Insect Bites

Strategy for the avoidance thereof

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03/04/2012 at 00:50

I initially heard this from an equestrian lady who was given the tip by a fisherman: Avon's "Skin So Soft" prevents insect bites!

I've bought some and will certainly try it out because I generally have a bad reaction to bites.

More info on the link below, has anyone on here tried this or heard about it?

Avon midge beater 

03/04/2012 at 00:54

It seems to be hit and miss Simon, i've tried SSS through to Deet and nothing keeps em off me.

I also react very badly, each bite takes on the form of a gobstopper beneath my skin and lasts for weeks.

I'm a gardener so used to creepie crawlies having a nibble at me, but nothing comes close to those winged bastards for causing misery, i wish we could nuke the chunts, obliterate and exterminate them, or at least stop them feeding on me.

Include a little history in your walks. Pecsaetan - Ancient Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire -

03/04/2012 at 04:18
Stay indoors Pinky that'll keep em off ya
Nowt works other than wind or rain its all marketing hype/bull.



03/04/2012 at 05:05
I've found insects bites to be hugely annoying at times but something you have to put up with.

Can't see it being too healthy covering yourself in Deet or any other chemical everyday for 2 weeks not to mention the costs.
03/04/2012 at 09:23

SSS is gopping and gets everywhere.

Mosiguard is (for me) as effective as DEET and not as corrosive.

Treating clothing with Permathrin works.

Best thing; cover yourself up - that's what I use.



Midges like pink

03/04/2012 at 09:31

I don't wear pink, that shirt is definately SALMON!

03/04/2012 at 09:38
They like fish more
03/04/2012 at 11:56
I use Smidge, works well, smells ok, doesn't eat kit like DEET.
03/04/2012 at 12:07

It is definitely salmon.. with just a hint of pink. His underwear on the other hand are completly pink with just a hint of red (the heart shapes)

lol, back on topic, not seen smidge before, can you purchase it in the high street or only online, I want to try it.

03/04/2012 at 12:15
Metric Kate wrote (see)
I use Smidge, works well, smells ok, doesn't eat kit like DEET.
Click the Smidge link Lee or try putting it in a search engine
03/04/2012 at 12:18
I have, just wondered if I could get it in boots instead
03/04/2012 at 12:20
Cant help you there, I just swear at the little B*gg*rs and come home if they're bad, i'm sure Kate will when she passes through .
03/04/2012 at 12:28
I had a really bad bite last year of a horse fly, swearing at them didn't work
03/04/2012 at 12:40
I don't think we get Horse Flies in the Highlands, we get Clegs though which can bite through a shirt or jeans, but they only like the hotter part of the day where as midgies like the cooler morning or evening when it's hotter during the day, during June I restrict my outdoor movemnets to the windier days to get away from clouds of them.
03/04/2012 at 12:57
03/04/2012 at 15:33
Does Smidge also helps against cleg's/horse flies and .... ticks?
03/04/2012 at 15:58
According to the 3rd listed item in the link kate provided it does. It tells you all sorts of other info too.

Oh, amazon sell it post free.
Edited: 03/04/2012 at 16:16
03/04/2012 at 16:17
Yeah according the manufacturer it will probably open doors for me too. But does it work really in real life? Always been prone to ticks and with smidge sudden less ticks stuck to your skin? Horse fly's keeping away from you and bugger your walking partner without smidge? Tell us all!
03/04/2012 at 16:45

I emailed the Smidge People specifically about ticks because I'm getting some of it for our SARDA dogsbodies. I was informed that the tests for the active ingredient in Smidge - Saltidin - indicate greater than 90% tick repellency for 4 hours, and they reckon that's well at the top end of repellency effectiveness.

I haven't had a tick when using Smidge.

But then I've never picked up a tick anyway...


03/04/2012 at 16:59
my partner used Smidge last august in the Hebrides. she reckons that she was able to cook outside one evening without any other protection when all others were using headnets. ... and she reacts badly to all insect bites.
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