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Old 08-01-2017, 11:26 AM
 
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I just read the oddest thing in the Health & Wellness forum about people who are hot and sweating all the time. (Like me.) Someone said they were insect magnets and I found it really odd, but then I'm an insect magnet and always hot and sweat to an embarrassing degree, so was wondering if any of you other mosquito magnets are hot?
Basically, what attracts the mosquito (and many other biting insects) is body heat and carbon dioxide. This identifies you as a source for the blood meal the insect wants. The warmer the prey the easier it is for the mosquito to locate. The carbon dioxide you exhale also attracts them. The less active or agitated you happen to be, the cooler your surface temperature is and the less CO2 you are exhaling.

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Old 08-01-2017, 11:58 AM
 
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I have type O blood - which attracts them, plus I have some Blood sugar issues - which attracts them... so I'm a bullseye walking. And its taken over 2 years to heal from some of the no-seeum/sand gnat bites I got when living in Savannah, GA....they chewed on me year round!! If I didn't wear a hat or cap you could read Braille on my scalp. Skin So Soft helped but when walking the dog in the am or pm - backwoods off was the only thing to keep them off me...

i've gotten a couple lately when I forget to spray and man they itch. I'm looking at the SallyeAnder product.... that I can keep right by the door. hate those nasty suckers. If I know I'm going to be in the yard or on the deck, I spray Cutter - but I know it kills the bees and butterflies that I specifically planted flowers for... so I have to watch that.
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Old 08-01-2017, 12:33 PM
 
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You can reduce the chance that you harm other insects by not using sprays...apply a lotion with the same active repellent ingredient.
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Old 08-01-2017, 06:06 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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The electric bug zappers work, but if you have dogs, the noise might bother them.
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:42 PM
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Location: Prescott AZ
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OK that explains my bites. The evening I got all of them I was out in the yard digging up Iris for the sale, sweating like a stuffed pig, and it was dripping off me. It was so humid, but I wanted to get the chore done. No bug spray at all. Dummy !
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Old 08-02-2017, 02:09 AM
 
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I've heard this before, but it doesn't work for me at all. If it doesn't have DEET, it's like I'm wearing mosquito attractant. I still get bites even with Off on, those horrid suckers just looooove my taste! It also is supposed to help to have a dryer sheet in your pocket, but nothing works better than long pants and sleeves

Not scratching right away is the most important thing, but sometimes one fails. I use a Benadryl gel too, and agree it doesn't help that much, though I think the spray version is more effective for some reason.

I'll have to check out this electric zapper thing...
SSS didn't work for me, either. Even with DEET, I get some bites.

I like to scratch them until the area is a bit pink and irritated, then pour alcohol on them. That hurts so good.
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Old 08-02-2017, 02:15 AM
 
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I just read the oddest thing in the Health & Wellness forum about people who are hot and sweating all the time. (Like me.) Someone said they were insect magnets and I found it really odd, but then I'm an insect magnet and always hot and sweat to an embarrassing degree, so was wondering if any of you other mosquito magnets are hot?
My sister is. Whenever we've been outside together, she gets all of the bites.
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Old 08-02-2017, 05:11 AM
 
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I wear long pants in garden, or spray off which does work I usually itch for 5-10 minutes if I do get bitten, also I fog every now and then and make sure no standing water in gutters for them to breed.
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Old 08-02-2017, 09:20 AM
 
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Once bitten, I find the best relief from the itch is just a basic topical local anesthetic like the benzocaine in Lanacane. Just dull that itch so I don't scratch at it and it will heal up more quickly.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:20 AM
 
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luckily for me I don't have a severe reaction to skeeter bites. as long as i can keep from scratching them for the first 5-10 minutes, they disappear within half an hour.
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