A good fan
When you’re sitting outside on a warm, windless day, bring a fan outside and turn it on high. Mosquitoes are weak fliers, not to mention itty-bitty things, and hate the breeze from a strong fan. Here are 10 weird reasons mosquitoes love to bite you.
Quick, what’s the most popular mosquito repellant in the world? DEET, right? Wrong! It’s picaridin (pronounced pih-CARE-a-den), a synthetic compound developed from a plant extract that’s a close cousin to table pepper. Picaridin has been available in Europe and Australia but was approved for sale in the United States only in 2005. “Picaridin is a little more effective than DEET and seems to keep mosquitoes at a greater distance,” Dan Strickman, of the Global Health Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, told NPR. DEET doesn’t stop a mosquito from landing on you. It just makes you less tasty. Skeeters avoid picaridin outright, making it less likely one will even land on you. Try these trusted bug repellants you’ll actually want to use.