The American Mosquito Control Association tallying the annual death toll at around a million. The mosquito bite is capable of inducing inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, which are the symptoms of Yellow Fever. In some cases, this bite can lead to severe bleeding, shock, and death in the form of Dengue Fever.
It seems that there’s nothing trifling about protecting yourself against the common mosquito bite. This is the best way of ensuring that adequate protection, especially in mosquito-prone areas, is good. Also, it helps to avoid getting unsightly skin inflammation, in the form of large bumps.
And with a recent study done on rats at Duke University indicating that frequent exposure to DEET (the primary ingredient in most bug sprays) led to “diffuse brain cell death and behavioral changes” and that “humans should stay away from products containing it.” There’s been a growing trend in people seeking out healthier, more natural solutions to mosquito-borne diseases.
Fortunately, for those who are aware and prefer natural methods, these 10 of the most effective DIY mosquito repellents could just be the answer.
When considering the myths surrounding mosquitos and bloodsuckers in general, there’s undoubtedly a correlation between garlic’s reported effectiveness at keeping these at bay. It is also why garlic has maintained a corresponding popularity with those vampire slayers of legend. Its exact mosquito repellent abilities haven’t been well documented. But there is anecdotal evidence that allicin, the compound responsible for garlic’s fragrant character, is inimical to mosquitoes’ senses, serving as a deterrent.
It’s believed that simply including garlic in one’s diet, or perhaps even ingesting a few cloves before bedtime, is sufficient at keeping tiny, bloodthirsty mosquitoes from buzzing around your head at night.
But empirical studies have shown that garlic juice, even applied directly to the skin, only has a 20 to 40-minute effectiveness as a repellent. Another study, done in 2005 by the University of Connecticut Health Center, comparing the effects of consuming large quantities of garlic versus a placebo showed no difference in the rate of instances of people bitten. So, while a popular myth, it seems garlic as a mosquito repellent is little more than old wives’ tale. One best put to bed before considering the more proven mosquito deterrents about to be expanded upon.