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Insect Bites....why me?!?

mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
edited May 2012 in Commuting chat
working on the garden last night, few of my mates helping

i was the only getting bitten by flies (im guessing the flies were midgies)

why only me?

is it just because im god damn tasty?

anyone else get eaten alive?
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  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    Yes, it's because you are tasty.

    When visiting hot countries with the Mrs I have no need of insect repellent as they all go straight for her and leave me alone. Apparently midges and the like don't like the taste of alcohol so suggest drinking generous quantities of gin throughout the summer months.
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  • notsobluenotsoblue Posts: 5,838
    asprilla wrote:
    Yes, it's because you are tasty.

    When visiting hot countries with the Mrs I have no need of insect repellent as they all go straight for her and leave me alone. Apparently midges and the like don't like the taste of alcohol so suggest drinking generous quantities of gin throughout the summer months.

    Keeps the malaria at bay too...
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    notsoblue wrote:
    asprilla wrote:
    Yes, it's because you are tasty.

    When visiting hot countries with the Mrs I have no need of insect repellent as they all go straight for her and leave me alone. Apparently midges and the like don't like the taste of alcohol so suggest drinking generous quantities of gin throughout the summer months.

    Keeps the malaria at bay too...

    Only by stopping you from getting bitten in the first place. Getting censored -faced whilst suffering malaria isn't something I'd recommend, or be capable of.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 50,101 Lives Here
    notsoblue wrote:
    asprilla wrote:
    Yes, it's because you are tasty.

    When visiting hot countries with the Mrs I have no need of insect repellent as they all go straight for her and leave me alone. Apparently midges and the like don't like the taste of alcohol so suggest drinking generous quantities of gin throughout the summer months.

    Keeps the malaria at bay too...

    Only if you drink it with tonic isn't it? :P
  • zn533zn533 Posts: 66
    I can't quite remember where I heard this (it might have been QI) but I think what happens is, everyone gets bitten, but some people react to the bites and others don't.

    Your skin, for whatever reason, is reacting to the insect bites whereas your mates' skin does not. Sorry to put a downer on your god damn tasty theory!
  • asprillaasprilla Posts: 8,440
    notsoblue wrote:
    asprilla wrote:
    Yes, it's because you are tasty.

    When visiting hot countries with the Mrs I have no need of insect repellent as they all go straight for her and leave me alone. Apparently midges and the like don't like the taste of alcohol so suggest drinking generous quantities of gin throughout the summer months.

    Keeps the malaria at bay too...

    Only if you drink it with tonic isn't it? :P

    Oh yeah, quinine; Jesuits Bark.
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  • notsobluenotsoblue Posts: 5,838
    notsoblue wrote:
    asprilla wrote:
    Yes, it's because you are tasty.

    When visiting hot countries with the Mrs I have no need of insect repellent as they all go straight for her and leave me alone. Apparently midges and the like don't like the taste of alcohol so suggest drinking generous quantities of gin throughout the summer months.

    Keeps the malaria at bay too...

    Only if you drink it with tonic isn't it? :P

    Yeah, but why else would you be drinking tonic?!
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    I can't believe I'm going to type this, but here goes:

    Avon Skin So Soft is the best damn insect repellent you will EVER use. Buy some. Trust me on this, the stuff is bleeding awesome.

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  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    zn533 wrote:

    Your skin, for whatever reason, is reacting to the insect bites whereas your mates' skin does not. Sorry to put a downer on your god damn tasty theory!


    funnily enough i got some scary lumps from where i got the bites, scratching helps for a few seconds then it itches again

    im going to try gin
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  • rubertoerubertoe Posts: 3,994
    My missus has been eaten alive already this year, me i have not had a bite.

    Must be the G&T.
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  • estampidaestampida Posts: 1,008
    higher than normal iron levels in the blood has an effect on insects biting (the more iron the thicker your blood is, if you weight 0.01 gram blood viscosity is a factor in your meal time habits

    mosqit's will normall favour women over men first as well (estrogen attraction as the femails only bite)
  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    I can't believe I'm going to type this, but here goes:

    Avon Skin So Soft is the best damn insect repellent you will EVER use. Buy some. Trust me on this, the stuff is bleeding awesome.

    Manly handshake, manly handshake.

    when i use to go spear fishing in Wales i would have apply liberally all over my head an shoulders as horse flies would literally chew your ears off

    but putting that stuff on they left you alone

    does it still smell funky though?
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  • roger_merrimanroger_merriman Posts: 6,147
    don't normally have a problem and the area that are exposed tend to be hair tastic so larger stuff like horse flys tend to well end up dead.

    midges etc, jungle spray/roll on works well. plus standing close to bonfire!
  • I can't believe I'm going to type this, but here goes:

    Avon Skin So Soft is the best damn insect repellent you will EVER use. Buy some. Trust me on this, the stuff is bleeding awesome.

    Manly handshake, manly handshake.

    Used by the SAS, y'know.

  • Avon Skin So Soft is the best damn insect repellent you will EVER use.

    Thanks for the tip KB. Does this work on those nasty tropical critters too, or just our soft British bugs?

    Looks like you can get from Avon Discounts Online at £4.48 for one or £12.75 for three including postage.
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  • optimisticbikeroptimisticbiker Posts: 1,657
    I find if I don't take a Clarityn tablet I get bitten... if I do, they stay away (or maybe they bite but I don't react).

    I also have a jumbo size bottle of this, bought in Oz, it really works well

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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052

    Avon Skin So Soft is the best damn insect repellent you will EVER use.

    Thanks for the tip KB. Does this work on those nasty tropical critters too, or just our soft British bugs?

    Looks like you can get from Avon Discounts Online at £4.48 for one or £12.75 for three including postage.

    Not tried against the big bugs but deffo works here. As to the cost... what cost? My Mum's an area rep so I get it for free :D
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  • singletonsingleton Posts: 1,644
    Not tried against the big bugs but deffo works here. As to the cost... what cost? My Mum's an area rep so I get it for free :D

    My wife suffers big time, so I'll try anything that gets recommended... thanks.
  • Cleat EastwoodCleat Eastwood Posts: 8,191
    haha all the evidence points to your mates tanked up on cheap gin from bargain booze - and they did your garden - in 3 months time you're going to wake and find the word [email protected] spelt out in flowers. :D
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