Don't Be A Mosquito Magnet
It's mosquito season and we've got some ways to keep yourself as mosquito proof as possible.Playlist
Itís mosquito season. So, here are ways to make yourself as mosquito proof as possible:
- First: Go inside immediately after a work-out. Thatís because mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale Ė and the lactic acid we produce when our bodies break down food for fuel during exercise.
- Then, how can you protect yourself from the pesky bugs at a barbecue? Donít be a wallflower. Experts say itís much easier for mosquitoes to attack people along the perimeter of a group than those in the center.
- Mosquitoes are visual bugs, especially in the early afternoon. When they search for a victim, they tend to be attracted to someone wearing dark colors. Black, navy blue and red stands out to them.
- Did you know that a fancy carbon dioxide mosquito trap is pretty much worthless? The devices cost a few hundred bucks and emit carbon dioxide to lure mosquitoes into the trap. But experts say all of that carbon dioxide usually attracts more mosquitoes, only killing a small portion of them, and turns your backyard into a mosquito mosh pit.
- Plus, studies that say mosquitoes also have a preference for artificially scented bodies, from perfumes and colognes. Smelly feet are also a mosquito magnet. The bacteria in Limburger cheese is also found on the human foot - and mosquitoes love it.
To avoid bites, wear one of the four Centers for Disease Control-approved repellents - DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR-3535, which is in Avonís Skin-so-Soft lotion. Sprays and lotions containing these have all been deemed effective and safe to keep mosquitos away.