It’s mosquito season. So, here are ways to make yourself as mosquito proof as possible:
- First: Go inside immediately after a work-out. That’s because mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale – 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? Don’t be a wallflower. Experts say it’s 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 Avon’s Skin-so-Soft lotion. Sprays and lotions containing these have all been deemed effective and safe to keep mosquitos away.