I'm writing today's tip from Sunny Florida. With the warmth and sunshine, also comes a fair amount of bugs. Bug bites are not just annoying, but also a potential health hazard. So any measure we can take to avoid them is welcome. Many times, though, it's with toxic and costly chemicals. There are other ways to lessen the chance of getting mosquito bites.
The easiest changeo is to replace outdoor incandescent bulbs with fluorescent ones that the mosquitoes aren't drawn to.
Incorporation of mosquito repelling plants into the landscaping is another simple start. Mosquitoes are repelled by the smell of rosemary, catnip, marigolds. Simply crush the leaves to release their scent, or rub them on your skin and clothing for the most protection. Another natural home remedy is crushed parsley in apple cider vinegar dabbed onto your skin. (When the vinegar dries there is no scent so you will not smell like a pickle.)
If external repellents aren't strong enough, you can also repel them internally via your food consumption. A diet rich in vitamin B1 such as wholegrain bread and cereals or brown rice is theorized to repel mosquitoes. My personal favorite is food seasoned with garlic. At the very least, it will keep the vampires away. Hopefully, the more annoying and less glamorous bloodsucker, the mosquito, will steer clear as well.
Wishing you a bite free summer!