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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!


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.


You could also eat garlic!!


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.

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 rose

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 .

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


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 


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.


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!!!


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.


Hey thanks for all the replies I'm really greatful! I will definitely try a ons skin so soft, do you know where is a good place to buy it? 

So am I right in assuming there's no way to disrupt them breeding? There's no way to bring their population down just a bit over the summer? Because last summer was like a plague!


Skin so soft is advertised up here in a lot of the hotels and B&Bs for hillwalkers because it works! I'm not bothered by them much thankfully. The worst ones I saw were at  4,000ft  up on the summit of Ben Lawers- quite incredible!

I think if you check there website you might be able to find out places to get or an agent in your area Luubear. 

Get SSS from Avon website or a local Avon rep

I'm allergic so always carry antihistamine (on prescription) just in case and if I get caught by something nasty take it straight away



Mossies are a problem in Thailand - I've used Jungle Formula each time and have never been bitten when I've got it on. I get it from Boots

Don't know why I don't use it here - loads of bites this year

Plain yoghurt is very soothing for the bites


They get you when you least expect it., might only pop out for 2 mins and so you dont cover yourself. Doh!!!

I wonder if this SSS has vanilla ? they're not supposed to like that.. I will get as preventative for myself and littlies, neat lavender oil on bites soothes and helps stop itching

Shrinking Violet

I agree about the Avon Skin so Soft (original - they have added other "perfumes" over the years). 

The only way to prevent midges etc from breeding is to ensure there is no open water eg in a forgotten bucket round the back of the shed!  And for the water butt - I add a little bit of Armillotox (about half a capful) which forms a sheen over the top, and prevents midges from laying eggs.  I tend to use the butt as a dip-in reservoir rather than using the tap, and a bit of Armillotox in the water does no harm for general watering.  (It can be used, is particular dilutions, for example, as a soil drench against vine weevils!). 

Take brewers yeast tablet, eat raw garlic, use anti mossy spray or cream such as jungle. Don't let stagnant water anywhere.
I find midges worse around here than mozzies.

If you need to go out when it's midgey & don't care what you look like (!), I can recommend the fine mesh hood available from angling suppliers.  If you wear a cap & put the hood on over the top, it won't flap on your face and you can see through it pretty well.  Tuck into neck of shirt.  Then tuck trousers into socks...  With long sleeves and gardening gloves you'll be a bit hot, but bite free!