In the summer the days are longer and the nights are warmer, which can make the perfect environment for a night run or a backyard cookout with friends and family. However, nothing could ruin the fun of summer nights like buzzing little blood sucking creatures ready to bite you on any little bit of bare skin you have. Mosquito bites don’t only itch like crazy but they can also transmit serious diseases that could get you really sick like West Nile and Zika.
Since the regular insect repellants are chock full of harmful chemicals you should be avoiding. You must have been researching about the best natural ways to repel mosquitoes and stay protected from their bites while still enjoying the outdoors.
Surely you can get plenty of advises on Google from which natural herbs or oils can repel mosquitoes if applied on your skin to what foods you should eat more of to keep mosquito bites at bay.
Popular claims include garlic, apple cider vinegar and Cayenne pepper to alter your scent so you don’t end up a bait for those little vampires.
The thing is, when researchers looked into the science of those so called mosquitoes repelling foods, there was no solid prove found that these foods actually work in repelling insects. In a research conducted on mosquitoes and repellents, researchers say that the only effective way to repel mosquitoes is by using bug spray that contains one of two effective ingredients.
The research shows that some repellants found in the markets have no effect at all, and that the only two ingredients that were shown to be effective in repelling insects are oil of lemon eucalyptus or DEET. It is important to check the ingredients of the repellents you buy before purchasing them, as we mentioned above some types can have no effect at all.
Experts recommend thinking twice before using natural remedies or any food substances to repel mosquitoes as depending on such ingredients can offer no protection. Especially in nowadays world of Zika and other seriously sickening viruses being transmitted by a mosquito bite you should only trust insect sprays that contain the effective ingredients mentioned above which can provide at least two hours of protection.
While mosquito repellants seem like the only obvious solution for going outdoors with clothes that reveal parts of your skin. Other options can be taken into consideration as well like staying indoors or wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants while going out to prevent the stingers of the mosquitoes from penetrating your skin.
If you naturally sweat a lot, it is recommended to only exercise indoors as the sweat smell act as a magnet to mosquitoes because it contains lactic acids which attract mosquitoes.
Drinking alcohol seem to also attract mosquitoes to bite you so you should be avoiding beer and wine and all types of alcoholic beverages.