Summer is great, except for bugs: Here’s how to avoid them
Summer is the season when everyone heads out to enjoy the sun and have the time of their lives. However, as wonderful as the season is, it also comes with some downsides, the biggest one being bugs. Whether you are taking a stroll down the beach or enjoying a picnic in the park, insects find a way to cut your day short. They bite, sting, and ruin your fun, making you wish you stayed indoors. Mosquitoes, gnats, flies, and bees are just some of the bugs that seem to appear just when you are about to have some fun. But how do they find you and how can you avoid them? In this article, we’ll explore some tips to ensure you stay bite-free this summer.
How bugs find you
Your body emits numerous smells, but humans can generally detect only a few. Bugs, on the other hand, can smell various substances and use them to locate you. Additionally, your skin color, clothing, and blood type also make a difference.
The darker your skin, the more likely bugs are to bite you. They also tend to prefer dark clothing over light-colored clothing. Your blood type might also contribute to your attractiveness (or unattractiveness) to the pesky insects. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about your blood type, but you can take other precautions.
1. Avoid floral fragrances
As much as you might love your floral perfume, lotion, or detergent, it’s time to put them away this summer. Bugs are attracted to floral scents, so it’s better to opt for less fragrant body sprays or perfumes. This small change can make a significant difference.
2. Ditch closed shoes and socks
When it’s hot outside, the last thing you want is to wear closed shoes and socks. However, it’s not just a matter of comfort – bugs are attracted to heat and sweat, and closed shoes are the perfect environment for those factors. Instead, opt for open sandals or flip-flops. Your feet will thank you, and you’ll be less attractive to bugs.
3. Watch your diet
Believe it or not, what you eat affects your attractiveness to bugs. Certain foods make you sweat more and produce a more potent odor. Sugary drinks, such as beer or soda, are also attractive to mosquitoes and other insects. Drinking plenty of water is an excellent option to stay hydrated without attracting bugs.
4. Avoid large gatherings
Large gatherings, such as concerts or festivals, are a haven for bugs. With crowds of people, sugary drinks, and hot temperatures, it’s no wonder insects are drawn to these events. If you can’t avoid them altogether, it’s best to stay away from the crowd or wear long sleeves and pants. Men also tend to sweat more and attract more bugs, so if you’re not looking to mingle, this is a great excuse.
Bug repellent scents
If you’re looking to repel bugs, there are natural and artificial fragrances that can help. We’ve highlighted a few below.
Lavender has a calming scent that works wonders for relaxation. It’s also a bug repellent, which makes it an excellent addition to your skincare routine. You can use lavender essential oil or purchase a lavender-scented lotion or spray. Alternatively, plant some lavender in your garden and keep bugs away while adding a lovely scent to your backyard.
2. Peppermint and Eucalyptus
Peppermint and eucalyptus are two scents that bugs can’t stand. Crush peppermint leaves and rub them on your skin to repel bugs, or make a homemade spray with peppermint essential oil. Eucalyptus works just as well and can be used instead or in combination with peppermint.
Citronella is another natural bug repellent that works like a charm. However, it can be irritating for some people. If you find that it irritates your skin, try using lemongrass instead, as it has citronella in it but is gentler on the skin.
4. Cooking repellents
Garlic, rosemary, and basil are not only cooking staples but also natural bug repellents. When you’re hosting a cookout or grilling, be sure to use these herbs to add flavor and keep bugs away. Rosemary can also be used to create a DIY perfume.
Summer is a time to enjoy yourself and have fun, but bug bites can put a damper on everything. By taking a few simple precautions and using bug repellents, you can keep bugs at bay and enjoy a fun-filled, bite-free summer. The tips we’ve provided are easy to follow and safe for most people. With a little know-how and some fragrant repellents, you can stay bite-free and enjoy all the summertime activities you love.