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Old 01-27-2016, 08:59 AM   #29
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Icaridin is difficult to find in Canada as well. The Avon stuff is 10% Icaridin whereas the true bug products are 20%, I think.
When I use DEET spray I always walk well away from my trailer to keep it away from any plastic fittings.
Im going to try a multi-prong approach to mosquito control this summer:
Vitamin B1
No bananas
DEET
Avon Skin So Soft
Icaridin
Oral antihistamines. Diphenhydramine at night helps to reduce itching while I sleep. Maybe Allegra for daytime use would also keep the itching down.
I also have have screened shelter and the trailer has good window screens and a screen door.
But I also like walking and swimming and campfires so I just need to be vigilant.
I find the best after bite itch reducer is a hot spoon pressed on the bite (ice works too but I don't have that in the trailer). That will relieve the itching for hours.
Topical antihistamines or analgesics do little to help.
Thanks everyone for the feedback. I'm learning a lot.
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FWIW- Mosquitoes are attracted initially to Co2 levels around your body.
Living and working in the Central American jungles for 25 years we tried nearly everything.

Vitamins worked about as well as many "conventional wisdom remedies" tucking scented clothes dryer sheets into ones shoes to prevent ticks.

Ahem... Not at all...

We gave up on toxic DEET as it photosynthesized our skin and we would end up getting burned.

Long sleved shirts- never shorts etc. are the best option.
Cover up.

One does stop itching and swelling from bites once you have had a sufficient number and build up a titter.

Only took us about 4-5 years

Now in the Everglades and mosquitoes are knee deep. Many bites but no annoyance from them.

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