Cathy Isom tells us about the scents that can draw and also repel mosquitoes. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
There are many scents than can draw and also repel mosquitoes.
The scents that attract the pesky critters include: Carbon Dioxide and Body Heat.
The larger the person, the more carbon dioxide they tend to exhale, which mosquitoes find irresistible. Including pregnant women. Mosquitoes find you less appealing when you’re stationary and tend to go after those who are active and producing body heat. Research also indicates that mosquitoes are especially drawn to smelly feet and socks. And the more lactic acid on your skin, the greater your chances of getting bitten.
As for the scents that Repel Mosquitoes: Chickens, Garlic and Natural Plant-based oils.
Scientists report that mosquitoes stay clear of most birds. Consuming fresh garlic on a regular basis, or taking a garlic supplement may cause your skin to emit a scent that mosquitoes and ticks find offensive. And any type of Natural plant-based oil repellents are safer for use than the chemical-based repellents like DEET.