Monday, May 13, 2013

The South Pacific, HEFY, and garlic

Hello everyone,

I am writing to ask you all one questions. I would love as many responses as possible. This summer I will be going to the South Pacific for two months. So here is the question:

What is the best way to protect against mosquito/spider/cockroach or any other insect bites. I have research a bit (both online and word of mouth), but all of it seem to contain conflicting information. So, I figured I would take a one more survey of all of you and I will identify the most commonly mentioned approaches and go with those.

I need your help because last summer my arms looked like this:



I have been told that garlic pills help protect against insect bites (I believe this because it makes you sweat a gross garlic smell, so I may also protect against all the kiddos I will be in charge of in Fiji and Tonga). 

Please let me know if you have attempted this approach and the effectiveness of it.

Any and ALL help/suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

I am getting excited for this summer and don't want it to get ruined by insect bites, because I plan on:

Spending some time relaxing in this...

Climbing to the top of this...


Watching a lot of these...

And doing A LOT of this beginning on my flight back to The U.S. of A...


Thank you, in advance, for all of your help.

6 comments:

Caroline said...

In my travels with my husband who seems to attract all kinds of insects which leave me alone, we have found the best information comes from the locals. Ask what they use to keep away the bugs, explain your impaired immune system and show them what happened last year. I am sure they will have some suggestions. Have a wonderful time on your trip. It looks wonderful. I also like that picture some thoughtful person took of you sleeping on the plane... Have fun!

Aimee said...

You need bug spray with deet in it. That's one of the more common things I've heard. I think the garlic pills will help as well as eating things like pickles. Your blood will be so yucky they will steer clear.

Greg said...

On my mission we added a chemical (permethrin or something phonetically similar I think) to our wash every few months. Not sure if it's available to the general public.

MVP said...

I read that most the troops in Afghanistan etc use DRYER SHEETS ...rubbing them on their skin, and pinning them to the back of their shirts and whatnot (backpacks etc) ...apparently they are kind of like a citronella candel, bugs don't like the scent.

I have also read a lot about bugs (spiders in particular) not liking anything CITRUS or MINT...lemon, etc...so you can get essential oils (only 100% pure will work) or the actual citrus fruit and put some drops in a spray bottle with water and spray it around you.

Also: Chestnuts...spiders don't like the scent of them apparently. Just carry them in your pocket and that should keep them at bay.

Non of those things are specific to mosquitos. but they might give you some ideas. Research things like "natural bug repellant" or "natural mosquito killer"...that's where I found that kind of stuff. Good luck and have a grand trip!

Peter and Betty Ann said...

I've used vitamin B supplement. I also have essential oils that you can mix with water and spray on yourself. I haven't tried it but I've heard it works very well. Tropical bites are bad so I hope you find a remedy. If you are interested in the oils let me know and I will find the recipe for you.
I love your blog. I love your attitude.

Danna said...

I saw a huge difference when we lived in New England if I cut back my sugar intake to nill. Garlic helped too, I just added more garlic and granulated garlic to our dishes. I don't use deer products on our family but there are some alternatives, terra shield is a good one. Last year my mom bought these bug bracelets with essential oils on them, they worked great on the kids but I had an allergic reaction. Also I keep the homeopathic remidy on hand for bug bites - Apis 30c.
Happy travels Dave!!