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Midges/mosquito help!!!

Last summer when we first moveisn't to our new home, we had a housewarming party and I was bitten so badly I had a really bad reaction, my legs swelled up and I was poorly for a good few weeks after... We have two apple trees and a damson tree as well as a high hedge, so I think the shady spots attract them. Other than making sure there is no water standing anywhere and trying to keep the lawn short, is there anyway to get rid of them? I mean kill the eggs/lavi? We have a thing hanging with grape juice in but no matter how many adult ones get caught, they just keeps coming! I wouldnt be so tremendiously bothered but i have such sensitive skin that when i tried a few different anti spray things on myself, my skin all flared up! im the same with sun cream! i avoid wearing perfume or cream that might atteact them but already ive been got! And I'd rather like to spend summer outside! Any tips would be greatly appreciated! image



  • You could try spraying your clothes before you go out into the garden, I also keep the anti mosquito wipes in my pockets not necessarily for using on my skin, but hopefully the smell of these products might keep the mozzies at bay.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    You could also eat garlic!!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    You need the anti mozzie preparations Luubear.The insects that are attracted to the grape juice aren't the ones that are biters. what you really need is a bat colony but they don't come to order.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657
    Hi Luubear last year on the allotments i was bitten and it was very painful and some bites really swelled up , we were advised that Skin so soft by Avon works so we tried it and yes it worked just great, now almost the whole allotment use it we also found that our forces abroad use it,(true) Avon don't claim it to be anything but a skin care product but i can tell you for midges including huge horse flies it worked better than everything else ,we now keep it in the allotment shed and at home and its not expensive, if you dont get a reaction from it and no one here did it might be worth trying good luck

  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    to try an avoid midges do not leave any water in buckets or pots as they breed in still water even in water butts.up turn pots and saucers when not in use and make sure the water butt has a tight lid .

  • ANNIE14ANNIE14 Posts: 3

    'Skin so soft' ,soft and fresh dry  body spray from Avon works! Just remember to spray yourself before going ouside.

  • Rebecca64Rebecca64 Posts: 30

    I have also used the Avon skin so soft, think it's the dry oil body spray, and yes it does work. My daughter has also just returned from a residential school field trip, and I packed some in her bag, and she also agree's it works image

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,105

    If you only take water from the tap at the bottom of a water butt then spray the top with WD40, that stops them breeding.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,886

    I'm also one of those people that the gnats, midgesd and mosquitoes always make a bee-line for and have been very ill and on antibiotics in the past because of awful bites getting infected - I can  vouch for Avon's Skin so Soft - I've not been bitten since I started using it - even when holidaying on the west coast of Scotland!!!

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    Our bats have kept the mozzies down over that last 10years or so but we now have a mozzie net for the bed so we can sleep without hearing that whine coming our way.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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