Eat so you aren’t food for mosquitoes PDF Print E-mail

Rumors abound about natural ways to avoid pesky mosquito bites. Around 85% of your attractiveness to mosquitoes is genetic due to individual body chemistry, but you can take control of the 15% and make choices that limit how many bugs want to bite you at your next picnic or barbeque.

What you eat can make a difference. Garlic can help you release sulfur compounds through your skin that mask your natural scents that attract mosquitoes. Foods high in Vitamin B1, including sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts, and fish may also help you to avoid bites.

Mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid released by your body, so it helps to avoid salty and potassium rich foods during mosquito season.


Blueberries, apples, watermelon, cucumbers, cabbage, and peppers are all good summer picnic choices. Potassium rich foods like bananas, potatoes, spinach, chocolate, avocadoes, and dried fruits may attract more mosquitoes so they are best to avoid before outdoor
adventures.

Besides what you eat, choose to eat in sunny locations away from water, avoid dawn and dusk,
and wear long sleeved, light colored clothing so you can enjoy your meal without being eaten by
mosquitoes.

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