Midges

Discussion in 'Manflu Corner' started by Flossie, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. Flossie

    Flossie Member

    Location:
    Lancs
    The little barstewards are eating me alive :mad: Milking, loading sheep, mowing the lawn.....nowhere is safe :( Generally just my forearms as I have the stereotypical farmer tan, but still looks really unsightly-all the red welts on them.
    What can I do to repel them?
    What can I do to stop the itching?
    Cheers, Flossie
     
  2. mrs mtx

    mrs mtx Member

    Location:
    Pembrokeshire
    I use apple cider vinegar for my horse :scratchhead:
     
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  3. Flossie

    Flossie Member

    Location:
    Lancs
    Do you just squirt it over him?
     
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  4. mrs mtx

    mrs mtx Member

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    Pembrokeshire
    Ye :LOL:
    No just add a bit to his food but does smell gross
     
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  5. laich

    laich Member

    Probably get some stick for this, but , Avon SKin So Soft, is the best stuff, that I have found. Works better than repellents, containing Deet. I think you have to order it through an Avon rep. I leave that to the wife.
     
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  6. I use this and it does work. Can get it on Amazon.
     
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  7. clem dog

    clem dog Member

    Location:
    Co Antrim
    I readyears ago that Avon skin so soft worked. I was slightly embarrassed at the thought of using it but was piping a drain in a mossy place late one afternoon and the midges just got too much so I raided my wife's cupboard and it really does work. It smells nicer than some things that are supposed insect repellent.
     
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  8. They don't bother me. I put it down to not showering, don't think they like the smell
     
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  9. BredRedHfd

    BredRedHfd New Member

    Large Havana
     
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  10. milkloss

    milkloss Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    I always keep an aerosol of jungle formula in the truck. Had a cow with milk fever one night that rolled into a ditch and had to call the vet for a hand. Turned out to be an African vet and he couldn't believe how bad the midges bit, far worse than back home he said.
     
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  11. Old McDonald

    Old McDonald Member

    Location:
    Inland Portugal
    I too find that method works. It is also a good excuse for why the nice ladies do not find you attractive.

    Seriously, it is many years since it became (I thought) common knowledge that the Avon product is the one that most people in bad midge areas have found to be best. Like RWG they do not bother me, but I do know of people who have found it effective. I think Avon have never promoted it as a midge repellent.
     
  12. Flossie

    Flossie Member

    Location:
    Lancs
    Thanks all (y) I went on Amazon this morning and bought an artic load of the Avon stuff (bulk buy discount :cautious:) and my mother in law gave me her tub of Jungle formula to see me through till it's arrival :)
     
  13. JohnGalway

    JohnGalway Member

    Location:
    Connemara, Ireland
    I think there's citronella oil in the Avon Skin So Soft (had to be "Forest Fresh" last time I heard) which is what the midges don't like.
     
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  14. Chasingmytail

    Chasingmytail Member

    Location:
    Newport, SE Wales
    citronella doesnt work its a bit of a myth. I find DEET is the only thing that keeps things off me even though I dont like applying strong chemicals to my skin. I find I wake up covered in bites and cant go near long grass and horse flies in the summer. I do spray apple cider vinegar and lemon oil on my milking cow in the summer it does work to keep the flies off while I milk her. I do think they go for women over men and the bites can be nasty.
     
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  15. Old McDonald

    Old McDonald Member

    Location:
    Inland Portugal
    I do believe you are correct with that statement. It is something I heard decades ago, and our residence in various countries with their own individual biters, has always resulted in the same complaint from the ladies - they are bitten and the men are not. Hear similar stories from people from the UK going on holiday to various warmer countries.

    Am I right in thinking that it is the female of most, or all, insects that does the biting?
     
  16. multi power

    multi power Member

    Location:
    pembrokeshire
    I thought they don't like any type of citrus juice
     
  17. HolzKopf

    HolzKopf Member

    Location:
    Kent&Snuffit
    I agree. Citronella, oil, spray, candles etc don't work for me. And also I find inserting the candles really cuts down my mobility :eek:
    Deet is good but as others have said I too dislike the chemical (Gulf War Syndrome and all that). Luckily, down South, we don't have the problems that occur further north and the highlands and islands but it's still irritating (no pun) that a line of lumps appears under the peak of my cap and anything bare arms wise seems to attract every midge, gnat and mosquito worldwide. I actively shun trips or holidays where Dengue or malarial mosquitos roam. Unless you get bitten - and my some quirk of fate most of our partners don't seem to - you can't understand how frustrating it is.
    Roll on sterilisation of the female (midge & mosquito) :scratchhead:
     
  18. scatterbrainedlass

    Location:
    Lancashire
    I've heard it's down to blood type, they prefer my OH over me. He's had them on his hands and wrists near veins before now and his whole hand will swell up. He now wears several layers all summer even when working out in heat! Used to then just go around in a t-shirt in winter but he's getting old enough that the cold seeps into his bones and has started complaining every winter :ROFLMAO:
     
  19. Courier

    Courier Member

    A couple or three cloves of garlic a day and a daily Piriton tablet plus Jungle Formula usually works for me.
     
  20. Osca

    Osca Member

    Location:
    Tayside
    My Great Aunt Ivy, a formidable lady, had this theory that it was the "sweetness of the blood" that the midges and gnats enjoyed and that some people had sweet blood and were bitten, and others had sour blood and were not. She was a martyr to gnat-bites, unlike our side of the family. She further theorised that being "sweet-blooded" went with being sweet-natured and generally attractive to man and beast, whereas sour-blooded people, like those on our side of the family, were sour to the core.

    She was, however, living proof that this theory didn't hold water.

    It did get me thinking, though. Genes must play a part; maybe also diet? or immune reaction? Can you get acclimatised to midges?

    With horses it is the animal's own reaction to midge bites that causes problems such as sweet-itch - but are these animals also more attractive to midges in the first place?
     

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