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Anyone else suffering from mosquito bites in Poland?


Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
10 Jun 2010 #1
I noticed a week ago that there were far more mosquitoes flying around than is usual for the time of year.

The government is about to spray the country with insecticide and it's all because of the flood and the stagnant pools of water that were formed.

When there was last a plague of mozzies, in Warsaw, many people were hospitalized.

The question is: Have you noticed these little pests and what is your answer to them ?
Stu 12 | 522
10 Jun 2010 #2
The question is: Have you noticed these little pests and what is your answer to them ?

Absolutely ... !! I live off Grabiszynska in Wroclaw (with no pools or puddles or rivers anywhere) and before I go to sleep I have to do some serious hunting. If it goes on like this, we'll have to paint the walls after the summer is over so the smudges are covered ... :(.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
10 Jun 2010 #3
In America people burn citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away and various mosquito repellensts in the form fo sprays or dojiggers you plug into electrical outlets. On a larger scale the hatching of mosquito larvae is prevented by spraying ponds and stagnant pools with an oily substance. This is just off the cuff stuff - I'm no expert on bug killing.
Ajb 6 | 232
10 Jun 2010 #4
In Poland they are crazy this year, the outskirts of our town is still flooded, and the mosquitos have turned evil!. Where ever i go in the world, i get attacked, but at the moment some of my bites are flairing up to 1in wide! I look even more stupid than normal :)

I've got one of them plug-in things for my bedroom which seems to help at night... i would recomend!

I hope they do something soon :)
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595
10 Jun 2010 #5
You can take an 1 antihistamine tablet (2nd generation) daily to reduce they symptoms of the bites.

Should be taken before you get the bites.
richasis 1 | 420
10 Jun 2010 #6
In America people burn citronella candles

We also use AK-47s to spray 'em ;)
espana 17 | 910
10 Jun 2010 #7
the water does not help for the mosquitos



dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
10 Jun 2010 #8
I noticed a week ago that there were far more mosquitoes flying around than is usual for the time of year.

The floods would have brought them out plus now the hot weather is there they will be mating like...erm mozzies :P

I'm actually quite allergic to mozzies (I stay in the wrong country eh :D ). Last year in Krk I got bitten twice on the arm and spent an eveing in hospital after it had swollen to three times its normal size....elephant man's arm i had :)
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595
11 Jun 2010 #9
I'm actually quite allergic to mozzies

You can take an 1 antihistamine tablet (2nd generation) daily to reduce they symptoms of the bites.

Should be taken before you get the bites.

frd 7 | 1,399
11 Jun 2010 #10
Not yet... it's probably now humid enough.. weather changed from really cold and wet to dry and hot suddenly and Silesian pollution adds a bit too...
dtaylor5632 18 | 2,007
11 Jun 2010 #11
SzwedwPolsce

Thanks for that ;)

At the time I didn't realise I was allergic, only the next day when I had a balloon arm :)
wildrover 98 | 4,451
11 Jun 2010 #12
I don,t really have a problem with Mozzies , they don,t seem to have a taste for my English blood , and even when they do bite me it does not cause me too much discomfort....

I actually let em bite me if they want to , cos when they have that sucker in you they can,t fly away , so i can take great delight in squashing them....
frd 7 | 1,399
11 Jun 2010 #13
they don,t seem to have a taste for my English blood

that's your overbeaned blood, poison I tell ye
wildrover 98 | 4,451
11 Jun 2010 #14
Yus...eat more beans folks...keep the mozzies away..... if you eat enough of them you can keep everything away...!
Chicago Pollock 7 | 504
11 Jun 2010 #15
wildrover

Yus...eat more beans folks...keep the mozzies away..... if you eat enough of them you can keep everything away...!

Not beans, eat garlic. Garlic keeps them away.
Stu 12 | 522
11 Jun 2010 #16
eat more beans folks

What ... you fart them to death ... ;)?

Garlic keeps them away

Not only them, I'm afraid ... :-S

But I guess if you combine garlic AND beans, then you might have a recipe for success (or for a life in eternal solitude ... :-S)
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,884
11 Jun 2010 #17
Polonius3 wrote:

In America people burn citronella candles to keep mosquitoes away and various mosquito repellensts in the form fo sprays or dojiggers you plug into electrical outlets.

in america there is a wonderful little innovation called "screens on windows". you can leave your windows open all day long, no bugs. the only way they can get in is through a door.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702
11 Jun 2010 #18
eat garlic. Garlic keeps them away.

Bingo - I had problems for years getting bits and having quite bad reactions to them..Now I eat loads of garlic before I go away and when Im away and the buggers have never come near me since!

Back on the mozzi topic, we've got problems in the UK with them..again its related to stagnant pools of water..
Cardno85 31 | 976
11 Jun 2010 #19
Get yourselves an Avon lady, look in the catalogue and buy the green skin-so-soft dry oil spray (the lotion works too, but the dry oil spray is easier). Done, bugs can't stand the stuff and it's great for your skin.
Varsovian 92 | 634
11 Jun 2010 #20
Oh come on!
Spray yourself with Off! Sit of the patio with a giant mozzie candle burning and open a tinny.

Ludzie!
Olaf 6 | 956
11 Jun 2010 #21
I'm actually quite allergic to mozzies

It seems quite a big allergy you developped. Try useing histamine blockers like SveniPolen suggested - but not cetirizine dichloride as it can have side effects, like you may not be able to drive or be sleepy. 10mg loratatadinum should work plus at least 1000mg calcium although your allergy seems harsh so a doctor should give you something special. I myself noticed that mosquitos do not bite that much when you drink alcohol, and not at all when smoking a... pipe.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
11 Jun 2010 #22
then you might have a recipe for success (or for a life in eternal solitude ...

I have been eating lots of beans for the five years i have been in Poland...and no problem with mozzies...errr yes i do live alone...!
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
11 Jun 2010 #23
Come to thimk of it, when movies show old American farmhouses in the 1920s, they already have screen doors. I wonder how widespread window screens and screen doors are in continental Western Europe these days? What about the UK and Eire?
wildrover 98 | 4,451
11 Jun 2010 #24
Never seen any in the UK , or in Poland....but they might be a good idea....Hanging a long net curtain helps keep a lot of the little horrors out of the house...
Varsovian 92 | 634
11 Jun 2010 #25
There on sale in Leroy Merlin ...
MareGaea 29 | 2,752
11 Jun 2010 #26
I heard that mosquitos don't like drafts and that it helps having a fan blowing as they are too weak to fly up against the stream of air.

In the US, where the mosquitos are more evil than anywhere else and they just bite you right through your clothes, they have this repellant that works wonderfully once you sprayed it all over you. Only downside is, it smells like hell.

What also helps is getting a lemon-plant and put it on your bedside table or rubbing yourself in with lemon juice (a lot more healthier than any spray out of a can). Mosquitos don't like lemon and they will stay away. Also, you could try and get one of them "male-mosquito" thingies, that make the sound of a male mosquito. Since it's the female mosquitos that bite you and also, since female mosquitos cannot stand to have male mosquitos around, they will think there is a male mosquito present and they won't come near you. Funny, but it actually seems to work.

It's actually a myth that some ppl don't get bitten by mosquitos. Everyone gets bitten by them, it's only that a very small percentage of the ppl are NOT allergic for the saliva a mosquito leaves behind and which causes the itch and swelling. Those ppl won't notice a thing, but 99,99 per cent of the ppl will start scratching like hell.

In NL and the US I always get feasted upon by mosquitos, but here in Ireland I have only been bitten once by a mosquito. It seems that there are hardly any over here. I think that has to do with the wind that is permanently present over here.

>^..^<

M-G (nuff said)
wildrover 98 | 4,451
11 Jun 2010 #27
I heard that mosquitos don't like drafts

Which is why the beans work so well...!
Seanus 15 | 19,706
11 Jun 2010 #28
Surprisingly, I haven't been bitten but my time is coming. One of my students had a cracker of a bite on her hand today. She passed it off as being from a mosquito ;) ;)
wildrover 98 | 4,451
12 Jun 2010 #29
Keep the mozzies away...eat more beans...!



PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
12 Jun 2010 #30
If you can stand it, long sleeves and jeans or trousers helps keep them from biting your arms and legs.


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