Summer is drawing to a close–but mosquitos are still troubling those who enjoy the out-of-doors! How can you and your family stay off the mosquito’s menu? University researchers conducted controlled laboratory studies of the most common compounds claimed to have repellant effects. Fifteen human volunteers placed their arms in cages filled with hungry bloodsuckers. They found the higher concentrations of DEET repellants provided the longest protection–over 5 hours of complete protection. Most other tested substances provided 20 minutes or less of protection. Read here to learn more about protecting yourself from these pesky pests.
PositiveTip: For more fun and less scratching, get rid of all sources of standing water where the insects lay their eggs. If you must go outdoors from dusk to dawn protect yourself with an effective repellant.