Natural mosquito repellents you can prepare with kitchen ingredients

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I heard that eating a lot of garlic could help repel mosquitoes. Is this true? Is there anything else that we can eat to keep mosquitos away?


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Mosquitoes carry:

Some of these have been spreading in the U.S. In recent years. The World Health Organization regards mosquitoes as the deadliest animals on the planet because of the diseases they transmit. There are more than 3,000 species throughout the world và about 200 in the United States. The fewest species are in West Virginia và the most in Texas.

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The notion that eating garlic can protect against mosquito bites has been around for quite a while despite a lack of evidence that it does any good. Researchers at the University of Connecticut published a study in 2005 showing that volunteers who consumed a lot of garlic (in pills) & then were exposed lớn mosquitoes were bitten just as often as they were on days when they consumed a placebo instead of garlic. I don’t know of any food you can eat to lớn repel these insects.


On the other hand, if you can convince mosquitoes khổng lồ consume garlic, you could kill them off. Smearing garlic on your arms won’t vì chưng the trick. You need some other bait khổng lồ attract the mosquitoes. At least one available sản phẩm contains date juice & sugars combined with garlic oil & is said to kill four types of mosquitoes when sprayed on greenery in the garden or painted wood. The mosquitoes take the bait – the sugars – và consume the garlic oil in the process.

Mosquitoes are inclined to zero in on those of us who exhale the most carbon dioxide – they’re capable of locating a source of the gas from a distance of 160 feet. The larger you are, the more carbon dioxide you exhale. This probably explains why little kids don’t get bitten as often as adults and why pregnant women & people who are overweight or obese tend khổng lồ be mosquito magnets. Lactic acid, uric acid & ammonia in human sweat also attract the bugs, as does higher toàn thân temperature.

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According khổng lồ the American Mosquito Control Association, eating bananas does not attract (or repel) mosquitoes, as some believe – although wearing perfumes does get their attention. The insects also are attracted lớn people eating Limburger cheese or drinking beer. In fact, a French study published in 2010 found that drinking beer attracts mosquitoes carrying malaria and that beer drinking should be considered a risk factor for this disease. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the U.S. Annually, mostly in travelers & immigrants returning from countries where the disease is prevalent.

You can find my recommendations for repelling mosquito bites here.

Andrew Weil, M.D.


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