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10 Tips for Avoiding Mosquito Bites on Your Summer Vacation


Sunset is prime time for mosquito attacks (Photo: phlchpp)

If there is one Canadian summer tradition we could go without, it’s the abundance of mosquitoes and other flying, biting insects that seem determined to drive us crazy, or send us indoors.

Chances are you’ve tried a few different solutions for dealing with these blood-thirsty insects. If mosquitos find your blood to irresistible, don’t give up yet, as here are 10 great tips for avoiding being bitten this summer.

1. Use citronella. It’s difficult to travel with those torches designed for your backyard, but citronella—a common way to keep the mozzies away—is also found in candles in travel-friendly tins, towelettes, sprays and lotions. While they won’t stop them from actually biting, they can do a decent job of keeping them at bay.

2. Take vitamin B1. Decades ago a study came to the conclusion that mosquitoes don’t like the “smell” of this vitamin, and that it can act as a natural defense against mosquito bites. It hasn’t been tried and tested in any real scientific way, but if mosquitoes love you, it’s worth buying some B1 vitamins to conduct your own experiment.

3. Go swimming. Summer in Canada means lakes and oceans, camping and cottages. If the mosquitoes are getting too bold around the campfire, go for a dip in the pool or lake. Mosquitoes can’t swim and you only live once, so enjoy your summer as much as you can!

4. Eat bananas. A popular belief in parts of Asia is that bananas have mosquito-repelling abilities. Not a very scientific solution, but it can’t help to eat a few extra bananas and see if it works for you.

5. Travel with mosquito magnets. Animals like caribou travel in bigger herds as a natural defense against mosquitoes, so the more mosquito buddies you have, the better. Preferably try to hang out with ones that seem to be more of a mosquito-magnet than you are!

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