10 Ways To Avoid Mosquito Bites This Summer

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Summertime and the living’s easy … especially if you are a mosquito. Do you wonder what mosquitos are really good for, as they are just biting you and leaving you with an itchy welt? They do serve as food for some birds and animals in the world, but couldn’t those animals find other sources of food so mosquitoes wouldn’t be around to spread disease anymore?

Until researchers think this through, we will have to deal with these pesky bugs. Luckily, there are ways you can keep yourself and your family safe from being bitten. Recently the dangerous Zika virus has created a crisis situation in areas where mosquitoes are abundant. Pregnant women are at risk above everyone. Do everything you can to stay away from areas where you know there is an excessive amount of mosquitoes. Check out this list of ideas to prevent another episode of Revenge of the Mozzies (mosquitoes)!

 

1. Lavender

While most people enjoy the scent of lavender, mosquitoes don’t share this love. Take advantage of the fact that mosquitoes hate lavender. Mix some with a little olive oil, and rub it on your wrist.

 

2. Citronella

This essential oil has long been recognized as an effective repellent for mosquitoes. You can put candles around and even make your own to put outside on a porch or your garden.

 

3. Rosemary

Next time you are cooking out, put a couple of pieces of rosemary on the grill. It will repel the mosquitoes.

 

4. Garlic

Many people enjoy the taste of garlic, and cook with it on a regular basis. The taste is delicious but the aroma can be pungent. When you eat garlic it will begin to exude from your pores and the mosquitoes do not like it.

 

5. Apple cider vinegar

It has been proven that apple cider vinegar is a repellant for mosquitoes. Put a tablespoon or two into a 16-ounce glass of water and drink it. If you prefer your beverages a little sweeter, you can add a tablespoon of honey.

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5. Neem oil

Neem oil is derived from the Neem tree. It is a vegetable extracted from the tree and provides an insecticide that is natural and best used on plants. It is also effective when used on humans, so feel free to apply some of the oil on your arms to keep mosquitoes away while outside.

 

6. Dark colors

While mosquitoes like to stay close to the ground, they also gravitate towards dark clothing so the lighter and brighter the better.

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