2. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Is a Primary Target

Fresh Breath

People who produce more CO2 are target-ready for these biters, it is what they search for. If you have elevated heart rates or are breathing heavier, you will create more CO2. Certain foods and exercise increase your metabolic rates, which increase CO2, making you irresistible for a mosquito.

1. Use Bug Spray

Bug Sprays

DEET is recommended, or you can use several more natural sprays such as lemon or eucalyptus oil on any exposed skin. The thin-skinned areas like your wrist, ankle, elbow, and forehead are easy pickings for mosquitos, so make sure to cover or spray these areas. It also helps to stay near breezes or fans where mosquitos find it harder to navigate in.

How to Treat Mosquito Bites

Treating Mosquito Bite

You should apply ice to decrease swelling. If you are having any other reactions, like difficulty breathing, fever, more irritation, or greater swelling, then use an anti-histamine tablet.

In some cases, both for preventing and treating, use essential oils of rosemary, lavender, peppermint, or citronella with apple cider vinegar; this may help control biting, itching, and swelling.

Related: 11 Plants That Help Keep Mosquitoes Away

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