The warm evening outdoors can be perfectly enjoyed during summer time. Whether you like curling up on a blanket at the backyard or you love heading to the woods to camp, there is really something amazing and magical about long summer nights.
However, mosquitoes are not so magical about summer. They can turn a magical summer into a misery. If you thought that these pesky bloodsuckers were out to get you… well, you are exactly right! Before enjoying the summer weather in peace, check out first these few thing you need to know.
Here are the five factors why mosquitoes may be interested in you:
1. You're pregnant
Mosquitoes are more likely to make a beeline towards you if you are pregnant. This is because they like the larger combination of unique odors produced by the body – carbon dioxide, uric acid and lactic acid.
2. You're sweaty and moving
You are more likely to attract mosquitoes’ attention if you're running around at the family picnic. Mosquitoes are drawn to movement and the sweat as well as lactic acid produced by the body.
3. It's in your blood (literally)
People with Type O blood type are mosquitoes’ favorite food joints. If you are Type A blood, count yourself lucky because they are not attracted to your blood type.
4. You're wearing perfume/cologne
Strong smells like the sweetness of cologne or perfume are the ones that attract mosquitoes. That’s why, in order to keep the bugs at the bay, wash it off before you head outdoors.
5. You're overweight
You tend to produce more carbon dioxide if you are overweight. To mosquitoes, carbon dioxide is like a candy making them flock to larger pockets. Additionally, as compared to kids, adults are more likely to be targeted because they are naturally bigger.
3 ways to keep away mosquitoes:
1. Plant repellants
Plants like Mint, Catnip, Ageratum, Marigolds, and Citronella can help prevent the bugs from coming around.
2. Use a fan
A small fan can also be used to circulate air in your sitting area. The tough breeze of the fan will discourage the mosquitoes from coming around. Compared to small oscillating or box fans, ceiling fans aren’t as effective.
3. Try oil
Oils including thyme, celery extract, citronella, clove and oil of eucalyptus (OLE). But for children below 3 years old, OLE must be kept away.
But if you’re unable to avoid those mosquitoes, there are ways to treat bites at home:
1. Oatmeal paste
Create a paste by mixing equal parts water and oatmeal. Apply the paste to your mosquito bite. Then, cover it with a washcloth. Hold in place for a few minutes. Rinse it.
For a little itch relief, apply a drizzle of honey to your mosquito bite.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is not just for sunburns, its gel has anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce the swelling of any mosquito bites.
4. Baking soda
Mix baking soda and water to create a paste. Apply the paste to your itch. Let it dry first before rinsing away.
Share this information with your friends to help them stay mosquito-free during summer.
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