You surely often use mosquito repellents and they seem to prevent the itchy bites from these insects, apparently, they are full of toxic chemicals which cause harmful side-effects if ingested or absorbed into the skin.
Therefore, homemade repellents are much better, as they are safe, and still an effective, way to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes.
It seems that the main culprits for attracting mosquitoes are certain odors.
People with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface are more prone to mosquitoes, and those who produce certain acids, such as uric acid, in higher amounts.
These substances stimulate the sense of smell of the mosquitoes and lead them to a certain individual.
According to scientists, people who give off larger amounts of carbon dioxide, like obese people and pregnant women, attract mosquitoes the most.
Also, individuals give off more carbon dioxide when outside playing kickball than they would if they were sitting by a fire. The bites of these insects are not just annoying and itchy, but mosquitoes also carry diseases and can spread them to people, such as:
- Malaria – causes fever, chills and vomiting
- Yellow Fever – can cause jaundice, chills and vomiting
- Chikungunya – can cause joint pain, rashes and nausea
- La Crosse Encephalitis – can cause fever and nausea
- Rift Valley Fever – can cause dizziness, weakness and eye damage
- Jamestown Canyon Virus – can cause flu-like symptoms
- Zika – linked to birth defects
- Dengue – can lead to hemorrhagic fever
- West Nile – causes fever, joint pain, vomiting and rashes
- Snowshoe Hare Virus – can cause dizziness, vomiting and rashes
Nowadays, in America, there are more than 175 known species which are not going anywhere anytime soon, so the best would be to learn how to protect them.
Vitamin B1 Repels Mosquitoes!
Thiamine is a water-soluble vitamin your body requires in order to function properly and stay healthy. Many different foods contain it such as eggplant, sunflower seeds, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, onions, green beans, summer squash, and kale. This vitamin has the ability to boost your immune system as well as to fight stress.
However, when it comes to mosquitoes, it will repel them since when you take vitamin B, you get a yeasty smell which only mosquitoes can scent.
Another Natural Remedy!
Another great solution is to prepare your won bug spray, and all you need is fresh parsley and organic ACV.
- First of all, add a handful of fresh parsley to a mortar and pestle.
- After that, add 4 oz of ACV,
- Mash both the ingredients well, and allow the mixture to stand for several hours.
- Next, strain it and pour it into a spray bottle.
- Make sure to store it in the fridge for continued use.
- If you want, you can add some essential oil for better smell.
This solution is extremely effective and the best part is that it has no side effects that can harm your skin.