How do you deal with mosquitoes?

@maximax8 (28558)
United Kingdom
January 7, 2009 9:24am CST
I went to St Lucia and my poor legs got covered in mosquito bites. So I bought some very strong insect repellent. In Kenya I took anti malaria pills and slept under a mosquito net. The side affects were terrible so I stopped taking the pills. In the Maldives a maid lit a mosquito coil every evening. How do you deal with mosquitoes? Have you visited a country where malaria is present? If so where?
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@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
7 Jan 09
wow..i hate mosquito..so i always buy lotion for mosquito so that they wont bite me..so far i never have an experience visiting a country with malaria..
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
7 Jan 09
Hi Marketing. I am glad that you find the lotion works. In Malarial countries like Kenya I have used repellent with DEET in it. It is incredibly strong. It is possible to bathe clothes in something but I am not sure what it is called. Then the mosquitoes don't come near.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
7 Jan 09
I usually have the problem of mossies in the autumn months and for some reason they seem to like me, probably I have sweet blood, I swear they come to me with straws! Damn things, some people are more susceptible to them than others and they always seem to track me down. Someone once said to me that if I eat garlic it stops them, or have citrus candles burning, I did try both and it seemed to do the trick.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
7 Jan 09
Hi my friend Wolfie. It is a shame that the mosquitoes like you and always seem to track you down. I am glad that eating garlic will stop them and I will try to burn some citrus candles. I have heard that having vitamin B tablets before a trip can stop the nasties biting. Baby oil is great for avoiding sand flies and they are not as the no see ums. Thanks for your excellent tips.
@emma412 (1156)
• United States
17 Jan 09
I try not to stay out after dusk in the summers here to avoid the mosquitos. When I am out at dark I use a mosquito spray to repel them which really helps. I also try to have some citronella candles lit in the area I am to repel the mosquitos too.
• Philippines
17 Jan 09
well, i just don't like these mosquitoes.. it bugs me so much. and what would i do is that i will slap them. and then do the really thing to exterminated them.. i just don't like to be bitten.. it is not easy..
• Philippines
17 Jan 09
i don't have a problem with mosquitoes because her in our place like a mountain area. we have a mosquitoes net in the evening when we sleep. in the morning that was the biggest problem
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
17 Jan 09
Is there a shot to prevent malaria? Mosguito net clothes are sold by a company in the USA. The swamp I live in, the repellant only works to cut down the number of mosquitos.
@sweetyethot (1738)
• China
9 Jan 09
Mosquitoes are really annoying.Luckily,they cant live in cold weather.We have some gadget with electrcity to kill the mosquitoes.At night,we use electronic mosquito-repellent incense to prevent us from attacking.It usually works if you dont use the fake ones.
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
8 Jan 09
I have never visited a country like that. I would be too paranoid. You are a very brave soul. Here in the United States, mostly during the summer, we have mosquitoes. But nothing like you have referred. Although, I always seem to be the first one to get bit. So almost every night, if I am going to be outside, I will spray myself thoroughly with insect repellent. Thanks for starting this discussion, and enjoy your travels!
@cheenlly (3483)
• Philippines
8 Jan 09
This reminds me of my fiance when his first visit here. After a day or two he got a lot of mosquito bites. Although i warn him about it and give him mosquito net but still mosquito bite him. Anyways, this time on his second visit i had put all the room mosquito screen so it will not get inside and he will probably bring the repellent we bought on his first visit. I really have to find ways to prevent because i can resist looking him itching. Gosh! i really hate mosquito.
@penny64 (1106)
• Australia
8 Jan 09
Try drinking tonic water. It contains quinine, and the mosquitoes will usually avoid you because of it. When I'm away anywhere tropical, I will ususally enjoy a gin and tonic or two in the evening - great drink and a peaceful mozzie free holiday.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
7 Jan 09
I hate mosiquitoes! Malaria is present in Thailand, and there have been several cases in the province where I live, but I seem to be lucky and rarely get bitten.
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
7 Jan 09
[i]Hi maxima, I hate mosquitoes and they love me! LOL! When i was in my Country, Philippines, I used to apply off lotion and always wear pants and long sleeves whenever I am in an area which has a lot of mosquitoes. It's fine for us to burn something like grasses or branches of trees in our Country and people do that every afternoon to eliminate them![/i]
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
7 Jan 09
in my country philippines we are safe maxi.we have mosquito screen and we spray everyweek.
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
7 Jan 09
I live in Miami and although we don't deal with Malaria, we certainly deal with mosquitoes. The best solution I've found is Avon's skin so soft. It's good for your skin and drives mosquitos away.
7 Jan 09
Yes I got badly bitten in Antigua but, the stuff we bought didn't really work - I have never heard about a mosquito coil but maybe I should try that! Did it work? x
@eshaan (6193)
• India
7 Jan 09
I have not visited any other country, but at our home we have an electric bat, which traps the mosquitoes and kills them...my hubby does a daily exercise of about half an hour to make the room.....zero-mosquitoes, the bat resembles the bad-minton bat and i wonder whether he played so much badminton earlier in his life..