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Mosquito Defense

Posted by Valerie on August 3, 2011, 9:27 am, in reply to "Re: Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others?"

I actually believe that it has something to do with blood density, warmer blood is thinner and (I believe) less "attractive" than the cooler, thicker blood. My own experience tells me that I am being bitten far less in recent years than the first year I moved here....

I was once told it was because I didn't have sufficient Vitamin Beer in my system and I'd be attacked like white sharks on seal skins, so while preparing for my sailing trip to Mexico and south a number of years ago I tried to prepare myself for every possibility. I had bug repellants made by just about every manufacturer I could find (both local and stateside) - and found a product called "Watkins" ~ who make a lotion bug repellant (they also make a spray, but for some reason it does not work as well). This stuff, even when cut 50/50 with water, still repelled the most hardy of mosquitoes and even managed to hold back those horrid jejenes of San Blas! Yes, it is still 29.5% DEET and until the new product becomes available we'll have to deal with the DEET! Unfortunately it can only be purchased over the border, and is a bit expensive at $14.95 for 240 ml but when you consider it can be cut half and half with water the price then is not so bad. I am returning to points north the first week of October and would be happy to bring a few smaller bottles (100 ml - will find out cost) if anyone is interested. If it doesn't work for you, I'd try sticking with drinking Vitamin Beer and maybe, just maybe, you won't care HOW many bites you have.

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