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Enjoying the warm and sunny weather outdoors becomes difficult if you are prone to mosquito bites.  These bites are extremely itchy and irritating for the skin.  Being prone to mosquito bites is down to your genetic makeup.  A study found that DNA accounts for 67% of the mosquito attraction, meaning some people are considered “mosquito magnets” while others are lucky enough never to get bitten.  If you have the misfortune of being constantly bitten during the summer months, here are six tips for dealing with mosquitos.

1.  Shower Regularly

Mosquitos are attracted to chemicals such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid that are in our sweat and breath.  To avoid attracting insects, make sure to take a shower after exercising to remove these chemicals from your skin.

2.  What to Wear?

Wearing long sleeves and full trousers will give the bugs less of a target.  As mosquitos are attracted to heat, dark colours that attract sunlight tend to also attract mosquitos.  It’s recommended that you wear light coloured clothes to avoid attracting insects.

3.  Get Rid of Stagnant Water and Trim the Grass

Mosquitos live and bread on still water that why you may often get bitten near lakes or rivers.  If you are out enjoying the sun in your garden, make sure to empty flowerpots, clogged drains, bin lids or puddles of water that will attract the incests.  Cutting the grass and keeping your garden tidy will give the insects fewer places to hide and thrive.

4.  Use an Insect Repellent

Using insect repellent will not kill mosquitos, but it should stop them from landing on and biting the skin.  Insect repellents should be applied to areas of the skin that are not covered by clothing.  It’s important to reapply insect repellent regularly, especially after swimming or washing.

If you are looking for a more natural insect repellent, Lavender or Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil can be used.  Adding ULTRAPURE Laboratories® Lavender Essential Oil to a diffuser or candle may repel insects and keep them out of your home and garden.

5.  Treating Insect Bites with Essential Oil

It can be almost impossible to resist scratching an itchy bug bite, especially for young children.  Lavender is a gentle essential oil that can be used without a carrier oil; therefore, it can be applied directly to the skin.  ULTRAPURE Laboratories® Lavender Essential Oil can be applied to a bite to reduce the itchiness and pain of the bug bite.

A bug bite can become infected and may begin to ooze.  ULTRAPURE Laboratories® Tea Tree Essential Oil may help prevent bacteria or other microbes from infecting the insect bite and may also reduce the swelling and itchiness.  If the wound does become infected, you should seek medical advice from a doctor.

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