Mossie's again!!!!!!

Submitted: Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 09:12
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Ok, a follow on from the recent thread regarding mossie repellants, when none of them work and you get bitten, what is the best way to stop the itch? Any new things on the market? Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: allein m - Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 10:38

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 10:38
13 ways to stop mossie itch
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 11:51

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 11:51
I find Stingose to be very good, but expensive. Woolworths has a much cheaper own brand version that also seems to work well.
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Reply By: Member - Odog - Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 12:35

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 12:35
G'day John
The way I found to get rid of the itch, a bit radical, but instant, was to hold a cigarette (the hot end) just off the bite, not make it blister or anything like that, just to get a bearable amount of heat, for 5 or so seconds, seemed to fix the itch for me.. Now I don't smoke anymore so will have to follow your thread to find a new cure.
I have also heard if you wear after shave or colone can attract them more so...
Cheers Odog
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Follow Up By: Tony F8 - Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 13:25

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 13:25
hello John.
The medical opinion is to hot water, as hot as you can stand, it's the same treatment as used for marine stingers, etc.
this was from a doco on the ABC.
Cheers Tony F8
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Reply By: Peter W - Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 13:45

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 13:45
We find these do work but not the cheapest remedy.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/10/the_mosquito_click_apparently_stops_mozzie_bites_from_itching/

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Reply By: Member - Fab72 (Paradise SA) - Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 14:06

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 14:06
A cotton ball and straight Detol.
Most first aid kits should have it and it works a treat without the risk of scalding or buying high priced B/S fix-alls.

Might be an oldie but it's a goodie.

Fab-io
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Reply By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 19:30

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 19:30
Try Papaw ointment, made in Queensland . I have used it on itches and bites and seems OK.

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Reply By: Aussi Traveller - Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 20:13

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 20:13
Anything with Aloe Vera will do the trick, and use ThermaCELL these are gold in keeping the mozzies away, I use them on the boat when I go night fishing.
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 22:30

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 22:30
It’s a two stage process - use an effective chemical repellent - forget the old wives tales and organic remedies

A - Before you’re bitten.
The best is DEET– it is smelly and melts some plastics – it’s been in use by the Australian Army for over 50 years.
The strongest I have found is 80% cream from Bushmans - it will last about 8 hours between applications. On the internet at about $100 a litre (lasts me about 3 years)

Picaridin (available from supermarkets under various names) a spray which is good and doesn’t have the smell of DEET – lasts about 2 hours.

B – After you’re bitten.
Desensitise the bite with hot water (hot as you can stand it).
Or use a product such as Itch Eze which has a local anaesthetic called lignocaine.
Other products contain lignocaine but Itch-Eze has the highest strength I have found on the market.

My wife and I spend months each year in high infestations of mossies and midgies, fishing around mangroves, in Northwest WA
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Follow Up By: Pushy - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 10:03

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 10:03
The only drawback with DEET is that there is some health worries with prolonged heavy use especially for children. The picaridin is as you say less smelly but does not last as long.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:20

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:20
Mate I have been using it for over 40 years – since we were issued with it in Vietnam.
I must admit that I do glow after dark - but other than that I’m perfect.
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Follow Up By: Aussi Traveller - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:55

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:55
I believe Bushman's works well BUT.

There are 2 things never allowed in my boat Bananas and Bushman's repellent in fact any repellent with DEET in it, I will not let it in the car either.

I recently had to re spool a couple of reels with new braid as the braid I had was just braking at will, the trouble was that it was new braid, as I was talking to the guy re spooling the line we were discussing the reasons why the braid kept braking, any way long story sort was that the old man without my knowledge had spayed himself and in inadvertently reals with bushman's and the bushman's destroyed the braid.

As for bushman's in the car I had to replace the window tint because the stuff wrecks that as well.

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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 13:14

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 13:14
Its probably the most effective repellant you can buy (the 80% DEET in a cream base)
Never thought about braid – it doesn’t seem to affect nylon.
I am most careful to wash my hands before handling my glasses (plastic lenses).
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Reply By: Member - There Yet - Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 23:46

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 23:46
I have used vinegar or roll on deodorant helpful. I have found RID helps after you have been bittern. The main thing is to refrain from scratching in the first instance and all of the above should work within a few minutes.

Cheers Kerry
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Follow Up By: Member - There Yet - Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 23:47

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 23:47
Or I should say any of the above.
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Follow Up By: Member - John M (NSW) - Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 08:20

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 08:20
John

I grew up in a area infested with mossies and sandflies and have been using the following concoction for years.

1/3 Dettol
1/3 RID
1/3 Baby Oil

Just mix it and put it in a spray bottle and it will work for hours.
Hope this helps you.
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Follow Up By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 08:34

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 08:34
Agree with John M, it's a good brew. Doesn't keep our Outback flies away for long though! Nothing does short of a fly veil.
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Follow Up By: Dennis Ellery - Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 13:41

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 13:41
RID contains approx. 20% DEET
Bushmans make a 20%, 40% and 80% mixes
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Reply By: NTVRX - Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 13:54

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 13:54
Hi John, I used the dettol,baby oil & rid formula but the best by far is the cream from a produce & stock feed place. It has sandlewood oil & rosemary. Five star mate it's the best pretty sure it keeps the flies at bay too. There is also a spray available but very hard to get.....a small tub of cream retails for about $ 8 to $9. The reason why mossies bite some people & not others? Depends on the amount of carbon dioxide you emit.....mossies don't fly in a straight line they zig zag. Midgies don'y piddle on you the female bites you the same as a mossie.
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Reply By: Member - Min (NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 16:46

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 16:46
Hi John,

Zyrtec is what I always have on hand. 1 tablet every 24 hours. Does not cause sleepiness. I very cautiously gave one to someone badly bitten by sandflies. She almost wept with gratitude after her distress was relieved and then shot into town to get some. It is safe for children. Available from pharmacies and some supermarkets.

As a preventative we use Rid (with Deet) taking particular care to cover feet, ankles, hands and wrists.

I'm probably odd because I love the smell of Rid!

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Reply By: LJME & LMG - Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 23:27

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 23:27
Carry a 9 ml bottle of pure essential oil of lavender. Usually one drop on a bite or small burn / scald will relieve pain and itching. Repeat if necessary. If applied straight away after being bitten (before scratching!) the bite will almost disappear.
We have used this for years with good results.
Cheers L&M
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Reply By: Member - G.T. - Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 17:02

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 17:02
Try Deep Heat. Takes 10 minutes or so to work. Regards G.T
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