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Old 01-25-2016, 07:13 AM   #1
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Vitamine B1 as mosquito repellent

I'm really looking forward to camping season. I'll be spending about 6 months in a wooded location north of Montreal. Mosquito country.
I'm a mosquito magnet and I'm fairly allergic to the little rascals. They really take the fun out of camping for me.
I use DEET repellent but if I miss a spot or forget to apply I'm an easy target.
So I've been researching what to do. And Vitamin B1 (150 mg per day) seems promising. Does anyone here have experience using it? Does it work to prevent bites?
I'm practically an expert on after bite care (or at least what does and doesn't work for me) but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and so on.
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Old 01-25-2016, 09:56 AM   #2
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No but let me know if it does. I'm in Florida for a few months and they do their best to eat me alive before I can get back into the camper.
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Dr. friend of mine does mission work uses it
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I believe it works, but you should also stay away from eating bananas while camping in mosquito infested areas.
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I believe it works, but you should also stay away from eating bananas while camping in mosquito infested areas.
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I never heard this, but will remember it next time, we don't use vitamin B supplements, but increase our consumption of garlic during mosquito season.
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I read an article a year or so ago and the guy worked in NWT every summer. He used to eat as much lemon as possible in the months lead up to leaving and while he was there and also used it in as many body products as possible. It worked for him. My sister lived in Nunavut and they bought bug shirts and loved them.
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For the past decade or so My wife and I have started taking Vitamin B1 around May and keep it up through the fall. It has made a big difference in cutting our number of bites, and doesn't offend our friends like raw garlic does. I have worked in Northern Saskatchewan and throughout Alberta and spent three years in the diamond mines north of Yellowknife. B1 has made our outdoor lives a lot more bearable. $5.00 a bottle is cheap help for the summer months.
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The key thing is to change your body chemistry enough to make you invisible to the biters. My wife has taken almost everything recommended to ward off the no-see-ums in Florida and nothing has worked yet. However, the mosquitoes have not really been a problem, so the garlic and vitamin pills may have helped for that. It seems that it is the CO2 that attracts them, so we are experimenting the next trip with some essential oils (lavender, rosemary, etc.). Supposedly these do a good job with the small biters when mixed with a carrier oil and sprayed on. Meanwhile, they little guys don't seem to bother me much, so we can't enjoy the same walks and bike rides when she's being bitten up. Waiting for a magical cure!
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For the past decade or so My wife and I have started taking Vitamin B1 around May and keep it up through the fall. It has made a big difference in cutting our number of bites, and doesn't offend our friends like raw garlic does. I have worked in Northern Saskatchewan and throughout Alberta and spent three years in the diamond mines north of Yellowknife. B1 has made our outdoor lives a lot more bearable. $5.00 a bottle is cheap help for the summer months.

Thanks everyone. Good suggestions.
Good evidence that vitamin B works! I'll start to take it two weeks before camping.
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We have used a insect repellant that contains lavender oil but no deet. It does work but not as well as deet and you need to reapply it quite often .
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I have used B Vit as a bug repellent with much success. I suggest starting taking it 2 weeks before camping is planned. I took a multivitamin B complex. Don't overdo it though, too high a dose is excreted by your bowel and will not make for a pleasant trip!

I have also used a spray called NatruaPel, it is deet free.
It also helps to decrease or eliminate the amount of sugar in your diet.
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We've lived in mosquitoe and black-fly portions of Ontario for over 60 years. We use an Australian product called 'RID', and believe it to be the best we've ever had. But, we haven't found it available up here; so, you'll need an Aussie friend who'll send it to you for a Xmas gift each year, as we do.
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Vitamine B1 as mosquito repellent

I use the Watkins DEET products. They are less greasy and sticky than other products. They don't have a strong smell either, and they work really well. But I'd like to be less dependent on constant applications of DEET.
I appreciate the no sugar and no bananas suggestions too. At this point I'll try anything to make myself less delicious. I've missed too many evening campfires by staying indoors behind screens.
Don't know why I'm so allergic to mosquito bites. I have no other allergies.
Did I mention I hate mosquitoes?
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During our years of back country canoeing we found that perfumed soaps, hairspray most deodorants and most other feminine products acted as an attractant. Unsented products were somewhat effective. In the end we relied mostly on deet to keep the little irritants at bay.


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