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2 November 2011 / leggypeggy

Why do mosquitos bite me on the knee?

At least dragonflies don't bite!

I’m covered in fleshy bits—not quite as many as I had when we started the trip, but still too many. So why do mosquitos pick my boniest body part to sink their stingers into? You’d think they’d choose a nice juicy bit with plenty of meat.

Perhaps this frustration is unique to Koh Samui, the island where we are staying off the east coast of Thailand. In less than 24 hours, I’ve had four mozzie bites on my right knee—just my right knee. Lily reckons the mozzies here are afraid of heights. I reckon they are gamblers—betting on who can get through my tough skin most often.

I’m trying my best to win the mozzie war. I bought five 70-ml bottles of repellent in Cambodia. It’s manufactured under the authorisation of Fountain of Youth Pty Ltd the label says ‘soft for daily use’. It also says ‘do not apply on furniture, plastics or painted surfaces’. I never knew furniture was susceptible to attack by mosquitos. But I have a suggestion for more advice on the label—does not work on knees.


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  1. Derrick Brown / Nov 3 2011 7:11 am

    I have been to lots of places (Koh Samui included) Northern Thailand, Africa, Belize, never had a bite (but still always carry a bottle of DEET with me), I guess I aint so tasty as you 🙂

    My missus uses it, play havoc with her nail varnish, does strange things to flip flops as well, never tried it on any furniture though, it must be okay, because I never heard my table complain 🙂

    Sorry to read about your pooch:-( funny how attached we get to animals (they dont sem to have that in Thailand, with the poor mutts they have there)


    • leggypeggy / Nov 3 2011 11:07 am

      I use DEET too, so it must be the tasty factor! 🙂 But I still don’t get the knees being the target? I’ve already had this morning’s first knee bite! I’m pleased to say that the dogs get good care at the place where we’re staying in Koh Samui.


      • Derrick Brown / Nov 3 2011 11:14 am

        that’s easy to work out, where else can a bite be so annoying, it knows if it bites you on an inaccesible place, that you wil get someone to scratch it for you, but the knees, you can do them yourself, again and again, then again

        Things have really changed then, they were in an awful state when we were there, mange, pregnant, bites and scabs all over them, that is good to hear things have improved

        Have you had a foot massage yet ? (this is the first thing I am going to have when I get to Thailand)


  2. leggypeggy / Nov 3 2011 11:24 am

    Can’t say all the dogs in Koh Samui are looked after, but the ones where we’re staying look great. Lots of European retirees here, so I suspect they feed the dog population a lot. And there are plenty of places for massages all across southeast Asia.


  3. ambrasomewhere / Jul 14 2014 7:16 pm

    ahahah it was a nightmare for me! But in Ko Tao i bought a magic one 😉


    • leggypeggy / Jul 14 2014 10:54 pm

      Hope it helped.


      • Ambra Somewhere / Jul 14 2014 10:56 pm

        Yes it was so stinky but helpful 🙂


      • leggypeggy / Jul 14 2014 10:58 pm

        Haha, thanks for the warning about the stinky!


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