Vitamin B and Insects

Submitted: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 13:37
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Hi all,

We are about to embark on a trip to Cape York and have been advised to start taking vitamin B. Is it true that this can help ward off mosquitos? if so which vitamin B complex should we be taking?

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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 13:50

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 13:50
B6 ... works well.
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Reply By: Moose - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 13:53

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 13:53
There is no scientific evidence that I am aware of that proves this works. We tired it once and it made no difference - bitey things still attacked. Given the risk of catching something nasty from mossies I suggest you stick to the stuff you have to physically apply eg bushman, rid etc. They also help against the other annoying flying and biting insects. Those midgies can be a lot worse than mossies and you can't see the little buggers as easily, nor do you hear them. Sneaky and bloody itchy they are!
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Reply By: duncs - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 13:58

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 13:58
KO2004,

We have heard of it being successful, but must have ot rake a fair bit because it did not seem to help us greatly.

Tried a home made repellant; 2 parts baby oil, 2parts citronella oil and 1 part Detol. Seemed to work Ok but left you feeling very oily and dirty. However, it is cheap and you can spray it (use a trigger bottle) around the campsite, on the ground and on bushes etc and it keeps the bities away. Also another effective tool is to fill the old hurricane lamp with citronella. Gives light and keeps the bugs at bay at the same time. Leave 2 or 3 around the campsite for a comfortable evening under the stars.

With the vitamin B we p[erhaps did not take enough or did not start taking it soon enough.

I'd try everything for a bight free camp.

Good luck
Duncs
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Reply By: Member - Karl - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 14:45

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 14:45
It's more to do with the prevention of infection from their bites rather than as a repellant.

Use a good quality repellant - ask the locals when you get up towards Cairns/Mosman what they use and not something that you by down south. It needs to be of tropical strenght.
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Follow Up By: Davoe - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 15:55

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 15:55
Bushmans! any thing with a health warning must be effective seriosly it works fantastic we would use it when fishing in mangroves and you could see the clouds of mosqutos hanging about 10 inches off of you occasionly one would make a dash and bump into you but fly straight off without settling. when applied it will keep mozzys away from you including areas you havnt put it on
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 14:45

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 14:45
Interesting, might explain why some people get bitten half to death while others get left alone... I'd still be taking the RID with you but what the hell, migth as well eat vegimite sandwhichs for lunch and see what happens! ;-)
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Reply By: KO2004 - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 14:51

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 14:51
hi guys,

you are all gems!! I often wondered why my husband who drinks been doesn't get eaten while me (who only drinks wine) gets eaten alive.

This was a suggestion by a friend but I might give everything a try. The car's going to be full of citronella, vitamin b, vegemite and rid.

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Reply By: Paul1 - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:16

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:16
KO2004
I am a believer in Vitamin B. You have to start taking it every day at least 2 weeks before you leave, and continue each day while camping. I take the higher dosage tablets. It changes the colour of your urine, so don't freak if you haven't taken Vit B before. I am prone being eaten by mozzies at home and while camping they leave me alone. But if there is nothing else around to eat, the vitamins will not make a difference. I like the vitamins becouse it means I don't have to be smothered in repellant 24/7. We camp a lot on Stradbroke and Moreton Islands so I have put the theory to work in some serious conditions. The midges even stay away - most of the time. You will still need repelant for the times that the bities are going to feed no mater what. It works for me.

Paul
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:40

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 16:40
Ko my wife gets bitten by every thing and has tried vitimin b and the only thing that works for her is bushmans.

All the best
Eric
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Reply By: Aston - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 18:38

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 18:38
Hi,
Can I suggest that you buy some "VEGAMITE" and spread it evenly all over yourselves or get someone to help you!

I'm sure nothing will bite you.

Cheers aston
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Reply By: Walter Here - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 19:06

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 19:06
Suggest you read up on vitamin B poisoning
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Follow Up By: Paul1 - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 19:47

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 19:47
Walter, as a taker of Vit B I did read about Vit B poisoning as recommended. For others see
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Vitamin_B_deficiencies_explained?OpenDocument

I am not talking about prolonged and excessive taking of it. If anything I suspect I am on the deficiency side of normal. I have never experienced any of the overdose symptoms, but the article was well worth the read. Thanks for the tip. For me, I feel I am safe in the way I take it, although I might be changing some foods to improve my regular levels.

Paul
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Reply By: Tim (VIC) - Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 21:31

Wednesday, May 05, 2004 at 21:31
Bushmans is definatly the go, a little bit pricey but well worth it.
Cheers Tim
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 20:27

Thursday, May 06, 2004 at 20:27
I presume when you say Vitamin B you are referring to the CUB product in the green cans?
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 06:25

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 06:25
I think that works out about the same price as bushmans but not as nice to drink.

All the best
Eric
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Follow Up By: Wombat - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 11:24

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 11:24
And I always thought beer contained Vitamin P.
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Reply By: Member - Nobby - Friday, May 07, 2004 at 17:45

Friday, May 07, 2004 at 17:45
I am allergic to Mozzies and Midges etc and have tried all the above mentioned without success. I have found one that definately does work however. Go to the chemist and ask for TELFAST. It is used for hayfever but will not stop the bites but will stop the itching. I know this works every time for me. Before I started using them I had several holidays ruined and once had to go home.
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Reply By: Michael O'Reilly - Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 07:52

Saturday, May 08, 2004 at 07:52
As a pharmacist, I'd have to agree. There is no hard proof that any of the B vitamins stop you getting moz-merised...

Bushmans is the best product with a high concentration of DEET, although prob a little high for small kids. Rid's fine for them.

Another little hint. Buy some 1% cortisone cream. You'll have to ask for it, it's not on display (in NSW anyway...) Won't stop bites but fantastic treatment. Have a tube of this handy to dab on any bites as soon as you get them, with or without the Telfast.

Just never use the cortisone on an infection...
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