Blood is the food for these tiny creatures, and they cannot keep away from the food. It is difficult but not an impossible task to keep away mosquitoes from biting simple remedies and lifestyle can help in controlling mosquitoes.

How Do You Keep Mosquitoes From Biting You?

How Do You Keep Mosquitoes From Biting You?

Avoid Dark Colored Clothes. Dark colors attract heat and also mosquitoes try to wear light-colored clothes, which give a refreshing feeling and also protect you from mosquitoes.

Bug-Proof Clothes. If clothes are treated with certain chemicals such as permethrin, then it can repel mosquitoes. The chemical lasts on the clothes for about 6 years. Avoid spraying directly on the clothes while wearing as it can cause skin irritation.

Picardin. It is an ingredient derived from the pepper. This product is non-greasy and odorless. Picardin is considered as safe and is not associated with any health risk.

Keep Away Socks. Mosquito’s gets attracted towards the smell of socks. In order to keep away, the mosquitoes keep the socks and shoes clean.

DEET. It is an effective insect repellent which can be applied to the clothes and skin. It is considered as safe by EPA.

Beer. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, people who drink beer will have more mosquito bites for unknown reasons.

Plants. A number of plants can be grown in your backyard which prevents mosquitoes in your homes such as Basil, Lemon balm, lavender, and mint. According to a study in the Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology Basil is toxic to mosquito larvae hence it prevents its multiplication.

Bug Zapper. This may sound a good option to kill all the insects in your backyard, but in reality, the light does not kills all the bugs but it actually attracts more insects in your house. Instead, go with LED lights, it gives warmer temperature and is more effective insect repellent.

Sage. It has been traditionally used to cleanse the homes to get rid of bad virtues, but scientifically it has been proved to remove mosquitoes. According to a study in the Malaria Journal, it reduces mosquitoes by 40%.

Thyme. This more effective than Sage, Burning thyme helps in 80% reduction in mosquitoes.

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil. This plant extract is as effective as DEET in keeping away the mosquitoes. It is composed of an ingredient PMD, which is highly-effective mosquito repellent. It should be used only in adults.

Backyard. Keep your backyard free-of standing water as it can become breeding space for mosquitoes. Keep the buckets upside down, kiddie water pools and saucers of the potted plants dry. Mosquitoes are highly active in the morning and evening try to avoid going out in open areas during this time to avoid mosquito bites.

Fan. Mosquitoes are not good at flying. When the fan speed is high they cannot stand at a place and bite you, a simple and effective remedy is to prevent mosquito bites.

Mosquito menace is prevalent in summer where you would want to apply sunscreens to prevent sunburn. Many people wonder if both sunscreen and insect repellent can be applied together. Sunscreen should be applied first followed by an insect repellent.

It would be interesting to know that obese and pregnant women will have more mosquitos’ bites. According to research, both of these types of individuals exhale more carbon dioxide. The release of carbon-di-oxide is an indication of humans in the surrounding for their heartful meal. Insect repellent wipes are available in the market which is easier to apply and non-greasy when compared to insect repellent creams. Try to differentiate between mosquito bites and insect bites. The swelling happens due to the release of anticoagulant

Conclusion

Mosquitoes can be found in an increasing number where there is heat, carbon dioxide, and body odor. They find their way even if you wear the tightest clothes. Avoid going out in hot weather; avoid gym as it increases body heat and breathing. Apply insect repellents or take measures to control mosquitoes.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: March 26, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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