Sick of spritzing yourself with sticky DEET spray? A little creativity might be all you need to ditch the bug spray.
‘Cause the truth is, mosquitoes have been bothering humankind for so long that we have come up with a wide variety of interesting solutions.
Curious what some of them are?
Here are 10 wonderfully weird ways to keep mosquitoes away!
Fans are Your Friend
Here’s one of the easiest, low-tech ways to keep mosquitoes away – turn your fan on.
Mosquitoes are pretty crappy flyers and they can’t fly in wind gusts that are over 10 miles per hour. You can accomplish this by setting your fan on the highest setting and relaxing in front of it.
Plus, fans don’t just create a windstorm that mosquitoes can’t enter – they also cool your body temperature and dissipate the carbon dioxide you exhale, making it harder for mosquitoes to find you in the first place.
Oh, and if you feel like mosquito evasion isn’t enough – you can easily set up a simple mosquito fan trap by covering your fan with insect netting – it’s a low tech trap that sucks in unfortunate mosquitoes and captures them in the net.
Got kids and hate mosquitoes? Invest in a bubble machine.
It might just be the soap factor that keeps the mosquitoes away, but it does the trick…and you’ll have a yard full of whimsical bubbles.
Wear Victoria’s Secret Perfume
On the hunt for a new perfume? Kill two birds with one stone by dabbing on some of Victoria’s Secret Bombshell Eau de Parfum.
In a study of various mosquito repellents, researchers found that Victoria’s Secret’s delicious smelling Bombshell perfume kept the yellow fever mosquito and the Asian tiger mosquito – both known to transmit dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever and other diseases – away for roughly two hours!
This is a real anomaly in the world of perfume since mosquitoes are usually quite attracted to floral, fruity scents – but not so with this mosquito repelling perfume. Mosquitoes hate it…and it smells good to humans.
Hang Out with Friends More Attractive Than You
More attractive than you to mosquitoes, that is.
Mosquitoes are drawn to carbon dioxide, so hanging out with people who breathe heavier than you do might keep the mosquitoes off you. Larger people and pregnant women are top choices.
Blood suckers have also been shown to be attracted to beer drinkers, so getting a large, beer-guzzling BFF might do the trick.
Pick a Porcine Pal
If there are no larger people, pregnant women, or beer drinkers to act as your natural mosquito deterrent, a pet pig may be work just as well.
According to an old Italian folktale, having a pig around translates to less mosquito bites. What? Why? Pigs tend to have higher body temperatures than humans and since body heat is one of the ways mosquitoes identify their victims, your pet pig could be just the mosquito repellent you need.
Of course, you’d have to live with a pig. Tough choices.
Burn Some Herb
No, not that kind. We’re talking about mosquito repellent plants that are also great for flavoring your dishes.
So next time you’re at a summer BBQ and the mosquitoes are lining up to feast, throw some rosemary on the grill to ward off uninvited blood suckers while seasoning your meat at the same time.
Get Skin So Soft
Want wonderfully moisturized, sinfully soft skin that also repels mosquitoes? Of course you do – simply rub yourself down with some of Avon’s Skin So Soft bath oil whenever you venture outdoors.
This hydrating oil was found to repel the yellow fever mosquito species for up to two hours! Oh, and did we mention it softens your skin?
Entice Mosquito Eaters
If mosquitoes are the dominant wildlife populating your yard – you can chance that by befriending flying creatures that feast on mosquitoes. An enemy of my enemy is a friend, right?
Bats are useful players to have on your team since they eat mosquitoes as well as other flying annoyances like moths and flies – just one little brown bat can eat 1,200 insects per hour! Now imagine how bug free your yard would be if you had a small army of these!
If you’ve already got a garden overflowing with ripening fruits or flowering plants, attracting bats should be easy. Don’t have a green thumb? No worries, get yourself a good bat house to entice the bug-eating helpers to take up permanent sentry in your yard.
Many birds, particularly purple martins, swallows, as well as migratory songbirds, will gobble up mosquitoes. You can encourage the widest variety of birds by placing a wide variety of bird feeders – suet feeders, in particular, are great for attracting insect-eating birds.
Bird are also super useful for eating not just adult mosquitoes but feeding on mosquito larvae as well.
But nothing makes better baby mosquito eaters as dragonflies and fish. If you’ve got a small pond on the premises, that might be enough to draw dragonflies – although dragonflies are often referred to as “mosquito hawks,” they’re actually more helpful in preventing mosquito infestations from happening in the first place since dragonfly larvae feed on mosquito larvae.
Populate the pond with some goldfish, guppies and if you can – the Gambusia affinis, aka “mosquito fish” – and you can sit back and relax while your new mosquito eating dream team does the work.
Take Your Vitamins
More specifically, B vitamins. Apparently, mosquitos are more likely to bite people with a B deficiency. A study dating back to the 1960s suggested that upping your vitamin B1 (thiamine) intake could be effective in keeping mosquitoes away. The theory is that taking more vitamin B1 than your body needs causes the excess to be sweated out through your skin, producing an odor that female mosquitoes find repulsive.
So should you try it? Why not – vitamin B1 is water soluble and there’s no danger of toxicity even at high doses so it’s a safe experiment. Just try taking one 100mg vitamin B1 tablet daily from around April to October and then adding a B-complex vitamin during the peak mosquito season.
Love the scent of vanilla? Good, you’ll love this one.
According to Joey Green, the author of Magic Health Remedies: 1,363 Quick-and-Easy Cures Using Everyday Brand-Name Products, a little vanilla extract goes a long way toward disguising your scent so mosquitoes can’t find you.
To get started, add two teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract into one cup of water and spritz yourself with the yummy concoction. To make this solution even more mosquito-proof, add some of the best mosquito repellent oils to the mix – we suggest lemon eucalyptus and lavender oil.