Mozzies

#1
Right, i'm off to the sand pit in days few, so whats the best way to keep the mozzies from biting.

I have heard that garlic capsules work to a certain extent. I have got some 50% deet spray, but waht have you lot found works best?
 
#2
citronella oil on back of knees round ankles, top of neck behind ears, wrists, crook of elbow basically all the hot spots.
 
#3
Where are you going? The Middle East is a big place.
 
#5
DEET in the 100% strength gets my vote. It does work and it's also good for dissolving plastics so look out where you splash the stuff.
The Loggers in Canada use Vitamin D in overdose quantities. It comes out in your perspiration but you end up smelling like you have swamped yourself.
There's a hell of a lot of posts on Scottish Midges. Those things are pretty tenacious and need some killingHERE You may get some ideas from this.
The trouble is if the product you are using has a "scent". It is surprising how far that can carry and be noticed.
 
#6
We used Paludrine tablets after every munch and this after pre tour Larium injections , still caught malaria twice in Rwanda and Chad, the medic told me the mozzies could smell the sweetness in blood which was what attracted them to certain people.
Got told by an old sweat tabacco spit rubbed on the extremities stopped them and that did actually seem to work for short periods
 
#7
I'm one of those people that gets eaten alive by the little buggers and not much tends to work to stop them, however, I when I used the Boots aftersun that had mozzie repellent in (the spray one) I didn't get bitten once. When that ran out I bought something called sleep easy (I think) and that was pretty effective too. I bought it in Africa so not sure if you can get it over here.

I also remember reading something about an Avon moisturiser that isn't called a mozzie repellant but is supposedly really good at stopping. I can't remember the name of it but in the article it was squaadies that had found it was effective as a mozzie repellant so someone on here may know the name.
 
#8
it's called SKIN-SO-SOFT by AVON.
It's the dogs danglys but has a bit of a disco pong off it when put on fresh.
Works fine on the irish midges and seems to work on the scottish ones too since the booty's are using it.
 
#9
The Avon product which was said to see off mosquitoes is Skin So Soft - there's a dry body spray in the range.

When Avon USA discovered what people were saying, they reformulated the product to include an actual insect repellent - BugGuard I think they call it. Avon UK haven't added the repellent but it is still said that Skin So Soft has a deterrent effect to some extent; I think that one of the ingredients is ciitronella, which might explain the repellent effect.
 
#13
paratus said:
Dragstrip said:
Where are you going? The Middle East is a big place.
the stan
I spent last winter in both Iraq and A'Stan and was never bitten once. I spent time in Kandahar, Bastion, Lash, Price and in Kabul. Maybe I'm lucky. Note that the CoC issue sprays and repellants when required and wherever there might be an infestation the drain sniffers will be out gassing the blighters.
 
#14
Cheers for that, bought some now anyway (the missus tends to be a mozzie magnet whenever we go on holiday so if i dont need it she'll use at some stage)
 
#16
Bags of DEET, long sleeves and a net is the best defence.

I sincerely hope the Army isn't still using Lariam... (I could tell you terrible stories.)

Doxy is the best of a bad bunch of preventatives, while Artemisinin will sort you out if you get it. Quinine is better than nothing, but almost as bad an experience as the plasmodium itself; don't take Halfan if you've got a heart problem.

Story of my life, really. :D
 
#17
Whiskybreath said:
Bags of DEET, long sleeves and a net is the best defence.

I sincerely hope the Army isn't still using Lariam... (I could tell you terrible stories.)

Doxy is the best of a bad bunch of preventatives, while Artemisinin will sort you out if you get it. Quinine is better than nothing, but almost as bad an experience as the plasmodium itself; don't take Halfan if you've got a heart problem.

Story of my life, really. :D
This was in the early 90's when Lariam had just come out and was being trialled before all the horror stories came out.....did'nt even work !!! was'nt with the British Army at the time, so don't know if they were using it.
 
#18
Yeast/Vit B/ Lavender/Citronella/Warbling at the moon etc etc etc all unproven - those that have been tested (can't remember which ones exactlyy)have been found ineffective.

DEET preparations in strengths greater than 50% (eg Jungle Formula - strong one) are good and proven to work. Issue repellant is more effective that everyone thinks! Personally I prefer Jungle Formula.

The anti-malarials taken on each Operation are clearly laid out in Mounting Instructions. For Afghanistan we use the Choroquine/Proguanil combination and only for the months in which being bitten is a risk (and a month after).

The Brit forces DO still use Larium (mefloquine) in certain areas where the risk of contracting the falciparum strain of Malaria outweighs any of the Larium risks. To mitigate this, troops take for at least two weeks before deploying to try and identify those that do suffer from side-effects. In such cases an alternative will be supplied. This is usually doxycycline or Malarone. Larium is still considered the most effective. Aircrew and other specialities have their own regs.

Artesumate is usually only considered for treating. For this reason it is not used as prevention as this woud increase the risks of resistance developing.

Best form of prevention is to keep arms/legs covered (esp dawn and dusk), use peripel-soaked mossie nets and a DEET type repellant.

Jez
 
#19
have a blood transfusion with me, they dont go anywhere near me, even in Sierra Leone I wasnt even bitten once!
 
#20
Larium evil shit that it is did a blind drug trial in Kenya in the late 90's ended up being flown home handcuffed to a raf copper sodding stuf sent me nutt's mind you i did get 3 weeks bif leave after the shrink gave me the all clear,the razman was still after my arse for trying to slot him well he did look like a pink tiger lol
 
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