Interesting Ways Of Preventing Mosquito Bites

shutterstock_110504471Mosquitoes are pesky insects that can easily ruin your day outdoors. You may be expecting some fun and exciting activity to do out in the sun. But the bothersome pests can make you think otherwise. There are many ways that you can prevent mosquito bites. Here are some unique and interesting ways that you might want to try out.

Use dryer sheets from the laundry.

If you do not have any mosquito repellant available, there is a substitute that you can try- fabric softener dryer sheets. Gardeners have long been using dryer sheets to fend off mosquitoes. They fill their pockets with it when they go out and work in gardens. Researchers believe that dryer sheets contain compounds that repel mosquitoes as well as gnats. Compounds called linalool and beta-citronellol are effective repellents that are found on dryer sheets.

Wash your feet.

If mosquitoes are pestering you, try washing your feet. Foot odor seems to attract mosquitoes. That may be one reason why so any of them try to target your feet and legs when they bite. According to a study, about 75 percent of mosquitoes target the feet. But upon washing the feet using deodorant soap, mosquitoes tend to bite indiscriminately. Foot odor may attract many mosquitoes. In addition, the study also found out that stinky cheese, especially those that smell similar to foot odor, also hold the same effect on mosquitoes.

Stay indoors on a full moon.

If you do not wish to be pestered by mosquito bites in the evenings, it is a good idea to stay indoors when you see a full moon. Mosquito experts say that mosquito activity increases by as much as 500 percent on a full moon. Most of the time, mosquito activity tends to increase at dusk or at dawn. But when you see a full moon make sure you have ample protection against mosquito bites by using mosquito repellents, light colored clothing are long sleeved shirt and pants. Better yet, try to stay indoors with the windows closed or screened to keep away the mosquitoes.

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