Are You a Mosquito Magnet?

Does it seem like you are always filled with mosquito bites during the summer while other people in your group get away with one or two mosquito bites – if any at all? It seems like you might be more prone to bites, but that can’t possibly be true right? It is probably just the luck of the draw whether or not you get bitten – or is it?

Scientists have now proven that some people are actually more prone to mosquito bites while others can go out without repellent and get nary a bite at all. It turns out that people who are stressed expel chemicals that naturally repel mosquitoes. So what is a non-stressed person to do? Well, you could either get stressed, and get stressed quick. Or, you could choose a mosquito repellent that is recommended by the Center for Disease Control to help keep those pesky pests at bay.

And what does the Center for Disease Control recommend for repelling mosquitoes? There are two levels of products that they recommend. The first level includes chemicals that are more effective and lasts longer: DEET and Picaridin. The second level provides “reasonably long lasting protection”: Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and IR3535. While it may make some people nervous, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has verified that, when used as directed, DEET is safe.

As for the rules of application, the CDC states that if you are going to be outside for over 3-4 hours and/or where biting is very intense, use a repellent containing more than 20% DEET. For shorter periods of time, use repellents containing less than 20% DEET, 7% Picaridin or a product containing Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

Always follow the directions on your chosen repellant. Summer is made for being outside and having fun, so get out there and make sure to protect yourself and your family!