How tasty is your flesh?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Andrew_Culture, 20 Aug 2012.

  1. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Is it my imagination or are there a LOT more midges, horse flies, mosquitos and general bloodsuckers about this year?

    Or has my flesh just reached a maturity that is particularly appealing to the little bitey buggers?

    Rumour has it that if you get bitten a lot then it's a sign that you have 'good blood', which sounds odd, but is reassuring enough for me to believe (for now).
     
  2. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    I think that it might be your imagination.

    I spend nearly three weeks in the company of the Danube this summer and I was bitten much less than I was last year on the upper reaches of the river.

    Next year I might continue along the Danube into Romania and will research whether or not I get near Transylvania then I will worry about bloodsucking on a larger scale.

    Just had a quick look and it does....

    Gulp!
     
  3. As it's been a warm and wet summer, I think there may be more midges, horse flies, mosquitoes, et all, around.

    Around our way there also seems to be more Dragon Flies hunting as well.
     
  4. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    The Caledonian Luftwaffe is certainly as bad as ever this summer as ever, thanks to the warm wet weather. I've heard that in NW Scotland they are not so active because it's been so dry there.
     
  5. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    They were horrendous at Knockengorroch in the first week of June. It was like walking through clouds of smoke going from the car park to the festival itself. Thanks to Avon Skin So Soft I had only half a dozen bites.
     
  6. Herr-B

    Herr-B Senior Member

    Location:
    Keelby
    We have skin most like a pigs, ergo we taste like bacon, and even veggies struggle not to eat bacon.

    Bacon! Come on, your not going to deny midges and mozzies bacon are you?

    ;)

    From dog and bone, using Tapatalk2.
     
  7. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    I'm fully dried out from my alcoholic summer excesses. Fruit schnapps/vodka and a couple of cans before setting off each day might have kept the midges and at bay but heralded the arrival of pink elephants.

    My tour partner, Rohit has yet to recover.
     
  8. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Location:
    Meanwood, Leeds
    I did have my revenge at Knockengorroch where I ate a midge burger.
     
  9. Archie_tect

    Archie_tect De Skieven Architek... aka Penfold

    Location:
    Northumberland
    According to Mrs A_T it has been shown that whether you are attractive to insect bites does have something to do with your blood type... I'll have a Google-look to see if she's not winding me up!

    There's quite a bit about it... plus this:
    http://scienceline.org/2007/09/ask-knight-mosquitoes/
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Hmm, I never used to be this nibblable, and I've pretty much always slept in the buff.
     
  11. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Location:
    Meanwood ,Leeds
    Don't talk to me about bugs and creepy crawly things,see my post 06-30 till 23-00 in the Health forum.Soddin things.
     
  12. Archie_tect

    Archie_tect De Skieven Architek... aka Penfold

    Location:
    Northumberland
    Keep your voice down, they'll hear you... don't you know there's a war on?
     
  13. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    Have been bitten more times this year then any other I can remember.
    Had a particularly nasty bite on the leg a couple of weeks back. Has faded now but swelled up like a golf ball. This was in my garden and have never been bitten by any insects there before.
     
  14. OP
    OP
    Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Hmm, I've had a couple of bikes that morphed into bruises about 6cm wide. My sister has reported similar troubles this year, in fact she got so badly bitten she had to have antibiotics and time off work!
     
  15. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Location:
    Limoges or York
    Have you tried a 0.75% application of isothipendyl gel? Worked wonders on a bee sting I got recently. Unfortunately I don't know a UK name, it's 'Apaisylgel' in France where it is made by Merck. For insect bites and nettle stings
     
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