Don’t let mosquitoes suck the fun out of your Summer


Now that summer is here, more and more insects are buzzing around. There’s nothing worse than coming home from a nice hike and realizing that you’ve been an unsuspecting feast for the mosquitoes. Not only are mosquito bites annoying and irritating, but mosquitoes spread viruses and disease. There are things that you can do to be less attractive to mosquitoes, such as wearing lighter clothing (they are attracted to darker colours), drying off your sweat, and making sure not to get too warm (they are attracted to the scent of sweat and body heat).

 

Find below my solution to Mosquitoes !

 

BOUNCE! SHEETS

I was told by a few people that Bounce! dryer sheets are good at keeping mosquitoes away. A friend said that he had been told by a park ranger that they were her go-to solution – she would just tie a sheet to her shirt and off she’d go. I was quite excited about this since those sheets are quite cheap and the scent lasts for a long time so you wouldn’t have to change them everyday, and they must be less toxic than harsh insect repellents. I tested this method out on a few summer nights out on the water though and I’m sad to say this did not work for me in the slightest. If you have some of these lying around though it doesn’t hurt to give it a shot – let us know how it works for you!

VITAMIN B PILLS

This is the solution I settled on after deciding that I was too cheap to buy the Insect Defend Patch, considering that if you are going to be outdoors a lot in the summer you will have to replace the patch every day. Since the main ingredient is Vitamin B1, I just went out and bought a bottle of Vitamin B1 pills. Note, however, that you cannot simply take a whole bunch of B1’s and hope that they seep through your pores. Your body can’t absorb enough B1 for you to emit enough to keep bugs away, and will probably just pass out what isn’t needed. Not to mention the fact that you probably shouldn’t take more than the recommended dosage. You would also have to wait for it to pass through your system before it was effective, if it was at all.

What I did was take about 3 B1 tablets, crush them (or you could buy pills and open them and take out the powder) and mix it in about a cup of water. Not all of the pills dissolved so you could probably get away with less, but I wanted to make sure to saturate the solution for maximum effect. Then I just put it in a spray bottle, and sprayed liberally all over my skin, rubbed in a bit and let dry.

This method really worked. You will definitely smell like Vitamin B1 pills, but it’s really cost effective (3 pills lasted me all summer), and I had no qualms about rubbing it all over, including my face and on children, unlike other dangerous chemical based repellents. It will also start working as soon as it’s been applied. This method worked so well for me that I have stopped trying all other methods. Make sure to reapply though if you have been sweating lots or go swimming.

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