How to Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes can be our worst summertime enemy. They keep us awake at night, give us the most annoying itchy welts, and can be very dangerous creatures in general. All in all, we’d do anything to get rid of these things.

In this 5-Minute Crafts article, you’ll find some useful ways to make yourself less attractive to mosquitoes, as well as tricks to keep them far, far away from you.

How to make yourself less appealing to mosquitos

1. Try not to sweat too much.

Mosquitos are drawn to the scent of human sweat. Therefore, especially during the mosquito peak hours, try not to get too active and look for a cold spot.

2. Choose the right clothes.

  • Dark colors absorb heat which makes it easier for mosquitoes, having highly sensitive heat sensors, to find you. This is why you should wear light-colored clothes to reflect off more of the heat.
  • Another trick is to wear baggy or loosely fitted clothes. This way, the mosquitoes can’t reach your skin to bite it.
  • You will also get the best protection against bites by wearing clothes with tightly woven or thick fabric. These materials will be hard to penetrate for a mosquito. However, in warm weather, this might not be the best option since these clothes can make you very warm and cause you to sweat even more.

3. Don’t eat spicy food.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the first things mosquitoes look for. Anything that makes you produce more of it can make you irresistible to those little monsters. Eating spicy food can increase your metabolism, which in turn, boosts your CO2 release.

4. Avoid the use of scented beauty products.

Mosquitoes are not only attracted to our body odor but also the products we use to mask them. This is especially true for flower-scented products as it might cause more mosquitoes to come near. It’s recommended to use non-scented soaps if you don’t want to get bites.

How to stop them from getting too close to you

1. Create a stream of air using a fan.

There’s still a debate over the real reason why this airstream helps. It’s either the fact that it’s harder for mosquitoes to fly in or that the artificial wind blows away odors that attract the little insects. But no matter what the real reason is, it works!

2. Get rid of any still water around your home.

Even the smallest amount of still water, like a small amount in a bucket or even a forgotten glass of water, can serve as a great breeding ground for mosquitoes. And it takes only 24-72 hours for the eggs to hatch.

3. Avoid peak mosquito hours when you can.

Mosquitoes try to avoid daylight as much as possible because sun exposure can dehydrate and kill them. So you’ll find most types to be active from dusk till dawn.

4. Put scents around the house that they dislike.

  • Spread some thyme oil.
  • Put some basil on the table.
  • Light a lavender-scented candle.
  • Buy a catnip plant.
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