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Golden Horse 08-29-2011 11:15 AM

Help Mosquitos YUK
Last evening I took Mr G down to my grass arena to work on our dressage tests, I managed to get through one test, and then fled because I was being eaten alive by flaming mosquito's, horrible things.

DH and DS wondered if I had gone mad when I came running into the house trying to peel my breeches off, but look

that is just one little bit of my leg, and both of them are the same, and now I'm itching like an itchy thing:twisted::twisted:

Does anyone make breeches impregnated with stuff to keep the beasties away?

Can I spray the grass with anything to kill the **** things, without hurting the horses?

What can I put on to stop me scratching, I've already used up all the 'after bite' in the house GRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I hate those little flying beasties.

Speed Racer 08-29-2011 11:36 AM

Holy crap, GH! :shock:

Looking at all those bite marks, I guess you're lucky they just didn't pick you up and fly off with you to eat you somewhere else! :-x

I've never seen that many skeeter bites at one time. Do you have a body of water near you? That's most likely where they're breeding that army. Blech!

I have no suggestions, sorry. I have an infestation of those nasty, bitey no seeums, and the only thing that even makes a dent are the scented fly strips.

MN Tigerstripes 08-29-2011 12:07 PM

They have these fogger things you can use on the grass to murder the little suckers. Not sure how long it takes to wear off though and I'm fairly certian that you don't want the horses grazing on the grass afterwards. We use it when we have bonfires, the mosquitos are horrible at our place.

There's also some propane attractor/suffocator things. I will see if I can figure it out on Google..

Golden Horse 08-29-2011 03:07 PM

Here you go, just what you didn't want, a better shot of another bit of me

Dang this is itchy, I feel sorry for kids with all those kiddy spotty complaints that they get, "don't scratch it you'll make it worse", is hard advice to follow :lol:

MN Tigerstripes 08-29-2011 03:32 PM

Jeez GH, that looks awful. Maybe a long soak in a tub full of calamine???

Phantomcolt18 08-29-2011 09:52 PM

This is gonna sound weird but put deodorant on the bites. The zinc oxide in the deodorant conteracts the acid from the mosquito(or at least that's what I read either way it works haha)....because the only way a mosquito can eat it's food is if it is liquid. To make it liquid it bites and injects an acid to disolve the "food" so it can eat. Very gross but definately try the deodorant that's what I use every time I get a mosquito bite.

TaMMa89 09-01-2011 10:58 AM

If there are cortisone creams available without a prescription in your country, absolutely try it! Put it on the bites and it eases itching and swelling. My parents used it to me when I was a kid and tended to gain a lot of mosquito bites which then itched a lot.

As to preventing mosquitoes for doing that, have you tried to wear mosquito repellant?

Red Gate Farm 09-01-2011 01:06 PM

Use simple mild soap and warm water to wash the area and pat dry with a soft towel. Applying ice to the area will help with swelling welts.

One home remedy is to make a paste of two parts baking soda to one part water. Mix together until it reaches the consistency of a sticky paste and apply directly onto the bite. As it dries, it will alleviate the sting and bring some relief to the itching and swelling.

Calamine lotion can be bought at the drugstore. Aloe Vera gel is nature's perfect gift for treating mosquito bites. The coolness eases symptoms and forms a protective layer after application to reduce the risk of infection. One percent hydro-cortisone cream alleviates itching.

Watch what you are eating. I notice if I eat bananas, whatever odor that sweats out of me really attracts the mosquitos!

Golden Horse 09-01-2011 01:34 PM

Thanks everyone, I will store the remedies for the next attack:lol:

I do spray with fly spray, didn't get bitten on the top half at all, but I was wearing my new Enduracool Breeches, which even at half price are the most expensive breeches I have, and didn't want to spray all over them in case I damaged them :oops:

When it comes to fly protection this year though I may as well have sprayed the horses with water as any product, it has been EVIL up here.:twisted:

coffeegod 09-02-2011 11:59 AM

Hope all is healing well, GH. My son is allergic to mosquitoes and breaks out like that as well. Benadryl makes a gel that works well for him.

Off has a belt clip system which works on the thundering herds of mosquitoes down here.

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