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10 Ways To Avoid Mosquito Bites This Summer
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)!
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.
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.
Next time you are cooking out, put a couple of pieces of rosemary on the grill. It will repel the mosquitoes.
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.
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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7. Use a fan
You may not know, it but mosquitoes have a hard time flying when any breeze develops to at least a wind over 1 MPH. First make sure you find a spot that has a good breeze. If you don’t have a breeze in your area, try adding a small fan. Direct the fan to the lower part of your body because mosquitoes will stay away and closer to the ground to avoid the breeze of the fan.
8. Tightly-woven clothing
Your best bet during the summer months includes clothing that consists of a close-knit weave. Stay away from loose knits such as linen or cotton when you plan on being outdoors during the summer. Lean more towards athletic wear that is tightly-knit so that the mosquitoes have a harder time getting through your clothes to bite your skin.
9. Don’t scratch
This is a difficult task to carry out, but once you have received a mosquito bite do your best not to scratch it. It does feel good when you scratch a mosquito bite, but it does contribute to the inflammation. One of the things you can try to kill that itchy feeling is to put ice on your bite. If that doesn’t work, try a topical lotion such as Calamine lotion that is often used for chicken pox or poison ivy.
10. Use DEET
DEET is an insect repellant that is primarily known as diethyltoluamide. It is one of the strongest and most proven repellant that is effective in treating mosquitoes. In order to protect yourself from the pesky bugs, you should use a repellant that has around 20 percent DEET. This will protect you for at least five hours.
Other things you need to do to escape active mosquitoes
- If you have any area on your property that consists of standing water, get rid of it. This situation attracts mosquitoes, and it will be twice as hard to get rid of it once it gets over run by bugs and insects.
- Always try to wear enough clothing to be completely covered so mosquitoes will have a harder time getting through to your skin.
- Make sure to keep small children indoors and away from mosquito-infested areas.
- Apply an effective insect repellant to you and your children when you have to be outdoors. Reapply after a few hours to make sure it doesn’t wear off, leaving you vulnerable.
- Have something on hand in case you or small children do get bitten. Calamine lotion is practical and convenient and can be applied to children.