If you are seemingly eaten alive by mosquitoes, while your friends are hardly bitten, there is reason: You smell good — at least to the skeeters. Molecular vector biologist L.J. Zwiebel, a professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University in Nashville told The Wall Street Journal, “Mosquitoes are attracted to our human odor, and that is largely a consequence of the bacteria on our skin.” So, what can you do to keep the mosquitoes away?
- Wash with an antibacterial soap to remove mosquito-attracting bacteria from your skin.
- Avoid going outside at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes are most plentiful and active.
- Use an outdoor fan to shoo away the mosquitoes.
- Wear long pants and long sleeves if it’s not too hot.
- Spray your clothing with an insect repellent that contains DEET.
What doesn’t work to keep mosquitoes away?
- Having high cholesterol.
- Having diabetes.
- Taking vitamin B supplements.
- Eating garlic.
- Taking certain medications.
What can you do if you have been bitten by mosquitoes?
- Try not to scratch the bites no matter how itchy they are. This really does make it feel worse.
- If you swell up badly after a mosquito bite, talk to your physician about taking an over-the-counter daily antihistamine as a precaution.