Zika is in the United States soil.
This summer (and weeks leading to the season), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention went from issuing travel warnings to Americans visiting ‘hotbed’ countries to cautioning the public of non-travel related cases in the US. One of the countries reported with massive outbreaks is none other than the 2016 Summer Olympics host, Brazil.
News of the first possible locally-transmitted case of Zika virus in Florida broke towards the end of July. Since its confirmation, the reported number of non-travel related infections is steadily going up.
As the federal, state and local governments struggle to find ways to contain Zika and ultimately combat the disease, individual efforts to ward off mosquitoes are imperative. FoodFacts.com notes that foods may not be the best solution, but they do offer some protection against mosquitoes.
A study claims that eating garlic to repel insects is nothing more than placebo. The study states that participants who ate garlic one day saw no difference in mosquito bites. However, the effect of raw garlic consumption takes longer than just one day. A week after daily consumption of a clove or two, your body will start emitting garlic odor that repels many insects.
Note: The garlic odor emitted is not the most pleasant. Because you’d want to repel insects and not your friends and family, you may do well with just scrubbing garlic on your skin.
Thiamine or vitamin B1 is said to alter human scent, which essentially hides you from mosquitoes. A 2005 issue of the Journal of the American Mosquito Association states, though, that vitamin B1 supplementation is not sufficient. Therefore, it is best to get your dose of thiamine from foods.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar may be a more agreeable option for you to take orally than raw garlic. Just like garlic, though, it may take a few days of daily consumption of apple cider vinegar before it serves its purpose. One tablespoon, three times a day is said to be the recommended daily consumption.
Note: You may also rub apple cider vinegar on exposed skin for immediate effect.
Rubbing a slice of onion on your skin can instantly mask your scent from mosquitoes and other biting insects.
Orange and lemon peels
Smelling like onions understandably doesn’t seem very appealing. Scrubbing orange and lemon peels on your skin gives you a sweet, fruity scent, which is said to be repulsive for mosquitoes and gnats.
Whether it’s food, lotions or candles, everyone loves the refreshing smell of vanilla. Insects, however, are not too crazy about it. Mix one tablespoon of vanilla extract with one cup of water and apply on your exposed skin to keep mosquitoes and other bugs away.
Do you know of other tried and tested foods that repel mosquitoes? Share them in the comments!