Fight The Bite
Follow these tips to get mosquitoes to buzz off this summer.
With Zika still impacting South Florida, and summer rains and hot temps creating a breeding ground for more mosquitoes, it’s becoming increasingly important to stay protected. Experts at Mosquito Squad, which is a national mosquito elimination company, offer some unique tips to “fight the bite.”
- Swap your scent. From perfume to scented fabric softeners and even hand cream, a wide range of fragrances are known to attract mosquitoes. Certain natural scents—including lavender, peppermint, basil, garlic and eucalyptus—repel the little suckers and can be worn as an essential oil on your skin.
- Shower power. Mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid, which humans emit when they are active. Wash your body with unscented soap immediately after exercising.
- Choose your color. Mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colors, so it’s always better to lean toward light-colored attire when outside. When it comes to lighting, bugs are attracted to ultraviolet florescent and blue light.
To ditch the itch if you do fall prey, try…
- Green tea. Hold a refrigerated, damp green tea bag on the bite. The tea compounds help with inflammation and the cold assists in soothing the itch.
- Preparation H. The active ingredient (phenylephrine) in the cream is known to reduce swelling and irritation.
- Toothpaste. Use a paste with a mint flavor, which creates a cooling sensation that reduces swelling and the urge to scratch.
- Basil. Studies suggest the herb contains compounds that can relieve itchy skin. Either buy the essential oil