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31. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Why don't you read the websites - or is that a scale of difficulty beyond your means?? It appears so.
You can have the next (and the last) word in this Post. I'm sure it's what you're after.
By the way - I've reported you for abuse of the forum.

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34. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Well, aren't you all lucky - a Moderator has arrived! Okay - I am not the Moderator for this forum - actually Admin are the Mods but since they are busy at the moment, I'll stick in my two cents. (Keep in mind, I have connections.)

First - the bickering needs to stop. Tit-for-tat is not accomplishing anything nor is it helping anyone reading this thread. So, we're all in agreement. Good. Now, let's bring this thread back to topic which was simply:

Quoting Gixer

Firstly, are there lots of Mozzies in the Yucatan in June/July, which is the height of the rainy season? I got eaten alive by them in Perth, Australia and for some of my 2 week trip we are camping in tents.....what's the best brand of spray on repellant, or lotion? There seem to be lots on eBay but I don't know the reputation of the brand, ie this one or this one

I won't need a mozzie net at night for in the tents will I?

Sorry for the noob questions

As for the Forum Rules - they state no inflammatory comments - I have not seen any that fall into that category - as of yet. But, Redpaddy - you do not need to get in the last word when it does not enhance the discussion in any way. If you can actually add information that is useful and justify your comments about "specialists" do so. It is a policy of TP that such comments be substantiated with sources - do so now or do not comment on something where you can not supply support.

Isa now returns this thread to it's orginally schedule topic. Any further bickering will be flagged and Admin notified.

35. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Anyway, before we were rudely interrupted, going back to #Gixer# and the original Post about Mozzies in Yucatan........ There are plenty of remedies to keep the mosquitoes at bay, no need to go over them all again, also - as already stated, there is no 100% preventative medicine, cream, pills, jabs etc. for Malaria. Your honest and soundest advice is to visit your local Tropical Diseases Centre (your local Doctor's Surgery will have an address for you) and get their advice.
As for a net, I would strongly recommend one during the wet season especially. Those tiny things seem to be able to get through the smallest hole!!
I have camped in many very hot and wet regions of the World and the insects at night have been almost the downfall of a great holiday. Worst place for me - with Malaria about, was near Victoria Falls on the Zambia side. Nastiest place just for ordinary (if you could call them that) mosquitoes - was near lake Winnipeg. They are just so painful.
PS.... This was added as the Moderator was typing - and not directed at the Moderator. Not my style at all.
PPS.... I have already stated that Manchester has one of the best Tropical Diseases Centres in Europe. What more would you like me to add, to justify the statement??

[ Edit: Edited on 26-May-2009, at 11:49 by Redpaddy ]

36. Posted by Gixer (Budding Member 39 posts) 7y

My electronic repellant device cost about £2,50 so I'm already skeptical about how well it works. I was told years ago that rubbing tumble drier sheets on your skin also repelled them, is this true?!!

I'm very wary about DEET and absorbing strong chemicals into my skin, plus my risk of allergic ginger-person reactions, so I may try some of the Avon cream.repellant combo, and buy a medium-level DEET too but nothing strong.

Now everyone Group Hug and quit yo' bitchin!!!!

37. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I always hug - it's that just occasionally, some people don't hug - they squeeze!!

38. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Okay - fist things first - reading through the various posts - Redpaddy said:

Quoting Redpaddy

Here in Manchester, is one of the finest Tropical Disease Centres in Europe. The Specialists there are all so insistant that there still isn't anything much good at stopping Malaria.

Consider the "specialist" issue put to rest.

Now, let's get back to Gixer...

Quoting Gixer

My electronic repellant device cost about £2,50 so I'm already skeptical about how well it works. I was told years ago that rubbing tumble drier sheets on your skin also repelled them, is this true?!!

I can't speak to the electronic device but can speak to dryer sheets and the answer is no - not really. They smell nice and depending on the brand and what chemicals they use to adhere the softener to the "fabric" those chemicals could have a slight repellent quality. But, I surely wouldn't rely on them. You will be more likely to draw mosquitoes to you than repel as mossies are drawn to cologne-type scents. Yes, I have tried it and was bitten more often than if I'd used no repellent at all.

I'm very wary about DEET and absorbing strong chemicals into my skin, plus my risk of allergic ginger-person reactions, so I may try some of the Avon cream.repellant combo, and buy a medium-level DEET too but nothing strong.

You should be fine with a mid-range DEET repellent as long as you use it. The biggest problem is that many travelers (not all) tend to forget to use their repellent. I'm one of them so I opted for also taking anti-malarials in Panama because I knew I'd forget. Paul64 has given you good advice as has Rob. Be diligent with your repellents, cover yourself during early morning and evening hours, use the net if you feel it necessary, avoid fragrant deodorants, etc. You'll be fine.

Now everyone Group Hug and quit yo' bitchin!!!!

Cool.

Some day I'll learn to type or spell or both...

[ Edit: Edited on 26-May-2009, at 12:24 by Isadora ]

39. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Phew!!

40. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Phew!!

Don't take that sigh of relief just yet. My mistake in that I missed part of the original post that I quoted. What is being questioned is:

Quoting Redpaddy

Sorry all you sceptics - I'm not a Specialist, but I know a few people (amongst the very best) that are.

This is the statement that has others questioning who these specialists may be. Honestly, it's a probably a moot point but such statements should not be offered up without support. I could claim to know the Queen of England but without something to back it up - it means nothing. (No, I've never met the lovely lady but love her hats and matching handbags. Oh, and the shoes.) If you wish to inform everyone on who these specialists are, please proceed. Otherwise, making such blanket statements does not give credence to your post. Again, anyone can say they know everyone.

Isa now returns this thread to you know where - repellents.