There are many facts and myths when it comes to what works and what doesn’t at keeping mosquitoes at arms length (or preferably at an even further distance!) The types of food you eat, the color of your clothing, certain plants that help battle the bug! The list goes on, but what we know confidently works is a barrier spray in your back yard to keep these bothersome pests away from your outdoor enjoyment.
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to controlling mosquitoes. Despite what you may have heard, the food you eat won’t affect your chances of being bitten, and neither will buying a bunch of citronella candles. To help you separate fact from fiction, we spoke to Dr. Stan Cope, president of the American Mosquito Control Association and the director of entomology and regular services at Terminix. From what types of repellents actually work to why the bloodsuckers bite you in the first place, here’s the scoop on mosquitoes.
Here are a few more myths. This time when it come to the food we eat, many people believe that certain drinks or types of food may turn the nose of a mosquito so they don’t see them as a tasty bite on the human menu.
Looks like unfortunately, they’re not as safe from these disease spreading pests as they thought.
The warm weather is beckoning us into the backyard but pesky bloodsuckers are waiting. Insect repellents are safe and effective but many people are reluctant to rub what they perceive to be smelly or sticky on their skin. Wouldn’t it be great if there was something you could eat or drink to protect yourself from mosquito bites? There are plenty of “mozzie busting” gadgets and gimmicks marketed as alternatives to topical formulations. From wrist bands to smartphone apps, the range of products reflects the demand among the public for these products. Unfortunately, few of these provide effective protection.
The safest way to protect yourself from mosquitoes is to continue tucking into your favorite snacks and drinks… of course! But you need to make sure you wear repellent. It might not smell as nice as a banana, but it’s going to keep you safe!
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