Camping is one of the outdoor activities that I really enjoy. Through this, I will be able to bond with my family and enjoy the beauty of nature. Although camping is so much fun, one of my problem are these annoying creatures the keeps on biting me –mosquitoes. Apparently they keep on pestering me the entire trip that I ended up having a lot of bites than everybody else. Due to the that I listed my researched solutions on how to prevent mosquito bites.
As I go on to my research I learned that mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide which we breathe out. People who have higher metabolic rates like larger people and pregnant women tends to produce more carbon dioxide which makes them a good target to these insects. Scents such body odor, deodorants, perfume and among others are another attractant to these creatures. Apparently we cannot avoid having some smell which makes mosquitoes attracted to us. Studies also shows that the body warmth is another factor that makes you a target to these biting insects. So these tips result may be effective to some but not to others. Here are my list of ways to prevent mosquito bites.
- Mosquitoes are highly visual so it is advised to wear light colored clothing for they are attracted to dark colors.
- Keep your body covered. Though they can find a way through the fabric, this minimize the bites you might acquire.
- Use vanilla as a repellent. I haven’t tried this yet but my research shows that this is very effective to repel mosquitoes. You can use pure vanilla or a pure vanilla extract but be sure to use the natural one and check if you skin is have some allergic reaction to it. You can apply it to your skin or spray it on.
- Next on my list is the least of my favorite which is garlic. You can eat the garlic so the smell comes out in your pores but this can be achieve through steady diet. Another solution is combining the garlic powder and water paste. Apply the mixture to the pulse points, cheeks and on your face and neck.
- There are also lots of essential oils that can repel mosquitoes. Citronella, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass are example of these. You can add them with a rubbing alcohol, distilled water or even dab them directly on your skin and your clothes.
- There also lot of commercial repellent that are available in the market. Some people even advises the use of Vicks Vaporub and Liserine mix with vinegar (50/50 solution) as a repellent. You may also spray the Listerine around your camping tent or campsite to avoid mosquitoes.
These tips are quite reasonable and doable. In fact, I tried using the lavender essential oil and find it very effective. I also ate bananas for eating them will not attract mosquitoes. So do think it is worth a try?