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Old 06-09-2009, 11:53 PM   #16
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Do you have a zippered mattress cover on your bed and on your pillows? Putting these on your bedding won't allow bugs in or out.

Have you spent a week or so away from home on vacation, in a different bed? If so, do the symptoms get better?

Do you spend time outside in the evenings/mornings or other times of the day when mosquitoes are out? The reason I ask, is that most people using the bug spray, don't get it on their face, neck or on the hairline in the back of their head. You said it happens mostly in the spring, which is the 'skeeters favorite season. Some people (me included) hardly feel a mosquito on their skin when it's biting them.

Some people have bad reactions to mosquito bites. My little buddy (grandson) gets some of the same symptoms you get when he is bitten by a mosquito. He doesn't notice it when he is being bitten. Sometimes he has to go to the doctor because of the reaction.

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Old 06-10-2009, 12:25 AM   #17
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Do you have a zippered mattress cover on your bed and on your pillows? Putting these on your bedding won't allow bugs in or out.

Have you spent a week or so away from home on vacation, in a different bed? If so, do the symptoms get better?
Bed Bugs are at Plague Status in NYC. This would be the first place I would look.

Any little Blood Stains on the sheets?



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Old 06-13-2009, 10:57 AM   #18
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I would spray Tempo SC all over the place and see if that helps. Saw best price was $44.25 for 8 ounces which would last forever. Most handy for spraying around foundations for spiders and other creepy crawly things. For max residual i think it says 16ml in a gallon of water. It smells like water,and is safe for inside and outside the home and food processing plants so it MUST be really safe. It is derived from geranium flowers so its pretty benign.
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Old 06-13-2009, 08:19 PM   #19
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I am not real savey on how to interact with this site, however, I am trying to answer all the kind folks who offered input. I forwarded a message re: this problem that really has focused things for me. I hope it will get posted for all of you to read. I also have spoken with people here where I live.
We winter in Texas on the Gulf of Mexico in an RV. We are on a cement pad but why do we go there in the winter? To be outside. When their spring starts [February], I get bites when I go out in the evening. They are never anywhere on my body besides my hair line, my face and my neck. I feel nothing, I see nothing but these bites last for weeks. I come back to MN, we live on a lake, we take our RV to a large lake up north in the spring, to fish, camp on the sand. Sit out by a camp fire in the evening, I am all bit up. The bites from TX are not healed & I already have sustained some in MN. Head and face same places, 3rd year in a row. No matter when I try to repel with, nothing works. I am an RN, I have thrown every ointment, peroxide, alcohol, seen a dermatologist....nothing works they just fester and scab, break open. SO I thought maybe someone out there would have some solid help but it seems there is none. I put skin so soft on yesterday while planting my outdoor plants....they found about an inch on my cheek that they feasted on. No one else is getting bitten. I was just told my nephew & his son were eaten alive in Florida this spring...by no see ums. They suffered so, they said they will never got back to FL. It is a mystery. thanks again.

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Old 06-13-2009, 08:31 PM   #20
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Again, thanks. A friend of mine who lives in TX, said No see ums can get in your house, thru your screens and live there, that is why I was concerned that they were in the house. As far a bed bugs, we have never seen any "droppings" or sign of them, they look like a seed from an apple. And I have never gotten a bite anywhere but my head and neck. My husband sleeps against me every night, he has no bites, anywhere. We have torn our entire bed, pad, frame, mattress apart, vacumed, used a toothbrushin every groove, looked in carpet, drapes, behind pictures, set off insect bombs [had to leave the area for 4 hours], I have used 6 little pillows of flea medicine [frontline] one puts on their catin and on my hair. We can find nothing, no bugs of any kind or their residue, etc. I have 2 magnifying glasses in my bedroom and a powerful light. 3 cans of Raid have been emptied, just in case.....nothing. So my conslusion from all evidence so far is: "No see ums" that bite my outside, not inside. I also have checked for fleas as I comissurate with feral cats who on rare occasions come in the house. Have not been able to establish that either. Thanks.

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so take a pill.... seriously..... try some garlic capsules daily for a week or three.
not too many bugs (or vampires) like the taste of garlicky blood......

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Old 06-14-2009, 08:53 AM   #22
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So true to your profession we have a conclusion, but no soultion.
My father used to say treat the cause not the symptom, yet modern medicine seldom adresses the cause.

Hopefully I am wrong .... .....but since you haven't mentioned going to the health food store, guessing you passed or we would likely be reading about your new found relief and elation after long suffering and many $ spent elsewhere with no solution.

My conclusion, you are as noted, a tastey treat,likely with great pheremones or scented hair products or both and a therefore you are a bugs buffet.
As a camper you likely know why the citronella in your Skin so Soft repells the bugs so the answer is right there for you. But you haven't dealt with what attracts them to your hairline.
The odourless garlic mentioned by DM is a great idea and you won't smell like you work in a deli...but don't stop there.
Google tea tree if you haven't. Then go out on a limb and find some....
Tea tree oil, menthol, eucalyptus, jojoba, aloe vera, are all natural and the main line shampoo companies are adding them and have been for a number of years perhaps with the exception of eucalyptus. You can also find them in the drug store in lotions, conditioners and shampoo, but that stuff is scented. Some drug stores now have these oils pure in bottles as well.

However, your local health food store will have alternative odourless soaps and shampoos, many with soothing ingredients for irritated skin. These are derived from centuries of use by people in deserts and rain forest villages where modern medicine has yet to arrive and the BUGS are nastier than yours....and the people in these villages have stunning, ageless skin with no makeup.......

Find the health food store and quit suffering. It' s in the yellow pages... not GNC,...a real health food store, find the one where the customers wear Birkenstocks and the Amish would shop. Then send us an update with your GOOD NEWS
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thanks Chemistdude, i guess i should have remembered to mention buying ODORLESS garlic capsules.
i grow citronella and just grab a leaf and rub the oils on myself to repel mosquitos! works fine and smells great! (it's a main ingredient in Off! and Cutter's) and do try the Fels Naptha soap too, even for your hair. the wife uses it for poison ivy relief and me, i just like the smell, and it's a good soap!
(it may be in laundry aisle at your local store) i use it to bathe my dog also and he smells great and the bugs tend to leave him alone too.
please let us know what, if any of these ideas bring you relief.

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Thanks again, everyone for trying to help and give good suggestions, I have been taking garlic for 5 years as it is supposed to be a good natural cholesteral fighter & I do not have that problem, I am retired, I am not on any prescription medicine just vitamins, etc. and would like to keep it that way. My hubby is on a ton of RX meds, maybe that is why they leave him alone. My brother-in-law who is an ag/horticulture college professor, just left here. He and I decided maybe the bugs like the garlic and that was attracting them so I was going to quit taking that for a while. I put myself on B1[Thiamine] hoping that would make me smell bad. I will try your suggestions.Skin so soft is so greasy, not user friendly for ones clothes, I got it in my eyes just from body heat I would imagine. I was in Panama City, Panama 3 years ago, maybe I brought back a tropical no see um colony I have tried Aloe vera and menthol. Yesterday, I dug out carbolic acid ointment and put that nasty stuff on the bites.I think it helped one bite in the back of my head in the hair....messy foul stuff. I have never had any problems with mosquitoes.Thanks.
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Since it it strictly on your hairline and scalp I would consider the possibility of your hair products at least contributing to your problem.

Do you use a scented shampoo or hairspray? Certain scents can attract bugs. I know my sister's perfume makes her a target for any bees in the area. You might try switching to unscented (or at least different non-Avon) hair products for a while and see if it makes a difference.

You say you have not seen evidence of any bugs. Could it be a rash or reaction to a shampoo or hairspray rather than actual bug bites?

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