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Buggy
I am getting eaten alive by mosquitoes this trip. I think it's because I'm in a very old hotel which has neither air conditioning nor screened windows. That plus all the canals. I have a few bites on my face, which pretty much sucks. I'm starting to look like I have the chicken pox! (but I don't.)

I'm terrible at not-scratching. The thing is: scratching an itch is just so satisfying. Then once I start, it itches more, so I scratch more, and it snowballs from there. The story ends with blood and tears. Well, not usually tears.

I'm trying to at least keep from scratching my face. Bad enough having red dots of my face, let alone bloody red bumps. Eeeew, I know. I've been doing pretty well so far. I haven't scratched the top off of any bite on my face, and I've kept from doing too much damage on the rest of me.

What a bother. I wonder what the Flemmish word for bug spray is?
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From: speedygeo Date: June 3rd, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder what the Flemmish word for bug spray is?

More booze please.

Bug bites suck.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 5th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
More booze please -- I like that one!
From: writerwench Date: June 3rd, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think if you look in a pharmacy and ask for 'Autan', you may strike lucky.
It's a brand of mozzie repellent I've seen in a number of European countries - bright yellow plastic bottle.
elizilla From: elizilla Date: June 3rd, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps you should add one of those mosquito nets that hang over the bed, to your travel gear for the next trip. You can get them in camping stores.
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From: numignost Date: June 3rd, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yah, good idea to check what rikhei said. I understand that they are pretty hard to see with your eye, but that the bites tend to come in groups of three, and that you are likely to get some streaky stains around the edge of the sheet or bed. If you ever see anything like that, then don't take your luggage or clothes back into your house, they are quite sneaky and hard to eradicate. They don't carry any diseases or anything like that, they're just really annoying.

On the other hand, like you said there are lots of canals, so mosquitos are the more likely problem! And if it's just your face, not your legs and arms, then that's also strong evidence for flying mosquitos rather than anything that would crawl.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 5th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ack, that's a scary thought! I have definitely seen mosquitoes, so that seems most likely. I inspected my bed also though, and it looks okay.... still, there's a good thing to make me extra nervous!
rmeidaking From: rmeidaking Date: June 3rd, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
You need the Flemish word for "mosquito netting". Bug spray is only good for about four hours; unless you want to set your alarm to get up and re-spray, you need to erect a net around your bed. I would go ask your landlord.

Dutch: Ik heb een klamboe nodig.
French: J'ai besoin d'un filet de moustique.
German: Ich benötige ein Moskitonetz.

Babelfish is your friend. One of these should work.
nishar From: nishar Date: June 3rd, 2008 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Too bad you didn't pack any skin so soft. That stuff works miricles keeping the lil vampires off you.
murphyw From: murphyw Date: June 4th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)


Rennie,

I've found that hot water, held against the bite for 5 seconds, makes the itching go away. I think it breaks down the mosquito-spit.

It is rumor'd that eating lots (and lots) of garlic may keep them away. Some people have great results with Avon's skin-so-soft (a hand cream). I use deet till it makes the corners of my mouth feel a little tingly; that's the first hint an allergic reaction to the deet is coming soon. (Sure, it's nasty stuff that melts nylon on contact, but deet is the lesser of two evils in Maine this time of year...)

One friend who is slightly diabetic says they bite people with high blood sugar levels more. I'm not so sure, but it's an interesting perspective. They didn't seem as bad once I was away from refined sugar for a while, but was that because I got used to them?

Hope this helps some. They can make one nuts!

--Bill
kreie From: kreie Date: June 4th, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hear people who eat bananas get more mosquito bites, so maybe idea actually originated from an increase in bites after an increase in fructose.
madtechie2718 From: madtechie2718 Date: June 4th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I stayed in Brugge (or Bruges for Francophiles) at this time of year in a hotel near the canal, making the mistake of leaving the window open.

I ended up with many huge weeping welts from mozzie bites. Reception had stock of the little plug-in widgets that burn (or vapourize) mosquito repellent; this seemed to work quite well.
From: writerwench Date: June 4th, 2008 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
They're pretty effective. I hate having to sleep with the window shut, but yeah - it's a simple choice.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: June 4th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

for Rennie..

fucking Bruges....

renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 5th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: for Rennie..

heehee!
kreie From: kreie Date: June 4th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Try slapping your mosquito bites - that feels satisfying but doesn't make it itch more.
From: speedygeo Date: June 5th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I push my fingernail (hard) into them in an x-pattern. That usually stops them from itching.
mbumby From: mbumby Date: June 11th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've also heard about garlic... although at one point when I was going to be spending an entire evening outside in a field I ate ... I think it was 2 cloves of garlic -- just chowed down on them. Didn't feel that great, the people I was with found me horrid-smelling (as did I), but I ended up with many skeeter bites. So YMMV. And who knows, it might have been worse had I not. Buncha years ago I found a product "after bite" which I think contained ammonia and another household chemical and while a chemist I asked couldn't come up with a reason for it to work, it surely helped.

I also cannot not-scratch. I have been known to apply a wash-cloth recently held under hot-as-the-taps-can-make-it water to the bite, and that helps too... perhaps just the shock to the system makes the nerves run away in fear. But I have also been known to walk over to the sink to do that, see my hairbrush and say "but first..."
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