Do you feel attacked?

Are you afraid to go out at dusk and dawn?

Do you fear a loss of blood from a bite?

No, it’s not vampires, this time of year it’s all about those pesky mosquitos.

Both vampires and mosquitoes are surrounded by myth and superstition.  One thing that they do have in common (no it’s not a stake through the heart) is garlic.  Many believe that garlic is a natural mosquito repellent.  According to the Naples Daily News ” The only truly effective mosquito repellent is DEET. This is the active ingredient in most of the major brands of commercial repellent. In a very convoluted and round about way, there may be some substance to the myth that eating quantities of garlic repels mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide exhaled by people. The more people in a group, the more carbon dioxide and the more attractive to mosquitoes are the individual people in the group. In the case of someone eating a clove of garlic, no one will want to stand around outside with the garlic eater. Thusly, the garlic eater will be alone and less attractive to mosquitoes because there will be less carbon dioxide to attract the mosquitoes. The bottom line, garlic may repel people but not mosquitoes.”

Read more about mosquito myths here Mosquito Myths from the University of Florida.

Information to help you bite back and reclaim the evening!

CDC Fight the Bite Campaign

EPA Insect Repellents: Use and Effectiveness 

Mosquito Bite information from the Mayo Clinic

Insect Bites and Stings: First Aid from the Mayo Clinic

Hey a mosquito bit me.  Information from Nemours written for kids.

Complications from Mosquito Bites

posted by – Susan, Health Reference Services

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