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What Keeps The Mosquitoes Away?

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My family seems to get eaten alive by mosquitoes.  Recently the wife said to me “You never seem to get bit.” I never really thought about it before but it seems to be true. My daughter Riley could walk outside and she gets 5 mosquito bites.  I got home yesterday and Tara had a bite on her back.  I got to wondering, why don’t I?

Some biologists think that is has to do with the way we smell.  You smell good….to the sketters. So what you can do to help keep the mosquitoes away?  Here’s what they suggest.

Wash with an antibacterial soap to remove mosquito attracting bacteria from the skin.  Avoid going outside at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes are plentiful and active. Use an outdoor fan, although that could be tough when you’re trying to run around. Spray your clothing with an insect repellent that contains DEET.

What doesn’t work. Taking vitamin B supplements. Eating garlic. Taking certain medications. If you have high cholesterol, they say that can also attract mosquitoes.

Now before you think that I’m saying that my family smells, I’M NOT. It’s just a “possible” reason why they get bit.

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