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Old 29-06-2009, 12:00 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Does anyone know of a herb or plant that can be rubbed onto the skin
that repels biting flies? I swatted four horse flies yesterday while
working in the garden. Luckily they seem fairly slow and clumsy and are
generally easy to swat before they take a bite. However, I still managed
to get a bite on my leg. I dislike having to wear jeans in the garden on
hot days rather than shorts just because of the biting insects.

The wife has a terrible reaction when bit - the last bite made her whole
forearm swell up and go red, it was touch and go whether she needed
anti-biotics, but on this occasion the swelling went down after a few
days. On other occasions she hasn't been so lucky.

Anyone recommend any leaves that can be rubbed on the skin that really
work as a fly deterrent? It doesn't matter if they smell horrible
because it is only for use at home in the garden. If such a plant exists
it will be well worth buying and growing.

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Old 29-06-2009, 12:14 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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On Jun 29, 11:00*am, David in Normandy
wrote:
Does anyone know of a herb or plant that can be rubbed onto the skin
that repels biting flies? I swatted four horse flies yesterday while
working in the garden. Luckily they seem fairly slow and clumsy and are
generally easy to swat before they take a bite. However, I still managed
to get a bite on my leg. I dislike having to wear jeans in the garden .........


Generally speaking, David, I think that naked gardening is to be
discouraged, but what you guys do in France........
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Old 29-06-2009, 12:17 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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David in Normandy wrote:

The wife has a terrible reaction when bit - the last bite made her whole
forearm swell up and go red, it was touch and go whether she needed
anti-biotics, but on this occasion the swelling went down after a few
days. On other occasions she hasn't been so lucky.


Antibiotics for histamine reactions are a SERIOUSLY bad idea.


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Old 29-06-2009, 12:30 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Does anyone know of a herb or plant that can be rubbed onto the skin
that repels biting flies? I swatted four horse flies yesterday while
working in the garden. Luckily they seem fairly slow and clumsy and are
generally easy to swat before they take a bite. However, I still
managed to get a bite on my leg. I dislike having to wear jeans in the
garden on hot days rather than shorts just because of the biting insects.

The wife has a terrible reaction when bit - the last bite made her
whole forearm swell up and go red, it was touch and go whether she
needed anti-biotics, but on this occasion the swelling went down after
a few days.


Not anti-histamines? or corticosterioids?

On other occasions she hasn't been so lucky.

Anyone recommend any leaves that can be rubbed on the skin that really
work as a fly deterrent? It doesn't matter if they smell horrible
because it is only for use at home in the garden. If such a plant
exists it will be well worth buying and growing.

Bog myrtle (Myrica gale) is rumoured to repel midges.
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Old 29-06-2009, 01:40 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Stewart Robert Hinsley writes
Bog myrtle (Myrica gale) is rumoured to repel midges.


Scotland is full of bog myrtle ;-)

Seriously, I haven't found it to be particularly effective, but in the
absence of anything else, it's worth trying.
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Old 29-06-2009, 01:42 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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"David in Normandy" wrote in message
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Does anyone know of a herb or plant that can be rubbed onto the skin that
repels biting flies? I swatted four horse flies yesterday while working in
the garden. Luckily they seem fairly slow and clumsy and are generally
easy to swat before they take a bite. However, I still managed to get a
bite on my leg. I dislike having to wear jeans in the garden on hot days
rather than shorts just because of the biting insects.

The wife has a terrible reaction when bit - the last bite made her whole
forearm swell up and go red, it was touch and go whether she needed
anti-biotics, but on this occasion the swelling went down after a few
days. On other occasions she hasn't been so lucky.

Anyone recommend any leaves that can be rubbed on the skin that really
work as a fly deterrent? It doesn't matter if they smell horrible because
it is only for use at home in the garden. If such a plant exists it will
be well worth buying and growing.


Well, pyrethoids originate from pyrethrums. Being similar to your wife in
the sense that if I get a bite I suffer a bad allergic reaction and have to
be careful not to get a bite infected, may I suggest that unless either of
you has some medical reason why you both shouldn't be around it, that you
apply an insect repellent containing DEET. It is very, very effective,
especially the high concentration stuff. But it is also an effective solvent
and can dissolve parts of some plastics, rayon, synthetic fabrics, leather,
paint or varnish, so you wouldn't want to be spilling any on your best
french polished table top... It is, however, my magic bullet for getting
through the summer without being bitten to shreds..



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Old 29-06-2009, 01:45 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Martin wrote:


OTOH horse flies can transmit nasty bugs.


She had a horse fly bite on her leg once which needed antibiotics. As
you say they can transmit some nasty bacterial infections. Normally I
don't get a reaction to such bites, just a raised bump which is itchy
for a day or so.

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Well, pyrethoids originate from pyrethrums. Being similar to your wife in
the sense that if I get a bite I suffer a bad allergic reaction and have
to be careful not to get a bite infected, may I suggest that unless either
of you has some medical reason why you both shouldn't be around it, that
you apply an insect repellent containing DEET. It is very, very effective,
especially the high concentration stuff. But it is also an effective
solvent and can dissolve parts of some plastics, rayon, synthetic fabrics,
leather, paint or varnish, so you wouldn't want to be spilling any on your
best french polished table top... It is, however, my magic bullet for
getting through the summer without being bitten to shreds..



Forgot to mention good old citronella oil candles - smell nice - mildly
effective against midges. I find that having a few citronella candles
burning (in suitably safe holders and in a suitably safe position) in a
bedroom before sleeping is effective at removing small flying biting things
from the area.


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Old 29-06-2009, 01:48 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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Stewart Robert Hinsley wrote:


Not anti-histamines? or corticosterioids?


On this last occasion she used some anti-histamine cream and her
reaction disappeared after several days. Her whole forearm was
eventually red and swollen before it started to go down.


Bog myrtle (Myrica gale) is rumoured to repel midges.


Sounds worth further investigation. Thanks.

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Old 29-06-2009, 01:56 PM posted to uk.rec.gardening
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moghouse wrote:

Generally speaking, David, I think that naked gardening is to be
discouraged, but what you guys do in France........


If only the garden was near St Tropez. :-)

I never quite know what to do with my eyes on French beaches, many of
the women sunbathe topless. Well, actually I do know where to look, it
is just a question of for how long without inviting a slap from spouse
or anyone else. ;-)

I wouldn't fancy naked gardening. Too large a surface area to defend
from insects ;-)

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Martin wrote:

If there was such a plant instead of growing it and beating ones skin with the
leaves, they would extract or synthesise the active ingredient and call it DEET.

Now about these ticks ...


Deet eh? Worth an enquiry at the pharmacy; though in France it is
possibly called something else.

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Well, pyrethoids originate from pyrethrums. Being similar to your wife
in the sense that if I get a bite I suffer a bad allergic reaction and
have to be careful not to get a bite infected, may I suggest that unless
either of you has some medical reason why you both shouldn't be around
it, that you apply an insect repellent containing DEET. It is very, very
effective, especially the high concentration stuff. But it is also an
effective solvent and can dissolve parts of some plastics, rayon,
synthetic fabrics, leather, paint or varnish, so you wouldn't want to be
spilling any on your best french polished table top... It is, however,
my magic bullet for getting through the summer without being bitten to
shreds..



Deet sounds like the bees knees so to speak. It will be fun asking for
deet at the pharmacy here in France. If I ask if they have deet; it will
likely cause confusion as deet (pronounced deet) means "has spoken". So
it would be like going into a chemist in England and asking the
pharmcist if they have spoken. Oh the joys of communicating in bad French.

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Well, pyrethoids originate from pyrethrums. Being similar to your wife in
the sense that if I get a bite I suffer a bad allergic reaction and have
to be careful not to get a bite infected, may I suggest that unless
either of you has some medical reason why you both shouldn't be around
it, that you apply an insect repellent containing DEET. It is very, very
effective, especially the high concentration stuff. But it is also an
effective solvent and can dissolve parts of some plastics, rayon,
synthetic fabrics, leather, paint or varnish, so you wouldn't want to be
spilling any on your best french polished table top... It is, however, my
magic bullet for getting through the summer without being bitten to
shreds..



Forgot to mention good old citronella oil candles - smell nice - mildly
effective against midges. I find that having a few citronella candles
burning (in suitably safe holders and in a suitably safe position) in a
bedroom before sleeping is effective at removing small flying biting
things from the area.


You could have a look at Neem tree products, I believe they're supposed to
be quite effective, probably doesn't have the same effectiveness as DEET.
I don't know about growing it though in your garden though :-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem

Bit more info here
http://cr4.globalspec.com/thread/397...uito-repellent

HTH

Tim



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"David in Normandy" wrote in message
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wafflycat wrote:


Well, pyrethoids originate from pyrethrums. Being similar to your wife in
the sense that if I get a bite I suffer a bad allergic reaction and have
to be careful not to get a bite infected, may I suggest that unless
either of you has some medical reason why you both shouldn't be around
it, that you apply an insect repellent containing DEET. It is very, very
effective, especially the high concentration stuff. But it is also an
effective solvent and can dissolve parts of some plastics, rayon,
synthetic fabrics, leather, paint or varnish, so you wouldn't want to be
spilling any on your best french polished table top... It is, however, my
magic bullet for getting through the summer without being bitten to
shreds..



Deet sounds like the bees knees so to speak. It will be fun asking for
deet at the pharmacy here in France. If I ask if they have deet; it will
likely cause confusion as deet (pronounced deet) means "has spoken". So it
would be like going into a chemist in England and asking the pharmcist if
they have spoken. Oh the joys of communicating in bad French.



Pour vous..

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/N,N-di%...9thylbenzamide

http://www.pharmacorama.com/ezine/lupourvous41.php

http://www.webmarchand.com/a/liste_p...te_produit.htm


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David in Normandy wrote:
Does anyone know of a herb or plant that can be rubbed onto the skin
that repels biting flies? I swatted four horse flies yesterday while
working in the garden. Luckily they seem fairly slow and clumsy and are
generally easy to swat before they take a bite. However, I still managed
to get a bite on my leg. I dislike having to wear jeans in the garden on
hot days rather than shorts just because of the biting insects.


The horse flies are intolerable this year, not quite sure why. Maybe
the unseasonable heat, I always thought they liked standing water and
there isn't much of that around. Ground is bone dry, actually.

I don't know if DEET is authorized in France, but it is the best
available, normally. If you get some, let me know what it's called.
I have some 23% from the US, which I sprayed liberally before going
out to mulch a field (sadly not enough farmers left here to want the
extra hay, and its very good this year), the horse flies stayed off
for a couple of minutes then were as thick as ever. They pretty much
ignored the DEET, and I don't know anything better.

Wormwood is meant to repel flies, but as mine is currently covered with
blackfly I shan't be performing the experiment.

-E

P.S. David, saw your thunderstorm the other day, impressive. Whole
sky was lit up, the power cutting in and out with the strikes. But
we hardly got a drop of rain from it, all went north your way.
 




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