Scientists say that climate change is going to make the Southeast a lot wetter this summer, and with all that moisture comes more mosquitoes. Is that anything to worry about? According to the Mayo Clinic, it might be. They say, "Most people infected with West Nile virus don't experience any signs or symptoms, or may experience only minor ones, such as a fever and mild headache. However, some people who become infected with West Nile virus develop a life-threatening illness that includes inflammation of the brain." Inflammation of the brain? Does that sound like anything you want? How about Chikungunya? This is a virus that causes high fever, fatigue and a joint pain that is often debilitating. That is why it is so important to not mix signals when it comes to attracting mosquitoes. Let those mosquitoes know you're not interested.
When you want to attract someone you put on a nice scent. With mosquitoes, you need to do the opposite. Wearing mosquito repellent is still the number-one way to protect yourself from getting bitten. Recent studies show that natural plant-like chemicals work just as well as DEET. Find a product that has oil of lemon eucalyptus in it. Or, if you're going to be out for a long time, try something with Picaridin.
When you want to attract someone, you wear clothing that lures them in. With mosquitoes, you can actually wear clothing that makes you appear less interesting. Mosquitoes fly low to the ground and use silhouettes to zero in on their targets. If you wear brighter clothing, you will make your silhouette less attractive to those little blood eaters.
When you go on a date, you probably want to show a little skin. Showing skin is the last thing you want to do with mosquitoes. If you can bear it, put on a long-sleeved shirt and pants. This will provide less exposed flesh for those mosquitoes to bite, and give you something to spray repellent on if you don't want to spray it on your skin.
If you're looking to attract someone, you probably want to work out. But to avoid mosquitoes you should take it easy. The more carbon dioxide you exhale, the more attractive you will be to mosquitoes. Working out also increases your body temperature, another appetizing trait that will make those mosquitoes come in close and say, "Hey. How you doin?" in their best Joey Tribbiani voice.
In the end, you may just be sweeter smelling to mosquitoes and there isn't anything you can do about it. Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York says, "There are 400 compounds in our skin that are attractive to mosquitoes." You may just have the wrong compounds.
If you're going to be in your backyard, Dr. Bassett suggests long sleeves, long pants, and a nice big fan to keep the mosquitoes from landing on you. It also doesn't hurt to get a mosquito treatment for your backyard, which by the way, is pretty inexpensive here at McCall. If you kill the mosquito eggs in your lawn before they can hatch, you'll have fewer mosquitoes to deal with when you want to enjoy your yard. Contact us today to start enjoying a mosquito free zone at your home!