How to avoid mosquito bites!

Facts about mosquitos

  • Only female mosquitos bite.
  • Mosquitos are attracted to bright light and dark colors (wear light color clothes outside).
  • According to the National Institute of Health’s website, mosquitos can smell carbon dioxide from 75 feet away. Our bodies produce different levels of carbon dioxide and this may be a factor as to why mosquitos seem to be attracted to some people and not others.

How can we reduce the risk of mosquitos bite?

 The NIH recommends,

  • Apply insect repellent
  • Cover exposed skin.
  • Remove any standing water from your property to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and keep mosquitoes outside by ensuring window and door screens are in good repair.
  • When traveling in countries where malaria or other mosquito-borne illnesses are present make sure to sleep in screened rooms or under bed nets.
  • Follow medical advice regarding guidelines for malaria prophylaxis drugs.

According to the Center of Disease Control and prevention, “When used as directed, insect repellent is the BEST way to protect yourself from mosquito bites—even children and pregnant women should protect themselves. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer lasting protection.

Wear an insect repellent registered by the Environmental Protection Agency:

Use insect repellent or wear protective clothing wherever mosquitoes are found.

Look for repellents containing,

  • DEET,
  • Picaridin,
  • IR3535,
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Para-menthane-diol products provide long-lasting protection.

Other tips to help avoid mosquito bites

Light candles with citronella and other oils that deter mosquitos such as this candle by Bath, Body and Candle Moments

Plant geraniums, catnip, marigolds, citronella and lemon balm by outdoor seating.

Wear light colored clothes.

Avoid getting too hot, mosquitos can smell you from over 75 feet away.

Keep a fly swatter handy

The science behind breaking bad habits

The Science of Breaking Bad Habits

This course offers information on why we take part in bad habits as well as what can be done to change them. Learning more about the science behind habits may help you break a habit if you are looking to do so. The workbook includes evidence based approaches on managing and breaking bad habits.

The course includes,

Introduction
What is a habit and how do they form?
Why do we engage in bad habits?
The sequence of habits
How long does it take for a habit to develop?
Facts about breaking a habit
The first step is recognition
What are the good things about your habit?
What is the reward?
Are we wired differently?
What is the difference between habits, compulsions and addictions?
Habit Reversal Training
The habit loop
Solutions to triggers
Exploring your habit
Changing the situation

Are you fully committed?
4 stages of changing a health behavior
Mindfulness
Tips for breaking a bad habit
Lapses and relapses
References

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

– Lao Tzu

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