As we head into summer, we can look forward to warm weather, even longer days, cookouts with friends—and mosquitoes! If you’re tempted to use one of the chemical-laden bug sprays, think twice. Many contain DEET (diethyltoluamide), which may keep mosquitoes away but at a price: Its safety is questionable, especially for young children and older individuals.
Instead, here’s what I recommend for repelling those pesky mosquitoes, naturally:
- Take Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): There’s at least one study indicating that taking 100 mg of vitamin B-1—or thiamine—a day keeps mosquitoes at bay. Other studies have shown it reduces itching caused by bites. While the research is not conclusive, thiamine is good for your overall health. So, consider adding enough vitamin B-1 to what's in your multivitamin to equal 100 mg per day this summer.
- Cover Up: When you go out in the evening, wear long sleeves and long pants, as well as socks. You may also want to stay indoors during the evening hours, when mosquitoes are out in droves.
- Use a Natural Inspect Repellent: Look for one made from all-natural ingredients such as plant oils and extracts.
You can also help to keep the mosquito population down by removing any free-standing water in your yard. It only takes a tablespoon of water to breed a whole new crop of mosquitoes.
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