Everyone knows about the itching and irritating bites that are left by mosquitoes. Some areas are affected more than others, but most people come into contact with mosquitoes at some time of the year. While you may not be able to steer away from these bothersome creatures completely, there are some simple steps that can help you avoid mosquito bites.
One way to avoid mosquito bites is to wear neutral colors, such as tans, beiges and olive greens. These colors have very little effect on mosquitoes, since they tend to seek out bright, floral colors instead. Bright colors remind mosquitoes of animal flesh, while floral patterns mimic that of nectar and flowers. Also be sure to wear clothes that are lightweight and cover as much of the body as possible.
Mosquitoes are also drawn to some of the scents used in shampoos, conditioners, lotions and body sprays. For this reason, limit the use of lotions, perfumes and body sprays when headed outdoors. Also choose hair care products that do not use fragrances, especially fruit and flowery scents.
Another way to prevent mosquito bites is by applying an insect repellent. The choices of insect repellents are plentiful, and which ones you choose are based on your personal preferences. The most powerful insect repellent is one that uses DEET. However, DEET does carry some risk to children, so should be used sparingly. Infants under 2 months of age should not use any insect repellents that carry DEET.
Instead, there are child-friendly insect repellents that can be used for children and contain a small amount of DEET. Even so, DEET products should only be used once a day and in areas that are open and exposed to mosquito bites. DEET products should not be used under clothing or on the hands.
To avoid mosquito bites, also place citronella candles in your outdoor area. Citronella candles can be used both during the day and at night and are safe to use around children. Even better, you can use citronella oil on the skin as a natural way of avoiding mosquito bites.
Garlic is another way to avoid mosquito bites, so eating garlicky foods may do just the trick. Eating garlic produces an odor in the skin, which mosquitoes can detect. This is also true for Vitamin B1, which can be taken in a supplement pill form to produce a particular skin odor that repels mosquitoes. Unlike garlic however, taking Vitamin B1 will not leave an odor that humans can detect.
Another way to avoid mosquito bites is to stay away from areas that have standing water. Mosquitoes are attracted to water and tend to lurk in these swampy areas. Furthermore, mosquitoes are more likely to bite from dusk to dawn, so be sure to stay indoors during these peak hours.