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Everyone loves summer! As the warm weather sets in, it puts smiles on our faces and dreams of vacation in our minds. In general, there’s lots to celebrate about summer – except for one pesky problem. Mosquitoes and bees arrive at the exact same time as this wonderful season.

How can we live in harmony and “adopt” these tiny intruders? There are many ways to keep a safe distance, either naturally or using specialized products.
Before we get into the options available for repelling mosquitoes, did you know that some people attract them more than others?

According to a number of different studies, it has been proven that people with O-type blood are 85% more likely to attract mosquitoes, compared to just 45% for other blood types. This would explain why some people in a group feel like they’re constantly getting “eaten alive.” According to another study, mosquitoes can also be attracted to our breath and body heat.

Here are a few quick tips to keep mosquitos away:

  • Mosquito repellent found in department stores to spray your body and clothing. Be careful near your eyes – these products contain chemicals that can be harmful
  • Thermacell, a new device that shoos mosquitos away
  • Natural mosquito repellent spray made from essential oils or plants
  • Many plants naturally repel mosquitos:
    • Citronella
    • Lemon thyme
    • Lemon balm
    • Basil
    • Scented geranium: take a leaf and rub it on your skin
    • Lavender

There are so many ways to create your own repellent!
 Plants are also useful to keep mosquitoes away – ones with a strong scent are especially effective at repelling mosquitoes.
Geranium, lemongrass, and mint, as well as the alliaceae family (such as garlic and onion) are also bee repellents.

We hope these tips are useful to you this summer!