How to banish mosquitoes this summer: The tricks for repelling the pesky insects revealed – and it’s bad news for beer drinkers
- Mosquito populations are set to thrive around Australia this summer
- Increased rain and hot days have made conditions perfect for breeding
- To avoid being bitten wear light coloured clothes and avoid drinking beer
Mosquito populations are set to explode this summer at the return of the La Nina weather pattern brings more rain making perfect breeding conditions.
Higher rainfalls and early searing temperatures have created stagnate waterholes which are the perfect place for mosquitoes to reproduce.
This is bad news for people who are more likely to be bitten by the insects, including those who drink beer, eat bananas or have ‘O’ type blood.
Mosquito populations are set to explode this summer at the return of the La Nina weather pattern brings more rain making perfect breeding conditions
This is bad news for people who are more likely to be bitten by the insects, including those who drink beer, eat bananas or have ‘O’ type blood
Studies show mosquitoes are more likely to become interested in people who drink beer
WHAT IS LA NINA?
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology explains La Nina’s effect on the weather as follows:
Increased rainfall across much of Australia
Cooler daytime temperatures (south of the tropics)
Warmer overnight temperatures (in the north)
Shift in temperature extremes
Decreased frost risk Greater tropical cyclone numbers
But there are some things people can do according to mosquito expert Dr Cameron Webb, including wearing DEET repellent and avoiding beer.
We are not the naturally preferred source of food for mosquitoes, the expert says, but if given the choice between two humans the insect will choose the one which smells more like their typical prey.
‘Some mosquitoes love to feed on birds, other mosquitoes like to feed on mammals, or sometimes they even like to feed on frogs, although the frog-feeding mosquitoes won’t bite us too frequently,’ he said.
According to ‘one medical’ doctor’s surgery it is important to use screens on windows, sleep under a mosquito net and shower when sweaty to eliminate attractive smells.
They also recommend not drinking beer, wearing light clothes and not going outside during dawn and dusk.
The Victorian government suggests using mosquito coils, insect repellent and spraying insecticides in possible nesting sites like shrubbery.
And upsetting baths of still water around the home.
Wearing light-coloured clothes is key as dark colours, especially navy blue attract them
Vitamin B, found in foods like Vegemite are also linked to being bitten less
WHAT TO AVOID
Being outside between dawn and dusk
WHAT TO USE
DEET or Eucalyptus repellent
Eat Vegemite (vitamin B1)
‘Victoria’s Secret Bombshell’ perfume
Use a fan to blow mosquitoes away
Get rid of water sitting near home
Healthline recommends ‘incidental repellents like ‘Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil’ and ‘Victoria Secret Bombshell’ perfume as well as eucalyptus oil and DEET sprays.
Oscillating fans are also useful to combat mosquitoes because they find it difficult to fly in high-wind conditions.
Protecting people inside the home can be achieved with electronic zappers, mosquito nets around beds and fly screens on windows and doors.