What You Need to Know About Mosquitoes and Keeping Them Away This Summer
If you are one of the unfortunate souls that seem to attract these blood suckers more often than others, there’s a reason why. The Smithsonian says that mosquitoes are actually more attracted to about 20 percent of the population.
- Things that attract the bugs: blood type (type O being the personal preference of most mosquitoes), lactic acid (sweat, higher body temperatures and genetic factors play into this), certain types of skin bacteria, consumption of alcohol, pregnancy, and the color of your clothing (skip the red, black, and dark blue).
Try this all-natural bug repellent that smells nicer and does a great job of keeping those pesky nibblers away:
In a mason jar, add a few slice of lemon, a few slices of lime, two sprigs of rosemary, and about 7 to 10 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus oil. Fill the rest of the jar with water and place a lit, floating tea candle, on top.
The Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, which is the active ingredient in this bug buster, is considered a natural insect repellent and contains low concentrations of DEET (which can be dangerous in high amounts).
Good Housekeeping recommends using essential oils like lavender, rose geranium, peppermint or citronella mixed with vegetable oil and Aloe Vera gel for a safe repellent you can apply to your skin.