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1. Posted by J kerouac (Budding Member 38 posts) 10y

i know that when using a mosquito net, the net needs to be off of your body because a mosquito can stick its proboscis through the material...

does anyone know if they can bite through a silk sheet?

im looking for a mosquito solution and was thinking of just sealing the top of my silk sleaping bag liner with a rubberband after i get into it...that way im protected from bed bugs and mosquitos and dont have to cary a net around with me and deal with setting it up

thoughts anyone?

m

2. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 10y

I've heard that the only material a mosquito can't bite through is fleece...

//Susanna

3. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Hey,

How do you think you'll be able to sleep in tropical climate, tied up in a sleep sheet sealed at the top! You'll suffocate! Don't worry so much. if you are under a mosquito net especially one that is coated with a replellent, and in your sleep sheet you should be fine. Sometimes it may be too hot to sleep inside the sheet, so you may just want to lie on it.

About the bed bugs. If a bed is totally ridden with them, you may see dots of blood on the mattress from previous victims (yeuck). YOu may also see them along the seams. OK, so if you can't see this there may still be bed bugs, but your sleep sheet should protect you, especially if its silk. I would bring a light pillow case too, because no-one wants to put their head on those pillows!.

No matter what you do, you WILL get bitten by mosquitos at some point. The best thing is to put a bite cream on asap, before they start getting really itchy. Little buggers they are

4. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 10y

If you are outside wear longsleeve shirts and long trousers during the evening/night and don't wear anything blue. For some reason Mozzies are attracted to the colour blue.
And yes, they can sting through the mozzie net if it's on your body, so keep it at a good distance.

5. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Quoting Pardus

If you are outside wear longsleeve shirts and long trousers during the evening/night and don't wear anything blue. For some reason Mozzies are attracted to the colour blue.
And yes, they can sting through the mozzie net if it's on your body, so keep it at a good distance.

I thought it was the other way round, that they're repelled by the colour blue??

In Jodhpur, India the buildings are painted blue and I read that the insect repellent thing, as well as keeping them cool, was one of the reasons? Damned Lonely Planet...:)

Hmmm....
CLara goes off to research this further......

6. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Clara returns from googling session

It looks like you're right PArdus about blue attracting mozzies, but there still appear to be a few people who think it repels the critters. Like the muppets that painted Jodhpur Blue.

Other things I've read: Alcahol in your blood makes you more attractive to mosquitos (its about the only thing you'll attract) and eating bananas apparantly makes you more attractive to them!

Fascinating. I'm keen to find out more. Does anyone know if there are other natural things will repel them rather than slathering poisonous chemicals all over your skin (which does work)??

Garlic, crosses etc maybe;).

7. Posted by Namaste (Budding Member 46 posts) 10y

Hello,
I don't know about the blue in particular, but I do know that all bright colours like yellow, red, blue.... attracts all kind of stinging bugs because they take you for one big juicy flower.... so certainly don't put any hawaian tshirt with flower prints on Better wear neutral 'safari' colours. And yes, long trousers and sleeves, even when it's hot and you're sweatting your heart out. I saw people wearing shorts and tops on a jungletrek and yes, they were bitten all over, I was not. And use a good repellent, check for malaria pills and hepatitis vaccinations! About the net, I think it's better you take it with you anyway. I think they'll sting through silk and don't rely on the nets you find over there, they're full of holes. Don't pull it up during daytime but leave it down, with the borders under your mattress. It will keep the crawling ones out of your bed. And if you can, put your bag also underneath the net, you wouldn't want to invite any unwanted guests back home do you?
Grz,

8. Posted by sunset1999 (Full Member 108 posts) 10y

Ok... One of the ladies at work said that white toothpaste is good for mozzie bites... and meat tenderiser is good for stings. White vinegar soothes sunburn. You have to leave it on!