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Old 09-25-2017, 03:23 PM   #1
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Relentless Biting Bugs!

We are in a state park in Hunington TX. Prior to hear we were in Port Arthur, TX, Breaux Bridge LA and Biloxi, MS

In MS, the bugs were biting fools.....we got to Breaux Bridge and we were surrounded by 5 really large man made fishing ponds, no biting bugs.

We go to Port Arthur, TX, the campground had biting fools, we go to McFaddin Beach and NO biting bugs.

Now we go Northward and stop in Huntington State Park and I tell you the bugs here are vicious, relentless and mean. They bite with vengeance.

DOES ANYONE, have a solution, I am pretty big on EO, I don't have them all but have a pretty good arsenal. I have found 3 recipes online to help with the itching. They work pretty good along with cold compresses. It will allow you to eventually get to sleep. The one for outside, I think works some but not enough. Before the EO we tried off with deet or whatever DH bought with deet from Home Depot...It does nothing. I have citronella candles out, I have a bug zapper, we put out a fan because we read that if you have a fan blowing on you, they can't land on you. We have the burning coils, I have 2 lights that attract them to. And they are still biting us to death. We are forced to stay inside. I am not sure but we still seem to be getting bites here and there. I am wondering if some of those No See Ums got in and we can't SEE UM and they are biting us.

This is our first year in RV and we are Fulltime. We come from Las Vegas and are not use to this. How do we deal with it. Anyone have solutions or answers. We do have 2 small white Bichon Dogs, so nothing Toxic. Thank you
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Lived in Port Arthur, only thing that worked for me was 40% deep, same in Canada and Alaska.
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Old 09-25-2017, 05:26 PM   #3
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Should be 40% deet
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Old 09-25-2017, 06:01 PM   #4
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Put sun tan lotion on. They can not bite through it. We have them bad at our FL house my legs used to look like hamburger I got bit so much. Now I don't.
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40% deet works but to help you'll need to make a few changes with personal hygiene. Try and eliminate soaps, shampoos and such with scents. Deodorant, perfumes, powders will also attract insects. Trick I was taught by the locals when living in Australia. The biting flies are legendary down under.
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Check your furry friends--they may have hitch hikers.
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Sawyer Products SP649 Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent Trigger Spray

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Should be 40% deet
We tried deet, didn't work and I wound up with a reaction to it.
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Put sun tan lotion on. They can not bite through it. We have them bad at our FL house my legs used to look like hamburger I got bit so much. Now I don't.
Sounds logical! Thanks, we will give that a go around.
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Check your furry friends--they may have hitch hikers.
They are pure white, shaved down pretty low and pink skinned. Not a spec on them and they aren't itching...Thank God
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Have to check that out, thanks
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Well, being big into EO, I started to hunt around the good ole google searcher!
I came up with something that stops the itching. actually two things.

1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup of Witch Hazel
10 drops of Lavender
10 drops Eucalyptus
10 drops of Lemongrass
10 drops of Citronella
10 drops of Tea Tree

Mix in dark colored glass spray bottle (8oz) shake each time you use it.
Wipe your legs, arms, back, stomach, chest and feet with either alcohol or wound cleanser. ( as mentioned above, avoid soap )

First Take Peppermint Oil neet on a cotton ball and wipe any existent bites you have, especially if they are itching you...wait 5 mins for it to absorb. Then shake the mixture and spray all over and rub in. I took the dogs for an hour walk and not one additional bite and no itching. Then I went for a walk down to the non moving stagnant so called lake as there is suppose to be a beach there....OK!

Lots of bugs here, there, everywhere. so I pulled my shirt up over my nose till I got out of there, so they wouldn't bite my face because I didn't put any spray on my face. (you can, just not mouth or eyes. Just cheeks, neck and forehead).
So then tonight, I took a shower and washed with soap but then wiped down with wound cleanser as we have some from knee replacement surgery. Started to itch, put the peppermint oil on and the spray and I am feeling good and ready for bed! Thank you all.
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When we lived in Fl DW was magnet for biting bugs.
Tried bug spray gave her a rash. A friend suggested Avon Skin so soft
worked great.
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I use skin so soft too they make a bug one with sunscreen.

For itching...plain ole non sudsy ammonia. It neutralizes the stuff they inject. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9689301
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