Drug to stop mosquito bites

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  1. moonman239 macrumors 68000

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    Mosquitos inject an anticoagulant into your blood to keep the blood from clotting. It would be cool if scientists could develop an antianticoagulant to make mosquitos unable to stop blood clots.

    So, with such a drug, if a mosquito bit me, my blood would be its last meal. It would be unable to reproduce.
     
  2. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I'd love it for this to come true.

    DEATH TO MOSQUITOES!
     
  3. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Also known as a coagulant. :cool:

    But really now, that would not be the greatest mechanism to target if you're worried about mosquitoes...

    How would you like stroke as a side effect?
     
  4. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    This! Not worth the risk, considering a bite only last a few days at most and depending where you live, are rarely an issue.

    Just use bug spray...:)
     
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Any suggestions as to what may repel them? (I like the idea posted by the OP, but can see the drawbacks. Not sure anti-coalulent is the way to go, here).

    Actually, mosquitoes and I have one of those ghastly asymmetrical relationships: they love me and I detest them.

    Citronella works, - or is known to work - but some of the pharmaceutical products are so strong that they can have rather disturbing - not to mention lasting - side effects.
     
  6. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Hmmm, well you could always encase yourself in a fine mesh. :p
     
  7. an-other macrumors regular

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    Drink Tonic Water

    Tonic water has quinine in it. A cure-all from Roman times. It was commonly used as an anti-malarial. It is believed by many (I'm making no claim of scientific fact) that quinine in your body repels mosquitos.

    If nothing else it will give you an excuse to buy some gin or vodka, too.
     
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    They would seek me out and send one another the mosquito equivalent of text messages that I was out and about irrespective of what I wore to escape. My problem is that I love sitting out relaxing in the balmy evenings you can find in countries where the climate is warm; unfortunately, (for me) this is exactly the same time as the winged menaces are airborne and prowling.

    Actually, the splendid British company Al Fresco do a wonderful line in natural (citronella based) excellent repellants, but they were sold out of some of the products I really like when I was last home. ......
     
  9. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I find the best repellant is to find some unfortunate soul as yourself, for whose blood those little ladies have an insatiable appetite, and sit next to them all evening.

    I suppose this still doesn't solve your problem though! :D
     
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    While I am not willing to take a drug that has a possible side effect of stroke, a bite on my leg lasts much longer than a few days. In the last 3 years, that's a year after I moved to the east coast, Each time I've been bitten only on my legs, the area around turns red. The last time the red area was measured by a doctor it was 3" by 7.5" long. There is no head to be seen so there is nothing to really release. I just have a horrible reaction to the bites. There is definitely some discomfort from itching to general pain when touched. Plus, it is unsightly to me but I also don't want to wear pants all summer.

    It looks pretty much like this on various scales of size:
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    So my point is, I would love to have something that I can always use and not worry about chemicals. I use Off! while mowing the lawn or doing yard work because it has deet and I will come right in and shower. For every other instance I use Burt's Bees natural repellant because this way, if my dog or cat rubs up against me (often) then they're not coming into contact with something that will indeed make them ill.

    I read an article and I am considering funding a project called Kite Patch. They have more than surpassed their $75,000 goal, but it will be about 14 months before I see the product. Even still, they will first send patches to Uganda and if you back them, you send patches to Uganda first and the more you spend, you can get some for yourself. I would certainly like to have something like this on hand and since there is no chemical going into your body, from what I understand, you have no ill side effects and it is even safe for an infant.

    /end wall-o-text :eek:
     
  11. Huntn macrumors G5

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    How about a drug that counters the mosquito's anti-coagulant spit? Then they'd get frustrated and leave you alone? And because their spit has been neutralized, you should not get that itchy feeling when they do bite? ;)

    I've got a Mosquito Magnet that runs on propane creating Co2, 24/7 and in combination of a juicy mosquito attracting fragrance sucks them in and traps. Because it supposed to catch so many mosquitoes, it's ment to disrupt the egg laying cycle in the immediate vicinity. Just have not gotten around to setting it up this summer. :eek: It uses about 1 standard grill size propane tank a month.
     
  12. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    I hang one of these from my telescope's tripod at night. Works great.

    Also, check with Avon for a lotion called Skin So Soft. It repels mosquitoes as a side effect, and softens your skin at the same time! Win-win! :cool:
     
  13. firedept macrumors 603

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    My wife is a magnet for mosquito's. She uses this and it works well. Even if I am in close proximity to her when she wears it, keeps them away. Mosquito's only really bother me when they get in my face.
     

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  14. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    Yeah! Except it would disrupt the food chain (Skeeters are food source of bats, fish, birds and so on). Oh and some other blood sucker will fill the void left by the mosquitoes genocide. My money is on the no-see-um (biting midges). I hate them more than skeeter, since you can exact divine retribution on a mosquito that has latched on to you. No dice with no-see-ums.
     
  15. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Many great ideas to repel the horrors posted by fellow sufferers. Thanks for posting, one and all; I must look into some of these ideas. Apart from Al Fresco, I'm not aware of another natural (but potent) repellant.

    Until recently, I actually took a pill daily, (which worked) - and had taken it for a few months - but was advised to discontinue taking it, as the side effects (including, bizarrely, a slight deterioration in the health - as opposed to the vision, which is always poor - of my eyes) were slight, but disturbingly measurable. Hmmm.

    GoCubsGo, I feel your pain, and understand exactly what you are saying. As it happens, I get a similar completely over-the-top reaction to them, which takes weeks to fade (and is hot and itchy for days).

    Indeed, I have been places where the airborne menaces decided that the best way to reach my legs was to take a short cut through cotton sports socks and thick cotton chinos......and managed to reach their goal, unnoticed by me (busily sampling quality local beverages in very good company on a balmy late summer evening in an ancient city centre, a place near where the local river, one of Europe's great waterways, had recently burst its banks, leading to an exponential explosion in the population of the winged menaces) until it was far, far too late. Been there, been there. I know exactly that of which you write.

    Hmmm. I think I may beg to differ. 'No-see-ums' are a nuisance of a different order altogether to 'hear-um-all-too-well' as the horrors bite, snigger and then proceed to emit a high pitched whine in your ear - what my ear translates as something along the lines of 'Ha! Got you! Hee-hee! And there's nothing you can do about it! Chortle!' in fluent mosquito (a language, you will note, that I am quite convinced I have mastered in recent decades).
     
  16. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    I have a similar relationship to mosquitoes as Scepticalscribe and GoCubsGo. I have a fear that my boys are headed for a similar fate. We can be outside for 5 minutes and come back in with 10 bites. Wife can be outside all day and nothing.
     
  17. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    Never found those to work... Maybe its just the local brand of mosquitos though? I've heard good and bad but around here mostly bad. Of course something is better than nothing!
     
  18. firedept macrumors 603

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    My wife attest to them here. She gets bit and swells up crazy, so she needs all the help she can get. We only get mosquito,s for roughly 3 months a year, so maybe they don't have a chance to get immune to it. They not tough here either.
     
  19. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, we usually have 30-some percent DEET stuff on hand, its great. Living in an agricultural community with a canal based water system, a river, and a nearby reservoir doesn't help though :D
     
  20. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

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    I also use a ThermaCell for astronomy. It's a necessity in the Everglades! In addition, I use a picaridin-based spray repellent as second line of defense. It seems to work well, and it doesn't destroy plastics like DEET does.
     
  21. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I use Off by Johnson, a spray on version with a 15% Deet solution. After reading this article, a clip on application will be preferred. Hopefully it is effective.

     
  22. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    This is exactly why I have tried to source natural - but extremely potent - mosquito repellant, based on ingredients such as citronella. They exist, but can be hard to obtain. Granted, Deet does work, but I must confess to some reservations for precisely the reasons you have posted.
     
  23. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Not only is there evidence that DEET is a neurotoxin, but it seems mosquitoes are becoming resistant to it (surprise!).
     
  24. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    science has all the answers.

    not available yet, but Kite Patch is just finishing up crowd funding and should be moving toward production soon. i've seen lots of info/reviews and it seems right on the edge of 'to good to be true' but they have the science and research to back it up. could really change the world if they get it out there in big numbers.

    can't wait, hate the little blood sucking creeps, and don't like getting chased inside!
     
  25. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    Put a foreign substance in your blood stream to stop a foreign substance from repeatedly getting in your blood stream. Makes sense...
     

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