Many over-the-counter mosquito repellents are loaded with toxins and harmful ingredients, which may negatively affect your health if ingested or absorbed in the skin.
While it’s not yet scientifically proven which kind of people are more prone to mosquito bites, it has been found that those individuals with high concentrations of cholesterol or steroids on their skin surface attract more mosquitoes. Those with high amounts of some acids, like uric acid, are also more prone to these pesky insects. Hence, these substances stimulates these insects’ sense of smell.
Furthermore, experts believe that individuals who give off high amounts of carbon dioxide, such as pregnant women or obese persons, attract more mosquitoes. Likewise, if you play kickball outside or sit by a fire, you give off larger amounts of carbon dioxide.
Moreover, besides the unpleasant itching caused by their bites, mosquitoes can also carry serious diseases, which include:
- Chikungunya – causes joint pain, rashes, and nausea
- Yellow Fever – can cause jaundice, chills, and vomiting
- La Crosse Encephalitis – leads to fever and nausea
- Snowshoe Hare Virus – can cause rashes, vomiting,dizziness
- Zika – related to birth defects
- Malaria – leads to fever, vomiting, chills
- Dengue – may cause hemorrhagic fever
- Jamestown Canyon Virus – can cause flu-like symptoms
- Rift Valley Fever – leads to dizziness, eye damage, weakness
- West Nile – leads to joint pain, rashes, fever, and vomiting
With all these dangerous diseases, you need to learn how to safeguard yourself and your family from this deadly insects. In that light, you should realize that thiamine, or vitamin B1, which is a water-soluble vitamin, is very effective in repelling mosquitoes, besides being essential for your overall health.
You can find this vitamin in foods like eggplant, kale, onions, sunflower seeds, green beans, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and summer squash.
If you’ve sufficient amounts of vitamin B1 in your body, it’ll release a yeasty smell to mosquitoes, making you unattractive to them, and thus stay away from you. The good thing is that you can’t smell this odor.
Moreover, you can use a natural, homemade bug spray to drive away these insects. The best way to make your homemade bug spray is through the use of fresh parsley and organic apple cider vinegar.
How To Prepare Your Homemade Bug Spray
- Take a handful of fresh parsley and add it to a mortar and pestle.
- Pour 4 ounces of apple cider vinegar
- Mash them and then leave the mixture for a couple of hours.
- Strain it before pouring the resultant solution into a spray bottle. Store it in the fridge
- Consider enriching its smell by adding some essential oil.
- This homemade mosquito repellent is completely safe for use; it has no negative side-effects.