July 8, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin
Whether out in the woods, camping, hiking, or simply at home in the backyard, mosquitoes are not equal opportunity biters. Some people seem to be constantly bit by mosquitoes while others are not. With the growing risks that can result from a mosquito bite, we need to be aware of what attracts them, and take precautions to minimize our health risk.
Here are some summer survival tips of how to avoid becoming mosquito bit…
Avoid these things…
Dark Colors attract mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can see and use their vision to locate targets from a distance. Most of their day-to-day targets will be found in the shade or within foliage, so they are naturally attracted to dark colors. This means that they will be more attracted to people wearing dark clothing than people wearing light clothing.
Fragrances are known to attract mosquitoes. Avoid perfume, cologne, perfumed shampoos, hand creams, soaps, fabric softeners, detergent, etc. Switch to as many unscented products as you can during the summer to avoid the mosquito bite.
Movement will attract mosquitoes. They can see their victims from within 30 feet by locating the changes in waves of light around them, caused by moving objects.
Sweat will attract mosquitoes because they need water to reproduce, and they are naturally attracted to areas with higher humidity levels. This includes people who are sweating. Perspiration will also dilute any mosquito repellents that you might have applied; making you more attractive to mosquitoes.