mosquitoes

United States
May 14, 2007 12:22pm CST
I live in an area where we are surrounded by water. Some of it stagnant. We have a mosquito problem every summer. I'm allergic to their bites and get these huge welts all over. I'm a mosquito magnet and seem to attract them as no one else in my family has this problem. Any ideas what I can take or use to ward them off? Years ago someone recommended that I try either vitamin B complex or use additional B6 as it gives your skin an aroma they don't like & they'll stay away. It worked for 3-4 years but of late they have become immune and continue to bite as it. doesn't work any longer. I have tried all the Avon & drug store products in creation and nothing works for longer than a day! Any ideas?
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4 responses
• United States
14 May 07
Hi Margie, One thing you can do to keep them out of the area would be to burn lots of citronella candles in there area where they seems to spend time. Here is a list of insect repellents that are natural. Remember though, that just because something is natural does not means it is safe. For example, pennyroyal is toxic. That is listed as a flea repellent. This list came from PPC Natural Markets: Ingredients in natural repellents Aloe vera: Moisturizes, heals Beeswax: Encapsulates the active ingredient essential oils, producing a water/sweat Cedar: Repels mosquitoes, fleas Citric acid: A natural preservative Citronella: Repels mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, flies and ants Geranium: Repels mosquitoes Jojoba oil: Relieves skin problems and moisturizes Lavender: Repels fleas, lice, moths and has healing properties Lemon Eucalyptus: Repels mosquitoes, ticks and no-see-ums Lemongrass: Repels mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, flies and ants Mint: Repels wasps Pennyroyal: Repels fleas Peppermint: Repels mosquitoes flies, bees and ants. Has antibacterial properties, time-release action Sorbitol: Humectant and emulsifer, occurs in berries and fruit Soybean oil: Moisturizer, acts as a barrier against insects Tea tree oil: Repels ticks, lice, soothes, antiseptic Vegetable glycerin: Used for the encapsulation process Vitamins C and E: Antioxidants Hope this helps! Kimberly
• United States
31 May 07
Hey You, thanks for best response!
@patgalca (14131)
• Orangeville, Ontario
14 May 07
I am a mosquito magnet too, and am also "allergic". I got a bite on my forearm that swelled up about 3 inches from elbow to wrist. I have to carry Benedryl with me, not that it helps too much. But if I get lots of bites that keep me awake at night, the Benedryl helps. Once I was covered in the darn bites I was just one big burn. I wanted to get into a cold shower but knew that wouldn't help. I have found the perfect mosquito repellent. It is made by a company called Watkins. I put that stuff on and I can sit at a picnic table surrounded by mosquitoes and not get one bite. I did that once, then went into the bathroom. I washed my hands and when I came out I instantly had bites on my hands before I got a chance to re-apply the Watkins. But putting on bug repellent is a pain so I just as soon stay indoors. I can't even sit outside by my pool no matter what the time of day anymore. They are there 24/7. I HATE THEM!
@reachravi (453)
• India
14 May 07
well even i have these magnetic capabilities..:-)...i dont know why but they seem to bite only me in the whole world...i usualy put a mosquito net as it works wthout electricity also...or sometimes aply odomos....i have never heard of the solution you used but seems to be interesting....
• United States
14 May 07
I have the same problem too. I've also tried everything...the Avon stuff, using dryer sheets, all kinds of bug spray, etc. I shower all the time and don't apply any perfume or anything that would attrach mosquitoes. Try to wear light coloured clothing. Everything! I hate summer because of that! I'm a complete mosquito magnet too and no one else around me seem to have the problem as well. Same like you, I get bad allergic reaction to the bites. The only thing that works for me is bug spray with DEET but even that only lasts for a few hours and I need to keep on applying it.