How To Avoid Mosquito Bites
As summer is right around the corner and the weather warms, more campers are exploring the wilderness around them. Unfortunately, this also means mosquitoes are beginning to emerge as well. Along with leaving you itching, mosquitoes have been known to spread disease to more than 700 million people every year. Below are ways to stay off the menu for mosquitoes.
One of the most effective mosquito repellents is DEET. It was first developed for the US Army in 1946, but became available for the public in 1957. "OFF! Deep Woods" repellent contains 24 percent DEET. According to a British study, its effects last about five hours.
Doctors and medical professionals have said that DEET is safe for the skin. When using DEET or products containing DEET, protect your eyes. It will burn and a doctor should be contacted. Children are also safe to use DEET and the American Academy of Pediatrics has allowed children to use products containing DEET up to 30 percent.
If consumers want to avoid using DEET, there are some products which have shown to have an effect deterring mosquitoes that do not contain the chemical. Examples of these products are Bite Blocker for Kids, soybean oil, and Avon's "EXPEDITION" formula.
Citronella candles have also been known to repel mosquitoes away from humans. These candles have been in use since 1882.
Also available are ultrasonic mosquito repellent devices. These emit sounds that irritate or scar away the bugs. Unfortunately, according to the American College of Physicians there is no proof at this time that these devices actually work.