Be Less Desirable to Mosquitos
While mosquitos play a very important role in nature, they can completely ruin camping and hiking trips, cookouts, and you name it. There are some individuals that are immune to the nasty pests. Why is this? Separating fact from folklore, there are a few reasons why you are more attractive to mosquitos. Sight: They use their eyes to target their victims. The darker the colours (navy, black, red) the easier it is to spot. Blood Type: People with Type O blood are found to be twice as attractive to mosquitoes as those with Type A
blood. People with Type B were in the middle (85% of people produce a secretion that signals what blood type they are). Smell: Mosquitoes can sense carbon dioxide and lactic acid up to 160 feet away, so the more one exhales, the more attractive they become. Also, to note, since human beings exhale carbon dioxide through the nose and mouth, mosquitoes are attracted to our heads, which explains the whole “mosquitoes buzzing about the ears all night” misery. Skin Bacteria: Some research has shown that the types and number of bacteria on one’s skin can play a role in mosquitos’ behaviour. Our dermal casing is naturally teaming with microscopic life, which creates a distinct fragrance. The bacteria factor could also explain why some mosquitoes are drawn to ankles and feet, an especially ripe source of bacteria.
Change Your Smell
Start with cleansing your skin from within by taking a probiotic daily, as good gut health leads to good skin health, and generally brings balance to the skin. Healthy skin reduces attraction of microorganisms to mosquitos. Change your carbon footprint. We don’t suggest you stop breathing, but CO2 is the primary regulator of acid/alkaline balance of the blood. The higher your acidic levels the more lactic acid and the more CO2 you emit. Shift the body’s balance of PH to more neutral and
reduce your attractiveness to mosquitos. Try Prairie Naturals Morning Rise & Shine. A combination of aloe and lemon added to your water, which you sip throughout the day or when you plan to be outdoors. While there is no hard evidence that B1 (Thiamine) will prevent mosquitoes from biting you, and early study in 1960s did show the effectiveness of taking larger dosages of B1. However, these studies were done on only a few human subjects and only 1 species of mosquito. (There are over 3500 different species of mosquitos worldwide and a lot has changed since then). The theory is that Thiamine, a water-soluble B vitamin, is eliminated from the body through the skin through water evaporation and sweat. This process of elimination gives off an odour (undetected by humans) which is disagreeable to mosquitos. The catch is that in order to produce the odour that turns them off you need to consume large amounts of B1, and it could take up to 2 weeks of daily dosages to saturate the skin. The recommended dosage does vary but the most commonly reported was to take at least 100 mg daily.

Chemical repellents like OFF work because the DEET in them is highly effective at masking the smell of both carbon dioxide and lactic acid, not because mosquitoes don’t like the smell of the repellents themselves. Try making a natural mosquito repellent. Not only does it mask the smell, coconut oil is soothing to the skin. You need a 4-6 oz. jar of coconut oil, 30 ml lemon essential oil, 30 ml eucalyptus essential oil and 30 ml cedarwood atlas. Directions: Make sure your coconut oil is liquid or soft for mixing. Using your coconut oil container, add 15 drops of lemon essential oil, 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and 15 drops of cedarwood essential oil. Mix together. The mixture will change texture (liquid, soft or hard) pending room temperature. We like to separate our mixture into smaller travel size containers to keep it handy at all times. You have to apply this natural repellent more often than the chemical version to keep the heavenly scent fresh and pests at bay. It can be used on pets as well.
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