Insects are everywhere and can bite us both in the countryside and on the beach or in the city. Although some appear more in the summer than in the winter, it is necessary to be attentive, especially if we are allergic. In the following article you will know some tips on how to avoid insect bites.
Natural tips to avoid insect bites
Bugs (name we give to insects) can transmit different diseases, such as yellow fever, dengue or malaria. But they also tend to be annoying and, when they bite us, leave us a welt that irritates us and makes us despair by scratching ourselves (something that is completely forbidden even if we can not stand it). Therefore, it is necessary to learn how to avoid being bitten, without killing them or using chemical elements that affect our health and the environment.
Avoid perfumes or sweet-smelling creams
Insects have their senses developed to find flowers and consume their nectar, which is why they are attracted to perfume products with strong odor. If you spend time outdoors or plan to do it, do not wear cologne or perfume, use only neutral creams and soaps. Some people indicate that an excellent way to ward off insects is to exercise a lot to perspire, since they do not like the smell of sweat (the bad thing is that the people around us do not either). Another good idea is to consume raw garlic or onion.
Wear clothes that do not attract attention
As with the aromas, insects are attracted by very striking colors, such as orange, fuchsia, yellow or red. Avoid flower prints, do not wear too bright jewelry that can reflect the sun. Opt for light shades such as white, beige or apple green. Prefer long sleeves, a hat, closed shoes and long pants.
Cover beverage bottles
If you are having a picnic and bees or mosquitoes start to appear, it may be due to what you are drinking. If you have prepared an orange juice , it will attract the sweet smell and if you drink water you may be looking to cool down. Try not to leave open the bottles or containers where you keep the drinks and, as much as possible, cover the glasses with a cloth or with your hand. If we finished drinking, wash well so as not to leave sweet residue.
Do not be barefoot
While it is beautiful to walk without shoes on the grass or in the sand, we can suffer bites from insects that live on the ground, such as wasps. Keep your feet safe from stings by wearing shoes . Sandals are not recommended either.
Pay attention to the nests and hives
It may seem like a very basic and obvious advice, but sometimes we want so much to enjoy the outdoors that we do not realize that there is a large honeycomb, a nest of wasps or an anthill nearby. The favorite places to “build their houses” are the corners, the cracks, under the eaves and the hollows of the branches of the trees. Be careful when choosing the place to camp or spend the day.
Do not make sudden movements
As much as we think otherwise, insects will only sting us if we are a threat to them or their community. Then, if we see that a bee is flying, you do not have to start moving your arms back and forth or shouting, because in this way, the insect will think it is in danger and will not hesitate to attack. What should be done then is to keep calm, continue as if nothing happens and walk slowly if we want to flee the place. This way we will avoid “unnecessary” bites.
How to avoid mosquito bites
If we made a ranking with the most irritating insects, mosquitoes would be found first. Especially when they do not let us sleep at night with their buzzing near our ears. In addition to causing hives that itch a lot and cause injuries when scratched, the mosquito can spread dengue, a disease that must be avoided. To be able to scare away mosquitoes without killing them, so that we can all continue with our lives, keep these tips in mind:
Place metallic or tulle meshes on windows and doors
When it is hot, we want to open all the windows so that the house can be ventilated. But in addition to air, mosquitoes (among other insects). A good option to avoid this is placing meshes in the windows. A variant for a picnic or for the small children’s room is to place a “mosquito net” of tulle around the bed, although they only serve to avoid insects in that area.
Use natural herbs and essential oils
The best natural “espantamosquitos” are citronella and lemongrass. You can plant both in your garden, have a pot in the window or buy an essential oil with either of the two fragrances. In that case, you can place some drops on the vertices of the windows and doors, aromatize the house with a stove or even use it in body cream or protection factor. In some stores you get candles with citronella essence, for example.
As for the most recommended essential oils, in addition to the two mentioned, we can highlight the eucalyptus, lavender, basil , tea tree and laurel. And finally, you can make a mosquito scare by cutting a lemon in half and placing cloves. So no insect will enter your house and also leave a delicious aroma.