Natural Tips on How to Avoid Mosquitoes

| 7/12/2010 4:19:40 PM

natural bug repellent is only one method for avoiding mosquito bites. By taking a few precautions—and understanding how mosquitoes function—we can reduce our risk for mosquito bites and mosquito-borne illnesses. Follow these tips on how to avoid mosquito bites for a safer, more enjoyable summer.

Mosquitoes can carry diseases. Avoid getting bitten with these natural tips for keeping mosquitoes at bay. Photo By James Jordan/Courtesy Flickr. 

Wear light- and neutral-colored clothing. Mosquitoes are attracted to objects that mimic those found in nature. Dark-colored clothing in blues, greens and blacks may make you appear as an animal or foliage, while bright-colored, floral clothing may look like flowers. Mosquitoes have no particular attraction to light or neutral colors, so opt for clothing in white, khaki or beige when you can.

Avoid perfumes and fragrances. Certain scents attract mosquitoes, especially floral fragrances. Avoid using personal care products that contain scents.

Keep cool. Carbon dioxide and lactic acid both attract mosquitoes. Exercising can produce both. Our bodies create lactic acid when are muscles are put in motion, and carbon dioxide is released with every exhale. Burning candles (or a bonfire) also releases carbon dioxide, so avoid burning candles unless they’re made with citronella oil.

Cover up. Wearing full-coverage clothing in the middle of summer isn’t always practical, but cover up as much as you possibly can. Keep in mind that mosquitoes are most attracted to areas where the skin is thinner and the blood vessels are closer to the surface such as the ears, wrists and ankles. Pay extra attention to covering these areas up.