death?
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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banned 1 Like #1
Quality tea tree oil:thumbsup::santa:
#2
RUDOLF
Quality tea tree oil:thumbsup::santa:


is there one I can get from wilkos/supermarket/boots etc?
1 Like #3
or something that will actualy work: proper DEET insect repellant, cant get from boots or tescos etc, will work a trreat. as for the bites, you can take some antihistimines to reduces the itchiness
#4
A wetsuit.
#5
Yet another thing to make the summer holidays interesting for you Bitsey:? Hope they don't itch to much!
banned#6
bitseylango
is there one I can get from wilkos/supermarket/boots etc?


Yes and Holland and Barret good.
It will help with existing bites as well
Can be used for a 1001 things
can dilute with baby oil to go futher or sun cream
Thats why get a good one £4 or so a bottle:santa:
We dilute with a little vodka when going abroad and put in spray bottle
1 Like #7
antihistamines will help
#8
Sheep87
or something that will actualy work: proper DEET insect repellant, cant get from boots or tescos etc, will work a trreat. as for the bites, you can take some antihistimines to reduces the itchiness


will try the DEET..do you spray it on the body?
thesaint
A wetsuit.

might be an idea if we get anymore rain :roll:

mikebike
Yet another thing to make the summer holidays interesting for you Bitsey:? Hope they don't itch to much!


they are scratching them a bit, problem is the youngest is prone to secondary infections with bites/stings etc....will have to put scratch mitts on them both :-D
1 Like #9
sweet blood bitsey - the little biggers love me and youngest dd

vinegar for itchiness and avon SSS spray - using this last few days - seems to work - fingers crossed

sure i read a thread ages ago extolling thr virtues of SSS - seems soldiers use it in middle east

http://heritage.scotsman.com/scotland/Avons-spray-finds-calling-as.2654251.jp
1 Like #10
quinnine stops them (tonic water on his skin)

put tequila on the bites
banned#11
Read about DEET :w00t:before you use on your children
Tea tree is organic.:thumbsup::santa:
#12
[QUOTE=bitseylango]will try the DEET..do you spray it on the body?

yeah its a spray or you can have a roll on.camping shops have them too i think
#13
they are scratching them a bit, problem is the youngest is prone to secondary infections with bites/stings etc....will have to put scratch mitts on them both :-D[/QUOTE]

Well I have a UTI at the moment so infection is my enemy taking antibiotics for it and feeling a little better. Lets hope your youngest is ok and stays well :)
banned#14
boothy
quinnine stops them (tonic water on his skin)
:thumbsup:
put tequila on the bites

Any clear alcohol does same:thumbsup:
#15
RUDOLF
Read about DEET :w00t:before you use on your children
Tea tree is organic.:thumbsup::santa:


its in low concentrations inthe spray so its fine. if tea tree oil worked as an insect repellant, it would be sold everywhere as insect repellant
banned#16
Sheep87
its in low concentrations inthe spray so its fine. if tea tree oil worked as an insect repellant, it would be sold everywhere as insect repellant

Its sold as a unversal medicne
Its Australias number 1 repellant not advertised enough in UK it does a 1001 jobs
Try before you blow it weve used for 15 yrs or so.:thumbsup:
#17
boothy
quinnine stops them (tonic water on his skin)

put tequila on the bites


you sure about that? Quinones are the class of drug used to treat the malaria parasite, and your right quinine is found in low concentrations in tonic water, but i dont see how or if they repel insects here?
1 Like #18
i was reading this about DEET.
#19
Sheep87
you sure about that? Quinones are the class of drug used to treat the malaria parasite, and your right quinine is found in low concentrations in tonic water, but i dont see how or if they repel insects here?


dont know about the science of it,but spent many years working/traveling overseas and can confirm that it worked for me and and friends
#20
boothy
dont know about the science of it,but spent many years working/traveling overseas and can confirm that it worked for me and and friends


cool, will have to look into that one!
#21
Sheep87
cool, will have to look into that one!


works well at night,we obviously didn't walk around in the day covered in tonic water:thumbsup:
#22
thqnks for all your input, gonna try the SSS from avon as suggested, if its good enough for "our Boys" its good enough for mine. Rep left for all those that helped xx
#23
richp
i was reading this about DEET.


ah teh daily mail scaremongering again. It also says that this reserach was done on insects and rats, not humans, and yes i see how it could have an effect on humans, but it also says 200 million people use it each year, and there not dead.]


Btw I dont sell DEET or anything, but I get annoyed by the media portraying thier opinions as academic fact and scaring people, which causes gullible people to turn to alternative therapies that haveno proof or scientific basis and end up getting sicker.

rant over
#24
going to get some DEET tomorrow, as I will have to wait a few days for my Avon delivery
#25
Sheep87
ah teh daily mail scaremongering again. It also says that this reserach was done on insects and rats, not humans, and yes i see how it could have an effect on humans, but it also says 200 million people use it each year, and there not dead.]

Btw I dont sell DEET or anything, but I get annoyed by the media portraying thier opinions as academic fact and scaring people, which causes gullible people to turn to alternative therapies that haveno proof or scientific basis and end up getting sicker.

rant over


aye very true, ive always used DEET & my kids, never had any problem with it.
#26
Will second SSS. Used to have second home on a building site in Egypt and defo helped reduce the bites the kids got out there (as am reluctant to resort to DEET)
Citronella oil also works - a few dabs on clothing helps

Am told that a diet high in marmite or garlic acts as a repellent too (probably not just to the midges though)
#27
Eat Marmite, dab on Citranella Oil, and take garlic capsules.

That way nothing with a heartbeat or Wings will wont to go near them :)
#28
Urine works well if you can get over the taboos about using it.
#29
dont breathe :thumbsup: female midges are the ones tht bite nd they are attracted to you cos they need the carbon dioxide you breathe out to reproduce :thumbsup: so dont breathe and they **** off :p
#30
Mothercare do fab little wrist bands which are infused with repellent (safe from any age) we wrap one ouraound our youngests pushchair abroad and my mum wears hers on her ankle ~ really seem to work well. They need to be put back into the packet at the end of each day or the repellent loses its efficiency at a quicker rate. We buy them every year now !
http://www.mothercare.com/Mothercare-Insect-Repelling-wristband/dp/B001NZJUG6/sr=1-1/qid=1249981166/ref=sr_1_1/275-2742472-8207169?%5Fencoding=UTF8&m=A2LBKNDJ2KZUGQ&n=56582031&mcb=core
banned#31
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