…. I’m sorry to have to report that the vitamin B1 option does not work. As previously referenced, I have been faithfully taking 500 mg of B1 per day since 1st November, in the hope that it would, as promised, serve as a more natural and organic mosquito repellent. Even before I left England, TLS mentioned that he could “smell the tablets” on me and it’s true that I did whiff a bit … of the container of tablets. It’s not unpleasant, and could best be described as distinct – but I thought that this was a good thing, as presumably that’s the idea: you excrete an aroma, which the mosquito dislikes and so they keep away.
Or so I hoped.
Anyway, I haven’t been aware of the smell lately, but I thought that was possibly a combination of getting used to it and, more likely, being able to smell so many other, stronger smells here (cows, curry, suntan oil … ) that I’d just stopped noticing it.
However, I’ve now concluded that the vitamins just aren’t working, as I was eaten alive the other evening. By accident, I found myself outside at around 6pm, just as it was getting dark, which is prime hunting time for the insects. After about 5 minutes, I felt a sharp bite on my ankle – which was not in The Plan. I do normally carry an insect repellent spray or roll-on with me (although I hadn’t had cause to use it, as I’ve not been outside at 6 ish, other than on the beach, which is more insect free) but, due to the inadvertent nature of my evening … there I was, on the veranda of Rainbow House, waiting for my little sponsored daughter, Renuka, to come home from her dancing class … and, by the time she arrived, half an hour later, my legs were a mass of bites – in spite of being clad in long cotton trousers.
By the time I got back to the hotel, I was itching and I later counted up that I had nearly FORTY bites on my feet, legs and wrists.
So I’m going to give up on the vitamins and just carry on using the Indian anti-mozzie product, Odomos.
I hope the bites fade soon – they are really unsightly and itch like hell.
(No photos; I’m not ready for my close up whilst I look so spotty).