Dancers Anonymous > Summer bugs- how to fight or at least manage them?

Discussion in 'Dancers Anonymous' started by anntennis, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. anntennis

    anntennis Active Member

    Does anybody have natural way of fighting mosquitoes’ and all those little flying vampires?
    I love summer, but those invisible flying blood – suckers really ruin any summer fun. Over the counters medication/spray sometimes make you feel worse than real bite. Any ideas/tricks?
     
  2. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    move to Arizona.. they fry like bacon out here;)
     
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  3. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Make friends with people the mossies like more than you?
     
  4. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    eat garlic.

    bog myrtle
     
  5. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    grow:
    horsemint
    lemongrass/citronella
    marigolds
    catnip
    ageratum
    geranium
    lavender
    zodia
     
  6. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member


    then swat the hell outta those critters with these plants;
    they don't like it...;)
     
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  7. anntennis

    anntennis Active Member

    If garlic works, I’ll offend my every day people at work, dance and home.

    Is it really? I thought it is a vampire tale and even then it does not work most of the time. LOL
     
  8. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Love the the marigolds and lavendar. Worked well in my yards, however,
    at the Havasu/Colorado River region there is this wonderful biting bug called...
    No See Um's. Because you can't see them and they leave lovely welts after biting.
    I think they are worse than mesquitos, although, with West Nile Virus in our area,,,natural opponents of mesquitos are layered with...suggested OTCs from the CDC.
    I personally have used Avon Skin So Soft for over 2 decades, especially at the River. Fabulous!
     
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  9. anntennis

    anntennis Active Member

    Thanks. 3Wishers. I am going to try Avon Skin So Soft
     
  10. anntennis

    anntennis Active Member

    That is actually very serious issue: over the counter solutions have very bad allergy/skin reaction, and their smell is horrible to endure. So I will try marigolds and lavender and see if it works. Thanks.
     
  11. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Member

    Get dragon flies for pets. They love mosquitoes.
     
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  12. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

     
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  13. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

     
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  14. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    I have a homemade body butter with a strong dose of lavendar & bergamot, which is said to work. There are many other essential oils that apparently work. Someone in our family circle is very prone to bug bites & irritations, so I'm experimenting with various things for her.

    She uses my beeswax-rose-coconut oil-apricot kernel oil-jojoba-vitamin E body butter to soothe her bites. Works well for a short time, but adding food-grade D.E. to her water seems to get rid of the inflammation completely overnight.
     
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  15. anntennis

    anntennis Active Member

    Thank you Larinda for description of chemical free recipe and reference where to buy all those ingredients. I will try to make it.
     
  16. mjnemeth

    mjnemeth Member

    see:


    Also try washing with an anti bacterial soap. Recent scientific studies show this helps. And this is probably why herbals work; many are anti bacterial
     
  17. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    I recently heard that biting bugs don't care for the scent of B vitamins or garlic emanating from one's pores. Summer could be the time to jack those bits up...
     
  18. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

    This is no good for hiking/gardening, etc., but if you're just looking to sit on a porch or patio, set up a fan to blow across the seating area. Mosquitoes are light -- they just blow away. And you stay cool, too!
     
  19. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    mozzies are attracted to CO2 that you breathe out.
     
  20. bia

    bia Well-Known Member

    So the solution is not to breathe? ;)
     

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