Been to Corfu so many times but mozzies are worse than ever. Using jungle formula autan and still being bit during the day. Any advice on what may work better would be appreciated.
There are different sized tubes.
Karen, Suzanne is absolutely spot on. Deet is the only thing that works. My OH gets severe reactions from mozzie bites so much so that she has had to visit the dr on occasions. Tried numerous products, nothing worked. Then, after lots of research decided to try deet, I know some folks don’t like using it because of the chemical content but for the couple of times we holiday a year it’s so worth it. Lifesystems expedition plus, you can buy it in most outdoor shops. If you are unlucky enough to get bitten, as she did last year there is a gel you can buy in Greece it’s called Fenistil it’s got antihistamine in it also and it is very effective stuff.
Odomos is basically the Indian equivalent of DEET. The active ingredient in Odomos is N,N-Diethylbenzamide (DEB), a close relative of N,N-Diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET). I haven’t tried Odomos but people tell me it smells nicer and is kinder to the skin! I don’t know if this is true?
This article published by the Indian Journal of Medical Research in 2011 may be of interest to some, but for those who can’t be bothered to read it (it’s rather long & boring), it concluded that ‘the eifficacy of Advanced Odomos and DEET creams was comparable in providing protection against mosquito bites’.
(PDF) Effcacy of Advanced Odomos repellent cream (N, N-diethyl-benzamide) against mosquito vectors. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/510… [accessed Sep 12 2018].
Brilliant forum, so useful. We're flying out on Wed so just bought DEET, not having my holidays dampened by scratching !
We still see people breaking all the rules ... doors open at dusk, lights on and using sprays incorrectly. Whichever spray you use, if all you do is spray it on, it will quickly evaporate. I think this is where most visitors go wrong. Once you have sprayed, for the product to be successful, you need to rub the ingredients into your skin until they have dried.
Room spray works if you close all the doors and windows, etc, but it can’t be good for the poor geckos who feed on mosquitos and are therefore useful creatures to have around. :-(
We stayed in Sidari first week in September. I was worried about wasps but they were no worse than in UK . Mossies were a real problem. We used Deet and room plug ins to no avail. My bites were not as itchy and inflamed as my partners I think because I was taking an anti -histamine Cetirizine. My partner was bitten many times on his legs between his shorts and socks(he didn't wear socks during the day) so we assume they are flying around under the restaurant tables on an evening so it may be a good idea to wear light trousers at night.
Didn't see many tourists who weren't sporting mossy bites somewhere on their person. Locals must have a wiser cover up policy!!
Mozzie milk is great we’ve used for a couple of years now no bites what so ever,told a friend who always has in the past came home full of bites he tried it this year guess what not one bite, it’s not cheap but it’s worth every penny, try it