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11. Posted by sarusan (Full Member 61 posts) 11y

In my own experience, the lug-in repellants with liquid refills worked best. I have tried spray-ons, roll-ons, wipes and coils, but the plug-ins worked best. Coils are second-best, and superior to any on-body application. Also, if you can stand the heat, wear long bed trousers of light material, and socks, and at least a t-shirt.

I recently read that mozzies stay away from anyone who's been eating Marmite/Veggiemite and/or drinking Guinness!

12. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I've heard that mozzies tend not to bite if you have a lot of Vitamin B in your system.

Must try the Lemongrass Oil! I think anything citrus-based puts them off.

Oh, and the Avon body moisturiser..must get my hands on some of that stuff.

13. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

Quoting sarusan

I recently read that mozzies stay away from anyone who's been eating Marmite/Veggiemite and/or drinking Guinness!

Why should mosquitos be any different from the rest of us

14. Posted by mircea (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I know it's a little bit late to post this :) but there is an alternative for DEET repellents.
It is a natural product, safe for children and adults as well,
waterproof, lightweight and can be with you everywhere. It is
BugChaser insect repellent wristband strip -snip-

No DEET, 3 meters radius protection, it's a simple wristband,
available in many colors and totally safe. Repels mosquitoes
and insects with no problem.

You should try it and not put 'things' on your skin.

Mircea

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

15. Posted by nichoco (Budding Member 22 posts) 9y

You may want to keep in mind that in the areas you are going that there is the real danger of dying from Malaria.Most of the alternatives DO NOT WORK. I visited the School of tropical medicine and hygiene when i was in London and discussed this with them.If you are in the USA you can get Sawyer 20% time release deet.This works for more than 24 hours for 1 application.3M Ultrathon is a similar product.Also there are some products with lemon euculyptus oil and also picaridin.These have both been tested and found to be as effective as deet but do not last as long.You will have to use them more often.Both of the alternatives are much safer, will not melt plastics etc.Also use a impregnated mosquito net or the little electric devices that you put a tablet in.If these care not available or no electricity then burn coils,very cheap and avialable every where in Asia.

16. Posted by matt_25 (Full Member 42 posts) 9y

Be careful with DEET as it is a very strong chemical - It can actaully burn through certain types of plastic. I know this because it happened to me when a tube of spray on DEET leaked in my backpack and burn't through a plastic storage container that it was in.

B vitamins and/or garlic tablets are supposed to ward them off. However I haven't tried these methods.

Matt.

Oh I forgot to mention in Australia there is a great product called Bushman in a green tube. I found this very effective.

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 19, 2006 9:00 AM by matt_25 ]

17. Posted by Kristie79 (Full Member 225 posts) 9y

Hi there,

The best advice I can give you is to only buy mozzie repellent in the country that you need it. We took loads of the stuff from home and found that it pretty much attracted them instead of repelling them!! The stuff you buy out there is alot stronger and will be more effective.

In Thailand we found something called Wild Lives 95, which was brilliant. Yes it contains alot of DEET, but hey it's only for a couple of months. I was eaten alive before I started using this!

You can also buy the coils that you burn outside your room, I found those quite effective too.

I found that Vitamin B tablets didn't really work for me but I guess everyone is different so they might be worth a purchase!

Kristie x

18. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

DEET works best. Use it only when you are in a really mozzie-filled place or risk area as it is terrible for your skin. It melts some plastics. Never ever use more than 50% on your skin.

Mozzie coils are useful and work OK. Also, eating marmite works a bit.

Neither lemongrass oil nor coconut oil worked for me.

I shall certainly be trying the gin-and-tonic option in future!

19. Posted by Nanna (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

All sounds very interesting and informative.

Living in Australia we also get mozzies. But not in the droves like in some places.

however when living on a tropical acreage property whilst building we found Lavender oil kept them at arms length, but then again the scent of lavender would keep anything away.

It did work for a few hours, just a dab here and there was sufficient.

But as all the commnents and experience it is really a matter of what suits you best.

Oh and tonic water definately helps as it has quinine in it I believe.

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