Mosquitoes are awful, just their presence can ruin an afternoon outside. They swarm around looking for the perfect meal and attack once they have found it.
These pesky little blood suckers can carry some terrifying diseases. Diseases that they transmit straight into our bloodstream when they bite. Every single year about 700 million people contract an illness because of being bitten by a mosquito. This is not an exaggeration, the number is constantly increasing and is killing people off quickly.
I am sure you have already heard of the Zika Virus and the issue that comes along with it. Diseases that can be spread by mosquitoes include malaria, encephalitis, West Nile virus, and more. It is best we do what we can to avoid being bitten by these little monsters altogether. There are several ways we can deter mosquitoes and it could be the reason why you’re being attacked while the people around you are not being bothered at all.
My husband is always swarmed by mosquitoes in the summertime while I am rarely affected. It is a hit or miss for sure. The more you exercise the more they will attack you. this is because of the lactic acid our bodies produce because of exercise. It is emitted from our sweat glands and will cause you to become a mosquito magnet, you should always shower first thing after a workout.
Your blood type also plays a role which is something you cannot change. Studies have found that people with type O blood are bitten most by mosquitoes. People with type O blood are twice as likely to suffer mosquito rampage than people with type A blood. Some people, the majority of the population even emits a chemical from their skin giving off their blood type. Mosquitoes can pick up on this so they know exactly who to aim for when choosing their prey.
These factors all add up to reasoning as to why some people get bit by mosquitoes and others don’t. Sometimes they even take into account the bacteria on your skin. Some bacteria can deter mosquitoes and others can attract them. The more CO2 you produce the more often you will be bitten as well. These insects are assholes, to say the least.
If you have been using those dangerous health-threatening chemical repellents I do suggest this summer you try a more natural and safe approach to mosquito deterring. The following method is easy, safe, and effective when it comes to keeping mosquitoes away from you and your family. Have you ever considered trapping the little buggers?
- 2-liter soda bottle
- Serrated knife
- Brown sugar
- Warm water
- Cut a third of the top of the 2-liter bottle off with the knife.
- Place about 1/2 a cup of brown sugar into this as well as 2 cups of warm water.
- Add in 1/2 teaspoons of yeast in this and place the top of the bottle into the bottom upside down.
- It should fit nice and snug (make sure the cap is off.)
Mosquitoes will be attracted to this and once they fly into it, they won’t be able to get out. You will be able to relax mosquito free outdoors for as long as you’d like. If you notice your trap has stopped working then it is time to make a new one. To see a demonstration of this please take the time to watch the video below. Depending on your yard size you may need more or less inside the bottle so measurements vary. Enjoy!