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    Hi everyone

    We were talking in the mod chat room today about how to repell Ticks, midges (sandflies) and mosquitoes. One very practical solution provided by TinTin (thank you Tin Tin! ) for midge prevention was lavender and citronella oil in a burner.

    I don't know if anyone has had any success with the lint roller idea for ticks?

    https://www.healthy-holistic-living....ng-you/?t=snjv

    I really welcome all possible solutions because this is something that plagues us all.
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    Default Re: Ticks, midges (sandflies) and mosquitoes - solutions to prevent being bitten by the suckers!

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    Hi everyone

    We were talking in the mod chat room today about how to repell Ticks, midges (sandflies) and mosquitoes. One very practical solution provided by TinTin (thank you Tin Tin! ) for midge prevention was lavender and citronella oil in a burner.

    I don't know if anyone has had any success with the lint roller idea for ticks?

    https://www.healthy-holistic-living....ng-you/?t=snjv

    I really welcome all possible solutions because this is something that plagues us all.
    When working outside in areas where ticks are abundant, my colleagues and I always carry duct tape. Particularly useful for some tiny ticks (as in the forests of Central America) that accumulate in a ball the size of a cherry consisting of MANY of the little devils.

    They hang out at the tip of a leaf and as soon as you brush by, they all attach to your clothes and start spreading. If you quickly wrap duct tape around your hand, sticky side out, and slap them with it, you can collect them all in a hurry!
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    We have a abundance of midges, ticks and clegs here in Scotland, because of the unusual mild winter this year we have been warned that this will be a bumper year those blood sucking beasties. So far I have removed around 10 ticks from various parts of my body this year so far. Just last week a good friend and neighbor who builds fences around farmland developed Lyme's disease from a tick, he is on antibiotics at this time.

    We have tried many sorts of repellents over the years. Most of them do not work and can be harmful to sensitive skin.
    A few years ago one woman who had studied mosquitoes and midges in her lab invented the best repellent ever. It works and is harmless to the skin.
    She named the product "Smidge". The ingredients are user friendly.

    https://www.smidgeup.com/

    http://www.walkfife.com/smidge-insect-repellent-review/

    I took some smidge to India when I was last there almost 2 yrs ago. When I remembered to use it, The mosquitoes left me alone.

    Ticks are difficult to repel, the best way to protect yourself is by wearing Wellington's. That can be sealed by pull cords around the top. The advice above with using tape is also good. But the wee beasties still manage to find a way to attach themselves to the softest skin on parts of the body that you cannot access by yourself.
    I was sharing with the mods that we are like monkeys in our small community when we detick each other
    There are various tick removing tools that we use. This is the one I carry around with me.
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    Quote Posted by Billy (here)
    We have a abundance of midges, ticks and clegs here in Scotland, because of the unusual mild winter this year we have been warned that this will be a bumper year those blood sucking beasties. So far I have removed around 10 ticks from various parts of my body this year so far. Just last week a good friend and neighbor who builds fences around farmland developed Lyme's disease from a tick, he is on antibiotics at this time.

    We have tried many sorts of repellents over the years. Most of them do not work and can be harmful to sensitive skin.
    A few years ago one woman who had studied mosquitoes and midges in her lab invented the best repellent ever. It works and is harmless to the skin.
    She named the product "Smidge". The ingredients are user friendly.

    https://www.smidgeup.com/

    http://www.walkfife.com/smidge-insect-repellent-review/

    I took some smidge to India when I was last there almost 2 yrs ago. When I remembered to use it, The mosquitoes left me alone.
    That is amazing Billy. Do you know if this would also be safe for pets?
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    Default Re: Ticks, midges (sandflies) and mosquitoes - solutions to prevent being bitten by the suckers!

    Quote Posted by Constance (here)
    Quote Posted by Billy (here)
    We have a abundance of midges, ticks and clegs here in Scotland, because of the unusual mild winter this year we have been warned that this will be a bumper year those blood sucking beasties. So far I have removed around 10 ticks from various parts of my body this year so far. Just last week a good friend and neighbor who builds fences around farmland developed Lyme's disease from a tick, he is on antibiotics at this time.

    We have tried many sorts of repellents over the years. Most of them do not work and can be harmful to sensitive skin.
    A few years ago one woman who had studied mosquitoes and midges in her lab invented the best repellent ever. It works and is harmless to the skin.
    She named the product "Smidge". The ingredients are user friendly.

    https://www.smidgeup.com/

    http://www.walkfife.com/smidge-insect-repellent-review/

    I took some smidge to India when I was last there almost 2 yrs ago. When I remembered to use it, The mosquitoes left me alone.
    That is amazing Billy. Do you know if this would also be safe for pets?
    Personally I do not know that answer Constance. We usually just manually remove them from our cats and dogs.
    But I just searched and found some feedback.
    https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/of...or_dogs-687598
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    Default Re: Ticks, midges (sandflies) and mosquitoes - solutions to prevent being bitten by the suckers!

    Hi all,

    here in my area of SW Germany tics are a huge problem (all along the Rhine valley from Switzerland up to ca. Mannheim): we are infested with tics and they can carry Lyme disease as well as a form of meningitis that can be fatal;

    in the 80's a former co-worker was off from work for 9 mo's due to a tic bite on his scalp (Lyme)-

    I figure the best protection is prevention; when walking in shady wooded areas or through shaded grass wear long, brighter colored pants (so one can spot black tics easier) tucked into one's shoes and wear a cap-

    a few yrs. ago the German Stiftung Warentest (consumer reports) investigated the efficacy of anti-mosquito/tic products and found that most were completely useless/didn't work including many of those sold in pharmacies (!)-

    please be well all-

    Larry :-)

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    The main problem for me right now is chiggers. They manage to get into the worst places, and their itches are ridiculously itchy for the longest time! And the little seed ticks have been pretty bad this year too. grrrr
    I will certainly be keeping my eye on this thread.

    I do make a concoction myself that seems to help to a point. I fill a spray bottle with:
    water
    a tbsp of olive oil or whatever I have
    plus drops of essential oils, usually peppermint, rosemary, and clove oils.
    I shake it all up and spray it liberally all over. I think the added oil helps keep it on my skin longer.

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    Default Re: Ticks, midges (sandflies) and mosquitoes - solutions to prevent being bitten by the suckers!

    Remember that small blue glass jar, Viks VapoRub.

    Ticks hate Vicks, which is great news for us!
    Smear a little Vicks near the tick and he’ll probably let go. Make sure you’re ready to kill him after he’s let go!

    It helps against mosquitos as well.
    Putting a little Vicks on your ankles, near your shoeline, and some on your neck, elbows and wrists will chase away mosquitoes and other critters. They won’t be able to “smell” your blood over the scent of the Vicks.

    Since Vicks is safe for everyone over the age of two, the whole family can be bug bite-free!

    Btw, any (Thai) massage oil with the same ingredients will do as well.
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    Default Re: Ticks, midges (sandflies) and mosquitoes - solutions to prevent being bitten by the suckers!

    I know from personal experience that mosquitoes hate the smell of one of the B vitamins and if you eat a tablespoon of yeast flakes every day they will definitely leave you well alone.

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    You can also rub vasoline on ticks. and then they let go quickly. I grab them with tweesers when they let go, then torch them.

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    Quote Posted by angelfire (here)
    I know from personal experience that mosquitoes hate the smell of one of the B vitamins and if you eat a tablespoon of yeast flakes every day they will definitely leave you well alone.
    I have not had any luck with B vitamins for mosquitoes, but it works very well with fleas.

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    Default Re: Ticks, midges (sandflies) and mosquitoes - solutions to prevent being bitten by the suckers!

    Hello,
    unfortunately I have not found a way to prevent tics from biting. (and I tried a lot)

    But:
    it takes +8 hours for tics to start transmitting borrelia or other bacteria. (They first have to feed on blood, that way the bacteria in their tummy starts multiplying. So first they only drink - so it is a one-way. After 8 hours they start to also „spit“ a bit - that is when bacteria gets transmitted.

    So the sooner one pulls them out, the better.

    Do NOT: twist, squeeze them (their bellies), smear anything on/near them. That might provoke them to throw up inside of you (their tummy content, which happens to consist of bacteria and viruses).

    Just grab them as close to the skin as possible and pull them straight out.
    I like to use bent tweezers: https://www.amazon.com/bent-curved-t...urved+tweezers
    If part of the tic is torn off and stays inside of you, that is no bit deal (it is like a little splinter -your body will get rid of it).

    After removing the tic I use lugols (iodine). + If at hand dmso.
    The longer the tic was on, the larger in diameter I smear lugols on and around the bite. (it is a strong antibiotic + it is absorbed by the body + bacteria cannot get resistant to it).
    That way possibly transmitted pathogens get killed.

    Should I ever get infected again, I would use high dose iodine orally. (for those who want to try it: be sure to read dr. brownsteins infos about how to take iodine).

    To help with itching when bitten by mosquitos I use high dose Vitamin C (usually after 4 hours I have to take the next dose).

    While taking C60 in olive oil, every bite I got simply did not itch. That was amazing and a bit spooky (I saw the moskioto bite me - sometimes I saw a swelling start, and that was it. The swelling went away in minutes and the bite was not visible anymore).

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    Default Re: Ticks, midges (sandflies) and mosquitoes - solutions to prevent being bitten by the suckers!

    Light relief.

    I had a friend who'd heard that rubbing one's skin with orange peel helps to deter mosquitoes. (Never done this, but I imagine it works as citronella does.)

    But he didn't have any to hand... so he used banana peel instead.

    It really didn't work very well.


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    Vampires are repelled by garlic. Really.

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    Default Re: Ticks, midges (sandflies) and mosquitoes - solutions to prevent being bitten by the suckers!

    When working outside I spray pure white vinegar all over to repeal mosquitos and have no problem.

    Garlic in the windows for vampires, never had a problem there either.
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    I use sulphur powder dusted on my skin or clothes, works great for repelling insects: ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes. I keep some in a mason jar sitting by the door and grab a handfull before working in the yard, i just rub it all over my skin and clothes. Its cheap and effective for all kinds of insect control. Works for lice & mites on farm animals, apply externally or add a little to their feed. Its also good for insect control in the garden.

    You can buy it from a pharmacy or garden store. i order mine in bulk online, a pound or two will last for years.


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    Old-time remedy still works — Repel ticks, chiggers with the sulphur sock



    Heading out to set up a ground blind to hunt turkey in Stephens County, Brokenridge Ranch owner Tom Mansell handed the visiting hunter an old sock.

    “Whack this on your boots and pants,” he said.

    “What’s in it?” the hunter asked.

    “Sulphur. It keeps the ticks and chiggers off of you,” Mansell replied. “It’s an old remedy I heard about growing up in Alabama. I haven’t had any ticks on me for years since using it.”

    The sulphur dust goes through the sock and, like a powder puff, invisibly coated the hunter’s boots and pant legs.

    “Use an old, thin sock so the dust goes through,” Mansell said.

    An internet search reveals sulphur in an old sock is indeed an age-old remedy — and it works, although probably not as well as the commercial repellants containing DEET or permethrin.

    “Sulphur is a well known repellant for mites (including chiggers) and ticks,” said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Entomologist Mike Merchant. “People have been using sulphur socks for years. It’s not quite as good as DEET, but preferable for some because it’s more natural and it’s cheap. It doesn’t work for insects, though.

    “And it’s tick season, I got my first one, a deer tick, the other day.”

    The why or how sulphur works isn’t really known.

    “Actually, how all repellants work is something of a mystery,” Merchant said. “Odor detection is the most important sense for ticks and insects, so distaste is a possibility. I have an entire book on repellants in the office — it has one sentence on sulphur.”

    Merchant said sulphur works to repel ticks if placed on a person’s clothing or directly on the skin.

    “You can apply it to the skin of your arms and legs,” he said. “But there is an odor — it may make you less socially interactive.”

    Hunters and fishermen combing the banks of rivers or lakes know the eery feeling of a tick on the skin, along with the irritation of having to remove one that has taken hold. Infection and other diseases, like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, increase the concern from a tick bite.

    In Texas, there’s an App for that, created by Texas A&M, that works on the web or smartphone, said Otto Strey, a lab technician with the university.

    The App, http://tickapp.tamu.edu, covers tick identification, tick biology, tick removal and tick prevention and protection.

    The sulphur sock, although not mentioned in the App, is cheap — a box of dusting sulphur costs a few bucks at a garden center, and the old sock is free.

    And it lasts.

    “That sock has been hanging there for three years and it’s still working,” Mansell said.

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    Default Re: Ticks, midges (sandflies) and mosquitoes - solutions to prevent being bitten by the suckers!

    Avon's "Skin so soft" - hands down Best anti midge product. Sat outside at film festival yesterday at Gordon Castle - heaven and not one midge bite - thanks to that

    Also, check this out - https://www.scotsman.com/news-2-1501...ines-1-1403152
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