Tips and Pointers on Mosquito Bite Prevention
Generally people enjoy the great outdoors, especially during the summer season, unfortunately mosquitoes feel the same way. There are around three thousand mosquito species around the world, of those three thousand species, two hundred of them can be found in the United States. The biting habits, persistence and ability to transmit disease of these species differ.
Mosquito bites make you itch . . .
Not only will you prevent the horrible itching that accompanies mosquito bites by protecting yourself, you will also avoid contracting the diseases which are associated with mosquito bites such as; yellow fever, West Nile Virus, encephalitis, malaria, dengue, etc. One estimate, between one to two million individuals die from illnesses due to mosquito bites on a yearly basis, the most common if those diseases is malaria.
Unfortunately, most commercial insect repellents are full of a chemical which should be used cautiously, it is called DEET, Research has shown that there are many harmful effects associated with DEET.
There are however quite a few ways to keep these annoying bugs at bay, it is not necessary to apply toxic chemicals all over your skin. If you were to get stung by mosquitoes, there are also quite a few natural remedies which will help to relieve the effects of the annoying sting. Here are a few simple tips that will help with mosquito bite prevention.
Of course the best way to avoid being stung by mosquitos is to avoid contact with them. One of the best ways to do this is to stay inside between the hours of dusk and dawn, this is when mosquitoes are the most active. You will also find more swarms of mosquitos around standing water and shrubby areas.
Here are the three basic D´s to avoid mosquitos swarming around your areas:
In order to breed, mosquitoes require water so make sure that all sources of standing water in your home and surrounding areas are drained. This includes gutters, recycling bins, bird baths, pet bowls, garbage bins, spare tires, etc.
Wearing clothing that is loose fitting and light colored will really help to avoid getting stung. Use long pants and long sleeved shirts, socks and hats.
Many people will recommend the use of commercial repellents, as mentioned above they are full of chemicals which in itself can be very unhealthy. Finding natural alternatives to defending against these pests is a better option.
There are many mosquito repellants on the market which consist of highly effective natural botanical oils and extracts, these work just as well as DEET, minus the potentially very harmful side effects. It is also possible to make your own repellants. Here are a few things you can use:
- Clear vanilla oil combined with olive oil
- Catnip oil, research has shown that catnip oil is ten times more effective than using DEET.
- Cinnamon leaf oil which has also been proven to be more effective at mosquito killing than DEET.
- Bathe with citronella soap, apply 100% pure citronella oil all over your skin. The highest quality of citronella on the market is Java Citronella.
- Lemon eucalyptus is highly effective, a mixture of 32% lemon eucalyptus oil offers over 95% protection for three complete hours.
You can also create a natural formula using lemongrass oil, vanillin, citronella and peppermint oil, this will not only repel mosquitos but also chiggers, ticks, fleas and many other insects that bite as well.
These are just a few mosquito bite prevention tips that can really help to save you from unneeded discomfort and illness.