Mosquito Repellent

Mosquitoes are out in force in Wisconsin, and when you are armed with the knowledge they probably transmit Lyme Disease, are proven to transmit encephalitis, yellow fever, malaria, West Nile virus, dengue, and others, we should all be avoiding them.

A few simple things to do:

*Drain any standing water around your house

*Wear light colored, loose clothing with long sleeves and pants, hats, and socks

*Plant marigolds around your house as bugs do not like the smell they emit

*Avoid outdoor activity from dusk to dawn, the peak time for mosquito activity.

*Use natural repellents when outdoors

Natural mosquito repellent recipe

Apple cider vinegar helps to kill bacteria on the skin that the mosquitoes are attracted to and the high concentrations of essential oils repels them.

In an 8-ounce spray bottle, combine the following:

4 ounces apple cider vinegar
3 ounces water
100 drops citronella essential oil
50 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
50 drops clove oil
Shake first and test on a small area of skin first to test for sensitivity. If no reaction occurs then apply to clothes and skin often when outdoors.

Numerous studies show that lemon eucalyptus oil, citronella, and clove oil work as well if not better than DEET without causing the adverse health effects commercial sprays do.  Professor of medical entomology at the University of Florida in Vero Beach, Jonathan Day, says 20% of us are “high attractor types,” due to higher carbon dioxide, metabolic rate, lactic acid, acetone, and estradiol. It’s even worse if you wear red, navy blue, or black.  Medical entomologist and technical adviser to the American Mosquito Control Association, Joseph Conlon, states they are also more attracted to folks who drink a 12-ounce beer.

So there you have it.  If you are out at dusk, wearing black and drinking a beer, expect to be eaten alive.