With the hot steamy weather we’ve had lately, it feels like the number of mosquitos is on the rise.
In the past few days more people have been scratching at red welts on their arms and legs complaining how they ALWAYS get bitten, but on the other hand some people have hardly any dramas with the little blood suckers.
Annoyingly I’m one of those people who mozzies love to bite, but why the hell is that???
So, if you’re like me, what can you we do to keep them away, and WHY exactly are they so attracted to us in the first place?
Mosquitos are attracted to warmth and can be influenced by the expulsion of carbon dioxide.
So, the bigger you are, the more relative heat you give off and the more CO2 you exhale, making you a mozzie magnet.
Blondes may have more fun, and apparently mosquitos seem to prefer blondes.
Do you wear a lot of fragrances? If you wear floral scents, get ready to be stung as these types of aromas are especially attractive to mosquitos.
If you have a lot of dark clothing in your wardrobe that could be a problem. Dark colors hold heat greater than lighter colors, making them more attractive for mozzies to feast on you.
What DOESN’T Work
These things may work on larger insects but have no real effect in deterring them.
This has become a popular myth over the years, but there is no science to back it up at all.
These sprays and candles have been popular for some time, however they’re only effective for 3-10 minutes after application before it wears off.
What Substances Actually Work?
It’s not just for your pet moggy anymore. It’s been proven to be 10 times more effective than diethyltoluamide (DEET) the most common active ingredient in insect repellents.
Also known as Callicarpa, this stuff actually works marvelously.
Not only does it smell nice, it repels mosquitos AND their larvae.
Putting peppermint oil around your outdoor areas could save you a lot of hassle as the mozzies continue in their relentless seach for fresh blood.