Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Fight The Bite

Follow these tips to get mosquitoes to buzz off this summer.

With Zika still impacting South Florida, and summer rains and hot temps creating a breeding ground for more mosquitoes, it’s becoming increasingly important to stay protected. Experts at Mosquito Squad, which is a national mosquito elimination company, offer some unique tips to “fight the bite.”

  • Swap your scent. From perfume to scented fabric softeners and even hand cream, a wide range of fra­grances are known to attract mosquitoes. Certain natural scents—including lavender, peppermint, basil, garlic and eucalyptus—repel the little suckers and can be worn as an essential oil on your skin.
  • Shower power. Mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid, which humans emit when they are active. Wash your body with unscented soap immediately after exercising.
  • Choose your color. Mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colors, so it’s always better to lean toward light-col­ored attire when outside. When it comes to lighting, bugs are attracted to ultraviolet florescent and blue light.

To ditch the itch if you do fall prey, try…

  • Green tea. Hold a refrigerated, damp green tea bag on the bite. The tea compounds help with inflammation and the cold assists in soothing the itch.
  • Preparation H. The active ingredient (phenylephrine) in the cream is known to reduce swelling and irritation.
  • Toothpaste. Use a paste with a mint flavor, which cre­ates a cooling sensation that reduces swelling and the urge to scratch.
  • Basil. Studies suggest the herb contains compounds that can relieve itchy skin. Either buy the essential oil