It's the beginning of summer and you head outside with a smile, ready for the warm rays of the sun to paint your body. When you least expect it, mosquitoes track you down and send you swatting and running for cover.
Why does this happen? How do these pesky mosquitoes find you in the first place? To find out, let's take a look at the science behind mosquito behavior.
It's quite simple actually. Mosquitoes can detect the carbon dioxide in the air you exhale. If you exercise, you tend to exhale more air thereby attracting more mosquitoes. They can smell your sweat.
Mosquitoes usually zero in on the areas of the skin where the blood is close to the surface. They detect heat to find these areas, which is often located near the forehead, wrists, elbows and neck.
According to some studies, dark colored clothing can attract the attention of mosquitoes. It stands out against the background, marking you as a target. Additionally, movement can also be detected by mosquitoes.
On the skin, a large number of chemical compounds and bacteria can produce sweat that attracts mosquitoes. It's even said that some foods can produce compounds that are favored by mosquitoes. However, no direct link has been found between specific foods and mosquitoes.
Lastly, it is genetics at work. Some people attract more mosquitoes than others. Also, there are people who don't react as negatively to bites as the rest of the population.
It turns out that it is a combination of multiple factors that results in mosquito bites. It also differs between different species of mosquitoes. Protect yourself from these pesky bugs with insect repellent.
Aromaflage and Aromaflage Wild are all-natural botanical fragrances and insect repellents that keep your summers bug-free.
It's summer...well, close to it! Previously, we discussed DIY summer projects for your home. Let's now take a look at summer fashion that's tailored to the bug season.
While making travel plans for the season, remember to pack appropriate clothing. Bug-free clothing doesn't have to be unfashionable. Here are some tips on looking good while staying bug-free outdoors.
Mosquitoes are known to be attracted to dark colors. It's because dark colors (e.g., black/blue) stand out more.
Opt for lighter shades during the summer. Neutral colors are also advisable. It might not keep the bugs away completely but it can help in reducing the number of bites, and heat absorption.
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Tightly-woven fabrics can work as a physical shield preventing mosquitoes from biting you. However, most fabrics like these might not be suitable for the higher temperatures of summer.
Go for lighter fabrics like tightly-woven cotton that work well during these warmer months.
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Loose-fitting clothing can help in reducing the possibility of mosquito bites. Creating a gap between the cloth and your skin, loose-fitting clothing ensures that mosquitoes cannot reach the skin easily.
Loose-fitting clothing also helps keep you cool in humid conditions, making it smart summer-wear.
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Mosquitoes are known to be attracted to parts of the body which have blood vessels close to the surface like ears, wrists and ankles.
Wear tops with long sleeves to keep your wrists covered and protected.
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Socks can be used as fashion accessories while also covering your ankles.
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Protect your ears and neck with hats and scarves.
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Complete your summer ensemble with a fragrance that keeps the mosquitoes away. Instead of using chemical repellents, try Aromaflage, a botanical fragrance and insect repellent.
Yes, the time has come: spring turns into summer. There is a fresh warmth in the air. If spring heralds the beginning of outdoor season, summer celebrates it.
It's time to get your house summer-ready.
Prepare the Patio:
Since you're hopefully going to be spending a lot of time outdoors entertaining friends and family, try to prepare a unique seating and standing area for your guests. Add a cozy atmosphere to the outdoor entertaining area with a wooden patio.
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Let There be Light:
Make pathways in your garden that can be visible at night. Maybe even add a little special spray paint to the stepping stones with glow in the dark paint!
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Up your Movie Game:
Try using an outdoor projector, large screen and a sound system.
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De-bug your Yard:
It's also bug season. Mosquitoes and other bugs are unwelcome visitors at your outdoor parties (but keep those dragonflies around as they are friends).
The land bursts with color. There's the warm yellow of the morning sun, the verdant green of the grass and the earthy brown of the soil. Picnic season has arrived.
That also means it's bug season unfortunately. Mosquitoes and other unwelcome visitors wreak havoc at picnics and cookouts. That's no reason, however, to avoid outdoor parties. Here's how you can stay bug-free this season.
Mosquitoes are weak fliers and a steady airflow can keep them at bay. Put up fans to clear mosquitoes out of the area.
Depending on the type of outdoor party, you can use a floor fan, table fan or even a box fan.
Light attracts bugs. The veranda lights at your cookout can bring in a lot more bugs than you expect.
Bug lights help in keeping the bug population low during outdoor parties. Using bulbs that emit a yellow tinted light, bug lights don't kill or repel bugs but merely attract a lesser number of bugs in comparison to other lights.
Trap & zap:
Bug zappers use ultraviolet light to attract bugs and then kill them with a low voltage current. However, bug zappers are more effective in attracting and killing other kinds of insects and not so much in the case of mosquitoes.
While it's tempting to put on your summer clothes during the picnic season, the areas of exposed skin are prone to get bitten by mosquitoes. Since the feet are especially vulnerable, wear socks to prevent bites.
In addition to these precautions, use Aromaflage to stay bug-free. Aromaflage and Aromaflage Wild are botanical insect repellents that are effective alternatives to DEET and Citronella. Creating a shield around your skin, Aromaflage repels mosquitoes and other bugs.
Aromaflage also functions as a botanical fragrance making it the perfect companion for the picnic season.
Outdoor season is upon us. Dining al fresco, surrounded by lush gardens and lovely views, has a charm of its own. The scents of nature enhance our experience and freshness is in the air.
Blend in with nature with your favorite natural fragrance.
During summer’s balmy days, you often put on your hat and shades to head out to a seaside restaurant. As you anticipate the seasonal delicacies, you look forward to experiencing divine, fresh flavors. “Let’s hear the specials,” you ask excitedly.
Aromaflage is the scent of summer in a bottle. Cedar wood, orange and vanilla. It rouses you. You feel alive.
In the mellow days of spring, you step out into the patio of the restaurant. It's surrounded by a lush garden with a view of the streets below. It’s salad season, you decide. You lean into your salad and take a deep breath. The aroma takes you over. It reminds you of the Mediterranean.
Aromaflage Wild. It's a woodsy and spicy fragrance. It fills you with the explorer's spirit.
In the tranquil nights of autumn, you lie under the stars. You hear the trees rustling in the wind around you as their leaves begin to turn bright, magnificent colors. It's camping season and it's time for dinner around the fire.
Experience the best sleep you've had in years and wake up rejuvenated.